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New ICC Complaint Filed Over US-Nazi War Crimes in Palestine

New ICC Complaint Filed Over US-Israel War Crimes in Palestine

Prominent international critics have called the ongoing Zionist colonization of Palestine an act of ethnic cleansing and the exclusively Jewish settlements a form of apartheid.

by: Brett Wilkins

Since illegally occupying the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip in Palestine and the Golan Heights in Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War, over 200 Jews-only settler colonies have been built in the West Bank. (Photo: MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images)

Since illegally occupying the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip in Palestine and the Golan Heights in Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War, over 200 Jews-only settler colonies have been built in the West Bank. (Photo: MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images)

A prominent Canadian human rights lawyer has submitted a request to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate senior US and Israeli officials for alleged war crimes committed against the Palestinian people. 

William Schabas, a professor of international law at Middlesex University in London, filed a lengthy Article 15 communication with the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) on Tuesday asking for an investigation of the architects of the so-called “Deal of the Century,” also known as the “Trump Peace Plan.” The scheme would result in a nominally independent but effectively disjointed Palestinian “state” that would be established through land swaps with Israel and Israeli annexation. It would leave Palestinians cut off from each other in what some have called a “Swiss cheese state” and other have called “modern-day Bantustans.”

The new complaint, filed on behalf of four Palestinians directly impacted by the plan, names President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law who was placed in charge of brokering the deal despite having no experience in foreign policy or the Middle East. The four Palestinians named in the filing are: Ahmad al-Khaldi, Gassan Khaled, Hasan M. Masan and Abderrahman F. Zaidan.

Palestine’s leaders and people have roundly rejected the US plan. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called it the “slap of the century,” while chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat called it the “fraud of the century.”

“The threatened annexation of parts of the West Bank by Israel is an international crime defined in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court,” Schabas said at a virtual press conference announcing the new filing. “It is intricately linked to the war crime of changing the population of an occupied territory.” Schabas added that ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda “needs to address this as part of her ongoing investigation, casting the net beyond the Israeli leaders to their partners and accomplices in Washington, including Trump, Pompeo and Kushner.” 

Israeli settler colonists continue to illegally seize land, expel inhabitants and destroy their homes.

Under Article 15 of the ICC Rome Statute, any person or organization can send information regarding alleged war crimes to the OTP. The ICC prosecutor then determines whether the situation warrants a formal investigation. The new Article 15 communication asserts that the proposed US plan will lead to an increase in crimes which the OTP is currently investigating. The new complaint states there is credible evidence that Trump, Pompeo, Kushner and other senior US officials are complicit in what could be war crimes under international law, including Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that an “occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own population into the territories it occupies.”

Since illegally occupying the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip in Palestine and the Golan Heights in Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War, over 200 Jews-only settler colonies have been built in the West Bank. There are currently more than 600,000 Israelis living in these settlements, in which Arabs cannot reside or often even enter, and which are also illegal under international law.

Israeli settler colonists continue to illegally seize land, expel inhabitants and destroy their homes. Settlers sometimes attack and brutally murder Palestinians, including children, who stand in their way. Palestinian movement is restricted by Jews-only roads, ubiquitously oppressive Israeli military checkpoints and a separation barrier — known to Palestinians as the apartheid wall — that cuts Palestinians off from each other, their land and their livelihoods.

Prominent international critics have called the ongoing Zionist colonization of Palestine an act of ethnic cleansing and the exclusively Jewish settlements a form of apartheid.

Last December, after years of delays and backtracking, the OTP announced it would investigate alleged war crimes committed by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops against Palestinian civilians, including intentionally launching disproportionate attacks, willful killing and injury of Palestinians, intentionally attacking Red Cross and other medical personnel and facilities, unlawful transfer of Israeli civilians into illegally occupied Palestinian territory and construction and expansion of illegal Jewish-only settler colonies. In announcing its decision to investigate, ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she believed that “war crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.”

Netanyahu responded to the announcement by saying that the ICC “has no jurisdiction in this case” because the court “only has jurisdiction over petitions submitted by sovereign states,” and that “there has never been a Palestinian state.” Israel has not joined the ICC but the Palestinian Authority—which has limited autonomy under Israeli military occupation—is a member.

The Israeli government is pushing ahead with its own plan to annex up to 30 percent of the West Bank with or without coordinating with Washington. However, despite suggestions from Netanyahu that the imminent annexation would occur on July 1, the plan has apparently been delayed. “It seems unlikely to me that this will happen today,” Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi told reporters on Wednesday.

Aside from the United States, most of the world opposes Israel’s annexation plan. A group of 47 experts appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council recently accused Israel of “profound human rights violations,” calling the annexation plan “a vision of 21st century apartheid.” Amnesty International condemned what it called Israel’s “cynical disregard for international law.” Last week, the Belgian parliament overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for punitive measures, including sanctions, against Israel if it annexes more of Palestine.

Meanwhile, President Trump continues to attack the ICC over its March decision to open an investigation into war crimes committed by all sides during the 19-year war in Afghanistan, including alleged torture, rape and other crimes by US troops and intelligence agents. Last month, the Trump administration announced it would sanction ICC officials involved in probing US crimes, imposing a travel ban on them and their families. The administration also said it would launch a counter-investigation into alleged ICC corruption.

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Nazi regime may ask for double its usual $3.8 billion from the U.S this year

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Breaking Defense magazine reports that Israel may ask to get its yearly aid ahead of time, and possibly twice as much as usual… But 26 million Americans out of jobs and U.S. companies closing due to coronavirus might object… A petition proposes: ‘Israel has received over $10 million per day, year after year. This year it’s time to keep our money home.’

By Alison Weir – If Americans Knew

Breaking Defense, a digital magazine that covers military issues, reports that Israel may ask for its U.S. aid early, possibly in a lump sum that could be as high as $7.6 billion.

This would work out to almost $21 million per day from American taxpayers, even though the U.S. is approaching a $4 trillion deficit (the largest in the world), and Israel typically has a lower unemployment rate than the United States.

The report is by Breaking Defense Israel correspondent Arie Egozi, an Israeli citizen who served in the Israeli military and is close to the Israeli security establishment.

Egozi’s article states that because of the coronavirus pandemic, “Israel’s Ministry of Defense and high command have hammered out an emergency plan for an appeal to Washington.”

The article, which carries a Tel Aviv dateline, reports: “Sources here say the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing Israel to ask Washington to make major changes to the [aid] agreement, including a request to receive the annual allocation $3.8 billion earlier than planned.”

U.S. aid to Israel is normally disbursed in October, in a lump sum that is deposited to an interest-bearing Israeli account in the New York Federal Reserve Bank. (Since the U.S. has been operating at a deficit, this means that the U.S. government borrows the money and pays interest on it long after it has gone out.)

Potentially $14,000 per minute from American taxpayers

In addition to receiving the aid earlier than usual, a “senior source” quoted by Egozi suggests that Israel may request that the aid expected for 2024 also be disbursed this year.

If that happens, it would work out to nearly $21 million per day, or $14,460 per minute to Israel from American taxpayers suffering from a devastating hit to the U.S. economy.

Moreover, it is highly likely that when 2024 comes around, the advance would be forgiven, as have numerous U.S. “loans” to Israel, and Israel would get the aid again.

The current aid to Israel is based on a 2016 agreement by the Obama Administration to give Israel $3.8 billion annually for the next 10 years – a total of $38 billion, touted as the largest such aid package in U.S. history. Overall, Israel has received more U.S. aid than any other country, on average, 7,000 times more per capita than others.

While the Obama Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a non-binding agreement, Israel has received this sum every year since it was signed. Israel advocates in Congress are currently seeking to cement it into a law that would permit this amount to go even higher in the future.

A ‘wild idea’ that might not appeal to Americans

Egozi reports that the former president of Israel Aerospace Industries, Joseph Weiss, said asking for the money ahead of time is “a wild idea,” but said it “makes sense in the special conditions created [in Israel] by  the pandemic.”

However, it’s unlikely that this would make equivalent sense to Americans, who have been at least as hard hit by the pandemic.

Over 26 million Americans so far have lost their jobs, and many U.S. companies are facing bankruptcy. A comment below Egozi’s article suggests how Americans would respond to a massive outlay to Israel this year:

“Why do Americans put up with all this money going to Israel when millions of them have no healthcare, no job, and are eating from food banks?”

To deflect such outrage, Israel partisans in the U.S. typically defend the aid by saying that it eventually goes to U.S. defense companies. However, they fail to mention that millions of the dollars go to Israeli companies that compete with American businesses, often leading to job losses in the U.S. No other country receiving U.S. military aid is allowed to do this.

In addition, many Americans feel that Israel should use its own money to purchase its weaponry, as the U.S. does. They point out that if Americans wished to subsidize weapons companies, the U.S. government could simply purchase items for American use.

Similarly, a growing number of Americans object to the uses Israel makes of U.S. weapons, regularly deploying them in violation of both international law and U.S. law (also this).

However, the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S. is extremely influential in both political parties, and U.S. media rarely report on aid to Israel, so the lump sum could slip through without notice.

An administration official recently said that Israel would not need to worry about money “even if there is a depression.”

Petition by Council for the National Interest

A critic of the aid, former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, points out that Israel is not an ally, and that it has often “done damage to the United States.” Giraldi, who is currently executive director of the Council for the National Interest (CNI), notes that Israel often spies on the U.S. and has stolen American technology. It also tried to sink a U.S. Navy ship, killing 34 Americans and injuring over 170.

Giraldi is asking people to sign a petition by CNI: “Stop the $3.8 Billion to Israel.”

The petition states: “…We need to take care of Americans and not send our tax money to a wealthy foreign country. Israel has already received billions of dollars from American taxpayers. It has received over $10 million per day, year after year. This year it’s time to keep our money home.”

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Annexation of Occupied Territory is a Crime

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By Asa Winstanley 

Israel is about to annex large swathes of the occupied West Bank, making the territory formally part of the Zionist state according to Israeli law. The millions of Palestinians living in the West Bank will continue to be denied the vote and even the most basic of human rights by the despotic Israeli regime.

The West Bank is home to some 2.2 million Palestinians and about 600,000 Israeli colonists. The Gaza Strip and West Bank together represent 22 per cent of historic Palestine, although this is a somewhat arbitrary division of the land, based on the “Green Line”, the armistice line drawn up in 1949 after the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Between 1947 and 1949, Zionist militias and the nascent Israeli army expelled about 800,000 Palestinians from Palestine, around two-thirds of the indigenous population. The goal of Zionism was to create a Jewish state in Palestine, despite the fact that the population of the country was overwhelmingly non-Jewish. Therefore it was inevitable that the Zionist project was always going to be a racist project that required the violent expulsion of the majority Arab population.

