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Israeli Forces Kill a Palestinian Young Man, Injure Three, and Detain Two, in Nablus


Undercover Israeli forces killed, late Saturday night, one Palestinian young man and injured three others after storming the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus, local sources reported.

Sources stated that undercover Israeli agents invaded Nablus city, where they set up an ambush for an alleged “cell” killing one Palestinian young man who was riding a motorcycle, shot and injured three, and detained two others.

Saed Adnan Ezzat Al-Kouni – WAFA

Soldiers assassinated a young Palestinian man identified as Saed Adnan Ezzat Al-Kouni, in his twenties, while he was driving a motorcycle. The cause of death is unclear as occupation forces detained the body of the young man, however the motorcycle was noted to be severely burned.

Meanwhile, in a separate area of Nablus, Israeli soldiers opened live fire at a vehicle carrying a number of young men, injuring three of them. They were all transferred to hospital for medical intervention. Their conditions were not known at the time of this report.

It was reported that there was an exchange of fire between armed Palestinian resistance factions and occupation forces. No injuries among soldiers were reported.

Furthermore, soldiers detained two young men, identified as Ashraf Kousa, and Taki al -Din Boukkar, from different areas in the city.


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According to the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC), Al-Kouni was the fourteenth Palestinian young man to have been killed by Israeli occupation forces in the month of September alone. The names of the slain young men are as follows;

  1. September 25, 2022, Sa’ed al-Koni, 26,
  2. September 24, 2022, Mohammad Ali Abu Kafia, 36,
  3. September 22, 2022, Mohammad Osama Abu Jom’a, 23,
  4. September 15, 2022, Odai Trad Hisham Salah, 17,
  5. September 14, 2022, Abdul-Rahman Hani ‘Aabed, 22,
  6. September 14, 2022, Ahmad Ayman ‘Aabed, 23,
  7. September 11, 2022, Hamad Mustafa Abu Jilda, 24,
  8. September 08, 2022, Haitham Hani Mubarak, 16,
  9. September 07, 2022, Younis Ghassan Tayeh, 21,
  10. September 06, 2022, Mohammad Mousa Saba’na, 29,
  11. September 05, 2022, Taher Mohmmad Zakarna, 20,
  12. September 02, 2022, Fadi Mohammad Ghattas, 19,
  13. September 01, 2022, Yazan Naim Affana, 24, and
  14. September 01, 2022, Samer Mahmoud Khaled, 25.

Sources: WAFA, WAFA, Quds Press, IMEMC

Photo: J Media


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PCHR: Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Weekly Update: September 15-21, 2022)


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Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR): Weekly Update for September 15-21, 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

A Palestinian child was killed and 9 other civilians, including 2 children, were injured, while dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

  • On 15 September 2022, ‘Odai Salah (17) was killed and 3 other Palestinians, including a child, were wounded by IOF fire during the latter’s incursion into Kafr Dan village, west of Jenin in the West Bank. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians. (Details available in this press release). 

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied IOF incursions into cities and villages and suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians, and they were as follows:

  • On 15 September 2022, 5 students suffocated due to teargas inhalation after IOF fired stun grenades and teargas canisters at the yard of ‘Isawiya High School for Boys during IOF’s incursion into Isawiya village in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • On 16 September 2022, 4 Palestinians, including a child, were shot with rubber-coated bullets in clashes Following IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya. 
  • On 18 September 2022, a Palestinian was wounded by IOF’s fire in clashes following the latter’s incursion into Husan village, west of Bethlehem.
  • On 20 September 2022, a Palestinian was wounded in his foot by IOF fire in clashes following IOF’s suppression of a funeral near Bypass Road 60 in Beit Ummar village in Hebron.

In the Gaza Strip, 2 shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, and one shooting was reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shores.


So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 121 Palestinians, including 86 civilians: 26 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settler and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Thirty-two of those killed, including 19 civilians: 8 children and 3 women were in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. Also, 1,325 Palestinians were wounded in IOF’s attacks, including 206 children, 40 women, and 22 journalists, in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 4 Palestinian detainees, including a woman, died in the Israeli prisons.


Land razing, demolitions, and notices:

IOF demolished a house and a facility, handed notices to cease construction works in 4 other facilities, and dismantled and confiscated 7 tents. Details are as follows:

  • On 15 September 2022, IOF handed notices to cease construction works in 4 industrial facilities in Qarawat Bani Hassan village, west of Salfit, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
  • On 19 September 2022, IOF demolished a house and a livestock barrack in ad-Duyuk al-Foqa village, west of Jericho, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.

On the same day, IOF dismantled and confiscated 7 tents established for an entertainment project in Al-Auja village, northeast of Jericho.


Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 113 families homeless, a total of 670 persons, including 130 women and 310 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 119 houses and 41 residential tents. IOF also demolished 92 other civilian economic objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.


Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

  • On 15 September 2022, under IOF’s protection, the Extremist Israeli Members of Knesset (MKs), Rabbi Yehuda Glick, moved into Bab Al-Rahma Islamic cemetery located next to al-Aqsa Mosque from the eastern direction. He blew the trumpet and raised the Israeli flag.
  • On 17 September 2022, an armed Israeli settler raided ‘Ein al-Qasis area in al-Khader village, west of Bethlehem, detained a Palestinian farmer at gunpoint and later released him.
  • On 20 September 2022, Israeli settlers assaulted al-Khawajat Market’s merchants in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and heavily teargassed the market. As a result, tens of merchants and passersby suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 183 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.


IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 187 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 98 Palestinians were arrested, including 10 children. In the Gaza Strip, on 17 September 2022, IOF arrested a Palestinian who tried to infiltrate via the border fence adjacent to the northern Gaza Strip.


So far in 2022, IOF conducted 6327 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 3716 Palestinians were arrested, including 349 children and 32 women. IOF also conducted 32 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 85 Palestinians, including 49 fishermen, 31 infiltrators, and 5 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.


Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Meanwhile, IOF maintain its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly-update in the Gaza crossings.

  • On 20 September 2022, a patient namely Tayseer Daoud Yousuf Al-Sayegh (67), from Gaza City, died when the Israeli authorities denied his travel for treatment at Al-Muttala’ Hospital in occupied Jerusalem. Accordingly, since the beginning of this year, the number of patients denied travel for treatment abroad has risen to 6, including 3 children. (Details available in this press release).

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 98 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 5 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

  • On 18 September 2022, IOF re-opened al-Jalama and Salem crossings, while they put Kafr Dan villagers’ permits on hold for, including work permits. It is worth noting that on 14 September 2022, IOF decided closure of the two crossings mentioned above and imposition of restrictions as part of the collective punishment policy following a shooting attack near al-Jalamah crossing in Jenin. (Details available in this press release.)

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 3203 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 151 Palestinians at those checkpoints


Full report in Arabic/عربي here.



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OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report | August 30 – September 12, 2022


United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): Protection of Civilians Report | August 30 – September 12, 2022

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Latest Development (outside the reporting period)

  • On 14 September, Israeli forces and two Palestinians exchanged fire at the Jalama checkpoint in Jenin. One Israeli officer and the two Palestinians were killed. The next day, Israeli forces conducted a search-and-arrest operation in Kafr Dan (Jenin), where they shot and killed a Palestinian child. More details will be provided in the next report.

