Three Weeks of Israeli Terror Took Its Toll
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights compiles it daily and presents it in weekly reports. Its latest January 15 – 22 one includes whole families killed. More than 43% of deaths and injuries were women and children. The vast majority of casualties were civilians. “Entire features of many areas have disappeared, and civilian infrastructure services have completely collapsed.” Other destruction included:
— hospitals, ambulances, civil defense and private vehicles, and relief services damaged or destroyed;
–thousands of homes and whole neighborhoods damaged or destroyed as well asroads, bridges, power installations, sewage facilities, water wells, and other infrastructure;
— 28 public civilian facilities;
— ministry, municipality and other government buildings; the parliament building;
— UN sanctuaries;
— commercial buildings;
— 121 industrial and commercial workshops destroyed; at least 200 others damaged;
— fishing boats and harbors;
— 21 private projects, including cafeterias, wedding halls, tourist resorts and hotels;
— 30 mosques completely destroyed; 15 others damaged;
— five concrete factories;
— 60 police stations; — five media buildings and two health ones completely destroyed;
— 29 educational institutions completely or partly destroyed; and
— thousands of dunams of agricultural land razed.
After Israel declared a January 17 “ceasefire,” homes were bulldozed, agricultural land razed, civilians attacked and killed, homes invaded and searched, and arrests made.The war cost the al-Sammouni clan 36 of its men, women and children.
The West Bank wasn’t spared. The pattern repeats weekly, but from January 15 – 22 alone:
— Hebron and Beit ‘Awa village (southwest of the city) homes were raided and searched; four civilians were arrested;
— Jenin town and refugee camp homes were invaded, searched, and one civilian arrested;
— Bourqin village homes, west of Jenin, were raided, searched, and one civilian arrested;
— Qabtatya village homes, southwest of Jenin, were invaded and searched; no arrests were reported;
— Roujib village homes, east of Nablus, were raided, searched, and one arrest made;
— Dura village, southwest of Hebron, homes were invaded, searched, and four arrests made
; — Beit Sahour homes were raided and searched; one resident was arrested earlier;
— al-Lubban village, near Nablus, homes were invaded, searched, and three arrests made, including a child;
— at a January 16 Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, anti-war demonstration, the IDF fired live rounds at civilians wounding at least three;
— at another January 16 southern Hebron demonstration, the IDF shot and killed one man and wounded four others, including a child;
— at a same day East Jerusalem demonstration, the IDF fired sound bombs, tear gas, and violently beat protesters; journalists were also attacked and forced to leave;
— at another demonstration near the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the IDF attacked and violently beat at least 10 women;
— at an al-‘Eissawiya village, east of Jerusalem, demonstration, the IDF fired on and wounded four children, and arrested two others;
— homes were also raided and searched in Beita village, south of Nablus; Zabbouba village, west of Jenin; ‘Anza village, southeast of Jenin; Hawara village, south of Nablus; Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem; Bani Na’im, east of Hebron; ‘Arraba village, southwest of Jenin; Fahma village, southeast of Jenin; Sa’ir village, northeast of Hebron; Western Toura village, southwest of Jenin; ‘Assira village, north of Nablus; Beit Emrin village, northwest of Nablus; al-Zahiriya village, south of Hebron; Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin; Bethlehem city; al-Duhaisha refugee camp, southwest of Bethlehem; ‘Aaida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem; and Qaryout village, southeast of Nablus– homes in all areas were raided and searched; numerous arrests were made;
— at a Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, demonstration, the IDF fired live rounds on protesters wounding at least one child and arresting another;
— two undercover IDF operations made arrests in Qabatya village, southeast of Jenin, and Qiffin village, north of Tulkarm.
PCHR reports that the Gaza siege continues. Border crossings remain closed. Collective punishment is enforced. Basic food, medicine and other essentials are unavailable or in scarce supply to the great majority of Gazans. Impoverishment now exceeds 80%. Mass human suffering affects everyone. The world community is complicit by its silence.
The IDF has also “imposed a tightened siege on the West Bank” adding new movement restrictions. Access to Jerusalem is denied, to the al-Aqsa mosque as well. Civilians are beaten, often violently. Vehicles are stopped and searched. Curfews are imposed. Arrests are made. Protests against the Separation Wall construction were attacked violently. Civilians were beaten and shot. Home demolitions continued. Two others were burned down. More land was seized. Settler attacks on Palestinians were reported. It happens all the time. Nothing is done to stop them. They’re free to harass, intimidate, beat, and kill Palestinians.
This is Occupied Palestine. Like Gaza, Israel terrorizes the West Bank daily. Fatah under Abbas is complicit. Human rights violations persist. An international conspiracy of silence permits it. No end of this is in sight. World outrage has taken notice. Israel now worries but not enough to matter..read on