In 1967, Israel engaged in another war against the neighbouring Arab countries, invading and occupying the remaining 22 per cent of historic Palestine. Israel has imposed a military dictatorship against the Palestinians there ever since the Naksa (Setback), but it was unable to expel as many Palestinians as it did during the Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948.

Israel’s aim was to establish an ethnocracy, a state created to serve the interests of one ethnic group alone. Hence, although it desired to possess the land, at the same time it wanted the land to be free of non-Jews: “Maximum land, minimum Arabs”.

Such a state comes with a price to pay, of course. As Israeli war criminal and late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin once wished of the Gaza Strip, “If only it would just sink into the sea.” Israel wanted the land, but it did not want to give the millions of Palestinians living on it human, political or national rights.

It was crucial for the Zionist project that the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip should not be given a vote in the self-proclaimed “only democracy in the Middle East”. With demographic trends being what they are, that would have almost certainly led to the end of the Jewish majority in the “Land of Israel”, which in any event was always an artificial majority, having been violently gerrymandered by 1948’s act of ethnic cleansing.

This explains why Israel has so far not formally annexed the West Bank, despite having occupied it for almost 53 years. The 2.2 million Palestinians there outnumber the 600,000 Israeli colonial-settlers. Millions of Palestinians suddenly on the electoral roll would mean the end of Zionist dominance in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. The Joint List, the only non-Zionist party (most of whose voters and MKs are Palestinians) could become the largest in the Knesset. That would, in turn, create a constitutional crisis, because a non-Zionist, Arab party has never formed any part of the government of Israel.

Now, though, Israel is making moves towards the annexation of the West Bank. Why, and why now?

Over the past year, Israel has held three inconclusive General Elections, each resulting in political deadlock. This was finally broken this month with the announcement of a “national unity” government between incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main contender in the election, former General Benny Gantz. Having sworn during the election campaigns never to enter a coalition with Netanyahu — who is facing corruption charges — Gantz has now split his Blue and White party in order to renege on his oath and go into such a coalition.

As I noted in a column just before the last election in March, one thing that all of Israel’s Zionist political parties agree on is the continuation of their racist military dictatorship in the West Bank targeting Palestinians on an indefinite basis. It is, therefore, no surprise that the supposed opposition Blue and White agreed with Netanyahu’s Likud on increasing Israel’s control of the occupied territory.

Boosted by US President Donald Trump’s approval with his “deal of the century peace plan”, both parties now want to annex a large part of what Zionists call “Judea and Samaria”. Their solution for what they see as the “demographic threat” of too many babies of the “wrong” ethnicity being born, is to avoid the annexation of those areas of the West Bank where Palestinians are still the most populous. In practice, though, with Palestinian population centres being isolated islands within a sea of “Israeli” territory, the effect will be the same as if Israel had annexed the whole West Bank.

A key clause of the coalition deal between Gantz and Netanyahu will allow annexation to go ahead as soon as July, and it now seems certain that Israel is going to use the Covid-19 crisis as cover to launch its unprecedented illegal land grab.

It is nothing new for Israel to impose and increase its control of Palestinian lands. Indeed, annexation itself was used by the rogue state to declare Jerusalem as its “undivided” capital city, in defiance of international law. Annexation on the scale proposed by Netanyahu and Gantz, though, is a grave new step in the 130 years of Zionism’s war against the indigenous population of Palestine. It is a crime of massive proportions, even by Israeli standards.

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The ِAnnexation After Seventy-Two Years Of Continuous Nakba

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By: Marwan E. Toubassi,

Zionist puppet Ab-A$$ Ambassador in Greece: Some memories permeate our very existence and penetrate our collective consciousness for generations.

Survivors of Al-Nakba among them my family who were forcibly displaced from Yaffa “Jaffa” continue to preserve these indelible memories in every wrinkle lining their faces and in every cell and fragment of bone in their bodies that continues to remember the assaults against their homes, human dignity, and existence.

Each remembered grievance swims in their veins like pieces of hardened shrapnel that never dissolved in time. And while there are some things, we must forget in order to heal and survive, some things we simply cannot afford to as our national inalienable rights are not met yet.

Survivors remember the loss of innocence that every generation to come would possess as a result of the slaughters that were committed in Palestine at that time.

More than one single incident in Palestinian memory continues to stand out, not because of the bloodshed or gruesomeness of those massacres but because of the depth of its injury.

It became a haunting symbol of the Palestinian Nakba, which sparked 950,000 Palestinians to flee their homes and the killing of 15,000 people in one of the heinous crimes of history against humanity and the establishment of the State of Israel that was predicated on the erasure of Palestine.

Today, I don’t write about those massacres to recount the details of the unspeakable horrors – the mutilated bodies, rape, and theft, children slaughtered in their mothers’ arms, and bodies riddled with bullets and disemboweled by the Irgun and Haganah Zionist militant groups and others.

Today, I remember those massacres and forced displacement as a testament that al-Nakba” catastrophe ” is not over; that its precedent remains eternal. I remember that a sense of responsibility is increasingly attenuated when it comes to Palestine and that the ongoing ethnic cleansing of my people, the Palestinians, starting with the NAKBA “catastrophe”, was not just ‘allowed’ to occur.

Seventy-two years later, the stone homes of 531 villages that were demolished remain standing within some miles in clear sight of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, a shrine where every known victim of the Nazi genocide is currently recorded.

These stone homes stand with stubborn determination as chilling reminders of the slaughters that remain a bloodstain on the conscience of those in this world who stood by and did nothing to intervene to put an end to the 72 years of continuous Nakba of my people through policies that we are subjugated to, policies of apartheid, colonization, annexation, collective arrests and many other violations of international law and UN resolutions by Israel the occupying power, that destroy the idea of any remaining prospects for peace, security and the establishment of the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital (on the remaining 22% of the historic land of Palestine which was far less than what was given to us by the UN partition resolution 181) based on the international consensus of the two-state solution on the pre-1967 borders and resolving the issue of our refugees according to the 194 UN resolution, which is the only path to ensure stability in our region.

The EU including Greece as the International Community should hold their political, ethical and legal responsibilities based on their commitment to the International Law and the UN charter and resolutions to impose sanctions on Israel the occupying power that is backed by the biased US administration imposing further annexation and Israeli sovereignty over most of the territories of the occupied State of Palestine. It is my lifelong conviction that any nation who oppress other nation cannot themselves ever be free!

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PCHR: Weekly Report on Nazi Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (09– 15 July 2020)

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Summary

Israeli forces continued to commit crimes and multi-faceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, a civilian was killed by Israeli forces while he was walking with his friend in Kifl Hares village.

In addition, the army’s excessive use of force rendered 9 injuries among Palestinian civilians during raids and attacks on peaceful protests in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Furthermore, Israeli forces continued to arrest and raid the houses of those working with the Palestinian security services in the West Bank.

Over the past several weeks, the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, witnessed wide-scale demolitions and distribution of demolition notices of civilian houses and properties as well as confiscation of lands for establishing roads for settlements. This week witnessed an increase confiscation lands decisions, especially in al-‘Isawiya village in occupied East Jerusalem.

This week, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) documented 168 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.

Israeli military shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity: On 09 July 2020, Israeli forces shot and killed Ibrahim Mostafa Abu Ya’qoub (33) without justification while he was walking with his friend on a street, 600 meters away from the settlement street so-called “Aber al-Samerah”, in north Salfit. On 13 July 2020, Aseen Mahmoud Hamad Duhair(34), from Rafah, succumbed to wounds she sustained after Israeli warplanes targeted her uncle’s house on 04 August 2014. It should be noted that due the Israeli attack, Duhiar suffered a spinal fracture, causing paraplegia or paralysis.

Israeli forces shot and wounded 9 Palestinians, including a child, in excessive use of force against peaceful protests in the West Bank: 2 in separate incidents in Salfit, 2 in suppression a peaceful protest in Nablus; and 5 were wounded in IOF raid into al-‘Isawiya in occupied East Jerusalem.

In Gaza, 5 shootings against fishing boats were reported; and once against agricultural lands western and eastern Gaza Strip.

Israeli military incursions and detention of Palestinian civilians: The Israeli military carried out 96 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, inciting terror among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 76 Palestinians were arrested, including 5 children. During raids, a Palestinian vehicle was seized.

Settlement expansion activities and settlers’ attacks: The Israeli authorities continued their settlement expansion operations in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, PCHR documented 13 violations, including:

  • East Jerusalem: demolition of 2 houses; 1 self-demolished, a demolition notice given to a building in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, and confiscation of dozens of dunams.
  • Bethlehem: 2 demolition notices and 2 cease-construction notices distributed, and 3 mixers and a concrete pump confiscated.
  • Salfit: 1000 square meters confiscated upon a military order.
  • Hebron: demolition of a 2-story house comprising of 2 apartments, 70 olive trees uprooted and confiscated, 70-square-long stone chains demolished, agricultural lands levelled, and an agricultural room demolished.
  • Tulkarem: a barrack and a cement wall demolished.

PCHR also documented 2 settler attacks: assault and vandalization on Palestinians’ vehicles in Laban al-Sharqiyia village, and establishing a settlement road in southern Hebron.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement: The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst blockade in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

Furthermore, since the Palestinian Authority (PA) ended security coordination with Israeli authorities in May 2020, hundreds of critically ill patients whose condition cannot afford delays in treatment were denied travel. This was amplified by the restrictions put in place by Israeli forces since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic that had already had grave implications on the humanitarian and economic situation of the Gaza Strip population. Recently, a very limited number of individual cases of patients who have obtained medical referrals and financial coverage to Israel were able to travel, and some others referred to Israeli organizations working in the field of health for assistance in coordination.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.
 
1. Violation of the Right to Life and to Bodily Integrity/Shooting

  • On Thursday, 09 July 2020, IOF shot dead a Palestinian civilian without justification while he was walking with his friend in Kifl Hares village. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 23:00 on Thursday evening, Israeli forces deployed in an olive field in Kifl Hares village, north of Salfit, fired 4 – 5 live bullets at 2 Palestinians who were walking on a street, 15 meters away from the olive field. The olive field is about 600 meters away from a bypass road by Israeli settlers and IOF and links between several Israeli settlements and sites. As a result, Palestinian Ibrahim Mustafa Abu Yaqoub (33), from Kifl Hares village, was shot with a live bullet in his neck. Abu Yaqoub’s friend and two passersby transferred his via a civilian vehicle to Yasser Arafat Hospital, but he died before arriving to the hospital.