Highlights from the reporting period

  • Israeli forces shot and killed three Palestinian men in three search-and-arrest operations in the West Bank. On 1 and 7 September, Israeli forces raided Al Bireh (Ramallah) and Al Far’a refugee camp (Tubas) and shot live ammunition and rubber coated metal bullets at residents who threw stones and Molotov cocktails; a 21- and a 26-year-old Palestinian were killed in the shooting, and three others were arrested. On 5 September, Israeli forces besieged a residential building in Qabatiya (Jenin), where they called on the building’s residents to turn themselves in. An exchange of fire with Palestinians was reported. Israeli forces shot live ammunition and tear gas canisters at residents who threw stones and Molotov cocktails. A 19-year-old Palestinian man was killed. Overall, Israeli forces conducted 125 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 240 Palestinians, including 13 children across the West Bank. The Jerusalem governorate accounted for the highest number of operations (29) and the Hebron governorate accounted for the highest number of arrests (48). During seven of these operations, Israeli forces fired live ammunition at Palestinians who threw stones and, in some cases, opened fire at Israeli forces, resulting in 61 Palestinian injuries, including 13 by live ammunition.
  • Two Palestinians, including one child, were shot, and killed while reportedly stabbing or attempting to hit with a hammer Israeli force in Hebron and Ramallah. On 2 September, a 19-year-old Palestinian stabbed and injured an Israeli soldier near Beit Einun Junction in Hebron and was shot and killed by Israeli forces. On 8 September, a 17-year-old Palestinian boy attempted to stab and hit an Israeli soldier with a hammer near Beit El/DCO checkpoint in Ramallah and was also shot and killed by Israeli forces. Both bodies are being withheld by the Israeli authorities, as of the end of the reporting period. Since the beginning of the year eight Palestinians were shot and killed by Israeli forces during Palestinian attacks or attempted/alleged attacks against Israelis in the West Bank. Additionally, on 4 September, Palestinians opened fire at a bus carrying Israeli soldiers in the Jordan Valley, injuring six of them as well as the driver. Exchanges of fire followed, and the suspects’ car caught fire. Two of the suspects were injured and arrested. 
  • Two Palestinians were killed, and 16 others were injured by Israeli forces during a punitive demolition in Jenin city. On 6 September, Israeli forces used explosives to demolish the family home of a Palestinian man who shot and killed three Israelis and injured nine in Israel in April 2022. During the operation, Israeli forces shot live ammunition and tear gas canisters and Palestinians shot live ammunition, threw stones and Molotov cocktails. A 19-year-old Palestinian man, who was reportedly filming the incident, was shot and killed, and 16 others were injured, including a 25-year-old man who was injured by live ammunition and succumbed to his wounds on 11 September. 
  • In total, 315 Palestinians, including at least 37 children, were injured by Israeli forces across the West Bank. 121 of the injuries were recorded near Beita and Beit Dajan (both in Nablus) and Kafr Qaddum (Qalqilya), in anti-settlement protests. Another five Palestinians were injured in a demonstration near Al Jib checkpoint (Jerusalem), during solidarity protests with the weekly demonstrations taking place in An Nabi Samwil village (more details below). In five separate incidents, in At Tuwani (Hebron), Kisan (Bethlehem), Sinjil (Ramallah) and Nablus city, 112 people were injured after Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli forces, attacked Palestinian communities. According to Palestinian sources, Israeli forces fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at residents who threw stones. Another 16 people were injured in the exchange of fire that took place in Jenin during a punitive demolition (more details below). Additionally, 61 Palestinians were injured in military operations, including 45 injuries reported on 30 August, when Israeli forces raided Rujeib village (Nablus) and besieged a residential building, and reportedly launched shoulder-held missiles and exchanged fire with Palestinians inside, who subsequently turned themselves in; Israeli forces fired teargas and live ammunition at Palestinians who were throwing stones. According to the Israeli authorities, those arrested are suspected of shooting at a security vehicle in a settlement on 26 August (more details below). Of the 320 Palestinians injured 25 injuries were by live ammunition.
  • The Israeli authorities demolished, confiscated, or forced people to demolish 44 Palestinian-owned structures in East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank, citing the lack of Israeli-issued building permits. As a result, 29 people, including ten children, were displaced, and the livelihoods of about 140 others were affected. Some 35 of the structures were in Area C, including 19 structures seized without warning, which prevented the ability of owners to object in advance. This represents a significant increase in such seizures compared with the biweekly average since the beginning of the year (four). Nine other structures were demolished in East Jerusalem, including five that were destroyed by their owners following the issuance of demolition orders, to avoid paying fines when the structure is demolished by Israeli authorities.  
  • On 6 September, Israeli authorities demolished an uninhabited residential apartment in a multi-story building in Jenin city, in Area A, on punitive grounds. The home belonged to the family of a Palestinian man who shot and killed three Israelis in Israel in April 2022 and who was subsequently killed. During the operation, one Palestinian man was shot and killed, and another later died of his wounds (see above). Another two homes sustained damage from the explosion, affecting two Palestinian households comprising 12 people, including eight children. Since the beginning of 2022, eleven homes have been demolished on punitive grounds, compared with three in all of 2021 and seven in 2020. Punitive demolitions are a form of collective punishment, which is illegal under international law, as they target the families of a perpetrator, or alleged perpetrator, who are not involved in the alleged act.
  • On two consecutive days, Israeli forces conducted military training exercises near the 13 Palestinian herding communities of Masafer Yatta in southern Hebron. This area has been designated by Israeli authorities as a ‘firing zone’ and declared closed for Israeli military training. The training continued until 15 September, restricting the access of Palestinians to basic services, and risking their safety. Additionally, on several occasions since the start of the school year, Israeli authorities have disrupted the access of teachers and students to school in Masafer Yatta, where four schools operate, through fixed and flying checkpoints. All schools in the area are at risk of demolition by Israeli authorities. On 30 August, Israeli forces stopped a school bus carrying pupils to Al Fakhiet school, forcing at least 30 children to walk a long distance to school. The following day, nine teachers of Jinba school who were travelling into the area from Yatta, were stopped by Israeli forces at a flying checkpoint and forced to continue by foot. Over 1,000 Palestinians, including 560 children, in Masafer Yatta live at risk of forcible transfer. 
  • Israeli forces restricted the movement of Palestinians in various locations across the West Bank. On 31 August, Israeli forces blocked with earth mounds an agricultural road in Deir Istiya (Salfit), hindering the access of about 400 Palestinian farmers to their land. In another five incidents, on 4, 7, 9 and 10 September, Israeli forces blocked with earth mounds, and closed the metal gates to Khirbet Atuf (Tubas), Qarawat Bani Hassan (Salfit), An Nabi Salih and Deir Nidham (both in Ramallah) and Azzun (Qalqiliya), hindering the access of about 18,000 Palestinians to livelihoods and services and forcing them to take long detours. These closures are believed to be linked to Palestinian stone throwing and to the shooting attack at an Israeli bus (see above). On several occasions, Israeli forces have tightened the movement and access restrictions imposed on the Palestinian residents of An Nabi Samwil dislocated community; located entirely in area C within the Jerusalem side of the barrier, and where residents live with the continuous threat of demolitions, settler violence and movement and access restrictions. Residents of the area have been holding weekly demonstrations against new access policies, during which three Palestinians were arrested.  
  • Israeli settlers injured 21 Palestinians, and people known or believed to be Israeli settlers damaged Palestinian property in 27 instances. On 8, 9 and 12 September, Israeli settlers shot, physically assaulted and pepper-sprayed Palestinian farmers who were farming their land in Sinjil (Ramallah), At Tuwani (Hebron) and Khallet al Louza (Bethlehem). As a result, 21 Palestinians were injured, including at least two with live ammunition. Overall, 126 Palestinian-owned trees were uprooted or vandalized near Israeli settlements next to Haris (Salfit), Qaryut (Nablus), and Deir Ibzi’ and Sinjil (both in Ramallah). In seven incidents, in the H2 area of Hebron city, as well as in Huwwara, Burin, Tell, Beita and Madama (all in Nablus), nine Palestinian-owned cars were vandalized, and stone-throwing reportedly damaged three Palestinian homes. Another nine incidents in Al Mazra’a al Qibliya, Al Mughayyir, and Deir Nidham (all in Ramallah), An Naqura, Beit Dajan, Einabus and Burqa (all in Nablus) resulted in damage to cultivated crops, livestock, agricultural equipment, water tanks and livelihood related structures. On 31 August, Israeli settlers, reportedly from Yitzhar, stormed the Urif school (Nablus) while classes were being held, and threw stones, forcing the administration to suspend school and evacuate the students to safety; 250 students were affected, and damage was reported to the school. According to the village council and eyewitnesses, Israeli Forces were present in the area during the attack but did not intervene to stop the settlers. Subsequently, Israeli Forces shot tear gas canisters at Palestinians who threw stones at settlers in protest at the attack.
  • Two Israeli settlers were injured after Palestinians opened fire at their vehicle near the Joseph Tomb site in Nablus city. In another three incidents people known or believed to be Palestinians threw stones at Israeli vehicles travelling on West Bank roads. As a result, three vehicles were damaged, according to Israeli sources. 
  • In the Gaza Strip, three Palestinians, including a 9 and 12-year-old boy, were injured by the detonation of an unexploded ordnance, after tampering with a munition they found while collecting scrap east of Khan Yunis. 
  • Also in the Gaza Strip, on at least 42 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near Israel’s perimeter fence or off the coast, presumably to enforce access restrictions in areas within Gaza. Most of the incidents reportedly forced farmers or fishers away from their areas of work. Two Palestinian children were arrested by Israeli forces while attempting to cross the fence east of Rafah. On at least seven occasions, Israeli military bulldozers leveled land inside Gaza, near the perimeter fence east of Rafah.

This report reflects information available as of the time of publication. The most updated data and more breakdowns are available at ochaopt.org/data.


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PCHR: Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Weekly Update: September 8 – 14, 2022)


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Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR): Weekly Update for September 8 – 14, 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

A child was killed, 8 others were wounded, and dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

  • On 08 September 2022, IOF killed Haytham Hani Mubarak (17) from Beitounia, West of Ramallah, with several bullets at the DCO checkpoint near the entrance to Beitin village, east of Ramallah, and kept his body in custody, claiming that Mubarak tried to stab a soldier with a knife, yet there was no eyewitness to the incident.

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force during IOF incursions into cities and villages and suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians, and they were as follows:

  • On 08 September 2022, A Palestinian was injured with a rubber bullet in the foot in IOF clashes following their incursion into Qalandia refugee camp in East Jerusalem. Also, a Palestinian was injured with a live bullet when IOF opened fire at Palestinians, who tried to confront settlers’ attacks in Sinjil village in Ramallah.
  • On the same day, IOF violently attacked Palestine TV journalist, Yousuf Mohammad ‘Aadi (36), when he was on Al-Wad Street in East Jerusalem, causing him bruises, wounds and fractures before arresting and later releasing him on bail the following day. ‘Aadi said to PCHR’s staff that IOF violently assaulted him and dragged him to the ground when he started screaming for help to passersby, who tried to intervene, but the soldiers prevented them and continued hitting him on the head, grabbed his hair and yanking him many times to the ground between the iron bars of a barrier.  Although he fainted, they continued beating him and then tied him up and arrested him.
  • On 09 September 2022, 4 Palestinians were shot by IOF’s rubber bullets in clashes that followed IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya. On the same day, an elderly suffocated due to teargas inhalations and others were sustained brises and suffocated during IOF suppression of a peaceful protest in support of Al-Nabi Samuel village residents, near al-Jib military checkpoint, northwestern East Jerusalem. In addition, 2 Palestinians were wounded and 5 suffocated during IOF suppression of a peaceful protest against land confiscations and settlers’ attacks in Sinjil village in Ramallah.

In the Gaza Strip, 2 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shore, and 2 other shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip.


So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 120 Palestinians, including 85 civilians: 25 children, 8 women; 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers; and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Thirty-two of those killed, including 19 civilians: 8 children and 3 women were in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. Also, 1,316 Palestinians, including 204 children, 40 women, and 22 journalists, were wounded in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 4 Palestinian prisoners, including a woman, died in the Israeli prisons.


Land razing, demolitions, and notices:

IOF forced 2 Palestinians to self-demolish 2 houses and an animal barn in East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

  • On 08 September 2022, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his under-construction house in Silwan village in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Also, they demolished retaining walls in al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
  • On 09 September 2022, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish a barrack he owned and used as an animal barn in Al-Isawiya village in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
  • On 12 September 2022, IOF forced a widow to self-demolish her house in Silwan village in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction, rendering her and her 3 children homeless.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 113 families homeless, a total of 670 persons, including 130 women and 310 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 118 houses and 41 residential tents. IOF also demolished 90 other civilian economic objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.


Settler-attacks:

  • On 08 September 2022, an Israeli settler threw stones at a vehicle travelling on Bypass Road (60) near Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron, and broke its windshield. On the same day, 2 Palestinians were injured and sustained bruises while 5 cars were badly damaged  as a result of the settlers’ attacks in Sinjil village in Ramallah
  • On 13 September 2022, a Palestinian sustained wounds and fractures when Israeli settlers assaulted him in his land near at-Tuwani village close to Havat Ma’oun settlement outpost, south of Hebron. When a Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulance arrived and tried to evacuate the injured, the settlers intercepted it and damaged its tires. IOF arrested the injured and took him via an Israeli ambulance to Soroka Hospital.  He was then referred for investigation to the police station in Kiryat Aba’ settlement, claiming that he attempted to kill a settler. Later on, IOF backups arrived in the area, opened fire, and fired tear gas canisters at the Palestinians there.  As a result, some of them suffocated.  Also, IOF arrested 10 Palestinians and interrogated them about a settler’s injury in clashes against Palestinians in the area.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 180 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.


IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 210 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 78 Palestinians were arrested, including 5 children and a woman. In the Gaza Strip, IOF carried out 4 limited incursions into eastern Khan Yunis, eastern Gaza Valley village, southeast of Gaza, and Deir Al-Balah in the central governorate.

  • On 08 September 2022, IOF arrested 2 Palestinians, including a child, while trying to infiltrate via the border fence, east of Rafah, and released them the next day.
  • On 13 September 2022, the Israeli Naval Forces arrested 4 fishermen after intercepting their boat off Gaza Valley shore.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 6,140 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 3,618 Palestinians were arrested, including 339 children and 32 women. IOF also conducted 32 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 84 Palestinians, including 49 fishermen, 30 infiltrators, and 5 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.


Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly-update in the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 100 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 4 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

  • On 08 September 2022, IOF established a military watchtower near the western entrance to Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem.
  • On 11 September 2022, IOF closed the metal detector gate established at the western entrance to Husan village in Bethlehem and later reopened it.

So far in 2022, IOF established 3,105 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 146 Palestinians at those checkpoints


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PCHR Condemns Killing of Palestinian Child and Imposition of Collective Punishment Measures in West Bank


Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR): Press Release – September 15, 2022

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This morning, a Palestinian child was killed, and 3 other Palestinians were wounded, including a child, by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) fire during the latter’s incursion into Kafr Dan village, west of Jenin in the West Bank. Investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) into this crime and others similar confirm IOF’s loose shooting standards and excessive use of lethal armed force against Palestinians despite no imminent threat or danger posed to IOF’s lives.


‘Uday Trad Hesham Salah – WAFA

Simultaneously, IOF imposed collective punishment measures on Kafr Dan’s residents in Jenin and closed 2 crossings, perpetuating the collective punishment policy after a shooting attack was carried out and resulted in the killing of an Israeli officer near al-Jalamah crossing in Jenin.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 03:30 on Thursday, 15 September 2022, IOF moved into Kafr Dan village, west of Jenin, and cordoned off the family houses of Ahmad and ‘Abdulrahman ‘Abed, who carried out the attack at al-Jalama checkpoint in northern Jenin on Wednesday, 14 September 2022 and killed an Israeli officer.

The soldiers raided the houses and took their measurements, seemingly in a prelude to demolish them later. Meanwhile, the 2 families were interrogated by Israeli occupation intelligence officers. Moreover, the soldiers topped the roofs of the residential buildings near the 2 houses and took their positions while Palestinians threw stones and empty bottles at the IOF in the vicinity of the houses. 

