Israeli Occupation Forces
Aggression and Violation of Palestinian Human Rights During the First
Week of December 2012
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Kidnap 9, Including 3 Children,
In The West Bank
Saturday December 08, 2012 21:14 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
The Israeli occupation army kidnapped late on Friday evening, and on
Saturday at dawn, nine Palestinians, including three children, in
different parts of the occupied West Bank.
Local sources in
Bethlehem reported that the Israeli occupation army invaded As-Saff
Street in the city, broke into and searched several homes causing
damage, and kidnapped Abdullah Ibrahim Jawareesh, 18, Ayyad Jamal Al-Hreimy,
20, and Murad Ali Al-Asakra, 21.
Soldiers also invaded the nearby
town of Beit Fajjar, and kidnapped two residents identified as Jawad
Hashem Thawabta, 27, and Nabil Ahmad Taqatqa, 35.
the army kidnapped Mohammad Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija, 19, after ambushing
him at the southern entrance of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
Abu Al-Haija is from Al-Yamoun town, west of Jenin.
first opened fire at a car transporting Abu Al-Haija causing damage but
no injuries, and forcing it to stop before kidnapping him and taking him
to an unknown destination.
In Azzoun town, near the northern West
Bank city of Qalqilia, the army kidnapped three children identified as
Qais Waddah Shbeita, 15, Mohammad Adel Shbeita, 15, and Mohammad
Abdul-Fattah Radwan, 16. They were kidnapped as they were walking on the
main street of their town.
On Friday evening, clashes were
reported at the entrance of Beit Ummar town, near Hebron, when the army
closed its main entrance; the soldiers fired gas bombs and rubber-coated
metal bullets at several youths who hurled stones and empty bottles at
It is worth mentioning that on Thursday evening, Israeli
soldiers kidnapped four children in Ash-Shuhada’ Street, in the center
of Hebron city, and the nearby Beit Ummar town, in the southern part of
the West Bank, and released two of them later on, but refused to release
the remaining two.
The Palestinian District Coordination Office
(DCO) in Hebron stated that two children who were released have been
identified as Sanad Da’na 13, and Nimir Idrees, 13, were both released
and were handed to the DCO.
In invasions and arrests are part of
Israel’s ongoing violations against the Palestinians in the occupied
10 Palestinians Kidnapped In The West Bank
Friday December 07, 2012 21:19 by IMEMC & Agencies
Palestinian sources in the occupied West Bank reported that Israeli
occupation soldiers kidnapped, on Friday, 10 Palestinians, including
three children, in Qalqilia, Tubas and Bethlehem, after breaking into
and searching their homes, and took them to unknown destinations.
On Friday evening, the army invaded Azzoun town, east of the northern
West Bank city of Qalqilia, and kidnapped three 15-year-old children
after cuffing and blindfolding them and took them to an unknown
The three children have been identified as Qais
Waddah Shbeita, Mohammad Adel Shbeita, and Mohammad Abdul-Fattah Radwan.
On Friday at dawn, the army invaded the village of Tammoun, near
the central West Bank city of Tubas, and kidnapped three residents,
including a young woman.
Local sources reported that the army
kidnapped Eman Mahmoud Bani Odah, 19, in addition to Nasser Yousef Bani
Odah, 27, and Azmi Hussein Bani Odah, 23, after breaking into and
searching their homes in addition to dozens of homes in the village.
The Israeli occupation army forced the residents out of their homes
and searched them, and also confiscated a Laptop that belongs to Mos’ab
Header Bani Odeh.
Furthermore, soldiers invaded Beit Fajjar town,
near Bethlehem, broke into and searched several homes and kidnapped four
The four have been identified as Mohammad Ziyad
Taqatqa, 21, Mohammad Yousef Taqatqa, 21, Ahmad Abdul-Rahman Taqatqa,
27, and Eyad Mohammad Taqatqa, 30.
The latest attacks are a
continuation of daily invasions and assaults against the residents in
the occupied West Bank.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Kidnap Four Children In Hebron
Friday December 07, 2012 01:48 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli occupation soldiers kidnapped, on Thursday evening, four
children in Ash-Shuhada’ Street, in the center of Hebron city, and the
nearby Beit Ummar town, in the southern part of the West Bank, and
released two of them later on, but refused to release the remaining two.
