Israeli Forces Continue Systematic Attacks Against Palestine

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Israeli forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT)

·       A Palestinian boy was wounded in al-Bireh in the West Bank during an Israeli incursion.

·       Israeli forces have continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank.

–       Sarit Michaeli, B’Tselem spokesperson, was wounded during al-Nabi Saleh protest, northwest of Ramallah.
–       Dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and sustained bruises due to Israeli soldiers’ attack. 

·       Israeli forces conducted 50 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one in the Gaza Strip.

–       At least 25 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were arrested.

·       Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
–       Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.
–       10 Palestinian civilians were arrested by Israeli forces at checkpoints in the West Bank.
–       A Palestinian civilian was arrested at Beit Hanoun(Erez) crossing.

·       Israeli forces have continued efforts to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
–       An Israeli court gave Siyam family an extension until 01 August 2013 to evacuate their house in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in the occupied city.
–       Licenses were issued to build 165 new settlement units in “Nabi Ya’qoub” settlement.

·       Israeli forces have continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
–       More demolition notices were issued.
–       The settlers set fire to 400 fruitful olive trees, south of Bethlehem.
–       The settlers continued their attacks on the Palestinian farmers and shepherds, south of Hebron.
–       4 settlers tortured a Palestinian woman, northwest of Ramallah, and put her life at risk.

Summary
Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period 18 – 24 July 2013.

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During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded an 18-year-old boy and an Israeli human rights defender, and dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation during peaceful protests against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. Furthermore, a number of civilians sustained bruises due to Israeli settlers’ attack on them.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces continued the systematic use of excessive force against peaceful protests organised by Palestinian, Israeli and international activists against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.  As a result, Sarit Michaeli, B’Tselem’s spokesperson, was wounded by a bullet to the left knee. Besides, dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises due to Israeli soldiers’ attack on them.

On 27 July 2013, an 18-year-old boy was wounded during an Israeli incursion in al-Bireh. The boy was shot by 2 bullets to the chest.

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