IOP newsletter headlines – 18 November 2014:
16-year-old boy dies of wounds sustained
in Israeli blitz on Gaza Strip
West Bank villager wounded in Israeli Army attack
Occupation settler knife attacks: critical injury
Occupation settlers set West Bank home on fire
Occupation settlers open fire on West Bank villagers
Israeli Army uses explosives to destroy apartment
Night peace disruption and/or home invasions
in 5 towns and villages
4 attacks – 25 raids including home invasions
1 beaten – 1 dead – 9 injured
12 taken prisoner – 13 detained
128 restrictions of movement
Summary of Gaza ceasefire violations for October 2014
(Compiled by Leslie Bravery | 05 November 2014)
[Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG). http://www.nad-plo.org/dailyreports.php] We try to verify as much as possible the accuracy of all items taken from the Palestine Human Rights Campaign's IOP daily newsletters.
NB: No reports available from the PMG in respect of 14 or 28 October
While the world is being told that a fragile ceasefire in Gaza is holding for now, the purpose of this October summary is to report something of the daily reality both in Gaza and in the rest of Occupied Palestine.
The first part of this summary deals with the Gaza Strip but there can be no understanding of the blockade – and Palestinian resistance to it – without an appreciation of what is happening in East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank and how that affects Palestinians everywhere.
Palestinian ceasefire violations:
NO Palestinian missile attacks in October
Israeli ceasefire violations:
Israeli Army attack – agricultural sabotage: Khan Yunis – morning, Israeli forces positioned behind the Green Line opened fire on east Khuza'a farmland.
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – morning, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off al-Waha in west Beit Lahiya.
Israeli Army attacks – agricultural sabotage: Khan Yunis – 06:30, an Israeli Army position behind the Green Line opened fire on farmland in east al-Qarara and Abasan al-Kabira.
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage: Rafah - dawn, the Israeli Navy opened fire on and shelled Palestinian fishing boats off Rafah.
Israeli Navy attack – fishing boat sunk – economic sabotage: Central Gaza – the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Deir al-Balah and sank a fishing boat.
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – morning, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off west Beit Lahiya.
Israeli Navy attack – hijacking – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – 08:00, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off al-Sudaniya beach, captured five fishermen and hijacked one of the boats. The five crew members taken prisoner were named: Majed Bakr, Omar Bakr, Faris Bakr, Fadi Bakr and Ahmad Bakr. http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=26838
Israeli Navy attack – wounding – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – 08:30, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Beit Lahiya, wounding one crew member who was detained along with another two crew members, including 16-year-old Mahmoud Abu Rayala.
Israeli Navy attack – fishing boat set ablaze – economic sabotage: Rafah – the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Rafah, setting fire to one of them.
Israeli Army attacks – agricultural sabotage: Khan Yunis – morning, an Israeli Army position behind the Green Line opened fire on farmland in east al-Qarara, al-Fakhari and al-Farahin.
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – morning, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off al-Sudaniya in west Beit Lahiya.
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – 06:00, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Beit Lahiya.
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – 19:00, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Beit Lahiya.
Israeli Army attack: Northern Gaza – 07:30, an Israeli Army position behind the Green Line opened fire on the al-Saifa area in Beit Lahiya, wounding and hospitalising a resident, Saqer Al-Ghoul.
East Jerusalem and the West Bank
There is no ceasefire in operation for East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Israeli military Occupation and Israeli settler infiltration and settlement continue – with no effective opposition possible on the part of the defenceless, indigenous population. The world community's insistence that the Occupied Palestinian people should negotiate their freedom with their overwhelmingly more powerful US-armed oppressor, amounts to complicity with Israel. It is as if the world views the Palestinians as equal parties to a minor dispute over borders.
The relentless, daily, horrific reality on the ground for the Palestinian people and the violations of international humanitarian law they must live under are intolerable – but live with it they must until the world community is prepared to shoulder its responsibility.
In most countries civilians are, quite sensibly, allowed nowhere near military exercises and the defence forces conduct them in suitably safe areas well away from civilians. So what sort of thinking drives Israel to insist on driving Palestinian families from their homes in order to conduct military exercises? (See below).
