Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 Feb - 06 Mar. 2013)
Israeli Forces Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)
. The Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.
11 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and a paramedic, were wounded in protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities.
18 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children and a photojournalist, were wounded in solidarity demonstrations supporting the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails.
A Palestinian civilian was wounded in Hebron.
. The Israeli forces continued to open fire at the Palestinian civilians in the border area of the Gaza Strip - 4 Palestinian civilians, including a mentally disordered person, were wounded in the northern Gaza Strip.
· The Israeli forces conducted 69 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one in the Gaza Strip.
At least 60 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children, a photojournalist and a researcher in prisoners’ affairs, were arrested in the West Bank.
46 of whom were arrested during incursions and 13 in peaceful protests.
· Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
The Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.
At least 3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were arrested at checkpoints.
· Israel continued to take measures to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem - The Israeli forces forced a Palestinian civilian to demolish his house with his own hands.
· The Israeli forces have continued settlement activities in the West Bank, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
The Israeli forces issued more house demolition orders.
The settlers uprooted 100 fruitful trees and demolished an agricultural room in Bethlehem.
Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (28 February – 06 March 2013):
During the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 34 Palestinian civilians, including 10 children, a paramedic and a freelance photojournalist, in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
During the reporting period, the Israeli forces continued to systematically use excessive force against peaceful protests organized by Palestinians and Israeli and international activists protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, 11 protestors, including 4 children, were wounded on Friday, 01 March 2013. 5 of whom, including a child and a paramedic, were wounded in Bil'in protest in Ramallah. The 4 others, including 2 children, were wounded in al-Nabi Saleh protest while 2 other persons, including a child, were wounded in Budrus protest in Ramallah.
In the same context, the Palestinians organized a number of peaceful protests in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners, particularly those who are on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. The Israeli forces used excessive force against these protests. As a result, 17 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children and a freelance photojournalist, were wounded.
On 01 March 2013, a 40-year old civilian was hit by a tear gas canister in the head when an Israeli infantry unit moved into Bab al-Zawiya area in the center of Hebron.
In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to open fire at the Palestinians near the border fence. As a result, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a mentally disordered person, were severely wounded.
On the same day, the Israeli forces positioned in watchtowers along the border fence, north of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of persons, who were few meters away from the fence. As a result, a civilian was wounded.