“At approximately 13:00 on Thursday, 09 July 2020, I called my friend Ibrahim and informed him that I am on my way to his house in Kifl Hares village in Salfit. We went out and made a phone call with one of our friends and told him that we are going to visit him, but the said that he went to Bedia village. Therefore, we decided to go back to Ibrahim’s house. While we were walking on the street, we heard a sound of gunfire as we were near Ali Saleh Hamad’s house next to olive fields that were about 15 meters away from our place. I thought that the shooting was far away, but Ibrahim suddenly stopped and said: “Haitham call my family and tell them that I got shot”. I was surprised because I thought that the gun fire was around us as IOF fired 4 – 5 sporadic live bullets. Ibrahim said he was shot in his chest and asked me to call his family. I thought he was joking, but I saw his shirt was covered with blood and he fell on the ground. I immediately called his brother. 2 young men, who were in the other side of the street, rushed to me and one of them namely Sari, moved Ibrahim to his vehicle and we all stepped into it. We attempted to leave from the village’s main entrance, but the shooting renewed from the olive field again. We returned to Hares village’s road and took Ibrahim to Salfit Hospital. However, Ibrahim died 10 minutes later and stopped moving as blood came out of his mouth. I later learnt that Israeli soldiers were deployed among the olive field, noting that for the last 5 five days, Israeli forces have been storming the village and deploying between olive trees. Four days ago, an Israeli military vehicle stopped me and an officer said to me, that if stoning did not stop in the village’s main street, they would carry out killings.”

  • Simultaneously, Israeli forces deployed in another olive field in the same village, as they were about thousand meters away of the above-mentioned olive field, opened fire in the adjacent neighborhoods. As a result, a 15-year-old child , from Kifl Hares villages, was shot with a live in his foot while being present adjacent to a house located in the main street, which about 10 meters away from the olive The child was transferred to Istishari Arab Hospital in Ramallah and his injury was classified as moderate. According to Israeli media, IOF alleged that they opened fire in the area after a Molotov cocktails was thrown at “Aber al-Samerah” street, south of the Kifl Hares village.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Friday, 10 July 2020, Israeli gunboats stationed adjacent to the border fence in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area. Fishermen, as a result of that, panicked and had to sail back to the shore. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 11:30 on the same Friday a peaceful protest took part from the center of Asirah northern village, north of Nablus, into lands threatened to be confiscated in al-Marj and Beit al-Zaki areas in Ebal Mount, east of the above-mentioned village. The protest was organized upon calls national factions in Nablus. The participants raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against Israeli forces, settlers, Israeli annexation plan, and the U.S president Donald Trump’s Middle East plan. When the participants arrived at the area, a large number of IOF were waiting for them in the area. The participants performed Friday prayer in the above-mentioned land while Israeli soldiers were surrounding OF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, Hazem Yusuf Taher Yaseen (46), was shot with a sound bomb in his right hand that caused amputation of the middle finger and fracture in his index finger. A 52-year-old man also was shot with a sound bomb in his left leg that caused fracture in his leg’s instep. Another civilian’s leg was fractured after he was pushed by Israeli forces. The wounded civilians were transferred to al-Najah Hospital in Nablus for medical treatment. Many civilians also suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and they received medical treatment on the field. Israeli forces detained Yazan Khalid Yaseen (25), from the same village, severely beat him with their legs and rifles’ butt, dragged him on the ground, and took him to an unknown destination. Yaseen was later released and he referred to al-Najah Hospital for medical treatment.
  • At approximately 13:00 on the same Friday, Israeli forces stationed at the northern entrance to Kufur Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilia, suppressed a protest in which dozens of Palestinian civilians. Israeli forces chased young men who gathered in the area, clashed with them, and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. Many civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 14:00 on the same Friday, Israeli forces stationed in the vicinity of a military watchtower established on lands of Kufur Qaddoum village, north of Salfit, fired live bullets at dozens of Palestinians participating in a funeral procession of Ibrahim Mustafa Abu Yaqoub, who was killed by IOF the previous day. Israeli forces chased young men who gathered in the area, clashed with them, and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 22-year-old young man was shot with a rubber bullet in his right leg.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 11 July 2020, Israeli forces stormed al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They deployed in the village neighborhoods, established checkpoints at its entrances and searched vehicles before allowing them to leave the village. In the meantime, a number of young men protested at Al Mahmoud neighborhood’s entrance, west of the village, and threw stones, fireworks and Molotov Cocktails at Israeli soldiers. A large Israeli force immediately stormed the neighborhood, fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at civilians and clashed with them. As a result, 5 civilians were injured, 4 of them were shot with rubber bullets and the fifth was hit with tear gas shrapnel. Two civilians also sustained burns to their faces after Israeli soldiers pepper-sprayed them. IOF arrested Sa’di Mahmoud and his sons Mohammed (23) and Ahmed (20) and withdrew from the village.
  • At approximately 03:00 on Sunday, 22 July 2020, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of the Gaza Strip, chased and sporadically opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (3 nautical miles). Fishermen, as a result of that, panicked and had to sail back to the shore fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 18:00 on Monday, 14 July 2020, Israeli gunboats stationed west of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area ( 4 nautical miles ). Fishermen, as a result of that, panicked and had to sail back to the shore fearing for their lives. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 22:40 on the same Monday, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of the Gaza Strip, chased and sporadically opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (3 – 5 nautical miles). Fishermen, as a result of that, panicked and had to sail back to the shore fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 15 July 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Gaza Valley (Johur al-Dee), south of Gaza city, opened fire at agricultural lands, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 09:50, on the same Wednesday, Israeli gunboats stationed west of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (6 nautical miles) and fired flare bombs. Fishermen, as a result of that, panicked and had to sail back to the shore. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

II. Incursions and Detentions

Thursday, 09 July 2020:

  • At approximately 12:00, Israeli forces detained Rami Mohammed Ghaith (26), while present near al-Baraq (Wailing Wall) in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and took him to one of the investigation center in the city.
  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Ras Ateya village, south of Qalqilia. They raided and searched several houses and detained Tareq Majed Mara’ba (17).
  • At approximately 01:25, Israeli forces moved into Mithlon village southeast of Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Majed Hafiz Na’irat’s (53) house, head of health department in Mithlon village, and detained him.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Sa’eer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and detained Sowah Atta Jaradat (45) and Wajdi Nayef Mohammed Jaradat (23).
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Hebron, and stationed in al-Daheya area. They raided and searched Mohammed Salah al-Qawasma’s (24) house and detained him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohammed Ayman Obaid (21) and Omar Ahmed Mahmoud (16), and detained them.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Betounia, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched Fahmi Assi’s house and detained his daughter Ruba Fahmi Assi (18), a student in Birzeit University.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Anan village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohammed Obaid al-Mutairy (24) and Mo’ath Mujahed al-Mutairy (20), and detained them.
  • At approximately 03:20, Israeli forces moved into al-Beireh, north of Ramallah, and stationed at Um al-Sharayt neighborhood, southeast of al-Beira. They raided and searched Hussain Mohammed Hussain Abu Kwaik’s (65) house, one of Hamas Movement leaders, detained him and took him to an unknown destination.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Am’ari refugee camp, southeast of al-Beira, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Jamal Mohammed al-Taweel’s (57) house, one of Hamas Movement leaders, detained him and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and detained (4) civilians: Allam Sami Massad (51), Bassam Hassan Tayeh (49), Abdulla Afeef Zakarna (57), and Mazen Mohammed Zreiki (58).
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces reinforced with two military vehicles moved into al-Shoyoukh village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Mohammed Eid Halayqa’s (39) house and no detentions were reported.
  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into Qalqilia. They raided and searched Abdul Rahman Mahmoud Hanini’s (24) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 10:00, the Israeli Intelligence Services moved into Beit Hanina, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Shady Saad al-Mtawar’s (44) house, the Secretary of Fatah movement in Jerusalem, and handed him a summons to refer to al-Muskobeya investigation center in West Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF moved into Khillat Hassan, west of Salfit. They raided and searched Azmi Taha Hamdan’s (24) house and detained him.
  • In the evening of the same day, Israeli forces established a temporary military checkpoint between Ramallah and Jenin, north of the West Bank. IOF detained Mohammed Falah Yousef Owais (26), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. Israeli forces took him to an unknown destination.
  • Israeli forces carried out (10) incursions in al-Jadida and Siries, southeast of Jenin; Ein al-Bida, east of Tubas in the northern valleys; Silwad in Ramallah; Ein al-Sultan refugee camp and Jericho, in Jericho governorate; Qafin in Tulkarem; Hebla in Qalqilia; Kifl Hares and Derastya in Salfit. No detentions were reported.

 
Friday, 10 July 2020:

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Yatta, south of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Mahmoud Mohammed Shamisty’s (40) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses and detained Amjad Mahmoud Jaber (22) and Malek Haroun Jaber (19).
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Abdullah Sami Dwaik’s (17) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Jaba’ village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Zeyad Zaki Twam’s (25) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 12:00, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tara military roadblock, southeast of Nablus, detained Shady Mahmoud Mohammed Hammad (33), member of the Palestinian National Security, from al-‘Arqa village, west of Jenin. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Sa’deya neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Tamer Mohammed al-Khalafawi’s (22) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 21:40, Israeli forces established a temporary military roadblock at the entrance of Jebia village, north of Ramallah, stopped Ra’d al-Barghouthi’s (35) car while driving with his friend, Mohammed Ali Saleem (31), and detained them. IOF released them after several hours but confiscated their car, under the pretext of being illegal.
  • Israeli forces carried out an incursion in Tayaseer village, east of Tubas. No detentions were reported.

 
Saturday, 11 July 2020:

  • At approximately 00:40, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, arrested Ibrahim Samir al-Banna (28), member of the Palestinian National Security, from Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Fawwar refugee camp, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Siraj Eshaq Abu Hashhash’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched Eissa Ali Abu Arram’s (40) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:40, Israeli forces moved into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Adham Omar Qabha (25), Mohammed Bassam Ba’jawi (35).
  • At approximately 04:10, Israeli forces moved into Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Abd Rabbo Khaled Hashash (21) and Fathi Hani Abu Rizq (20).
  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces arrested Ahmed Ali al-Mallah (26) while present near Qalqndia refugee camp, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him to an unknown destination.