Clashes broke out and spread to the village neighborhoods, where IOF heavily opened fire at the protestors. As a result, 4 Palestinians, including 2 children, were wounded, and taken to the city hospitals.  One of the wounded was identified as ‘Uday Trad Hesham Salah (17), who was wounded with a live bullet to the head at around 06:00 when he was on one of the village’s streets that is about 300 meters away from where IOF were stationed.

After arriving at Dr. Khaleel Soleiman Governmental Hospital, he was pronounced dead by the medical sources, who also reported the injury of another as very critical. Before their withdrawal at 08:00, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians, who were also Ahmad ‘Abed’s cousins.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 121 Palestinians, including 86 civilians: 26 children, 8 women; 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Also, hundreds were injured, including women and children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

On the other hand, as part of their collective punishment policy, on Wednesday afternoon, 14 September, IOF declared that following a shooting attack near al-Jalamah crossing in Jenin, it was decided to rescind all permits, including work permits, except for those for humanitarian cases in Kafr Dan, where the attacker set out from.  IOF also declared their decision to close completely al-Jalama and Salem crossings until further notice.

  • PCHR reiterates its call upon the international community to take immediate action to end Israeli occupation’s crimes and double standards when it comes to international law. 
  • PCHR also urges the ICC Prosecutor in particular to act seriously with regard to the situation in Palestine. 
  • PCHR also demands the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention fulfil their obligations as per Common Article 1 of the Convention, “undertake to respect and to ensure respect for the present Convention in all circumstances.”
  • PCHR also calls upon the High Contracting Parties to uphold their commitment Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.


Full report in Arabic/عربي here.



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PCHR: Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Weekly Update – September 01-07 , 2022)


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Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR): Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Weekly Update – September 01-07 , 2022)

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Five Palestinians were killed, and 31 others were injured, including 9 children, a woman and a paramedic, while dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.  Also, a Palestinian detainee died due to medical neglect policy.  Details are as follows:

  • On 01 September 2022, IOF shot dead Yazan Na’iem ‘Afanah (24) after being wounded in his chest during their incursion into Ramallah in the West Bank. (Details available in this press release).
  • On 02 September 2022, Fadi Mohammed Ghattas (24), from Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem, was killed after IOF fired 6 live bullets at him and left him to bleed for 40 minutes at the entrance to Beit ‘Einun Road in northern Hebron.  IOF took the dead body and kept it in custody, claiming that he stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier. Later, IOF summoned Ghattas’s father for interrogation and to identify the corpse.
  • On 03 September 2022, Palestinian Detainee Mousa Haron Abu Mehamid, from Bethlehem, died at the Israeli hospital “Assaf Harofeh.” ( Details available in this press release).
  • On 05 September 2022, IOF killed Taher Zakarna (19) after they fired a live bullet at his head during the suppression of protestors after IOF moved into Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin in the West Bank. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested two Palestinians. (Details available in this press release).
  • On 06 September 2022, Mohammed Saba’nah was killed, and 17 other Palestinians were injured, including 6 children, a woman and a paramedic, by IOF fire during the latter’s incursion into Jenin, northern West Bank, and demolition of the house of a Palestinian who was killed after carrying out a shooting attack in Israel in April. The house demolition falls under IOF’s collective punishment policy against the families of Palestinians who are allegedly accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli targets. (Details available in this press release).
  • On 07 September 2022, Yunis Ghassan Tayeh (21) was killed by IOF fire during the latter’s incursion into al-Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas in the West Bank. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested Yunis’s uncle. (Details available here)

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied IOF incursions into cities and villages and suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians, and they were as follows:

  • On 02 September 2022, 7 Palestinians, including 2 children, were shot with rubber-coated bullets during clashes that followed IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.  On the same day, several Palestinians sustained wounds after being beaten, and others suffocated due to teargas inhalation, while 4 Palestinians, including a child, were arrested during IOF’s suppression of a peaceful protest organized in solidarity with Nabi Samuel villagers near al-Jeeb military checkpoint in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • On 06 September 2022, a child was hit with a stun grenade in his head during clashes with IOF at the western entrance to al-‘Arroub refugee camp in Hebron. On the same day, 5 Palestinians sustained wounds after IOF opened fire and fired teargas canisters during their incursion into Jalazone refugee camp, north of al-Bireh city. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 4 Palestinians, including 2 siblings.
  • On 07 September 2022, a Palestinian was shot with a live bullet after IOF opened fire at him, noting he was riding his motorcycle by Salem Palin in Nablus. IOF then arrested him.

In the Gaza Strip, 2 shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, and 4 other shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza Strip shore. On 01 September 2022, a burnt boat was pulled out of Khan Yunis Sea, and it turned out that Israeli gunboats fired several live bullets at the boat. 


So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 116 Palestinians, including 84 civilians: 24 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settler and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Thirty-two of those killed, including 19 civilians: 8 children and 3 women were in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. Also, 1,308 Palestinians were wounded in IOF’s attacks, including 204 children, 40 women, and 22 journalists, in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 4 Palestinian detainees, including a woman, died in the Israeli jails.


Land razing, demolitions, and notices:

IOF demolished 3 houses, rendering 4 families of 18 persons, including 6 women and 7 children, homeless. Also, IOF demolished 9 civilian economic facilities and razed a plot of land and property in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

  • On 02 September 2022, upon an Israeli municipal demolition decision allegedly for unlicensed construction, a Palestinian self-demolished his house in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, rendering his family and his two brothers’ families of 11 persons, including 4 women and 3 children, homeless.  On the same day, upon a similar decision, a Palestinian self-demolished part of his 80-sqaure-meter house in occupied East Jerusalem. The house sheltered a family of 7 persons, including 2 women and 4 children.
  • On 03 September 2022, IOF’s bulldozers razed 8 dunums in Sinjil village, east of Ramallah. The levelled land is located in an area of 5200 dunums that IOF attempt to seize them, as these dunums are surrounded by 3 Israeli settlements and a military camp.
  • On 03 September 2022, IOF razed 8 dunums in Sinjil village, eastern Ramallah.  This plot of land is part of 5200 dunums, which IOF try to seize, and is surrounded by 3 settlements and an Israeli camp.
  • On 06 September 2022, IOF demolished 2 agricultural facilities, sealed off a water well and seized two containers full of construction equipment in Al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Also, IOF demolished for the second time a 95-meter retaining wall surrounding a plot of land in Jabal Mukaber in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • On 07 September 2022, IOF demolished a house and 7 civilian economic facilities, including 3 livestock barns, a carwash, tires shop, and 2 stores, in the rented Islamic Endowment property (Waqf) at ‘Anata entrance in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 112 families homeless, a total of 666 persons, including 129 women and 307 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 116 houses and 41 residential tents. IOF also demolished 89 other civilian economic objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.


Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

  • On 02 September 2022, under IOF’s heavy protection, hundreds of Israeli settlers accompanied by the Extremist Israeli Member of Knesset (MK), Itamar Ben Gvir, moved into Nabi Samuel village in occupied East Jerusalem. They roamed its streets raising Israeli flags and attempted to provoke Palestinians. The settlers then gathered at the village’s entrance opposite to a protest organized by the village’s residents.
  • On 06 September 2022, Israeli settlers, under IOF’s protection, attacked Palestinian houses in Khelet al-Nahlah and Khalayil al-Louz areas opposite to “Efrat” settlement, south of Bethlehem. They attempted to raid the houses by force, beat their residents and threw stones at them. As a result, many residents sustained bruises. Also, IOF attacked the residents, who tried to confront the settlers, and arrested 6 of them. 

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 178 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.


IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

 IOF carried out 190 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 96 Palestinians were arrested, including 3 children and a female journalist.  In the Gaza Strip, on 07 September 2022, IOF conducted two limited incursions into eastern al-Bureij camp in central Gaza Strip and into eastern Khuza’a in Khan Yunis.


So far in 2022, IOF conducted 5,930 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem; during which, 3,540 Palestinians were arrested, including 334 children and 31 women. IOF also conducted 28 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 78 Palestinians, including 45 fishermen, 28 infiltrators, and 5 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.


Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

IOF maintains an illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly- update on the state of Gaza crossings in July.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 104 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 8 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

  • On 04 September 2022, IOF closed the metal detector gate established at the main entrance to Nabi Saleh village in Ramallah, and reopened it on 07 September 2022, as part of the collective punishment policy for an alleged shooting at the military watchtower established there.

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 3,005 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 142 Palestinians at those checkpoints


Full report in Arabic here.



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PCHR: Palestinian Killed by Israeli Occupation Forces Fire in Tubas


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Palestinian Centre for Human Rights: Press Release (September 7, 2022)

This morning, a Palestinian was killed by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) fire during the latter’s incursion into al-Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas in the West Bank. This new crime, which is the third of its kind this week, reflects IOF loose shooting standards and excessive use of armed force against Palestinians despite no imminent threat or danger to IOF’s lives.

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at around 05:30 on Wednesday, 07 September 2022, IOF moved into al-Far’a refugee camp in southern Tubas and stationed at Tubas northern entrance (on Tubas- al-Far’a main street.)  IOF’s snipers topped the roofs of residential houses in the area, while IOF cordoned off, raided, and searched ‘Odai Hasan Mahmoud Tayeh (27)’s house. 

At approximately 05:45, while IOF were searching Tayeh family house, one of the Israeli snipers stationed on the roofs of nearby houses, opened fire at a young man in al-Jabal area, which is 300 meters away from where the soldiers were stationed. As a result, the Palestinian was directly wounded and fell on the ground.

Afterwards, the Israeli soldiers headed to the wounded and surrounded him, noting that al-Jabal area is mountainous and almost empty of houses, and it is about 300 meters away from the main street. Around 15 minutes later, a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance arrived after residents of the area reported an injury, but the Israeli soldiers, who were surrounding the wounded person, prevented the ambulance from approaching him.

Around 20 minutes later, at around 06:20, one of the soldiers called a paramedic, and the latter took a stretcher to where the soldiers were stationed, and saw a young man lying on the ground with his face down and bleeding from his mouth and chest. A soldier ordered the paramedic to examine the wounded, and it turned out that the young man received a bullet that penetrated his back and exited his chest.

The paramedic told the soldier that the young man died. The soldier then took a photo of the young man with his cellphone and then allowed the paramedic to take him to the ambulance with the help of another paramedic. The ambulance took the dead body to Tubas Turkish Hospital.

The victim was later identified as Yunis Ghasan Hasan Mahmoud Tayeh (21), the nephew of ‘Oday Hassan Mahmoud Tayeh (27), who was arrested by IOF after cordoning off his family house.

PCHR’s fieldworker said that it is not yet clear why Yunis was in the area, while field investigations indicate that he posed no danger or threat to soldiers’ lives at the time he was targeted. There were no weapons with the victim or next to him when the ambulance crews evacuated him, and there was a long distance between him and the soldiers.

After Yunis Tayeh was announced death, Palestinians gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF, and violent clashes broke out. Immediately, IOF fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. At around 07:00, IOF withdrew.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks in the West Bank and Gaza Strip killed 115 Palestinians, including 84 civilians: 24 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Moreover, hundreds of others sustained wounds, including women and children.

PCHR reiterates its call upon the international community to take immediate action to put an end to the Israeli crimes and double standards when it comes to international law. 

PCHR also urges the ICC Prosecutor in particular to act seriously with regard to the situation in Palestine. 

PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the occupied territory.


Full report in Arabic/عربي here.



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PCHR: Palestinian Civilian Killed and 17 Others Injured, including 6 Children, Woman and Paramedic, by Israeli Occupation Forces’ Fire in Jenin


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Palestinian Centre for Human Rights: Press Release (September 6, 2022

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR,) at approximately 00:30 on Tuesday, 06 September 2022, IOF accompanied with a bulldozer, members of Special Units, and explosive engineering experts moved into al-Madares neighborhood, eastern Jenin.

