Palestinian Centre for Human Rights – PCHR

  • Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill a Palestinian Doctor near Jerusalem
    Jun 17, 2021 – – IMEMC News

    Israeli forces shot a Palestinian woman dead, on Wednesday, while she was in her car at the entrance to Hizma town, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

    The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the slain woman as Mai Afaneh, 29 , from Abu Dis town, southeast of occupied Jerusalem.

    WAFA correspondent stated that the Israeli forces opened fire at Afaneh, when she drove her vehicle down an under construction road, at the entrance to Hizma town.

    The army claimed that the slain woman “attempted to ram her car into a number of Israeli soldiers before exiting the vehicle with a knife” the Anadolu Agency reported.

    Furthermore the military declared that that the woman was “neutralized” while one Israeli soldier was lightly injured, no further details were provided.

    This is a developing story.

    Post from the Wadi Hilweh Information Center


    • Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 10 – 16 June 2021

      At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 16 June 2021, IOF killed a Palestinian woman near the entrance to Hizma village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of carrying out run-over and stabbing attacks. According to PCHR’s follow up, IOF fired several live bullets at Mai Khaled Yousef ‘Afana (29) near the entrance to Hizma village. As a result, Mai was wounded with live bullets and was left bleeding to death as IOF prevented medical crews from helping her. IOF claimed in a statement published in Israeli media that Mai attempted to carry out a run-over attack against Israeli soldiers who were present near annexation wall, near Hizma village. They added that Mai stepped out of her car and attempted to carry out a stabbing attack, so Israeli soldiers opened fire at her, wounding her with live bullets before her death was announced later. Hani ‘Afana, Mai’s cousin, said that Mai was a psychologist, and she recently received her PhD degree from Mu’tah University in Jordan. He added that Mai worked at the Faculty of Humanities at Al-Istiqlal University in Jericho, and she was married and mother of a 4-year-old girl. Hani pointed out that the Israeli intelligence service phoned his brother Khaled to inform him about the death of his daughter and summoned him for investigation. This incident is part of an Israeli constant policy of using excessive force, particularly the shoot-to-kill policy against the suspects at the checkpoints and near the Israeli position points. ‘Afana is the 2nd Palestinian that was killed during this week. Since the beginning of the year, PCHR documented the killing of 12 Palestinians, including 3 women and a child, at the Israeli checkpoints and position points; most of them were killed allegedly for attempting to carry out a stabbing attack without imminent threat to the soldiers’ lives.

  • Shrinking Palestinian Civic Space: IOF Raid and Close UHWC in al-Bireh
    Date: 09 June 2021 – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

    On Wednesday, 09 June 2021, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) raided and ransacked the Headquarter of the of the Union of Health Work Committees (UHWC) in Sateh Marhaba neighborhood al-Bireh. They confiscated some its contents and then closed it. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns IOF’s closure of a healthcare organization, stressing it is part of IOF’s systematic policy to polish off the Palestinian civil society and undermine its role in supporting the Palestinian resilience under the occupation.

    According to PCHR’s follow-up, at approximately 05:00, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into al-Bireh and stationed in Sateh Marhaba neighborhood. IOF raided UHWC’s headquarter (2 floors in al-Sartawi building). They removed the outside doors and raided and ransacked the headquarter. They confiscated the hard disks from the computers and removed the cupboard doors to confiscate the files. IOF then closed the main door of the UHWC’s office with metal bars and fixed an order issued by the “Israel Defense Forces Commander in Judea and Samaria” to close immediately the office for 6 months. The order also warned the employees from entering their offices otherwise they will be arrested or prosecuted for disobeying the military orders.

    Shatha ‘Odeh, UHWC’s Director, commented on the order to close the office and said, “this military order will negatively affect the organization’s work and continuity to provide healthcare services to citizens as the closure of the headquarter will hinder work in the branch offices in terms of administrative and financial matters. Moreover, the closure will restrict our relation with the donors when they know that the headquarter is closed in addition to shaking the confidence of medicine and medical devices’ suppliers in the organization.”

    Previously on 08 March 2021, IOF raided and ransacked the same headquarter in addition to confiscating the computers. At the same time, they arrested one of the organization’s employees from his house in Ramallah. At the time, PCHR condemned this incident and called upon the international community to take action in order to protect the Palestinian civil society.

    It should be noted that UHWC is a well-respected Palestinian non-governmental organization that was founded in 1985. UHWC is active in the field of health and community development in the Palestinian territory from a human rights perspective; it has branches in most Palestinian cities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. (...)


  • Army Shoots, Kills Palestinian Young Man, Injures Others near Nablus
    May 28, 2021 – – IMEMC News

    The Israeli forces shot and killed, on Friday, a Palestinian young man and injured several others during a peaceful demonstration in Beita village, south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Ministry of Health has confirmed.

    Hundreds of unarmed Palestinians assembled on the Jabal Sbeih mountain near the village, and were confronted with excessive use of force by the army, who fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel rounds, tear gas and stun grenades against the unarmed civilians.

    The slain young man identified as, Zakaria Hamayel, 28 , was shot in the chest, succumbing to his wounds shortly afterwards. At least ten other participants were shot and injured during the non-violent procession rejecting the continued illegal Israeli settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

    WAFA correspondent stated that 2 Palestinians were shot with live rounds, 3 with rubber-coated steel rounds, and 2 more young men were injured after being chased by the army, while 15 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

    Similar protests rejecting the illegal colonial settlements in the occupied West Bank were held in Beit Dajan, and Kufur Qaddoum, in the northern occupied West Bank.


    • Palestinian Killed and 5 Others Injured, Including Child, in Suppression of Peaceful Protest in Nablus – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

      Date: 29 May 2021

      Yesterday, in new crime of excessive use of lethal force by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF), a Palestinian civilian was killed and 5 others injured, including a child, during the suppression of a peaceful protest against settlement expansion in Beita village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank.

      According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 13:30 on Friday, 28 May 2021, a peaceful protest took off from the central of Beita village, southeast of Nablus, towards Subeih Mount, south of the village, where IOF established “Avitar” settlement outpost a month ago. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against Israeli occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at Subeih Mount, they found a large number of IOF who opened indiscriminate fire at them. Afterwards, violent clashes erupted between them, during which, the protestors threw stones at IOF who responded with live and rubber bullets, stun grenades and teargas canisters. The clashes continued until 18:30 and resulted in the murder of a Palestinian civilian and the injury of 5 others, including a child. Among those injured four were shot with live bullets in their lower limbs and one was shot with a rubber bullet. All of them were taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment. The victim was later identified as Zakaria Maher Falah Hamayil (26), from Beita village. Hamayil, who was a teacher, succumbed to his wounds in the emergency department after being shot with a live bullet in his head. Moreover, several protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

      PCHR strongly condemns the excessive use of force which resulted in the murder of Hamayil and the injury of others and emphasizes that there was no justification for the use of fire, especially if there is no imminent danger or threat to the soldiers’ lives.(...)


  • PNGO and PHROC Condemn Statements of the UNRWA Gaza Director on Israel’s Aggression on the Gaza Strip – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
    25 05. 2021

    The Palestinian Network of Non-Governmental Organisations (PNGO) and the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations’ Council (PHROC)) condemn the recent media statements made by Mr. Matthias Schmale, Gaza Director of the United Nations Reliefs and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), regarding the latest Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

    In an interview with Channel 12, an Israeli channel, on 23 May 2021, Mr. Schmale stated that he “would not dispute” the precision of the IDF’s bombardments of the Gaza Strip and that he believes that there was “huge sophistication in the way the Israeli military struck over the last 11 days.” He added that the Israeli military “did not hit, with some exceptions, civilian targets”, and that his concern was that the strikes were more vicious in terms of their impact.[1]

    In providing this kind of testimony, Mr. Schmale completely ignored the crimes committed during the latest Israeli offensive against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, including Palestinian refugees, who make up around 70% of the population.

    In al-Shati refugee camp, which receives services from UNRWA, 9 civilians, including 7 children and 2 women were killed after Israeli warplanes launched six missiles at a three-storey house without a warning. The house belonged to Alaa Abu Hatab, who survived the attack along with his 5-month-old baby, but the rest of their family was killed. Another incident that Mr. Schmale should be reminded of is the massacre that took place on Al-Wehda Street on 16 May 2021, when Israeli warplanes targeted a residential building killing 43 innocent civilians, some of them constitute entire families. Both incidents are enough evidence to demonstrate Israel’s disregard for the lives of innocent Palestinian and its lack of precision and sophistication when conducting its military operations. (...)


  • Undercover Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian In al-Biereh
    May 25, 2021 – – IMEMC News

    Undercover Israeli soldiers infiltrated, on Tuesday at dawn, into Um ash-Sharayet neighborhood in the all-Biereh city, in the central West Bank governorate of Ramallah and al-Biereh, and killed a young man.

    Dr. Ahmad al-Betawi, the head of Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, told Palestine Radio that the young man has been identified as Ahmad Jamil Fahed , from the al-Am’ari refugee camp, south of al-Biereh city.

    Eyewitnesses said the undercover soldiers shot the Palestinian and left him bleeding on the ground without any medical attention until he succumbed to his wounds.

    The undercover forces killed the young man after they infiltrated into the area to abduct his brother and his uncle; both are members of the Fateh movement of President Mahmoud Abbas.


