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27 February 2018

Adding insult to injury: Israel officially recognizes Gilad Farm settlement outpost after turning blind eye to land seizure and harassment of Palestinians there for 15 years

On 31 Aug. 2018, the Israeli government approved a “new community” on land seized by the settlers at Gilad Farm. The settlement now occupies some 45 hectares of land belonging to residents of the surrounding Palestinian villages. The retroactive approval of settlements on various pretexts, including the killing of a resident, in no way changes their illegality. All the settlements, whether recognized or unofficial, violate international law and violate the human rights of Palestinians in the West Bank.
22 February 2018

Reprehensible actions by Israeli troops against Palestinians following killing of Rabbi Raziel Shevach: Demolishing a home with inhabitants still inside, strip searching 3 women, setting dogs on 3 residents

On 9 Jan. 2018, Palestinians killed Rabbi Raziel Shevach in a drive-by shooting in the West Bank and fled the scene. From then until 6 Feb., when Israeli forces killed Ahmad Nasser Jarar – the alleged shooter – forces demolished 4 homes in Jenin, one with the family still inside. They entered homes, set dogs on residents and strip-searched 3 women. Testimonies by the families indicate wanton, unchecked violence by the Israeli forces, and utter disregard for the Palestinians whose homes they entered, including young children.
22 February 2018

The military has been blocking car traffic at the main entrance to al-Fawwar Refugee Camp for four days

The military has been blocking car traffic at the main entrance to al-Fawwar R.C. since Mon. evening (19 Feb), denying access to Road 60. Soldiers said only that the gate was closed as punishment for the theft of a security camera. This closure affects not only al-Fawwar but also tens of thousands of people living in nearby villages and in western Yatta. In early January 2018, the military closed the gate for 5 days, and has since closed it several times for short durations. in July 2016, the military closed the gate for the month.

19 February 2018

Video: Jerusalem Municipality demolishes home in Silwan, East Jerusalem

At about 10:00 o’clock on the morning of Wednesday, 7 February 2018, Jerusalem Municipality inspectors arrived at the neighborhood of Wadi Yasul in Silwan with a bulldozer and a Border Police escort. They demolished the home of a Palestinian family of six, including four minors.

15 February 2018

Life under Occupation in Hebron: Israeli soldiers arrest two young brothers

On 31 January 2018, Israeli soldiers arrested two brothers, 12 and 13 years old, in Hebron’s al-Hareqa neighborhood, near which the settlement of Kiryat Arba was built. The soldiers claimed that the boys had thrown stones at the settlement’s fence. The soldiers took the two boys to a nearby military base, where they kept them for about two hours. When they released the boys, the soldiers threatened the boys’ family that should stones be thrown again at the settlement’s fence, they would return to raid their home and arrest the boys.

14 February 2018

#Occupation365 - Updates from the West Bank routine, 13 Jan. 2018 - 26 Jan. 2018

Between January 13 and January 26, Israeli security forces arrested at least 153 Palestinians, including 13 minors; made at least 116 raids on towns and villages, and raided at least 83 homes; and set up at least 219 flying checkpoints.

14 February 2018

The killing of Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, a double amputee, during a demonstration by the Gaza perimeter fence

On 15 Dec. 2017, at a protest sparked by President Trump’s declaration, a soldier near the Gaza perimeter fence fatally shot Ibrahim Abu Thuraya (a double amputee) in the head. In Dec., another 7 protesters were fatally shot by soldiers on the other side of the fence; none of them posed mortal danger to the soldiers. This is a direct outcome of the military’s open-fire policy near the perimeter fence, which includes gunfire – also by snipers – at stone-throwers who pose no danger. The media reported that a military investigation was launched, yet experience shows it is highly unlikely to yield any action.

13 February 2018

January 2018: Israeli soldiers kill 5 Palestinians, 4 of them teenagers, without justification

In January 2018, soldiers killed 5 Palestinians – 4 of them teenagers – in the West Bank and Gaza. All five were shot during clashes involving stone-throwing at soldiers, though none had posed a mortal threat. Israel’s defense establishment, including the military law enforcement system, is largely indifferent to such incidents and usually ignores them. This renders the open-fire regulations, designed to limit use of lethal fire, meaningless and conveys Israel’s deep disregard for Palestinians’ lives and bodily integrity.

9 February 2018

Update on communities facing expulsion, February 2018

For years, Israel has been leading a policy aimed against Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank, with the intention of making the residents leave their homes and thus transfer the communities within the area. The policy is implemented tactically, so as to avoid blatant images of soldiers forcing Palestinians onto trucks. Instead, Israel invests efforts in making the lives of these residents unbearable, in order to get them to leave their homes as though of their own free will. The policy is not applied uniformly to all the communities, and ranges from harassment and preventing development to an explicit intention to expel entire communities. In any case, Israel’s goal is to minimize Palestinian presence in order to use the territory for its own uses, including expanding settlements. Following is a review of the situation of several communities that Israel explicitly declared its intention to expel.