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  • April 27, 2017

    Israeli forces shell a Hamas military post along Gaza’s border nr. Dayr al-Balah, causing no injuries, in response to shots fired at an IDF patrol in the area earlier in the day. In the West Bank...

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  • April 24, 2017

    IDF troops arrest a Palestinian at Qalandia checkpoint after she allegedly stabs and injures 1 of them. Elsewhere in the West Bank, they arrest 7 Palestinians and issue 2 arrest summons during...

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  • April 23, 2017

    A West Bank Palestinian stabs and injures 4 people in Tel Aviv before the Israeli police arrest him. Hours after the attack, COGAT suspends single-day work permits granted to various organizations...

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  • April 16, 2017

    Gaza’s sole power plant runs out of fuel for the 2d time this year, plunging the region into a renewed power cut crisis. As a result, GEDCO will only be able to distribute 133 MW of power per day...

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  • April 11, 2017

    In the West Bank, Israeli forces uproot 18 olive trees nr. Salfit to clear space for the construction of a new water supply network for nearby settlements. IDF troops patrol in Bayt Umar nr....

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  • April 9, 2017

    In the West Bank, IDF troops ransack and shut down a Palestinian metal workshop nr. Hebron. They also arrest 4 Palestinians during late-night raids nr. Ramallah, Jenin, and Hebron; and patrol...

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  • April 3, 2017

    In the West Bank, Israeli forces uproot 150 olive trees nr. Salfit because they were “damaging the natural view and values of the [nearby] natural resort,” according to an IDF spokesperson. IDF...

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  • April 2, 2017

    In East Jerusalem, 67 Jewish settlers tour Haram al-Sharif. Meanwhile, Israeli forces arrest 2 Palestinian children playing in al-Bustan. In the West Bank, IDF troops raid the Nablus-area home of...

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  • April 1, 2017

    Israeli forces shoot and kill a Palestinian youth in the Old City of Jerusalem after he allegedly stabs and injures 3 Israelis. Palestinian witnesses say that the police could have apprehended the...

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  • March 20, 2017

    Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats, causing no damage or injuries. In the West Bank, an Israeli settler driver rams an elderly Palestinian nr. Nablus,...

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  • March 18, 2017

    Palestinian fighters launch 3 rockets from Gaza toward Israel overnight; 2 fall short of the border and 1 lands in an open area nr. Ashqelon, causing no damage or injuries. The IDF conducts...

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  • March 13, 2017

    Israeli police shoot and kill a Palestinian youth outside the Old City of Jerusalem after he allegedly stabs and injures 2 of them. Israeli forces then raid the alleged attacker’s home in Jabal...

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  • March 3, 2017

    IDF troops violently disperse Palestinians, Israelis, and international activists at Friday demonstrations against Israel’s occupation, separation wall, and settlements in 4 areas nr. Ramallah (...

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  • February 25, 2017

    In the West Bank, Israeli forces close the entrance to ’Usarin village nr. Nablus after reports of a Palestinian attack on settler infrastructure in the area. IDF troops arrest 6 Palestinians...

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  • February 22, 2017

    In the West Bank, IDF troops arrest 10 Palestinians during late-night raids nr. Hebron, Ramallah, and Jenin; and patrol nr. Hebron and Jenin. They also terminate the work permits of 15...

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  • February 19, 2017

    In the West Bank, IDF troops on patrol in Bizarya village nr. Nablus open fire on Palestinian youths walking home from school, injuring 1. It is unclear why they opened fire. IDF troops deliver...

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  • February 18, 2017

    Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Gaza City, causing no damage or injuries. In East Jerusalem, a Palestinian family demolishes their own home in...

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  • February 16, 2017

    In the West Bank, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops arrest 1 Palestinian during a latenight raid in Qalqilya and patrol during the day nr. Nablus and Hebron. (WAFA 2/17; PCHR 2/23)

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  • February 14, 2017

    Israeli forces shut down a landfill in Rujayb village nr. Nablus. They also arrest 12 Palestinians and issue 1 arrest summons during late-night raids nr. Ramallah, Jenin, Hebron, and Qalqilya, and...

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  • February 13, 2017

    A Hamas fighter dies in a tunnel accident in Gaza in the morning. Later, the Palestinian Information Center reports that a 2d Palestinian, a civilian laborer, died in a tunnel today. Reportedly...

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  • February 12, 2017

    An Israeli stabs and injures 2 Palestinian street cleaners in Beersheba in the morning. The police say the motive behind the attack was “criminal” and do not offer further details. In the West...

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  • February 8, 2017

    Sinai Province of the Islamic State (SPIS) fighters launch rockets into Israel from n. Sinai late at night. Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense batteries intercept 3 of them; others land in open...

