During the last week, Israeli forces conducted 22
incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 4
into the Gaza Strip.
During these incursions, Israeli forces abducted 32 Palestinian civilians, including 11 children,
in the West Bank. Israeli troops positioned
at military checkpoints and border crossings in the West Bank arrested 5 Palestinian civilians, including two women.
In addition, Israeli forces transformed a house in Hebron into a military site, and troops also established a fence along 'Azzoun village, east of
Qalqilya. The Israeli government approved the construction of 900 new houses in "Gilo" settlement, south of Jerusalem. Israeli settlers uprooted 97
olive trees in Bourin village, south of Nablus.
Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:
On 13 November 2009, Israeli troops positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Gaza Valley village, southeast of Gaza
City, opened fire at 7 Palestinian children and young men who were traveling on an animal cart towards the village. As a result, Mustafa Mohammed
Sabri Wadi, 15, was killed, and Ahmed Khader Sa'doun, 17, was wounded by two gunshots to the abdomen and the thigh.
On 15 November 2009, two Palestinian civilians were wounded in two separate gunfire attacks by Israeli troops positioned at the border between the
Gaza Strip and Israel.
Also in the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces conducted 4 limited incursions into Palestinian communities, during which they leveled areas of land, which had
previously been razed.
Israeli forces have continued to impose a total siege and have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world. The Rafah International Crossing Point
has been opened for a few days for a number of patients who received medical treatment abroad and needed to return home to the Gaza Strip.
Israeli attacks in the West Bank:
Israeli forces conducted at least 22 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. Israeli forces abducted 32 Palestinians,
including 8 children.
On Wednesday evening, 11 November 2009, Israeli troops positioned at a checkpoint abducted Nelly Zahi al-Safadi, 33, from Nablus. On the following
morning, 12 November 2009, her brother, 34-year-old Fu'ad, traveled from Nablus to al-Ram town, north of Jerusalem, to look for her. Israeli troops
positioned at Jaba' checkpoint, northeast of Jerusalem, abducted him. Nelly is the wife of 'Abada Sa'id Billa, who has been detained by Israeli
forces since 16 April 2002 and is serving a 10.5 years sentence, the sister of Hassan al-Safadi, who has been placed under administrative detention
since 29 July 2007, and the sister of Farid Zahi al-Safadi, who was killed by Israeli forces on 26 September 1996.
During the reporting period, Israeli forces demolished 5 houses in East Jerusalem, rendering 41 Palestinians homeless. The Israeli Municipality of
Jerusalem also issued a decision ordering the demolition of a 500-square-meter, 7-storey apartment building belonging to Sharhabeel 'Alqam. The
building, which was built in 2002, includes 25 flats that were purchased by Jerusalemite families at a cost of at least US$ 60,000 per flat.
Israeli Annexation Wall:
Israeli forces abducted 8 Palestinian civilians during a protest against the construction of the Annexation Wall in Deir al-Ghossoun village, north of
Israeli Settlement activity:
On 12 November 2009, Israeli forces moved into Roujib village, east of Nablus. They handed written notices to 13 Palestinian civilians ordering a
cease of construction works in 12 houses and a bird farm in al-Salaht area, and requesting the civilians to report to Beit Eil Court at 09:00 on
Thursday, 10 December 2009. Israeli forces then demolished the houses and the farm. On the same day, Israeli forces handed 11 notices to Palestinian
civilians in Um al-Khair village, south of Hebron, ordering the demolition of 17 civilian facilities, which includes 9 houses where 57 people,
including 39 children, live. The facilities are only 50-300 meters away from "Carme'el" settlement. Israeli forces gave Palestinian civilians until
10 December 2009 to appeal against the orders.
On 12 November 2009, a number of Israeli settlers from "Yits'har" settlement, south of Nablus, uprooted 97 olive trees belonging to Akram Ibrahim
'Omran in Bourin village, south of the city.
On 13 November 2009, a number of Israeli settlers living in "Abraham Avino" settlement in the center of Hebron seized a commercial building
belonging to 'Ali 'Aashour Abu Snaina in al-Sahla Street in the west of the old town for several hours. The conducted religious ceremonies in the
On 14 November 2009, Israeli settlers living in "Carme'el" settlement to the southeast of Yatta village, south of Hebron, attacked Palestinian
civilians from the al-Hathalin Tribe and their houses in Um al-Khair Bedouin Village. Israeli troops were present in the area, but did not intervene
to stop the attack.
On the same day, a number of armed Israeli settlers from "Kharsina" settlement, east of Hebron, attacked Palestinian houses in Qaizoun area using
stones and empty bottles. The windows and doors of a house belonging to Ghaleb 'Abdul Karim al-Za'tari were damaged. On the following day, the
settlers attacked the same area again. They damaged 3 cars.
Recommendations to the international community:
Due to the number and severity of Israeli human rights violations this week, the PCHR made a number of recommendations to the international community.
Among these were a recommendation that the international community pressure Israel to lift the severe restrictions imposed by the Israeli government
and its occupation forces on access for international organizations to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The PCHR reiterates that any political settlement not based on international human rights law and humanitarian law cannot lead to a peaceful and just
solution of the Palestinian question. Rather, such an arrangement can only lead to further suffering and instability in the region. Any peace
agreement or process must be based on respect for international law, including international human rights and humanitarian law.
Link to the Report submitted to International community/ UN-
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