They surrounded the family house of Ra’ad Fathi Zeydan Hazem, who was killed after carrying out a shooting attack in Tel Aviv on 07 April 2022. The House is a 150-sqm residential apartment on the 4th floor of 6-storey Al-‘Aw building, noting that at the time it was empty of residents. IOF forced more than 10 other families living in the nearby houses to leave while firing tear gas canisters and stun grenades to entice fear and prevent them from approaching the area.

As a result, people gathered in the vicinity of the houses, where the IOF deployed, and threw stones at IOF. Violent clashes broke out in the neighborhood, and IOF fired live and rubber-coated bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades to disperse them. As a result, Mohammad Mousa Mohammad Saba’ana (29) was killed with a live bullet in his chest, and 17 Palestinians, including 6 children, a woman, and a paramedic, were wounded; the injury of one of them were reported serious.  All of them were taken to Jenin’s hospitals for treatment.

During the incursion, IOF planted explosives on the 4th floor, which housed Hazem family’s apartment and remotely detonated it at approximately 05:00 today.  As a result, the floor was completely destroyed.

So far this year, IOF demolished 9 houses and closed a 10th house after destroying its internal contents within IOF’s collective punishment policy while there are many houses threatened with demolitions on the same grounds.

PCHR condemns the IOF use of excessive force against protestors.  PCHR denounces the crime of house demolitions that falls under IOF’s collective punishment policy and the Israeli Judiciary’s cover. PCHR reiterates that this policy is internationally prohibited according to Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that: “No protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited. Pillage is prohibited. Reprisals against protected persons and their property are prohibited.”

Therefore, PCHR reiterates its call upon the international community to take immediate action to put an end to the Israeli crimes and double standards when it comes to international law. 

PCHR also urges the ICC Prosecutor in particular to act seriously with regard to the situation in Palestine.

PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the occupied territory.


Full report in Arabic/عربي here.



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Israeli Army Shoots Two Young Men, Killing One, Near Jenin


Israeli forces shot two Palestinian young men, on Monday at dawn, killing one, and detaining several others in the Jenin governorate, in the northern occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

Occupation forces invaded different areas in Qabatiya town, south of Jenin, triggering protests among local youths, and exchange of fire between the army and Palestinian resistance fighters.

Soldiers opened fire during the incursion, shooting two young men, one of whom was critically injured after being shot three times with live ammunition.

Taher Muhammad Zakarneh, 19, from Qabatiya town

The young man, identified as Taher Muhammad Zakarneh, 19, from Qabatiya town, was shot in the head with a live round, in addition to the thigh and the foot.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society stated that they transferred the seriously wounded young man to Al-Razi Hospital in Jenin.

Soon after his arrival to hospital, medical sources declared that the young man had succumbed to the serious gunshot wounds, the Ministry of Health confirmed.

Soldiers shot another young man, identified as Mahmoud Riad Zakarneh, in the foot with a live round, according to medical sources in Jenin. No information regarding his condition was available at the time of this report.


From the funeral of the slain young man Taher Muhammad Zakarneh, 19, from Qabatiya town – [J Media/Facebook]

During the arrest operation, soldiers detained three young men, according to director of the Jenin chapter of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Montaser Samour.

Samour reported the detention of Uday Manasra when Israeli Special Forces stormed his workplace in the town.

He added that occupation forces detained two former prisoners after invading their family homes. The two young men were identified as Anwar Nidal Saba’anah and Nizar Muhammad Hanaysha.

Meanwhile, occupation soldiers stormed a number of homes in Jenin city, and detained two Palestinian young men, identified as, Muhammad Nassif Gawadra, who is a former prisoner, in addition to Amin Maher Al-Saadi.


From the funeral of the slain young man Taher Muhammad Zakarneh, 19, from Qabatiya town – [J Media/Facebook]


Sources: Quds Press, WAFA, WAFA

Photo: WAFA


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OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report | August 16-29, 2022


United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): Protection of Civilians Report – (September 2, 2022)

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Latest Development (outside the reporting period)

  • On 1 September, one Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces in Ramallah city during a search and arrest operation. More details will be provided in the next reporting period.

Highlights from the reporting period

  • A 53-year-old Palestinian man was shot and killed in an Israeli search and arrest operation in Tubas city. On 19 August, Israeli forces conducted a military operation in Tubas city, where an exchange of fire with armed Palestinians was reported. Israeli forces shot live ammunition and tear gas canisters at residents who threw stones. A Palestinian man passing by was shot in the head and killed. According to initial investigations by human rights organizations, he was killed by Israeli forces; the Israeli military said that it would investigate the incident. One other Palestinian was arrested in the same operation. During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted a total of 108 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 136 Palestinians in the West Bank. Across the West Bank, 13 Palestinians were injured with live ammunition and 136 were arrested by Israeli forces in search-and-arrest operations. The Jerusalem-governorate accounted for the highest portion of operations (37) and arrests (48). During eight of these operations, Israeli forces fired live ammunition at Palestinians who threw stones, resulting in 39 Palestinian injuries, including 13 by live ammunition.
  • An 18-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed, and 75 others were injured, by Israeli forces near Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus city. On 18 August, Israeli settlers accompanied by Israeli forces accessed the site to pray. While doing so, Israeli forces fired sound bombs and Palestinians threw stones at them. According to Israeli media reports citing Israeli military sources, Palestinian youth shot at the soldiers. An initial investigation by human rights organizations indicated that the youth were not involved in shooting. Israeli forces shot live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas canisters, injuring 75 Palestinians, including four with live ammunition; no injuries were reported among Israeli soldiers. So far in 2022, Israeli forces have killed three Palestinians, including one child, and have injured more than 400 Palestinians, while they were accompanying Israeli settlers to this site.
  • A 25-year-old Palestinian man succumbed to wounds sustained on 9 August, when Israeli forces shot him in Nablus city during a military operation. Three other Palestinians, including one boy, were killed and 89 were injured in that military operation, including 76 from live ammunition. This death brings to 75 the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, since the beginning of the year.
  • In total, 248 Palestinians, including at least 42 children, were injured by Israeli forces across the West Bank. 103 of the injuries were recorded near Beita and Beit Dajan (both in Nablus), and Kafr Qaddum (Qalqilya) in anti-settlement protests. Another 39 Palestinians were injured during search-and-arrest operations (see above). 31 additional injuries were reported following the raid on the offices of civil society organizations (see below) as Israeli forces fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinians who threw stones in protest at the Israeli military raid. In Nablus city, 75 people were injured following the entry of Israeli settlers to Joseph’s Tomb, accompanied by Israeli forces (see above). Of the 248 Palestinians injured, about 7 per cent (22 injuries) were by live ammunition. 
  • On 18 August, Israeli forces raided and closed the offices of seven Palestinian civil society organizations in the West Bank. In 2020 and 2021, Israeli authorities designated these organizations as “terrorist” and/or “unlawful” groups. Their closure undermines humanitarian, development, and human rights work in the oPt. UN and non-UN entities have called on the Israeli government to allow human rights and humanitarian organizations to continue their work unhindered. 
  • The Israeli authorities demolished, confiscated, or forced people to demolish 55 Palestinian-owned structures in East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank, citing the lack of Israeli-issued building permits; ten of the structures were funded by donors. As a result, 61 people, including 31 children, were displaced, and the livelihoods of about 200 others were affected. Some 47 of the structures were in Area C, including seven in Al Jiftlik Ash Shuneh, in a designated ‘firing zone’ for Israeli military training, and where Palestinian communities are at risk of forcible transfer. Eight other structures were demolished in East Jerusalem, including five destroyed by their owners to avoid paying fines imposed by Israeli authorities when they conduct the demolitions. 
  • Israeli forces restricted the movement of Palestinians in several locations across the West Bank. On 20 August, Israeli forces blocked with earth mounds the entrances to Silwad and closed the metal gates to Ein Yabrud (both in Ramallah), hindering the access of about 9,000 Palestinians to livelihoods and services and forcing long detours. These closures are believed to be linked to a Palestinian shooting at Israeli-plated vehicles on Road 60, which did not cause any injury. On 28 August, Israeli forces at Jinba checkpoint detained for about four hours nine school staff who were on their way to Jinba school ahead of the opening of the academic year. Their vehicle was confiscated, and the driver was taken to a nearby military base for questioning. On the same day the teachers of Al Fakhiet school who were travelling into the area from Yatta, were stopped by Israeli forces at a flying checkpoint that was erected near the entrance of Khirbet al Fakheit. The teachers were forced to return back to Yatta. Fixed and flying checkpoints in the area have disrupted the access of teachers and students to school, in some cases forcing them to walk long distances to avoid the checkpoints.
  • Israeli settlers injured two Palestinians, and people known or believed to be Israeli settlers damaged Palestinian property in 12 instances. A 13-year-old Palestinian boy was physically assaulted and injured by an Israeli settler in the H2 area of Hebron. In another incident near Al Mu’arrajat Centre in Ramallah, a Palestinian man was physically assaulted, attacked with stones and sticks and injured by an Israeli settler. About 250 Palestinian-owned trees were uprooted or vandalized near Israeli settlements next to Jit (Qalqiliya), Turmus’ayya, Ras Karkar and Al Mu’arrajat Centre (all in Ramallah). In Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, Al Mughayyir (Ramallah), Mantiqat Shi’b al Butum (Hebron) and Marda (Salfit), nine Palestinian-owned cars were vandalized, and reported stone-throwing damaged three Palestinian homes. Four incidents in Ras al Tin, Al Mughayyir, and Ein Samiya (all in Ramallah) and Kafr ad Dik (Salfit) resulted in damage to cultivated crops, livestock, agricultural equipment, and a water network.
  • People known or believed to be Palestinians threw stones injuring one Israeli settler and damaging at least eight Israeli vehicles travelling on West Bank roads. In addition, a bus was damaged when Palestinians reportedly opened fire at the bus on Road 60 near Silwad village (Ramallah). These incidents took place near Nablus, Ramallah, and Jerusalem. Israeli-plated vehicles and buses were damaged by stones in eight incidents and by a Molotov cocktail in one incident, according to Israeli sources. 
  • In the Gaza Strip, on at least 23 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near Israel’s perimeter fence or off the coast, presumably to enforce access restrictions in areas within Gaza. Four Palestinian fishermen were arrested, and two fishing boats were confiscated. On one occasion, Israeli military bulldozers leveled land inside Gaza, near the perimeter fence east of Rafah.

This report reflects information available as of the time of publication. The most updated data and more breakdowns are available at ochaopt.org/data.


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PCHR: Under Crimes of Excessive Use of Force, Palestinian Civilian Deadly Shot by Israeli Occupation Forces in Ramallah


Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR): Press ReleaseSeptember 1, 2022

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September 1, 2022 – Today at dawn, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian civilian after opening fire at him during their incursion into Ramallah in the West Bank. This crime reflects IOF’s loose shooting standards and excessive use of force against the Palestinians despite no immense threat or danger to soldiers’ lives.

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 04:30 on Thursday, 01 September 2022, IOF moved into Um al-Sharayit neighborhood in southern Ramallah, where they patrolled the area and deployed between residential houses, firing teargas canisters and sound bombs in the area.

Meanwhile, young Palestinians gathered and threw stones at IOF, who fired more teargas canisters, sound bombs and rubber and live bullets. As a result, Yazan Na’iem ‘Afana (24), from Qalandia refugeecCamp in northern occupied East Jerusalem, was shot with a live bullet in his chest, killing him immediately.

An eyewitness said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “At approximately 05:27, Yazan was on the street, and we were behind him standing opposite to IOF vehicles that began to withdraw from Um al-Sharayit neighborhood. Meanwhile, one of Israeli soldiers fired a live bullet at Yazan from a distance of 70 meters, and then an SUV stopped, and several soldiers stepped out of it.

They approached Yazan and surrounded him for around 5 minutes while he was severely bleeding. They indiscriminately opened fire in the area to prevent us from approaching him.  After their withdrawal, we pulled Yazan out of the area to provide him aid. At approximately 05:38, an ambulance arrived and took him to Palestine Medical Complex, where doctors pronounced him dead at about 06:00.”

