Summary of the Israeli Colonial Violations in the West Bank, November 2020
This report briefly summarizes the Israeli occupation violations of human rights against the Palestinian lands and people during November 2020. The report relies on information from the daily reports of the Palestinian Monitoring Group of the PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Circle, Monitoring Israeli Colonization Activists in the Palestinian Territories (POICA), and We Watch Israeli Violations WEWIV. Likewise, we rely on live journalists’ coverage on the ground. We noted a surge in the Israeli settlers’ attacks on the Palestinian farmers picking the olives. We note that the settlement project focuses on bringing about radical changes in the reality of the city of Jerusalem and transforming its eastern neighbourhoods and the old city into Jewish identity. The occupation authorities approved a plan for the “Silicon Valley” project in the Wadi Al-Jouz area of Jerusalem, according to which 2,000 dunams of private lands will be seized and more than 200 industrial facilities for citizens will be destroyed. About 900 settlement hotel rooms will also be built. In addition, the occupation authorities in Jerusalem approved the construction of 108 new settlement housing units in “Ramat Shlomo” settlement and issued bids to build 1257 new settlement units in the “Givat Hamatos” settlement in Jerusalem. The details of these violations are as follows.
Table: The Israeli occupation and settlements and violations during November 2020
|Destroying properties||142 properties|
|Displacement from the Al-Aqsa Mosque||8 people|
|Storming into Palestinian residential areas||325 cases|
|Abrupt Military Checkpoints||471 checkpoints|
|House demolitions||31 houses|
|Notices of Houses Demolition and Facilities and Evacuation of Lands||15 notification|
|Demolishing of Agricultural, Industrial and Commercial Facilities||87 facilities|
|Shooting at the Palestinian Citizens||201 cases|
|Assaulting Holy Places||32 cases|
|Settlers Terrorizing||47 cases|
|Cutting, Burning and Uprooting Trees||1150 trees|
|Bulldozing Agricultural Lands||177 donums|
|New Settlements roads||2 roads|
|Building New Settlement units||1275 units|
New military bases
Martyrs and Injured:
During this month, 3 citizens were killed in the West Bank. On 5/11/2020, Belal Rawaja, 29, from Altayeh village, was killed by the Israeli occupation forces after shooting her in the chest with live bullets. On 10/11/2020, On 10/11/2020, prisoner Kamal Abu Waer, 46, who was sentenced to life imprisonment six times and 50 years, died as a result of deliberate medical negligence. On 26/11/2020, the occupation forces killed the Nur Jamal Shuqair, 37, from the Silwan neighbourhood of Jerusalem, after he was shot from a bulldozer in al-Zaeem checkpoint – Jerusalem.
While the number of citizens injured during this month at the hands of the occupation forces and settlers reached 83 citizens, 80 of them are in the West Bank, and 3 in the Gaza Strip.
Arrest, detention, storming of residential areas, and deportation of citizens from Jerusalem:
During this month, the Israeli occupation arrested 409 citizens, 406 from the West Bank and 3 in Gaza. Besides, the Israeli occupation deported 8 Jerusalemites from Al-Aqsa Mosque for various periods. This month, 325 cases of the Israeli occupation army stormed Palestinian residential areas, while 27 citizens were detained while raiding Palestinian homes and at the occupation checkpoints for different periods.
Erecting military checkpoints and shooting at Palestinian citizens:
During the month, the occupation army sat up 471 abrupt checkpoints to disrupt the movement of citizens throughout the West Bank. The occupation army opened fire on Palestinian citizens in 201 cases, including 60 cases in the Gaza Strip and the rest in the West Bank. The shooting cases included 10 of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.
Home and infrastructure demolition and property destruction:
During this month, the occupation demolished 31 Palestinian residential buildings, and the demolitions were concentrated in Jerusalem, in the Hebron governorate, and the northern valleys. The occupation forces also demolished 87 Palestinian facilities, including barracks, sheep pens, garages, shops, agricultural rooms, and others. Demolition concentrated in Jerusalem and the northern Jordan Valley.
The occupation army destroyed furniture in 100 houses, damaged citizens’ cars, uprooted olive trees, and demolished barracks, as well as 42 cases in which citizens’ cars, recording cameras, personal property, and equipment were confiscated.
Violation of holy places and health and education institutions:
The West Bank witnessed 23 cases of attacks by the occupation army and settlers on Islamic holy sites, including storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque, holding Jewish rituals in it, attacking mosque guards. IIbrahimi Mosque in Hebron was also assaulted. The occupation forces also attacked the medical staff in two cases, while a school was stormed and its students were intimidated.