    • Special Israeli Force Kills Palestinian in Ramallah
      Date: 26 May 2021 | Time: 11:00 GMT

      In a new crime of extra-judicial execution committed by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF), a special Israeli force directly opened fire directly at a Palestinian male while he was in his car in Um al-Sharayet neighborhood in Ramallah, killing him immediately. The Israeli force looked at his face after killing him and withdrew later. According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 04:30 on Tuesday, 25 May 2021, a special Israeli force sneaked into Um al-Sharayet neighborhood from the southern side of al-Bireh city, north of Ramallah, via a Caddy civilian car and parked on a street in the neighborhood. At approximately 04:38, the special Israeli force approached a MG car with a yellow registration plate that was parked on the street, a Palestinian man was inside. Afterwards, three unmasked members of the special force in black clothing stepped out of their vehicle and fired several live bullets at the car, which was parked in the area; the bullets smashed its rear window and damaged its front door. The Palestinian man attempted to open the car door to step out, but he fell on the ground. The members of the special force surrounded him, looked at his face and then fled. Afterwards, a number of Palestinians gathered and took the wounded man to the Palestine Medical Complex, where medicall sources announced his death. The victim was Ahmed Jamil al-Fahd (26) , from Am’ari camp near Um al-Sharayet neighborhood, who was shot with 4 live bullets in his left shoulder, chest and lower limbs, which killed him immediately.

      Later that day, Monte Carlo citied an Israeli source saying, “during an arrest campaign against activists in Ramallah, a Palestinian was killed by a special force of the Israeli border guards.”

      PCHR condemns in the strongest terms the murder of Fahd, which is part of extra-judicial killing crimes committed by IOF in occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), in grave violation of the principles of the intentional humanitarian law (IHL) that prohibit this kind of murder crime.

    • Cisjordania: Un vídeo muestra el “asesinato selectivo” de un palestino por policías israelíes
      Juan Carlos Sanz - Jerusalén - 23 jun 2021 - EL PAÍS

      La grabación de una cámara de seguridad difundida este miércoles por la ONG israelí B’Tselem muestra a agentes de una unidad especial de la Policía de Fronteras (cuerpo militarizado) de Israel que abren fuego contra un palestino dentro de su vehículo y lo arrastran malherido al exterior antes de dejarlo abandonado en una calle de Um-a-Shayeret, en las inmediaciones de Ramala (Cisjordania). Los hechos se produjeron en la madrugada del 25 de mayo cuando Ahmad Abdu, de 25 años, iba a arrancar su coche, que estaba aparcado frente a la casa de un familiar al que había visitado. (...)

  • Cease-fire Reached After 11 Days of IOF Aggression on Gaza – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

    Date: 21 May 2021 | Time: 15:00 GMT

    On the 11th day of the Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) aggression on the Gaza Strip, dozens of intense airstrikes, shelling and bombing attacks were executed by the Israeli warplanes, arterially and gunboats, against dozens of Palestinian civilian houses and facilities. IOF attacks continued until the cease-fire agreement, brokered by Egypt, went into effect at 02:00 on Friday, 21 May 2021.

    The initial field examination missions PCHR team conducted showed the devastating destruction caused by IOF attacks this month. PCHR teams will commence immediately in establishing a comprehensive legal documentation of the aggression and its implications on the victims and the Gaza Strip infrastructure.

    In follow-up to PCHR’s daily press releases and dissemination of information on IOF attacks on the Gaza Strip, 3 Palestinians were killed, and the bodies of 14 others were retrieved from under the rubble, including the bodies of two children. Additionally, 33 others, including 8 women and 17 children, were wounded. IOF airstrikes targeted 7 houses and several establishments, raising the number of houses attacked by IOF to 169, including multi-floor buildings.

    The death toll of IOF aggression on the Gaza Strip since its onset reached: 247 killed, including 66 children and 39 women; 1416 wounded, including 277 women and 412 children.

    Herein follows the details of IOF attacks documented on Thursday 20 May 2021, before the cease-fire agreement.

    Northern Gaza governorate:

    3 Palestinians were killed, 32 others wounded, including 17 children and 7 women. Two houses destroyed; dozens of other houses damaged as well as a company. Infrastructure sustained dramatic destruction.

    12:00: Israeli warplanes targeted a group of civilians in Beit Lahia, killing Hesham Shaher Mohammed al-Shurafa (26) and wounding another Palestinians (moderate wounds).

    12:30: Israeli warplanes launched two missiles at al-Areiny family home in Tal al-Za’tar, completely destroying the two-floor house.

    15:55: Israeli warplanes launched one missile at WAEL Hassan Salim Rajab’s house in Beit Lahia, completely destroying the two-story house.

    16:40: Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a white Skoda Citgo car while driving down a sub-street of al-Saftawy neighborhood, western Jabalia. The airstrike killed Maisra Abdul-Shakour Mosbah al-Ar’eer (22) and Omar Ahmed Mohammed Jendya (24) and destroyed the car.

    17:00: an artillery munition on Ali Khalil Ali Abu-Jarad’s (69) house in Izbat Beit Hanoun, wounding 6 Palestinians, including the houseowner who was classified in critical state. (...)


  • Day 11 of Israeli Offensive on Gaza: Violent Artillery Shelling and Systematic Destruction of Houses – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

    9 Palestinians, Including 3 Women and 2 Children, Killed and 120 Others, Including 37 Women and 32 Children, Injured

    Death Toll Mounts to 230, Including 64 Children and 39 Women, and Total Number of Injuries Rises to 1383, Including 315 Children and 219 Women

    For the 11th consecutive day, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continued their offensive on the Gaza Strip and carried out dozens of intense air, land and sea strikes, targeting more houses and civilian facilities.

    Further to PCHR’s press release published yesterday, 9 Palestinians, including 3 women and 2 children, were killed, and 120 others were wounded, including 37 women and 32 children. The Israeli airstrikes targeted 16 houses and several facilities. Thus, the number of targeted houses has risen to 162, including multi-story buildings.

    Thus, the death toll since the beginning of the Israeli offensive has risen to 230, including 64 children and 39 women, and the number of those wounded has risen to 1,383, including 315 children and 219 women.

    It should be noted that according to the daily update by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the total number of injuries has risen to 1630, including 470 children and 310 women. Among those injuries: 55 were critical and 400 injuries were in the upper body parts, including 153 in the head and neck. (...)


  • 11-Year Old Girl Among Casualties in Latest Israeli Missile Strike in Jabalia
    May 20, 2021– – IMEMC News

    An 11-year old girl was killed, and a number of Palestinians were injured Wednesday night, in raids launched by the Israeli occupation warplanes on the northern and central Gaza Strip.

    The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that a child, identified as Dima Sa’ad Asaliyya , 11, was killed after an Israeli missile struck her home on Al Sikka street in Jabalia, in northern Gaza. They added that at least five other Palestinians were injured.

    According to a Ma’an News correspondent, during the last hour, Israeli aircraft launched several raids on the town of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, and the camps of Nuseirat and Al-Bureij in the middle, which led to the death of the 11-year-old girl, Dima Saad Asalia, from Jabalia, and wounding five others, who were transported to the Indonesian and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospitals.

    The bombing of Jabalia comes as just the latest airstrike of hundreds dropped in Gaza since May 10th. As of Wednesday May 19th, the Palestinian Ministry of Health has documented 213 Palestinians killed, including 61 children and 35 women, and the number of those wounded has risen to 958, including 291children and 206 women.

    This number did not include the family that was wiped out Wednesday night in an airstrike on their home. The family consisted of a wheelchair-bound Palestinian man, his pregnant wife and their three year old daughter.


  • Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Officer Near Nablus
    May 13, 2021– – IMEMC News

    Israeli soldiers killed, on Wednesday at night, a Palestinian security officer near the town of Tal, south of Nablus, in northern West Bank, after the army claimed he opened fire at the soldiers.

    Palestinian sources have confirmed that the slain man, an officer with the Palestinian Intelligence Service, has been identified as Mohammad Omar Sa’id Najjar , 36, from the Ras al-Ein area in Nablus city.

    According to the army, the Palestinian drove his car to a military roadblock and opened fire at the soldiers, wounding two, before they shot him.

    The army closed the entire area after declaring it a closed military zone, and forced the Palestinians away, before an Israeli ambulance arrived at the scene, provided treatment to the wounded soldiers, and took them to a hospital.

    Palestinian medics also rushed to the area, but the soldiers refused to allow them through to provide treatment to the Palestinian who apparently was still in a serious condition. The corpse of the slain officer remained with the army.

    It is worth mentioning that the soldiers initiated extensive invasions into surrounding Palestinian areas.

    In related news, the soldiers invaded, on Wednesday evening, the towns of Zeita, Nazlet Issa, and Baqa ash-Sharqiya, near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, and attacked Palestinian protesters, wounding five with live fire in their limbs.

    Illegal Israeli colonialist settlers also fired live rounds at Palestinian shepherds in the Masafer Yatta area, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

    In the Gaza Strip, Israel continued its offensive and assassinated a senior leader of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, identified as Bassem Issa , also leading to the death of other Palestinians.


    • In a New Unjustified Murder, IOF Kill a Palestinian Intelligence Officer and Wound another at Za’tara Military Checkpoint in Nablus
      Date: 12 May 2021 Time: 14:15 GMT

      Coinciding with the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, Yesterday afternoon, 11 May 2021, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian and wounded another after targeting their car while crossing Za’tara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. IOF alleged that the 2 Palestinians refused to obey the soldiers’ orders and stop, raising suspicions that they would carry out an attack at the checkpoint. As a result, IOF opened fire at them, killing one of them and wounding another. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) refuted the Israeli claims, as the vehicle was moving very slowly before IOF directly opened fire at the driver and the person next to him for 3 minutes; additionally, IOF left them bleeding for 15 minutes without providing them aid.