For his part, Mohammed ‘Ayyash, a doctor at Ramallah Hospital, said that ‘Afana arrived at the hospital in a very critical condition after being shot with a live bullet that penetrated the left side of his chest and lungs. He added that after several attempts to save his life, he died.    

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF attacks in the West Bank and Gaza Strip killed 112 Palestinians, including 81 civilians: 24 children and 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Also, hundreds of Palestinians, including woman and children, were injured.

  • PCHR reiterates its call upon the international community to take immediate action to end Israeli occupation’s crimes and double standards when it comes to international law. 
  • PCHR also urges the ICC Prosecutor in particular to act seriously with regard to the situation in Palestine similar to its prompt action in Ukraine.  
  • PCHR also demands the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention fulfil their obligations as per Common Article 1 of the Convention, “undertake to respect and to ensure respect for the present Convention in all circumstances.”
  • PCHR also calls upon the High Contracting Parties to uphold their commitment to Article 146 of the same Conventions, i.e., to hold accountable persons accused of committing grave breaches of the Convention, and to ensure protection for Palestinian civilians in the occupied territory.

Full report in Arabic/عربي here.



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Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill 2 Palestinian Young Men in Al-Biereh and Nablus


Israeli forces shot and killed, on Thursday, two Palestinian young men in two separate incidents in the Nablus and Al-Biereh governorates, according to local sources.

In the northern West Bank, Israeli soldiers and special forces invaded the Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus city, which triggered protests from local Palestinian youths.


Special forces storm Balata camp and arrest a young man,
and news of another martyr – [J Media/Facebook]

Soldiers detained one young man, identified as Jasser Abu Hamada, from the camp and shot Samer Mahmoud Suleiman Khaled, 25, with a live round in the neck.

Samer Mahmoud Suleiman Khaled, 25

The seriously injured young man, a resident of the Al-Ain refugee camp, also known as Camp Number 1, west of Nablus, was transferred to Rafidia Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, despite resuscitation efforts.

Sources stated that armed resistance fighters exchanged fire with the invading army and special forces. No further injuries were reported.


Clashes broke out between young men and the occupation forces
in Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, at dawn Thursday. – [J Media/Facebook]

In the central part of the West Bank, occupation forces stormed the city of Al-Biereh, sparking protests among local Palestinian youths.

Yazan Afana, 26

Soldiers opened live fire, shooting and seriously injuring a young man, identified as Yazan Afana, 26, from the Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem.

Afana was shot in the chest with live ammunition and rushed to the Ramallah Hospital, where attempts to save his life were unsuccessful. Doctors pronounced the man dead shortly thereafter.


From the farewell of the young man, Yazan Afana, [J Media/Facebook]

Farewell to the body of the young man, Yazan Afana, from his home in Qalandia camp – [J Media/Facebook]

Funeral of the martyr Yazan Afana in Qalandia camp – [WAFA/YouTube]

The funeral of the young man, Yazan Afana in Qalandia refugee camp – [J Media/Facebook]


Sources: WAFA, Quds Press, WAFA, WAFA

Photo: Quds Press


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PCHR: Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Weekly Update | August 25 – 31, 2022)


Palestinian Centre for Human Rights: (Weekly Update | August 25 – 31, 2022)

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Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Twenty-one Palestinians, including a journalist and 4 children, were wounded in Israeli Occupation Forces’ (IOF) incursions into cities and villages or the suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians. Also, dozens of others suffocated in IOF attacks in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

  • On 26 August 2022, 6 Palestinians, including a journalist, were shot by IOF with rubber bullets during clashes that followed IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya. 
  • On 28 August 2022, 3 Palestinians were injured; one in critical condition, as a result of IOF shooting during clashes that accompanied IOF incursion into Jenin and its refugee camp.
  • On 29 August 2022, 7 Palestinians, including a child, were injured during clashes that accompanied IOF incursion into Qabatiya village in Jenin, where they cordoned off a house.  IOF arrested a Palestinian from the cordoned house and withdrew.
  • On 30 August 2022, 4 Palestinians, including 2 children, were injured during clashes that accompanied IOF incursion into Rujeib village in Nablus, where they cordoned off a house amid clashes. IOF fired 5 projectiles at the second and third floors of the three-story cordoned house, destroying parts of the house.  Before withdrawing, IOF arrested 2 Palestinians, who were in the house, after bringing the father of one of them and forcing him to call his son and turn himself in.
  • On 31 August 2022, A Palestinian was shot by IOF before he was arrested near his cordoned house in Silwad village in Ramallah. IOF also arrested 3 Palestinians after raiding a barber shop, where the injured detainee was working and destroyed its contents.

In the Gaza Strip, on 26 August 2022, 2 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, and 6 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shore.  IOF also drowned a fisherman’s paddle boat off Rafah Shore on 26 August 2022 while they confiscated 3 other boats off Rafah and northern Gaza shores on 30 and 31 August 2022.


So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 111 Palestinians, including 80 civilians: 24 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Thirty-two of those killed, including 19 civilians: 8 children and 3 women were in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. Also, 1277 Palestinians, including 195 children, 39 women, and 22 journalists, were wounded in IOF’s attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 3 Palestinian prisoners, including a woman, died in the Israeli jails.


Land razing, demolitions, and notices:

IOF demolished an under-construction house, foundations of another house, and an agricultural barrack.  Also, IOF handed a notice to stop the construction works in a house and confiscated properties and a vehicle In the West Bank. Details are as follows:

  • On 29 August 2022, IOF demolished the foundations of an under-construction house in eastern Jericho under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.

On the same day, IOF confiscated a Ford vehicle after forcing it to stop at a military checkpoint in Masafer, south of Hebron, and detained 8 teachers, who were in the vehicle, before forcing them to return on foot, under the pretext of being in a military training zone where civilians are denied access. IOF handed a notice to stop construction works in a 2-storey under-construction house in southern Dura in Hebron, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.

  • On 31 August 2022, IOF demolished an under-construction house and an agricultural barrack, and uprooted 50 olive trees in Teqoa village, east of Bethlehem. Also, IOF confiscated an iron caravan and tents built of reinforced plastic and iron after dismantling them in a plot of land that is being prepared to be a park in Hebron’s southern neighborhood.

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF made 108 families homeless, a total of 648 persons, including 123 women and 300 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 113 houses and 41 residential tents. IOF also demolished 81 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land, and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.


Settler-attacks:

Israeli settlers carried out 4 attacks against Palestinian vehicles and houses in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

  • On 26 August 2022, Israeli settlers, under IOF’s protection, moved into northeastern Dura in Hebron and performed religious rituals.  They prevented farmers from reaching the spring to irrigate their crops.
  • On 28 August 2022, hundreds of Israeli settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque yards through al-Magharba Gate, under the protection of the Israeli occupation police, who allowed some of them to exit and re-enter the mosque via the Lions’ Gate. This happened for the first time ever since the Israeli Occupation of Jerusalem in 1967.
  • On 30 August 2022, Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement, southeast of Nablus, threw stones at Palestinian vehicles traveling on Yitzhar Bypass Road, and smashed windows of 3 vehicles.

On the same day, a group of armed settlers raided Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, along with IOF, and assaulted Palestinians and their property. They tried to raid the villagers’ houses amidst firing of bullets, tear gas canisters, stun grenades and stones. As a result, a Palestinian was injured with a stone in the head while dozens of others suffocated due to teargas inhalation.


Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 176 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.


IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 185 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 73 Palestinians were arrested, including 8 children, and confiscated 6000 NIS from a house in Hebron.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted 2 limited incursions into eastern Rafah on 29 August 2022 and into eastern Khan Younis on 31 August 2022.


So far in 2022, IOF conducted 5740 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 3443 Palestinians were arrested, including 330 children and 30 women. IOF also conducted 26 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 78 Palestinians, including 45 fishermen, 28 infiltrators, and 5 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.


Targeting Education in Jerusalem:

  • On 25 August 2022, the Israeli Ministry of Education sent letters to school principles in East Jerusalem that obligate them not to teach the Palestinian curriculum in its original version and replace it with the edited version, threatening schools with closure and revocation of the licenses of the disobedient educational institutions.

In its letter, Yvi Mor Ishar, Head of Jerusalem District Office in the Israeli Ministry of Education, said that “If we knew about an educational institution teaching the prohibited books, we will immediately revoke its license”. It is noteworthy that Israeli Ministry of Education sent notices at the end of the last month to Al-Ibrahimia and Al-Iman schools and their branches to revoke their licenses and then close them if they do not teach the edited curriculum.

Ziad al-Shamali, Head of the Union of Parents of Jerusalem School Students, stated that the Israeli authorities are seeking to amend the education policies in Jerusalem and obligate the Jerusalemite students to study the edited curriculum after new schools were opened to teach the Israeli curriculum. Al-Shamali outlined that 82 private schools of 42000 students studying in them are targeted by IOF aiming at teaching the whole Israeli curriculum and wiping out whatever holds the Palestinian identity.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly-update in the Gaza crossings.

  • On 24 August 2022, Farouk Mohammad Abu Naga (6), a sick child, died after IOF obstructed his travel for treatment in Hadassah Hospital in occupied Jerusalem. (More details in this press release)

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 104 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 8 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

  • On 26 August 2022, IOF closed the eastern and western entrances to Silwad in Ramallah with sand berms and cement blocks, noting that they are still closed.
  • On 29 August 2022, IOF closed the metal detector gate established at the western entrance to Husan village in Bethlehem and blocked traffic.

So far in 2022, IOF established 2910 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 136 Palestinians at those checkpoints


Full report in Arabic/عربي here.


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Israeli Occupation Forces Detain Several Palestinian Civilians, Shoot One, in the West Bank


Israeli occupation forces detained, on Wednesday, a number of Palestinian civilians and injured others in various parts of the West Bank, local sources reported.

At dawn on Wednesday, soldiers invaded the town of Ya’bad, west of Jenin, in the northern West Bank, and detained a Palestinian civilian, identified as Muhammad Fathi Amarneh.

In the eastern part of the West Bank, soldiers invaded and searched the homes of two young men in the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, southwest of Jericho.

According to Eid Brahma, the director of the Jericho chapter of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, the army detained a former prisoner, identified as Muhammad Taysir Daras, 36, and Hamoud Hazem Dawas, 29.

In the central occupied West Bank, soldiers stormed and searched the homes of Abdullah Zaid Saleh, Muhammad Abd al-Salam Mahmoud al-Asaad, and Musab Abd al-Rahim Mahmoud al-Asaad, in Kifl Haris, northwest of Salfit, before detaining them.

A large military force stormed Silwad town, east of Ramallah, in the central West Bank, which triggered protests among Palestinian youths who confronted the invading army.

Soldiers responded by firing live ammunition, tear gas canisters, and concussion grenades, injuring one young man with a live round in the leg.

The wounded young man, identified as Abd al-Rahman Abdullah Hamid, 24, was detained by Israeli forces. No information regarding his condition was available at the time of this report.

The army invaded and searched a number of homes, before detaining Abdel Qader Hammad, 23, Ezz El-Din Mohamed Issa Sobh, and Mohamed Lotfi Nemer, and taking them to an undisclosed location.

Israeli media claimed that the detainees were involved in a “shooting attack against an army post,” and that Palestinian resistance fighters exchanged fire with the occupying force during the operation.

Arafat Najib – Wadi Hilweh Information Center/Facebook

In the occupied city of Jerusalem, soldiers detained a guard of the Al-Aqsa mosque, identified as Arafat Najib, while he was performing his duties at the Muslim holy site.

According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic), the young man was later released.

In the southern part of the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces detained two brothers, identified as Abdel Rahim and Ibrahim Munther Abdel Baset Al-Tamimi from Hebron.