The Palestinian District Coordination Office (DCO) in Hebron stated
that two children who were released have been identified as Sanad Da’na
13, and Nimir Idrees, 13, were both released and were handed to the DCO.
The DCO added that the army is still holding captive two
children from Beit Ummar and is refusing to release them despite the
fact of an understanding between the DCO and the army to release any
child who gets kidnapped by the soldiers.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Attack Bil’in Weekly Protest
Against Wall, Settlements
Friday December 07, 2012 20:52 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
Similar Protests Attacked In Different Parts Of West Bank
The Friends of Freedom and Justice Committee in Bil’in, near the
central West Bank city of Ramallah, reported Friday that Israeli
occupation soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the
Annexation Wall and Settlements, built on villagers lands, and fired gas
bombs at the protesters leading to dozens of injuries. Soldiers also
attacked nonviolent protesters in Nabi Saleh, Al-Ma’sara and Kufur
The protest this week was called “Friday of solidarity
with Palestinian detainees on hunger strike”.
Similar to previous
weeks, the protest started following noon prayers in the center of the
village, as dozens of local residents, Israeli and international peace
activists marched while chanting slogans against Israel’s illegal
Annexation Wall and its illegal settlements, and calling for the removal
of the wall and for liberating all Palestinian political prisoners held
As the protesters arrived at the Abu Lemon natural
reserve, adjacent to the Wall, some locals managed to remove a section
of the barbed wire fence close to the concrete Annexation Wall, and
raised Palestinian flags on the concrete wall.
soldiers, stationed on the other side of the Wall, fired tear gas bombs,
concussion grenades and rubber-coated metal bullets at the protesters
causing dozens of injuries among the protesters who suffocated after
inhaling gas and received treatment by field medics.
against the nonviolent protesters led to clashes between the soldiers
and the residents who hurled stones at the attacking army; the clashes
lasted for several hours.
The Popular Committee Against the Wall
in Bil’in issued a statement in solidarity with all Palestinian
political prisoners holding a hunger strike in Israeli prisons, mainly,
Ayman Ash-Sharawna, Samer Al-Issawi, Tareq Qa’dan, Ja’far Iz-Ed-deen and
The Committee called on the Palestinian people to
stand in solidarity with the detainees who are facing constant
harassment and very harsh conditions in Israeli prisons, especially the
striking detainees held without charges or trial while Israel is trying
to break their will, but they continue their strike despite their
deteriorating health conditions, demanding their freedom.
Saleh village, near Ramallah, dozens of nonviolent protesters were
treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
The protest was
held this week commemorating the third year since the villagers started
their nonviolent protests against the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall
and Israel’s illegal settlements built on Palestinian lands.
army also attacked the nonviolent protesters in Kufur Qaddoum village,
near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.
marched against the Wall and settlements, and expressed solidarity with
Palestinian detainees holding hunger strikes in Israeli prisons.
Several residents, including two international solidarity activists
were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
soldiers also attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall
and Settlements in Al-Ma’asara village, near Bethlehem, leading to a
number of injuries.
14 Injured By Israeli Occupation Army Fire In Hebron
Friday December 07, 2012 04:17 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the
West Bank, reported that 14 residents have been injured, while dozens
were treated for the effects of teargas inhalation, during clashes with
Israeli occupation soldiers invading Bab Al-Zawiya area in the city.
Local sources reported that the clashes erupted after Israeli
soldiers attempted to kidnap a Palestinian police officer in Bab Al-Zawiya,
but the residents gathered around the soldiers and stopped them.
The Israeli occupation army then started firing gas bombs,
concussion grenades and rounds of live ammunition leading to 14 injuries
in addition to the dozens who received treatment for the effects of
In related news, a number of Palestinian
youths hurled stones at two settler buses driving north of Hebron city.
The Israel occupation army said that the youths hurled stones at the
buses as they drove near the Al-Arroub refugee camp, adding that damage
to some windows of the buses was reported; no injuries.
on Thursday, several Palestinian youths hurled stones at settlers
vehicles driving close to Beit Ummar town, near Hebron.