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  • February 7, 2017

    Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Bayt Lahiya and later nr. Khan Yunis. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on agricultural lands nr. Bayt...

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  • February 5, 2017

    Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Bayt Lahiya and Khan Yunis, causing no injuries. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian farmers...

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  • February 4, 2017

    A Hamas fighter suffers fatal injuries in an “accidental explosion” in n. Gaza, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health. After he dies on 2/5, Hamas will say he was injured during unspecified “...

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  • February 1, 2017

    In the West Bank, Israeli forces raze agricultural lands and shut down a Palestinian car wash nr. Bethlehem. IDF troops arrest 3 Palestinians and confiscate 2 laptops during late-night raids nr....

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  • January 31, 2017

    Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian farmers working nr. Khan Yunis. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Bayt Lahiya. There are no...

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  • January 28, 2017

    Ten days after Israeli forces demolished 8 homes and 7 agricultural buildings in the bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev, a Palestinian lawyers’ group and an organization of neighboring...

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  • January 26, 2017

    IDF troops conduct raids in Nablus, arresting 3 Palestinians and sparking minor clashes; 2 Palestinians are shot and injured. They also conduct overnight raids in Jenin r.c., arresting 2 Hamas...

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  • January 21, 2017

    Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian land nr. Khan Yunis for the 2d day in a row. In the West Bank, IDF troops violently disperse Palestinians protesting Israeli settlement...

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Israeli forces shell a Hamas military post along Gaza’s border nr. Dayr al-Balah, causing no injuries, in response to shots fired at an IDF patrol in the area earlier in the day. In the West Bank, hundreds of Israeli settlers visit Joseph’s Tomb nr. Nablus overnight, sparking clashes between their IDF escort and Palestinian youths from nearby Balata r.c.; there are no serious injuries. Elsewhere, Israeli settlers assault and moderately injure a Palestinian nr. Jenin and damage his car. Israeli forces demolish water pipelines serving Bardala village in the n. Jordan Valley as well as 3 structures in illegal settlement outposts nr. Ramallah. IDF troops arrest 5 Palestinians during late-night raids nr. Bethlehem and Jenin, and patrol nr. Hebron during the day. (HA, JP, MNA, TOI, WAFA 4/27; PCHR 5/4)

Public and private Palestinian institutions across the West Bank and Gaza observe a general strike in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike since 4/17. Approximately 500 mbrs. of PIJ declare a 1-day hunger strike in solidarity as well. Meanwhile, Israeli settlers open fire on Palestinian protesters marching through al-Bireh in solidarity with the prisoners; there are no serious injuries. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces violently disperse Palestinians at a sit-in in Issawiyya and a solidarity march in Shu‘fat r.c.; there are no serious injuries. (JP, MNA, TOI, WAFA 4/27; MNA 4/28)

The PA informs the Israeli govt. that it will no longer be paying for the electricity that Israel supplies to the Gaza Strip, marking a major change in the PA’s policy toward Hamas’s control over Gaza. The move comes amid an escalating electricity shortage in Gaza, and also follows reports that PA pres. Abbas has been planning to increase pressure on Hamas to give up control of the Gaza Strip. The PA generally pays Israel about NIS 40 m. (approx. $11 m.) per mo. to provide Gaza with around 30% of the electricity it requires. Israel takes the electricity fees out of the taxes it collects on behalf of the PA. Meanwhile, UN coordinator for humanitarian aid and development activities Robert Piper approves the release of $500,000 to buy emergency power for hospitals in the Gaza Strip. (BBC, HA, JP, MNA, TOI 4/27)

Five missiles strike ammunition depots nr. the Damascus International Airport overnight, causing damage but no reported injuries. Syria’s official news agency blames Israel for the strike. The IDF does not comment. Later in the day, Israeli forces shoot down an unmanned aircraft that flew into Israeli airspace from Syria. (HA, JP, NYT 4/27)

IDF troops arrest a Palestinian at Qalandia checkpoint after she allegedly stabs and injures 1 of them. Elsewhere in the West Bank, they arrest 7 Palestinians and issue 2 arrest summons during raids nr. Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Nablus; and patrol nr. Hebron and Qalqilya. Israeli settlers raze a small plot of Palestinian agricultural land outside al-Khadir village nr. Bethlehem. In Gaza, 2 Palestinians are injured in an accidental explosion at a Hamas military site. (HA, MNA, TOI, WAFA 4/24; TOI 4/26; PCHR 4/27)

The Jerusalem Municipality files for public review of a plan to confiscate 1,300 m2 nr. Haram al-Sharif to build a visitor center. The Israeli NGO Peace Now will report on the plan on 4/25, saying that “dragged by settler organizations, the Israeli govt. is willing to go out of its way to approve this sensitive plan through a highly unusual procedure.” (MNA 4/25; PCN 4/25)

