As Palestinians fight coronavirus, the Israeli occupation forces and settlers keep demolish Palestinian houses, attack locals and detain innocent Palestinains.
30 April – Israeli army shoots, arrests Palestinian, detains 10 others in West Bank, Jerusalem
Soldiers shot and injured Adnan Maali from the northern West Bank city of Jenin and detained him while near the separation barrier in Tulkarm.
Another person was detained from Bartaa, near Jenin.
Soldiers also detained three other young Palestinians ranging in age between 18 and 21 years from Shweikeh neighborhood in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm and later released the 18-year-old.
In the south of the West Bank, soldiers detained a 34-year-old resident of Bethlehem.
Two others were detained, said the PPS, one in Ramallah and the second in Jericho.
Israeli forces also detained three young Palestinians from the Old City of Jerusalem after severely beating them.
30 April – West Bank car wash demolished by Israeli army while under construction
The army demolished the car wash a local resident was building south of the town under the pretext of construction without permit.
30 April – Israeli forces smash plants nursery in south of West Bank
Soldiers raided Jourat al-Shamaa village, south of Bethlehem, and demolished an agricultural nursery under the pretext it was built without a permit. The army has informed several Palestinians in the Bethlehem district of plans to demolish their structures for construction without a permit. The area in question is classified as C, according to the Oslo accords, which is under full Israeli military rule and makes up more than 60 percent of the area of the occupied West Bank where Palestinians are not allowed to develop or build anything.
29 April – Israeli military razes Palestinian land in north of West Bank for settlement expansion
The Israel military razed several dunums of Burin land near the settlement of Yitzhar, south of Nablus, in an effort to expand the illegal settlement at the expense of Palestinians living in six nearby villages.
29 April – Israeli police prevent Ramadan musaharati from doing his job in East Jerusalem neighborhoods
Israeli police prevented this morning the Ramadan musaharati, the person who wakes people up before dawn to eat in order to start the day-long fast, from doing his traditional job and threatened to arrest him.
The police stopped the musaharati Areen Zaaneen in Wadi al-Joz neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem and ordered him to stop doing what he has been doing for years during the fast month of Ramadan.
“These threats are an extension of the open war by (the Israeli) occupation on the holy city, its citizens and its cultural identity, and an attempt to end the Palestinian presence in it while turning it into a Jewish Israeli city by changing its characteristics and push its citizens to leave it,” said the Foreign Ministry.
28 April – Israeli army orders Palestinian to stop building his home in Jordan Valley village
The Israeli army ordered a Palestinian resident of the village of Bardala in the occupied northern Jordan Valley to stop building his home under the pretext it is being built without a permit. The army ordered Jamal Rashaydeh to stop work on his 150-square-meter house in Bardala and gave him until May 12 to do so. Palestinians fear Israel seeks to restrict their presence in the occupied Jordan Valley as a prelude to annexing it.
28 April – Two Palestinians in south of West Bank informed by Israel of demolition of their structures
The Israeli military informed two Palestinian residents of Beit Jala, in the south of the West Bank, of its intention to demolish two structures they own under the pretext of construction without permit. The owner of one of the structures in Bir Oneh, told that the army had previously demolished two of his homes and three structures in the same area in an effort to get him to leave it.
28 April – After a night of clashes in an East Jerusalem neighborhood, Israel detains 5 Palestinians
Israel detained five Palestinian residents of Issawiyeh, a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, following a night of clashes between its residents and Israeli forces. Israeli forces raided the neighborhood at night and clashed with residents. The forces returned to the neighborhood in the early morning hours and detained five young residents believed involved in the clashes. The five were taken to the Israeli Russian Compound interrogation center.
27 April – Settlers chop down olive trees in Nablus-district town
A group of settlers from the nearby Israeli colonial settlement of Rechelim chopped off some 40 olive trees belonging to Abdul-Rahman Mohammad Yousef, a local Palestinian farmer.
27 April – Injuries during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in south of West Bank
Six Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli soldiers near Fawwar refugee camp in the south of the West Bank. Soldiers harassed Palestinian volunteers manning a checkpoint set up near the camp to monitor for coronavirus cases and to prevent the spread of the pandemic in their areas. The soldiers attempted to force the volunteers to leave the area when clashes broke out between the two sides during which the soldiers fired teargas and shot rubber bullets at the Palestinians causing the injuries.