PCHR Weekly Report: 3 Palestinians dead, 14 wounded by
Israeli forces this week
Friday December 07, 2012 09:02 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the
Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 29 Nov.- 05 Dec 2012,
the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli
occupation forces killed a Palestinian civilian in the southern Gaza
Strip. In addition, a member of a Palestinian armed group died of wounds
he had sustained in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. The
Israeli occupation forces also killed a Palestinian civilian in the east
14 civilians, including 4 children, were wounded
along the border fence in the Gaza Strip. Israeli occupation forces
abducted 20 fishers, including 5 children, and damaged a
fishing boat's engine.
Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:
In the Gaza Strip, on 30 November 2012, the Israeli Forces killed a
Palestinian civilian in the east of al-Shouka village, east of Rafah.
The abovementioned civilian was killed when the Israeli soldiers along
the border fence to the east of Rafah opened fire at dozens of
Palestinians. As a result, a civilian was wounded by a bullet to the
pelvis and was transported to Abu Yusef al-Najjar hospital. Due to his
serious injury, he was transported to Gaza European hospital in Khan
Yunis. However, he was pronounced dead on Saturday morning, 01 December
On 29 November 2012, medical sources in al-Salam hospital
in Egypt pronounced declared that Husam al-Hams, 36, died of serious
wounds he had sustained during the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza,
when an Israeli warplane launched a missile at 2 members of an armed
group near a playground, west of Rafah. As a result of that attack, one
of them was immediately killed and al-Hams was seriously wounded.
During the reporting period, the Israeli Forces wounded 14
Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, along the border fence
while they were near the fence to challenge the Israeli decision to
impose a buffer zone in the area.
On 29 November 2012, a
17-year-old boy was wounded when the Israeli Forces stationed along the
border fence in the east of Beit Hanoun opened fire at group of
Palestinian civilians and farmers near the fence.
On 30 November
2012, 10 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded when the Israeli
Forces stationed along the border fence opened fire at them.
01 December 2012, 3 civilians were wounded when the Israeli Forces along
the border fence opened fire at them.
On 03 December 2012, a
Palestinian child was wounded when the Israeli Forces along the border
fence opened fire at him in the east of al-Bureij refugee camp.
In the context of other shooting incidents, the Israeli Forces stationed
along the border fence in the east of Beit Hanoun and Jabalya in the
northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian civilians and farmers,
who headed to the border area to challenge the Israeli decision to
impose a 300-meter buffer zone along the borders. It should be noted
that hundreds of Palestinian farmers have been denied access to their
lands in the mentioned area. These farmers decided to go to the border
area in light of the announcement of the cease-fire agreement between
Israeli and the Palestinian resistance groups.
In the context of
targeting fishermen in the Gaza Strip, on 29 November 2012, the Israeli
gunboats stationed off Beit Lahia shore in the northern Gaza Strip
fishing boat boarded by 6 fishermen, including a child, which was 5
nautical miles off the shore. The Israeli Forces abducted and questioned
the 6 fishermen on board the gunboat.
On 01 December 2012, the
Israeli gunboats surrounded and opened fire at a Palestinian fishing
boat that was 3 nautical miles off Gaza City shore. They abducted 5
fishermen, including 2 children, and transported them to Ashdod Port,
where they were questioned and then released.
On the same day, an
Israeli gunboat attacked 2
fishing boats 2.5 nautical miles off the shore. The Israeli naval
forces opened fire at the 2 boats and damaged the engine of one of them.
None fishermen on board fishing boat were abducted and transported to
Ashdod Port for questioning. Moreover, the 2 boats were kept in custody.
Israeli attacks in the West Bank:
Israeli Forces conducted 47
incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and abducted
34 Palestinians, including 2 children and a woman with her son, in the
In the West Bank, on 03 December 2012, the Israeli
Forces killed a Palestinian civilian when his car hit an Israeli
on Nablus-Ramallah road.
On 01 December 2012, a Palestinian child
was wounded when the Israeli Forces moved into Dora village, southwest
of Hebron, amidst firing sound bombs.