A West Bank Palestinian stabs and injures 4 people in Tel Aviv before the Israeli police arrest him. Hours after the attack, COGAT suspends single-day work permits granted to various organizations and groups to allow Palestinians to enter Israel and begins an investigation into the matter. The alleged attacker hailed from Nablus and obtained one such permit from a group called Natural Peace Tours, which facilitates relationships between individual Israelis and Palestinians. (HA, JP, MNA, TOI, WAFA 4/23)

In the West Bank, the IDF shuts down the main entrance to a group of villages nr. Ramallah. It’s unclear what prompted the closure. IDF troops shoot and injure 3 Palestinians during clashes sparked by reports of stone throwing in Kafr Malik village nr. Ramallah; establish mobile checkpoints outside Bayt Umar, sparking further clashes (there are no serious injuries). Meanwhile, IDF troops arrest 6 Palestinians and issue 2 arrest summons during late-night raids nr. Ramallah and Hebron, and patrol nr. Hebron throughout the day. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 1 Palestinian and issue 1 arrest summons during raids in Silwan. An Israeli settler driver allegedly rams and injures 2 Palestinian youths s. of the city, sparking minor clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the area; there are no serious injuries. (HA, JP, MNA, TOI, WAFA 4/23; PCHR 4/27)

The International Comm. of the Red Cross (ICRC) announces that it may consider the Palestinian prisoners’ demand for increased family visits, which they made in the context of the Dignity Strike. The ICRC used to coordinate 2 family visits per prisoner per mo. In 5/2016, however, the organization reduced the monthly visits to 1 due to an increased number of “no-shows” on the part of the families, according to an ICRC spokesperson. Meanwhile, IDF troops violently disperse Palestinians marching from c. Ramallah to the Beit El checkpoint in solidarity with the prisoners; 3 Palestinians are injured. (TOI 4/23)

Israeli forces launch an air strike on a proSyrian govt. militia group nr. Qunaytra in the Golan Heights, killing 3 soldiers, according to a statement from the group. The IDF does not comment on the strike. (HA, JP, TOI 4/23)

Gaza’s sole power plant runs out of fuel for the 2d time this year, plunging the region into a renewed power cut crisis. As a result, GEDCO will only be able to distribute 133 MW of power per day, far less than the 450–500 needed. (AFP, TOI 4/16)

Along Gaza’s border, Israeli forces conduct a limited incursion to level land nr. al-Bureij r.c. In the West Bank, IDF troops arrest 1 Palestinian during late-night raids nr. Hebron; and patrol during the day nr. Hebron and Qalqilya. In East Jerusalem, the Israeli authorities ban 12 Palestinians from entering Haram al-Sharif for 80 days (they have now banned more than 50 Palestinians from the sanctuary in recent weeks). Meanwhile, 517 Jewish settlers tour the sanctuary; 3 are arrested for praying. Israeli forces arrest 1 Palestinian during a raid in Qutna. (MNA, WAFA 4/16; PCHR 4/20)

In the West Bank, Israeli forces uproot 18 olive trees nr. Salfit to clear space for the construction of a new water supply network for nearby settlements. IDF troops patrol in Bayt Umar nr. Hebron, sparking minor clashes with stone-throwing youths; there are no injuries. They also arrest 5 Palestinians during raids nr. Hebron and Bethlehem, and patrol in and around Hebron during the day. In East Jerusalem, more than 40 Palestinians banned from Haram al-Sharif gather outside the sanctuary in protest while approx. 300 rightwing Jewish activists tour the area. Meanwhile, Israeli forces arrest 7 Palestinians during raids in the Old City. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops arrest 2 Palestinians attempting to cross into Israel nr. Rafah. (MNA, WAFA 4/11; MNA 4/12; PCHR 4/13)

In the West Bank, IDF troops ransack and shut down a Palestinian metal workshop nr. Hebron. They also arrest 4 Palestinians during late-night raids nr. Ramallah, Jenin, and Hebron; and patrol during the day nr. Hebron and Nablus. In Gaza, interior ministry security forces raid the PLO office in Gaza City, conducting a search for undisclosed reasons. (MNA, WAFA 4/9)

In the West Bank, Israeli forces uproot 150 olive trees nr. Salfit because they were “damaging the natural view and values of the [nearby] natural resort,” according to an IDF spokesperson. IDF troops also arrest 12 Palestinians during raids nr. Tulkarm, Hebron, Jenin, and Ramallah. During a raid in Jalazun r. c., Palestinian youths throw stones at the Israeli soldiers, sparking minor clashes; 3 Palestinians are arrested. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 2 Palestinians during late-night raids in Shu‘fat r.c. and Qatanna. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on agricultural lands nr. Khan Yunis, causing no damage or injuries. (MNA, WAFA 4/3; MNA 4/4; PCHR 4/6)