25 April – Israeli army opens fire, shoots teargas as farmers in south of Gaza Strip
Israeli soldiers opened live fire and shot teargas grenades this morning at Palestinian farmers near Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip forcing them to leave their lands. The soldiers regularly open fire at the farmers who work in their lands near the border fence with Israel and push them out of their lands.
25 April – Palestinian worker injured, another detained in an Israeli army pursuit near separation barrier
A Palestinian worker was shot and injured and anther one detained in an Israeli army pursuit near the separation barrier in the north of the West Bank. Soldiers pursued workers near the barrier separating the West Bank from Israel near the village of Rummaneh, west of Jenin, and opened fire at them.
24 April – Settlers chop off olive trees in Nablus-district town
A group of settlers from the nearby Israeli colonial settlement of Rechelim chopped off 33 olive trees belonging to Hamad Saleh Jazi, a local Palestinian farmer.
23 April – Israeli army dismantles mobile home in Jordan Valley village and seizes it
Israeli soldiers dismantled a mobile home used as residence for a Palestinian family in al-Dyouk al-Tahta village, west of the ancient city of Jericho, and seized it. Soldiers raided the area where the home was located, took it apart and seized it under the pretext the owner did not have a permit to put it there.
23 April – Israeli settler opens fire near an anti-corona Palestinian post in south of West Bank
An Israeli settler opened fire in the air as he approached in his car a post Palestinian volunteers had set up in the south of the West Bank as part of efforts to fight the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
23 April – Israeli army continues to detain Palestinians despite coronavirus outbreak
Soldiers raided early this morning the city of Bethlehem and detained two Palestinians after raiding their family homes. Two others were detained in a raid of the town of Taqoa, near Bethlehem. In Hebron in the south of the West Bank, soldiers detained two men after breaking and ransacking their homes. In the north of the West Bank, soldiers raided Tulkarm and detained a former prisoner after he was summoned for interrogation at an Israeli military camp. In Jenin district, soldier also detained two men from Arraba town after raiding their family homes. Soldier also detained two Palestinians from Azzoun village in the Qalqilya district, and three more from Kufr Nimeh village near Ramallah.
23 April – For the third day in a row, Israeli military infiltrates Gaza borders, raze land
Several army vehicles breached the northern Gaza borders east of Gaza City, went in dozens of meters into agricultural land east of Zaytoun neighborhood to the southeast of Gaza City, razed land and built dirt mounds while shooting in the air. The army also prevented farmers from reaching their lands.
22 April – Israel stops coronavirus tests in Gaza
Israeli soldiers conducting coronavirus tests in the Gaza Strip have been ordered to stop by Defence Minister Naftali Bennett due to coordination issues. The initiative lasted for two days and only 100 samples were tested at one of the army’s bases on the fringe of the besieged Gaza Strip. Soldiers had announced last week that they would carry out 50 coronavirus tests per day on samples from the Gaza Strip at the army laboratory in Tzrifin. Experts have warned that an outbreak of coronavirus in the tiny territory containing some 2 million people, many of whom live in crowded refugee camps, would present a massive challenge to Gaza’s healthcare sector.
22 April – Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail
Nour Jaber Barghouti, 23, from Aboud town near Ramallah who has been in prison for four years, fell unconscious in the bathroom in the Naqab prison in the south of Israel. It took the prison administration more than half an hour to provide Barghouti with medical assistance only after prisoners started to shout for assistance.
22 April – Israeli military infiltrates southern Gaza border, raze land
Israeli military vehicles infiltrated this morning the southern Gaza Strip border near the city of Rafah and razed land. Six military vehicles breached the border east of Rafah and razed land while shooting in the air, before returning to their base inside Israel.
22 April – Israeli soldiers open fire and kill Palestinian at military checkpoint in south of West Bank
Israeli soldiers opened fire at a Palestinian car at a military checkpoint near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, instantly killing the driver. The Israeli army said the Palestinian rammed his car into the checkpoint and then got out and stabbed a soldier before he was gunned down.