In the same context, the
Israeli Forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful
protests organized by Palestinian civilians and Israeli and
international human rights defenders. As a result, dozens of
Palestinians were wounded, suffered from tear gas inhalation or
The Israeli Forces established dozens of
checkpoints in the West Bank. At least 2 Palestinians were abducted at
checkpoints in the West Bank.
In one example of this week’s 47
incursions, on Thursday November 29th, At approximately 02:30, the
Israeli Forces moved into Beit Leqia village, southwest of Ramallah.
They raided and searched a number of houses using sniffer dogs amidst
firing bullets and sound bombs. They intentionally damaged the doors and
contents of the houses. The Israeli Forces obliged the residents to
leave their houses and stay out. An Israeli intelligence officer
questioned Mohammed Rabah Shokri Asi, 27, under the pretext that he is
wanted. They wrote down the names of the residents and their mobile
numbers. The Israeli Forces raided a house belonging to Mohammed Ibrahim
Qeddis Dar Qeddis, and damaged its contents. They also occupied the roof
of the house and turned it into a military lookout. At approximately
06:30, the Israeli Forces withdrew and no arrests were reported. Dar
Qeddis said that soldiers took his wife's jewelry that is estimated at
approximately 60,000 NIS.
In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker,
Mohammed Ibrahim Dar Qeddis, 33, said:
"At approximately 03:30 on
Thursday, 29 November 2012, while I was sleeping with my 4 children,
whose ages range between 4 and 11, on the second floor of our 2-storey
house which is in the western part of Beit Leqia, I was surprised by
having my door broken. I stood up and tried to reach the door, and found
10 Israeli soldiers. When they saw me, they asked in Arabic who was at
home. I told them I had my wife and 4 children, who woke up at that
moment. They ordered me to take everybody out, and more than 5 soldiers
then came into the house and started searching. They asked many
questions about my job and about Mohammed Rabah Assi. The Israeli Forces
kept me and my children in the external storage room and continued
searching the house. At approximately 04:20, the Israeli Forces
withdrew. My wife checked the house and the bedroom and found that her
jewelry that was in the wardrobe was not there. The jewelry is estimated
at NIS 60,000."
Israel continued efforts to create Jewish
majority in occupied East Jerusalem. The Israeli municipality of
Jerusalem demolished a commercial building and forced a Palestinian
civilian to demolish his own house.
Israeli attacks on
During the reporting period, Israeli
forces used force against peaceful demonstrations organized by
Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights
defenders in protest at the construction of the wall and settlement
activities in the West Bank. As a result, 2 Palestinian civilians were
wounded, and a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation
and others sustained bruises.
Following the Friday Prayer on 30
November 2012, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and
Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in
Bil'ein village, west of Ramallah, in protest to the construction of the
annexation wall. The demonstrators gathered in the streets of the
village, chanting slogans calling for national unity. The protesters
aimed to stress the need to adhere to national principles and the right
of return, to resist the occupation and to call for the release of all
Palestinian prisoners. The protesters raised Palestinian flags and made
their way towards the wall. They called through megaphones for Israeli
settlers in “Mitityahu” settlement to leave Palestinian land. Israeli
soldiers stationed in the area fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound
bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. As a result, a
21-year-old Palestinians was wounded by a bullet to the right hand, and
a 40-year-old man was hit in his right leg with a gas bomb. A number of
demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation and others
Also following the Friday Prayer on 30
November 2012, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and
Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in
Ne’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the
annexation wall and settlement activities. The demonstrators moved
towards areas of the annexation wall. Immediately, Israeli soldiers
stationed in the area fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and
tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. As a result, some demonstrators
suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.