Human Rights Watch (HRW) releases a report on Israel and the oPt, concluding that the Israeli govt. is systematically limiting human rights workers’ access to the Gaza Strip, which restricts their ability to document rights abuses and violations of international law. HRW says that it has only been able to get permission for 1 delegation of foreign staff to visit Gaza since 2008, in 9/2016. (HA, HRW, JP, TOI 4/3)

In East Jerusalem, 67 Jewish settlers tour Haram al-Sharif. Meanwhile, Israeli forces arrest 2 Palestinian children playing in al-Bustan. In the West Bank, IDF troops raid the Nablus-area home of the Palestinian killed in East Jerusalem on 4/1 and interrogate his family mbrs. They also arrest a Palestinian allegedly planning a stabbing attack at an IDF post outside Zuffin settlement nr. Qalqilya; arrest 6 Palestinians during latenight raids nr. Ramallah, Hebron, and Bethlehem; and patrol during the day nr. Hebron and Nablus. (HA, MNA, WAFA 4/2; PCHR 4/6)

Jerusalem district police cmdr. Doron Turgeman says that security in the city will likely be increased around Passover, which is set to begin on 4/10. “Holidays and festivals over the years have caused higher tensions and sensitivity and are a preferred period for attacks,” he says. (TOI 4/2)

Israeli forces shoot and kill a Palestinian youth in the Old City of Jerusalem after he allegedly stabs and injures 3 Israelis. Palestinian witnesses say that the police could have apprehended the assailant without killing him. The Israeli police then shut down the entrances to the Old City, sparking clashes with Palestinian youths; 2 Palestinians are injured, 1 is arrested, and several shop owners are issued arrest summons. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian agricultural lands nr. Rafah, causing no damage or injuries. In the West Bank, Israeli forces raze 15 dunams (approx. 4 acres) of Palestinian-owned land nr. Bethlehem to clear space for the expansion of settlement infrastructure in the area. They also shift the location of their cement roadblocks in c. Hebron, expanding IDFcontrolled territory by several meters. IDF troops arrest 8 Palestinians during late-night raids nr. Hebron, Bethlehem, and Tulkarm, as well as in Nablus; and patrol during the day in and around Nablus and Hebron. Israeli settlers approach the outskirts of Burin village nr. Nablus, sparking minor clashes between their IDF escort and stone-throwing Palestinians; there are no serious injuries. (HA, JP, MNA, WAFA 4/1; HA, MNA 4/2; PCHR 4/6)

Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats, causing no damage or injuries. In the West Bank, an Israeli settler driver rams an elderly Palestinian nr. Nablus, causing moderate injuries. The IDF delivers confiscation orders to the Palestinian owners of 169 dunams (42 acres) of farmland nr. Qalqilya and stop-work orders to 7 Palestinian homes under construction in Kafr al-Dik nr. Salfit. IDF troops arrest 6 Palestinians and confiscate a tractor during raids nr. Ramallah, Jericho, and Tubas; and patrol nr. Hebron during the day. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces demolish 2 residential buildings in Jabal Mukabir. (MNA, WAFA 3/ 20; MNA, WAFA 3/21; PCHR 3/23)

PA pres. Abbas meets with Egyptian pres. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo to discuss regional affairs and the prospect of holding a regional peace conference to kick off a new round of peace talks. Al-Sisi reportedly tells Abbas that the Palestinian question will remain a high priority in Cairo. (TOI, WAFA 3/ 20; MNA, WAFA 3/21)

The U.S. State Dept. announces that the U.S. will be boycotting the UNHRC’s discussion of Israel at its 34th session this week, also known as Agenda Item 7. “The U.S. strongly and unequivocally opposes the existence of the UNHRC’s Agenda Item 7,” the State Dept. statement reads. (JP, TOI, USSD 3/20)

Palestinian fighters launch 3 rockets from Gaza toward Israel overnight; 2 fall short of the border and 1 lands in an open area nr. Ashqelon, causing no damage or injuries. The IDF conducts retaliatory air strikes on Hamas posts in Gaza City and nr. Bayt Lahiya, causing damage. Later in the day, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian agricultural lands along the border fence nr. Khan Yunis. In the West Bank, hundreds of Palestinians march through al-‘Arub r.c. nr. Hebron in mourning for the Palestinian killed in the camp on 3/17. When some mourners throw stones at an IDF post, Israeli soldiers violently disperse the demonstration; 5 Palestinians are injured. The IDF then conducts raids in the camp, detaining several Palestinians. IDF troops arrest 14 more Palestinians during late-night raids nr. Hebron, Ramallah, and Bethlehem. Israeli settlers throw stones at a Palestinian’s car nr. Hebron, damaging the windshield. (JP, MNA, WAFA 3/18; PCHR 3/23)