 
Sunday, 12 July, 2020:

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli army, reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Hebron. They raided and searched Yazeed Mohammed Abu Eisha’s (20) house, in Ras al-Joura neighborhood, and detained him.
  • Israeli forces carried out (4) incursions in al-Samoua’ and Dura villages in Hebron governorate; Hares and Kifl Hares villages, north of Salfit. No detentions were reported.

 
Monday, 13 July 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Towr neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and detained (3) civilians; Mohammed Tayseer Abu Sbaitan (29), Ahmed Khaled Abu Ghannam (21), and Mousa Abu Ghannam.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Thawri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mo’taz Waleed Shwaiky’s (18) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Ein al-Lawza neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied east Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mousa Na’eem Fatafita’s (33) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Hindaza, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Huthaifa Yasser Abayat’s (23) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Arraba village, southwest of Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and detained (3) civilians; Ahmed Adnan Suliman Murdai (33), Ja’far Fawzi Abdullah Abu Salah (53), and Hassan Ramzi Hussain Abu Salah (43). IOF released Ja’far Abu Salah in front of “Mafi Dutan” settlement on the entrance of Arraba at approximately 10:00.
  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into Abayat village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mahmoud Abdul Karim Ayyad (29) and Mohammed As’ad Nawawra (26), and detained them.
  • At approximately 06:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqoua’, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mohammed Salem al-Sabbah’s (24) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces stationed at al-Nafaq military checkpoint, west of Beit Jala, detained Mustafa Kamel Ayesh (21), and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces stationed at the end of al-Wad street, near Bab al-Majles, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, detained (5) civilians including 3 children. The detainees are: Abdul Rahman Ayman al-Bashiti (16), his brother Hatem (14), Ameer Mohammed al-Malki (19), Mustafa Mousa Abu Sanina (19), and Suhaib Abu Saleh (16).
  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Wad street in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched al-Aseel Deserts store, and detained its owner Jehad Nazmi Abu Sbaih (37).
  • Israeli forces carried out (3) incursions in ‘Allar village, north of Tulkarem; Kifl Hares and Hares villages, north of Salfit. No detentions were reported.

 
Tuesday, 14 July 2020:

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Ayda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Anas Awni Abu Balaha’s (25) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Barqin village, west of Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Abdullah Hasan Soboh’s (19) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Jadida village, southeast of Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Thafer Sami Zaqouq’s (20) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 03:50, Israeli forces moved into Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched Mujahed Ayed Flaih’s (28) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces moved into Hizma village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Hasan al-Khateeb’s house and detained his sons, Hamada (30) and Omar (24).
  • Israeli forces carried out (3) incursions in Hebron, Sa’eer, and Yatta, in Hebron governorate. No detentions were reported.

 
Wednesday, 15 July 2020:

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Kafr Ein village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched Hussam Yousef al-Barghouthi’s (30) house house and detained him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Silat al-Thuhr village, south of Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Jarrah Abdullah Hantouli (25) and Mofeed Fathi Za’rour (35), and detained them.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Urif village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Khaled Mustafa Sbbah’s (22) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces infantry unit moved into Beit Rima, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched Saleem Rasem al-Rimawi’s (36) house and detained him. It should be noted that al-Rimawi is a former prisoner in the Israeli prisons for 9 consecutive years.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir Abu Mish’al village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Wael Mohammed Atta (27) and Taha Hussain al-Barghouthi (29), and detained them.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kobar village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided anmd searched two houses belonging to Mohammed Maher al-Barghouthi (26) and Fladimir Majed al-Barghouthi (45), and detained them.
  • At approximately 05:20, Israeli forces moved into Ramallah, and stationed in al-Masayef neighborhood, in the northern side of the city. They raided and searched Husni Mohammed Dars’s (47) house and detainedhim. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • Israeli forces carried out (6) incursions in al-Nabi Saleh, Deir al-Swadan, Um Safa, ‘Aroura, and Berzeit, in Ramallah; and Burin village, south east of Nablus. No detentions were reported.

 
III. Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

a. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 10 July 2020, Israeli authorities notified to demolish parts attached to 2 inhabited houses in al-Walajah village, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Activist Ibrahim ‘Awadallah said that Israeli forces notified Ahmed Mohammed ‘Awadallah and Mohammed ‘Abdullah Rabah to demolish parts attached to their houses in ‘Ain Jowizah area, under the pretext of non-licensing. ‘Awadallah added that the notification gave the houses’ owners until next Sunday to implement it, or they will bear the demolition costs. It should be noted that ‘Ain Jowizah area is exposed to a settlement attack, including demolishing houses and retaining walls and stop construction works in other houses.
  • At approximately 13:00 on the same day, Israeli forces moved into Um Rokba area and distributed notices to stop construction works in 2 inhabited houses located in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The first 330-square-meter house belongs to Nader ‘Abed al-Salam Salah, and the second 500-square-meter house belongs to Mohammed Mahmoud Salah. Also, IOF detained 3 mixers and a concrete pump from Mohammed’s house.
  • On Sunday, 12 July 2020, Israeli Municipality staff raided al-Tahan family’s facility in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The municipality staff informed the family to evacuate the facility comprising of 3 apartments as a prelude to demolish it. Weal Tahan clarified that the Israeli Municipality issued a demolition notice against the facility built in 1990, under the pretext of non-licensing. He added that in 1993 the municipality issued a decision to confiscate the land for the “public benefit” and began pursuing the family after construction on their land. Tahan added that many hearings were held to stop demolition and confiscation, but in vain. Tahan said that the municipality imposed a fine of NIS 260,000 on the family and they paid it. Tahan pointed out that 5 families lived in the facility.
  • On the same day, Bahaa’ ‘Adnan Zaytoun implemented the Israeli Municipality order and self-demolished his house in Bir Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Zaytoun said that the Israeli Municipality threatened him to pay heavy fines if its staff implemented the demolition. He added that his 75-square-meter house sheltering 6 persons, including 4 children, was built 4 years ago. It should be noted that since the beginning of this year, Israeli authorities forced 25 Jerusalemite families to self-demolish their houses or they will pay the demolition costs. Regarding the Israeli Municipality staff, they demolished 31 houses in occupied East Jerusalem since the beginning of 2020, in addition to 11 facilities and an under-construction house. Israeli authorities imposed many obstacles on Jerusalemites citizens and refused to license their houses.
  • On Monday, 13 July 2020, Israeli Municipality staff hanged eviction notices on dozens of dunams in al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of being state owned-lands. Mohammed Abu al-Humus, Member of al-‘Isawiya Follow-up Committee, said Israeli police officers accompanied with the Israel Lands Administration staff hanged notices on Palestinian lands confiscated in 1967. Parts of these lands were given to Hadasah Hospital to establish parking and other facilities, and were given to expand “French hill” The owners of these lands are prohibited from using the rest of their lands. Abu al-Humus clarified that the dunams belong to ‘Eliyan, Mostafa, Derbas, Abu Reyalah, Darwish, Mahmoud, and ‘Obaif families. Abu al-Humus added that the notices ordered the owners to demolish and remove all constructions and trees from the land. It should be noted that Israeli authorities recently distributed dozens of eviction notices in al-‘Isawiya village for settlement expansion.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 13 July 2020, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Kherbet Bereen, southwest of Bani Na’iem village, east of Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers handed Ya’qoub Ishaq Ya’qoub Burqan and As’ad Yousef Burqan final demolition notices against their under-construction house (120 sqm). The notices gave them 7 days to challenge. It should be noted that the Israeli authorities notified the mentioned civilians on 07 June 2020 to stop construction works in their house comprising of 2 apartments and gave them until 17 June 2020 to challenge. Fareed Burqan, Head of the Village Council, said that;
    “I went with the owners of the house to the Israel Lands Administration Department in order to challenge the decision, but Israeli soldiers there prevented us from entering, under the pretext of the Coronavirus pandemic.”
  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-‘Adisa area, south of Sa’ir village, north of Hebron. The soldiers were deployed in the area while the Israeli Civil Administration officers cut Yousef Isma’il Yousef Jaradat’s 70 olive trees plated 5-10 years ago and confiscated them. This land is located within a land of 350 dunams, adjacent to “Kiryat Arba ” settlement, east of Hebron, and Israel considers it as state-owned land. It should be noted that Jaradat was previously handed a seizure notice by Israeli forces.
  • At approximately 09:30, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Khelet al-‘Eidah area, east of Hebron. The Israeli bulldozer demolished a 70-meter-long stone chains and levelled Nemer Fahmi Mostafa Jaber’s 2-dunam land, under the pretext of being state-owned land. The losses were estimated at NIS 40,000. It should be noted that Israeli authorities distributed eviction notices on 17 March 2020.
  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Boq’ah area, east of Hebron. IOF leveled Mohammed Mostafa ‘Awwad Jaber’s agricultural land (1.5 dunams), under the pretext of being state-owned land and near the bypass road (60) and “Kiryat ‘Arba’” and “Karsina” settlements. It should be noted that on 05 July 2015, Israeli authorities demolished stone chains surrounding the agricultural land. On 03 May 2015, the Israeli authorities notified Jaber to vacate the agricultural land within 45 days and return it to its previous status, under the pretext of being state-owned land, or he will pay the eviction costs to the Israeli authorities. During the previous years, Jaber had obtained a land reclamation project from the agricultural labor committees, which included a 10-dunam plot of land, a water well, barbed wire and stone chains. The Israeli bulldozers demolished the water well and stone chains and razed the agricultural land. They also confiscated irrigation networks, fertilizer, generator, and pesticide spraying machine. At the beginning of 2014, Jaber reclaimed the land at his own expense and rebuilt part of the chains that had been destroyed by IOF, but the Israeli Civil Administration Department issued new notifications against the land, so he bulldozed it for the 2nd time.
  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Izbet Shofa village in eastern Tulkarem, where they demolished a barrack and a cement wall surrounding ‘Amer Mohammed Hamed’s parking. Also, Israeli forces demolished another wall surrounding Malek Abu Safiyia’s land, under the pretext of being in Area C.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 15 July 2020, Israeli military construction vehicles demolished Ghassan Mostafa Shoqirat’s residential house in al-Mokaber Mount area, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Shoqirat (24) said that Israeli forces moved into Shoqirat neighborhood, closed the area surrounding his 120-square-meter house and demolished it. Shoqirat clarified that Israeli forces handed him a fine and withdrew later.
  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers move into Beit Marsam village, west of Dura, southwest of Hebron. Israeli forces demolished Mahmoud ‘Abed al-‘Aziz al-Sharha’s 60-square-meter agricultural room built of bricks and tin plates. Al-Sharha’s losses were estimated at NIS 24,000. It should be noted that the Israeli Civil Administration Department handed al-Sharha a cease-construction notice on 02 June 2020, and handed him a demolition notice on 03 July 2020.

b. Israeli Settler Violence

  • At approximately 03:00 on Thursday, 09 July 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Price Tag” groups, attacked al-Laban al-Sharqiyah village, southeast of Nablus. The settlers attacked Palestinian civilians’ vehicles parked in front of their owners’ houses and on the village streets. Also, they vandalized the vehicles with racist slurs and punctured the tires of 8 of them before leaving. PCHR keeps the names of affected persons.
  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli settlers, under Israeli army protection, built a new road connecting between “Ma’oun” settlement and a dairy farm established on Palestinian confiscated lands in Um Zaytouna area, east of Yatta in southern Hebron. Israeli forces seized these lands upon the Israeli Military Order No. 59 “Order Concerning State Property (Judea & Samaria)” (1967) established the ‘Custodian of Government Property’ to take control of land owned by the Jordanian Government (occupied in 1967).

