The Israeli Violations of International Law in Occupied State of Palestine

Media Brief
March 22, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of his cabinet have started their election campaign by launching attacks, destruction and incitements against the Palestinians. In the first quarter of 2015, Israel continued its systematic violations of the international and humanitarian law in the occupied State of Palestine. The main numbers noticed during this period were: 7 people killed, 201 injured, 225 public and private properties confiscated or destroyed, among them 24 homes. In addition to the continuous construction and approval of illegal settlement units in the occupied State of Palestine.

Even more alarming were statements made by Israeli government officials which blatantly reveal the Israeli culture of hate, incitement and racism against Palestinians in general and the Palestinian Arab citizens of the State of Israel, including one recent statement by the Israeli foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who called on ‘beheading the heads of the Palestinians’: “Whoever is against us, there’s nothing else to do. We have to lift up an ax and remove his head, otherwise we won’t survive here.” He added: "Israeli citizens who wave a black flag on Nakba Day [on which Israeli Arabs and Palestinians mark Israel’s establishment as a tragedy] can leave, and I am willing to donate them to [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] very happily." (Jpost - March 9)

While Israel stepped up its campaign against the Palestinians, the International community chose to be silent during the 3 months period. The Israeli government understood this silence from the international community as signal to continue with its destructive policies against the Palestinian people. The recent statement of Benjamin Netanyahu, who spoke clearly against the two-state solution and the creation of an independent Palestinian state, is a true reflection of the Israeli Government’s future agenda.

Comparison Table of Violation Events Over the Past Three Months

EVENT

Jan. 2015

Feb. 2015

Mar. 2015

Killings

2

2

3

Injuries

71

81

49

Arrests

404

329

219

Raids

447

437

220

Flying Checkpoints

469

452

268

Attacks

288

268

176

Provocation of Palestinian Forces

11

8

3

Attacks on Property

74

64

63

Home Occupation

19

2

5

Home Demolition

8

9

7

Closure of Crossing Points

167

152

84

Attacks on Religious Sites

23

23

13

Settlement Activity & Settler Violence

63

64

40

 

Summary Table of Main Violations Over the Past Three Months

Event West Bank Gaza Strip Total

Killing

5 2 7
Related Incident: On February 24th 2015, the Israeli forces raided Al-Duhisheh camp in Bethlehem, clashed with several residents as they stormed several homes and as a result killed Jihad Al-Ja’fari. 
Injuries 190 11 201
Details: Injuries included 60 children, 2 Women and 5 Fishermen.
Attacks 582 150 732
Details: Attacks included confrontations between the Israeli military and Palestinians, attacks during raids into Palestinian residential areas, attacks from Israeli military posts on civilian homes and property, attacks from military checkpoints towards Palestinian residents and vehicles and attacks by the Israeli navy vessels against Palestinian fishermen & territory.
Raids 1095 9 1104
Details: Majority of raids were reported to have taken place in the districts of Jerusalem (71), Ramallah (134), Jenin (120), Tulkarem (95), Qalqiliya (114), Nablus (130), Bethlehem (110), Hebron (194). Israeli military raids also included Tubas, Salfit, Jericho and the Gaza Strip.
Arrests 903 49 95
Details: Majority of arrests took place in the districts of Jerusalem (292), Ramallah (107), Bethlehem (77), Hebron (199), Gaza Strip (49). Among those arrested by the Israeli military were 120 children, 18 women, 13 Security officers, 2 Journalist, 1 Lawyer, 6 University Students and 8 fishermen.
Destruction/ Confiscation of Public & Private Property 192 9 201
Details: Damages included home furniture, vehicles and olive trees. Additionally, Israeli forces handed out demolition orders.
Home Demolitions 24 0 24
Related Incidents: During February 2015, The Israeli forces served demolition orders for three homes in Al-Haddaddiyah village located in North Jordan valley area in Tubas and three homes in Al-Bustan area in Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
Attacks on Religious Sites 59 0 59
Details: Israeli settlers raided the vicinity of Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem on several occasions. One incident included setting fire to a church and spraying racist graffiti on church walls in the old city of Jerusalem. Additionally, Israeli settlers installed several posters and signs stating “Sulimans Temple” near Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem.
Assault on Educational Sector 4 0 4
Details: Israeli military forces stormed a girl’s school in Yatta town in Hebron District, schools in Al-Labban Al-Sharqiya and Al-Sweisa villages. Fired stun and tear gas grenades towards a school in Nablus, raided a school in the old city of Hebron. (Additionally, they served a military order for the demolition in the school in southeast Yatta in Hebron.)
Assault on medical Sector 2 0 2
Details: Storming a medical clinic at the village of Wadi Fokeen in the district of Bethlehem, and a medical clinic at the village of Obean in Ramallah.
Settler Violence 139 0 139
Details: Israeli settlers stoned residents and vehicles (also slashed tires), stormed homes, uprooted trees, assaulted residents, ran over children with their vehicles and stormed several villages and towns.
Settlement Activity 28 0 28

 

Israeli Settlement Activities

A. Summary Table of Israeli Settlement Announcements/Construction Activities over the Past Three Months

B. Land Confiscations/ Annexation Over the Past Three Months

Sources: Media Outlets and the Palestinian Monitoring Group [PMG]

(Information excludes announcements on settlement budget allocation and also continued land-leveling activities on the ground).

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