Israeli police shoot and kill a Palestinian youth outside the Old City of Jerusalem after he allegedly stabs and injures 2 of them. Israeli forces then raid the alleged attacker’s home in Jabal Mukabir, sparking minor clashes with residents of the area; 5 Palestinians are arrested. Elsewhere in East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 8 Palestinians during raids in Silwan. In the West Bank, hundreds of Palestinians gather in Ramallah to protest the PASF’s violent assault on protesters on 3/12, and to call for PA pres. Abbas to end security coordination with Israel and resign. Meanwhile, IDF troops arrest 13 Palestinians during raids nr. Jenin, Hebron, Nablus, and Bethlehem; and patrol nr. Hebron and Ramallah. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops arrest 3 Palestinians attempting to cross into Israel. (HA, IMEMC, JP, MNA, TOI, WAFA 3/13; EI 3/14; PCHR 3/16)

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) announces that it will not be participating in the municipal elections set for 5/13 in protest of the PA’s repression of demonstrations against security coordination on 3/12. Meanwhile, a PA spokesperson announces that Ramallah’s chief of police Abd al-Latif al-Qaddumi has resigned, but denies that his resignation is coming as a result of the 3/12 protests against PA security coordination with Israel, which were held outside a court in Ramallah and violently dispersed by PA security forces. PM Hamdallah announces that he has appointed a fact-finding comm. to look into the events at the 3/12 protests. (MNA 3/13; JP 3/14)

Jason Greenblatt, U.S. pres. Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, meets with Israeli PM Netanyahu in Jerusalem for 5 hours. According to a joint statement, they discussed settlements “in the hope of working out an approach that is consistent with the goal of advancing peace and security.” Later, Greenblatt meets with senior Palestinian officials in Ramallah, who tell him they are interested in the Trump admin. presenting its own plan for a peace deal. Greenblatt is set to remain in Israel and the oPt all week for more meetings, including with PA pres. Abbas on 3/14. (ALM, HA, JP 3/13; HA, NYT, TOI, WAFA 3/14)

IDF troops violently disperse Palestinians, Israelis, and international activists at Friday demonstrations against Israel’s occupation, separation wall, and settlements in 4 areas nr. Ramallah (Nabi Salih, Bil‘in, Ni‘lin, and outside Ofer Prison), Kafr Qaddum nr. Qalqilya, and along Gaza’s border nr. Bayt Lahiya; 4 Palestinians, including 1 journalist, are injured. IDF troops also disperse Palestinians clashing with Israeli settlers at a well nr. Nabi Salih. It’s unclear what caused the clashes; there are no serious injuries. They also patrol nr. Jenin, Nablus, and Hebron throughout the day. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops shoot and injure 2 Palestinian youths who reportedly got lost nr. Bayt Lahiya, arrest 3 Palestinian youths attempting to cross into Israel nr. Ashqelon, and open fire on Palestinian shepherds working nr. Khan Yunis. (AFP,MNA,WAFA 3/3; PCHR 3/9)

In the West Bank, Israeli forces close the entrance to ’Usarin village nr. Nablus after reports of a Palestinian attack on settler infrastructure in the area. IDF troops arrest 6 Palestinians during raids nr. Salfit, Ramallah, and Qalqilya; and patrol nr. Nablus, Ramallah, and Hebron. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on agricultural lands nr. Khan Yunis. (MNA, WAFA 2/25; PCHR 3/2)

In the West Bank, IDF troops arrest 10 Palestinians during late-night raids nr. Hebron, Ramallah, and Jenin; and patrol nr. Hebron and Jenin. They also terminate the work permits of 15 Palestinians in Bayt Umar nr. Hebron in response to reports of stone throwing in recent days. The IDF threatens to revoke more permits if the unrest continues. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces demolish a Palestinian home in Bayt Hanina overnight after preventing the family from removing their possessions. (JP, MNA, WAFA 2/22; PCHR 2/23; PCHR 3/2)

In the West Bank, IDF troops on patrol in Bizarya village nr. Nablus open fire on Palestinian youths walking home from school, injuring 1. It is unclear why they opened fire. IDF troops deliver demolition orders to more than 40 homes and a makeshift school in the Bedouin community Khan al-Ahmar n. of Jerusalem, arrest 11 Palestinians during latenight raids nr. Ramallah, Jenin, Hebron, Nablus, and Qalqilya; shoot and injure 2 Palestinians during an arrest raid nr. Ramallah; and patrol during the day nr. Nablus and Hebron. Israeli forces seal the entrances to 4 villages nr. Ramallah without explanation. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Bayt Lahiya, causing no damage or injuries. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian agricultural lands nr. Khan Yunis. (MNA, WAFA 2/19; PCHR 2/23)