Terror of the occupation army and settlers:
This month, settlers carried out 47 cases of assault and attack on Palestinian citizens, which consisted of running over citizens, throwing stones at their cars and homes, cutting down their trees, burning their agricultural lands, storming towns, and physically assaulting citizens.
The settlement activities:
2/11/2020: a group of settlers swept away an area of citizens’ land in the Moufia area, east of the village of Al-Hadidiya in the northern Jordan Valley, in an attempt to seize it.
2/11/2020: The occupation authorities approved the plan of the “Silicon Valley” project in the Wadi Al-Jouz area of Jerusalem, according to which 2,000 dunums of private citizens’ lands will be seized and more than 200 industrial facilities demolished for citizens, to build around 900 settlement hotel rooms.
8/11/2020: A group of settlers began sweeping and placing a number of tents on citizens’ lands in the area of Ras al-Tin, located between the villages of Mughayir, Kafr Malik, and Khirbet Abu Falah – Ramallah, in preparation for establishing a new settlement outpost.
8/11/2020: In Khallet Hodeidah, located between the town of Qarawat Bani Hassan and the village of Haris, adjacent to the settlement of “Kiryat Netafim”, the occupation forces swept an area of about 58 dunums, intending to expand the settlement.
9/11/2020: A group of settlers placed an old building stone inscribed with “the Talmudic candlestick” on the archway of a building in the Qazzazin market in the Old City of Hebron.
10/11/2020: The occupation forces razed the lands of Shweikah village, east of the town of Dhahriya – Hebron, an area of Palestinian land located adjacent to “Shima’a” settlement, intending to construct a settlement road.
11/11/2020: the occupation authorities in Jerusalem approved the construction of 108 new settlement housing units in “Ramat Shlomo” settlement in Jerusalem.
12/11/2020: The occupation forces bulldozed an area of land in the vicinity of the “777” settlement outpost, intending to expand the settlement.
12/11/2020: The occupation forces began paving a settlement road east of Yatta – Hebron, extending from “Evijal” settlement, passing from Ma’in village to the bypass road.
13/11/2020: A group of settlers erected several tents in the Umm Kharrouba area in the northern Jordan Valley, in an attempt to establish a settlement outpost.
15/11/2020: The occupation authorities have issued tenders to build 1257 new settlement units in settlement of “Givat Hamatos”, located south of Jerusalem.
19/11/2020: A group of settlers and the protection of the occupation forces in the Old City of Hebron installed a large “candlestick” on the roof of the Ibrahimi Mosque building.
21/11/2020: The occupation forces swept areas of Palestinian lands belonging to the villages of Qaryut and al-Laban al-Sharqiya – Nablus, which are located between the two settlement outposts, “Givat Harawiya” and “Givat Harel”.
21/11/2020: A group of settlers erected a tent and placed water tanks on a plot of land in Jabal al-Najmah from the lands of Jalud village – Nablus, and erected a barbed wire fence in its vicinity in an attempt to establish a settlement outpost.
21/11/2020: A group of settlers from the settlement of Leshem established on citizens’ lands belonging to the town of Deir Ballut – Salfit pumped sewage from inside the settlement outpost into the citizens’ agricultural lands, which led to the flooding of large areas of land planted with olive trees Fruitful with wastewater.
22/11/2020: A group of settlers placed several caravans on citizens’ lands north of Burin village, near “Bracha” settlement, in an attempt to establish a new settlement outpost.
22/11/2020: The occupation forces razed Palestinian lands in the southern side of the village of Pharaoh – Tulkarm, in preparation for establishing a military watchtower on the site.
24/11/2020: In the area of Ras Abu Zaitoun, northeast of Ras Karkar village – Ramallah, the occupation forces razed a plot of land planted with olive trees, in order to lay a line for sewage water coming from the settlements established near Ras Karkar village.
24/11/2020: The occupation forces forced 13 families from the Al-Burj and Al-Miya areas in the northern Jordan Valley to evacuate their homes from 8:00 until 18:00 on the same day, under the pretext of carrying out training work in the two areas.
25/11/2020: The occupation forces began paving an agricultural road linking Hassan and Olayan Khalty, north of the town of Bidya – Salfit.
26/11/2020: A group of settlers from Brokhin settlement entered the citizens’ agricultural lands in Al-Oued area, north of Broqin-Salfit, and cut down and uprooted about 45 fruitful olive trees.
