extracts from PCHR weekly report 24/2 – 2/3/2011
At approximately 12:10 on Friday, 25 February 2011, the Youth Commission against Settlement in Hebron organized a peaceful demonstration in the center of Hebron, in protest to Israeli settlement activities and in commemoration of victims of an attack by an Israeli settler against Palestinian civilians in Hebron in 1994, in which 29 civilians were killed. When the demonstrators arrived near “Beit Rumano” settlement in the north of the old town, IOF fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. They also violently beat a number of demonstrators. Three demonstrators were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets:
- Nassar ‘Essam Abu Maizar, 23, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the left foot;
- ‘Odai Sa’id Nassar, 18, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the left hand; and
- Hussam ‘Othamn ‘Aabdin, 50, wounded by 3 rubber-coated metal bullets to the right leg.
A number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation, including Fahmi Hamdi Shahin, 27, a PCHR field worker, a paramedic and two journalists. Additionally, IOF arrested Mahmoud Ramadan al-Ja’bari, 26. IOF also arrested 3 international human rights defenders, but released them later. It is worth noting that the demonstration attempted to draw the attention of the international community to a series of human right violations perpetrated by IOF against Palestinian civilians, including the closure of al-Shuhada Street in the center of Hebron for 17 years.