The Egyptian army announces that it has discovered and destroyed a “central tunnel” leading from the n. Sinai Peninsula into Gaza that it claims was being used by a “terrorist group.” (MNA 2/20)

At Israel’s weekly cabinet meeting, PM Netanyahu says that the new Trump admin. shares Israel’s view of regional threats to Israel, and strategies for Israel to improve its relations with select Arab states. Netanyahu also says that the govt. will need to find a new housing solution for the 40-odd families that were evacuated from the illegal Amona settlement outpost, since Trump might oppose the plan to build a new settlement. (HA, JP, TOI 2/19; HA 2/20)

Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Gaza City, causing no damage or injuries. In East Jerusalem, a Palestinian family demolishes their own home in Jabal Mukabir to avoid paying Israeli demolition fees. In the West Bank, Israeli settlers threaten to harm a group of Palestinian shepherds over an ongoing land dispute in the n. Jordan Valley. IDF troops patrol in Qalqilya, firing tear gas canisters that injure a Palestinian baby. They also arrest 7 Palestinians during late-night raids nr. Bethlehem and Ramallah, and patrol nr. Nablus and Ramallah throughout the day. (MNA, TOI, WAFA 2/18; MNA 2/19; JP 2/20; PCHR 2/23)

The Egyptian authorities open the Rafah border crossing to allow Palestinians in Egypt to enter Gaza. (MNA 2/18; MNA 2/19)

In the West Bank, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops arrest 1 Palestinian during a latenight raid in Qalqilya and patrol during the day nr. Nablus and Hebron. (WAFA 2/17; PCHR 2/23)

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. vice-pres. Mike Pence in Washington. They discuss a mechanism to put limits on Israeli settlement growth, possibly in response to U.S. pres. Donald Trump’s comment on 2/15, when he told Netanyahu, “I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. We’ll work something out.” (TOI 2/16)

In response to Trump’s ambiguous comments on the subject on 2/15, U.S. amb. to the UN Nikki Haley says that the Trump admin. still supports a 2-state solution, “but we are thinking outside the box as well”. (HA, REU, TOI 2/16; HA 2/17)

Israeli forces shut down a landfill in Rujayb village nr. Nablus. They also arrest 12 Palestinians and issue 1 arrest summons during late-night raids nr. Ramallah, Jenin, Hebron, and Qalqilya, and patrol nr. Hebron. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Bayt Lahiya, causing no injuries or damage. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces demolish 3 homes in Issawiyya, including 2 that are under construction. (MNA, WAFA 2/14; PCHR 2/16)

PA pres. Abbas meets with U.S. CIA dir. Mike Pompeo in Ramallah. They discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the ongoing conflict in Syria. No further details are released. (HA, JP, TOI 2/15)

An errant missile fired from Syria lands in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, causing no damage or injuries. (MNA 2/14)

A Hamas fighter dies in a tunnel accident in Gaza in the morning. Later, the Palestinian Information Center reports that a 2d Palestinian, a civilian laborer, died in a tunnel today. Reportedly the worker died when Egyptian authorities flooded the tunnel. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Bayt Lahiya, causing no injuries or damage. In the West Bank, Israeli forces close entrances to a number of villages nr. Bethlehem with mounds of earth and cement blocks (they will reopen the villages on 2/20). The IDF also assaults a Palestinian s. of Hebron. He suffers memory loss, and cannot recall the details of the attack. IDF troops arrest 2 Palestinians during raids nr. Jericho and Hebron, and patrol nr. Hebron and Nablus. In East Jerusalem, around a dozen right-wing Jewish activists tour Haram al-Sharif. Their security escort arrests 2 Islamic Waqf employees. (MNA, WAFA 2/13; PCHR 2/16; MNA 2/20)

The Egyptian authorities open the Rafah border crossing for the 3d of 3 planned days. (MNA, WAFA 2/13)

A Hamas official confirms that Yahya Sinwar, a senior military official, has been chosen to lead the group in Gaza, replacing Ismail Haniyeh, who is angling to replace Khalid Mishal as the overall head of Hamas. (AJ, HA, NYT, TOI, YA 2/13)

