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News, September 2017
Israeli Apartheid Regime Continues Persecution of the Palestinian People, Forcing them to Live Under Its Brutal Military Occupation
September 24, 2017
The following news stories are just examples of the Israeli occupation apartheid government violations of Palestinian human rights, on daily basis. This cannot continue without the full financial and media support from Zionists as well as financial and military support from the US-EU governments, which have been active participant in the persecution and subjugation of the Palestinian people.
The Israeli occupation government has received more than $3.8 billion annually from the US successive administrations, Democrat and Republican alike, to enable it to continue the subjugation and persecution of the Palestinian people. The Obama administration made sure that the US support for the Israeli occupation government will continue by obligating its successors to give the racist, apartheid, Zionist state $38 billion in the next ten years.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Invade Bethlehem, Summon Two Palestinians For Interrogation
September 23, 2017 8:54 AM IMEMC News
Dozens of Israeli occupation soldiers invaded, on Saturday at dawn, the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, searched many homes and summoned two young men for interrogation.
The soldiers invaded several neighborhoods in Bethlehem city, violently searched homes, and summoned a former political prisoner, identified as Mahmoud Shweiki, 20, in addition to Amin Abdullah Abu ‘Ahoor, for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center.
The soldiers also invaded and searched homes in ‘Aida refugee camp, leading to clashes with dozens of youngsters, who hurled stones and empty bottles at them.
The army fired many live rounds and gas bombs during the invasion and clashes; no injuries were reported.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians In Hebron
September 23, 2017 3:58 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers attacked, Friday, dozens of Palestinians during nonviolent processions in Khirbit Falqas village, south of Hebron city, in addition to Baz az-Zawiya, al-Manara and Ibin Rushd areas in Hebron city, causing many to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation.
Medical sources said many Palestinians, including several journalists, suffered the effects of teargas inhalation in Khirbit Falqas area as dozens marched demanding the army to reopen the road which links it with Hebron city.
The road has been blocked by the army for the past seventeen years, an issue that forces the Palestinian to take alternative unsafe roads, leading to dozens of accidents.
In addition, the soldiers also used excessive force against nonviolent protesters in Bas az-Zawiya area, al-Manara Junction and Ibin Rushd Street, in Hebron city, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Injure Three Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum
September 23, 2017 3:28 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and injured three Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets.
The procession started directly after Friday noon prayers, when dozens of Palestinians, Israeli and international peace activist marched chanting for the liberation of Palestine, and for supporting all efforts that would lead to the establishment of a free and independent Palestinian state, and an end to Israel’s colonialist activities.
Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said dozens of soldiers invaded the town and fired life rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters.
He added that the army injured three Palestinians before Red Crescent medics provided them to the needed treatment.
“The town sounded like a war zone due to the excessive amount of live ammunition used by the soldiers while invading it,” he said, “The army also tried to ambush the protesters in a vacant home, but their hideout was uncovered fast.”
The Palestinians, accompanied by Israeli and international peace activists, have been protesting in Kufur Qaddoum for more than fourteen years, demanding the army to reopen the town’s main road which was completely closed to enable easy access to colonist settlers driving to and from Kidumim illegal colony, built on privately-owned Palestinian lands.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Sixteen Palestinians In The West Bank
September 19, 2017 11:02 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, at least sixteen Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, after the soldiers invaded many Palestinians areas and searched homes, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.
In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded many homes in the governorate and abducted four Palestinians, identified as Mahmoud al-Fasfous, Abdul-Aziz Waleed Sweity, Hamza Hisham al-Haddad and Tamer Mohammad Alama.
The soldiers also invaded the home of a former political prisoner, identified as Sofian Jamjoum, in Jabal Abu Rumman area, in Hebron city, and confiscated his wife’s car.
Also in Hebron, the soldiers summoned Nour Qfeisha for interrogation, after invading his home, and many other homes in Hebron city. Owners of three of the invaded homes have been identified as Soheib Abdul-Halim, Anas Qfeisha and Naji al-Atrash.
