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Monday, July 28, 2014

China In Latin America

In the previous post, in the context of the declining influence of the United States in Latin America as more countries there break free of the traditional US dominance and experiment with Leftist economic models, I mentioned China's growing role in Latin America.

In 2010, China loaned more money to Latin American countries than the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the US Export-Import Bank combined, and it's loans there have totaled US$100 billion since 2005. It is fast approaching the US as the region's largest trading partner and its trade with Chile, Peru, and Brazil, Latin America's biggest economy, exceeds that of the US, while it has become the second largest trading partner with Mexico after the US(1).

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro last week signed new deals for "development projects in energy, mining, industry, technology, communications, transport, housing and culture" worth US $18 billion.(2)


1 China in Latin America

2 Venezuela Receives US$18 Billion of Chinese Financing, Signs 38 Accords

Also

Where Xi leads, Abe follows? China, Japan compete in Latin America

Latin America has power to reshape relations with China - but will it use it?


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mel

The country of origin of the greatest number of refugee children arriving at our southern borders is Honduras. Almost all the refugees are from Central America, and as has been pointed out by Roberto Lovato of UC-Berkeley, of those, are all from countries that have followed US prescribed Reaganomics/Neoliberal economic policies, such as Honduras and Guatamela, and none of them are from the countries that have broken free of US dominance and gone their own, Leftist ways, countries like Nicaragua and El Salvador.

I was reminded of that this morning when I saw a tweet from Manual Zelaya, who is often called Mel, the former Honduran president who was ousted in an Obama Administration/Hillary Clinton State Department backed coup in 2009. Zelaya has become active on Facebook and Twitter in the past few months and today posted a picture of himself and Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro that was taken at the PSUV (Venezuelan Socialist Party) congress that's underway in Caracas.

Nicholas Maduro in red, Mel Zelaya with glasses
It's been quite a ride these last few years for Mel Zelaya. A wealthy Honduran rancher and bonafied member of the Honduran oligarchy, after becoming president of Honduras in 2006 Zelaya veered to the Left. He had implemented many programs benefiting the poor people of his country, which the US ruling elite doesn't like to see happen in its back yard -- witness Cuba, the Sandanista's Nicaragua, Allende's Chile, or any number of other examples -- and when Zelaya began having cordial relations with Venezuelan Socialist President Hugo Chavez, el Gringo lowered the boom.

The US also tried, earlier this year, to oust Maduro, who is carrying on in Chavez' footsteps in trying to find another way, one that benefits the majority of the people of his country and not just the wealthy few. But that extra-legal effort by the US failed.

It had been directed and funded by the US State Department's CIA and USAID respectively and carried out in collaboration with the Venezuelan oligarchy. It consisted of often violent, sometimes deadly street demonstrations by middle and upper class Venezuelans and of acts of economic sabotage by the oligarchy, and was aided and abetted by the US media, which ran almost daily stories about the protests, all of which repeated the same set of false statistics about Venezuela's economic condition and predicted its imminent collapse.

Gone now from US media stories that originate from Venezuela are the false statistics and predictions of doom. And in the last week, first Ecuador, and then Brazil, which also have Leftist governments and have broken free of US dominance, recalled their ambassadors from Israel in protest of the US backed, US funded, congressionally approved slaughter of the citizens of Gaza (while the US continues to be Israel's sole supporter at the UN.)

Also last week the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, stopped off in Cuba to pay his respects to Fidel Castro, on his way back from a tour of Latin America where he attended the BRICS Summit and also summits of Latin American and Caribbean leaders. BRICS -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa --  is an economic cooperation alliance that operates outside the influence of the US, and of those US dominated tools of Western economic imperialism the IMF and World Bank.

Photo DW.DE
In other words, Xi Jinping was in Latin America, and Cuba, too, no doubt, to talk about money, about making Chinese investments in those nations, and not the kind of investments made by the IMF and World Bank, which require receiving countries to adopt Reaganomics/Neoliberal "structural reforms," i.e., to slash social spending and lower taxes on the rich and increase them on the poor, as countries like Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Spain have been required to do, which sends the countries' economies into spirals of decline and makes them essentially cheap labor pools for foreign banks to scavenge from. The Chinese are known for not attaching any strings to their investments and have demonstrated that all across Africa.

Things continue to change south of the border. Not everywhere, and not all at once. Latin Americans may have replaced the now nearly irrelevant US-dominated Organization of American States, the old OAS, with their own regional alliance, CELAC, to which party the US wasn't invited, but the US still controls important nations down under like Columbia and Uruguay. And children may still be fleeing the violence and oppression in the hellhole that is post-coup, US dominated Honduras, but Mel Zelaya is on Twitter and Facebook, and in Caracas, smiling.







Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mowing the Grass - Death Toll Near 800

In Israel some people refer to the periodic slaughtering of Palestinians in Gaza as "mowing the grass."

Keeping down the population.  Israel, which already has taken most of historic Palestine, wants all the land.

Four hospitals in the small enclave, which Israel controls the exits to, have been bombed. Pregnant Palestinian women have been disproportionately targeted. Now a school.

Our entire New Mexico legislative delegation is on record as approving of this massacre. Both houses of congress have passed voice vote resolutions defending Israel's right to "defend itself." There was not one vote of opposition in either chamber.

Death chambers.





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Slaughter in Gaza

"In 2011, the projectiles fired by the Israeli military into Gaza have been responsible for the death of 108 Palestinians, of which 15 where women or children and the injury of 468 Palestinians of which 143 where women or children. The methods by which these causalities were inflicted by Israeli projectiles breaks down as follows: 57% or 310, were caused by Israeli Aircraft Missile fire, 28% or 150 where from Israeli live ammunition, 11% or 59 were from Israeli tank shells while another 3% or 18 were from Israeli mortar fire." ( United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), which keeps detailed data on casualties in Palestine - more here.)


 Every two or three years Israel goes on a killing rampage. In between, the killings sometimes dwindle to a few a week. I recently posted one of the weekly PCHR reports that detail the killings, house demolitions, detentions and so forth that Israel invokes on Palestinians, non stop, year after year.

The US media and the US political establishment all echo the Israel public relations line to justify the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from land Israel wants. Say what you will about the little home made rockets Palestinians fire toward Israel, but they are always in response to an upsurge in Israel's extra judicial murders of Palestinians. If there's a cease fire between Israel and Hamas, Israel breaks it. If there's an election coming up in Israel, more Palestinians will be killed following a barrage of propaganda from the Israeli government about how Israel's very existence is being threatened.

The Electronic Intifada details how Israel began this latest  round of violence by provoking rocket attacks from Palestine.

It's important to remember that recently there have been two rampages, one in the West Bank, where the old PLO is in charge, which was supposedly about three youths being missing, although Israeli officials, it is now known, already knew the boys were dead when the rampage began.

Now it's in Gaza, where Hamas is in charge.

Just prior to the first rampage the POL and Hamas agreed to stop fighting each other and unite, confirming Israel's worse fears. It's not widely known but Israel if not created Hamas made it into what it is today, to be a counterweight to the secular PLO. As UPI reported in 2002:

Israel and Hamas may currently be locked in deadly combat, but, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years.

Israel "aided Hamas directly -- the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization)," said Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies.

Israel's support for Hamas "was a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative," said a former senior CIA official.







Saturday, July 19, 2014

Number of Palestinians in Gaza Slaughtered by Israel Tops 314

 In Israel, the periodic slaughters in Gaza -- the modern, US-supplied Israeli Army, Air Force and Navy bombardments of the defenseless, trapped (by Israel on three sides and the US backed military dictatorship in Egypt on the other) population of Gaza, who have nowhere to run  -- are sometimes called "mowing the grass." Trimming the population of Gaza.

It's been suggested by Vijay Prashad that this particular massacre at this particular time, which follows closely on the heels of the recent rampage in the West Bank by the Israeli Army, may have everything to do with the recent rapprochement between Hamas and the PLO, which is one of the things Israel fears most.

Recall that after 1967 Israel promoted and helped build up Hamas so that it could act as a counterweight against the PLO, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which has morphed into the Palestinian Authority that has nominal control of the Occupied West Bank.




Above: A Palestinian man holds his daughters, Shada and Lama al-Ejla, who were injured in an Israeli tank attack, as he leaves al-Shifa hospital on July 18, 2014 in Gaza City. (Photo: AFP - Mahmoud Hams). Published in Al Akhbar English with a July 18, 2014 article about the ongoing slaughter by Israel of Palestinians trapped in Gaza.



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Big Creek Limited Partnership




I came across a web site that tracks who gets what in the way of USDA farm subsidies in New Mexico's First US Congressional District.

The leader in recent years has been Leroy C Cravens of Encino, NM, who received payments totaling $646, 924 from 1995 through 2012.

Cravens got the payments in the form of "Conservation Subsidies," "Disaster Subsidies," and "Commodity Subsidies," the latter category including "Livestock Subsidies," "Wool Subsidies," and "Sheep Meat Subsidies," according to the web site, which is run by the Environmental Working Group.

If you click on any one person's name  in the First District table it gives a breakdown of that person's take. Clicking "Next" at the bottom of the page reveals more names. Native and longtime New Mexicans may see names they recognize. I recognized the name of Patsy Guinn, a realtor in the Estancia Valley, where I used to live. The names of those who, like her, have received just a few thousand dollars, go on for page after page.

Some people are hidden behind corporation names or ranch names. Doing a search of that name sometimes reveals the owners. For example, Number 22 on the list, Two Arrow Inc., which received $72,566 in the 1995-2012 period, is, according to Bizpedia, owned by Rowena Green and Terri League.

They were easy to find with a simple internet search. The owners of number 11 on the First District list, Big Creek Limited Partnership, are more opaque.

Big Creek Limited Partnership received $100,000 in 2012 in the category "Disaster Subsidies," which places it 11th on the list. Nothing about the company's owners comes up after almost an hour of internet searching, not with a general search, or searches of specific web sites like the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, where you'd expect to find a company that does business in New Mexico.

The fact that Big Creek Limited Partnership's owners don't show up anywhere makes it stand out. It's even numbered, $100,000 subsidy is unusual -- most are odd amounts -- as is the fact that that the "Disaster Subsidy" was the only kind of subsidy it got. It got it for just that one year, and yet that amount places it high on the list. A shell company, set up to receive an illicit payment, might have a similar internet footprint.

If I was writing a newspaper article about the subsidies I'd want to look into the anomaly of Big Creek Limited Partnership. If I was actively working in the newspaper field I'd probably know who to call or where to look to find out who's behind that company, and what the $100,000 "Disaster Subsidies" payment was for. If I couldn't, I'd want to know why. If they are doing business here and aren't registered with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, I'd have to know why not.

There are, however, various bits of information on the internet about the company, but they only make it seem more mysterious. The web site Manta, where Big Creek Limited Partnership does show up, gives an address for the company of Vaughn, NM. It also lists, under the company's name, the names Wade Ranch and Old Burgeute Ranch, and there's a phone number. What are these two other ranches? Were they bought out by Big Creek Limited Partnership? If you took a drive out to Vaughn and asked around, someone would probably know something.

Another web site, Topix, gives a more complete address, 7971 US 54, Vaughn, NM, 88353, but otherwise gives less information than Manta.

The "street view" images at Google Maps for that address, oddly enough, were taken at night. I've never seen that before.




Panning out in Google's "earth view" does give a daytime view, but reveals that the address, on the east side of Vaughn, is uninhabited range land.






Google isn't always right, but the phone calls and maybe your little day trip to Vaughn would probably clarify things. It could be nothing, it could be something. If it was a case where someone knew that by filling out a form you can make yourself a quick $100,000, that would be one thing. If was a case where someone in the Martinez Administration had to grease the skids for the payment to be made, and there was also a campaign donation involved, that would be something else.

I'm not really implying that that's what it is, but I did want to put the thought into your head. It's in mine. Based on what I've learned I can't rule it out.


