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PCHR:Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

12:00 Sep 4 2021 Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPT): Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza

PCHR:Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
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Sep 4, 2021

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Summary for August 26 – September 1, 2021
Israeli forces 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, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Israeli settlement expansion on Palestinian properties and land continued. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

Israeli Army shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

The occupation army killed a Palestinian man in excessive use of force in the West Bank, and a child in Gaza died of wounds he sustained previously at another peaceful protest in Gaza. On 31 August 2021, soldiers stationed at the western entrance to Beit Ur al-Tahta village, west of Ramallah, opened fire at Ra’ed Yousif Rashed Jadallah (39), as he was on his way back home from his work in Israel. Israeli media claimed that he was targeted after he set a fire in the area; however, PCHR’s investigations refute these claims and ascertain that there was no justification for targeting the victim as there was no threat whatsoever to the lives of the soldiers.

Additionally, 7 others were wounded due to the army’s excessive use of force, of whom six were wounded during suppression of Kufur Qaddoum peaceful protest in Qalqilia, and the 7th was wounded near Na’lin village entrance.

On 28 August 2021, medical sources at al-Shifa Medical Complex in Gaza pronounced 13-year-old Omar H. M. Abul-Neil dead. Abul-Neil was wounded by army gunfire during a protest held in eastern Gaza on 21 August 2021. Additionally, two incidents of the army shooting at fishing boats in northern Gaza, and two incidents at Palestinians near the border area in eastern Khan Younis.
Army incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

The Israeli army carried out 128 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, 66 Palestinians were arrested, including 13 children, and 4 women.
Also this week, soldiers arrested and assaulted a group of journalists while they were working covering demolitions in Hebron. They were later released after interrogation.

Demolition of Palestinian homes:

PCHR fieldworkers documented 10 violations:

• East Jerusalem: a room self-demolished; retaining walls destroyed in Silwan, and 4 houses self-destroyed in Beit Hanina and Jabel Mukaber; also IOF destroyed parts of a house in Jabel Mukaber.
• Salfit: construction vehicles detained near Qarawat Bani Hassan to stop land rehabilitation in the area.
• Bethlehem: cease-construction notices served against a mosque and three houses, including one under-construction, as well as, retaining walls in Nahlin. IOF destroyed the foundations of 2 houses.
• Tubas: 3 tents uprooted (used for sheep) in the northern Jordan valleys.
• Nablus: 2 houses demolished, including 1 under construction, as well as a water well.


Israeli Settlers’ Attacks

• Ramallah: Dhafer Jarrah ‘Ataya and his family attacked by a group of settlers west of Ramallah, in western Ras Karkar village
• Hebron: Mahmoud Mohammed Walid Yousif Jaber (18) sustained wounds in the head, when a group of settlers threw stones at civilians’ houses in Jaber Neighborhood, east of Hebron’s Old City; 6 vehicles sustained damage, including broken windows.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

This week, Israeli occupation authorities continued to ban the entry of dozens of goods, including construction materials, in collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the Israeli closure imposed on the territory entered its 15th year, without an end in sight that would fulfil Palestinians’ right to enjoy their economic, social, and cultural rights. Despite the Israeli occupation’s announcement of a series of relief measures on both Karm Abu-Salem and Beit Hanoun crossing, severe restrictions remain in place as several types of products and raw materials are banned entry.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

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