Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (25 Jun – 01 July 2020)

12:00 Jul 2 2020 Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPT): Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza

by Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory

25 June – 1 July 2020

9 Palestinians shot and wounded, including a child and paramedic, in IOF suppression of peaceful protest in Kufuor Qaddoum, Qalqilya;

5 shootings reported against agricultural lands eastern Gaza Strip, and once at fishing boats western Gaza Strip

In 74 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 77 civilians arrested, including 6 children and 3 women;

3 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip;

5 houses demolished in occupied East Jerusalem, and numerous demolition and cease-construction notices delivered in Hebron;
Settler-attacks in the West Bank: 3 civilians wounded and arsenal attacks on agricultural lands;

IOF established 46 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 5 Palestinians on said checkpoints


Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, IOF’s excessive use of force rendered 9 injuries among Palestinian civilians, including a child and a paramedic, during raids and attacks on peaceful protests in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, which have also witnessed wide-scale demolitions and distribution of demolition notices of civilian houses and properties over the past several weeks, as Israeli occupation authorities prepare to commence its annexation plan of large parts of West Bank territories.

This week, PCHR documented 155 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity: IOF shot and wounded 9 Palestinians, including a child and a paramedic, in excessive use of force against a Kufuor Qaddoum weekly protests against the occupation and settlement activities in the West Bank.

In Gaza, 5 shootings against agricultural lands eastern Gaza Strip were reported; and once against fishing boats sailing in northern Gaza sea.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 74 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 77 Palestinians were arrested, including 6 children and 3 women.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted 3 limited incursions intro eastern Rafah, Khan Younis and Central governorate.

Settlement expansion activities and settlers’ attacks: IOF continued its settlement expansion operations in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, PCHR documented 5 violations, including:

East Jerusalem: demolition of 5 houses and a wall, and one land razed; and
Hebron: 8 cease-construction and demolition notices distributed to civilians’ houses, agricultural rooms, water well and sheep barn.

PCHR also documented 4 settler attacks that included assault in Qalqilya and Salfit that rendered 3 civilians with bruises, and arsenal attacks on agricultural lands in Nablus and Ramallah.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the History of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. Furthermore, since the PA ended security coordination with Israeli authorities in May 2020, hundreds of critically ill patients whose condition cannot afford delays in treatment were denied travel. This week, 2 children died because they were unable to travel for treatment abroad. This was amplified by the restrictions put in place by IOF since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, that had already had grave implications on the humanitarian and economic situation of the Gaza Strip population.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity

Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity

At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 25 June 2020, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’ah village, in eastern Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.

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