      According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 18:39, on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, IOF stationed at Za’tara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, opened fire from a close range at a Palestinian white Skoda car travelled by 2 persons while crossing the checkpoint from Ramallah heading to Nablus. As a result, the driver was seriously wounded and the person next to him was killed. When the driver was wounded, he opened the car’s door and stayed in his seat bleeding for 15 minutes until an Israeli ambulance arrived and took them to one of the Israeli hospitals.

      Later, the targeted persons were identified as Ahmed Abdul Fattah Daraghmah (38), a father of 4 children, was killed when several bullets penetrated his head, chest, abdomen and legs, and Mohammed Ali al-Nobani (28), was wounded with 6 bullets in his shoulder and legs, and his condition was described as serious. Daraghmah and al-Nobani are from al-Lubban al-Sharqiya village, southeast of Nablus, and both were officers at the Palestinian Intelligence Services in Ramallah.

      IOF claimed that the soldiers stationed at the checkpoint shouted at the driver and ordered him to stop but he did not obey their orders, which raised suspicions that they intended to carry out a run-over attack at the checkpoint. As a result, IOF opened fire at them, killed Daraghmah and wounded al-Nobani. However, PCHR and eyewitnesses refuted the IOF’s claims.

      At approximately 23:00, IOF handed Daraghmah’s body to a Palestinian ambulance at Za’tara checkpoint, and his body was referred to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, while al-Nobani was still at Beilinson Hospital in Israel receiving treatment, and his health condidtion is serious.

      PCHR condemned the killing of Daraghmah and injury of al-Nobani, and emphasized this incident is part of IOF’s recurrent policy to use excessive force and live ammunition in order to kill rather than to control the suspects, especially at the checkpoints and near the areas where IOF is usually stationed.

  • Update: Nine Palestinians Killed, 152 Injured In New Israeli Air Strikes In Gaza
    May 11, 2021
    The Israeli army carried out, Tuesday, a series of airstrikes targeting several areas in the Gaza Strip, causing excessive property damage, in addition to killing at least seven Palestinians, and injuring more than 152.

    Media sources said the strikes targeted many homes, residential buildings, structures, farmlands, and sites run by armed resistance groups, in several parts of the Gaza strip.

    Eyad Fathi Fayeq Sharir

    Update: The Israeli army assassinated, on Tuesday evening, Eyad Fathi Fayeq Sharir, 35 , in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, in Gaza city.

    The army claimed Abu Sharir is one of the military leaders of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

    He was killed along with his wife, who was not identified at the time of this report, when the army fired a missile into their home, also wounding 25 Palestinians in surrounding areas due to the blast.

    Mohammad Abdul-Rauf Hallas

    The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said the army fired missiles into buildings adjacent to the Indonesian hospital, causing damage to the buildings and the hospital, and denounced the attack as another war crime violating International Law by targeting medical and civilian structures.

    The Israeli army also fired missiles into a residential tower, containing many floors, causing it to collapse and turning it into rubble.

    Media sources in Gaza said the Israeli missiles targeted Hanadi Tower in the al-Mina’ (Port) area, west of Gaza city, and added that the army first fired smaller missiles into the tower before the Palestinians rushed out just minutes before the further strike turned it into rubble.

    Abu Obeida, the spokesperson of the Al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas, said if Israel continued to target civilian homes in Gaza, “Tel Aviv will be next and will witness much more than what happened in Asqalan (Ashkelon).

    It is worth mentioning that, on Tuesday evening and before the latest escalation, the Health Ministry in Gaza said the army killed 28 Palestinians, including ten children and one woman, and injured at least 152.

    Update: A Palestinian identified as Mohammad Abdul-Rauf Hallas , died on Tuesday evening, from wounds he suffered when the soldiers bombarded the Sheja’eyya neighborhood, east of Gaza city.

    Kamal Taiseer Qreiqe’, 35

    Update: Amira Abdul-Fattah Sobeh, 57, killed by an Israeli shell targeting her apartment in the Shati’ refugee camp.

    Update: Abdul-Rahman Sobeh (special needs) the son of Amira, killed in the same bombing.

    Update: An Israeli missile killed Kamal Taiseer Qreiqe ’, 35, in the Rimal neighborhood in Gaza city.

    Update: Israeli sources said two Israelis were killed, and two were injured, one seriously, by Palestinian shells in Asqalan.

    Update: The Al-Jazeera News Agency has reported that the Israeli army fired missiles into a school for orphans in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip.

    Updated: Two Palestinians Killed, Ten Injured In New Israeli Air Strikes In Gaza – – IMEMC News
    May 11, 2021

    The Israeli army carried out, on Tuesday afternoon, a series of airstrikes targeting several areas in the Gaza Strip, causing excessive property damage, in addition to killing at least two Palestinian, and injuring more than ten.

    Media sources said the strikes targeted many homes, residential buildings, structures, farmlands, and sites run by armed resistance groups, in several parts of the Gaza strip.

    Update: Israeli sources said two Israelis were killed, and two were injured, one seriously, by Palestinian shells in Asqalan.

    Sameh Fahim Hashem al-Mamlouk, 34

    Update: The Al-Jazeera News Agency has reported that the Israeli army fired missiles into a school for orphans in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip.

    Update: The Israeli army fired missiles into a building in Gaza city, killing Sameh Fahim Hashem al-Mamlouk , 34.

    A Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Yahia Mohammad Abu al-Ata , 30, was killed in one of the Israeli strikes in Gaza city, medical sources said.

    The army also fired a missile at a Palestinian car, in Gaza, causing injuries, while the Israeli navy fired sporadic missiles at sites close to the Gaza shore.

    Mohammad Yahia Mohammad Abu al-Ata, 30

    Medical sources in Gaza also said two Palestinians were killed, and eight were injured, when the army fired missiles into an apartment in the Rimal neighborhood in Gaza. Most of the wounded are children.

    The Israeli army also fired a barrage of missiles targeting homes and residential buildings in the al-Shati’ refugee camp, in northern Gaza, causing excessive damage.

    As of Tuesday morning, the Palestinian Ministry of Health has confirmed that Israeli airstrikes have killed 27 Palestinians, including 9 children and one woman, and wounded at least a hundred in the Gaza Strip. Israel began its assault on Gaza Monday evening, following three weeks of Israeli settler and soldier attacks on Palestinians.

    It added that at least 122 Palestinians have been injured, including more than 15 who suffered serious wounds and said that among the injured are 41 children. (...)

    #GAZA #Palestine_assassinée

    • Serious Escalation in Gaza Strip: 26 Palestinians Killed, including 9 Children and Woman and her Child with Disability, and 75 Others Injured, including 22 Children and 7 Women
      Date: 11 May 2021 | Time: 12:15 GMT

      Since yesterday evening, 10 May 2021, the Gaza Strip has witnessed a major military escalation that resulted in the killing of 26 Palestinians, including 9 children; one of them was killed with his father while another was with a disability and was killed along with his mother, and the injury of 75 others, including 22 children and 7 women, during wide ranging Israeli airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) declared that a wide-range military operation has begun in the Gaza Strip and has been given an official name: “Operation Guardian of the Walls” after rockets were fired, as claimed by the Palestinian armed groups in response to the Israeli violence in Jerusalem that escalated in the last 2 days when al-Aqsa Mosque was raided and hundreds of worshipers were injured. The Israeli threats warn of a growing number of casualties among civilians and further destruction in the civilian objects.

      At approximately 18:05 on Monday, 10 May 2021, a missile fell in the middle of Saleh Dardonah Street, which was overcrowded, behind al-‘Omari Mosque in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, 7 were killed, including a child, and 34 others were injured, including 10 children and 2 women. Five of those injuries were serious; one of them was a child who succumbed to his wounds after few hours. Those killed were identified as Nabil No’man Mohammed Dardonah (23); ‘Issmat ‘Abdullah al-Zain (49); Rae’d ‘Abed Zaki Abu Wardah (28); Zakaria Ziad Mohammed ‘Aloush (18); Mousa Khamis Mousa Jneid (18); Bashir Mohammed Mohammed ‘Aloush (55); and Mustafa Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Obeid (17) . At approximately 23:00, the medical sources at the Indonesian Hospital announced the death of Baraa’ Wisam Ahmed al-Gharabli (14), succumbing to his wounds. PCHR’s staff is still investigating the circumstances of this incident.

      At approximately 18:10, an Israeli drone launched a missile at an agricultural land on al-Kashef Hill in ‘Ezbet ‘Abed Raboh area in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, Saber Ibrahim Mahmoud Soliman (38) from Jabalia and his son Mohammed (15) were killed as they were in the abovementioned land. They were taken to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia, where it turned out that many pieces of shrapnel hit all over their bodies. (...)

  • Dozens of Palestinians wounded in clashes with Jerusalem police as tensions boil over
    Nir Hasson and Jack Khoury - May. 7, 2021 6:12 PM - Updated : May. 7, 2021 10:42 PM -

    Dozens of Palestinians were wounded Friday as clashes erupted at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in a serious escalation in tensions that have been building up in Jerusalem over the past weeks.

    The Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service said 53 people were wounded in clashes with police there and elsewhere in Jerusalem, including 23 who were hospitalized. It says most were wounded in the face and eyes by rubber-coated bullets and shrapnel from stun grenades.

    The clashes were the latest in a deadly day that saw Israeli forces shoot and kill two Palestinians after three men opened fire on an Israeli base in the occupied West Bank.Israeli police were standing by as tens of thousands packed in the mosque on the final Friday of Ramadan and many stayed on to protest in support of Palestinians facing eviction from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers.