Perspective

I'd want to see how the subsidies handed out in New Mexico's First District fit into the big picture of Agricultural Subsidies, in the state and in the US. Is this small potatoes? If so, what's the real story? I'd like to know what Leroy C Cravens of Encino thinks about his subsidies. How do they fit into the picture of that kind of business? Do they coincide with his politics or contradict them?

My first thought was that his $646, 924 in subsidies from 1995 through 2012 might cover his expenses, leaving whatever he gets from selling his sheep or cattle as pure profit, but that might not be the case. And how would the two women who own Two Arrow Inc. explain their sizable subsidies or Patsy Guinn the realtor her smaller one?

The subsidy that farmers who are using public land get that comes in the form of the cheap use of our land isn't included in any of the Environmental Working Group's charts, nor are the costs of environmental destruction caused by cows and sheep scalping the landscape and allowing invasive species to overtake native species, or the resulting dust storms and erosion and the effects of all that runoff on lakes and streams. That might be looked into and mentioned in a story like this, and be the subject of another one.





Monday, July 7, 2014

Iowa 80

Iowa 80 at some point in the past - this is before I was ever there so at least 20 years. Around that, judging by the trucks.



An email update from a trucking trade publication noted that the Iowa 80 Truck Stop's annual jamboree is going on next week. The Iowa 80, in Walcott, on the west side of Davenport, is said to be the world's biggest truck stop. I've been there quite a few times, although I just as often stopped at a Pilot across the interstate to fuel up because it was easier and quicker. For the Iowa 80 you have to go down a side road a little ways, and wait while trucks back in and pull out. It's just so busy and so huge. If you need to go inside you might have to park a quarter mile from the restaurant/store/all kinds of other things in that place.

It has what might be the most well equipped store for trucker stuff. The people who gussy up their trucks could be seen wandering the aisles. If you've ever seen a real shopper walk into a Wal Mart and pause as they get inside the door while they mentally map out their adventure....

When I was driving flat bed I always stopped at Iowa 80 to get bungee cords - those rubber straps with the hooks at each end you fasten down tarps with - because they were so cheap. I'd buy one or two boxes of fifty for probably $25 each.

There is, however, a pretty good restaurant there. Cars can park up front by the building.

The truck stop life. When you're on the road like that, you're basically driving all the time. Anything you do besides driving, like eating, showering, washing laundry, takes time out of sleeping. Often you don't have time to stop and eat. You have to grab something to go. But when you can squeeze in an hour, or when you have time at the end of your driving day, there are certain truck stops you stop at. They are your familiar places. Someone to wait on you, a warm, always tasty meal. Conversation if you want it. Just a few minutes when you're not going. Not under pressure. Not having to do anything but just sit there and not have to do anything for a little while.

That's what the note about the annual jamboree at the Iowa 80 reminds me of. That's why, now that I'm no longer driving over the road, when I'm home here and want to go out to eat, sometimes I just go to a truck stop.





  




Sunday, July 6, 2014

Another Day In Palestine

The abductions and killings and beatings of teenage boys in Palestine -- Israeli and Palestinian -- that made national news in the past week is a reminder that the one thing you will never hear about in the US media is the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Israel that began in 1948 and continues until this minute.

Palestine was divided in two parts in 1948, which meant that Israel, to create a Jewish state, had to force Palestinians from the more than half of Palestine that Israel was given. This was accomplished through a series of massacres and mass evictions. Then in 1967 Israel militarily occupied the part of Palestine that had been left to the Palestinians - often referred to as Gaza and the West Bank - and has been gradually cleansing Palestinians from that land ever since, converting it into settlements and military zones.

If you ever hear the term "Greater Israel," that refers to the long-standing Zionist plan to get all of Palestine, not just the half Israel was given in 1948. Israel hopes to make life so harsh and unbearable for the remaining Palestinians that they simply leave.

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights has for some years been documenting this ongoing tragedy with weekly reports (permanently linked to in the right hand column of this web log) that detail the shootings, arrests at military checkpoints, restrictions on movement, settlement activities (including the frequent violence against Palestinians committed by settlers, who are among the most rabid of Zionists, which is often committed with Israeli soldiers standing guard) and incursions, i.e. when the Israeli military enters a Palestinian town to conduct a military type operation that might include arrests, the destruction of homes, or home searches, i.e., the ransacking of Palestinian homes, often occurring in the middle of the night and taking several hours, during which Palestinian families must stand outdoors in their night clothes - and it does get cold in Palestine in the Winter time.

The reports also document what goods Israel, which controls all of Palestine's borders, air space and water resources, allows into Palestine. The frequent and illegal collective punishment Israel visits on the Palestinians often includes not allowing food, medicines and any other items depending on the whims of the Israeli government to even enter the Occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza.

I re-print here the most recent PCHR "Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory." The report first lists some highlights, then there is a summary, followed by more detailed descriptions of each incident.

Please take a minute to scan down through it, remembering that this is only one week. This almost unbelievable amount of harassment has been going on week after week, year after year, since 1967.




Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (26 June – 02 July 2014)

 
Gaza – Palestinians check the damage caused by Israeli airstrikes against various areas in the Gaza Strip
Israeli forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)
 

Israeli settlers kidnapped, tortured and killed a Palestinian Child from Shu’fat neighbourhood in Occupied Jerusalem and mutilated his body.

In two new crimes of extra-judicial execution, 3 members of the armed groups were killed and another one was wounded.

Israeli forces stormed Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

A Palestinian civilian was killed in the north of the West Bank, and an old woman died due to a heart attack when Israeli forces raided her house, south of the West Bank.

19 Palestinian civilians, including the Palestine TV Reporter in occupied Jerusalem, were wounded, and one of them was arrested.
Israeli forces conducted 90 incursions in the West Bank.
3 houses were destroyed in Hebron on the ground of collective punishment.
76 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, were arrested.
The building of Hend al-Husseini Faculty was raided in occupied Jerusalem.
The equipment of al-Rayyan Dairy Factory was confiscated in Hebron.

Israeli warplanes launched 24 airstrikes on civilian objects and paramilitary training sites in the Gaza Strip.
9 Palestinian civilians, including 3women and 2 children, were wounded by shrapnel, and 3 civilians, including two children, were injured by the flying glass.  Moreover, 3 civilians sustained bruises.
A chicken barn, greenhouses, a country house, two barracks for fodders and sheep were destroyed, and 3000 chicks died.

Israeli forces continued to fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strips
3 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the southern and central Gaza Strip.

Israel continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
At least 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

Israeli naval forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza waters.

Israeli forces continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
Settlers attacked Palestinian civilians and their property.
Settlers cut down 15 olive trees in Beit Ummar in the north of Hebron.



Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (26 June – 02 July 2014).

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinians, and wounded 31 others; 19 of them were in the West Bank while 12 others were in the Gaza Strip.  The wounded persons included 5 children and 4 women, including the Palestine TV reporter, in occupied Jerusalem. An old woman died of a heart attack when the Israeli forces raided her house and obstructed transferring her to the hospital for medical treatment.  In one of the most heinous crimes committed by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians in the oPt, a group of Israeli settlers kidnapped Mohammed Hussein Abu Khudair, 16, from the vicinity of his family’s house in Shu’fat neighbourhood in the north of occupied Jerusalem, subjected him to brutal torture, and then killed him.  In the Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes conducted 24 air strikes, and the Israeli ground forces conducted 5 shooting incidents along the border fence.  Moreover, Israeli naval forces carried out 2 shooting and chasing incidents.

In the West Bank, on 01 July 2014, an Israeli undercover unit killed a Palestinian civilian in Jenin refugee camp in the north of the West Bank when the area was completely quiet.

On 26 June 2014, Fatmah Ismail Ma’abad ‘Issa (70), from al-‘Arroub refugee camp died of a heart attack when Israeli forces raided her family house and detained the family members for an hour denying her access to medical treatment.

In one of the most heinous crimes committed by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians in the oPt, a group of Israeli settlers kidnapped Mohammed Hussein Abu Khudair, 16, from the vicinity of his family’s house in Shu’fat neighborhood in the north of occupied Jerusalem, subjected him to brutal torture, and then killed him.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 19 Palestinian civilians and arrested one of them.  On 26 June 2014, Ismail Ahmed Mahmoud Hawamdah (23) from al-Samou’a village, south of Hebron was hit by two bullets to the shoulder and back when a member of an under-cover unit fired at him during his arrest.  Israeli forces then arrested him and took him to an unknown destination.  His family learnt later that her son is in “Soroka” Hospital in Beersheba.

On 27 June 2014, Israeli forces wounded 4 Palestinian civilians when they moved into Nablus, Balatet al-Balad and Balatah refugee camp, east of the city to secure the way for settlers in order to perform religious rituals in Yousif tomb.  A number of Palestinian youngsters demonstrated against them. 

In the Gaza Strip, during the reporting period, Israeli forces committed two new crimes of extra-judicial execution.  In the first crime, 2 Palestinian members of al-Naser Salah al-Deen brigades (the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees) were killed.  In the second crime, a member of an armed group was killed and another one was wounded.

On 27 June 2014, 8 Palestinian civilians were wounded when Israeli tanks along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, fired 3 shells at the two minarets of al-Huda and al-Taqwa mosques in Khoza’ah village, which are around 1000-1600 meters away from the border fence.  Three women, including a pregnant one and another one with her child in their family house, were wounded while another child, who was in the street, was wounded as well.

On the same day, Israeli tanks stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, fired 6 artillery shells at the agricultural lands in al-Qararah village, east of the city.  Residents of the area were terrified due to the sound of explosions heard all over Khan Younis.  No injuries were reported.

On 28 June 2014, two Palestinian civilians were wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis, opened fire at the agricultural lands to the west of the aforementioned fence. 

On 29 June 2014, Israeli tanks stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis, fired 5 shells and opened fire at the agricultural lands, east of Qararah village, west of the aforementioned fence.  No injuries were reported.

In the context of other Israeli airstrikes, in addition to the two aforementioned airstrikes, Israeli warplanes conducted 20 airstrikes on civil targets and paramilitary training sites of armed groups.

On 28 June 2014, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a 1-dunum land planted with olives, east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the centre of the Gaza Strip.  This land belongs to Ahmed Mohammed Hlayel (35).  As a result, 70 olive trees were damaged and 450-square-meter chicken barn roofed with tin and plastic was destroyed.  Moreover, 3000 chicks died and a 50-square-meter house was destroyed.  A fodder store and a barrack were destroyed, and a sheep died.

On 29 June 2014, Israeli warplanes conducted 8 airstrikes targeting sites and facilities of armed groups in Gaza City, the central governorate, Khan Younis and Rafah.  As a result, the targeted sites were damaged, and windows of nearby houses were broken.  Moreover, 9 windows of an UNRWA health clinic in the Saudi neighbourhood in Rafah were broken.  In addition, 3 civilians, including a child, were wounded due to the flying glass.

On 01 July 2014, Israeli warplanes and helicopters conducted 11 airstrikes, during which they fired 44 missiles targeting training sites of armed groups, agricultural barracks.  As a result, 3 employees of the agricultural control were terrified.  All the airstrikes were conducted in almost the same time all over the Gaza Strip, except the central governorate, causing fear among civilians due to the strong sound of the explosions.

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea, on 28 June 2014, Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan Younis shore in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically in the vicinity of the Palestinian fishing boats sailing 4 nautical miles offshore.

On 01 July 2014, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip, launched a number of shells at open areas, east of the coastline.  No injuries or damages to the boats were reported.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 90 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 76 Palestinians, including 8 children.  8 of them were arrested in Jerusalem while 9 others were arrested when Israeli forces intervened during the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinian civilians.

