Israeli human rights violations May 2022
In May Staat van Beleg documented an enormous number of 3614 Israeli violations of human rights against the Palestinian people.
A small selection of human rights abuses in May
- On May 8, a Palestinian youth was fatally shot by Israeli forces near a military checkpoint to the south of Tulkarem. The victim was identified as Mahmoud Sami Khalil.
- Another 17 year old Palestinian teen was shot and killed by an Israeli security guard at Tekoa settlement in eastern Bethlehem, on May 8.
- On the morning of May 11, Israeli occupation forces killed Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh during an operation in the occupied Palestinian city of Jenin. Abu Aqleh was hit by a live bullet in the head and rushed to the hospital where she was declared dead.
- On May 11, Palestinian teen Tha’er Khalil Al-Yazouri (18) was shot directly in the heart and killed by Israeli forces’ live bullets in the Jabal al-Tawil area near Ramallah.
- Dauod Zubeidi (40), brother of one of Gilbou’s six jail breakers, Zakaria Zubeidi, died on May 15 as a result of injuries sustained during an Israeli military raid two days earlier in Jenin refugee camp. Dauod was shot with an Israeli live bullet to his abdomen.
- The Palestinian Walid al-Sharif (24) died of wounds he sustained during the Israeli police attack on Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan. On April 22, Al-Sharif suffered serious injuries after he was directly hit by a rubber-coated bullet in the head, causing skull fractures and brain hemorrhage. The family affirmed that he was arrested despite his serious injury. He was subjected to deliberate medical negligence, as oxygen was cut off to the brain for 28 minutes after his detention.
Walid al-Sharif's was dragged away after he was hit in the head with a rubber-coated bullet. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli)
- Israeli authorities have refused to allow urgent surgery once again for Palestinian prisoner Israa Jaabis (38) to help her breathe through her nose. Israa, from the village of Jabal Al-Mukaber, south of occupied Jerusalem is a married mother of one. In 2016 an Israeli court sentenced her to 11 years in prison on allegations of attempted murder for allegedly blowing up her car near an Israeli military checkpoint. The car accident left her completely disfigured, with first-, second- and third-degree burns on 50 per cent of her body. Israa can’t breathe through her nose because of the burns on her face. According to her sister Mona, she also needs surgery to separate her burnt fingers, skin grafts and another surgery to separate her ears from her skull after they burnt and fused to her head.
Violence & Destruction
- On May 16, dozens of Palestinians were injured after Israeli police forces violently attacked the funeral of Walid al-Sharif, who was killed by Israeli forces.
- On May 3, Israeli occupation authorities prevented the call to Isha prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem by cutting the mosque’s loudspeakers.
- Foreigners who marry Palestinians or come to the West Bank to work, volunteer, study, or educate face new restrictions imposed by Israel. The same restrictions do not apply to the more than 130 illegal Jewish settlements spread across the occupied West Bank, nor to their visitors.
Sometimes, restrictions lead to incredible suffering and even death. One example of this is the death of the 39-year old Ramadan Muhra last month. Ramadan had thalassemia, which is a congenital blood disease caused by a genetic abnormality that causes low hemoglobin levels, resulting in anemia and an excess of iron in the blood. One of the most important medicines for people with the condition is deferoxamine, in Gaza sold under the trade name, Desferal. However, Desferal is part of the 39% of vital medicines that have a low availability due to Israel’s harsh import restrictions. There are hundreds of patients like Ramadan who depend on medication and their fate is uncertain.
- An Israeli settler ran over a Palestinian child near the village of Beita, in the occupied West Bank, on May 20. Ameer Bashir sustained bruises and fractures after the settler ran over him with his car near the village of Beita.
- In the occupied West Bank city of Al-Khalil, Israeli settlers seized an entire building owned by the Palestinian Jabri family and stole it when they thought all cameras were covering Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral.
Demolition & Annexation
- Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a petition against the eviction of more than 1,000 Palestinian inhabitants of eight villages in Masafer Yatta, a rural part of the occupied West Bank. Israel has designated the zone for military exercises. Masafer Yatta residents and Israeli rights groups say that many of the Palestinian families have been permanently residing in the 3,000 hectare area since before Israel captured the West Bank in 1967. Their eviction would constitute a breach of international law.