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 israeli War Crimes 
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This is a weekly summary of israeli war crimes committed in Palestine for the week ending 20 October 2005. 5mins, english

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

No. 41/2005

13- 19 Oct. 2005

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Launch More Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

· One Palestinians was extra-judicially killed by IOF.

· 3 children were wounded by IOF.

· IOF conducted 20 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

· Houses were raided and 40 Palestinian civilians were arrested by IOF.

· Two houses were seized and transformed into military sites by IOF.

· Undercover units and dogs were employed in these incursions.

· IOF have continued to construct a border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the north of Beit Hanoun.

· IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT; IOF have continued to close Rafah International Crossing Point and Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing; a woman was run down by an Israeli military jeep; and IOF arrested 11Palestinian civilians, including a girl, a lawyer and a lecturer.

· IOF have continued to construct the Annexation Wall in the West Bank; the Israeli High Court approved the construction of the Wall around al-Ram village and Dahiat al-Barid area in Jerusalem; IOF razed areas of land in al-Sawahra al-Sahrqiya village; IOF razed 24 dunums[1] of agricultural land and uprooted at least 150 olive trees in 'Azzoun 'Atma village; and 3 Palestinian civilians were injured and 4 solidarity activists were arrested by IOF during a peaceful demonstration organized in protest to the construction of the Wall.

· Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property in the OPT; Israeli settlers attacked two houses in Beit Fourik village; and IOF razed areas of Palestinian land and confiscated 700 dunums of land in the northern Jordan Valley for the purpose of settlement expansion.


Israeli violations of international law continued in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) during the reporting period (13-19 October 2005):

Extra-Judicial Killing: On Sunday, 16 October 2005, IOF extra-judicially killed Nihad Khaled Abu Ghanem, 33, from Bourqin village west of Jenin. This attack came one week following a the publication of information that that IOF would decrease attempts to arrest most wanted Palestinians in the West Bank to avoid their resistance to arrest, which indicates that IOF may escalate the policy of extra-judicial killing officially adopted by the Israeli political and security establishments against Palestinian activists.

Incursions: IOF conducted at least 20 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, IOF raided houses and arrested 40 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children. They also seized two houses and transformed them into military sites. IOF employed undercover units and trained dogs during these incursions. In addition, a Palestinian woman was seriously injured when she was run down by an Israeli military jeep, and 3 children were wounded by the Israeli gunfire in Tarqoumia and Beit 'Awa villages near Hebron. Recently, IOF have conducted wide scale arrest campaigns in the West Bank, mainly targeting members of Hamas. Since the end of last September, IOF have arrested at least 500 Palestinians. PCHR is concerned that these arrests may constitute an indirect intervention into the Palestinian parliamentary elections that will be held in January 2006, as the Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minster expressed their opposition to Hamas' participation in these elections.

Restrictions on Movement: Even though IOF have been redeployed around the Gaza Strip, they have continued to impose a tightened siege, transforming the Gaza Strip into a large prison. Rafah International Crossing Point on the Egyptian border, the sole outlet for the Gaza Strip to the outside world, has remained closed for the fifth consecutive week, as no deal has been reached concerning transportation across it. IOF insist on maintaining control over the movement of persons and goods through the crossing point, and have actually moved equipment from the crossing point to the "Kerem Shalom" area on the Egyptian â

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