Following their declaration of the disappearance of 3 Israeli settlers in Hebron in the south of the West Bank, since Thursday evening, 12 June 2014, Israeli forces carried out a large-scale military campaign against residential communities in the West Bank and night raids of houses using tracker dogs and maltreating the house residents by expelling them outside their houses or detaining them in one room.  Moreover, Israeli forces turned many houses into military barracks and deliberately damaged those houses. Most of the campaign was mainly targeting Hebron, but it extended all the West Bank governorates.

On 26 June 2014, Israeli forces raided and searched the building of Hend al-Husseini Faculty of al-Quds Abu Dis University in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied Jerusalem.  They then left the building, and neither destruction nor confiscations were reported.

In a serious precedent, Israeli forces destroyed 2 houses belonging to the families of Marwan Sa’di al-Qawasmi and ‘Aamer ‘Omar Abu ‘Eisaha in Hebron, on the ground of suspicions that the two Palestinians were involved in the abduction of the three Israeli settlers, before arresting, questioning and convicting them. 

On 02 July 2014, Israeli forces raided Dar al-Israa’ Library for Printing and Distributing and confiscated computers and checks belonging to Taher Dandis.  They also raided al-Asil Centre and confiscated computers.

On the same day, the Israeli forces raided al-Ihsan Charity in Da’eret al-Seir area, north of Hebron.  They confiscated computers and documents.

On 02 July 2014, they destroyed the house of Ziad Khalil Hassan ‘Awwad (43) from Ethna village, west of Hebron.  It should be mentioned that the Israeli authorities accuse the aforementioned civilian of killing an Israeli officer near Bypass Road (60).


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 7 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 1.7 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.

Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip continue to be denied access to Jerusalem.

As part of using military checkpoints and border crossings as traps to arrest Palestinian civilians under the pretext they are wanted, Israeli forces arrested 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

Settlement activities

Israel has continued its settlement activities in the oPt, in a direct violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

Attacks carried out by Israeli forces

On 28 June 2014, an Israeli infantry force moved from “Avigal” settlement which is established on confiscated lands, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, and raided Kherbat Om Al-Khair. They prevented civilians from Al-Hathalin family from establishing a barracks of tents and tin for one of the families there. Moreover, Israeli soldiers verbally abused the civilians.

On 28 June 2014, Israeli forces backed by several military vehicles and a jeep belonging to the construction and organization department in the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Shueika village, north of Tulkarm. Israeli forces stationed west of the village and handed 3 civilians 3 notices to stop construction work in their houses under the pretext of having no construction permit to build in the areas classified as “C” according to the 1993 Oslo Agreement.

Attacks carried out by settlers

On 26 June 2014, a group of settlers from "Kiryat Arba" settlement which is established on confiscated lands east of Hebron, accompanied by a number of Israeli soldiers, attacked a house belonging to Al-Ja'bari family in Al-Ras area, east of Hebron. The settlers and the soldiers attacked the family and beat them up. Israeli forces arrested 8 civilians.

On 28 June 2014, a group of settlers from "Susya" settlement which is established on confiscated lands south of Yatta village, south of Hebron, took their sheep into Palestinian civilians' lands in Al-Rakhim valley area, and ruined their crops. The settlers moved into a tent belonging to Izz Ghaith and stayed in it for several hours.

On 30 June 2014, two settlers attempted to kidnap Mousa Rami Zaloum (9) when he was walking with his mother in Sho’afat neighbourhood in the north of occupied East Jerusalem.

On 30 June 2014,  a group of settlers from "Beit Aein" settlement which is established on confiscated lands, west of Beir Amr village, north of Hebron, cut 15 olive trees ( aged between 3 to 5 years ) in Abu Rish area, west of the village, belonging to Hammad Jaber Al-Sleibi.

On the same day, a group of settlers from "Ramat Yishai" in the middle of Tal Al-Rumaida neighborhood, in the center of Hebron, attacked Majed Mamoun Sultan (19) when he was returning to his house. As a result, the aforementioned civilian sustained wounds to his head. Israeli soldiers moved into the area then arrested the aforementioned civilian and took him to an unknown destination.

On 1 July 2014, a group of settlers deployed at the entrance of Kafer Laqef village, east of Qalqilya. At approximately 01:40, Israeli forces arrived at the place and evacuated the settlers. No further events were reported.

On the same day, a group of settlers gathered near "Kedumim" settlement and threw stones at Palestinian civilians' vehicles passing through the main street between Qalqilya and Nablus. As a result, the front glass of a taxi driven by Ayman Muhammad Al-Jadaa' from Hibla village, south of Qalqilya, was shattered.

On the same day, a female Israeli settler deliberately ran over Snabil Muhammed Fahmi Al-Tous (9), near Al-Ja'ba village, southwest of Bethlehem. The settler threw the child in a hole on the main road and tried to escape. A group of civilians caught the settler and handed her to the Israeli police. Then they took the child to Beit Jala government Hospital for treatment. The child's wounds were serious.

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (26 June – 02 July 2014)
   
1. Incursions into Palestinian Areas, and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

Thursday, 26 June 2014

· At approximately 00:10, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into ‘Awerta village, southeast of Nablus.  They raided and searched a number of houses and deliberately destroyed the furniture of some houses.  They also questioned their residents and subjected them to spot investigation.
Amal Mah0moud ‘Abdel Rahim ‘Awwad said to a PCHR fieldworker that:
“At approximately 12:10 on Thursday, 26 June 2014, my husband, Mahmud ‘Awad Mahmoud ‘Awwad (57), our children and I were sleeping in my bedroom on the second floor in a 3-storey house in the northern neighbourhood of ‘Awerta village when the Israeli soldiers knocked the apartment’s door after taking the stairs.  My husband immediately woke up and opened the door and I was standing behind him.  A soldier asked him about our son, Mohammed, who came out from the salon to the balcony.  The Israeli soldier asked Mohammed to sit down on a chair in the balcony and allowed my husband to stay with him.  He questioned them about the weapons we have in our house and ordered us to hand them.  The Israeli soldiers kept us in one room and then I heard nothing, but the sound of crashing and destroying in addition to striking on the walls with hand hammers.  At approximately 03:30, the sound went silent in the house, so we came out of the room to find the house empty of soldiers.  We entered the house to find it destroyed even the lamps and bathrooms.”

At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Nablus.  They raided and searched a number of houses and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Yata, south of Hebron.  They stationed in the eastern area and deployed in Ekhreisah and Roq’aah neighbourhood.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of al-Shawahin family and beat up members of the family.  The Israeli soldiers also raided and searched a house belonging to Khalil Rab’ie, Member of the PLC.  Meanwhile, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Faris Mahmoud al-‘Amour (40) after beating up his son, Amir (16), who suffers pain in his feet.  They questioned his mother and then stole a 50-gram piece of gold and 8,500 NIS.  They arrested ‘Ali Mousa Hasan Mohammed after searching his house and took him to an unknown destination.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They stationed in a number of neighbourhoods when Palestinian boys gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at them.  The Israeli soldiers in response fired sound bombs and gas canisters at the boys and houses randomly.  As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.  Israeli infantry forces deployed in Nizar Valley area and combed the agricultural lands in addition to exploding a number of caves.  The Israeli soldiers closed all the entrances to the city and isolated it completely from its villages.  Meanwhile, the Israeli soldiers raided a number of houses in al-Tabaqah village, south of Dura.  They raided shops at the village entrance and confiscated Digital Video Recorders (DVR) of the surveillance cameras.  The Israeli soldiers also raided al-‘Awawdah divan in Abu Ghbarah area after blowing up the main entrance.  Israeli forces withdrew later, and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied by 2 buses for transferring soldiers moved into al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron after cutting the electricity off.  The Israeli soldiers raided and searched a number of houses.  Meanwhile, a number of boys gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who in response fired tear gas canisters indiscriminately and heavily at the civilian houses.  As a result, a number of families suffered tear gas inhalation as many families were evacuated from their houses by the PRCS staffs. Of those families that were identified were Haitham ‘Ali Albalasi; Mohammed Khamis al-Badawi; Nayef Nemer al-Badawi; Ismail ‘Ali al-Jawabrah; Mofidah al-Jabri; Ahmed Mohammed al-Titi; Rami Ahmed al-Titi; and Tariq Ziad Jawarbah.  The Israeli soldiers also raided a house belonging to Tal’at ‘Aziz Rushdi ‘Issa (40) to know what is happening around his house.  As a result, his old mother, Fatmah Ismail Ma’abad ‘Issa (70) had a heart attack when the Israeli soldier raided the house of her son and holding weapons to his face.  They detained the family members for one hour without allowing the ambulance to get to the house or allowing her daughter-in-law, who is a nurse, to reach her.  After his brothers gathered in the house backyard, the mother was taken out of the house and then transferred by a PRSC ambulance.  When the ambulance arrived at the camp entrance, the Israeli soldiers tried to stop it, but the driver took another way and drove quickly to Hebron, where the aforementioned woman died after having successive heart attacks.  The Israeli soldiers withdrew later after arresting 3 civilians identified as: Sa’ed Dib Hajajrah (25); Ismail Dib Hajajrah (22); and Diaa’ Mahdi al-Badawi (23).  The Israeli soldiers also stole a piece of gold from a house belonging to Diaa’ Jaber ‘Ali al-Titi and 2,000 Jordanian dinars from the house of Thaer Jaber ‘Ali al-Titi.

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied by armoured personnel carriers moved into Soba area, east of Ethna village, west of Hebron.  They stationed in the centre of the area and then started raiding and searching a number of houses in addition to keeping their residents in one room.  Infantry forces deployed in the agricultural lands surrounding the village and combed them.  They also moved into Rishah Valley and ‘Aziz Valley areas, west of the village.  They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Motlaq Abu Hajishah, Member of the PLC and another house belonging to Ziad Hasan ‘Awwad, a prisoner in the Israeli jails.  It should be noted that the Israeli authorities handed ‘Awwad’s family a notice to destroy their house a week ago claiming that he is accused of killing a settler at the village entrance 2 months ago.  Israeli forces withdrew later, and no arrests were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Beit Oula village, west of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Biteen village, northeast of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Beit ‘Awwa and Deir Samit villages, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Beit Sa’ir village, east of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Amrish and Hadab al-‘Alqah villages, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They stationed on the road between the villages and deployed in the agricultural lands.  They withdrew later, and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Beit ‘Oar al-Tahta village, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Beit ‘Oar al-Tahta, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Shyoukh village, north of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied by a Mercedes bus holding a Palestinian registration plate and travelled by an undercover unit moved into al-Samou’a village, south of Hebron.  They stationed at the village’s entrance, and the bus travelled by the undercover unit headed to Asfi area, south of the village, and stopped by a house belonging to Ismail Ahmed Mahmoud Hawamdah (23).  When the aforementioned civilian went out of his house, one of the undercover unit members took his gun and fired 3 gunshots at Hawamdah.  The aforementioned Palestinian was hit by a bullet to the shoulder and another one to the left side of the back and then fell on the ground.  His family member hurried to save him, but the two undercover unit members directed their guns to them.  A number of Israeli soldiers then got out of the vehicle and surrounded the place.  The two undercover unit members pulled Hawamdah to a supermarket, which is 40 meters away from his house, and then transferred him by a military vehicle, which arrived at the area.  The Israeli soldiers moved into the area and then raided the house of the aforementioned civilian and searched it.  They detained the family members in one room and questioned them on the spot.  Meanwhile, an Israeli infantry force raided a number of houses in the area.  One of those houses was a house belonging to Basim al-Za’arir, Member of the PLC.  The Israeli soldiers withdrew later and arrested Hawamdah taking him to an unknown destination.
It should be mentioned that Israeli forces raided the house of the family of Hawamdah 3 times during the military campaign on Hebron as they arrested his brother, Muhanned (27).  They also blew up the door of his family house and his brother’s, Mohammed, house and fired at Ismail once during one of the raids.  The family learnt from the Complaints Office in Jerusalem that their son is in “Soroka” Hospital in Beersheba in Israel.

