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

12:00 Sep 9 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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The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR): Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt)

Summary for September 2 – 8, 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.

The Israeli settlement expansion works continued on Palestinian lands and properties. This week, the Israeli prison authorities conducted a retaliatory oppression campaign and collective punishment against hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli prisons in the aftermath of Palestinians fleeing Galboa prison earlier this week. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

Army shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

The army’s excessive use of force rendered 4 Palestinians wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. One was wounded during army attacks on Kufur Qaddoum weekly peaceful protest in Qalqilia; a child suffered fracture in the skull and was deemed critical after the army attacked him during a raid in Jenin. Also dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation as soldiers suppressed protests across Palestinian cities against the attacks on Palestinian prisoners. In the Gaza Strip, a fisherman was wounded at sea in northern Beit Lahia, and a child in Khan Younis. Also, six Israeli Navy shootings were reported against Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Sea.

Israeli Army incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

The army carried out 143 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, 62 Palestinians were arrested, including 10 children.

Demolitions:

PCHR fieldworkers documented 6 violations:

• Occupied East Jerusalem: 2 houses completely self-demolished, as well as parts of a third house. Authorities commenced work the Martyrs Cemetery adjacent to al-Yousifiyeh Cemetery in al-Asbat Gate area. The army also confiscated a wheel loader.
• Hebron: works stopped at a land, and an excavator confiscated in Dura.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

This week, the Israeli occupation announced closure of all crossings with the West Bank and the Gaza Strip starting 16:00 on Monday 6 September 2021 until midnight 9 September 2021 for Rosh Hashanah. In its press statement, the Israeli military said, “As per security assessment and political directives, a total lockdown will be imposed on the West Bank and the Gaza crossings for the Jewish holidays.” “All commercial crossing will be closed, only exceptional humanitarian, and medical cases will be allowed through the crossing subject to approval of the Coordinator of Government Operations in the Palestinian Territories.”

Meanwhile, 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.

On Wednesday, 8 September 2021, authorities announced that the closure of West Bank crossings will be in effect until midnight Sunday, 12 September 2021.

Meanwhile, the occupation 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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