An Israeli stabs and injures 2 Palestinian street cleaners in Beersheba in the morning. The police say the motive behind the attack was “criminal” and do not offer further details. In the West Bank, IDF troops deliver stop-work orders to 16 Palestinian buildings under construction in the n. Jordan Valley. They also arrest 7 Palestinians during arrest raids in and around Qalqilya and Hebron, and patrol nr. Nablus, Ramallah, and Hebron. In East Jerusalem, right-wing Jewish activists tour Haram al-Sharif in the morning. Israeli forces arrest 9 Palestinians during late-night raids in Jabal Mukabir, the Old City, and Issawiyya. A Palestinian family demolishes their own store in the Old City to avoid paying Israeli demolition fees. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Bayt Lahiya and later nr. Rafah, causing no injuries or damage. Along Gaza’s border, a fighter with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) is injured by shrapnel from an Israeli artillery shell, according to the DFLP. The IDF does not comment on the incident, and no further details are available. (MNA, WAFA 2/12; MNA 2/13; PCHR 2/16)

The Egyptian authorities open the Rafah border crossing for the 2d of 3 planned days. (MNA 2/12)

Sinai Province of the Islamic State (SPIS) fighters launch rockets into Israel from n. Sinai late at night. Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense batteries intercept 3 of them; others land in open areas nr. Eilat. No Israelis are injured. SPIS last launched rockets into Israel in 7/2015 (see JPS 45 [1]). Later, 2 Palestinians are killed and at least 5 are injured in an air strike targeting the smuggling tunnel they are working in nr. Rafah. The IDF denies carrying out the strike. Palestinian eyewitnesses say they saw an Israeli aircraft launch it, and Palestinian security sources say it was a retaliation for the rocket barrage. (HA, JP 2/8; HA, MNA, WAFA 2/9)

An Israeli settler driver rams an elderly Palestinian nr. Bethlehem, causing fatal injuries. The Palestinian dies later in the day. Israeli settlers raze a swath of Palestinianowned land nr. Nablus overnight. Meanwhile, IDF troops arrest 5 Palestinians during raids nr. Hebron and Ramallah, and patrol nr. Hebron. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces demolish a 2d Palestinian building in Bayt Hanina in as many days. They also assault and arrest 4 Palestinian youths in Silwan. Along Gaza’s border, Israeli forces conduct a limited incursion to level land nr. the Erez border crossing. IDF troops also open fire on Palestinian agricultural lands nr. Rafah and Bayt Hanun, causing no serious damage or injuries. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Jabaliya r.c., causing no damage or injuries. In Israel, Israeli forces demolish the bedouin village of al-‘Araqib in the Negev for the 109th time since 2010. (MNA, WAFA 2/8; PCHR 2/9; PCHR 2/16)

In Washington, PA intelligence chief Majid Faraj leads a Palestinian delegation in their first face-to-face talks with Trump admin. officials. According to a Palestinian source, they discuss diplomatic issues, particularly Trump’s pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. (AP 2/9; HA, TOI 2/10)

Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Bayt Lahiya and later nr. Khan Yunis. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on agricultural lands nr. Bayt Hanun and Dayr al-Balah. There are no injuries reported in any of these incidents. In the West Bank, Israeli forces demolish 5 Palestinian agricultural structures in Kardala village in the Jordan Valley. IDF troops raid a community center in Aida r.c. nr. Bethlehem, confiscating computers and security footage. They also arrest 2 Palestinians during raids nr. Ramallah and Tulkarm, and patrol nr. Qalqilya, Nablus, Ramallah, and Hebron. Israeli settlers assault a Palestinian photojournalist with rocks nr. Ramallah. They also damage his car. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces demolish a Palestinian building in Bayt Hanina. (MNA, WAFA 2/7; PCHR 2/9)

Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Bayt Lahiya and Khan Yunis, causing no injuries. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian farmers working nr. Rafah, causing no damage or injuries. In East Jerusalem, a number of right-wing Jewish activists tour Haram al-Sharif in the morning, sparking a nonviolent confrontation with Muslim worshippers. Israeli forces arrest 14 Palestinians and issue 1 arrest summons during raids in Jabal Mukabir, al-Tur, Ras alAmud, Shu‘fat r.c., and the Old City. In the West Bank, IDF troops conduct raids in Qarawat Bani Hassan village nr. Salfit in the evening, sparking clashes with stonethrowing Palestinian youths; there are no serious injuries. They arrest 11 Palestinians and issue 1 arrest summons during further raids nr. Ramallah, Hebron, and Nablus, and patrol nr. Ramallah, Hebron, and Qalqilya during the day. (JP, MNA, TOI, WAFA 2/5; JP, MNA 2/6; PCHR 2/9)

Israel’s High Court of Justice delays by 1 mo. the demolition of 9 buildings in the Ofra settlement nr. Ramallah. The demolition was set to go forward by 2/8, but the court relented, arguing that a demolition this mo. would put undue burden on the residents, and promising to evacuate them peacefully in exchange for the delay. Meanwhile, thousands of settlers gather in Ofra to protest the planned demolition. (TOI 2/5)