The army also invaded Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, and caused many residents to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to summoning Mojahed Awad, 27, for interrogation.
In Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ezzeddin Mohammad Mahmoud, and his son Mohammad, after invading and searching their home.
In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians identified as Yassin Habroon, 29, and Ramez Tareq Qa’dan, 30.
In Jenin, also in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Ibrahim Kabaha, and his two sons, Nasser and Osama, from their homes in Barta’a town.
In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Hotheifa Hafeth Salahat, after searching his home.
In Salfit, in northwestern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Salem Mohammad Abu Ya’coub and Mohammad Waleed ‘Obeid.
In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Amir Khamis.
In related news, the army invaded Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of Jerusalem, and demolished a carwash facility, under the pretext of being built without a permit.
Rights Organizations Submit Evidence of Israeli War Crimes to ICC Prosecutor
September 20, 2017 11:12 PM PCHR Gaza
On Wednesday noon, 20 September 2017, the four Palestinian human rights organizations (Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), al-Haq Organization, al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, and Addameer Center for Human Rights) held a press conference to declare the submission of a fourth communication to the International Criminal Court (ICC) titled as “Israeli Settlement Activity in the oPt”.
The conference was held in PCHR’s Head office in Gaza City and covered by large number of journalists.
Each of Raji Sourani, Director of PCHR, ‘Issam Younis, Director of al-Mezan, and Hala al-Qishawi, Director of Addameer, presented interventions during the conference.
The conference coincided with Shawan Jabareen, Director of al-Haq, Submitting on behalf of the four partner organizations a communication to the ICC in the Hague, noting that this is the fourth of its kind being submitted by the four Palestinian human rights organizations.
Lawyer Raji Sourani stressed that crime of settlement activity is one of the most serious crimes committed by Israeli forces in decades as it is a complete and ongoing crime and within the ICC jurisdiction par excellence.
He added that this crime is beyond settlements and uprooting civilians from their lands as it completely changes Palestinians’ way of life and transfers a population from the Occupying State into the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Sourani added that the human rights organizations have enough information and evidence to convict the Israeli leaders and those involved in this crime. Sourani also said that there is only one communication left and will be hopefully submitted by the partner human rights organizations to the ICC on the harvest of their legal work next month.
In his intervention, ‘Issam Younis stressed that submitting this legal communication to the ICC is very important to the road of bringing justice and remedy for civilian victims.
He pointed out that the Palestinian human rights organizations will continue to fight via all possible legal means in light of the shutting down the Israeli judiciary doors to Palestinians.
Younis explained that there is an Israeli campaign to frighten the human rights organizations and impose restrictions on them in an attempt to fail the legitimacy. However, this will not prevent the human rights organizations from continuing their work to gain justice.
Younis added that the crime of settlement activity is the most serious crime and violates of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Moreover, there are actions on the ground to change the demographic status and unprecedented political procedures in the Israeli Keenest to legalize settlements.
He said that all of this happens in light of the international community silence that encourages Israel to do so.
During her intervention, Hala al-Qishawi said that it is an important step to resort to the ICC because this is our right as Palestinians and in the same time the human rights’ organizations’ duty.
She hoped that the results would be fair enough to bring justice for Palestinian victims. al-Qisahwi added that since its establishment, the Israeli occupation has committed crimes against Palestinians, including imposing the Apartheid and ethnic cleansing, settlement replacement, in addition to murdering civilians.
PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (14-19 September 2017)
September 22, 2017 4:39 AM IMEMC News & Agencies
Israeli occupation forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 14- 19 September 2017.
7 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while Israeli forces continued to target the border areas of Gaza, with no casualties reported.
During the reporting period, 7 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Three of them were wounded in the West Bank while four others, including a child, in the Gaza Strip. Moreover, Israeli naval forces continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea and target the border areas.