Friday, 27 June 2014

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and then stationed in Rajm Abu Helal neighbourhood, southeast of the city.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Nour Shaher Doudin (19) and arrested him. 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into ‘Arqaba village, southeast of Nablus.  They raided and searched a number of houses and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron.  They stationed in the centre of the village and then raided and searched a number of houses.  They confiscated the DVRs of the surveillance cameras.  The Israeli soldiers also deployed in the valets and combed the agricultural lands.  They withdrew later, and no arrests were reported.

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Deir al-Soudan village, northeast of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-‘Oja village, northeast of Jericho.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Nablus, Balatet al-Balad and Balatah refugee camp, east of the city.  They stationed in the vicinity of Yousif Tomb in Balatet al-Balad to secure the way for the settlers in order to perform religious rituals.  In the early morning, a number of youngsters gathered and threw stones at the Israeli vehicles.  The Israeli soldiers in response fired sound bombs, live bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets at the stone-throwers.  As a result, 4 civilians sustained injuries.  The wounded persons were transferred to Rafidia Surgical Hospital in Nablus to receive medical treatment.  The injuries of two of them were described as serious.  The first one, who is 23 years old from Balatah refugee camp, was hit by a metal bullet to the left leg and stayed in it.  The second one, who is 20 years old from Balatet al-Balad, was hit by a metal bullet to the left eye and transferred to the Eye Hospital in Occupied Jerusalem.  The third one, who is 26 years old from al-Daheyah neighbourhood, southeast of the city, was hit by a sound bomb to the right hand.  The fourth one, who 20 years old from Balatah refugee camp, was hit by a metal bullet causing him laceration in the middle finger in the right hand and a deep injury in it.

At approximately 07:45, Israeli tanks stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, fired 3 shells at the two minarets of al-Huda and al-Taqwa mosques in Khoza’ah village, which around 1000-1600 meters away from the border fence.  As a result, the two minarets were damaged while the flying shrapnel in the vicinity of al-Taqwa mosque wounded around 8 civilians who were in the street or in their houses near the mosque.  Three women, including a pregnant woman and another one with her child in their family house, were wounded while another child was wounded in the street.  The wounded persons were taken to the Algerian and European hospitals in Khan Younis.  The injury of one of the children was described as serious while the rest injuries were described as minor.
The wounded persons were as follows:
1. Seraj Wael Mohammed al-Najjar (11) sustained a shrapnel injury to the back and his condition is serious;
2. Nisreen Nasrallah Mohammed al-Najjar (35) sustained a shrapnel injury to the right shoulder and left thigh;
3. Her child, Bisan Tariq Ibrahim al-Najjar (9) sustained a superficial shrapnel wound to the left hand;
4. Zakiyah Hamoudah Mahmoud Qudeih (49) sustained a superficial shrapnel wound to the head;
5. Summer Rasmi Mohammed al-Najjar (22) sustained shrapnel wounds to her hands;
6. Ibrahim Mahmoud Ibrahim al-Najjar (22) sustained a shrapnel wound to his left hand fingers;
7. Baker Hussein Mohammed al-Najjar (25) sustained a shrapnel wound to his left leg and bruises to his back; and
8. ‘Omer ‘Abdel Karim ‘Abdullah al-Naqah (21) sustained superficial injuries to the hands and legs.

At approximately 10:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported. 

At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.  They stationed in an area surrounding “Gosh Etzion” Settlement and deployed in the agricultural lands, which they combed in addition to caves.  Meanwhile, an Israeli infantry force stationed in al-Boq’ah area patrolled between the houses.  A number of boys gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who in response fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them randomly.  As a result, a number of residents suffered tear gas inhalation.  At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces moved into Mezyenah area and deployed there.  They then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ikhlayel.  They arrested 4 brothers and withdrew later taking them to unknown destination.  The detainees were identified as: Khaled (33); Khaldon (29); Khowayled (28); and Mahmoud ‘Abdel Qader Ikhlayel (19).

At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Laban al-Gharbi village, northwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 20:45, Israeli tanks stationed along the border fence between the Gaza strip and Israel, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, fired 6 artillery shells at the agricultural lands in al-Qararah village, east of the city, and flash bombs in the sky.  As a result, the residents of the area were terrified due to the sound of explosions heard all over Khan Younis.  No injuries were reported.

At approximately 21:00, Israeli infantry forces from Hasakah Valley area, south of Hahloul, stationed in the area for 16 days moved into Beit Kahel village, northwest of Hebron.  The Israeli soldiers patrolled between the houses and then raided and searched the building of the municipal council while the members were meeting.  The Israeli soldiers tried to confiscate the belongings of the council, including computers and cameras, but the council members prevented them.  The Israeli soldiers transferred the data from the computers to floppy disks and left the council.  No arrests were reported.  Meanwhile, an Israeli infantry forces raided and searched al-Bayed Cooling Company, Beit al-Mouneh Institution for Foodstuffs and a shoes factory.  They also raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Emad Abrish and confiscated his DVRs.  No arrests were reported.

At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Bethlehem.  They stationed on al-Saf Road in the centre of the cityand patrolled.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Walid al-Bastatji after breaking his outside doors.  They withdrew later, and no arrests were reported.

At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Beit ‘Aynoun village, east of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Nwei’amah village, north of Jericho.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

At approximately 01:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Bader (2) site belonging to Izzil Deen al-Qassam Brigades, south of Gaza City.  No injuries were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Jawhar Mountain neighbourhood, south of Hebron.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Awwad Zuhdi Hamed al-Rajabi, whom they arrested.  They confiscated his laptop and withdrew later.

At approximately 01:15, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a cafeteria for al-Zawaydah municipality employees, west of al-Zawaydah village, on the beach.  The cafeteria was partially damaged, and no injuries were reported.

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Talfit village, southeast of Nablus.  They raided and searched a number of houses and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Fasayel village, north of Jericho.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Jericho.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

At approximately 01:50, Israeli helicopters launched a missile at a site belonging to Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades in Ermeidah area in Bani Sheila, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, a room was destroyed, but no injuries were reported.

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Deir Qeddis village, west of Ramallah.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Riyad ‘Abdel Rahman Naser (37), a Hamas leader detained in the Israeli jails.  They also raided a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Jamal ‘Ali Naser (22), a student at Annajah University, and arrested him after searching the house. 

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Deir Abu Mesh’al village, northwest of Ramallah.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Yehia Salah ‘Ata (42), Head of the Execution Department in Ramallah Court of First Instance and arrested him. 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Tabaqah village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Am’ary refugee camo in the centre of Ramallah.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Na’el Mahmoud ‘Issa Abu Kweik (30).  They arrested him and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis opened fire at the agricultural lands, west of the fence.  As a result, two civilians were wounded as they were present in their land in ‘Abasan, which 350 meters away from the aforementioned fence.  The two wounded civilians were taken to the Algerian Hospital in ‘Abasan and then taken to the European Gaza Hospital, where their condition was described as moderate.  The wounded persons were identified as:
9. Bader Yaser Mahmoud ‘Asfour (19), who was hit by a bullet to the left hand and a metal bullet to the left buttock; and
10. Nabil Taysir Mohammed ‘Asfour (19), who was hit by a bullet to the right hand.

At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Budrus village, west of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets and then a number of boys gathered to throw stones at the invaded vehicles.  The Israeli soldiers in response fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the boys and houses randomly.  The Israeli soldiers later withdrew, and neither injuries nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 22:50, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a 1-dunum land planted with olives, east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the centre of the Gaza Strip.  This land belongs to Ahmed Mohammed Hlayel (35).  As a result, 70 olive trees were damaged and 450-square-meter chicken barn roofed with tin and plastic was destroyed.  Moreover, 3000 chicks died and a 50-square-meter house belonging to Ahmed ‘Abbas Khalaf (56) was destroyed.  A fodder store and a barrack were destroyed, and a sheep belonging to Hasan ‘Abdel Karim al-Nabahin (64) died.

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Marah Rabah village, west of Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Qasem al-Sheikh (36), whom they then arrested.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Samou’a village, south of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Hejrah village, east of Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 23:15, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Heblah village, east of Qalqilya.  They patrolled the streets for some time and at approximately 00:30 withdrew.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Taqou’a village, southeast of Bethlehem.  They patrolled the streets and then raided and searched a number of houses in the neighbourhoods of al-Sabbah and al-Sha’er.  They withdrew later, and no arrests were reported.



  Sunday, 29 June 2014

At approximately 00:10, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Hejah village, east of Qalqilya.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Hebron.  They stationed in Da’eret al-Seir area and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Omer ‘Abdel Qader Abu ‘Eisha (55).  They arrested the aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.  It should be mentioned that the house of Abu ‘Eishah has been raided several time since the beginning of the military operation in Hebron as one of his sons was arrested.  The wife of his son, ‘Amer, was arrested, but only for hours to question her.  The Israeli authorities accuse his son, ‘Amer, who has been lost since 12 June 2014, of kidnapping the three settlers.

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets and then stationed at the camp entrance.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Hamzah Amjad al-Titi (17).  A number of boys gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who in response fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters randomly at the boys and houses.  As a result, a number of civilians suffer gas inhalation.

At approximately 02:00, Israeli warplanes targeted a training site belonging to the armed groups, north of Nussairat refugee camp.  As a result, a big hole was caused in the place, and no injuries were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into the south of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 02:20, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at the sites of “al-Naser Salah al-Deen brigades” (the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Movement) and “al-Ansar Brigades” (the armed wing of al-Ahrar movement), west of Khan Younis.  Two missiles targeted the first site and the third one targeted the second sit causing destruction to both sites.  The sound of the explosions was heard all over Khan Younis, so civilians were terrified and windows of houses were broken.  ‘Abdullah Ashraf Mousa (2) sustained minor wounds due to the flying glass of the windows of his family’s house.  The aforementioned child was transferred to Naser Hospital in the city, and it was found out that he sustained a minor injury behind one of his ears.  He received the necessary medical treatment and left the hospital.

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Bitounia village, west of Ramallah.  They stationed in the centre of the Old City.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Anas Mohammed al-Haj ‘Ali Qart (23).  They arrested the aforementioned civilian and took him to an unknown destination.

At approximately 02:35, Israeli warplanes launched two missile at a training site belonging to al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad), southwest of Khan Younis.  As a result, the site was partially destroyed, but no injuries were reported.

At approximately 02:40, Israeli warplanes launched two missiles at a factory for baton belonging to al-Qassam Brigades in Tal al-Sultan neighbourhood, southwest of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.  As a result, the factory was partially destroyed and the windows of nearby houses in the Saudi neighbourhood and the UNRWA health clinic were broken.  No injuries were reported.

At approximately 02:55, Israeli warplanes launched two missiles at “Martyr Mohammed Jebril al-Shamali” site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades in Tebet Zar’a neighbourhood, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.  As a result, the site was partially damaged, but no injuries were reported.

At approximately 03:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a barrack belonging to al-Qassam brigades near al-Farouq mosque in al-Zaytoun neighbourhood, east of Gaza City.  No injuries were reported.

At approximately 03:45, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Abu Jarad military site belonging to al-Qassam brigades, southeast of Gaza City.  No injuries were reported.

At approximately 03:50, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a vacant land in al-Zaytoun neighbourhood, east of Gaza City.  As a result, the windows of nearby houses were broken, and Hussein Kamal Qoz’at (56) and his daughter, Barakah (15) sustained injuries by the flying glass.

At approximately 19:50, Israeli tanks stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis, fired 5 shells and opened fire at the agricultural lands, east of Qararah village, west of the aforementioned fence.  No injuries were reported, but the residents of the area were terrified especially that it was the time of al-Maghreb Adhan (the call to prayer) on the first day of Ramadan.

