“For the fifth day in a row, the Israeli occupation forces continue to impose measures of collective punishment at the Shu’fat refugee camp and the village of Anata in occupied East Jerusalem” – – IMEMC News

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR): For the fifth consecutive day, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continue to impose a siege on the Shu’fat refugee camp and the village of Anata in occupied East Jerusalem, including the closure of entrances and military checkpoints, as part of collective punishment measures against tens of thousands of people.

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), on Saturday 08 October 2022, the occupation forces completely closed the entrances to the Shu’fat refugee camp and the village of Atana in occupied East Jerusalem, as part of their policy of collective punishment following a shooting carried out by a young IOF man stationed at the Shu’fat camp checkpoint after the young man got off a passing vehicle in the area. As a result, a female soldier was killed and 2 other soldiers were injured. In addition, the IOF arrested four Palestinians as they passed through the checkpoint at the entrance to the village of Atana.

Occupation forces entered the camp amid fierce clashes with the Palestinians. As a result, a Palestinian was shot with a rubber bullet and dozens of others were asphyxiated. In addition, the IOF arrested three Palestinians, including a woman.

The next morning, October 9, 2022, the occupation forces continued the complete closure of the entrances to Shu’fat camp and Anata village, blocking movement in and out and turning them into an outpost. military. Moreover, they dispersed in groups in all the streets and alleys of the camp.

Due to the imposed measures, daily life in the camp and village was disrupted as employees, laborers and students were unable to travel to their workplaces and schools. In the evening, the occupation forces looted and searched several mosques and dozens of shops and confiscated the recorders of the surveillance cameras.

During their large-scale raids, the IOF arrested 15 Palestinians from Shu’fat camp and Anata village.

The following day, October 10, 2022, the occupation forces imposed the closure of the villages of Shu’fat and Anata, as they carried out large-scale raids on houses and shops, confiscated the recorders of security cameras surveillance and arrested 4 Palestinians from the al-Tamimi family, including the parents of ‘Odai al-Tamimi (22), whom the Israeli media accused of shooting at the checkpoint. Moreover, the occupation forces looted and took pictures of all the houses and shops belonging to the al-Tamimi family.

Additionally, two Palestinians were injured during the IOF crackdown on Palestinians protesting punitive measures imposed at Shu’fat camp and al-Salam suburb in occupied East Jerusalem.

On Tuesday, October 11, 2022, the occupation forces continued their closure of the camp and village, disrupting all aspects of life and denying employees and students access to their workplaces and schools for the third day. In the morning, the occupation forces attacked the house of Odai al-Tamimi in the suburb of al-Salam in the village of Anata and took its measures in preparation for its demolition.

The IOF incursions into the neighborhoods and streets of the camp and the village of Anata were repeated several times during the day, angering the inhabitants of the region who gathered in the evening in the streets of the camp and decided civil disobedience and a general strike throughout the region. , calling on all neighborhoods in Jerusalem to strike until the occupation forces end their policy of collective punishment against the residents of the area.

Subsequently, hundreds of people took part in a mass demonstration that marched to the camp checkpoint chanting national slogans. When they reached the checkpoint, the IOF suppressed the demonstration by firing rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades at the protesters. Occupation forces summoned vehicles carrying skunks which stormed the streets and alleys of the camp and pumped skunk water into residential homes and shops.

Until the publication of this press release, the IOF continue to lock down and impose a closure on the Shu’fat refugee camp and the village of Anata, where they have carried out raids and arrests. Due to this closure, the field agent could not determine the final number of people arrested, but initial reports indicate that at least 25 Palestinians have been arrested in the past few days.

Anata Mayor Taha No’man says occupation forces have turned ‘Anata, Ras Khamis, Shuafat refugee camp and Ras Shehada into prisons as IOF collective punishments target 130,000 spread in the areas mentioned, disrupting all aspects of life. .

As a result, 30,000 Palestinians could not go to work and more than 4,000 students could not go to school.

PCHR condemns the collective punishments and repressions of the IOF against the Palestinians, and recalls Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that: “No protected person shall be punished for an offense which he has not personally committed. Collective sanctions as well as all measures of intimidation or terrorism are prohibited. Looting is prohibited. Reprisals against protected persons and their property are prohibited.

PCHR also calls on the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; that is, to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances. PCHR believes that the conspiracy of silence practiced by the international community encourages Israel to act as a state above the law and to commit further violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.


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