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Palestinian Family Forced to Demolish Their Homes in East Jerusalem

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By order of the municipality of West Jerusalem, the Palestinian Abu Turki family, on Saturday, continued to self-demolish their two homes in the Jabal al-Mokabber village in occupied East Jerusalem, according to local sources.

The Abu Turki family told the Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic) that they began to demolish their two homes, on Friday evening, to having to pay the municipality “demolition fees” if the authorities were to knock down the homes.

The two homes are owned by Yacoub Abu Turki and his son Issam, and were the only shelter for thirteen people, including seven children.

The family state that the Nazi municipality issued a demolition order 3 years ago for the homes that were built 8 years ago from reinforced bricks and sheets.

The municipality imposed a ‘construction violation fee’ of 70 thousand shekels ($20,0000 USD) and the family was making the monthly payments.

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PLO Member Condemns Nazi Theft of 1600 Year old Religious Artifact

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Executive Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official condemned, on Monday, the Israeli expropriation of an ancient baptismal font, from Teqoua’ town, southeast of Bethlehem city, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

“Israel’s theft of a baptismal font dating back to the Byzantine era from Bethlehem, overnight Sunday, is an abominable act of thuggery and cultural appropriation,”

– Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, in a press release, on Monday

She appealed to the international community, in particular the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to hold the Nazi regime accountable for its theft of Palestinian heritage.

The rare stone-made, baptismal font, according to the Palestine International Broadcast, dates back to the fifth or sixth century A.D., and was stolen from Teqoua’ town, in the southern occupied West Bank.

A documentary prepared by Jerusalem’s Christian Media Center reveals that the rosy font, weighing approximately eight tons, was part of a local Byzantine-era church in the ancient town of Teqoua’.

“Israel continues to use its position as the administrator of archaeological sites in the West Bank as a means to deepen its control over West Bank land, to expand the settlement enterprise, and extend the policy of dispossession of Palestinians from their lands and cultural assets. Although the takeover of land through archaeology is not the main method of achieving Israeli control over land, it is significant because of its symbolic aspects and impact on public awareness.”

– Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Emek Shaveh

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PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16– 22 July 2020)

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Summary

Israeli military forces continued to commit crimes and multi-faceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, the Israeli army’s excessive use of force rendered 5 injuries among Palestinian civilians, including a child, during raids and attacks on peaceful protests in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

This week, Israeli forces raided Yabous Cultural Centre and the Edward Said National Conservatory in occupied East Jerusalem, confiscated thousands of documents and equipment, and detained directors of both establishments for 12 hours.

Since announcing its plans to annex occupied West Bank territories, the Israeli military has continued systematic demolitions and land razing, establishing roads for settlements in an accelerated manner. This week witnessed an increase in land confiscation orders in al-‘Isawiya village in occupied East Jerusalem.

This week, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) documented 132 Israeli violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli forces and illegal Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt).

Israeli forces shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity: Israeli forces shot and wounded 5 Palestinians, including a child, in excessive use of force against peaceful protests in the West Bank: 3 in Nablus; and 12, including 1 child, in a peaceful protest in Beita village; and 2 others were wounded in a military invasion into Jenin refugee camp and al-Jalazoun refugee camp in Ramallah.

In Gaza, Israeli forces opened fire at agricultural lands 4 times and 3 times at fishing boats in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: Forces carried out 77 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, inciting fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 65 Palestinians were detained, including 4 children and 1 woman. During raids, Israeli forces confiscated thousands of documents and equipment, especially during its raid on Yabous Cultural Centre and the Edward Said National Conservatory and raided the houses of both directors of the aforementioned establishments in occupied East Jerusalem.

Settlement expansion activities and settlers’ attacks: Israeli authorities continued their settlement expansion operations in the occupied West Bank, PCHR documented 16 violations, including:

  • Salfit: cease-construction notices to 15 houses in Kafur al-Deek village, west of Salfit; and 1 house demolished;
  • Hebron: 2 houses received cease-construction notices in Hebron; tin-plate house dismantled and demolished, another house demolished, as well as a car wash, a brick-and-wood agricultural room, a lavatory and a barracks in southeastern Yatta;
  • East Jerusalem: civilians forced to self-demolish their homes (2), demolition of an under-construction house;
  • Qalqilia: evacuation-notice for a land;
  • Bethlehem: confiscation of an archeological stone in Taqoua’ village, and demolition of a house; cease-construction and demolition notice to an under-construction house and 4 agricultural rooms in al-Walajah village, western Bethlehem.

PCHR also documented 2 settler attacks that rendered 3 civilians wounded and bruised; settlers also stole their bikes in Ramallah.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement: The people of the Gaza Strip continue suffer the effects of the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. This was amplified by the restrictions put in place by Israeli authorities in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, that had already had grave implications on the humanitarian and economic situation of the Gaza Strip. Of all the Gaza Strip’s border crossings, only 2 currently function: Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) for movement of goods and Beit Hanoun (Erez) for movement of individuals. The Israeli authorities continued to impose restrictions on the entry of goods classified as “dual-use items”, despite their importance in reviving the market, manufacturing and maintenance. The Beit Hanoun crossing is only opened for extreme emergency humanitarian cases. Lately, a very limited number of individual cases of patients who have obtained medical referrals and financial coverage to Israel were able to travel, and some others referred to Israeli organizations working in the field of health for assistance in coordination.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the end of the Second Intifada (2005) and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to detention.

 
I. Shooting and Other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At approximately 00:00 on Friday, 17 July 2020, a peaceful protest took part from Asirah northern village, north of Nablus, into lands threatened to be confiscated in al-Marj and Beit al-Zaki areas in Ebal Mount, east of the above-mentioned village. The protest was organized upon calls of the village residents and with participation of Palestinian national factions in Nablus, the protest was organized upon calls by national factions in Nablus. The participants raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against IOF, settlers, Israeli annexation plan, and the U.S president Donald Trump’s Middle East plan. When the participants arrived at the area, a large number of IOF were waiting for them in the area. The participants performed Friday prayer in the above-mentioned land while Israeli soldiers were surrounding immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a number of participants suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and they received medical treatment on the field.
  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli Navy gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, chased and severely opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (3 nautical miles). Fishermen, as a result of that, panicked and had to sail back to the shore fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Friday, 17 July 2020, IOF stationed along the border fence in eastern Khan Younis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’ah village, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 18 July 2020, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Beita village, southeast of Nablus. The protest was organized upon calls of the village residents and with participation of national factions and Settlement and Wall Resistance Commission Nablus, to confront Israeli attempts to confiscate Sbaih Mount after Israeli settlers put a number of tents on the mount’s top, southeast of the above-mentioned village. The participants raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against Israeli forces, settlers, Israeli annexation plan, and the U.S president Donald Trump’s Middle East plan. When the participants arrived at the area, a large number of soldiers were waiting for them in the area. fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 32-year-old civilian was shot with a rubber bullet in his left hand. He was transferred to Rafidia hospital in Nablus for medical treatment. A number of participants also suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, including a paramedic from Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), and they received medical treatment on the field. Tear-gas canisters, fired by Israeli troops, set fire to agricultural lands in the area.
  • At approximately 00:30 on Saturday, 18 July 2020, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’ah village, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 21:30 on the same Saturday, 18 July 2020, Israeli gunboats stationed adjacent to Khan Younis shore in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area. Fishermen, as a result of that, panicked and had to sail back to the shore fearing for their lives. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 03:00 on Sunday, 19 July 2020, the Israeli army stormed Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, north of the West Bank. A number of Palestinian civilians gathered and threw stones at military vehicles stationed in the camp. IOF immediately fired live bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 2 civilians were injured, including a child. They were transferred to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus for medical treatment. Their injuries were classified as moderate. Israeli soldiers also invaded and searched a house belonging to Wae’l Samih Mohammed Husain Hashash (21) and detained him.
  • At approximately 03:30 on Monday, 20 July 2020, IOF stormed Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin, north of the West Bank. A number of Palestinian civilians gathered and threw stones at Israeli military vehicles stationed in the camp while the latter responded live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, an 18-year-old young man was shot with a live bullet in his right hand. He was transferred to Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital in Jenin for medical treatment. His injuries were classified as moderate. Israeli military forces also raided and searched 2 houses owned by Na’im Jamal al-Zubeidi (25) and Yusuf Emad al-Amer (27) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:40 on Monday, 20 July 2020, IOF stormed al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah in the center of West Bank. A number of Palestinian civilians gathered and threw stones at Israeli military vehicles stationed in the camp. Israeli troops fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 19-year-old civilian was shot with a live bullet in his left foot. He was transferred to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah for medical treatment. IOF also raided and searched Husain Yasser al-‘Ishawi’s (17) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 19:30 on the same Monday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Buraij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands adjacent to the border fence. The shooting continued for 15 minutes. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:30 on the same Monday, Israeli gunboats stationed adjacent to Khan Younis shore in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area. Fishermen, as a result of that, panicked and had to sail back to the shore fearing for their lives. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 15:20 on Tuesday, 21 July 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence eastern al-Maghazi, Central Gaza governorate, opened fire at adjacent agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.