    Some 70,000 worshippers attended the final Friday prayers of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa, the Islamic endowment that oversees the site said. Thousands protested afterwards, waving the green flags of the Islamic militant group Hamas and chanting pro-Hamas slogans before dispersing peacefully.

    Tensions boiled over after the evening prayer, when hundreds of Palestinian worshippers began hurling stones and other objects at the Israeli forces, who responded with riot gear.

    Israeli police said six officers involved in the clashes required medical attention.

    Video footage shows worshippers throwing chairs, shoes and rocks toward the police and officers responding by opening fire.

    Sheikh Jarrah protest

    Meanwhile, in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, dozens partook in the weekly demonstration against the eviction plans, which over the past weeks attract more crowds and attention.

    Police said they dispersed the crowd after some of the protesters started hurling stones. Two demonstrators were detained, and two were wounded by stun grendaes.

    Sheikh Jerrah ce soir

    Charles Enderlin
    L’esplanade des mosquées - Al Aqsa. Ce soir 7 mai.

    الان الشرطة تغلق ابواب المسجد القبلي على المصلين ويبدو ان الليل طويل على #الاقصى .


    Maintenant, la police ferme les portes de la mosquée aux fidèles et il semble que la nuit sera longue #الاقصى .#اخبار_البلد_2021

    סולימאן מסוודה سليمان مسودة
    La police tire une grenade assourdissante à l’intérieur de la mosquée al-Aqsa.

    • Over 200 Palestinians Wounded in Clashes With Jerusalem Police as Tensions Boil Over
      Updated: May. 8, 2021 6:01 AM

      Worshippers stayed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after the final Friday prayer of Ramadan to protest planned evictions in Sheikh Jarrah, where police also clashed with protesters ■ 17 Israeli officers were wounded during the clashes

      At least 205 Palestinians and 17 police officers were wounded Friday as clashes erupted at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in a serious escalation in tensions that have been building up in Jerusalem over the past weeks.

      The Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service said some 205 people were wounded in clashes with police there and elsewhere in Jerusalem, including 88 who were hospitalized. The Palestinian Red has also set up a field hospital on the Mosque’s compound due to the large number of wounded protesters, most of them wounded in the face and eyes by rubber-coated bullets and shrapnel from stun grenades.

    • What’s behind the latest flare-up in Jerusalem, and what Israel can do to defuse tensions
      Nir Hasson | May 7, 2021 | 10:37 PM -

      Palestinians in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood are fighting their eviction by organizations seeking to settle Jews in the area.

      Over the past week, dozens of Palestinians have gathered every evening for the breaking of the daily fast during the month of Ramadan. Their base: across from one of the buildings that Israelis have moved into.

      But the latest demonstrations and clashes are the culmination of decades of tensions and legal battles over the fate of the neighborhood, which sits just north of the Old City.

      Who lived in Sheikh Jarrah before the 1948 war?

      In 1876, Jerusalem’s Sephardic and Ashkenazi communities bought a plot of land near the tomb of Shimon Hatzaddik, a Jewish high priest from ancient times. A small Jewish neighborhood was founded on part of the land.

      When war broke out in 1948, many people fled their homes; the vast majority were Arabs who left behind much property on the western side of the armistice line, while a minority were Jews who left behind relatively little property on the eastern side.

      In most cases, Jewish refugees received compensation for the property they left behind. In 1956, the Jordanian government and the United Nations built 28 small homes at Sheikh Jarrah, east of the line, to house Palestinian refugees.

      How did right-wing Israeli organizations obtain land there?

      Israeli law is very clear that only Jews are eligible to seek and receive land left behind on the other side. The state seized all Palestinian property under the Absentee Property Law. Settler organizations jumped on the Jewish properties left behind and started buying rights to them from the original heirs, including some Jewish families from the western section of Sheikh Jarrah and the two Jewish committees, the Sephardi and Ashkenazi, on the eastern side.

      In 2003, the committees asked a rabbinical court to cancel the religious trust on the land (banning the sale of it). The court permitted the sale, and shortly thereafter the land was sold to the company Nahalat Shimon, which is owned by the American company Nahalat Shimon International. The American company is registered in Delaware, known for corporate laws that stymie transparency; for example, it’s impossible to know who owns shares in the company.

      Nahalat Shimon (and before that the two committees) launched a legal battle to evict the refugees’ descendants from their homes. The company also crafted a plan to demolish the neighborhood and build 200 housing units there.

      So far, the company has managed to evict four families. Another 13 households, numbering 300 people, face the danger of immediate eviction after losing in the courts. This Monday, Jerusalem Day, the Supreme Court will hear the appeal of three families against eviction orders.

      What made the conflict a cause célèbre for Palestinians everywhere?

      The settlers have portrayed the conflict as a legal battle over real estate, but neighborhood residents, helped by left-wing activists in Jerusalem, depict it as a fight against Judaization and discrimination in the capital. In recent weeks, as hundreds of residents faced eviction, and amid tension during Ramadan at Damascus Gate and the postponement of the Palestinian general election, the struggle spilled beyond Jerusalem’s borders. Arab Israelis, the Arab world, international media outlets and, above all, Palestinians in Jerusalem have taken an interest in the fight.

      Israel intends to evict 300 people from their homes in favor of Jews based on lawsuits to realize property claims from before 1948. But this could open a Pandora’s box: According to conservative estimates, 30 percent of West Jerusalem real estate was owned by Arabs before 1948.

      What is the solution?

      In 2010, two researchers at the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, Prof. Yitzhak Reiter and Lior Lehrs, proposed a simple solution: expropriating land from Nahalat Shimon. Since 1967, the state has expropriated tens of thousands of dunams from private Palestinian landowners to build huge Israeli neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.

      The thinking is, why shouldn’t the state opt for a small expropriation, this time from Jews for the benefit of Palestinians? Only the finance minister’s signature is needed to expropriate the few dunams on which the Sheikh Jarrah residents live. The land would be handed over to the Palestinians or remain in state hands, ensuring their presence. Nahalat Shimon would be compensated in return.

      In their proposal, Reiter and Lehrs quote an opinion by a deputy attorney general from the past, Menachem Mazuz. In 1999, in response to a similar incident, Mazuz referred to the government’s authority to expropriate property for a “public need.” “It is unacceptable that the government is authorized to expropriate land for cultural or environmental needs or to prevent unemployment, but is not authorized to expropriate land for diplomatic considerations,” Mazuz wrote.

      It is believed that this solution would ease tensions at a potential flash point for violence in the capital, improve Israel’s international standing and Israeli-Palestinian relations in Jerusalem, be a confidence-building measure ahead of renewed negotiations with the Palestinians, remove an issue from the agenda of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and weaken the Palestinian demand for opening a debate on property left behind in 1948.

      Is there a chance of this solution happening?

      The fight in Sheikh Jarrah has been waged for three decades on two fronts – in the courts and on the streets. In the courtroom, it gives the impression of a simple legal battle over land, but Palestinians say the state has tied their hands with discriminatory laws.

      On the streets, the state – using huge contingents of police forces – stands beside the Jewish settlers and regularly attacks Palestinians trying to protest, despite all the tension.

    • Hundreds hurt as Palestinians protest evictions in Jerusalem
      7 May 2021 | Updated: 5 minutes ago

      Tens of thousands of Palestinian worshippers earlier packed the mosque on the final Friday of Ramadan and many stayed to protest.

      Israeli police fired rubber-coated metal bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinians at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque as anger grows over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem.

      At least 205 Palestinians and 17 officers were injured in the night-time clashes at Islam’s third-holiest site and around East Jerusalem, Palestinian medics and Israeli police said, as thousands of Palestinians faced off with several hundred Israeli police in riot gear. (...)

    • IOF Escalation in Occupied East Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque: 205 Palestinians, including 5 Journalists, Wounded; 3 Lost their Eyes, and 17 Others Arrested
      Date: 08 May 2021
      Time: 11:30 GMT

      On Friday, 205 Palestinians, including 5 journalists, were wounded; 2 were deemed serious and 3 others lost their eyes during mass suppression by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) against tens of thousands of Palestinian worshipers in al-Aqsa Mosque and its yards , in Bab al-‘Amoud area and in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. IOF raided al-Aqsa Mosque, violated its sanctity, deprived Palestinian worshipers of performing prayers, assaulted dozens of them, dragged them on the ground, and arrested 17 of them. (...)

  • Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Man, Injure His Wife, Near Jerusalem
    Apr 6, 2021 – – IMEMC News

    Israeli soldiers killed, on Tuesday morning, a Palestinian man, and injured his wife, after opening fire at their car near the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

    The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that the soldiers shot Osama Sidqi Mansour, 42, with a live round in the head while was driving his car on the road between Biddu village to al-Jeeb town, northwest of Jerusalem. Mansour is from Biddu village, northwest of occupied Jerusalem.

    It added that the man’s wife was also injured in the same incident, after the soldiers shot her in the back, and was rushed to a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah. Her condition was described as stable.

    The army claimed that its soldiers were “operating” in Bir Nibala nearby village before the driver “attempted to ram them with his car.”

    The Israeli military spokesperson alleged that the soldiers set up a roadblock and were standing there in order to close the area while the army operated nearby before the Palestinian driver “approached them with his car and started talking to the soldiers before he suddenly sped towards them before they opened fire.

    The allegations were strongly refuted by the family and were described as another Israeli attempt to justify a cold-blooded murder.

    Talking to reporters from his hospital bed, the wounded wife said, “we were heading back home, and on the road, we saw two Israeli military vehicles, and many soldiers on the road; they stopped our car, along with many cars, but one soldier told us we could go.”

    “But that is when the soldiers started shooting at our car, my husband was hit while driving and slumped over my chest,” she added, “I first realized I was shot, and tried to tell him, but this is when he was hit with their bullets….”