21 April – Settlers assault Palestinian shepherd, steal livestock south of Hebron
Two settlers assaulted a shepherd, a resident of the Khirbet Qwiwis village, while he was grazing his livestock and stole two sheep before fleeing the scene. Khirbet Qwiwis is a community in Masafer Yatta, a collection of almost 19 hamlets which rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood. Located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control, the area has been subjected to repeated Israeli violations by settlers and soldiers targeting their main source of living – livestock.
21 April – Palestinian injured during confrontations near Ramallah
A Palestinian was injured by Israeli military gunfire during confrontations at the entrance of Kobar village, located to the north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. Israeli military vehicles from the illegal colonial settlement of Halamish, also known as Neveh Tzuf, attempted to raid the village from its western entrance. During ensuing confrontations, Israeli soldiers opened fire towards local Palestinian youths who attempted to block the soldiers’ access to the village, injuring a youth in the stomach.
21 April – Gaza fisherman injured, boat damaged from Israeli navy gunfire
The navy fired rubber bullets at the 25-year-old fisherman hitting him in the head. His boat was also hit by bullets while sailing the allowed three nautical miles off shore.
21 April – Israeli military vehicles infiltrate Gaza border, raze land
Several vehicles breached the border, went dozens of meters into Gaza and razed land as fire was shot in the air before returning into the Israeli side of the border. In a related matter, soldiers opened live fire and shot teargas at Palestinian farmers attending to their lands in Khuzaa town, east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. The farmers were forced to flee the area before anyone was hurt.
21 April – Israeli army shoots and injures Palestinian man near separation barrier in north of West Bank
Israeli soldiers today opened fire and injured a Palestinian man near the separation barrier in the north of the West Bank. Abdul Karim Abu Assab, 30, was shot by a live bullet in the leg when he was near the barrier north of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilya.
21 April – Israeli forces detain nine Palestinians, injure one in West Bank
Soldiers shot and injured a youth from the village of Taqoa, southeast of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, and detained him. The reason for the shooting and the situation of the injured youth were not immediately known but Israel claimed he was getting ready to throw stones at settlers’ cars near the village when he was shot.
The Israeli forces detained two Palestinian youths from the Bethlehem-area village of Nahalin, after raiding and searching their family homes.
The army detained four Palestinians from the Hebron district, also in the south of the West Bank, including two from the city itself, one from nearby Sair and one from Beit Ummar, north of the city, who was released from prison six months ago after serving five years in jail for resisting the occupation.
In the north of the West Bank, soldiers detained two youths from the town of Yabad, southwest of Jenin, after raiding and searching their homes, according to local sources, and one more, a 17-year-old high school student, from the town of Faroun in the Tulkarm district also after raiding and searching his family home.
20 April – Masafer Yatta resident under pressure by Israeli army to remove his residential tent
An Israeli army force raided the village of Twaneh, in Masafer Yatta in the south of the West Bank and ordered a local resident to remove his residential tent. The soldiers ordered Jamal Ribie to remove his tent under the pretext he did not have a permission to set it up. Ribie had set up the tent to house his family of six people, who will now find themselves without a shelter if the tent is removed.
20 April – Israeli army demolishes shack and section of tourist structure in north of West Bank
The army demolished part of structure built to accommodate tourists visiting the site. In the nearby village of Burqa, soldiers demolished a shack a local resident has built after the army has demolished his home few months ago.
19 April – Israeli forces open fire at fishermen, farmers in Gaza
Israeli naval boats opened fire on fishermen despite sailing within the unilaterally designated fishing zone offshore Gaza City, causing damage to at least one boat.
Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers stationed at military watchtowers along the Gaza perimeter fence to the east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, opened random fire toward Palestinian farmers as they were working in their own farms. No injuries were reported.
18 April – Israeli forces injure three Palestinians in Kafr Qaddum
Israeli soldiers raided the village, provoking clashes with protesters. The forces fired live bullets at the protesters injuring three of them. Other civilians also sustained suffocation from teargas fired by the forces. During previous years, the village of Kafr Qaddum has been a flashpoint of frequent clashes between Israeli occupation forces and Palestinian civilians. The village’s residents are well-known for their activism in the popular resistance of the Israeli colonial settlement enterprise.
