|Israel settlers raid two Palestinian villages
Three incidents of Israeli attacks in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, resulting in Palestinian injuries or damage to their property were recorded this week, bringing the total number of such incidents in 2014 to 307, compared to 392 in the equivalent period of 2013.
The single incident resulting in an injury took place on 29 November, when, according to Palestinian residents of the area, a group of Israelis physically assaulted a young Palestinian man at the light rail station near the Old City in East Jerusalem.
In two separate incidents on 28 and 29 November, groups of Israeli settlers raided Burin village (Nablus) and Al Bireh town (Ramallah), and threw stones at Palestinian houses and public property, damaging two houses and some street lights. Both incidents ended without casualties reported. In Al Bireh, Israeli forces intervened by firing rubber bullets, tear gas canisters and sound grenades in the direction of Palestinians who clashed with settlers. According to the village council in Burin, the incident took place in the presence of Israeli forces that did not intervene to stop the assailants. The pattern of setter violence experienced by residents of Burin was highlighted in the Report of the Secretary-General to the Human Rights Council of 12 February 20141, and raised concerns about the effectiveness of action by the Israeli authorities to prevent such violence in areas where attacks have occurred repeatedly and often at the same times of the year.
Also this week, on 29 November, (not included in the count) the Bilingual Arab-Jewish School in West Jerusalem was set on fire and one classroom entirely burned. Anti-Palestinian and anti-coexistence graffiti was painted on the walls. According to the Israeli media, the Police suspect that Israeli right wing activists are responsible.
In addition to the alleged stabbing in Gush Etzion (see above), according to Israeli media sources, there were six Palestinian attacks against Israelis in the Jerusalem and Ramallah governorates. All incidents involved stone throwing, and in one case hurling of a Molotov cocktail, at passing vehicles, resulting in damage to vehicles and in one incident, injury to one driver on 30 November in Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem.
A house in East Jerusalem demolished; confiscation of materials impedes winterization of a Bedouin community in Area C This week, Israeli authorities demolished one Palestinian home, and delivered stop work orders against four houses and structures, in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
On 1 December Israeli authorities demolished a residential structure in the ‘Isawiya area of East Jerusalem, for lack of Israeli-issued building permits, affecting a family of six, including a child. According to the family, the house is built on privately-owned land. This brings to 79 the number of structures demolished in East Jerusalem since the beginning of the year for lack of Israel-iissued building permits, in addition to one house demolished as a punitive measure.
Additionally, during the week, the Israeli authorities delivered at least four stop-work orders for lack of Israeli-issued building permits in Area C, against a residential house under construction as well as an animal shelter in Safa village (Hebron), and against a residential structure and commercial structure in the Arab ar Ramadin community (Qalqiliya), affecting a total of 23 Palestinians.
On 27 November, the Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) confiscated eight wet-weather tarpaulin sheets provided to the Khan al Ahmar Makab as Samen Bedouin community (Jerusalem), to the east of Jerusalem, on grounds that they were going to be used for building, illegally, in Area C. The materials were provided by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture as part of an ongoing winterization project. Eight registered refugee families, comprising 59 people, including 34 children, were affected. This is one of 46 Bedouin communities (approximately 7,000 people) in the central West Bank at risk of forcible transfer in the context of an Israeli “relocation” plan.
1A/HRC/25/38, paras. 42-47