At approximately 20:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Termes’ayah village, north of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

At approximately 21:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan Younis shore in the southern Gaza Strip opened fire sporadically for 2 hours in the vicinity of Palestinian fishing boats sailing around 4 nautical miles off the shore and chased them. As a result, the fishermen fled for fear of being injured or arrested or even their boats being damaged.  Some of the fishermen pulled out their nets for fear of being damaged by the Israeli forces.  No injuries were reported.

At approximately 22:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Jaftalak village, north of Jericho.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Beit Fojar village, southwest of Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a number of houses, from which they arrested Hasan ‘Ali Deiriyeh (17) and Eyad Sami Taqatqah (33).  They withdrew later taking them to an unknown destination.

Around the same time Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Herjah village, east of Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Monday, 30 June 2014

At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into ‘Arourah village, northwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

Also at approximately 01:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Hebron.  They stationed on ‘Ein Sarah Street and then raided and searched a house belonging to Majed al-Qawasmeh.  They arrested his two sons; Rabah (19) and Mohammed (22), and withdrew later taking them to an unknown destination.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Fasayel village, north of Jericho.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Bitounia village, west of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

Also at approximately 02:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Yatta, south of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-‘Oja village, northeast of Jericho.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces closed Halhoul, north of Hebron and declared it a closed military zone after closing all the entrances to Street (60) and preventing civilians’ movement.  Dozens of military vehicles deployed in the streets and infantry and carried forces moved into Hasket Arnabah area, west of the city claiming that they found the 3 settlers who have been lost for 20 days in Hebron.  Meanwhile, a number of military vehicles and buses stationed at the northern entrance of Halhoul (al-Hawawer).  A number of boys gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers and set fire to tires.  The Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated metal bullets and live bullets indiscriminately at the boys.  As a result, a number of boys suffer tear gas inhalation.

At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces patrolled to Ras al-Jorah area in the northern area of Hebron.  They stationed in the vicinity of a house belonging to the family of ‘Omer ‘Abdel Qader Abu ‘Eishah (55) in Beer al-Mahjar area and in the vicinity of a house belonging to the family of Sa’di ‘Abdel ‘Afow al-Qawasmeh (60).  The Israeli soldiers raided and searched the two houses after detaining the members of both families inside their houses and depriving them of having Iftar (the evening meal when Muslims break their fast at the time of sunset, right at the time of maghrib adhan during the month of Ramadan).  At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces expelled the women from the house of Abu ‘Eishah to a nearby house while the owner of the house and his two sons were later arrested.  The Israeli forces blew upa 100-square-meter apartment in the second floor in the house.  As a result, the outside walls fell down, and a Subaru car belonging to the family was destroyed.  The firemen were denied access to the house, and the Israeli soldiers then left the area. 

At approximately 00:10, the Israeli soldiers expelled the members of al-Qawasmah family and kept them outside their house.  They were questioned on the spot, and Abrar Salah (23), wife of their son Merwan, was brought from her father’s house by military vehicles as the Israeli forces claimed that Merwan is accused of kidnapping the three settlers.  They questioned her in her husband’s house.  At approximately 00:50, the Israeli soldiers evacuated the family from the vicinity of the house and put them in a nearby house.  They then blew a 110-square-meter apartment in the second floor in the house.  As a result, the house was on fire, and a number of outside walls fell down.  Moreover, the windows of nearby houses were broken, and Samar ‘Adel Idris (22) sustained injuries to the chest due to the flying glass.  The Israeli soldiers withdrew after around ten minutes.  It should be mentioned that the Israeli authorities accuse each of Merwan al-Qawasmah and ‘Amer Abu ‘Eishah of kidnapping the three settlers.

At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Qebia village, west of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Deir al-Sudan village, north of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Hebron.  They stationed in Abu Kteilah area and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Hani ‘Abdel Karim al-Soghayer (19).  They then arrested the aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking him to where the vehicles were stationed.  Meanwhile, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Yehia Zakariah Naser al-Deen and then arrested him.  At approximately 02:30, they withdrew taking the aforementioned civilians to an unknown destination.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Samou’a village, south of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 01:30 and until 01:50, Israeli warplanes launched more than 15 missiles at training sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups, west of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.  They targeted the following: ‘Arin Site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades; Mohajer Site belonging to al-Quds Brigades and Abu ‘Ataya Site belonging to the Popular Resistance Committees.  No injuries were reported, but the airstrikes caused severe damages to the sites.

At approximately 01:40, Israeli warplanes launched at least 4 missiles at a site belonging to al-Quds Brigades, southwest of Khan Younis.  The missiles exploded in the site causing thunderous sound and destruction, but no injuries were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at agricultural lands in the vicinity of the aforementioned site.  As a result, damages were caused to the site in addition to a big hole in those lands, but no injuries were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched two missiles at al-Qadisyah site belonging to ‘Izzi al-Deen al-Qassam Brigades.  Those missiles exploded in the site, but no injuries were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched at least one missile at Heteen site, northwest of Kan Younis.  No injuries were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched around 10 missiles at 4 barracks used as stores belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture.  Those barracks included agricultural equipment and greenhouses and are located to the southwest of Khan Younis.  As a result, severe damages were caused in the place, and 3 customs control employees sustained bruises and were extremely traumatised. 

At approximately 01:45, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip fired a number of shells at open areas, east of the coastline.  Although neither injuries nor damages were reported, residents in the area were terrified, especially those living in the vicinity of the former American School, northwest of the aforementioned town.

At approximately 01:50, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at Abu Jarad military site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades, southeast of Gaza.  No injuries were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at Bader (2) military site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades, south of Gaza.  No injuries were reported.

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.  They stationed in Kherbet Ajzour area and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud ‘Abdel ‘Aziz Breigheth.  After blowing up the house’s door, the family members were kept in one room.  The Israeli forces withdrew later, and no arrests were reported.

At approximately 02:20, Israeli forces launched 2 missiles at a military training site for al-Qassam Brigades, north of Bisan City for Entertainment, northeast of Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip.  Neither injuries nor damages were reported, but the residents of the nearby houses were terrified, especially women and children.

In the early morning of this day, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.  According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 03:00, a group of under-cover units, who look like Palestinian civilians, infiltrated to Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin, to arrest.  The group members used a civilian car holding a Palestinian registration plate and stationed in al-Samran neighbourhood, south of the refugee camp.  At approximately 03:05, Yousif Ibrahim Ahmed Eben Ghorah “Abu Zaghah” (20) was on his way back home after buying foodstuffs for the pre-fast meal of Ramadan Month.  The group members immediately opened fire at him shooting him with three bullets to the heart directly, shoulder and left arm.  He was instantly killed, and his body was taken by a number of civilians to Martyr Dr. Khalil Soliman Governmental Hospital in the city.  According to eyewitnesses, the area was completely quiet when members of the Israeli undercover unit fired at the victims.

A number of Palestinian youngsters then gathered in the area while the military vehicles were storming the camp to cover the special units, which were discovered after shooting the aforementioned civilian.  Clashes broke out between the Palestinian youngsters, who threw stones and empty bottles at the invaded vehicles.  The Israeli soldiers then in response fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the stone-throwers.  Meanwhile, Israeli forces raided a number of houses in the camp, from which they arrested Ahmed Salim al-Nawrasi (18); Yousif Hasan Ahmed Shabrawi (18); and Zain Belal ‘Abdullah Damj (22).  Israeli forces withdrew later taking the aforementioned civilians to an unknown destination.

At approximately 22:15, Israeli forces backed by 4 military vehicles and an armoured personnel carrier moved into Qarawet Bani Hassan, northwest of Salfit.  They patrolled the streets and then surrounded the worshippers in the mosques of ‘Omer al-Khattab and al-Jneid.  They fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in the mosques after al-Tarawih prayer.  As a result, a number of civilians, including women and children, suffered tear gas inhalation.  Israeli soldiers fired metal bullets at civilians after confronting them outside the mosque.  The Israeli soldiers arrested Mohammed ‘Azzam ‘Aziz Mer’ie (12) under the pretext of throwing stones at the Israeli vehicles. Israeli forces later withdrew.

Also at approximately 23:30, an Israeli undercover unit moved into al-Balaou’ neighborhood in al-Bireh, travelling in a civilian vehicle with a Palestinian registration plate.  The vehicle stopped near a supermarket at al-Huda gas station.  Three Israeli soldiers stepped out of the car and kidnapped Mohammed Anwar As’ad (25).  Soon after, Israeli forces arrived at the area and searched the gas station.  They confiscated a computer set.

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Yatta, south of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.


At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into a number of neighbourhoods in the centre of Hebron.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Monther Ahmed al-Jo’abah in ‘Ein Sarah area, whom they then arrested.  In al-Jeldah neighbourhood, the Israeli soldiers arrested Jawad Ya’aqoub al-Karaki after searching his house.  They also stormed al-Jame’ah neighbourhood and arrested Fathi Mohammed al-Joulani and Belal al-Mohtaseb after searching their houses.  In al-Ahli Hospital neighbourhood, they raided a house belonging to the family of Kayed Khalil al-‘Atawnah and arrested him after searching his house.  They also raided al-Ihsan Charity for people with disabilities in Da’eret al-Seir area in the north of the city and confiscated laptops and documents belonging to the charity.  Moreover, they raided al-Qawasmeh building in Habayel al-Reyah area and searched a bakery meanwhile the Israeli soldiers were raiding a house belonging to Sa’di al-Qawasmeh that was destroyed earlier.  The Israeli soldiers also raided Dar al-Israa’ library for printing and distributing and confiscated computers, documents and financial checks belonging to Taher Dandis.  They also raided al-Aseel Centre in the south of the city and confiscated computers.  Meanwhile, Israeli forces were in the vicinity of the house of ‘Omer Abu ‘Eishah that was previously bombed by the Israeli forces.  They confiscated a Subaru car belonging to the family that was destroyed when parts of the house fell on it.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They stationed in Ghoneim area and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Mohammed al-Qeeq (65).  They arrested the aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking him to where the vehicles were stationed.  At approximately 02:00, they patrolled the streets to Karisah neighbourhood, east of the city.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Rezeq ‘Abdullah Msalam al-Rjoub (55), whom they arrested.  Another Israeli force raided a house belonging to the family of Jamal Hussein al-‘Awawdah (38) in Haninah neighbourhood and arrested him after searching his house.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Um al-Sharayet neighbourhood in al-Bireh.  They raided and searched a house belonging to Jamal Mohammed al-Tawil, a prisoner.  They kept his family members in the living room.  A number of Palestinian boys gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who in response fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them indiscriminately.  They then arrested Bushra al-Tawil (23), the spokesperson of Anin al-Qayd media network and daughter of the aforementioned.  She was a former prisoner in the Israeli jails for 8 months and was released in the Shalit awap deal.  The Israeli forces withdrew from the neighbourhood and took him to an unknown destination.

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Halhoul, north of Hebron.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mousa Hekmat Zama’rah (32) and arrested him. 

