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Thursday, 31 May 2012

While the Occupation is business as usual for Israel, there should be no business with Israel

In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

(Compiled by Leslie Bravery, Palestine Human Rights Campaign POB 56150, Dominion Rd, Auckland, New Zealand www.palestine.org.nz)

48 hours to 8am 30 May 2012 [Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG).]

Fishing boat hijacked as Israeli Navy pursues and opens fire on fishing vessels in 2 Gaza areas

Gaza farms invaded and under fire – crops bulldozed

Israeli troops destroy farm irrigation

Israeli Army fire from Green Line wounds Gaza resident

Israeli helicopter gunships open fire on Gaza homes and farms

Israeli troops plunder factory and order production to cease

4-year-old boy overcome by Israeli tear gas

Israeli troops steal lap-top computer and cameras from Bethlehem shop

2:40am home invasion: Israeli soldiers open fire and abduct youth (17)

Israeli Army sets fire to Palestinian olive trees

Settler militants: arson attacks – agricultural sabotage – child assaulted

Israeli Army raid: destruction – economic sabotage – tear gas casualties

3:50am: Israeli soldiers abduct 2 boys aged 14 and 16

Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in 2 refugee camps and 32 towns and villages

9 attacks – 56 raids including home invasions

4 beaten – 7 injured – 13 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage – 21 taken prisoner – 19 detained – 107 restrictions of movement

May 29 & 30

Home invasions & occupations: 02:40, Azzun - Qattana - 01:45-03:00, Abu Dis - 00:50, Siris - 03:20, Kafr Al-Labad - 01:00, Qarawat Bani Hassan. 23:30-05:00, Nablus - 23:30-05:00, the refugee Balata camp - 01:55, Nablus - 23:55, Hebron.

Peace disruption raids: 01:00, Hizma - 21:30, 08:30, Jalbun - 19:00, Al-Arqa - 00:30, Kafr Ra’i - 03:20, Anabta - 16:40, Jinsafut - 21:45-01:00, Kafr Qaddum - 10:15, Deir Sharaf - 01:30, Asira Al-Qibliya - 01:30, Deir Hattab - 01:55, Nablus - 11:20, Al-Zawia - 11:20, Rafat - Al-Arouj - 23:15, Al-Abidiya - 23:15, Dar Salah – 19:30, Hebron - 01:35, Hebron - 22:10, Al-Thahiriyye - 03:50, Beit Ummar. 03:20, the Qalandya refugee camp - 12:25, Kafr Malik - 16:40, Bani Zayid - 16:40, Kafr Ein - 02:10, Mazare’ Al-Nubani - 09:50, Deir Abu Da’if- 10:15, Kafriyat - 22:55, Tulkarem - 00:45, Tulkarem - 00:45, Tulkarem refugee camp - 20:40-23:40, Kafr Qaddum - 00:50, Baqat Al-Hatab - 00:50, Hajja - 01:45, Azzun - 10:10, Sabastiya - 00:40, Sabastiya - 22:30, Al-Tel - 18:15-01:20, Taqou - 19:10, Al-Khadr - 07:55, Bethlehem - 14:50, Yatta - 17:30, Dura - 18:00, Khursa – 10:35, Yatta - 19:30, Dura.

May 29

Palestinian attacks: none

Israeli attack – agricultural sabotage: Northern Gaza – 11:35, Israeli forces, positioned behind the Green Line and near the Beit Hanun crossing, opened fire on Palestinian farms north of Beit Hanun.

Israeli attack – incursion – agricultural sabotage: Khan Yunis – Israeli forces, equipped with bulldozers and construction vehicles, shot their way onto land in Qarara, shelled farmland and bulldozed crops.

Israeli attack – economic sabotage: Rafah – evening, the Israeli Navy opened fire on several Palestinian fishing boats off the city.

Israeli attack – home invasions – abduction: Qalqilya – 02:40, Israeli forces raided Azzun, opening fire as they searched two homes and abducted a 17-year-old youth: Mohammad Sabri.

Israeli attack – agricultural sabotage: Qalqilya – 11:30, Israeli forces positioned near an annexation Wall gate in Azzun Atma fired stun and tear gas grenades at Palestinian labourers on their way to work and set fire to and destroyed 20 trees.

Home invasion – theft: Salfit – 01:00, Israeli soldiers raided Qarawat Bani Hassan, invaded a home, took a resident prisoner, and made off with a computer.

Land theft: Salfit – the Israeli Army seized land in Deir Istiya for military purposes.

Raid – destruction – economic sabotage – theft: Jerusalem – 01:00, the Israeli Army raided Hizma village, destroyed several shops and other buildings and stole several petrol pumps.

Raid – tear gas casualties: Jenin – 19:00, Occupation troops raided Al-Arqa village, set up a checkpoint at the village entrance and fired tear gas grenades at residents. Two people were taken prisoner.

Raid – tear gas casualties: Hebron – 03:50, the Israeli Army raided Beit Ummar, fired tear gas grenades at villagers' homes and at the local mosque during dawn prayers, leaving five people, including two children, overcome by the gas, and withdrew after abducting two teenagers: Issa Awad (14) and Rabi Awad (16).