This summary for October should report at least some of the events in the rest of Palestine beyond Gaza and the absence of a ceasefire in the Occupied territories is no reason to avoid it. What follows is a small selection from the daily reports on the Israeli Occupied Palestinian territories:
Home invasions – beatings and hospitalisations: Ramallah – 01:15-04:20, Israeli troops raided Silwad and invaded several homes, assaulting and injuring five residents: Hulwa Hamad (63), hospitalised with a broken foot, Yusef Hamad Ehab Hamad, Mohammad Hamad and Fawzi Hamad, hospitalised with fractures and other injuries. Another resident was detained and later ordered to report for interrogation at Israeli Military Intelligence.
Home invasions – injury: Jenin – 02:40-06:20, the Israeli Army raided Jenin and the refugee camp and searched four homes, injuring a resident, Mohammad Abu Khaaraj.
Raid – child terrorised: Ramallah – 12:05-14:40, Israeli troops raided Ein Qinah, seizing and holding captive for a time a 12-year-old boy, Ahmad Yacoub.
Raid – water crime: Hebron – 22:30, the Israeli Army raided the Khirbeit Ja’doun area in al-Karmil village and ordered the destruction of three wells.
Israeli Army abductions: Jerusalem – Israeli troops in Biddu abducted four children: Ahmad Mansour (13) and three 14-year-olds, Basel Shamasneh, Ali Houshiyeh and Yahya Qais.
Israeli Army beating – hospitalisation and armed robbery: Ramallah – 21:35, Israeli Occupation troops beat up and hospitalised a Palestinian man, Amir Al-Khatib, near Beit Sira village and robbed him of the equivalent of US$2750.
Raid – water crimes: Hebron – 12:15, Israeli forces raided Deir Razah village and issued destruction orders on two wells.
Home invasion and occupation: Bethlehem – 13:05-15:00, the Israeli Army raided Khirbeit al-Deir village, occupied a home and set up a sniper post on its roof.
Israeli Army – stun and tear gas grenades – children terrorised: Jerusalem – morning, Israeli forces, firing stun and tear gas grenades in Silwan, seized and held captive for a time three children: Islam Zaytouneh (9), Ashraf Bruqan (10) and Tamer Shawki (11).
Israeli Army – child terrorised: Nablus – 19:30, Israeli troops seized and held captive for a time a 14-year-old boy: Aysar Hani.
Home invasion and occupation – injuries: Bethlehem – 04:10, Israeli forces raided Taquo and occupied a home, injuring two people including a 17-year-old youth, Ahmad Al-Amour, and then set up a sniper post on the roof of their home. Another person was taken prisoner.
Israeli Army abductions: Hebron – 14:40, Israeli soldiers in the Old City abducted two minors: Awni Abu Shamaseh (15) and Khaled Al-Natsheh (16).
Israeli Army – children terrorised: Hebron – 18:10, Israeli troops in the Old City seized and held captive for about two hours, two Palestinian children: Isam Abu Amer (13) and Khaled Al-Natsheh (14).
Occupation settler violence – injury – agricultural sabotage – Israeli Army complicity: Nablus – 15:50, supported by the Israeli Army, a gang of Occupation settlers invaded Burin village farmland and stoned farmers and workers as they tried to harvest olives. One harvester, Mohammad Ayyad, was injured and hospitalised in the Israeli violence.
Occupation settler arson – agricultural sabotage – Israeli Army complicity: Bethlehem – 02:30, Israeli settlers, accompanied by the Israeli Army, invaded Nahalin village, setting fire to 25 olive trees.
Raid – military exercises – families evicted: Tubas – Israeli troops invaded the North Jordan Valley al-Mayta area and issued temporary eviction orders on three families for the period of planned military exercises.
Raid – military exercises – families evicted: Tubas – the Israeli Army invaded Khirbeit Yarza village in the North Jordan Valley and issued temporary eviction orders on two families for the period of planned military exercises.
Occupation settler sewage assault – agricultural sabotage: Bethlehem – Zionist fanatics from the Betar Aliyat Occupation settlement dumped raw sewage onto Nahalin village agricultural land.
Occupation settler plunder and agricultural sabotage: Bethlehem – Zionist militants invaded Husan village farmland, plundered 38 olive trees for themselves and severed the branches off another 200 olive trees.
Israeli Army attack – 2 youngsters wounded: Hebron – 18:05, Israeli forces positioned near al-Tabaqa village fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets and stun and tear gas grenades at residents, injuring two minors: Riyad Abu Ras (16) and Moath Al-Shahaytat (17).