Meanwhile, west of Hebron, soldiers invaded and searched the home of Mujahid Muhammad Mutlaq Abu Juhaisha, in Idna town, before detaining him and taking him to an unknown location.


Sources: WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, Quds Press, WAFA, WAFA,

Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP


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Israeli Occupation Forces Bombard a Palestinian Home, Injure 45, Detain 2, Near Nablus


Israeli forces besieged and bombarded a civilian home, on Tuesday, in the village of Rujeib, southeast of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, injured a total of 45 people and detained 2, local sources reported.

A large military force invaded the western neighborhood of Rujeib, and surrounded the home of Nabil Iyad Al-Sawalhi, and besieged those inside the home for a number of hours.


Israeli forces besiege a home in Rujeib – [J Media/Facebook]

During the standoff, the army fired several anti-tank “Energa” missiles into the home, and opened fire with live rounds, rubber-coated steel rounds, and tear gas canisters, causing damage to the home and a number of injuries.


WAFA

Armed resistance fighters exchanged fire with the army, during the military offensive, however there were no reports of any injuries within the occupation army.

According to Ahmed Jibril, the director of the Nablus emergency and ambulance services with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, 4 young men were shot and injured with live rounds, three with shrapnel, one sustained injuries as a result of a fall, and another was shot in the chest with a high velocity tear gas canister.

Jibril added that at least 20 people were treated for inhalation injuries as a result of tear gas exposure, and that the army denied medical crews access to the injured for some time.

An ambulance belonging to the Medical Relief Society was targeted by the army and shot with live rounds, causing damage but no injuries.

A Medical Relief Society source stated that a young man who was shot in the thigh was transported to Rafidia Hospital where he was deemed in serious condition.

During the attack, two Palestinian young men, identified as Nabil Iyad Al-Sawalhi and Nihad Owais, surrendered themselves to the army who took them into custody, taking them to an unknown location.

During the withdrawal of the occupation forces, Palestinian youths burned tires and threw rocks at the military convoy, which soldiers responded to by firing at them, injuring a number of them.

The details of the injuries were unknown at the time of this report.


Bombing in Rujeib – [J Media/Facebook]

Rujeib – [WAFA/YouTube]


Sources: WAFA, WAFA, Quds Press, WAFA, WAFA

Photo: WAFA


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Israeli Army Injures Eleven Palestinian Civilians, Detain One, Near Jenin


A large military force invaded, on Monday, the town of Qabatiya, south of Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank, injuring eleven, including one critically, and detaining one, according to local sources.

At approximately 6 am on Monday, Israeli special forces, along with the army invaded the town in pursuit of two “wanted” men, which triggered local youths to protest the invasion by throwing rocks at the armored vehicles.

It was reported that Israeli forces surrounded and besieged the home of Alaa Omar Zakarneh, positioned snipers on the rooftops of civilian homes, and opened fire, striking the besieged home as well as those nearby.

Armed Palestinian resistance fighters exchanged fire with the invading military force, before Zakarneh, a former prisoner, surrendered to the army, who detained him and took him to an unknown location.

During the exchange of fire, Israeli forces fired live rounds, tear gas canisters and concussion grenades at the besieged home and youths throwing rocks, injuring at least eleven civilians.

The father of the detained young man, Zakarneh, told SAFA News Agency that the military called over loudspeakers for his son to surrender, and added that,


“They asked us to leave the house, and when my youngest son came out, they hit him in the shoulder, and my wife, daughter and husband were injured by shrapnel from bullets and flying window glass during the clash.”

Omar Zakarneh – father of the detained Alaa Zakarneh

Special Forces Detain Alaa Omar Zakarneh – [Palestine TV/Facebook]

“After the clash, the soldiers arrested Alaa and began to interrogate him about who was with him in the house and threatened him to demolish the house if he did not confess who was with him in the house, and brutally beat him.”

Omar Zakarneh – father of the detained Alaa Zakarneh

A neighbor and eyewitness, Ahmed Hathnawi, stated that nine civilians were shot with live rounds by Israeli forces, one of whom is a doctor.

The confrontations continued for hours before the substantial military force withdrew from the town, leaving several civilians injured.

Sources stated that at least seven civilians were shot with live ammunition and were transferred to the Ibn Sina Hospital, including one who was shot in the back, his condition was deemed critical.

One of the young men were shot in the abdomen, while five others were shot in their legs. Four young men were transferred to the Jenin Governmental Hospital, one of whom was shot in the head with a high-velocity tear gas canister.

The nature of the other injuries was unknown at the time of this report.

Israeli media claimed that Zakarneh, a member of the Al-Quds Brigade, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, was planning an ‘attack’ without providing any details.

The army searched for another ‘wanted’ Palestinian man, but was unsuccessful in locating him.

On August 9, 2022 Israeli forces carried out a similar large scale operation in the Jenin refugee camp, killing three Palestinian civilians, including two resistance fighters and a child.

Special forces accompanied the army which besieged and launched missiles at a civilian home, and exchanged fire with the armed resistance fighters, killing three people, and injuring 40, one of whom died from his critical injuries on August 23, 2022.


Israeli Forces withdraw from Jenin – [Palestine TV/Facebook]


Sources: SAFA, WAFA, WAFA, Quds Press, Y Net

Photo: WAFA


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Israeli Army Shoots, Injures Several Palestinians at Protests in the Occupied West Bank


Israeli forces suppressed, on Friday, a number of non-violent protests against the illegal and ongoing colonization of the occupied Palestinian territories, and injured several people, including journalists, local sources reported.

In the northern West Bank village of Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, soldiers fired rubber-coated steel rounds at demonstrators and injured at least five civilians, including a Palestine TV journalist, identified as Anal al-Jadaa’.

Local youths burned rubber tires to obscure the soldiers’ view, and hurled rocks at the invading army at the weekly procession.

Locals have been gathering every Friday, and Saturday to express their rejection of the occupation authorities’ decision to close the main road to the village in 2003.

The road, which leads east to Nablus city, the nearest major commercial center, has been blocked off from Palestinian traffic, for the exclusive use by the illegal Israeli settlers, living on expropriated Palestinian lands.


Kufur Qaddoum – [Kufur Qaddoum/YouTube]

Also in the northern part of the West Bank, Israeli forces attacked a peaceful sit-in by Palestinian civilians to show their opposition to the settler attacks and incursions in the area.

The land owner, Ma’en Rashed, stated that the gathering, in the Abu Louqa area, east of Tulkarem, was a show of objection to the setting up of tents and caravans by illegal colonial settlers.

The army opened fire with live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas canisters, which caused a number of participants to suffer the toxic effects of tear gas inhalation.

Furthermore, during his coverage of the non-violent demonstration, a photojournalist, identified as, Alaa’ Badarnah, was struck in the foot with a high velocity tear gas canister.


Abu Louqa – [Palestine TV/Facebook]

Meanwhile, in the Nablus governorate, in the northern West Bank, soldiers suppressed the weekly protests in the village of Beit Dajan and Beita town.

In Beit Dajan, southeast of Nablus, soldiers opened fire with tear gas canisters, causing at least 18 Palestinian civilians to sustain inhalation injuries as a result of tear gas exposure, according to Ahmed Jibril, director of the local Red Crescent Society emergency and ambulance services.

Jibril added that all those who suffered injuries were provided with medical assistance at the scene of the protest.

In Beita town, south of Nablus, local Palestinian youths confronted the occupation army who attempted to repress the weekly march against the illegal colonization of their land.


Beita, Beit Dajan – [Palestine TV/Facebook]

In the southern occupied West Bank, local Palestinian youths gathered in the Aseeda area of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, and confronted Israeli soldiers stationed there.

The army responded by shooting live rounds and tear gas canisters, injuring two young men, one of whom was shot in the leg.

In related news, Israeli troops invaded, on Friday at dawn, Seida town, northeast of Tulkarem in the northern West Bank, and shot one young man.

During the incursion, soldiers fired live ammunition at local civilians, and shot a former prisoner in the foot, causing a moderate injury.

The wounded man was transferred to hospital for medical intervention. No further injuries were reported.



Sources: WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, Quds Press, WAFA

Photo: Kufur Qaddoum/Facebook


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Autopsy Results Show Slain Palestinian Young Man Shot Three Times


According to the initial results of the autopsy performed, on Wednesday, on the slain Palestinian young man Mohammad Shaham, 21, was shot three times by Israeli forces, on August 15, 2022, local sources reported.

Mohammad Shahm – Quds Press

The family’s lawyer, Midhat Dibeh, announced, on Thursday, that the autopsy revealed that Israeli soldiers shot Shaham in the head, chest and abdomen with live ammunition while he was in his home in Kafr Aqab neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

Dibeh added that the autopsy, performed at the Abu Kabir Institute in Jaffa, with the presence of the family appointed pathologist, Ashraf al-Qadi, uncovered that the slain young man was shot with three live rounds.

The bullet that struck Shaham in the head, penetrated the skull and lacerated the brain.

The bullet that struck him in the chest, penetrated the heart, kidney and spleen, leading to an excessive loss of blood.

A third round was found to have entered the abdomen. The cause of death was determined to be the gunshot wound to the heart, excessive bleeding, and a laceration to the brain.

The occupation army continues to withhold the body of the slain young man.

The family’s lawyer is expecting a decision by the occupation authorities with regards to releasing the body to the family, which he added if the occupation does not hand over the body, he will go to the Israeli Supreme Court to demand the family be given custody of their deceased, in order to give him a proper burial.

Background

On August 15, 2022, an Israeli special unit invaded, before dawn, the home of Mohammad Shaham, 21, in the Kafr Aqab neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, while he and his family were asleep.

Soldiers detonated the door, and immediately opened fire according to eyewitness accounts, when Mohammad approached the door, it was reported that a soldier shot him in the head at point blank range, and fired at least 3 more shots.

Soldiers detained the family for at least 40. minutes, denied them access to the severely injured young man, and denied any medical intervention to him, despite the excessive bleeding.

Later the soldiers detained the severely injured man, who was likely deceased at the time, and later announced his death to the family.

Detaining the body of the martyr – [Palestine TV/Facebook]

Sources: WAFA

Photo: WAFA


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PCHR: Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Weekly Update for August 18-24, 2022)


Palestinian Centre for Human Rights: Weekly Update for August 18-24, 2022

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Violation of Right to Life and Bodily Integrity:

One Palestinian was killed and another succumbed to his serious wounds while 8 Others were injured, including a journalist and a child.  Also, dozens of others suffocated in IOF attacks in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

  • On 19 August 2022, During Israeli Occupation Forces’ (IOF) incursion into Tubas City in the West Bank, they killed Salah Tawfiq Sawafta (58) after opening fire at him when he was on his way back from dawn “Fajr” prayer. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested a Palestinian after they raided his house.  (Details available in this press release)
  • On 23 August 2022, medical sources at Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, announced that Mohammed Marzouq ‘Arayish (26), from Nablus, succumbed to a live bullet injury he sustained in his abdomen during IOF’s incursion into Nablus’s Old City on 09 August 2022. At the time, 3 Palestinians, including a child, were killed and 40 others were injured; 5 of them were in serious condition. Among those seriously injured was ‘Arayish, who stayed for treatment at the hospital until he was pronounced dead. ( Details available in this press release)

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied IOF’s incursions into cities and villages and suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians, and they were as follows:

  • On 19 August 2022, 6 Palestinians, including a journalist, were shot with rubber bullets during clashes that followed IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.  On the same day, a Palestinian was injured with a live bullet in his right leg during IOF’s incursion into Tammun village, southeast of Tubas.
  • On 24 August 2022, a child sustained a rubber bullet wound in his head during clashes with IOF near the entrance to Abu Dis village in occupied East Jerusalem, following the funeral of May ‘Afana (29), whose body was delivered to her family after IOF held it in custody when she was shot dead on 16 June 2021. (Details available in this weekly report)

In the Gaza Strip, 2 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Gaza shores, and 2 other shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip.