18 April – Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmers
Settlers attacked farmers in Khirbet al-Khrouba as they were harvesting their crops and attacked an activist who was with the farmers and seized his camera while he was filming the attack. Israeli soldiers in the area gave cover to the settlers and intervened only to force the farmers to leave their land.
Settlers also attacked residents in another village in Masafer Yatta, said Amour. The settlers attacked the village of Khirbet Maghayer el-Abeed, beat one resident and stole his donkey before leaving it.
17 April – Herder injured in a settler attack south of Hebron
Illegal Jewish settlers, protected by Israeli soldiers, attacked Palestinian herders who were grazing sheep in open pastures near the village of Tuwaneh, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank. Shepherds in the area, mainly nomadic Bedouins, make a living from raising livestock and they often take their sheep to the open pastures for their food.
17 April – Israeli forces order removal of agricultural structures in Jordan Valley
n Israeli army force broke into the two villages and handed the owners of the facilities a military order asking them to remove the structures within a short time. Israel is banning almost all kinds of agricultural, industrial and housing development for Palestinians in the Jordan Valley region, which makes up one third of the occupied West Bank, aiming to annex the region to its sovereignty on the long run.
15 April – Israeli settlers attack shepherd near Hebron
A number of fanatic Israeli settlers forced their way into farmlands in At-Tuwani locality, east of Yatta, under heavy military protection by Israeli forces, where they assaulted shepherds, injuring one of them and causing terror among local residents.
15 April – Israeli settlers attack Palestinian youth center in southern West Bank city of Hebron
The settlers, under army cover, attacked the center run by the Youth Against Settlements located in Tel Rumeida attempting to break into it. Palestinian activists rushed to the center to protect it when they learned of the attempt by the settlers to vandalize it and got into verbal showdown with them.
14 April – Israeli soldiers prevent Palestinians from enforcing corona-related restrictions in Jordan Valley
For the 10th time in few weeks, Israeli soldiers barred Palestinian volunteers from manning a checkpoint in two northern Jordan Valley villages set up to restrict movement in an effort to combat spread of the coronavirus disease.
14 April – Attacks by corona-infected Israeli settlers against Palestinians
Settlers from the terror group known as “Youth of the Hills”, who were quarantined in an army base after they were suspected of contracting the coronavirus disease, escaped from the quarantine this morning and attacked Palestinian civilians with stones and teargas and set cars on fire.
13 April – Israeli settlers flood Palestinian farmlands with wastewater to destroy the crops
For the second week in a row, Israeli settlers from the illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc opened the wastewater drains to flood Palestinian farmlands in nearby Beit Ummar village in the south of the West Bank. The wastewater flooded the farms planted with grape vines in a step that the settlers intentionally repeat every year to destroy the crops causing serious damage and financial losses to the farmers.
13 April – As Israeli forces detain Palestinians in occupied territories, settlers assault civilians
Israeli soldiers detained several Palestinians in raids in the occupied Palestinian territories as Jewish settlers assaulted civilians in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
- Israeli forces detained a 34-year-old man in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem after raiding his family home.
- Forces also detained two Palestinians, 24 and 25 years old, in the town of Azzoun, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilya after raiding and ransacking their family homes. The two had served time in Israeli prisons for resisting the occupation.
- In the northern West Bank village of Zawat, east of Nablus, soldiers detained a 32-year-old former prisoner after raiding his home.
- In occupied Jerusalem, Israeli forces detained two youths in al-Thuri neighborhood and took them to an interrogation center. The two youths were beaten during the arrest.
- In nearby Silwan neighborhood, Israeli police fired gas grenade at a Palestinian family causing suffocation to a man and his child, who were tater taken to hospital.
- Meanwhile, Jewish settlers assaulted two Palestinian men in the Israeli-occupied section of Hebron and sprayed them with pepper spray.