Occupation settler violence – assault on child: Jerusalem – evening, Israeli settler militants raided the Silwan neighbourhood and assaulted a child.

Occupation settler violence – arson – agricultural sabotage: Ramallah – 13:30, Zionist fanatics set fire to olive groves in Kafr Malik.

Occupation settler violence – arson – injury – agricultural sabotage: Nablus – 09:45, Israeli settlers raided farmland belonging to Orif village, set fire to a farm building, injuring several goats, and assaulted and injured the owner.

May 30

Palestinian attacks: none

Israeli attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – 06:00, the Israeli Navy pursued and opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Beit Lahiya.

Israeli attack – hijacking – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – 06:30, Israeli gunboats pursued and opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Al-Sudaniya, hijacked a fishing boat and took four fishermen prisoner.

Israeli attack – injury: Central Gaza – evening, an Israeli Army position behind the Green Line opened fire on Wadi Al-Salqa, wounding a resident.

Israeli attack – agricultural sabotage: Khan Yunis – morning, Israeli helicopter gunships opened fire on farms and homes in Al-Qarara.

Agricultural and economic sabotage – water crime: Hebron – 11:00, Israeli troops bulldozed crops, destroyed several water pipes and seized and removed others.

Raid – theft – economic sabotage: Ramallah – 12:25, Israeli troops raided Kafr Malik village, invaded a stone-cutting factory, stole slabs of stone and ordered an end to production.

Raid – tear gas grenade injuries – tear gas casualties: Qalqilya – 20:40-23:40, two people were injured as the Israeli Army, firing tear gas grenades, raided Kafr Qaddum. Several more people were overcome by the gas.

Raid – 4-year-old boy overcome by Israeli tear gas: Qalqilya – 00:50, a four-year-old boy, Mohammad Rabi’, was overcome by Israeli tear gas during an Israeli Army raid on Baqat Al-Hatab.

Raid: Nablus – 22:30, Occupation troops, firing stun grenades, raided Al-Tel village.

Raid – theft: Bethlehem – 07:55, Israeli soldiers raided the city, invaded a shop and stole a lap-top computer and cameras.

Raid – beating - hospitalisation: Hebron – 18:00, Israeli troops raided Khursa village and beat up and hospitalised a resident: Mohammad Awawda.

Occupation settler violence – 3 beaten – injuries: Qalqilya – 20:40, Zionist fanatics assaulted and injured three Palestinians, Nihad Yammin, Ayoub Yamen and Mus’ab Al-Sakhan, near Jit village.

Recent news updates:

Negev conference told settlement expansion will follow displacement of Arabs. MEMO 28 May -- The Fifth Conference on the Development of the Negev and Galilee has been told that there are plans for ten new settlements in the Negev Desert. This comes at a time when the Israeli government is moving towards the implementation of the Prawer Plan for uprooting and displacing the indigenous Arab people of the region ... Minister Silvan Shalom told the conference that his ministry will continue to establish settlements with the aim of bringing 300,000 Jews to the Negev and housing them in existing and new units. He said that he will continue to work towards changing the Negev into an important economic centre and pointed to the large number of projects for construction, schools and educational and cultural centres in Jewish communities to encourage Jews to settle in the Negev. http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/3803-negev-conference-told-settlement-expansion-will-follow-displacement-of-arabs

Israel reduces number of prison meals for Palestinian children. MEMO 28 May -- Child detainees in Israeli gaols have accused the prison authorities of implementing a "starvation policy" against them as the number of meals they receive daily has been reduced to two. After meeting with the minors in Telmond "El-Sharon" Prison, the lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoners' Society, Anwar Abu Lafi, said, "The situation of Palestinian minors in Israeli gaols is very bad due to the policies and procedures adopted by the management which restricts them deliberately and deprives them of their basic rights." Although the regulations state that prisoners should receive three meals a day, Abu Lafi confirmed that only two are being given to the children Israel is keeping behind bars. According to the lawyer, the children have complained about the lack of any facilities for heating water. They also noted that assaults on prisoners by the Israeli authorities continue. One detainee, Daud Abu Sbeitan, was beaten severely by security forces while being transferred to Jerusalem Central Court last week. http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/3801-israel-reduces-number-of-prison-meals-for-palestinian-children

Security for Israeli settlers, not for Palestinians. The High Court of Justice upheld the constitutionality (in 2006 and again in January) of the Citizenship Law clause prohibiting residency permits in Israel for Palestinians from the territories, even if they have an Israeli domestic partner, basing its ruling on the state's justification for it. In its ruling the High Court cited laws in other countries that limit the right of citizens of enemy countries to enter them. But in the case of Israel and the territories, this limitation is unilateral. Israelis can settle in the territories, dispossessing the local population, but in a discussion of the right of an Israeli citizen who married a Palestinian to live with that person in Israel, the territories suddenly become a sort of enemy country, over a border that it is forbidden to cross. The unilateral nature of the justification to limit the entry of Palestinians into Israel 'security reasons' is underscored by Israel violence towards Palestinians. On Saturday a settler shot and wounded a Palestinian after settlers had set fire to Palestinian wheat-fields. A few days earlier, settlers were caught on camera firing at Palestinians while the Israel Army stood by. http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/security-for-israeli-settlers-not-for-palestinians-1.433069

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