So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 111 Palestinians, including 80 civilians: 24 children, 8 women (one was a journalist Shireen Abu ‘Aqlah), 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settler and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Thirty-two of those killed, including 19 civilians: 8 children and 3 women were in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. Also, 1256 Palestinians, including 191 children, 39 women, and 21 journalists, were wounded in IOF’s attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 3 Palestinian prisoners, including a woman, died in the Israeli jails.


IOF Assault on Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights Defenders

  • On 18 August 2022, IOF raided and closed 7 Palestinian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Ramallah and confiscated some of their contents. ( Details available in this press release)
  • On 21 August 2022, al-Haq organization announced that its General Director, Shawan Jabareen, received a phone call from a person identifying himself as an Israeli Internal Security Service (Shin Bet) officer. The officer informed Jabareen of being summoned to ‘Ofer military base near Ramallah for interrogation, but the latter refused and demanded an official written summons. Meanwhile, the caller informed Jabareen that Israel declared al-Haq as an illegal organization, and it is prohibited to work there. Also, the caller threatened Jabareen that he will pay the price in person if the al-Haq continues to work, and that Israel will not allow it to do so.
  • On the same day, IOF summoned Khaked Qazmar, General Director of Defense for Children International – Palestine. Qazmar was interrogated in “‘Ofer” Prison near Ramallah and released after 3 hours. Qazmar said that “I was interrogated from around 15:00 to shortly before sunset. The officer threatened me and ordered me not to give any statement on the closure of the organization and IOF’s violations, including raiding it, confiscating its contents, and forcibly closing it; otherwise, I will be pursued and arrested.”

Land Razing, Demolitions, and Notices

IOF demolished 11 houses, rendering 14 families of 90 persons, including 16 women and 38 children, homeless. Also, IOF demolished commercial facilities in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

  • On 21 August 2022, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his tinplate house that sheltered him with his wife, daughter and mother in Beit Safafa village in occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
  • On 22 August 2022, IOF demolished 8 houses in Ein ad-Duyuk at-Tahta village in western Jericho, rendering 11 families of 76 persons, including 12 women and 34 children, homeless. On the same day, IOF forced a Palestinian to demolish a small marble factory, east of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
  • On 23 August 2022, a Palestinian implemented the Israeli municipality’s order and self-demolished his house in eastern occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction, rendering 2 families of 10 persons, including 2 women and 3 children, homeless.
  • On 24 August 2022, IOF demolished 2 civilian facilities:  a 180-square-meter poultry barrack, and a 300-square-meter barrack used as a carwash in Huwara village in Nablus, under the pretext of illegal construction in Area (C). On the same day, IOF demolished an under-construction house of 2 floors in the central valleys, west of Jericho, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area (C).

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 108 families homeless, a total of 648 persons, including 123 women and 300 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 111 houses and 41 residential tents. IOF also demolished 80 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.


Settler-attacks

Israeli settlers carried out 5 attacks and damaged 70 trees. Also, they vandalized vehicles and wrote racist slogans in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

  • On 19 August 2022, Israeli settlers, from “Adi Ad” settlement, east of Ramallah, burnt Palestinians’ lands in al-Sahel area between Turmus  Ayya and Al-Mughayyir villages. As a result, They burnt 10 olive trees’ trunks and branches and cut the branches of 5 other trees in addition to breaking a vehicle’s windows.  They also closed an agricultural road leading to al-Sahel area with barbed wires. On the same day, the settlers uprooted 55 grape seedlings and damaged a water tank and well in Al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem.
  • On 21 August 2022, Israeli settlers threw stones at a vehicle belonging to the Palestinian Military Prosecutor while passing on the main street connecting Qalqilya with Nablus.
  • On 24 August 2022, Israeli settlers punctured the tires of 4 vehicles and wrote racist slogans on walls and the vehicles in Marda village in northern Salfit.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 172 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.


IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 163 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 81 Palestinians were arrested, including 12 children and a woman.


So far in 2022, IOF conducted 5555 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 3371 Palestinians were arrested, including 322 children and 30 women. IOF also conducted 24 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 78 Palestinians, including 45 fishermen, 28 infiltrators, and 5 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.


Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly-update in the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 100 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 7 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

  • On 18 August 2022, IOF closed the metal detector gate established at the western entrance to Husan village, blocking traffic.

So far in 2022, IOF established 2809 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 128 Palestinians at those checkpoints


Full report in Arabic here.


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Israeli Army Detains Several Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank


Israeli forces detained, on Wednesday, several Palestinian civilians and injured many others in separate areas of the occupied West Bank, local sources reported.

In northern part of the West Bank, a large military force, consisting of 70 armored vehicles, a bulldozer and several Israeli troops, invaded the Jenin refugee camp, which sparked protests among local youths.

The army deployed snipers on the rooftops of civilian homes, and fired tear gas canisters at protestors, causing several civilians to suffer inhalation injuries, while the army blocked ambulance crews from entering.

Imad Omar Abu al-Heija

Two young men, identified as Kamel Fakhri Huwail and Majdi Awni Huwail, were detained for several hours and. later released, while three young men, identified as Issam Muhammad Abu Khalifa, Suhaib Issa al-Ghoul, and Imad Omar Abu al-Heija were taken into custody by Israeli forces.

Awni al-Shakhshir

At dawn Wednesday, soldiers invaded many homes and detained Awni al-Shakhshir and Muntasir al-Shannar from their homes in Nablus city, in the northern occupied West Bank.

In the central part of the West Bank, occupation soldiers detained four Palestinian young men from the Ramallah and Al-Biereh governorate, including three former prisoners.

Sources identified the detainees as Mustafa Orabi Nakhleh, a former prisoner, from the Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, and Muhammad Izzat Hammad, 30, from Silwad town, northeast of the city.


Palestinian youths confront the army in Silwad town -[By Zakariya Hammad via Eye on Palestine/Facebook]

Additionally, soldiers detained the former prisoner Assem Al-Kaabi from Al-Biereh, and Ahmed Bagis Hajjaj, a former prisoner, from Beit Rima town, northwest of Ramallah, after invading and searching their family homes.

Meanwhile, Israeli troops stormed and searched the home of Muhammad Adnan Taha, in Qatana town, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, before detaining him.

Furthermore, in the southern part of the West Bank, the army detained another two Palestinian civilians in the Bethlehem governorate.

Soldiers detained a former prisoner, identified as Muhammad Mustafa al-Najjar from the al-Azza refugee camp, also known as the Beit Jibrin camp, north of Bethlehem, in addition to Nasser Shusha from Husan town, to the west of the city.

In related news, on Tuesday night, the army stormed the Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron in the southern West Bank, and fire tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians and their homes.

Local youths protested the military incursion, which led to soldiers occupying the rooftops of civilian homes and firing tear gas canisters, which resulted in a number of citizens, including children, suffering the toxic effects of tear gas.


Sources: WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA

Photo: Anadolu Agency


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Another Palestinian Young Man Succumbs to His Wounds, After Being Shot by the Israeli Army Two Weeks Ago in Nablus


A Palestinian young man succumbed, on Tuesday, to the critical wounds inflicted on him by the Israeli occupation forces two weeks ago, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, according to medical sources.

Muhammad Marzouq Araishi, 24, was shot in the chest with live ammunition on August 9, 2022 when Israeli forces invaded and attacked Palestinian civilians in the Old City of Nablus.

Muhammad Marzouq Araishi, 24 – WAFA

On Tuesday, Rafidia Hospital medical staff announced that the young man had succumbed to the serious gunshot wounds he sustained during the extreme military assault carried out by Israeli soldiers and special forces.

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral which began at the Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, and proceeded to the city center (Martyrs’ Roundabout) where some participants fired automatic fire into the air, and chanted “God is the Greatest”.

Funeral procession -[J Media/Facebook]

Mourners carried the body, wrapped in a Palestinian flag, to the Nablus cemetery where the young man’s body was laid to rest.

Background

On August 9, 2022, Israeli forces, along with a special unit, known as the “Yamam Unit” invaded the al-Habla neighborhood in the Old City, isolated and besieged an abandoned house where Palestinian resistance fighters were stationed.

A large military force blocked off surrounding neighborhoods in the area, opened heavy live fire towards the abandoned home, triggering an intense exchange of fire between the military and the besieged resistance fighters inside.

The army fired missiles at the home, causing severe damage and killing three Palestinian young men, two of whom were identified as resistance fighters, in addition to a child.

At least 40 other Palestinian civilians in the vicinity were injured as a result of the military attack, including 5 whose conditions were deemed critical. Araishi was included in the 5 critical cases.

As a result of the Israeli military assault, Islam Mohammed Shareef As’ad Sabouh, 32, a resistance fighter, was killed after being struck by missiles fired at the home. His body was burned nearly to the point of being unrecognizable.

Ibrahim ‘Alaa Mansour al-Nabulsi, 21, also a member of a resistance group, was shot by the army twice in the head and neck with live rounds. His death was pronounced shortly after his arrival to Rafidia Hospital.


Ibrahim ‘Alaa Mansour al-Nabulsi, 21 – [Quds Press]

Moreover, the child, Hussain Jamal Mohammed Hussain Taha, 16, who was not involved in the hostilities, was shot in the back with a live round that exited his abdomen, died as a result of his critical wound.


From left to right – Hussain Jamal Mohammed Hussain Taha, 16, Ibrahim ‘Alaa Mansour al-Nabulsi, 21, & Islam Mohammed Shareef As’ad Sabouh, 32 – [Palestine TV]

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WAFA: Over 150 Organizations Demand International Community Stand Against Raids and Closures of 7 Palestinian Organizations


RAMALLAH, Tuesday, August 23, 2022 (WAFA) – Amid Israel’s escalating attacks targeting their work, a group of more than 150 Palestinian, regional, and international organizations expressed their full solidarity with the designated seven leading Palestinian civil society organizations, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq Law in the Service of Man (Al-Haq), Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P), Health Work Committees (HWC), the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC).

On the morning of 18 August 2022, the Israeli occupying forces (IOF) raided and sealed the doorways into the offices of the seven Palestinian organizations. The IOF also confiscated documents and equipment and destroyed items in the offices. On the doors of the organizations, military orders were left behind ordering the closure of the offices under Article 319 of the Emergency Regulations of 1945. This development follows the 19 October 2021, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz designation of six leading Palestinian civil society organizations as terrorist organizations under Israel’s Anti-Terrorism Law (2016), which was then extended to the West Bank on 3 November 2021 by a military order that outlawed the same organizations.

The signatories of the joint statement urged the international community to unequivocally condemn Israel’s targeting of Palestinian civil society and tactics to further repress of freedom of expression. “States must take all necessary action to support and protect Palestinian human rights defenders and ensure the continuation of their invaluable work.”

These raids and closures represent the latest escalation in Israel’s widespread campaign aiming to silence and discredit any Palestinian individual or organization that dares to seek accountability for Israel’s grave human rights violations, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The “persecution of organizations and persons, by depriving them of fundamental rights and freedoms, because they oppose apartheid” is a method used by Israel, amounting to acts of apartheid prosecutable under the Rome Statute, to maintain its domination and oppression over the Palestinian people, said the joint statement.

“The organizations remain at an additional risk of closure of bank accounts, travel bans and movement restrictions, and the arrest and detention of staff members for their work. Israel’s attacks against these organizations pose an existential threat to independent Palestinian human rights organizations and civil society who work to monitor and document violations of human rights and provide basic services to the Palestinian people,” added the statement.

The signatories called upon the international community to demand that Israel immediately revoke its designations of Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations as “terrorist organizations,” reverse the military orders designating the organizations and closing their offices and repeal its Anti-Terrorism Law (2016) as it does not meet basic human rights standards.

Moreover, they called on the international community to take effective measures to end all other actions that deny Palestinians their inalienable human rights.