 
II. Israeli Incursions and Detention of Palestinians:

Thursday, 16 July 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, the Israeli army reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Kharsa village, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched Kamal Mohammed Eqtail’s (26) house and took him into custody.
  • At approximately 01:30, the Israeli army moved into Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mohammed Saleh Abu Akar’s (24) house and took him into custody.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Aqraba village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mo’men Omar Deriyah’s (25) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Kafr Ne’ma village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched the leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement; Juma Abdullah Khalil al-Tayeh’s (51) house and detained him. Israeli troops released him several hours later.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Wadi Ma’ali area, in the central Bethlehem. They raided and searched Eissa Mohammed al-Hremi’s (21) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli troops moved into Henadza area, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohammed Mustafa Nabahin (18) and Sa’eed Ahmed Owda (27) and detained them.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli troops moved into Artas village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mohammed Khaled Ayyad’s (23) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 05:00, Israeli troops moved into al-Issaweya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mo’tasem Hamza Obaid’s (17) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 20:00, the Israeli Intelligence Services arrested (7) former prisoners in the Israeli prisons, after surrounding their vehicles in the French Hill neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City; and two of them was detained while passing through Route “6” that connects between Jerusalem and territories occupied in 1948. The detainees are: Saleem Ishaq al-Jo’ba (47), Owais Ibrahim Hamada (40), Hamza Bader Zughaiar (39), Lo’ay Naser al-Dein (39), Omar Basem Zughaiar (21), Ya’qoub Mahmoud Abu Asab (47) and Ameen Roshdy al-Shuwaiky (50).
  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli soldiers, stationed at ‘Anata military checkpoint, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, arrested the Palestinian Space scientist and physician, Prof Emad Ahmed al-Barghouthi (57). Israeli soldiers took him to an unknown destination.
  • The Israeli army carried out (5) incursions in Jenin, Deir Samit, Hebron, and Yatta in Hebron governorate; and Shabtin village, west of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 17 July 2020:

  • At approximately 18:00, the Israeli army stationed at al-Asbat Gate, one of the al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates, arrested Omar Fawzi Muhaisn (36), an took him to al-Qishla investigation center in the Old City. The army released him after several hours of investigation, banning his entry to the Old City for 15 days.
  • At approximately 20:00, Israeli soldiers detained a number of Abu Sufian family members near the military roadblock established in Wad al-Nasara, and prevented their access to their houses, claiming that they were securing the settlement’s passing from “Kiryat Arba’” settlement to the Ibrahimi Mosque in the eastern side of Hebron’s Old City. After an hour of argument, the military opened the road for them to reach to their houses near the above-mentioned settlement.
  • At approximately 20:39, Israeli forces detained the Aqsa Mosque’s guard, Raja’i al-Tarhi (33), while working in the mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and took him to al-Qishla investigation center in the Old City. Israeli forces investigated with him about preventing an Israeli soldier from entering Bab al-Rahma prayer while wearing his shoes, and he was released after several hours on condition that banning his entry to the Aqsa Mosque for a week.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Ethna, Dura, Beit Oula, and al-Thahereya in Hebron governorate; Deir Nizam, northwest of Ramallah; and Azoun, east of Qalqilia. No detentions were reported.

Saturday, 18 July 2020:

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli troops reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and detained (3) civilians: Qusai Ra’ed Barakat (19), Abdullah Mohammed Sharaka (18), and Ra’ed Ibrahim al-Bayari (19).
  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli troops moved into al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Ahmed Haitham Mahmoud (18) and Yazan Amjad Obaid (19) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 16:00, Israeli troops moved into Obaid neighborhood, west of al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Esmat Obaid’s (20) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Sa’deya neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians including a child; Mohammed al-‘Ajlouni (16), Mohammed Hujaij (20), and Alaa al-‘Ajlouni (19). Israeli soldiers took them to al-Bareed police station to investigate with them about flying a kite painted with the colors of the Palestinian flag and released them several hours later.
  • Israeli forces carried out (4) incursions in Hebron, al-Shoyoukh, al-‘Arroub refugee camp, and Bani Na’eem villages in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 19 July 2020:

  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Hara al-Wosta area in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Jerusalem’s Governor, Adnan Adel Tawfiq Ghaith’s (46) house and arrested him along with his escort, Ra’ed Hijazi. Israeli forces took them to al-Maskoubeya investigation center. It should be noted that IOF arrested the governor Ghaith three times since the beginning of this year, as he was arrested in April and May.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarem, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Ali Hussain Owda (40) and Bashar Darwish Masarwa (41) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli soldiers, reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Hebron. They raided and searched two houses and arrested (2) civilians: Ameer Mohammed Abu Zreina (30) and Issam Ibrahim al-Natsha (28).
  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli soldiers arrested General Jihad al-Faqih (51), director of the Palestinian Authority intelligence apparatus in Jerusalem. Al-Faqih was driving his car and passing through a temporary military checkpoint in the entrance of the tunnel barrier of Bedouin village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem, heading to his home in Qatanna village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Israeli soldiers carried out (2) incursions in Sa’eer and Noba villages in Hebron governorate. No detentions were reported.

Monday, 20 July 2020:

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli soldiers reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Yatta, south of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Mohammed Hijazi Zein’s (32) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli soldiers moved Abu Njaim area, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mohammed Mustafa Abu Ahour’s (32) house and arrested him after severely assaulting him.
  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli soldiers moved into Shu’fat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mustafa Ahmed al-Bayya’s (34) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli soldiers, reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Mazra’a al-Gharbeya village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and detained Salah al-Dein Ali Shriteh (22) and Jihad Mousa Abu Laila (26).
  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli military moved into Wadi al-Jouz neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Hanadi Mohammed al-Halawani’s (41) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “al-Qishla” investigation center.
  • Israeli military carried out (3) incursions in Karma, Abu al-‘Asja, Beit Ummer villages in Hebron Governorate. No detentions were reported.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli soldiers moved into al-Sahel street, in the central Beit Jala. They raided and searched Nicola Shibly Rizkallah’s (63) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli soldiers moved into Jerusalem Hebron street, in the central Bethlehem. They raided and searched Shibly Nicola Rizkallah’s (33) house and took him into custody.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli soldiers reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into al-Jalazon refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and detained (3) civilians: Mustafa Adnan Abu Shanab (25), Jehad Yousef al-Badawi (27), and Mohammed Mahmoud Ghawanmah (22).
  • At approximately 11:30, Israeli soldiers moved into Beit Fujjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Ahmed Salah Taqatiqa’s (!5) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city.
  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces established a temporary military checkpoint on Dei Sharaf village’s rotary, west of Nablus, north of the West Bank, and detained Mohammed Khairallah Mohammed Salah (19), from Barqa village, northwest of Nablus. The army took him to an unknown destination.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces, reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Yatta, south of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Eisa Saleh al-‘Amour’s (40) house and detained him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli troops, reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Beit Owa, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Mahmoud Eisa al-Swaity’s (36) house and detained him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli troops reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Samoua’ village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses and arrested Muhannad Ahmed al-Hawamda (33) and Ghassan Mohammed al-Mahariq (34).
  • At approximately 03:00, the Israeli military, reinforced with several military vehicles moved into three houses in al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, and detained (3) civilians: Ehab Kamal Jawabra (22), Omar Kamal Khamees (24), and Emad Mohammed al-Jundi (19).
  • At approximately 03:20, Israeli military moved into al-Beira, north of Ramallah, and stationed in Um al-Sharayet neighborhood, southeast of al-Beira. They raided and searched Ibrahim Saleem Abdu’s (27) house and detained him. They took him to an unknown destination.
  • Around the same time, Israeli soldiers moved into al-Am’ari refugee camp, southeast of al-Beira, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Ibrahim Jamal Alian’s (25) house and detained him. They took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli soldiers moved into Tayaseer village, east of Tubas, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians: Salama Abdul Razik Dabak (31), Eyad Mithqal Abu Muhsen (37), and Jorouh Fayez Sbaih (30).
  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli soldiers and Israeli Intelligence officers stormed Yabous Cultural Centre and Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in al-Zahra’ street, in the occupied East Jerusalem, and confiscated documents, laptops, and surveillances cameras. Meanwhile, Israeli troops raided and searched Rania Elias, director of Yabous Cultural Center, and Suheil Khoury’s, director of Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, house thoroughly. Elias and Khoury are a married couple. They ransacked the house and confiscated records and other documents before detaining them.Israeli troops also stormed Daoud al-Ghoul’s house, director of Jerusalem Arts Network – Shafaq, who was formerly an administrative at Yabous Cultural Centre, after raiding his house in Silwan, and confiscated some documents. They also stormed and searched the conservatory’s auditor’s office.Director of Edward Said Conservatory, Mohammed Maragha, said that Israeli troops and its intelligence officers came and surrounded the headquarter and waited for the staff to arrive. Maragha said that Israeli troops claimed having a decision signed by the court to allow searching the Conservatory and confiscate whatever they thought would be linked to “financing terrorism.” Maragha explained that Israeli forces confiscated a large number of files, documents, and seven computers, they confiscated all the financial reports since 2014 to 2020, which filled 21-medium-sized boxes of papers. He added, in Yaboud Cultural Centre, Israeli forces confiscated all the surveillances cameras. He mentioned that 15 Israeli police and intelligence officers were inside the Conservatory, and dozens of them were deployed around it. Furthermore, Israeli troops confiscated several devices from Suhail and Rania’s house.Lawyer Naser Owda said that Israeli troops detained the couple in Abu Ghunaim police station, south of the occupied East Jerusalem, accusing them of funding terrorist organizations. They were interrogated for 12 consecutive hours, until they were released under conditions, but they kept Dawoud al-Ghoul until the next day. Owda confirmed that the Israeli anti-terrorism law is loosely termed and includes a large number of crimes, including obtaining funding from organizations classified as ‘terrorist’ by the State of Israel.
  • Israeli troops carried out (3) incursions in Kharouba neighborhood, east of Jenin; Beit Oula; and Halhoul village in Hebron governorate. No detentions were reported.

