On 29 May 2017, the military ordered Palestinians in the Jaber neighborhood of Hebron to close shops to allow for a settler procession. Muhammad (14) and Baraa (17) Jaber were by a grocery store near their home when soldiers ordered the shopkeeper to close down. When the brothers refused an order to go home they were violently removed, as captured on video. Later, the soldiers again assaulted Muhammad on his way to a bicycle repair shop. This thuggish conduct is unjustified and illustrates the regular abuse of power permitted to soldiers.

On Tues., 15 August 2017, Jerusalem Municipality employees went with a Border Police escort to four East Jerusalem neighborhoods where they demolished dwellings and other structures, citing construction without a permit as pretext. All the while, the municipality does whatever is in its power to keep Palestinians from building lawfully. In Silwan, they demolished a residential building which was home to eight people, including six minors, in al-‘Esawiyah - a two-story building, in Beit Hanina a car-sale lot and in Jabal al-Mukabber a tire-repair shop.

The site of the shooting in Jenin R.C. Photo by ‘Abdulkarim Sadi, B’Tselem, 12 July 2017

Early on 12 July 2017, Israeli troops entered Jenin R.C. to arrest a resident. Violent clashes ensued. After two hours, soldiers who had laid an ambush, shot and killed two youths, although they did not pose a threat to the soldiers’ lives. This is not the first time the military has ambushed and shot stone-throwers. The fact that no one was held accountable in previous instances, including the commanders who ordered the stakeout, is what allows this unlawful policy to continue.

Ruins of Hamed family home, Silwad. photos taken by B'Tselem field researcher Iyad Hadad.

On Thurs. 10 August 2017, the Israeli military demolished the homes of three Palestinian families and sealed the home of another. The homes in question were in the Ramallah District: in the town of Silwad and in the village of Deir Abu Mash’al. Members of the households had committed car-ramming and shooting attacks earlier this year. The military’s actions have rendered homeless 18 people (incl. seven minors) who were neither suspected nor accused of any wrongdoing. Home demolitions are morally repugnant and are prohibited under international law. All photos taken by B'Tselem field researcher Iyad Hadad.

On Fri. July 21, scores of Israeli police raided al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem to arrest a critically wounded Palestinian. B’Tselem found that armed officers spread out through the wards seeking him, and tried to seize his bed when doctors attempted to get him to the OR. They also hit medical staff and others who tried to protect the man, who succumbed to his wounds during the raid. The police’s actions are unjustifiable, choosing a violent, life-threatening course instead of one that avoids harming medical staff, patients and the basic tenet that medical personnel and facilities are protected entities.

The school at Abu a-Nuwar. Photo by ‘Amer Aruri, B’Tselem, 10 August 2017

On Wed., 9 August 2017, dozens of Civil Administration officials and Border Police arrived at Abu a-Nuwar, a Palestinian community which Israel refuses to hook up to the power grid. They confiscated solar panels and related equipment, all of which were donated by a humanitarian aid organization about a month ago. Abu a-Nuwar lies between the settlements of Kedar and Ma’ale Adumim, in an area that Israeli authorities have defined E1. The equipment was seized despite an interim injunction issued that day prohibiting enforcement (in the form of demolition or confiscating solar panels) until 16 August 2017.

One of the gaps the young men made in a roadblocks to Kobar. Photo by Iyad Hadad, B’Tselem 6 August 2017

Ever since the attack nearly three weeks ago in the settlement of Halamish in which a Palestinian from Kobar stabbed four members of one family – killing three and wounding one, the military has been collectively punishing the village. For four days, strict travel restrictions were imposed, troops raided homes, arrested residents and seriously beat one man. This morning (9 Aug.) the military surrounded Kobar, closed off two entrances, made arrests and raided homes, leading to clashes with residents. Collective punishment following attacks has become standard policy, with the military cynically abusing its power to mistreat civilians. It is a measure that is morally and legally indefensible.

S.H. with his arm in the cast put on at Hadassah Mt. Scopus Hospital, Jerusalem, 13 June 2017. Photo courtesy of the family.

On 13 June 2017, Border Police knocked on a door in Silwan, East Jerusalem. When no one answered, they demanded the brother, who lives next door, provide them with keys. An argument ensued; Border Police then assaulted the man and his son, broke the man’s arm, and arrested both father and son. This is another staggering example of how unbearably easy it is for police to abuse East Jerusalem residents: arresting a father and young son, keeping the man for several hours and the son overnight, finally releasing him to a five-day house arrest on a NIS 1,000 bail – all without cause in the first place.

D.T. after being discharged from hospital. Photo by Iyad Hadad, B’Tselem, 29 March 2017

On 10 March 2017 Palestinians and Israeli security forces clashed in Silwad. A Border Police officer fired a sponge round, injuring D.T., 17. The officer then hit him in the head with a gun. D.T., who lost consciousness, was taken to Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, where he underwent surgery for a cranial fracture and subdural hematoma. During his 12 days in Hadassah Hospital, his parents were not allowed to approach him, and he was kept in restraints. While shocking, this case is not at all unusual, nor is the fact that no one will be held accountable, guaranteeing these injustices will continue as long as the occupation does.

Teargas fired at worshippers immediately following prayers at Wadi al-Joz, East Jerusalem, last Friday. Photo by Faiz Abu Rmeleh, Activestills

During recent events, Israel has repeatedly demonstrated sweeping disregard for the lives and security of Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, and for their right to maintain a normal routine. The Israel Police treated Palestinian residents as if they were enemy soldiers, rather than as a civilian population for whose wellbeing and security it is responsible. This conduct is part of the way Israel controls East Jerusalem. Nothing but comprehensive and substantive change to this regime of control, and to the reality in Jerusalem, will ensure the human rights of all the people living in the city.

The disused fan in the Abu Hashish home. Photo by Khaled al-‘Azayzeh, B’Tselem, 13 July 2017

“I used to use candles for lighting … but I stopped because of something that happened about five years ago. My children, who got up at 5:00 A.M. to go to school, lit a candle and set it down on the TV... They forgot the candle and left… I woke up in a panic from the smell of smoke. The candle had fallen over and the TV caught fire. The whole house was full of black smoke. I started screaming and woke my husband. He put out the fire. ... Now we use battery-operated LED lights … but the power isn’t on long enough to charge the battery, and the lighting in the house is dim because the battery is nearly drained.”

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Over the past twenty years, Israel has taken measures to guarantee a nearly blanket exemption from its obligation under international law to pay compensation to Palestinians harmed by its security forces. In a new report released today (Wed., 8 March), B’Tselem traces the development of this practice and illustrates how it has led to a major drop in the number of claims for damages Palestinians filed in recent years. Israel’s policy reflects how little value it places on the lives, bodies and property of Palestinians living under its control.

B'Tselem has championed human rights in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for over two decades, promoting a future where all Israelis and Palestinians will live in freedom and dignity.

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