Lastly, the statement called on the members of the international community to continue their support and increase funding to the organizations and engage with financial institutions to ensure the transfer of funds to the organizations.

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Israeli occupation forces detained, on Saturday night and Sunday, several Palestinian civilians, including children, from the West Bank, according to local sources.

Samer Hanani

South of Nablus, in the northern West Bank, soldiers detained the head of the Beit Furik village council, identified as Samer Hanani, while he was attempting to pass through the Za’tara military checkpoint.

Israeli forces detained, on Sunday, two young men at the entrance to the village of Ein Yabroud, northeast of Ramallah, in the central West Bank.

Soldiers detained Qutaiba Jalal Al-Bayari, 20, and Ahmed Abdel Majeed Salah, 20, from a military checkpoint at the entrance to the town.

On Sunday at night, soldiers invaded the home of Samer Al-Safadi in the Al-Saadiya neighborhood in the Old City of Jerusalem, before detaining him.

Palestinian youths confronted Israeli soldiers who invaded the Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem. No injuries were reported.

Soldiers detained Abdullah Al-Jolani, from the Al-Qarmi neighborhood in the Old City of Jerusalem.

In the southern part of the West Bank, soldiers detained four Palestinian children from Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem.

Soldiers invaded and searched the homes of Hamada Jamal Hassan, 16, Ali Jihad Thawabteh, 15, Wadih Mahmoud Mohammed Al Sheikh, 15, and Youssef Mohammed Thawabteh, 15, before detaining them and taking them to an unknown location.

On Saturday, soldiers stormed a number of towns and villages, invaded the home of a former prisoner, identified as Muhanna Sharqawi, in the northern occupied West Bank, and detained four Palestinian civilians, including a child.

Soldiers detained a resident from Qabatiya town, identified as Ahmed Abu al-Rub, while he was passing through the Dotan military roadblock near Ya’bad town, southwest of Jenin.

Abd al-Rahman Shtayyeh

Another young man, identified as Abd al-Rahman Shtayyeh, was detained by occupation soldiers at a flying checkpoint south of Nablus, in the northern West Bank.

Israeli forces detained Saleh Abu Zeid, the coordinator of the student youth movement at Birzeit University, as he attempted to pass through the Tayyar checkpoint south of Nablus in the northern West Bank.

In the central part of the West Bank, soldiers detained a child, identified as Alaa Ihab Hamayel, 14, from the village of Khirbet Abu Falah, northeast of Ramallah.

Local youths confronted Israeli troops who invaded the village of Deir Nidham, northwest of Ramallah. There were no reports of injuries.

Confrontations erupted between Palestinian youths and the occupation army in Husan village, west of Bethlehem, in the southern West Bank, during which soldiers fired live rounds and tear gas canisters at the protestors. No injuries were reported.


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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): Protection of Civilians Report | August 2-15, 2022

Latest Development (outside the reporting period)

  • On 18 and 19 August, two Palestinian men were shot and killed in two separate incidents in Nablus city and Tubas. Both incidents will be addressed in the next reporting period.
  • On 18 August, Israeli forces raided and closed the offices of seven Palestinian civil society non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the West Bank. In 2021, the Government of Israel had designated these organizations as “terrorist organizations” and/or “unlawful”. See the statement by UN agencies and the Association of International Development Agencies here.

Highlights from the reporting period

  • Details of the 5-7 August escalation of hostilities in Gaza and Israel are available in Flash Update #1 and #2. During the escalation, 49 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip, of whom at least 22 were civilians, including 17 children and four women, according to OHCHR; 360 others were injured, including 151 children, 58 women, according to the local Ministry of Health. According to the Israeli authorities, a total of 70 Israelis were injured. Magen David Adom reported that 47 Israelis were evacuated by the organization to hospitals. Three people were injured from shrapnel, 31 people were injured while running to shelters, and 13 from shock.
  • On 2 August, Israeli forces shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian boy, claimed by Islamic Jihad (PIJ) to be an affiliate, and injured two in a raid on Jenin refugee camp where they arrested two Palestinian men, including a senior PIJ operative. Over the course of the operation, an exchange of fire with armed Palestinians was reported, and Israeli forces shot live ammunition at residents who threw stones and Molotov cocktails. Later that day, the Israeli authorities imposed a complete closure on their border with Gaza, preventing the movement of people and essential commodities in and out, citing security concerns. On 5 August, Israeli forces conducted a targeted airstrike, killing a senior PIJ operative in Gaza. Israeli airstrikes and the indiscriminate rocket fire into Israel by armed Palestinian groups ensued and continued until a ceasefire came into effect at 23:30 on 7 August. 
  • Three Palestinians, including a 16-year-old boy, were shot, and killed, and 89 others were injured, including 76 with live ammunition, by Israeli forces during a military operation in Nablus. On 9 August, Israeli forces raided the Old City of Nablus, surrounding and firing explosive projectiles at a residential building where two men (24 and 27 years old) had barricaded themselves. The men were killed, and two homes were destroyed and another was damaged, resulting in the displacement of two people, and affecting five others. The operation lasted for more than three hours, during which confrontations took place between Palestinian residents and Israeli forces in other locations in Nablus city; these resulted in the injury of 89 Palestinians, including 76 injuries by live ammunition. One of those injured by live ammunition, a 16-year-old boy, succumbed to his wounds in a Nablus hospital later that day. 
  • Another 16-year-old Palestinian boy was killed and 110 injured, 14 by live ammunition, when Israeli forces shot live ammunition and Palestinians threw stones during demonstrations across the West Bank to protest the military operation in Nablus. On 9 August, Palestinians threw stones near a military checkpoint in Hebron city and Israeli forces fired live ammunition at them, killing a 16-year-old boy. According to eyewitnesses, the boy was far away from the checkpoint and was therefore unlikely to have posed any threat. This brings to 20 the total number of Palestinian children killed in the West Bank since the beginning of 2022, 18 of whom were killed by Israeli forces, compared with 17 children killed during the whole of 2021. On 11 August,  the UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet expressed alarm at the high number of Palestinian children killed and injured in the occupied Palestinian territory so far this year. 
  • A Palestinian man was shot and killed, and four others were injured with live ammunition by Israeli forces in search-and-arrest operations across the West Bank. On 16 August, a 21-year-old Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli Border Police at his home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr ‘Aqab. Israeli forces raided the house and shot the man in the head from close range, in front of his family, as he was standing inside the house. According to Israeli media citing Israeli forces, the man was shot while attempting to stab police officers, a version of the events rejected by the man’s family. His body has been withheld by the Israeli authorities. The UN Special Coordinator has called for an investigation regarding the disputed circumstances of the killing. During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted a total of 141 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 204 Palestinians in the West Bank. The Hebron governorate accounted for the highest portion of operations (44) and arrests (70). During three of these operations, Palestinians threw stones and Israeli forces employed live ammunition, and sound grenades, resulting in five Palestinian injuries, including four by live ammunition.
  • In total, 369 Palestinians, including at least 42 children were injured by Israeli forces across the West Bank, representing a 180 per cent increase compared with the previous reporting period. Most of the injuries (162) were recorded near Beit Dajan (Nablus), and Kafr Qaddum (Qalqilya) in anti-settlement protests. And another (110) injuries were reported near Beit El checkpoint (Ramallah), at the entrance of Jericho city, at Huwwara checkpoint (Nablus) and at the entrances to Tulkarm, Hebron and Bethlehem cities in demonstrations protesting the military operation in Nablus. Another 95 Palestinians were injured during a military operation and three search-and-arrest operation (see above). Two additional injuries were reported during a demolition in Silwan in East Jerusalem. Of the 369 Palestinians injured, approximately 25 per cent were from live ammunition. This reflects a 20 percentage points above the proportion of live ammunition injuries reported between January and July 2022. Firearms should be used as a last resort, only where there is an imminent threat to life or of serious injury. The high number of deaths and serious injuries caused by live ammunition/firearms – as described above – raises concern about the possible use of excessive force that may have led to unlawful killings and injuries.
  • The Israeli authorities demolished, confiscated, or forced people to demolish 50 Palestinian-owned structures in East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank, citing the lack of Israeli-issued building permits; twelve of the structures were donor-funded humanitarian assistance projects. As a result, 55 people, including 28 children, were displaced, and the livelihoods of approximately 220 others were affected. Forty-two of the structures were in Area C, including 13 demolished in two Bedouin communities (Abu Shusheh and Az Za’ayyem) in Area C of the Jerusalem governorate. One of which is located in an area planned for a major expansion of the Ma’ale Adumim settlement (the ‘E1’ Plan) and are at risk of forcible transfer due to a ‘relocation’ plan advanced by the Israeli authorities. Eight other structures were demolished in East Jerusalem, including three structures destroyed by their owners to avoid paying fines. 
  • On 8 August, Israeli forces raided Rummana (Jenin) village, in Area B, and demolished on punitive grounds two multistory homes of families whose members are indicted of killing three people and injuring three others in Israel in May 2022. The displaced families comprise 13 people, including four children, in three households. Since the beginning of 2022, ten homes were demolished on punitive grounds, compared with three in all of 2021 and six in 2020. Punitive demolitions are a form of collective punishment and as such are illegal under international law as they target the families of perpetrators or alleged perpetrators.
  • Two donor-funded schools are at risk of demolition in southern Hebron and Ramallah. On 3 August, the Israeli civil administration issued a final demolition order against two rooms that are part of a school in Mantiqat Shi’b al Butum, south of Hebron. The school was built in 2015 through a donor-funded project and serves children from a large number of communities. In another incident on 10 August, an Israeli court ordered the immediate demolition of a donor-funded school in the herding community of Ein Samiya, northeast of Ramallah, affecting about 17 students. The school is now at imminent threat of demolition. The demolition of the school jeopardizes the students’ right to education.
  • Israeli settlers injured three Palestinians, and people known or believed to be Israeli settlers damaged Palestinian property, in 15 instances. In two incidents near Khashem ad Daraj (Hebron) and Huwwara (Nablus), two Palestinians, including a 16-year-old boy, were injured when Israeli settlers attacked them with stones and physically assaulted them, also causing damage to three vehicles. Near the entrance of Izbat At Tabib (Qalqilya), one Palestinian man was injured when a settler vehicle drove into a group of Palestinians during an anti-settlement protest. In five separate incidents, about 500 Palestinian-owned trees were uprooted or vandalized near Israeli settlements next to Qaryut (Nablus), Al Khadr (Bethlehem) and Al Mu’arrajat Centre (Ramallah) and Al Jwaya (Hebron). In three incidents near Huwwara and Urif (both in Nablus) and in the H2 area of Hebron city, four Palestinian-owned cars were vandalized and reported stone-throwing damaged two Palestinian homes. Seven incidents in Nablus, Ramallah, Salfit, Bethlehem and Tubas resulted in damage to cultivated crops, livestock, agricultural equipment, a water network and water reservoir. 
  • Eight Israelis were injured by a Palestinian man who opened fired at an Israeli bus and a private vehicle near the Old City of Jerusalem on 14 August. Following the attack, Israeli forces conducted search operations in the nearby neighborhood of Silwan, and the suspect later turned himself in to Israeli police. In another 15 incidents, people known or believed to be Palestinians injured nine Israeli settlers and damaged fifteen Israeli vehicles in stone-throwing incidents at vehicles traveling on West Bank roads near Hebron, Nablus and Ramallah governorates, according to Israeli sources.
  • On 9 August, following the ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli authorities removed all restrictions imposed on the crossings with Gaza since 2 August, allowing movement of authorized people and commodities, including fuel. On 8 August, the Gaza Power Plant, which had to shut down on 6 August (12:00 pm) due to lack of fuel, causing rolling power cuts of up to 20 hours a day, resumed operations, enabling power supply for about 11 hours per day.

This report reflects information available as of the time of publication. The most updated data and more breakdowns are available at ochaopt.org/data.


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