At approximately 02:15, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Nablus.  They raided and searched a number of houses.  They also raided Lebanon Cakes Shop belonging to Fayez ‘Ezzat Dashoun and his sons in the first floor of the 2-storey building belonging to Abu ‘Ali al-Mahroum near al-Rawdah Mosque in al-Kafir Street in Rafidia neighbourhood.  Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian youngsters and children gathered to throw stones at the Israeli vehicles.  The Israeli soldiers in response fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets at the stone-throwers. As a result, a 15-year-old child was hit by a metal bullet to the right foot while a 22-year-old young man was hit by a metal bullet to the back.  They arrested 5 civilians and withdrew at 03:30 taking them to an unknown destination.  The arrested persons were identified as:
11. Ahmed Ismail Dolah (50);
12. ‘Abdullah Salem al-‘Eker (27);
13. Zuheir Hussein al-‘Anbousi (35);
14. Salah Bahjat Harb (32); and
15. Ihab Zaid (28).
PCHR keeps the names of the wounded persons

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into ‘Ein Beit al-Maa’ refugee camp, northwest of Nablus.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Omer Shawkat Abu Khamis (50) and arrested him.    They also raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Ali Ahmed ‘Ali Ahmed (48), who suffers from infantile paralysis and son of PLC Member representing Hamas movement.  The Israeli soldiers kept the 5 family members in the balcony.  The intelligence officer and some Israeli soldiers took the aforementioned civilian, who uses two crutches to move inside the house, and took him out to the main street.  The intelligence officer questioned him about the place of his father, whom they have been searching for since the declaration of the abduction of the 3 settlers 21 days ago.  They asked him to call his father on his cell phone, but the father did not answer.  The intelligence officer threatened him that if his father did not give himself in to the Israeli forces, they will raid the house everyday and destroy its belongings in addition to killing him in case they knew his place.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into ‘Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus.  They raided and searched a number of houses when a number of Palestinian youngsters and children gathered to throw stones at the Israeli vehicles.  The Israeli soldiers immediately responded by firing live bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets at the stone-throwers.  As a result, a 22-year-old civilian was hit by a metal bullet to the right foot.  Israeli forces arrested ‘Anan Fawzi Beshkar (41) and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.
PCHR keeps the name of the wounded person

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Balatah refugee camp, east of Nablus.  They raided and searched a number of houses, from which they arrested Sameh Khalil al-Asmar (28). 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Moghir village, northeast of Ramallah.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Rasmi Mohammed Hamed Abu ‘Alia (39).  They arrested the aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Deir Ghassanah village, northwest of Ramallah.  They raided and searched a number of houses, from which they arrested Musalam ‘Abdel al-Latif al-Barghuthi (22), a student at Birzeit University.  They withdrew later taking the aforementioned civilian to an unknown destination.

At approximately 02:40, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Qebia village, west of Ramallah.  They patrolled the street and then raided and searched two houses.  They arrested Khaled Mohammed Kheithan (54), a former prisoner released within the Shalit swap deal, and Osayd Ayoub Mohammed Qadeh (20), a student at Bir Zeit University, and later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces accompanied by a military bulldozer and 3 armoured personnel carriers moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron.  They stationed in the vicinity of a house belonging to the family Ziad Khalil Hassan ‘Awwad (43), a prisoner.  They deployed in the vicinity of the house and prevented civilians’ movement.  They then raided and searched the house and dug inside it by handy drilling equipment.  At approximately 06:00, Israeli forces bombed the aforementioned house after putting explosives in it.  The aforementioned house is comprised of 2 floors and there are two apartments on the second floor.  One of them belongs to Ziad ‘Awwad and is around 130 square meters where 7 family members live, including six children.  It should be mentioned that the Israeli authorities accuses the aforementioned civilian of the killing of Baroukh Mezrahi, an Israeli officer, near Bypass Road (60).  A decision was issued by the Israeli forces days ago to demolish the house, but the court delayed it as the house is owned by his brother, Mohammed, who lives in the apartment next to him.  However, the Israeli forces decided to demolish the house on 01 July 2014.

Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian children and youngsters gathered to throw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who in response fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and live bullets randomly and heavily at the civilian houses.  As a result, a number of civilians suffer tear gas inhalation.  5 civilians, including 2 children, were hit by metal and live bullets and transferred to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron by a PRCS ambulance.  A 21-year-old civilian was hit by a live bullet to the right foot, and an 11-year-old child was hit by a live bullet to the left foot.  Moreover, a 25-year-old civilian was hit by a bullet to the right side of his face and penetrate the mouth while a 28-year-old civilian was hit by a live bullet to the right knee.  In addition, a 17-year-old child was hit by a metal bullet to the chest.
(PCHR keeps the names of the wounded persons)

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah.  They stationed in al-Dweimah neighbourhood and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Khalil ‘Ali Khalil Profili (42).  They arrested the aforementioned civilians and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.  Meanwhile, Israeli forces accompanied by members of the Construction and Organization Department in the Civil Administration and stationed in Jabal al-Deek neighbourhood raided and searched a house belonging to Bajes Khalil Mustafa Nakhlah (49), a prisoner, after keeping his family members in the living room.  They also raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Ahmed D’eish (53).  They then handed both of them notices to demolish their houses and left another notice in the mosque in the neighbourhood.  At approximately 04:30, they withdrew.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Beit Loqaya village, southwest of Ramallah.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Younis Dar Mousa (52) and arrested his two sons, Yousif (30) and Saddam (24).  Israeli forces withdrew later from the village taking them to an unknown destination.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Jenin and stationed in the eastern neighbourhood.  They raided and searched a number of houses, from which they arrested 3 civilians.  They withdrew later taking them to an unknown destination.  The arrested civilians were identified as: SAleh ‘Abdullah Motlaq al-Sa’adi (32); Fathi Mohammed ‘Abdel Rahman ‘Atoum (27) and his brother Anas (25).  The Israeli soldiers also destroyed the belongings of the house of Fathi Rasi Fathi ‘Atoum (45).  Meanwhile, a number of youngsters gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli vehicles.  The Israeli soldiers in response fired tear gas canisters, sound bombs and live bullets heavily at the stone-throwers.  As a result, 5 civilians were hit by live bullets to their legs.
(PCHR keeps the names of the injured persons)

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Silet al-Haritheyah village, north of Jenin.  They raided and searched a number of houses.  They then arrested Yehia Sa’id Mousa Zayoud (60) and Hasan Mustafa Hasan Jaradat (26), who are former prisoners in the Israeli jails and affiliated with Hamas.  They withdrew later taking them to an unknown destination.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Nasim Mohammed Sadeq Mahmoud “Zayed” (29) and arrested him.

At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into ‘Aqrabah village, southeast of Nablus.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Omer Jamal Faris Mayadmah (28) and arrested him. 

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Talouzah village, north of Nablus.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Omer Ahmed Dawabsheh (45).  They arrested the aforementioned civilian, who is the Imam of al-Iman Mosque in the village, and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles al-Nasaryah village, east of Nablus.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Khaled Mahmoud Masa’id (24).  They arrested the aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied by military trucks moved into the northern area of Hebron.  They surrounded al-Rayyan  Dairy Factory belonging to the Islamic Charity established on an area of 4 dunums, including the farm and the factory building.  The Israeli soldiers confiscated the machines and equipment of the factory only one week after the Civil Administration handed the factory a notice claiming that the construction is not licensed.  It should be mentioned that the factory is a resource for the Islamic charity, which provides its services to 3200 students.  Moreover, the factory has around 20 employees.

Palestinian Child Kidnapped, Tortured and Killed and His Body Mutilated in Occupied
Jerusalem

In one of the most heinous crimes committed by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians in the oPt, a group of Israeli settlers kidnapped Mohammed Hussein Abu Khudair, 16, from the vicinity of his family’s house in Shu’fat neighborhood in the north of occupied Jerusalem, subjected him to brutal torture, and then killed him.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 05:00 on Wednesday, 02
July 2014, 5 Israeli settlers kidnapped the child from the vicinity of his family’s house in Shu’fat neighborhood in the north of occupied Jerusalem.  A few hours later, the Israeli police declared that they found the child’s body in forest lands near “Givat Shaul” settlement, adjacent to Deir Yassin village, west of Jerusalem.  The police confirmed that signs of torture and burns were seen on the child’s body. 

Eyewitnesses and residents of Shu’fat neighborhood stated to PCHR that according to recordings of surveillance cameras stabled on houses and shops in the area, 5 Israeli settlers traveling in a Hyundai car kidnapped Abu Khudair when he was in front of his house. Two of the settlers stepped out of the car and forced Abu Khudair into the car. 

2. Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

During the reporting period, Israeli soldiers used excessive force against peaceful demonstrations organised by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, several demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

(PCHR keeps the names of the wounded in fear of being arrested by the Israeli forces within its policy to oppress the peaceful protests and prevent Palestinian civilians from participating).

Demonstrations against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activity

Following the Friday Prayer on Friday, 27 June 2014, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Bil’in, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities and in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. Demonstrators took the streets raising the Palestinian flags and headed to the liberated territories near the annexation wall. Early in the morning, Israeli forces closed all entrances to the city to prevent Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders from participating in the protests. Protestors marched by the annexation wall and tried to cross the fence. Israeli soldiers stationed behind the wall, in the western area, and a large number of soldiers deployed along it, fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and waste water at them and chased them into the olive fields. As a result, several demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

On the aforementioned day, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful demonstration in Nil'in village, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities and in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. The demonstrators made their way towards the annexation wall. Israeli forces closed the wall gate with barbwire and, when the demonstrators attempted to access the lands behind the barbwire, they were stopped by Israeli soldier. The demonstrators threw stones at the Israeli soldier who responded with live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullet, sound bombs, tear gas canisters, and waste water at them and chased them into the village. As a result, several demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

At approximately 13:30 on the aforementioned day, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international activists organized a peaceful demonstration in the centre of Kafr Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya, in protest at the closure of the eastern entrance of the village with a metal gate since the beginning of the second Intifada. Protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, and sound bombs in response. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises due to being beaten up by Israeli soldiers.


Other Demonstrations

On Friday afternoon, 27 June 2014, dozens of Palestinian young men and women gathered at the western entrance of the Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah, on the road between Silwad and Yabroud villages near Bypass (60). Demonstrators threw stones at the aforementioned road. In response, Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises due to being beaten up by Israeli soldiers.


3. Extra-judicial executions

During the reporting period, in an extra-judicial execution crime, Israeli forces targeted two members of an armed group in the central Gaza Strip. Immediately after the execution, the Israeli Defense Force spokesman announced their responsibility for the incident. He claimed that the targeted members were responsible from firing a number of rockets recently. 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 15:10 on Friday, 27 June 2014, an Israeli drone fired two missiles at a gray Kia ridden by two members of al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades (the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees) on the coastal road heading south near the house of former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, in Al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City. The two missiles hit the car directly and resulted in the deaths of the persons inside:
1. Osama Hasan Mousa al-Hassomy (29), from Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip; and,
2. Muhammad Muhammad Ramadan Al-Fasih (23), from al-Shikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City

No passersby were wounded in the explosion but the glass of windows in the nearby houses shattered as a result. 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR into the second extra-judicial execution crime, at approximately 21:30 on Sunday, 29 June 2014, an Israeli drone fired two missiles at members of an armed group as they were walking southeast of al-Salqa Valley, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, one of the group members was killed and another was wounded. The wounded was taken to Al-Naser hospital in Khan Younis. The dead person was also taken to the aforementioned hospital and was later identified as Muhammad Zaied Salem Obeid (26) from al-Salqa Valley village who sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body. ( PCHR keeps the name of the wounded person)

4. Continued closure of the oPt

Israel continued to impose a tight closure on the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

Gaza Strip

Israeli forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close all commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.
Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

The total closure of al-Mentar ("Karni") crossing since 02 March 2011 has seriously affected the economy of the Gaza Strip. Following this closure, all economic and commercial establishments in the Gaza Commercial Zone were shut off. It should be noted that al-Mentar crossing is the biggest crossing in the Gaza Strip, in terms of its capacity to absorb the flow of imports and exports. The decision to close al-Mentar crossing was the culmination of a series of decisions resulting in the complete closure of the Sofa crossing, east of the Gaza Strip in the beginning of 2009, and the Nahal Oz crossing, east of Gaza City, which were dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas to the Gaza Strip, in the beginning of 2010.

Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Strip, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

The cooking gas crisis has fluctuated for 9 months due to the closure of Karm Abu Salem for security claims. According to PCHR’s follow-up, Israeli authorities only allow an average of 98 tons of cooking gas into Gaza per day.  This limited quantity is less than half of the daily needs, which is 200 tons per day of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip during winter.  The crisis has unprecedentedly aggravated for around six weeks due to cold weather and overconsumption in addition to the power outage and using gas as an alternative in many instances of electricity.  The lack of diesel and benzene led to the aggravation of the crisis as a result of using the gas cylinder for cars or as an alternative for benzene to run generators.  As a result, the demand for gas further increased.