Occupation settler violence – agricultural sabotage: Salfit – 15:00, Zionist fanatics from the Ariel Occupation settlement invaded Marda village, setting fire to and destroying about 100 olive trees.
Raid – destruction orders on tent dwelling and livestock shelter – pastoral sabotage: Hebron – the Israeli Army raided east Yatta and issued destruction orders on a livestock shelter and a tent dwelling.
Israeli Army: land theft to benefit Occupation settlement: Bethlehem – the Israeli Army annexed a family's land in al-Khadr for the benefit of the Navi Daniel Occupation settlement and the construction of a synagogue.
Occupation settler violence – beating – hospitalisation and agricultural sabotage: Tulkarem – 16:30, an Occupation settler mob invaded Kafr al-Labbad village agricultural land, beating up and hospitalising a villager, Abdel-Rahman Hamdan, as he was trying to harvest olives.
Occupation settler violence – injury – arson and agricultural sabotage: Salfit – 10:50, Zionist fanatics invaded Yasuf village farmland, attacking several residents as they were harvesting olives. One woman, Alaa Hamoud, was severely injured in the Israeli violence. The settler mob also set fire to a villager's vehicle.
Occupation settler violence – injuries – hospitalisations and agricultural sabotage: Hebron – 18:50, militants from the Bet Yatar Occupation settlement invaded Manazil village in south Yatta and beat up two shepherds, one of whom, Saqr Abu Qabtiya, is 16 years old. The injured pair had been herding sheep at the time and were admitted to hospital.
Israeli Army – child wounded and hospitalised – rubber-coated bullets and stun and tear gas grenades: Bethlehem – 17:20, a 13-year-old boy, Tamer Abu Salem, was hit by a rubber-coated bullet and hospitalised with head wounds when Israeli forces opened fire with rubber-coated bullets and stun and tear gas grenades at al-Aida refugee camp residents.
Israeli Army – child terrorised: Hebron – 13:00, Israeli troops in the Old City seized and held captive for a time a 12-year-old child, Abdel-Hakim Al-Boti.
Occupation settler violence – attempted abduction – 4-year-old child rescued: Jerusalem – evening, a settler fanatic in the al-Sa’diya neighbourhood attempted to abduct four-year-old Majd Huzina from outside his family home. Two neighbours were able to free the child from the settler's grip and rescue him.
Raid – children injured – tear gas casualties: Nablus – 23:00-04:00, Israeli troops, escorting Occupation settlers, raided Nablus, injuring four residents including two children: Zeid Sawafta (15) and Mohammad Hashash (15). Several other people were overcome by Israeli Army tear gas.
Home invasions – beating and hospitalisation: Nablus – 09:35, Occupation troops beat up and hospitalised a resident, Fawzi Ghannam, as they raided the eastern neighbourhoods of Nablus, searching a home and a furniture factory. Several people were interrogated by Israeli Intelligence officers.
Israeli Army rubber-coated bullets and stun and tear gas grenades – 10 wounded – assault and hospitalisation: Jerusalem – evening, al-Majlis Gate entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound – Israeli Army rubber-coated bullets and stun and tear gas grenades wounded ten residents including a woman: Marwa Idris. Another person, Mahmoud Idris, was assaulted and hospitalised with a broken foot and another was taken prisoner.
Israeli Army attack – 13-year-old boy shot dead: Ramallah – 18:25-19:50, the Israeli Army shot 13-year-old Bahaa Samir Badir in the chest during a raid on the village of Beit Liqiya. The Ramallah Hospital Director, Ahmed Betawai, said the boy had been shot three times in the chest and died of his wounds about two hours later. Jpost forward aljazeera
Occupation settler violence – agricultural sabotage: Ramallah – 17:20, a gang of Israeli settlers from the Bet El Occupation settlement seized and held captive for a time a number of Palestinian olive harvesters.
Occupation settler plunder – agricultural sabotage – Israeli Army complicity: Qalqiliya – 15:00, Israeli settlers, with the support of the Israeli Army, plundered the Kafr Laqif olive harvest.
Occupation settler agricultural sabotage: Bethlehem – 11:40, a Zionist mob destroyed 50 Palestinian olive trees in the Sha’b Jamoum area of al-Jab’a.