    Eyewitnesses, including Fateh movement secretary in Jerusalem, Adel Abu Zneid, told the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) the incident took place approximately at 3:30 at dawn, and added that a soldier hurled a concussion grenade at the man’s car before he tried to drive away from it, and the soldiers then opened fire at his car.


    • Israeli Soldiers Attack Funeral Procession Of Slain Palestinian Man
      Apr 7, 2021

      Israeli soldiers attacked, Tuesday, the funeral procession of a Palestinian man, who was killed by army fire earlier in the day, near Ramallah, in central West Bank.

      Local sources said dozens of Palestinians marched in the funeral procession of Osama Sidqi Mansour , 42, in Biddu village, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, while carrying Palestinian flags and chanting against the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation and its constant crimes.

      They added that the soldiers fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the Palestinians, causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, in addition to cuts and bruises.

      It is worth mentioning that Mansour was shot in the head by the soldiers who opened fire at his car while he was heading back home with his wife who suffered moderate wounds.

    • Northwestern Occupied East Jerusalem: IOF Target Palestinian Vehicle at Military Checkpoint, Kill Civilian and Wound his Wife
      Date: 06 April 2021

      On Tuesday, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded his wife when they stopped their car at a military checkpoint and opened fire at it. IOF claimed that they opened fire at the car under after the driver attempted to run over Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint. According to the wife’s testimony and investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), the Israeli soldiers opened fire at the car without any justification as they checked the passengers’ IDs and allowed them to pass.

      According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 01:00 on Tuesday, 06 April 2021, IOF moved into Bir Nabala village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, and raided residential houses and an auto repair shop. They then headed to nearby al-Jib village, where they raided a car showroom at the village entrance to confiscate the surveillance camera recorders. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF and their vehicles. IOF immediately suppressed the protestors, fired live and rubber bullets at them and established a military checkpoint near a tunnel between Biddu and al-Jib villages, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. IOF also stationed at the military checkpoint, searched Palestinian vehicles and checked the passengers’ IDs. At approximately 02:45, IOF stopped a vehicle belonging to Osama Mohammed Sandouqa Mansour (42) and his wife Somaia ‘Izzat ‘Abed al-Nabi al-Kaswani (36), from Biddu village, checked their IDs and allowed them to pass. When Osama drove 50 meters away from the checkpoint, IOF opened fire at his car, wounding him with several bullets; one of them penetrated his head. Moreover, his wife sustained shrapnel wounds in her back. Both of them were taken to Ramallah Governmental Hospital, where Osama was pronounced dead at 03:10 while his wife’s injuries were classified minor.

    • Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian father. His crime? Driving his wife to a clinic
      Gideon Levy, Alex Levac | Apr. 15, 2021 | 11:49 PM

      A Palestinian couple driving home at night are stopped by soldiers, questioned and sent on their way – but then one soldier fires a bullet at the vehicle, and his comrades begin to shoot as well. The husband is killed. The army claims he tried to run the troops over, but they didn’t even try to pursue the car

      The main street of the West Bank village of Al-Jib, on the way to the adjacent village of Bir Naballah, north of Jerusalem. Monday, April 5, 2:45 A.M., the early morning watch. The Israel Defense Forces raided Al-Jib three times that night. The soldiers parked their heavy, armored vehicles on the narrow traffic island separating the two sides of the road.

      Three weeks earlier, on March 13, they had wrested a young Palestinian named Ahmed Ghanayem from his bed at night and detained him. Now they were back again to search his house and his family’s store, which is around the corner from Ahmed’s house. Two soldiers stood next to some cars parked on the median strip across from the store. Suddenly an old Toyota approached from the east. A soldier signaled the driver with a flashlight to pull over. The driver at first didn’t notice the flashlight, but his wife quickly shouted at him to brake. The car came to a stop about four meters from the troops. A short conversation and the car was sent on its way. But then a moment later, the soldiers began spraying it with dozens of rounds of bullets.

      “If a person falls from a plane in the middle of the night, / only God alone can lift him up,” the poet Dahlia Ravikovitch wrote. If a person is traveling in a car in the middle of the night in the West Bank, only God can apparently save him. Osama Mansour was killed; his wife, Somaya, survived.

      The attractive Al Badawi World Liquidation Sale store, across the street, sells clothing, footwear, perfume and kitchen utensils at bargain prices. A sign in the store says, in Hebrew: “Up to 50 percent off on the whole collection for club members.”

      The soldiers came here for the first time that evening around 9:30 P.M. A sizable force in vans, Hummers and other armored vehicles. They searched Ghanayem’s home. Children and teens pelted them with stones, the soldiers hurled back tear gas and left the village – only to return at midnight. Again stone throwing, again tear gas, soldiers conducted searches in a few homes. Eyewitnesses had the feeling that the troops were planning something.

      The soldiers left at 1 A.M. and were back at 2:30. Two vehicles, a van and a jeep, stopped on the traffic island across from the store. Two more armored vehicles were parked a few dozen meters away. There may have been more. The street was quiet now, so late at night. Two soldiers stood on the same median strip that we stood on this week when we tried to reconstruct the events of that night, step by step, with the aid of the Ramallah-area field researcher of the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, Iyad Hadad. Two eyewitnesses, Azam Malkiya and Bassam Iskar, had observed what happened from their apartments, on either sides of the street, with the soldiers in the middle.

      The Mansours’ 2010 Toyota approached, a soldier signaled the driver to stop with his flashlight, the car came to a complete halt. According to the witnesses, the driver also turned off the engine. Somaya and Osama Mansour come from the nearby village of Biddu, once a hub for Israeli shoppers on Saturdays but not since the separation barrier went up there about two decades ago.

      Somaya and Osama told the soldiers that they were on the way home from a clinic in Bir Naballah, as Somaya hadn’t felt well. The family had been stricken by the coronavirus: Osama got over it easily; his mother, Jamila, was confined for 25 days in the Hugo Chavez Ophthalmic Hospital in the town of Turmus Ayya, which had been converted into a hospital for COVID-19 patients; and Somaya suffered from various symptoms and rested at home. The worst was over, but that night Somaya felt unwell again. The Mansours’ son Mohammed also fell ill, but the other children weren’t infected.

      Osama was a vegetable merchant who made the rounds of nearby villages in his car. The day we visited their home, Monday, would have been his 36th birthday. Two months ago he was released from prison after serving an 18-month sentence: He had been caught in Jerusalem without an entry permit and was already serving a suspended sentence. Somaya, 35, works as a seamstress in Givat Ze’ev, a settlement just north of Jerusalem. The couple have five children and live in a small house with an asbestos roof in the yard of Osama’s parents’ house.

      When we arrived, Bisan and Nisan, 10-year-old twins in school uniforms, had just returned home from school. They are now fatherless.

      A photograph of Osama is propped up on the television screen. On the last evening of his life he asked his mother what he could buy for Ramadan, which began this week. There’s still time, she replied. One of the last photos of him was taken next to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem; he had snuck in to pray; later on he was caught and arrested.

      Somaya, the widow, enters the room, dressed in black, accompanied by the twins. She is tall and impressive, soft-spoken and tear-less, though her face is pained and pale. Osama returned from work at 11:30 P.M. on April 4, and hurried to take Somaya to the clinic in Bir Naballah. Somaya relates that he always looked after her like that, taking her to a doctor for every ailment. The doctor, she says, told her she had to rest at home. Osama then suggested that they should drive around a little, as she’d been cooped up in the house all day. She recalls that he bought her a sandwich at a grocery store that was open in the middle of the night. They didn’t notice anything unusual going on until they saw the soldier with the flashlight signaling them to pull over. The soldier aimed his rifle at them and shouted, “Why didn’t you stop?” “Why are you shouting at me?” Osama, who knew Hebrew, asked in reply. The soldier asked where they lived and where they were coming from, but didn’t ask to see ID cards or vehicle registration documents.

      The soldier told them to be on their way, and Osama drove off. A moment later, however, Somaya says that she heard the sound of a single shot from behind; immediately afterward a few soldiers darted out in front of the car and riddled it with gunfire. Somaya describes “a rain of bullets” that landed on them. Terrified, she bent forward to protect herself. She felt shrapnel striking her back. “Are you all right?” Osama called to her, and she said, “I’ve been shot.”

      The car veered from side to side; Somaya realized that Osama had lost control of the steering wheel. “Why are you driving like that?” she asked him – but there was no longer an answer. Osama fell over onto his wife’s lap, his head oozing blood. Somaya started shouting, but kept her wits about her. From the passenger seat, she grabbed hold of the steering wheel and also stepped on the gas pedal, in an attempt to escape the nightmare. A few hundred meters later she stopped the car with the handbrake and even shifted into park mode. The soldiers did not follow them. Four young men driving from the opposite direction stopped and quickly transferred Somaya and Osama to their car. He was still breathing, but had lost consciousness.

      They took Osama to the Al-Carmel Clinic in Biddu, where staff summoned an ambulance that rushed the dying man to the Government Hospital in Ramallah. Somaya was treated for light wounds and the physicians told her Osama was being operated on. At 4 A.M. he was pronounced dead, but Somaya wasn’t told until two hours later.

      The soldiers got to the car they had peppered with bullets 15 minutes after the incident, and took it away. They then proceeded to the stores and apartment buildings in the immediate area and dismantled the security cameras, including the one in the Ghanayem family’s store – it is not clear for what purpose. They also took the trouble to collect their shell casings from the street – the witnesses reported that about 50 rounds had been fired at the Mansours’ car. Hadad, from B’Tselem, found seven casings the soldiers had missed.