In the West Bank, on 15 September 2017, 2 Palestinian young men were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets in a protest organized by dozens of Palestinian civilians in the vicinity of a military watchtower established north of ‘Aidah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. The demonstration was organised in protest at burying the corpses of 4 Palestinian victims detained in the Israeli cemeteries of numbers.
On 17 September 2017, a 20-year-old male was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet to the right leg when the Israeli forces moved into Qalqliyia, in order to arrest Palestinian civilians.
In the Gaza Strip, border areas witnessed protests against the unjust closure imposed on the Gaza population. During these protests, Israeli forces used force against the protestors, particularly when dispersing them. As a result, 4 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded while participating in a protest organized in the east of Jabalia refugee camp, north of the Gaza Strip.
In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen offshore, on 15 September 2017, Israeli gunboats sporadically opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, and chased them. The shooting recurred in the abovementioned area on 16 and 18 September 2017. No casualties were reported, but the Israeli naval forces arrested 2 fishermen who are also brothers and confiscated their fishing boat.
On 18 September 2017, Israeli gunboats sporadically opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats, west of al-Sudaniyia shore, north of the Gaza Strip and chased them. The shooting recurred in the abovementioned area before midnight.
In the context of targeting the border areas, on 17 September 2017, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence opened fire at the agricultural lands in ‘Abasan village, east of Khan Younis. However, no casualties were reported.
During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 65 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 7 ones in Jerusalem. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 48 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children and a woman. Sixteen of them, including 3 children and a woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.
Efforts to create Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem:
As part of house demolitions, on 18 September 2017, Israeli Municipality vehicles demolished an under-construction residential apartment belonging to the sons of late ‘Issa Abed al-Fattah Matour under the pretext of non-licensing. The apartment is on the 2nd floor added to the house exiting before the occupation of Jerusalem, sheltering Issa’s Family of 20 members. Following the House demolition, the 1st floor was mostly damaged and became uninhabitable due to cracks in the walls and ceilings.
On 19 September 2017, the Israeli Municipality demolished a commercial facility belonging to Bashar Bader in Beit Haninah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem. The abovementioned facility is a car wash and showroom of 4 barracks. The Israeli forces also levelled the land, where the facility was established. Bader said that the court delayed the demolition decision to 28 September 2017, but he was surprised with the facility being raided and completely demolished.
Settlement Activities and Settlers’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their property:
As part of settlers’ attacks, on 14 September 2017, Israeli settlers from “Bracha” settlement, south of Nablus, moved into Kafur Qaleel village, south of Nablus, and cut down 40 fruitful olive trees with automatic saws. Those trees which are one kilometer away from the settlement belong to Fathi Rasheed Mnsour and Jaser Abed al-Jabbar.
Restrictions on movement:
Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.
The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 2 million people. The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy. They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons. Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.
In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to suffocate the Palestinian cities and village by imposing military checkpoints around and/or between them. This created “cantons” isolated from each other that hinders the movement of civilians. Moreover, the Palestinian civilians suffering aggravated because of the annexation wall and checkpoints erected on daily basis to catch Palestinians.
Demonstrations in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities
Following the Friday, 15 September 2017, dozens of Palestinian residents from Hebron organized a demonstration in front of ‘Ali al-Bakaa’ Mosque in the city in protest against the Israeli authorities’ decision to build a municipality for settlers in Heron’s Old City. The participants raised Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans. When the protestors approached the old municipality building, dozens of Israeli soldiers moved towards them and pushed them back. They heavily fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in the area to force the participants to withdraw. After a while, the participants withdrew from the area.
Around the same time, dozens of residents from Kherbet Qalqas, east of Hebron, organized a peaceful protest to reopen the road to the village that was closed 14 years ago. The resident had to take a bumpy road to reach the street that leads to the city. They raised banners demanding to open the road. Israeli force arrived at the area and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. They also chased them into the olive fields. The Israeli forces arrested Taha Hamad Mohammed ‘Abas (22) and Suheib ‘Awni Abu Turki(19).