Israeli Army – home invasions – assaults and injuries plus rubber-coated bullets and stun and tear gas grenades: Jerusalem – 21:00, Israeli forces positioned at the al-Salasla Gate, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun and tear gas grenades, invaded several homes and assaulted residents. Two people were taken prisoner, one of them with severe head injuries.
Occupation road casualties – girl (5) killed and boy (6) injured: Ramallah – 13:20, five-year-old Inas Khalil was killed and six-year-old Tulin Asfour injured when they were run over by an Israeli settler vehicle on the main road between Ramallah and Nablus.
Families forced from their homes to make way for Israeli Army exercises : Tubas – Occupation troops invaded the Khirbeit Yarza and Ras al-Ahmar areas of the North Jordan Valley and forced 12 families to leave their homes to make way for Israeli Army military training.
Israeli Army – house demolition: Jerusalem – the Israeli Army forced a resident, Samir Masouda, to destroy his own home and imposed a hefty fine.
Israeli Army abduction – savage dog attack – injury: Hebron – 18:20, in Beit Ummar a 16-year-old youth, Amir Odeh, was savaged by an Israeli Army dog before being abducted by Occupation troops.
Occupation settler home invasion – Israeli Army complicity: Jerusalem – evening, the Israeli Army fired stun and tear gas grenades at people in Silwan after settler militants seized a Palestinian home.
Occupation settler agricultural sabotage: Salfit – 15:15, Zionist fanatics invaded al-Zawiya farmland and destroyed around 100 olive trees.
Raid – destruction – pastoral sabotage: Jericho – 07:00, the Israeli Army raided the Khirbeit Abu Allan area near al-Jiftlik village, destroyed five buildings and a livestock shelter.
Raid – homes destroyed – abduction: Jenin – 01:30-04:30, Israeli forces raided Araba, destroyed several homes and abducted a 17-year-old youth, Muntasir Abu Salah.
Raid – plunder – agricultural sabotage: Tubas – 09:00, the Israeli Army raided Ibziq village and plundered three privately-owned farm tractors.
Raid – military exercises force families out of their homes: Tubas – Occupation forces invaded the Ras al-Ahmar area in the North Jordan Valley and ordered nine families out of their homes to make way for military training exercises.
Raid – order for removal of tent dwelling: Hebron – 11:00, Israeli forces invaded Khirbeit al-Fakhit village and issued an order for the removal of a tent dwelling.
Israeli Army abductions: Jerusalem – 00:15, Israeli soldiers abducted five Palestinian children: three 12-year-olds, Mus’ab Al-Khayat, Mahdi Khayat and Mohammad Abu Sneineh, and also abducted two 15-year-olds, Mahdi Hijazi and Mohammad Manasrah.
Israeli Army abduction: Jerusalem – Israeli troops in the Silwan neighbourhood abducted a 15-year-old boy, Izz-Al-Din Al-Shaloudi.
Israeli Army – children terrorised: Hebron – 16:30, Israeli troops in the Old City seized and held captive two children, Adnan Abu Odeg (12) and Mohammad Jabr (11), for nearly two hours.
Occupation settler racism: Jerusalem – 21:15, Zionist fanatics invaded the al-Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, attacked a home and chanted racist slogans.
Occupation settler arson and agricultural sabotage: Nablus – 10:55, Zionist arsonists invaded Huwara farmland and set fire to approximately 100 olive trees.
Israeli Army – 8 children terrorised (aged 8 to 13): Nablus – 19:40, Israeli troops positioned in the area between the villages of Beit Furiq and Beit Dajan seized and held captive for a time eight children aged from eight to 13 years: Mu’tasim Zumlout (13), Ahmad Abu Ghalmi (14), Yusef Zumlout (8), Mohammad Nassassrah (13), Hadi Nassassrah (12), Amir Malitat (13), Osama Khattatbah (13) and Ibrahim Zumlout (13 ).
Israeli Army attack – death (child) and injury: Ramallah – 14:45, Occupation forces positioned near the entrance to Silwad opened fire with live ammunition as well as rubber-coated bullets and stun and tear gas grenades, killing a 14-year-old boy, Awarah Hamad, and wounding another person, Mohammad Bessiso.