      Osama’s body was transferred to the forensic medicine institute in Abu Dis, outside Jerusalem, where a postmortem was performed. Its findings haven’t yet been published, but as far as is known, only one bullet hit him, in the head.

      The IDF lost no time in issuing an announcement stating that there had been a car-ramming attempt and that the vehicle had driven fast toward the soldiers and had endangered their lives.

      This week we asked the army’s spokesperson’s office a number of questions: Does the IDF still maintain that there was a car-ramming attack? Have the soldiers involved been interrogated yet by the Military Police? And if they thought it was a car-ramming, why didn’t the troops rush after the vehicle in order to arrest the perpetrators? To all these questions the answer was: “In the wake of the event, a Military Police investigation was launched, and at its conclusion the findings will be forwarded to the office of the military advocate general.”

      Salam Abu Eid, the head of the Biddu council, told Haaretz this week: “It was a crime not only against Osama but also against his wife and five children. The soldiers killed seven people, not only one person.”

      Daisies planted by Osama adorn the yard of the house. His daughter Baylasan, 13, is sitting, dresed in black, her gaze bleak, along with the older brother, 15-year-old Mohammed. Baylasan (“elderberry” in Arabic) is a plant with white flowers from which myrrh and incense are extracted. One family member relates that today the plant can be found only across the barrier, on lands seized by Israel.

      Ten-year-old Nisan rests her head on her mother’s lap, just as her father did in his last moments. Nisan covers her face with her cellphone, as though to distance herself from having to hear, over and over, what happened to her parents that night on which she lost her father – most likely for doing nothing wrong.

  • Israel Deprives Gaza Population of Covid-19 Vaccine
    Date: 16 February 2021 – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

    On Monday, 15 February 2021, Israeli authorities denied the entry of 2000 doses of Coronavirus vaccine into the Gaza Strip. These doses were sent from the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MOH) in Ramallah, but Israeli authorities refused their entry as the political leadership in Israel had not yet approved the Palestinian Authority’s request to transfer the vaccine to Gaza.

    The Palestinian Minister of Health, Dr. May Al-Kailah emphasized in a press statement that the Israeli authorities prevented the entry of 2000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine into the Gaza Strip. She added that Israeli authorities bear full responsibility for this arbitrary action contrary to all customs, laws and international conventions. Al-Kailah also said that these doses were designated for medical personnel caring of Covid-19 patients in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) as well as for medical staff in the emergency departments. Al-Kailah affirmed that the Palestinian government and the MOH are in contact with international organizations to supply the Gaza Strip with Covid-19 vaccine as quickly as possible. (...)

    • Virus : un premier lot de 1.000 doses de vaccin en route vers Gaza (Israël)
      17 février 2021 Par Agence France-Presse
      Un premier lot de 1.000 vaccins anticoronavirus est en train d’être acheminé vers la bande de Gaza sous blocus israélien, ont indiqué mercredi les autorités israéliennes, qui en avaient bloqué le transfert en début de semaine.
      « Ce matin, mercredi, 1.000 vaccins Spoutnik V offerts par la Russie (...) ont été transférés par l’Autorité palestinienne vers la bande de Gaza, à la demande de l’Autorité palestinienne et avec l’approbation de l’échelon politique (israélien) », a rapporté le Cogat, l’organe israélien chargé des opérations civiles dans les Territoires palestiniens.
      « Les vaccins sont en route vers le point de passage d’Erez », qui sépare le territoire israélien de l’enclave palestinienne, a ajouté cet organe dans un communiqué.
      L’Autorité palestinienne, basée en Cisjordanie occupée, avait accusé lundi l’Etat hébreu d’avoir refusé l’entrée de milliers de vaccins contre le Covid-19 à Gaza, enclave de deux millions d’habitants. Le Cogat avait affirmé de son côté que la demande palestinienne d’entrée de vaccins était « en cours d’examen et attend une décision politique ».
      Le mouvement palestinien Hamas, au pouvoir dans la bande de Gaza, a dénoncé mardi un « crime » en « violation » du droit international.
      Dans la bande de Gaza, plus de 53.700 infections ont été enregistrées depuis le début de la pandémie, dont 538 morts, mais des sources médicales ont fait état d’une diminution des hospitalisations ces dernières semaines.
      En Cisjordanie, le ministère de la Santé a officiellement recensé plus de 115.700 cas, dont plus de 1.400 décès. (...)

  • Palestinian Teen Shot Dead by Israeli Soldiers Near Salfit
    Jan 26, 2021 – – IMEMC News

    The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed, Tuesday, that a Palestinian teenager has died from Israeli fire, near Salfit, in the central West Bank, after the army claimed he attempted to stab soldiers.

    The teen, identified as Atallah Mohammad Rayan , 17, from Qarawat Bani Hassan town, northwest of Salfit, was shot dead by Israeli forces after he allegedly attempted to stab a soldier at Giti Avishar junction near the illegal Ariel colony.

    Israel’s Haaretz quoted the army alleging that the Palestinian “arrived at Giti Avishar junction and tried to stab a squad commander and a female soldier at the junction,” before a soldier and the Palestinian “briefly wrestled after he tried to stab her a few times before the commander killed him.”

    The reported incident did not lead to any injuries among the soldiers, while the army said “it is investigating the attack.”

    The Palestinian WAFA News Agency has reported that the teen was shot with several rounds, while soldiers made no attempt to provide first aid, and the child was left to bleed out until he succumbed to his wounds.

    According to eyewitness testimony.

    “At around 11:30 a young Palestinian man was crossing the roadblock, soldiers attacked and shot him, they hit him, he scuffled with soldiers after they fired at him, they forced him on the ground, then they hit him on his head with their guns, most likely this is what killed the young man, because they struck him on the head multiple times, they busted his head open, they shot and injured him first, then beat him to the ground and assaulted him and hit him on his head, this is what killed him.”

    After killing the young man, the soldiers invaded Qarawat Bani Hassan, the hometown of the slain Palestinian, leading to protests. (...)


    • Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 21- 27 January 2021
      Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

      (...) On Tuesday, 26 January 2021, IOF killed a Palestinian child on ‘Aber al-Samera Street near Haris village intersection, north of Salfit, under the pretext that he attempted to stab an Israeli female soldier. PCHR’s investigations points out that IOF could have controlled the child by using less lethal force.

      According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 11:30, while the child was walking on ‘Aber al-Samera street, few meters away from the vehicles lane, female and male soldiers were walking in front of him heading to a military checkpoint established on the street, 20 meters away. Verbal altercation erupted between the two soldiers and the child and then developed to a fist fight. Few moments later, a third soldier present in the area intervened and shot the child, wounding him directly. A number of Israeli soldiers gathered around the child who fell on the ground, beat him with gun butts and left him to bleed out without providing first aid until he succumbed to his wounds. Forty minutes later, the soldiers took him via an Israeli ambulance to an unknown destination.

      The Israeli spokesperson said that a Palestinian child attempted to stab a female soldier several times before the soldiers neutralized him. It should be noted that Israeli authorities did not publish any video corroborating the incident, despite that there were cameras in the area. It was found later that the victim is ‘ Atallah Mohammed Rayan (17) , from Qarawat Bani Hassan village, west of Salfit. PCHR’s fieldworker said that Rayan is a senior high school student and he used to head to his father’s marble factory in Rujeib village after returning from school. PCHR points out that IOF could have controlled the child without killing him, and that even if the Israeli claims were true, the child did not pose threat to the lives of the soldiers who could have controlled him, arrested him and used less lethal force against him without killing him and leaving him to bleed out without providing first aid, despite the presence of an Israeli medical crew.

      At approximately 17:00, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Qarawat Bani Hassan village, west of Salfit. They raided and searched Rayan’s house and interrogated all the family members. During which, IOF informed Rayan’s family that he attempted to stab a female soldier; Rayan’s family denied having any information about the incident or that their son intended to carry out a stab attack, expressing their shock to what happened to him. During the IOF incursion into the village, Palestinian young men threw stones at IOF and clashes erupted between them. IOF fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters at the young men; no casualties were reported. (...)

    • Your Son’s Life Is Over
      Jan 28, 2021

      « La vie de votre fils est finie », tels sont les mots exacts qu’un responsable militaire israélien a utilisés pour informer la famille d’un adolescent palestinien tué que leur fils a été tué par un soldat à la jonction de Giti Avishar, près de la colonie illégale d’Ariel, en Cisjordanie occupée.

      Alors qu’un soldat, une recrue britannique de l’armée d’occupation israélienne, téléphonait à ses parents à Londres pour leur dire que, bien qu’elle ait été présente lors de l’attaque présumée, elle allait bien et n’avait pas été blessée, l’armée appelait la famille de l’adolescent palestinien assassiné, Atallah Mohammad Harb Rayyan , 17 ans, pour les informer que leur fils avait été tué.

      L’Intifada électronique a déclaré que le soldat, identifié comme « L » par l’armée et les médias israéliens - a dit « je l’ai frappé avec mon arme », et qu’"il a fait des allers et retours entre moi et mon commandant, en essayant de nous poignarder".

      Il a également cité le Jerusalem Post qui identifie « L. » comme un soldat isolé de Londres dans l’armée israélienne. La publication semble nommer « L. » comme Lian Harush dans la légende de l’image principale de l’article - la même image de « L. » affichée par l’armée israélienne.

      C’est comme ça, une personne qui est venue de Londres pour devenir un soldat servant dans l’armée qui occupe illégalement la Palestine tue des enfants, détruit des maisons et des terres, doit être toujours prête à tirer sur ce qui est perçu comme une « cible légitime », et s’assurer qu’elle dit à sa famille « qu’elle va bien ».