 
III. Settlement Expansion and Settler Violence in the West Bank

a. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • At approximately 08:30 on Thursday, 16 July 2020, Israeli troops moved into Kafur al-Deek village, west of Salfit. Israeli soldiers distributed 15 cease-construction notices to houses in al-Sha’b neighborhood, southwest of the village, under the pretext of being in Area C, i.e. under Israeli control. The village is surrounded by several settlements “Alei Zahav” from the east, “Peduel” from the south and “Leshem” from the north, which have taken up more than 90% of Kafur al-Deek village.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 16 July 2020, Israeli troops backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Lasifer area, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron. Israeli soldiers were deployed in the area while Israeli Civil Administration officers vacated Mahmoud Khalil Abu Qubita’s 100-square-meter house contents. It should be noted that Abu Qubita’s house was built of tin plates few months ago. Israeli forces dismantled the house and then placed it in a truck. Abu Qubita family lives in Lasifer village, which is located behind the annexation wall and in “ Beit Yatir ” settlement. Israeli authorities annexed “ Beit Yatir ” settlement, that is established on Abu Qubita family’s confiscated lands, so Abu Qubita family became behind the annexation wall. The family enters their village via a gate established on the annexation wall and Israeli authorities obstruct their movement by delaying the issuance of their permits and subjecting them to searches. Also, their houses and agricultural lands were attacked by Israeli forces, in an attempt to displace them.
  • On Friday, 17 July 2020, Abu Turki family implemented the Israeli Municipality order and self-demolished 2 houses in al-Mukaber Mount area, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The two 85-square-meter houses sheltered 13 persons, including 7 children. Ya’qoub Turki said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the 2 houses were built of tin plates and bricks 8 years ago, and the municipality issued a demolition decision against the houses 3 years ago. He added that the municipality imposed a fine of NIS 70,000 on him and the municipality staff returned 2 weeks ago and notified to demolish the houses without telling the family members or handing them the demolition notices. Turki clarified that he decided to self-demolish the houses to avoid paying demolition costs for the municipality.
  • At approximately 12:00 on Sunday, 19 July 2020, Israeli authorities handed Ahmed Saleh Ahmed Hussain, from Amateen village, an eviction notice against his agricultural land, under the pretext of being in an industrial area belongs to “Deir Qatis” settlement in Amateen village, east of Qalqilia. Hussain said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:
    “the Israeli army handed me an eviction notice against my plot of land located in southern Amateen village and adjacent to Emmanuel settlement factories, east of Qalqilia. This land (40 dunams) was belonging to a civilian living abroad and he has 10 heirs. I owned a part of this land after cultivating it while 12 other dunams remain uncultivated. From time to time, Israeli occupation authorities were conducting an aerial survey, and if they discovered that there was uncultivated land in the area, they confiscate it on the pretext of being absentee property, and then transfer it to state property. IOF prevented me from cultivating it several times, as when I was cultivating it, they uprooted the trees under the pretext of being state-owned land. Also, Israeli soldiers levelled 2 dunams to build a road and seized 9 other dunams upon the notice that gave him a month to challenge.”
  • On Monday, 20 July 2020, the Israeli army, backed by military construction vehicles moved into Kherbet Taqou’a in eastern Bethlehem, where they seized an artifact from a site located near Taqou’a Municipality. Mayor of Taqou’a Municipality, Salem Abu Mefreh, said that at approximately 03:00, Israeli soldiers, backed by military construction vehicles moved into the village and imposed tight measures in its surroundings, especially in al-Kherba site, an archaeological site with many antiquities. Abu Mefreh clarified that the artifact is a very large rock, which was taken to his home garden upon a decision from the municipality before placing it in a museum. He pointed out that an Israeli force raided his house at dawn and ordered him to remove a truck parked in front of his house, but he told them that the truck is broken down. Thus, Israeli forces brought a mounted-crane truck to take the rock and place it in a large truck. Abu Mefreh added that while stealing the rock, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at the army, who fired a barrage of live and rubber-coated steel rounds in response. Abu Mefreh said that a video showed the mounted-crane truck while uploading the rock on a military truck, under heavy army protection. Abu Mufreh said that Israeli occupation authorities are stealing Palestinian antiquities to obliterate the Palestinian presence and erase the history of the Palestinian people.
  • At approximately 09:30, Israeli soldiers, backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Halhoul village, north of Hebron. Israeli soldiers demolished Foad Khalil Shamsity’s 50-square-meter agricultural room built of bricks and a 2-square-meter bathroom, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C. It should be noted that Israeli authorities handed Shamsity a demolition notice upon military order No. (1797) issued in 2018.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Monday, 20 July 2020, Israeli military construction vehicles demolished a residential house in Shoshahla area in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. Mayor of al-Khader village, Ahmed Salah, said that Israeli military construction vehicles demolished Mohammed Mostafa Abu ‘Amous’s 110-square-meter house in Shoshahla area, under the pretext of non-licensing. He added that the house was rebuilt after Israeli soldiers demolished it in 2002.
  • At approximately 05:00 on Tuesday, 21 July 2020, Israeli soldiers started to demolish Radi Tawfiq Mer’i’s house in Qarawet Bani Hassan village, west of Salfit, but at approximately 06:00, Jerusalem Legal Aid Center issued a precautionary order from the Israeli Supreme Court to freeze the demolition. IOF stopped the demolition after receiving the order. Mayor of Qarawet Bani Hassan village, Husam ‘Asi, said that:“at approximately 05:00, Israeli bulldozers started to demolish Radi Tawfiq Mer’i’s house and completely demolished it. Meanwhile, Jerusalem Legal Aid Center issued a precautionary order from the Israeli Supreme Court to freeze the demolition of 5 other houses in the village. Israeli forces stopped the demolition and withdrew from the village.”Jerusalem Legal Aid Center’s lawyer Wael Qatt said that:“since February 2020, Israeli authorities notified at least 25 persons to stop construction works in their houses in Qarawet Bani Hassan village, which means that there houses were threatened to be demolished. The houses owners informed us and we managed to freeze demolition notices issued against their houses, except for 5 persons, whose files are not ready because of closure imposed on the village due to coronavirus. Yesterday at 16:30, we shocked when Israeli Civil Administration Department informed us that all requests we submitted to them are refused, so we appealed before the Israeli Supreme Court that issued a precautionary order to freeze the demolition. Israeli soldiers stopped the demolition and withdrew.”
  • At approximately 05:30, Israeli bulldozers levelled agricultural lands in Dirsitiyia village, west of Salfit, and uprooted at least 230 olive trees belonging to Hussain ‘Abed al-Raheem Zidan under the pretext of being in Area “B” and “C”. Many Palestinian farmers headed to the area in order to stop the levelling, but in vain. Zidan said that:
    “Israeli troops hung a demolition notice on his agricultural land 2 months ago, under the pretext of being s’tate-owned land’. The notice ordered him to stop working in the land and return it to its previous status. It should be noted that Israeli troops uprooted at least 70 olive trees from the land and demolished stone chains 7 years ago.”
  • At approximately 09:00, the Israeli army, backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into the southern entrance to Hebron. Israeli troops were deployed in the area while military construction vehicles demolished Raied Hazem Meswada’s 200-square-meter barrack built of tip plates, under the pretext of non-licensing. It should be noted that Israeli authorities handed Meswada a 96-hour demolition notice No. (10313) on 12 July 2020 to return the place to its previous status.
  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli army, backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Kherbet Bereen, southwest of Bani Na’iem village, east of Hebron. Soldiers were deployed between Palestinians’ houses while military construction vehicles demolished Ya’qoub Ishaq Burqan and As’ad Yousef Burqan’s under-construction house (120 sqm) built of brick and concrete and comprised of 2 apartments, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C. It should be noted that the Israeli Civil Administration officers distributed a cease-construction notice to the house on 07 June 2020 ,and on 13 July 2020 the officers handed another notice to challenge the demolition within 7 days.
  • At approximately 10:00, the occupation army, backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Qeren area in Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. soldiers were deployed in the area while military construction vehicles demolished Mohammed Ahmed Abu ‘Ayyash’s 200-square-meter car wash built of concrete and sheds, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C. It should be noted that ‘Ayyash’ received a 96-hour demolition notice 2 weeks ago upon a military order No.(1797).
  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces, backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Sha’b al-Harathat area, west of Kherbet al-Daqiqah in southern Hebron. Israeli Civil Administration officers handed Jameel Mahmoud Ibrahim al-Najajdah and his son Mahmoud a cease-construction notice to their houses built of tip plates and comprised of 2 rooms, under the pretext of non-licensing. The houses sheltered 12 persons, including 4 children. It should be noted that on 10 October 2019, Israeli authorities demolished three 70-square-meter rooms belonging to al-Najajdah and his son. They also demolished Jameel al-Najajdah’s two 50-square-meter livestock barns built of tin plates and barbed wires.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 22 July 2020, Israeli forces demolished an under-construction house in al-Shayyah neighborhood in al-Mokabber Mount area, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Eyewitnesses said that Israeli Municipality staff raided Saif al-Deen ‘Ali Jum’a’s house to checked if he implemented the municipality order to self-demolish his under-construction house. Eyewitnesses clarified that the Israeli Municipality staff withdrew and later returned with military construction vehicles to complete the demolition of the house wall and foundations. It should be noted that Jum’a’ attempted to complete the construction of his 100-square-meter house, but the municipality prevented him, under the pretext of non-licensing.
  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Tawana village, south of Hebron. Israeli Civil Administration officers handed Jamal Mohammed ‘Issa Rab’I (40) 2 cease-construction notices to his 40-square-meter agricultural room and a water well, under the pretext of non-licensing. Israeli soldiers gave al-Rab’i until 27 July 2020 to challenge the demolition.
  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli authorities notified to demolish and stop construction works in an under-construction house and 4 agricultural rooms in al-Walajah village, west of Bethlehem. An activist Ibrahim ‘Awadallah said that IOF moved into al-Walajah village, where they distributed a cease-construction notice and a demolition notice to Ameen Fawzi Khalifa’s house, under the pretext of non-licensing. ‘Awadallah pointed out that IOF also distributed cease-construction notices and demolition notices to 4 agricultural rooms belonging to Taha Mohammed ‘Awadallah, Khaled and Ahmed Mohammed al-A’raj, and ‘Emad Khader al-A’raj. ‘Awadallah added that Israeli troops ordered the facilities’ owners to self-demolish their facilities or they will pay the demolition costs for the Israeli municipality.

b. Israeli Settler Violence

  • On Thursday, 16 July 2020, 4 vehicles carrying Israeli settles moved into Kaful Hares village, north of Salfit. They headed to the central of the village, where religious shrines are located, to perform prayers. The settlers later withdrew from the village.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 18 July 2020, 7 Israeli settlers, from a settlement outpost located in northeastern of Ramallah, attacked 5 civilians with batons and threw stones at them while riding bicycles in Tarmesi’yah village. As a result, 3 of them sustained bruises and 3 bicycles were damaged and confiscated. The wounded civilians were identified as ‘Amer al-Kurdi (29), Samer al-Kurdi (26) and Grace Rayan (22). It should be noted that the settlers attacked the civilians while IOF were present in the area. ‘Amer al-Kurdi said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:
    “At approximately 06:00 on Saturday, 18 July 2020, my friend and I were riding our bicycles coming from Ramallah and heading towards Tarmesi’yah village. While we were on our way, we found a group of masked settlers, who asked us, where are you come from? We told them that we came from Ramallah. The settlers threw stones at us and severely beat us with batons. They also stole our bicycles and cell phones. Israeli troops later intervened without doing anything to the settlers and took us at the entrance to the village.”