27/11/2020: A group of settlers entered the agricultural lands of the citizens in the Sahel area in the town of Turmus Ayya, uprooted and cut down about 400 grape trees and destroyed a water network for irrigating the crops owned by the citizen: Nidal Rabi.
30/11/2020: In the Old City of Jerusalem, the occupation forces destroyed the lower part of the stairs leading to the Yusufiya cemetery and Bab al-Asbat road, under the pretext of introducing equipment in preparation for digging and sweeping work to start the work of the “Talmudic Garden”.
30/11/2020: A group of settlers swept an area of about 50 dunums of the citizens’ lands planted with olive trees in the Al-Ras area, northwest of the city of Salfit.
The settler terrorist attacks:
2/11/2020: a group of settlers stormed an agricultural nursery near the main street, Nablus – Ramallah, on the outskirts of the village of Al-Sawiya, and stole dozens of seedlings, and also wreaked havoc in the nursery.
3/11/2020: a group of settlers near the village of Al-Sawiya – Nablus severely beat a citizen, wounding him and fractures.
3/11/2020: A group of settlers from “Itamar” settlement attacked a number of citizens while they were picking olive fruits from their land in the area of Khallet Al-Azab, west of Beit Furik – Nablus.
3/11/2020: Near the entrance to the previously evacuated Homesh settlement, a group of settlers threw stones at the residents’ vehicles passing on the main road, Jenin – Nablus, and beat two civilians after inflicting material damage on their vehicles, which led to bruising them.
4/11/2020: A group of settlers from Kida settlement entered the citizens’ agricultural lands of Jalud village – Nablus and cut down dozens of olive trees.
4/11/2020: A group of settlers from “Rahalim” settlement planted trees on the citizens’ lands belonging to the village of Al-Sawiya – Nablus, which is located near the settlement, in an attempt to seize it.
4/11/2020: A group of settlers from Yitzhar settlement entered the Palestinian agricultural lands in the Al-Soumaa area of the village of Einabus – Nablus and cut down about 25 olive trees.
4/11/2020: A group of settlers came near the entrance to the village of Burqa – Nablus and threw stones at the homes of citizens.
5/11/2020: a group of settlers in the east of Ain El-Helweh in the northern Jordan Valley expelled a number of citizens while they were grazing their cows in the rural area, and attacked their livestock.
6/11/2020: A settler attempted near the “Har Homa” settlement, south of Jerusalem, to kidnap the child: Ahmed Mahmoud Al-Warni, from the village of Umm Tuba, where the citizens managed to confront the settler and save the child.
6/11/2020: A citizen was run over by a settler while driving his vehicle on the main road near the Haris village junction – Salfit while crossing the street, causing injuries and bruises.
7/11/2020: A group of settlers chased several citizens shepherds in the pastoral lands in the Tha’la area.
17/11/2020: A group of settlers in the Old City of Hebron severely beat the citizen Tayseer Abu Aisha and his 15-year-old child Haitham, which led to bruising them.
18/11/2020: A group of settlers entered the citizens’ agricultural lands in the Khallet Hassan area, which is threatened with confiscation, in the town of Bidya – Salfit, and attacked the citizen: Salim Salama, 65, while he was on his land.
20/11/2020: A group of settlers stormed the outskirts of the town of Silat al-Dahr – Jenin and fired randomly at the roofs of houses, damaging a number of water tanks, and throwing stones at the homes of citizens.
20/11/2020: A group of settlers of the settlement Ayebi Hanhal, which is built on the lands of the village of Kisan, south of the town of Tuqu – Bethlehem, attacked many citizens while they were grazing their sheep on pastoral lands.
21/11/2020: A group of settlers from Hafat Ma’on settlement, which is built on citizens’ lands east of Yatta – Hebron, attacked a house in Al-Tuwani village, which resulted in bruising a citizen.
22/11/2020: A group of settlers released their livestock on the citizens’ agricultural lands and destroyed the farms of Susiya village, east of Yatta. They also attacked a number of farmers while they were facing the settlers’ attack.
25/11/2020: A group of settlers came near the village of Jinsafut – Qalqilya, and beat two civilians, and sprayed pepper gas on their faces, which led to bruises and suffocation.
28/11/2020: A settler was run over with his vehicle near Checkpoint 160 in the Old City of Hebron, citizen Asma Rizk Al-Salaymeh and 2 of her children, which led to their bruises.