Around the same time on Friday, 30 November 2012, dozens of Palestinian
civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders gathered
in the Martyrs Square in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, to
hold a weekly peaceful protest against the construction of the
annexation wall and settlement activities. The protesters walked towards
the gate erected by Israeli forces near the entrance of the village,
which leads to Palestinian lands that Israeli settlers from the nearby "Halmish"
settlement are trying to seize. Israeli soldiers fired live and
rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the
protesters. As a result, dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas
inhalation. Israeli forces also abducted two Israeli human rights
defenders and transported them to an unknown destination.
following the Friday Prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and
international human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration
in the center of al-Ma’sara village, south of Bethlehem, in protest at
the ongoing construction of the annexation wall. The protesters raised
banners saying, "In accordance with General Assembly resolution issued
on 29 November 2012, you are in the State of Palestine, and occupation
must be ended immediately." As the protestors moved towards the gate of
the village, the Israeli forces closed it to prevent the demonstration
from gaining access to the confiscated lands. Israeli soldiers fired
rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the
protesters. Hassan Braijiya, coordinator for the Popular Movement
against the Wall and Settlement Activities, said that a unit of the
Israeli forces moved into the village in the early morning before the
beginning of the demonstration and hid behind the school awaiting for
the gathering to start. He also added that an intelligence officer
accompanied the unit and questioned children present in the area about
the persons who threw stones at the Israeli forces.
The Israeli Forces have continued
settlement activities in the West Bank, and Israeli settlers have
continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
December 2012, the Israeli Forces demolished a mosque in Kherbet al-Mafqara
area, south of Hebron.
On the same day, the Israeli Forces
demolished a 20-square-meter room in the southeast of Nablus, in
addition to a 50-square-meter barrack in the same area.
November 2012, dozens of settlers closed road linking Dora village,
southwest of Hebron, with the bypass road (60) and prevented
Palestinians from movement.
On 02 December 2012, a group of
settlers in the east of Yatta, south of Hebron, set fire to a 306
Peugeot vehicle and wrote racist slogans on a house south of Dora.
At early morning hours on Monday, 03 December 2012, a group of
settlers stormed a Palestinian five-storey building in Jabal al Mukaber,
southeast of Occupied east Jerusalem. The settlers claimed that "Al'ad"
association bought the building, located in al-Farouq neighborhood, two
years ago. According to Israeli daily Haaretz, it is seemingly intended
to build a new settlement outpost in the heart of the Palestinian
neighborhood. It should be mentioned that the building, which was built
many years ago, remained vacant of residents except for a family
residing in the upper floor until a group of "guards" came in, changed
the locks of the main gate and ceased the house. This building is
several meters away from a building the settlers ceased in 2010 and
changed it to a settlement outpost. Peace Now, an Israeli organization,
described the settlers' action as dangerous and provocative, as seizing
houses in the heart of the Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem
raises tension in the city.
On 04 December 2012, Israeli forces
bulldozed a commercial building in Jabal al-Tour, and forced a civilian
to demolish his house by himself in Beit Safafa in occupied East
At early morning hours on Tuesday, 04 December 2012, a
group of the Israeli "Border Guards" and the Israeli police, accompanied
by officers from the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem and a bulldozer,
moved into Jabal al-Tour, east of the old city. They surrounded a
commercial building, belonging to Mohammad Abul-Hawa, and started
demolishing it. The 2-storey building was established on a
45-square-meter area. The first floor was used as a car rental office
and the second one was used as a dentist clinic. According to Abul-Hawa,
he had built the first floor in 2000 and added the second floor in 2009.
He added that nearly a month and a half ago, he received a demolition
notice from the Israeli municipality in the city, following that he
started preparing the necessary paperwork to obtain a building license,
but the municipality hastened in the demolition.
In the same
context, the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem forced Moussa 'Elian to
destroy his house in Beit Safafa village, following an order issued by
the mentioned municipality. 'Elian said that he built his one-storey
house on a 220-square-meter area six years ago, and he received a notice
from the Israeli municipality to stop the construction and demolish it.
Nearly a month ago, he dug a hole in the roof, but the Municipality
refused to allow it and threatened him that they would demolish his
house on his expense and force him to pay NIS 250,000 as a fee;
therefore, he had to demolish it by himself to avoid paying the
Recommendations to the international community:
Due to the number and severity of this week’s attacks, the PCHR made
several recommendations to the international community. Among these were
a recommendation that the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva
Convention comply with their legal obligations detailed in Article 146
of the Convention to search for and prosecute those responsible for
grave breaches, namely war crimes.
The PCHR calls for the
immediate implementation of the Advisory Opinion issued by the
International Court of Justice, which considers the construction of the
Annexation Wall inside the West Bank illegal.
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