Following the Friday praying, dozens of Palestinians organized a peaceful march which started from Abu Bakr Al-sedeeq Mosque in Aida camp, north of Bethlehem towards the military watchtower near the camp, protesting against Israeli authorities burying corpses of Palestinians detained by them in cemeteries of numbers. When the demonstration arrived in the vicinity of the military watchtower, the Israeli forces intensively fired live and rubber-coated metal bullets and gas canisters towards them. As a result, two young men were hit with rubber-coated bullets. The Aida refugee camp residents said that the Israeli forces intentionally fired gas canisters at the civilians’ houses; dozens suffered tear gas inhalation. Moreover, parts of a house belonging to Monther ‘Amirah, activist in the Polular Comittees, were burnt. It should be mentioned that on 13 September 2017, the Israeli Public Prosecution declared the burial of 4 Palestinian corpses in cemeteries of numbers for: Abd Al-Hameed Abu Srour from Aida camp, Mohammed Al-Tarayra and Mohammad Al-Faqeeh from Hebron, and Rami Ourtani from Nablus.
Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized protests in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protesters, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased protesters into olive fields and between the houses. As a result, some of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up. Israeli forces also arrested an Israeli peace activist when they chased the protestors.
At approximately 16:30 on the same Friday, 15 September 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area against the Israeli imposed closure on the Gaza Strip. Some of the young men set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:30 on the same day. As a result, 4 civilians, including a child, were directly hit with tear gas canisters. They were transferred to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia. Medical sources classified as minor.
(PCHR keeps the name of the wounded civilians)
At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 18 September 2017, Israeli bulldozers accompanied with Israeli Municipality vehicles demolished a residential apartment in Za’eem village, east of the city, under the pretext of non-licensing. Matour family said that the Israeli forces accompanied with Israeli Municipality crews raided their building in Za’eem village and evacuated all residents. They then demolished the 2nd floor without prior warning. The family also said that the 2-storey building belongs to the sons of late ‘Issa Abed al-Fattah Matour. The 1st floor, which shelters the 20 members of Issa Family, exited before the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem while the 2nd floor is under-construction. The family added that the 1st floor was completely damaged and became uninhabitable due to cracks in the walls and ceilings.
At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, the Israeli Municipality demolished a commercial facility in Beit Haninah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem. The abovementioned facility is a car wash and showroom and belonging to Bashar Bader. Bashar said that the Israeli police accompanied with Israeli Municipality crews and bulldozers raided the facility and demolished all the 4 barracks in addition to leveling the land. Bader also said that the court delayed the demolition decision to 28 September 2017, but he was surprised with raiding the facility and demolishing it completely.
Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and property
On Thursday, 14 September 2017, Israeli settlers from “Bracha” settlement, south of Nablus, moved into Kafur Qaleel village, south of Nablus, and cut down 40 fruitful olive trees with automatic saws. Those trees, which are one kilometer away from the settlement, belong to Fathi Rasheed Mansour and Jaser Abed al-Jabbar. Mansour said that the Israeli settlers cut down 20 olive trees of 70 from his 3-dunum plot of land. He is also afraid that the settlers would cut down the other trees, as he along with other civilians saw the Israeli settlers wandering in the same land on the same day, but chased and expelled them from his land. He also added that about 20 olive trees out of 300 were cut down from a 25-dumun plot of land belonging to Abed al-Jabbar.
Recommendations to the International Community
PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West
Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on
Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions
of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security
threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community
that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and
lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli
offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for
almost 10 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No.
2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the
Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to
recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967. PCHR hopes
this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime
and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates
that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are
still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral
disengagement plan of 2005. PCHR emphasizes that there is
international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect
international human rights instruments and international humanitarian
law. Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and
the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a
way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the
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