For almost 6 consecutive years, Israeli forces have continued to prevent the delivery of construction materials to the Gaza Strip. Two years ago, Israeli forces approved the delivery of limited quantities of construction materials for a number of international organizations in the Gaza Strip.  On 17 September 2013, they allowed the entry of limited quantities of construction materials for the private sector.  However, on 13 October 2013, they re-banned it claiming that these materials are used for constructing tunnels.  Last week, Israeli forces allowed the entry of construction materials only for UNRWA and UNDP projects.  As a result, construction works have completely stopped impacting all sectors related to construction and an increase in unemployment levels.

Israeli forces also continued to impose an almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices.

Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel denied permission to access hospitals via the crossing for new categories of patients from the Gaza Strip.

The Egyptian authorities allow the population of the Gaza Strip to travel via Rafah International crossing, which connects the Gaza Strip with the outside world.  Only limited and specified categories are allowed, including patients, students, persons that hold residencies in Egypt or abroad, men over 40 years, females in all ages, children under 18, persons who hold Arab and foreign nationalities, and members of Arab and international humanitarian delegations.  Supposedly the crossing opens seven days a week.  Nowadays, the crossing is overcrowded due to the prolonged procedures from the Egyptian side, particularly after closing it for several days over the past weeks due to Egypt’s security conditions, which has affected the travelers’ movement in both directions.


Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing


Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

Date
Imports

Category
Amount

Tons
Number
Liters

23 June 2014
















Foodstuffs
1,087



Agricultural materials
1,484



Various goods
Cartons of clothes
Refrigerators
Cartons of shoes
Marble boards
Washing machines
Televisions
Cows
Shaving blades
Cartons of threads
Furniture
Glass boards
932
997
228
1,320
921
216
244
392
760
990
50
400



Humanitarian aid
1,325



Cooking gas
217.150



Benzene


216.600

Diesel


390.118

Industrial diesel


35,000

24 June 2014
















Foodstuffs
1,051



Agricultural materials
1,556



Various goods
Cartons of clothes
Refrigerators
Cartons of shoes
Cows
Corn machines
Chicken cages
Generators
Cars
Solar panels
Marble boards
133

3,246
36
1,260
361
25
300
16
16
188
880


Humanitarian aid
552



Cooking gas
217.840



Benzene


214.000

Diesel


456.608

Industrial diesel


71,000

25 June 2014
















Foodstuffs
1,171



Agricultural materials
1,499



Various goods
Cartons of clothes
Cartons of shoes
Marble boards
Televisions
Cartons of computer stuff
Cars
Tiers
Mobile phones
 Bags of tissues
Cartons of accessories
1,069

267
2,342
1,290
14
4,126
22
3,206
980
2,004
370


Humanitarian aid
2,559



Cooking gas
237.360



Benzene


219.000

Diesel


436.097

Industrial diesel


212,000



26 June 2014
















Foodstuffs
1,336



Agricultural materials
1,493



Various goods
Cartons of clothes
Refrigerators
Air conditioners
Microwaves
Marble boards
Fans
Cows
Cartons of shoes
1,195

2,073
137
24
518
673
390
3,748


Humanitarian aid
3,763



Cooking gas
255,320



Benzene


219.000

Diesel


614.511

Industrial diesel


146,000

Diesel ( UNRWA )


251,025

27 June 2014
Foodstuffs




Agricultural materials




Various goods





Humanitarian aid




Cooking gas




Benzene




Diesel




Industrial diesel


506,968


29 June 2014
Foodstuffs
1,238



Agricultural materials
1,813



Various goods
Cartons of clothes
Refrigerators
Bags of tissues
Cartons of computer stuff
Cartons of shoes
Solar panels
Marble boards
791

1,400
135
2,630
330
2,408
2620
350


Humanitarian aid
2,220



Cooking gas
261.830



Benzene


279,100

Diesel


385,010

Industrial diesel


403,990












































Other Imports:

On Monday, 23 June 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry 34 tonnes of construction steel, 28 tonnes of white cement for UNRWA, 272 tonnes of cement for UNDP, and 32 tonnes of construction steel for the Turkish Hospital. They also allowed the entry of 1,085 tonnes of fodders and 280 tonnes of wheat.


On Tuesday, 24 June 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 200 tonnes cement for UNRWA, 1,120 tonnes fodders and 280 tons of wheat.

On Wednesday, 25 June 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 1,610 tonnes of construction aggregate and 80 tonnes of cement for UNRWA. They also allowed the entry of 1,120 tons of fodders, and 245 tonnes of wheat.

On Thursday, 26 June 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry 2,665 tonnes of construction aggregate, 160 tonnes of cement for UNRWA, 65 tonnes of construction aggregate, and 35 tonnes of cement for the Water Authority. They also allowed the entry of 1,155 tonnes of fodders and 175 tonnes of wheat.

On Sunday, 29 June 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 1,430 tonnes of construction aggregate for the Water Authority, 980 tonnes of fodders, and 385 tonnes of wheat.

 Empty Plastic Containers Returned to Israel via Karm Abu Salem

On Sunday, 29 June 2014, Israeli forces allowed 10 truckloads of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.


Beit Hanoun ("Erez") crossing, in the north of the Gaza Strip, is designated for the movement of individuals, and links the Gaza Strip with the West Bank.


Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing
23 – 30 June 2014

Category
23 June
24 June
25 June
26 June
27 June
28 June
29 June
30 June
Patients
41
43
53
34
2
-
69
55
Companions
41
42
49
35
2
-
70
49
Personal needs
9
3
17
47
3
-
5
14
Families of prisoners
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Arabs from Israel
1
4
4
10
-
-
2
-
Diplomats
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
International journalists
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
International workers
11
16
19
48
13
-
9
7
Deceased
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Travelers abroad
-
2
1
2
-
-
-
-
Business people
-
-
39
43
-
-
55
-
Business meetings
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Security interviews
5
2
-
2
-
-
-
5
VIPs
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Ambulances to Israel
9
6
4
5
2
-
4
3

Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank. During the reporting period, Israeli forces imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians:

· Hebron: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 07:00 on Thursday, 26 July 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of the city, and another one at the entrance of Surif village, northwest of the city. Both checkpoints were removed, and no arrests were reported.
At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 27 July 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the road between Doura town and its southern villages, south west of Hebron. At approximately 23:00, another checkpoint was established at the entrance of Sa'ir village, east of the city. Both checkpoints were removed, and no arrests were reported. 
 At approximately 07:30 on Saturday, 28 July 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron. The checkpoint was removed, and no arrests were reported.

At approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 29 July 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Kahel village, northwest of the city. The checkpoint was removed, and no arrests were reported.

At approximately 17:00 on Monday, 30 July 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Kahel village, northwest of the city, and another one at the entrance of Halhoul village, north of the city. Both checkpoints were removed, and no arrests were reported.

At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 1 June 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Hebron and another one at the northern entrance at Yatta village, south of Hebron. Both checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.
· Ramallah:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 20:30 on Thursday, 26 July 2014, Israeli forces redeployed at Attarah checkpoint at the northern entrance of Birzeit, north of Ramallah. Around the same time, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Abu Masha'al village, northwest of the city. Both checkpoints were removed, and no arrests were reported.
At approximately 09:30 on Friday, 27 July 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. At approximately 22:00, another checkpoint was established under Yabroud village bridge, northeast of Ramallah. Both checkpoints were removed, and no arrests were reported.

At approximately 06:30 on Saturday, 28 July 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near Beir Ore Al-Foqa transaction, southwest of the city. At approximately 07:30, another checkpoint was established near the transaction of "Ofra" settlement, north of the city. Both checkpoints were removed, and no arrests were reported.

AT approximately 09:30 on Sunday, 29 June 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint under Yabroud villagebridge, north of Ramallah. At approximately 19:00, another checkpoint was established at the eastern entrance of Al-Tiba village, northeast of the city. At approximately 08:30, Israeli forces, redeploued at Attarah checkpoint at the northern entrance of Birzeit, north of Ramallah. Civilians were not allowed to move through the aforementioned checkpoint. At approximately 22:00, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance of Nil'in village, west of the city.

At approximately 10:30 on Monday, 30 June 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Nabis Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, and another one under Kharbatha al-Misbah bridge, southwest of the city. At approximately 15:30, another checkpoint was established near Beit Ore Al-Foqa intersection, southwest of the city. At approximately 20:30, another checkpoint was established near the intersection of "Ofra" settlement, northeast of the city. Late in the evening, Israeli forces closed the road between Ramallah to Jalazone refugee camp, which is adjacent to "Beit El" settlement. The road between Nablus and Ramallah was closed with cement blocks. As a result, civilians were forced to travel through an alternative road.

· Nablus:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. Early on Saturday morning, 28 June 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Forik village, east of Nablus. At approximately 08:00, the checkpoint was removed and no arrests were reported.

· Qalqilya: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 19:40 on Saturday, 28 June 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Izbat Al-Tabib village, east of Qalqilya. The checkpoint was removed at approximately 20:30. At approximately 22:15, another checkpoint was established at the southern entrance of Qalqilya. The checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

At approximately 18:00 On Monday, 30 June 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Qalqilya. At approximately 21:10, another checkpoint was established between 'Azzoun and Izbat Al-Tabib villages, east of the city. The checkpoints were removed, and no arrests were reported.
· Jericho: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 09:30 on Friday, 27 June 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the entrance of Fasail  village, north of Jericho. The checkpoint was removed later, and no arrests were reported. 
At approximately 18:30 on Saturday, 28 June 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the southern entrance of the city. At approximately 20:00, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance of Al-Zubeidat village, north of the city. Both checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported. 

At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 29 June 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on Al-Mu'arrajat road between Jericho and Ramallah. At approximately 18:30, a similar checkpoint was established near the southern entrance of the city. At approximately 21:30, another checkpoint was established near the entrance of Al-Nuwei'ma village, north of the city.

At approximately 10:30 on Monday, 30 June 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the entrance of Fasail village, north of Jericho. The checkpoint was removed later, and no arrests were reported. 


Arrests and Maltreatment at Military Checkpoints

At approximately 19:00 on Thursday, 26 June 2014, Israeli forces stationed at Al-Karama crossing at the borders with Jordan arrested Fares Hassan Mahmoud Tayeh (28), form Al-Fare'ah refugee camp, south of Tubas. The aforementioned civilian was on his way home from Jordan. At approximately 15:00 on Friday, 27 June 2014, the family was officially informed of his arrest through a phone call from an Israeli intelligence officer at Howara camp, south of Nablus.

On Wednesday evening, 02 July 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Qifin village, north of Tulkarm. Before removing the checkpoint, Israeli forces arrested Mustafa Yusif Suliman Ajjoli (56) and took him to an unknow destination.

4. Efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority in occupied East Jerusalem

 Attacks carried out by settlers in the Occupied City

· At approximately 22:00 on Monday, 30 June 2014, two settlers attempted to kidnap Mousa Rami Zaloum (9) when he was walking with his mother in Sho’afat town, north of Occupied East Jerusalem.

The father of the child said to a PCHR fieldworker that his wife and three children went for a walk on the main street after finishing the Iftar of the second day of Ramadan.  His wife suddenly heard her son, Mousa, shouting and saw a settler trying to strangle him and get him into a car driven by another settler.  Their mother then hurried towards them and attempted with all her force to get her child back and save him from the settlers’ hands.  She hit one of the settlers with her cell phone on his head, and the two settlers then hit her on her chest and head severely and fled away.

· At approximately 17:00 on Tuesday, 01 July 2014, dozens of settlers attacked Palestinian workers and passersby in Yafa Street in the West Jerusalem after the declaration of the killing of the three settlers, whose bodies were found in a village in Hebron on Monday 30 June 2014.

