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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, No. 10/2007, 08 14 March 2007
PCHR
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
15.3.07


http://www.pchrgaza.org



Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)



A Palestinian boy was killed by IOF when he attempted to infiltrate into Israel to search for a job.


The Israeli police beat a Palestinian to death in occupied East Jerusalem.


15 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, and an Israeli solidarity activist were wounded by IOF gunfire.


12 of these civilians were wounded in Balein village, west of Ramallah.


IOF conducted 40 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.


IOF arrested 63 Palestinians, including 7 children.


IOF raided offices of Afaq Television and used staff members as human shields.


IOF stormed an elementary school in Ethna village, west of Hebron, and beat a number of school children.


IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT.


IOF have operated Erez crossing as an international crossing point.


IOF positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 12 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a girl.


A Palestinian civilian died at Rafah International Crossing Point due to rushing and congestion.


The Gaza Strip has suffered from shortages in fuels and basic goods.


IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank.


Two houses were demolished by IOF in Sour Baher village, southwest of Jerusalem.


IOF confiscated 17 donums[1] of agricultural land in Qalqilya.
Israeli settlers launched more attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.


Summary



Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting period (8 14 March 2007):



Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed a Palestinian boy in the Gaza Strip, and wounded 15 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, and an Israeli solidarity activist in the opt. The Israeli police also beat a Palestinian civilian to death in occupied East Jerusalem.



On 9 March 2007, IOF shot dead a Palestinian boy and arrested another one in the Gaza Strip when the two boys attempted to infiltrate into Israel to search for jobs, due to the economic crisis in the Gaza Strip. IOF gunboats also wounded 3 Palestinian fishermen in Rafah.



In the West Bank, a Palestinian civilian died as he was violently beaten by the Israeli police in occupied East Jerusalem. An Israeli police spokesman claimed that a young man from al-Tour neighborhood was driving a car, in which a woman from Jordan ,whose entry into Israel is prohibited, was traveling. Policemen requested him to go the police station. As he was mounting stairs, he felt acute pains in the chest. An ambulance was brought, but he died. According to the victims family, his health was good and he was not suffering from any disease. Also during the reporting period, 12 Palestinian civilians, including two children, and an Israeli solidarity activist were wounded when IOF used force against a peaceful demonstration organized in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall in Balein village, west of Ramallah, on 9 March 2007. On 11 March, IOF soldiers fired at a Palestinian civilian in Abu Dis village, southeast of Jerusalem, wounding him seriously.



Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 40 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During those incursions, IOF arrested 63 Palestinians in the West Bank and one in the Gaza Strip. Thus, the number of Palestinians arrested by IOF in the West Bank since the beginning of this year has mounted to 745. IOF further stormed offices of Afaq Television in Nabus. They used staff members as human shields while searching the offices. IOF also stormed an elementary school in Ethna village, west of Hebron, and beat a number of school children.



Restrictions on Movement: IOF have continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.



Gaza Strip



IOF have imposed a strict siege on the Gaza Strip. They have closed its border crossings as a form of collective punishment against Palestinian civilians.



IOF have closed Rafah International Crossing Point since 25 June 2006, even though they do not directly control it. During the reporting period, the crossing point was reopened on 8, 9, 12 and March 2007, and hundreds of Palestinians were able to travel through it. It was also supposed to be reopened on 3 March 2007, but IOF prevented EU observers from reaching the crossing point to operate it. On 8 March 2007, a Palestinian civilian died from a heart attack and 5 others, including 3 women, were injured at Rafah International Crossing Point due to congestion and rushing.



During the reporting period, IOF partially reopened the crossing point for two hours on 2 March 2007 and for 6 hours on 6 March 2007. IOF have partially reopened commercial crossings, especially al-Mentar (Karni) crossing, but many goods and medical supplies have been lacked in markets in the Gaza Strip. IOF have also continued to close Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip have been prevented from traveling through this crossing. IOF have allowed international workers to pass through the crossing. With this closure, only few Palestinian patients have been able to travel to hospitals in Israel and the West Bank. On Friday, 16 February 2007, IOF opened the new Erez International Crossing Point under new procedures. Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank have to obtain permits from the IOF Civil Administration as it was the case before. However, Palestinians living in East Jerusalem have to hand their identity cards the Israeli Ministry of Interior to get travel documents. In the past, they had to hand identity cards to IOF at Erez crossing. This includes 800-1000 women from East Jerusalem married to men in the Gaza Strip. According to Palestinians who traveled through the new crossing point, IOF imposed the same restrictions on their movement as in the past. In addition, IOF have continued to prevent Palestinian fishermen from fishing for more than 9 months. During the reporting period, 3 Palestinian fishermen were wounded when IOF gunboats fired at their boat.



West Bank



IOF have tightened the siege imposed on Palestinian communities in the West Bank. They have isolated Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank. Contrary to Israeli claims, IOF positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. During the reporting period, IOF soldiers positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank arrested at least 12 Palestinians, including 3 children and a girl.



Settlement Activities: During the reporting period, Israeli settlers living in the West Bank in violation of international law continued their systematic attacks on Palestinian civilians and property, and IOF continued settlement expansion activities. IOF demolished two houses in Sour Baher village, southwest of Jerusalem, claiming that they were built without licenses. IOF also confiscated 17 donums of Palestinian agricultural land in Qalqilya. Additionally, Israeli settlers living in settlement outposts inside Hebron launched a series of attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.



Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (8 - 14 March 2007)

The full report is available online at:

html format:

http://www.pchrgaza.ps/files/W_report/English/2007/15-03-2007.htm

pdf format:

http://www.pchrgaza.ps/files/W_report/English/2007/pdf/Weekly%20Report%2010.pdf


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