Armed Occupation settler terrorism: Qalqiliya – 19:30, a Palestinian man, Omar Dweikat, was injured when armed terrorists from the Qadumim Occupation settlement opened fire on his vehicle, damaging it as it passed along the main road between Qalqiliya and Nablus.
Israeli Army collusion with Occupation settler land-grab: Hebron – 16:40, an east Yatta resident, Ahmad Al-Hadar, was taken prisoner by the Israeli Army after he used a bulldozer to destroy several tents pitched by settler militants on his land.
Israeli Army military exercises – families forced out of their homes: Tubas – the Israeli Army decided to conduct military exercises in Ibiza village and ordered ten Palestinian families out of their homes for an 18-hour period.
Israeli Army – child (11) terrorised: Hebron – 08:00, Israeli troops in the Old City seized and held captive for nearly three hours, an 11-year-old boy, Raja ‘I Al-Tajabi.
Raid – plunder – economic and agricultural sabotage: Tubas – 12:40, the Israeli Army raided the Kirbeit Ras al-Hamra area in the North Jordan Valley and plundered two tractors, a meat-cutting machine, a crate lifter and a truck, and detained several farmers for hours as they were trying to farm their land.
Raid – house destruction order: Bethlehem – 15:35, the Israeli Army raided al-Walaja village and issued a destruction order on a home.
Occupation settler violence – injury – hospitalisation: Jerusalem – a resident of Silwan, Nimer Bashir, was hospitalised with injuries, including a broken arm, after being assaulted during a raid by Occupation settler militants.
Raid – homes destroyed – victims assaulted and hospitalised: Hebron – 08:45-14:00, the Israeli Army raided Um al-Khayer village in east Yatta, assaulting and hospitalising two residents, Maliha Al-Hatyhalin and Tarik Al- Hathlain, as troops destroyed three homes and two livestock shelters.
Israeli Army – homes and other property destroyed: Jerusalem – the Israeli Army destroyed two homes and a surrounding wall, two storage facilities and a garage in the neighbourhoods of al-Sheikh Jarah and Wadi al-Juz.
Occupation settler violence – plunder and agricultural sabotage: Qalqiliya – 16:15, a Zionist mob invaded Kafr Qaddum village farmland, forcibly removed a farmer, Saed Barham, as he was harvesting his olives and plundered three sacks of olives.
Raid – home destroyed: Jerusalem – 09:00, the Israeli Army raided Silwan, destroyed a home and took three people prisoner, including the owner of the home.
Raid – home destruction order: Bethlehem – the Israeli Army invaded the Um al-Rakaba area in al-Khadr and issued a destruction order on a home.
Raid – pregnant woman assaulted and injured – dwellings and property destroyed: Hebron – 07:30, Israeli soldiers assaulted and hospitalised a pregnant woman, Amenah Al-Hathalin, during an Israeli Army raid on Khashim Daraj village, during which Occupation troops destroyed an outdoor shower along with part of a cave dwelling, and also destroyed other living accommodation as well as a livestock shelter.
Raid – villagers assaulted and injured – property destroyed: Hebron – 08:30, the Israeli Army assaulted residents while raiding Um al-Kheir village to destroy storage facilities. Six people, including a woman, were injured in the Israeli violence: Amenah Al-Hathalin, Mu’tasim Al-Hathalin, Musa Al-Hathalin, Tariq Al-Hathalin, Yasser Al-Hathlain and Suliman Al-Hathalin.
Israeli Army – Gaza patient denied access to hospital for treatment: Northern Gaza – the Israeli Army, at the Beit Hanun- Erez crossing, took prisoner a patient, Mohammad Kahlifeh, who was on his way for treatment in a Nablus hospital.
Israeli Army beating: Jerusalem – Israeli troops beat up and hospitalised an Al-Aqsa Mosque security guard near the al-Salaslah Gate.
Israeli Army stun and tear gas grenades – youngsters injured (1 critically): Jerusalem – 12:30, Israeli forces fired stun and tear gas grenades at people in al-Eisawiya village, al-Thur, Ras al-Amud, Wadi al-Juz and at the Shu’fat and Qalandya checkpoints, as well as near al-Ram, Anata and the Old City al-Salaslah Gate. Six people were injured, including two youngsters. One of the young victims, Bara’ Issa (17), is in a critical condition and the other youngster injured is Khalid Al-Masi (14).