      « La vie de votre fils est finie », c’est ce qu’a dit l’armée à la famille d’Atallah lors d’un court appel téléphonique sans concession.

  • Israeli forces fatally shoot Palestinian child during village protest
    By MEE staff |Published date: 4 December 2020

    Israeli forces fatally shot a Palestinian child near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday evening, the local health ministry has confirmed.

    The boy has been identified as Ali Abu Aalya and is believed to be either 13 or 14 years old. The teen was killed during clashes that broke out between Palestinian residents and Israeli soldiers in his village of al-Mughayir, northeast of Ramallah, the ministry said.

    The Palestinian Red Cross told Israeli newspaper Haaretz that Israeli forces shot Abu Aalya in the stomach. He was then rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

    Clashes broke out in the village on Friday after Israeli forces responded to a protest held by local residents against a new settlement outpost in the area. Haaretz reported that the demonstration had taken place “far from the outpost”.

    Palestinian communities often use Friday after midday prayers as a time to protest the Israeli policies of land confiscation, road blockades, and settlement expansion - among other issues.

    Rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have condemned Israel’s response to such protests, which frequently result in the loss of life, accusing the army of carrying out a “shoot-to-kill” policy that encourages “extrajudicial killings”.



    • Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Child Near Ramallah
      Dec 5, 2020

      Israeli soldiers shot and killed, Friday, a Palestinian child in the al-Mughayyir village, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

      Amin Abu Alia, the head of al- Mughayyir Village Council said several army jeeps invaded the eastern area of the village, and attacked unarmed protesters with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.

      He added that the soldiers shot Ali Ayman Abu Alia, 13, with a live round in the abdomen, before Palestinian medics rushed him to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where he was immediately sent to surgery, but succumbed to his serious wounds despite all attempts to save his life.

      Abu Alia also stated that the soldiers shot four young Palestinian men with rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

      Nickolai Mladenov, the United Nations’ Special Coordinator to the Middle East, called for a credible and independent investigation into the death of the child.

      In a tweet, the UN official said, “Israel must swiftly and independently investigate the shocking incident,” and added that “Children enjoy special protection under International Law, and must be protected from violence.”

      The Office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the slaying of the child, and said that this incident is part of Israel’s continued brutal and criminal violations against the Palestinian people, especially the children.

      It also called on the international community to provide protection to the Palestinian people, and to ensure the establishment of an independent, contiguous, and sovereign Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

    • Israel’s war on Palestinian children
      Gideon Levy | Dec. 5, 2020 | 11:17 PM

      Last week, we were in the Al-Arroub refugee camp, searching for an open area in which to sit, for fear of the coronavirus. There wasn’t one. In a camp in which house touches house, whose alleys are the width of a man and strewn with garbage, there’s nowhere to sit outside. One can only dream of a garden or a bench; there isn’t even a sidewalk. This is where Basel al-Badawi lives. A year ago, soldiers shot his brother dead, before his eyes, for no reason. Two weeks ago, Basel was snatched from his bed on a cold night and taken, barefoot, for questioning. We sat in his family’s cramped home and realized there was no “out” to go to. While we were there, Israeli soldiers blocked the entrance to the camp, as they occasionally do, arbitrarily, and the sense of suffocation only grew.

      This is Basel’s world and this is his reality. He is 16, a bereaved brother, who was abducted from his bed in the dark of night by soldiers. He has nowhere to go to except for school, which is closed for part of the week due to COVID-19. Basel is free now, more fortunate than certain other children and teenagers. Around 170 of them are currently detained in Israel. Other children are shot by soldiers, wounded and sometimes killed, with no distinction made between children and adults – a Palestinian is a Palestinian – or between a life-threatening situation and a “public disturbance.”

      On Friday they killed Ali Abu Alia, a 13-year-old boy. It was a lethal shot to the abdomen. No one could remain indifferent to the sight of his innocent face in photographs, and his last picture – in a shroud, his face exposed, his eyes closed, as he was carried to burial in his village. Ali, as he did every week, went with his friends to demonstrate against the wild and violent outposts that sprouted out of the settlement of Kokhav Hashahar, taking over the remaining land of his village, al-Mughayir. There is nothing more just than the struggle of this village, there is nothing more heinous than the use of lethal force against protesters and there is no possibility that shooting Ali in the abdomen could have been justifiable. In Israel, of course, no one showed any interest over the weekend in the death of a child, one more child.

      Up until the current school year, around 50 children from the shepherding community of Ras a-Tin studied at the school in al-Mughayir, the village of the deceased boy. They had to walk about 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) each day, round trip, to attend. This year their parents, with the help of a European Commission aid organization based in Italy, built them a modest, charming school in the village. Israel’s Civil Administration is threatening to demolish it, and in the meantime it is harassing the pupils and teachers with surprise visits to check whether the toilets had been, God forbid, connected to a water pipe – in a village that was never connected to the power grid or the water supply. The children of Ras a-Tin must have known Ali, their former classmate, now dead.

      The children did not know Malek Issa, of Isawiyah, in East Jerusalem. The 9-year-old boy lost an eye after it was hit by a sponge-tipped bullet fired by an Israeli police officer. On Thursday the Justice Ministry department that examines allegations of police misconduct announced that no one would be charged in the shooting, after 10 months of intensive investigation. It was enough for the policemen involved to claim that stones had been thrown at them, perhaps one of them hit the boy. But no video shows stones being thrown, nor is there any other evidence of this. Ali’s killers can also sleep in peace: No one will prosecute them. All they did was to kill a Palestinian child.

      These and many other incidents are taking place during a period that is among the quietest in the West Bank. This is the terror taking place, committed by the state. When we hear of such incidents in vicious dictatorships – children who are snatched from their beds in the middle of the night, one boy who was shot in the eye, another who was shot and killed – it sends shivers down our spine. Shooting at demonstrators? At children? Where do such things happen? Not in some faraway land, but rather just an hour’s drive from your home; not in some dark regime, but in the only democracy.

      What would you think of a regime that allows the shooting of children, that abducts them in their sleep and razes their schools? That’s exactly what you must think of the regime here in our country.

    • In New Crime of Excessive Use of Force, IOF Kill Palestinian Child and Wound 4 Civilians Northeast of Ramallah
      Date: 05 December 2020 - Time: 17:00 GMT

      According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 11:00 on Friday, a peaceful protest took off in the center of al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, at the call of the villagers, towards lands under the threat of confiscation and in protest to the establishment of new settlement outposts in Ras al-Teen area near the eastern entrance to the village. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation, settlers and annexation wall. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. Following the Friday prayer, the protestors chanted slogans again the Israeli occupation and settlers. IOF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 4 civilians sustained rubber bullets wounds in their lower extremities and received treatment on the spot. At approximately 13:30, as the clashes were ongoing, Israeli soldiers shot at ‘Ali Ayman Naser Abu ‘Aliya (14), wounding him with a live bullet in his abdomen below the lung on the right side of his body. Abu ‘Aliya was immediately taken via a Palestinian Red Crescent Socitey (PRCS) ambulance to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where he underwent a surgery. At approximately 18:00 on the same day, medical sources pronounced him dead. The medical report showed that the bullet penetrated the liver and ruptured it.

    • Un adolescent palestinien tué par l’armée israélienne enterré à Ramallah
      Avec notre correspondante à Ramallah, Alice Froussard - RFI - Publié le : 05/12/2020

      Des centaines de personnes étaient rassemblées à Ramallah pour l’enterrement d’une jeune palestiniens tué par l’armée israélienne. AP - Majdi Mohammed

      Dans les Territoires palestiniens, l’émotion est vive après la mort d’un jeune Palestinien de 13 ans, tué vendredi 4 décembre en Cisjordanie occupée par des tirs de l’armée israélienne alors qu’il participait à une manifestation dans le village d’al Mughayir. Son enterrement, qui a eu lieu ce samedi, a rassemblé des centaines de personnes.

    • Israël/Territoires palestiniens - Q&R - Extrait du point de presse (07.12.20) - Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères

      ❝Q : Le décès d’un jeune Palestinien lors d’une manifestation organisée dans le village d’Al Mughair, près de Ramallah, contre la politique israélienne de colonisation, est-il susceptible de relancer les tensions entre Israéliens et Palestiniens ?

      R : La France déplore la mort d’un jeune adolescent palestinien, Ali Abu Alia, survenue le 4 décembre, après qu’il a été touché par des tirs de l’armée israélienne lors d’une manifestation dans le village d’Al Mughair, près de Ramallah.

  • Cancer-Stricken Palestinian Detainee Dies In Israeli Prison
    Nov 11, 2020 – – IMEMC News

    The Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Commission has confirmed that a cancer-stricken Palestinian detainee, who also contracted the coronavirus while in prison, died, on Tuesday, following a serious deterioration in his health due to being subjected to medical neglect on the part of the Israeli Prison Authority.

    The Commission stated that Kamal Abu Wa’er , 46, from Qabatia town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, was abducted by the army in the year 2003, and was sentenced to several life terms.

    He suffered from throat cancer, and his health condition witnessed a serious deterioration after he became infected with the coronavirus.

    The head of the Commission, Qadri Abu Bakr, held Israel fully responsible for Abu Wa’er’s death, and described it as a “premeditated crime committed by the Israeli Prison Service, which was aware of his deteriorating medical condition, and denied him access to professional help, in addition to refusing to release him, even after his suffering compounded when he became infected with the coronavirus and required specialized medical treatment.”

    Abu Bakr also said that the death of Abu Wa’er demonstrates the failure of various international community organizations and human rights groups, who continue to fail in holding Israel accountable for its serious violations against the Palestinian people, especially the detainees.