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Nazi forces demolish homes, abduct people, raze farmland, shoot people

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Palestinians in the Ar Rifa’iyya village sit by the rubble of the Rib’i family home, demolished January 16, 2020 by Israeli security forces in the South Hebron Hills. (photo credit: TOVAH LAZAROFF)

News reports July 19 -21 from the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC):

Soldiers Demolish A Home Near Salfit

 July 21, 2020 3:41 PM  IMEMC NewsIsraeli attacksNews ReportSalfitWest Bank 0

Israeli soldiers demolished, Tuesday, a Palestinian home, and attempted to demolish three other homes, in Qarawat Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit in central West Bank. The Al-Quds Center for Social and Economic Rights stated that the soldiers demolished one home, under the pretext of being built without a permit […]

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Israeli Soldiers Uproot 200 Olive Trees Near Salfit

 July 21, 2020 3:28 PM  IMEMC NewsIsraeli attacksIsraeli SettlementNews ReportSalfitWest Bank 0

Israeli soldiers uprooted, Tuesday, more than 200 Palestinian olive trees in Deir Estia town, northwest of the central West Bank city of Salfit. Deir Estia Mayor, Sa’id Zidan, stated that the soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded the area approximately at 6:00 a.m., and uprooted more than 200 olive trees, planted […]

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Updated: Israel Releases Seriously Ailing Detainee

 July 21, 2020 2:21 PM  IMEMC NewsHuman rightsNews ReportPrisonersRamallahWest Bank 0

Updated: The detainee was released and was instantly moved to Beit Jala Governmental Hospital, near Bethlehem. His release came after three hearings within one week. The Israeli military appellate court in Ofer prison, illegally built on Palestinian lands west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, has decided to […]

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Soldiers Abduct Six Palestinians, Including A Father And His Son

 July 21, 2020 2:01 PM  IMEMC NewsBethlehemHebronIsraeli attacksNews ReportRamallahWest Bank 0

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, six Palestinians, including a father and his son, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed. The PPS office in Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, said the soldiers stormed […]

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Israeli Soldiers Demolish Under-Construction Covid-19 Testing Center

 July 21, 2020 12:48 PM  IMEMC NewsHebronIsraeli attacksNews ReportWest Bank 0

Israeli soldiers demolished, on Tuesday morning, an under-construction Covid-19 testing center in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Ra’ed Maswadi, the owner of the land where the testing facility was being built said it was dedicated for Covid-19 testing by the Palestinian Health Ministry. He added […]

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13 Years of Illegal Closure with Impunity

 July 20, 2020 2:30 PM  Al-Mezan Center For Human RightsGaza SiegeGaza StripHuman rightsNews ReportPalestine 0

Press release: Civil Society Organize Webinar on Collective Punishment in Gaza:  Mezan Center For Human Rights: On Wednesday, 15 July 2020, Palestinian, regional, and international civil society organisations, including Al-Haq, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Adalah, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), […]

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Israeli Colonists Install Mobile Homes On Palestinian Lands In Bethlehem

 July 20, 2020 2:20 PM  IMEMC NewsBethlehemIsraeli attacksIsraeli SettlementNews ReportWest Bank 0

As Israeli soldiers continued the uprooting and destruction of Palestinian trees owned by the villagers of Kisan, east of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, Israeli colonists starting installing mobile homes in the area to prepare for a new illegal outpost. Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the […]

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Israeli Soldiers Demolish A Home In Bethlehem

 July 20, 2020 1:35 PM  IMEMC NewsBethlehemIsraeli attacksNews ReportWest Bank 0

Israeli soldiers demolished, Monday, a Palestinian home in the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank. Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the Wall and Colonization Resistance Commission, stated that several army jeeps and bulldozers invaded the Shoshahla area, south of […]

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Soldiers Abduct A Teen, Injure Young Man In Ramallah

 July 20, 2020 12:08 PM  IMEMC NewsIsraeli attacksNews ReportRamallahWest Bank 0

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah before abducting a Palestinian teen, in addition to shooting a young man and searching many homes. Local sources in the refugee camp said the soldiers stormed and ransacked dozens of homes […]

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Israeli Settlers Burn Palestinian-owned Crops, Hundreds of Olive Trees near Nablus

 July 20, 2020 8:59 AM  Ali SalamHuman rightsIsraeli attacksIsraeli SettlementNablusNews Report 0

Twice on Sunday, illegal Israeli settlers burned Palestinian-owned farmlands, first near Beita town, in the northern West Bank, according to a local official. The mayor of Beita, Fuad Ma’ali, told the Palestinian WAFA News Agency that several Israeli colonial settlers set fire to hundreds of dunams of agricultural lands, causing […]

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Jerusalem Governor Detained by Israeli Police, for 18th Time in 2 Years

 July 20, 2020 7:54 AM  Ali SalamHuman rightsJerusalemNews ReportPrisoners 0

Israeli forces, on Saturday detained Adnan Gheith, the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Governor of occupied Jerusalem, after storming his home in Silwan, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported. The home of Governor Gheith, in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, was raided and searched by Israeli police, who proceeded to detain […]

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Israeli Army Detains Five, Shoots Two Palestinians in the West Bank

 July 19, 2020 6:00 PM  Ali SalamHebronHuman rightsNablusNews ReportPrisonersTulkarem 0

The Israeli forces detained seven Palestinian civilians, over night Saturday, and Sunday morning, from across the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society reported. Two Palestinian civilians, identified as, Amir Abu Zina, and Issam Al-Natsheh, were detained by the Israeli army, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. It […]

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Dozens of Palestinians Choke on Tear-gas in Hebron Protests

 July 19, 2020 6:39 AM  Ali SalamHebronHuman rightsIsraeli attacksIsraeli PoliticsNews Report 0

Dozens of Palestinian youths suffered the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation, on Saturday, when they confronted Israeli forces in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, the Jerusalem Press reported. Local sources said that hundreds of Palestinian youths were protesting Israel’s annexation plans, at the “Shuhada Street” military roadblock, […]

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Israeli Army Detains Palestinian Youths from Ramallah, Jerusalem

 July 19, 2020 5:45 AM  Ali SalamHuman rightsJerusalemNews ReportRamallah 0

The Israeli army, at dawn Saturday, stormed al-Jalazoun refugee camp in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and detained three Palestinian teens, the Palestinian Information Center reported. According to Asra Media Office, members of a special Israeli military unit detained three teenagers from their homes in al-Jalazoun camp. The […]

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Israeli Forces Injure Many Palestinians, Including Medic at Peaceful Demonstration Near Nablus

 July 19, 2020 5:17 AM  Ali SalamHuman rightsIsraeli attacksIsraeli SettlementNablusNews ReportNon-violent action 0

Two Palestinian civilians were injured, on Saturday, and many others choked on tear-gas fired by the Israeli forces, at a nonviolent protest in the village of Beita, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported. WAFA correspondent stated that Palestinians held a demonstration, south of Nablus City in the northern occupied West Bank, […]

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Palestinian Family Forced to Demolish Their Homes in East Jerusalem

 July 19, 2020 3:19 AM  Ali SalamHuman InterestHuman rightsIsraeli PoliticsJerusalemNews Report 0

By order of the municipality of West Jerusalem, the Palestinian Abu Turki family, on Saturday, continued to self-demolish their two homes in the Jabal al-Mokabber village in occupied East Jerusalem, according to local sources. The Abu Turki family told the Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic) that they began to demolish […]

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Group that raises money for Nazi soldiers got $2-5 million federal loan

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Group that raises money for Israeli soldiers got $2-5 million federal loan

FIDF gala at Waldorf Astoria in New York City (Jewish Post)By Alison Weir

An organization that holds opulent galas to raise money for foreign soldiers, received a forgivable federal loan of somewhere between $2 million to $5 million, while numerous American mom-and-pop businesses applied in vain for the coronavirus relief program.

The group, Friends of the IDF (FIDF), holds glittering extravaganzas around the U.S. that raise tens of millions of dollars for Israeli soldiers.

These are held despite the fact that numerous organizations have documented massive human rights violations by Israeli forces (see video below). The U.S. gives Israel over $10 million per day in military aid.

Last year’s FIDF fundraiser in Manhattan raised $37 million, one of 20 chapters around the country. A 2018 gala in Beverly Hills raised $60 million and a 2017 gala raised over $53 million. Its annual chair, billionaire dual citizen Haim Saban, is a major Clinton donor. (video below)

Celebrities like Barbra Streisand, Larry King, Sylvester Stallone, Robert de Niro, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have helped raise money at the events. Among the donors are Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Sandra Spielberg, and philanthropist Tad Taube. FIDF has over $238 million in net assets.

A featured article by Israeli news site Ynetnews reports that Jewish Americans are the wealthiest group in the U.S.

Small businesses & U.S. veterans go without

Many small businesses around the country have been unable to obtain the coronavirus assistance loans.

One U.S. emergency grant program is already out of money, while nearly half of all small businesses worry that they won’t be able to carry on due to the shutdowns.

The loan program accessed by FIDF, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), has been accused of favoritism, as some billionaires received loans while struggling small businesses went bankrupt.

Donations to FIDF are tax-deductible, which means they remove thousands of dollars (perhaps far more) from the U.S. economy.

Meanwhile, 40 thousand U.S. veterans are homeless on any given night, and veterans hospitals are often underfunded.

Numerous other organizations that support Israel also received large grants, many in the $1million+ range.

~1,000 pro-Israel groups received millions of dollars in loans

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reports: “More than 1,000 Jewish organizations received federal coronavirus relief loans totaling approximately $540 million to $1.3 billion.” The vast majority of the organizations, perhaps all, support Israel.

JTA states: “Jewish groups had organized quickly to apply for the loans, with the Jewish Federations of North America, a national umbrella fundraising body, providing guidance on the application process.”

Jewish Federations represents 446 groups around the U.S. One of its major objectives is to “strengthen the State of Israel.” Its website boasted in May that even during America’s “worst health crisis in a century,” the San Francisco Federation had already “earmarked $804,000 for grants to Israel.”

Among other groups receiving the forgivable (don’t have to be paid back) loans are the Zionist Organization of America (net assets $38 million), Israeli American Council ($32 million net assets), Israel Emergency Alliance (gross receipts $17 million), ADL (gross receipts $80 million), Jewish National Fund (net assets $445 million), and Israel on Campus Coalition ($5 million net assets). (Financial information from GuideStar.)

FIDF Gala

Israeli soldiers’ actions:

See the full 8-minute video here.


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