12 April – Settlers dump Palestinian worker with coronavirus symptoms
A Palestinian worker showing coronavirus symptoms was dumped by Israeli settlers outside the illegal colonial settlement of Burkan, near the town of Salfit in the occupied West Bank. The worker was not offered treatment by the Israeli employer
12 April – Settlers uproot 350 olive saplings near Bethlehem
Illegal Jewish settlers uprooted about 350 olive saplings belonging to Palestinian farmers in the town of al-Khader, near the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.
12 April – Settlers chop off 50 olive saplings near Bethlehem
Extremist Israeli settlers chopped off about 50 olive saplings belonging to Palestinian farmers in the town of al-Khader, near the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, according to a local source.
9 April – Israel opens sewage tunnels to allow smuggling of Palestinian workers into West Bank
Despite the coronavirus outbreak in Israel, with over 9,500 cases and nearly 80 deaths reported so far, Israeli occupation forces opened several wastewater tunnels near the West Bank city of Qalqilia to smuggle Palestinian workers in Israel back into the West Bank. This is an attempt by Israel to undermine the efforts of the Palestinian government to contain the coronavirus pandemic in Palestine, as most of the cases confirmed in Palestine so far came from Israel, which occupies the West Bank.
The Palestinian security forces, in response, deployed near the tunnel openings on the Palestinian side of the Israeli segregation barrier in Qalqilia Governorate to ban the smuggling of workers and to refer workers returning back from Israel to the Ministry of Health to undergo the coronavirus test before they can return home.
9 April – Israeli settlers vandalize Palestinian cemetery in north of West Bank
Israeli settlers sneaked into the village of Burqa (north of the northern West Bank city of Nablus) from the evacuated settlement of Homesh and vandalized several tombstones in the village cemetery. The settlers took advantage of the lockdown and orders to stay home in several West Bank villages in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly global coronavirus disease to sneak into the village and vandalize the cemetery. Settlers’ sabotage of Palestinian property and assaults against civilians in the occupied territories is rampant and almost daily.
8 April – While plowing his land, Israeli soldiers seize tractor of a Palestinian farmer
The soldiers seized the tractor of Hamed Ababdeh when he was working on his land located near the illegal settlement of Mitzad Nikodim, built on al-Shyoukh land. The army claimed the farmer was on alleged “state” land despite the fact that Ababdeh had official documents proving ownership of that land.
8 April – Palestinian fisherman injured during pursuit by Israeli navy boats in Gaza sea
The Israeli navy chased several Palestinian fishing boats while sailing in the sea near the Gaza shores and opened fire at them injuring one fisherman by several rubber-coated metal bullets. As part of its 13-year-long stifling blockade on the Gaza Strip, Israel bans Palestinian fishermen from sailing more than three nautical miles in the northern Gaza shores. Fishing is one of the main sources of income for hundreds of families in the impoverished Gaza Strip.
7 April – Israeli forces detain two Palestinians in a town east of occupied Jerusalem
Israeli forces detained two Palestinians after raiding the town of Abu Dis, east of occupied Jerusalem. The two were former prisoners who spent time in Israeli jails for resisting its occupation. One served 15 years in Israeli jails and the second spent six years behind bars. The forces also trashed their homes during the arrest, said the sources.
6 April – Water Authority warns settlement wastewater exposes Palestinians to coronavirus
The Palestinian Water Authority Monday warned that dumping colonial Israeli settlements wastewater onto Palestinian vineyards in the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron city, exposes Palestinians to the novel coronavirus risk. Several researches and a recent study prove the presence of the new COVID-19 virus in wastewater, and therefore, Israeli settlement wastewater exposes Palestinians to the risk of contracting the disease, especially in light of the high number of cases in Israel and its illegal settlements.
6 April – Israeli soldiers spit at doors of vehicles and houses in village
Israeli soldiers dumped contaminated trash and spat on doors of vehicles and homes in the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar at a time the Palestinians are trying to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. A large army force broke into a section of Beit Ummar located near the illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etzion and threw glares contaminated with an unknown substance, as well as trash, needles and used gloves between village homes. The soldiers also spat on the doors of vehicles and homes, and insulted residents using racist terms, he said, raising concern that the soldiers intentionally want to spread coronavirus among the Palestinian civilians of that area.