    In addition, the Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association condemned the ongoing violations against the Palestinian detainees and stated that Israel continues to breach International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

    Ashrawi: “Israel Directly Responsible For Death Of Detainee Abu Wa’er” Nov 11, 2020 – – IMEMC News

    Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) issued a statement mourning the death of a Palestinian detainee in an Israeli prison and held Israel responsible for his death by failing to provide him with the urgently needed medical treatment, especially since he was a cancer patient and recently became infected with the coronavirus.

    Dr. Ashrawi stated that the detainee of Kamal Abu Wa’er, 46, from Qabatia town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, died after being denied access to professional medical treatment, and added that his death is part of the ongoing suffering of the Palestinian detainees, especially those who have serious illnesses and conditions.

    She added that the detainees face numerous Israeli violations, including torture, extremely bad living conditions, in addition to being denied basic rights guaranteed by International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention. (...)


    • 2nd Death in 2020: Palestinian with Throat Cancer Dies in Israeli Prison, Israeli Authorities Purposefully Lead Prisoners to their Deaths and Disregard Repeated Calls for their Release
      Date: 11 November 2020

      Kamal N. Abu-Wa’ar, a 46-year-old Palestinian imprisoned by Israel for the last 17 years was pronounced dead on Tuesday evening, 10 November 2020, at Shamir Medical Center in Israel. The late Abu-Wa’ar, originally from Yabad village near Jenin, suffered throat cancer and his health had been steadily declining for over a year.

      The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights holds Israeli authorities responsible for Abu-Wa’ar’s death and expresses its grave concern that Israeli authorities purposefully delayed providing him adequate and prompt medical attention. Abu-Wa’ar was imprisoned by Israel in 2003 and sentenced to 6 life sentences and 50 years on the charge of resisting the occupation.

  • 2 Fishermen Killed and Another Injured by Egyptian Naval Forces: PCHR Calls on Egyptian Authorities to Change Open-Fire Regulations on Persons Crossing the Borders and Maintain Proportional Use of Force
    Date: 26 September 2020 – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

    The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) followed up with deep regret the killing of two fishermen and the injury of another after Egyptian naval forces opened fire at them. PCHR calls upon the Egyptian authorities to open an immediate investigation into the incident and announce its results to public.

    PCHR also calls for changing the rules pertaining to Gaza Strip residents, whether citizens or fishermen who cross the land or sea borders, and not to use excessive force against them. PCHR also calls for a refrain from shooting with the intent to kill, complying with the principle of proportionality in the use of force against them, especially that in the majority of incidents that occurred previously, victims did not pose any danger to the Egyptian authorities.

    According to PCHR’s investigations, the three fishermen Mahmoud Mohammed Ibrahim al-Za’zou’ (20) and his two brothers Hasan (26) and Yaser (18), from Dir al-Balah city in central Gaza Strip, went fishing at approximately 07:00 on Thursday, 24 September 2020. After they crossed the Palestinian -Egyptian maritime boundaries and entered the Egyptian regional waters; at approximately 01:00 on Friday, 25 September 2020, Egyptian gunboats opened heavy fire against them and took them to an unknown destination.

    Nizar ‘Ayash, Head of the Palestinian Fishermen’s Syndicate in the Gaza Strip, declared on Saturday, 26 September 2020, the death of the two fishermen Mahmoud and Hasan Mohammed al-Za’zou’ and the injury of their third brother Yaser. He also added that the Egyptian authorities would transfer their bodies over to the Gaza authorities at 04:00 via the Rafah Border Crossing. Nedal al-Za’zou’ (34) said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Ministry of Interior in Gaza confirmed this information to them, without indicating the details of the incident because no information was available.

    #Palestine_assassinée #Egypte

    • Egyptian Navy Releases the Bodies of Two Palestinian Fishermen
      Sep 27, 2020

      The Egyptian authorities handed over, on Saturday evening, the bodies of two Palestinian fishermen, who were shot by the Egyptian navy, on Friday, in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, while a third wounded brother, remains in the custody of the Egyptian authorities.

      Sources at the Rafah crossing told Jerusalem “Quds” Press, that the corpses of the two young brothers, Mahmoud and Hassan Al-Zaazoua were received at the crossing from the Egyptian authorities.

      The Egyptian Navy opened fire at the fishing boat, killing two of the three brothers, and wounding the third. The Egyptian authorities took the corpses, and the injured brother into custody, confiscating their boat.

      Palestinian factions criticized the Egyptian navy’s killing of the unarmed Palestinian fishermen, and appealed to the Egyptian authorities to release the youngest brother Yasser.

      The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) released a statement demanding that all forces refrain from shooting with the intent to kill, to comply with the principle of proportionality.

      ~ Jerusalem (Quds) Press

  • Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 August – 02 September 2020) – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

    (...) End of this week, Dawoud Tal’at al-Khatib (48) died inside Ofer Prison due to a heart attack, only four months before his release date. Al-Khatib, from Bethlehem, had been imprisoned by Israel for the past 18 years, and had suffered extremely difficult health conditions during his years in prison, the latest of which was a heart attack in 2017. The determination to continue his detention aggravated his critical health condition, finally dying of a heart attack on 02 September 2020.(...)


    • Une protestation exigeant la remise du corps du martyr Dawood Al-Khatib à Bethléem

      Bethleem, le 10 septembre 2020, WAFA- Les participants du rassemblement organisé par la commission des Affaires des prisonniers et le Club des prisonniers dans le gouvernorat de Bethléem, ont demandé ce jeudi soir, la remise du corps du prisonnier martyr, Dawood Al-Khatib.

      Munqidh Abu Atwan, directeur du bureau des Affaires des prisonniers dans le gouvernorat de Bethléem, a déclaré que cette protestation dénonce la négligence médicale contre les prisonniers dans les prisons d’occupation et exige la remise du corps du martyr Al-Khatib.

  • Gaza Enters New Phase as Coronavirus Cases Found Outside Quarantine Centers
    Date: 25 August 2020 – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

    The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) follows with great concern recent developments on the spread of coronavirus in the Gaza Strip, pursuant to the official announcement on Monday evening, 24 August 2020, of four coronavirus cases found for the first time in the Gaza Strip outside quarantine centers and from citizens inside the Gaza Strip. PCHR warns of the catastrophic consequences of the spread of the pandemic in the Gaza Strip considering its exhausted health system due to 14 years of closure and collective punishment, imposed illegally and inhumanly by Israeli occupation forces.

    Since Monday evening, Gaza authorities imposed a 48-hour curfew across the Gaza Strip, and suspended work in public and private sectors, and shutdown educational institutions, mosques, markets, wedding halls and clubs, and banned all gatherings in order to contain the virus, identify possible cases and to deal with individuals who had contact with corona cases.

    This is the first time a coronavirus case was documented outside the Gaza Strip quarantine centers, as the measures put forward since March 2020 contained the spread of the virus in the Gaza Strip.

    As the Gaza Strip endures a 20-hour power outage per day, due to the Israeli ban on the import of fuel for operating the power plant, PCHR fears a dangerous and accelerated deterioration in health conditions, as explained in its detailed press release earlier today.

    With these developments, the Gaza Strip witnesses a new and unprecedented phase that will affect all aspects of life and aggravate the already critical humanitarian conditions. (...)


    • A Gaza, le confinement s’ajoute aux roquettes et aux bombardements - Libération

      Photo Mohammed Abed. AFP

      Le Hamas a instauré lundi soir un confinement strict de l’enclave sous blocus, où quatre cas de coronavirus ont été dépistés dans un camp de réfugiés. Le tout en plein regain de tensions sécuritaires avec Israël.

      A Gaza, voilà que le confinement généralisé s’ajoute au blocus, dans un contexte de recrudescence des tensions avec Israël. Pour la première fois depuis le début de la pandémie, l’état d’urgence a été déclaré lundi soir par le Hamas, qui contrôle la bande côtière. Après la découverte de quatre cas de coronavirus parmi les membres d’une même famille vivant dans un camp de réfugiés, un couvre-feu a été instauré pour les prochaines quarante-huit heures. Mosquées, écoles, salles des fêtes, bâtiments administratifs et autres restaurants sont fermés jusqu’à nouvel ordre.

      Avant cela, les cas de contamination avaient été repérés uniquement chez des Palestiniens revenant de l’étranger et rentrant au compte-gouttes dans Gaza par l’Egypte ou Israël, tous forcés à une quarantaine stricte dans des hôtels et casernes dédiés pour une durée de trois semaines. La réapparition surprise du virus dans le camp d’Al-Maghazi, où plus de 30 000 Palestiniens sont entassés sur un demi-kilomètre carré, a provoqué une onde de choc dans l’enclave, qui craint de voir son système médical, ravagé par les guerres et les privations, s’écrouler si le virus venait à s’y propager. (...)

  • Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (13– 18 August 2020) – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

    (...) This week, IOF escalated its attacks on the Gaza Strip with multiple airstrikes, one of which landed on a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school in Gaza city. Additionally, IOF tightened its closure restrictions on the Gaza Strip, closing Karm Abu Salem, banning en try of fuel that resulted in the Gaza Power Plant shutdown, and closing the sea. These decisions is a continuation of the collective punishment policy, and inhumane and illegal retaliatory actions adopted by Israel against the Gaza Strip civilian population since 2007. PCHR fears for the lives of Palestinian civilians as the attacks continue and warns of their repercussions on the collective economic and social rights of Palestinians. Additionally, IOF continued its attacks in the West Bank, including excessive use of force, demolition of houses and facilities and settlement expansion. (...)