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PCHR Weekly Report: 26 August - 1 September 2010

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Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

·              IOF continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

-       6 Palestinian civilians and an international human rights defender were injured. 

-       IOF arrested 4 paramedics and two human rights defenders.


·              IOF continued to fire at Palestinian farmers and workers in the Gaza Strip’s border areas.

Two Palestinian workers were wounded in the northern Gaza Strip.


·              IOF conducted 37 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the Gaza Strip.   

-         IOF arrested 15 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, in the West Bank.


·              Israel has continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

-         IOF imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians inJerusalem and other communities in the West Bank during the Ramadan Month.

-         Israeli troops stationed at military checkpoints and border crossings in the West Bank arrested at least 8 Palestinian civilians, including two children.


·              Israel has continued to take measures aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem .

-         Israeli settlers attempted to break into al-'Ein Mosque in Silwan village.

-         Israeli authorities demand churches in Jerusalem to pay water bills accumulated since 1967, although churches had been historically exempted from paying such bills.


·              IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

-       Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers and shepherds in Hebron and Salfit.

-       Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian civilians and their cars on the main roads following an attack against settlers in Hebron .



Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (26 August – 01 September 2010):



During the reporting period, 8 Palestinian civilian and an international human rights defender were wounded by IOF in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.  

In the West Bank, 7 civilians, including a photojournalist and an international human rights defender, were injured, when IOF used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall. 

In the Gaza Strip, two Palestinian workers were wounded when IOF fired at a number of workers who were collecting raw construction materials in the northern Gaza Strip.



During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 37 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank , during which they arrested 15 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children.  IOF also arrested 4 paramedics and two human rights defenders, but released them an hour later. 

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted one limited incursion into al-Boreij refugee camp.  They clashed with members of the Palestinian resistance.  During the clashes 3 resistance activists were lightly wounded.

Restrictions on Movement: Israel had continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

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