Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (19- 25 September 2013)
Israeli forces have continued to open fire at Palestinian civilians in the border areas. 2 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the east of Jabalia in the north of the Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian child was wounded in the centre of Hebron.
Israeli forces have continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank.
11 civilians were wounded during Bil'in and Kofur Qaddoum weekly protests. Of the wounded were 2 photojournalists, including a Chinese and a Palestinian ones, and Israeli and Swiss activists. Dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.
Israeli forces conducted 62 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited ones in the Gaza Strip.
At least 45 Palestinian civilians, including 1 child, were arrested in the West Bank.
Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world. Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank. At least 6 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were arrested at checkpoints in the West Bank.
Israeli forces have continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property. Settlers moved into many areas and performed their Talmudic rituals. 2 researchers from B'Tselem were attacked and their cameras were damaged in Hebron. Settlers seized a house in the Old Town of Hebron.
Summary Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (19– 25 September 2013).
Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 14 civilians, including 4 children and 2 photojournalists; one of whom is Chinese and the other one is Palestinian, and two Israeli and a Swiss activists. 12 civilians were wounded in the West Bank; 11 of whom were wounded in peaceful protests while the 12th one was wounded in Hebron, and 2 others were wounded in the Gaza Strip. During the reporting period, Israeli forces continued the systematic use of excessive force against peaceful protests organised by Palestinian, Israeli and international activists against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, 11 civilians were wounded during 2 peaceful protests in Bil'in village, northwest of Ramallah, and Kofur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilia. Furthermore, dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and other sustained bruises. 6 civilians were wounded in Kofur Qaddoum protest and the 5 others were wounded in Bil'in protest. On 22 September 2013, a Palestinian boy was wounded in Hebron when some boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrance of al-Shuhada' Street, south of the Old Town of Hebron. The Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets in response. As a result, a 16-year-old civilian was wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right thigh. In the Gaza Strip, on Friday, 20 September 2013, 2 Palestinian boys were wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence to the east of al-Shuhada' cemetery, east of Jabalia, opened fire at a group of young men, who were about 100 meters away from the fence.