Mohammed Abu Soy, who was attacked, said to a PCHR fieldworker that when he was with another Palestinian young man in the train in “Yafa” Street in the Western Jerusalem, dozens of settlers attacked the train and entered it to beat them up.  However, they fled away.

Mohammed al-Natsheh also said to a PCHR fieldworker that he was beaten up by dozens of settlers who organized a demonstration in Yafa Street in protest against the killing of the three settlers.  He added that the settlers raided his work place and beat up the Palestinian workers.

Attacks carried out by Israeli forces

· At approximately 17:30 on Thursday, 26 June 2014, Israeli Intelligence and special forces raided and searched the building of Hend al-Husseini faculty belonging to al-Quds Abu Dees University in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied Jerusalem.  They then left the building, and neither destruction nor confiscations were reported.

· At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into Sour Baher village, south of the Old City in East Occupied Jerusalem.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Adel Jadallah.  They arrested his son, Ahmed (16).  They also raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Muhsin Hamzah ‘Atoun (28).

· At approximately 21:30 on the same day, Israeli forces moved into al-Sowaneh neighborhood, northeast of the Old City in Occupied Jerusalem.  They established a checkpoint in al-Mafraq area.  A number of Palestinian youngsters gathered to throw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who in response fired rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs at them.  No injuries were reported.

· At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces deployed in the neighborhoods near the doors of al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City in Occupied East Jerusalem.  They raided and searched a number of houses in the neighborhoods of al-Wad and Bab Hattah.  They conducted wide-scale search campaign in those neighborhoods and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

· At approximately 21:00 on Friday, 27 June 2014, Israeli forces moved into Selwan village, south of the Old City in Occupied Jerusalem and established a checkpoint in ‘Ein al-Lozah area.  A number of Palestinian youngsters gathered to throw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who in response fired sound bombs at them.  No injuries were reported.

· At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 01 July 2014, Israeli police officers arrested Hamzah Ahmed al-Rajabi (12) and Adam Salem al-Rajabi (13) from Bab Hattah neighbourhood in the vicinity of al-Aqsa Mosque doors when they were on their way out of the mosque through Hattah Door heading to their houses.  The Israeli officers took the two children to al-Qashlah detention facility in the Old City in Jerusalem.

· At approximately 17:00, Israeli police officers raided a sweets store belonging to the family of Abu Sbeih in al-Wad neighbourhood in the Old City in Occupied East Jerusalem and then arrested their son, S’oud Mesbah Abu Sbeih (39).  They used the pepper gas to disperse who were in the store and protested against the arrest of the aforementioned civilian.  No injuries were reported.

· At approximately 23:00, Israeli police officers raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Hisham Idris in al-Sa’adiyah neighbourhood in the Old City in Occupied East Jerusalem.  They arrested the sons of the aforementioned civilian, Mohammed (16) and Mos’ab (15), and took them to al-Qashlah detention facility.

· At approximately 01:00 on Wednesday, 02 July 2014, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into ‘Anatah village, northeast of Occupied East Jerusalem.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Yehia Younis al-Salamin (29) and arrested him taking him to an unknown destination.

· In the early morning and after the declaration of finding the body of Mohammed Hussein Abu Khdeir (16) who was kidnapped by a group of settlers in the dawn from in front of his house in Sho’fat neighbourhood, the neighbourhood residents gathered in the main streets and dozens of youngsters and children threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the Israeli police officers who moved into the neighbourhood.  The Israeli officers in response fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them.  As a result, Christine al-Rinawi (25), Palestine TV reporter, was hit by a live bullet to the upper part of her right arm while she was covering the events.  ‘Ali Yasin, her colleague, was also wounded.

5. Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

Israel has continued its settlement activities in the oPt, a direct violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

Attacks carried out by Israeli forces

· At approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 28 June 2014, an Israeli infantry forces moved from “Afijal” settlement which is established on confiscated lands, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, and raided Kherbat Om Al-Khair. They prevented civilians from Al-Hathalin family from establishing a barracks of tents and tin for one of the families there. Moreover, Israeli soldiers verbally abused the civilians.

· At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 28 June 2014, Israeli forces backed by several military vehicles and by a jeep belonging to the construction and organization department in the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Shueika village, north of Tulkarm. Israeli forces stationed west of the village and handed 3 civilians 3 notices to stop construction works in their houses under the pretext of having no construction permits to build in the areas classified as “C” according to the 1993 Oslo Agreement. The aforementioned civilians were identified as: Hikmat Yaqub Abdel Latif Bahti (58), Abdel Salam Ridha Abdel Kareem Dhraghma (49), and Ibrahim Atiya Muhammad Mahdawi (54).

Attacks carried out by settlers

· At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 26 June 2014, a group of settlers from "Kiryat Arba" settlement which is established on confiscated lands east of Hebron, accompanied by a number of Israeli soldiers, attacked a house belonging to Al-Ja'bari family, at Al-Ras area, east of Hebron. The settlers and the soldiers attacked the family and beat them up. Israeli forces arrested 8 civilians: Fahed Naser Al-Ja'bari; Radhi Bassam al-Ja'bari, who sustained wounds to his head; Fares Naser Al-Ja'bari (31); and his brothers Samy (26); Thaer (22); Mukarram (18); Odai Ahid Al-Ja'bari (24); and Muhammad Sameeh Al-Ja'bari (33), who sustained wounds to his head as well, and took them to Ja'bara police station. In the meantime, Israeli soldiers locked the rest of the family members in one room and destroyed the house contents. The Red Crescent ambulance took a number of women who were wounded in the attack to Hebron Governmental Hospital. The wounded were identified as: Huda Bassam Muhammad Al-Ja'bari (30), who sustained wounds to her right hand while trying to defend her husband; Zarifa Muhammad Al-Ja'bari (70), who was pushed down the stairs by an Israeli soldier, Dalal Yaqin Burhan (42); Eid Bassam Al-Ja'bari (12); Rami Muhannad Al-Ja'bari (15); Murad Bassam Al-Ja'bari (12); and Naser Al-Ja'bari (50).

· At approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 28 June 2014, a group of settlers from "Susya" settlement which is established on confiscated lands south of Yatta village, south of Hebron, took their sheep into Palestinian civilians' lands in Al-Rakhim valley area, and ruined their crops. The settlers moved into a tent belonging to Izz Ghaith and stayed in it for several hours.

· Early on Monday, 30 June 2014,  a group of settlers from "Beit Aein" settlement which is established on confiscated lands, west of Beir Amr village, north of Hebron, cut 15 olive trees ( aged between 3 to 5 years ) in Abu Rish area, west of the village, belonging to Hammad Jaber Al-Sleibi.

· At approximately 20:00, a group of settlers from "Ramat Yishai" settlement outpost in the middle of Tal Al-Rumaida neighborhood, in the center of Hebron attacked Majed Mamoun Sultan (19) when he was returning to his house. As a result, the aforementioned civilians sustained wounds to his head. Israeli soldiers moved into the area then arrested the aforementioned civilian and took him to an unknown destination.

· At approximately 01:00 on Tuesday, 1 July 2014, a group of settlers deployed at the entrance of Kafer Laqef village, east of Qalqilya. At approximately 01:40, Israeli forces arrived at the place and evacuated the settlers. No further events were reported.

· At approximately 02:40 on the aforementioned day, a group of settlers gathered near "Kedumim" settlement and threw stones at Palestinian civilians' vehicles passing through the main street between Qalqilya and Nablus. As a result, the front glass of a taxi driven by Ayman Muhammad Al-Jadaa' from Hibla village, south of Qalqilya, was shattered.

· At approximately 03:30 on the same day, a group of settlers sneaked on the road between Za'tar and Jericho using a vehicle till they reached the far ends of the western village of Aqraba, seat of Nablus. The settlers wrote slogans on storage houses belonging to  Zaher Abdel Hamid Deirya. The slogan meant "Price Tag – The Revenge of the Jews." Later on, the settlers moved another 100 meters towards a two-story house belonging to Fadi Basim Salim Ahmed Bani Jaber, and set fire to 128 stacks of hay under a barracks near the house. The fire destroyed the hay stacks, 2 tonnes of bran, 2 tonnes of barley, 5 plastic coverings, and internal pipes. The event took place at dawn when the family woke up for Suhour which prevented them from a disaster, especially that a diesel tank and a tractor were close to the fire.

· At approximately 01:00, a female Israeli settler deliberately ran over Snabil Muhammed Fahmi Al-Tous (9), near Al-Ja'ba village, southwest of Bethlehem. The settler threw the child in a hole on the main road then tried to escape. A group of civilians caught the settler and handed her to ht Israeli police. Then they took the child to Beir Jala government hospital for treatment. Muhammad Awad, the director of emergency department at the Palestinian Red Crescent, said that medical staff provided first aid for the child before she was moved to the hospital. He also mentioned that the child's wounds are serious since she sustained fractures and bruises to her head and teeth and also suffers from abdominal distention.




Recommendations to the International Community


PCHR emphasizes the international community’s position that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation, in spite of Israeli military redeployment outside the Gaza Strip in 2005. PCHR further confirms that Israeli forces continued to impose collective punishment measures on the Gaza Strip, which have escalated since the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, in which Hamas won the majority of seats of the Palestinian Legislative Council. PCHR stresses that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and the international humanitarian law, especially the Hague Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land and the Geneva Conventions. Israel is bound to apply the international human rights law and the law of war sometime reciprocally and other times in parallel in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for victims.

In light of continued arbitrary measures, land confiscation and settlement activities in the West Bank, and the continued aggression against civilians in the Gaza Strip, PCHR calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention and the European Union – in the context of their natural obligation to respect and enforce the international law – to cooperate and act according to the following recommendations:

1. PCHR calls upon the international community and the United Nations to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination, through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine;
2. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to provide international protection to Palestinians in the oPt, and to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression against the oPt, especially the Gaza Strip;
3. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to compel Israel, as a High Contracting Party to the Conventions, to apply the Conventions in the oPt;
4. PCHR calls upon the Parties to international human rights instruments, especially the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to pressurize Israel to comply with their provisions in the oPt, and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the concerned committees;
5. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfil their obligation to ensure the application of the Conventions, including extending the scope of their jurisdiction in order to prosecute suspected war criminals, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator and the place of a crime, to pave the way for prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals and end the longstanding impunity they have enjoyed;
6. PCHR calls on States that apply the principle of universal jurisdiction not to surrender to Israeli pressure to limit universal jurisdiction to perpetuate the impunity enjoyed by suspected Israeli war criminals;
7. PCHR calls upon the international community to act in order to stop all Israeli settlement expansion activities in the oPt through imposing sanctions on Israeli settlements and criminalizing trading with them;
8. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly to transfer the Goldstone Report to the UN Security Council in order to refer it to the International Criminal Court in accordance with Article 13(b) of the Rome Statute;
9. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to confirm that holding war criminals in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a precondition to achieve stability and peace in the regions, and that peace cannot be built on the expense of human rights;
10. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council to explicitly declare that the Israeli closure policy in Gaza and the annexation wall in the West Bank are illegal, and accordingly refer the two issues to the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel to compel it to remove them;
11. PCHR calls upon the international community, in light of its failure to the stop the aggression on the Palestinian people, to at least fulfil its obligation to reconstruct the Gaza Strip after the series of hostilities launched by Israel which directly targeted the civilian infrastructure;
12. PCHR calls upon the United Nations and the European Union to express a clear position towards the annexation wall following the international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, as the annexation wall seizes large parts of the State of Palestine;
13. PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that both sides must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between the EU states and Israel, and the EU must not ignore Israeli violations and crimes against Palestinian civilians;
14. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian leadership to sign and accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Geneva Conventions, and calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, to encourage the State of Palestine to accede to international human rights law and humanitarian law instruments.





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