A Hamas fighter suffers fatal injuries in an “accidental explosion” in n. Gaza, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health. After he dies on 2/5, Hamas will say he was injured during unspecified “preparations.” Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian farmers working nr. Gaza City. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Bayt Lahiya, Rafah, and twice nr. Jabaliya r.c. No injuries are reported in any of these incidents. In the West Bank, IDF troops arrest 5 Palestinians during raids in Qalqilya, Hebron, and nr. Nablus, and patrol nr. Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah, Salfit, and Hebron. Dozens of Israeli settlers enter Huwwara village nr. Nablus and throw stones at Palestinian vehicles. When they start targeting homes, Palestinian residents drive them from the village. In Israel, around 5,000 Palestinians and Israelis demonstrate in protest against the recent demolitions in Qalanswa and Umm al-Hiran. (MNA, WAFA 2/4; HA, MNA 2/5; PCHR 2/9)

The Israeli authorities return to his family the corpse of the Palestinian killed on 1/25 during an alleged vehicular attack nr. Ramallah. (MNA 2/5)

In the West Bank, Israeli forces raze agricultural lands and shut down a Palestinian car wash nr. Bethlehem. IDF troops arrest 3 Palestinians and confiscate 2 laptops during late-night raids nr. Nablus and in Tubas, and patrol nr. Qalqilya and Jenin during the day. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 1 Palestinian during late-night raids in al-‘Izzariya. (MNA, WAFA 2/1; PCHR 2/2; PCHR 2/9)

The Israeli authorities return the corpse of a Palestinian youth held since he was killed in an 11/25 confrontation with Israeli forces. (MNA 2/2)

The IDF begins evacuating the illegal Amona settlement outpost overnight, sparking clashes with residents and hundreds of protesters gathering in solidarity; 13 settlers are arrested, and 2 protesters and 24 soldiers are injured. Meanwhile, PM Netanyahu announces that he has taken preliminary steps to establish a new settlement to house the Amona settlers by the end of 3/2017. He has reportedly formed a comm. comprising DM Lieberman and reps. from Amona and the PM’s office to advance the plan. Amona’s residents reportedly accept the plan, although some are still defying the Israeli forces attempting to evacuate them from their homes. Separately, Israel’s High Court of Justice rejects the Israeli govt.’s plan to relocate the settlers from Amona to nearby plots of land, citing Palestinian ownership claims. (HA, JP, MNA, NYT, TOI, YA 2/1)

Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian farmers working nr. Khan Yunis. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Bayt Lahiya. There are no injuries in either incident. In the West Bank, Israeli forces deliver stop-work orders to a Palestinian home and a water pipeline under construction in Kardala village nr. Tulkarm. They also weld shut a car wash nr. Bethlehem. IDF troops arrest 6 Palestinians and issue 2 arrest summons during late-night raids nr. Ramallah, Hebron, Tulkarm, and Nablus, and patrol during the day nr. Qalqilya and Hebron. (MNA, WAFA 1/31; PCHR 2/2)

The Egyptian authorities open the Rafah border crossing for the 4th and final day in a row. (MNA 1/31; MNA 2/1)

The PA cabinet announces that municipal elections will be held in the West Bank and Gaza on 5/13 (they were originally set for 10/8/16; see JPS 46 [2]). A Hamas spokesperson criticizes the announcement, saying that “elections should take place after disagreements are ended, reconciliation is achieved, and Palestinian institutions in Gaza and the West Bank are united.” (AP, JP, MNA, TOI 1/31)

The IDF delivers a notice to the illegal Amona settlement outpost overnight, ordering residents to evacuate within 48 hours (midnight on 2/1 is the deadline). Israel’s High Court of Justice previously ordered the outpost demolished by 2/8. During the day, hundreds of settler youths flock to Amona to demonstrate in solidarity with its residents. Many of Amona’s residents are planning to resist the IDF’s order because the govt. has failed to implement its side of their 12/22 deal trading a pledge to peacefully evacuate for sanctioned relocation to a nearby plot of land. (HA, JP, MNA, YA 1/31)

Israeli PM Netanyahu and DM Lieberman approve the construction of 3,000 residences in Israel’s West Bank settlements. Hours earlier, a joint Knesset comm. approves the so-called regulations bill, clearing it for a 2d and 3d reading in the full plenum on 2/6. (HA, JP, MNA, TOI 1/31; MNA, NYT, TOI, WAFA 2/1)

Ten days after Israeli forces demolished 8 homes and 7 agricultural buildings in the bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev, a Palestinian lawyers’ group and an organization of neighboring villages donate 2 mobile homes to the community today (a 3d mobile home, donated by the residents of the city of Jaffa, is expected to arrive on 1/29). In the West Bank, IDF troops weld shut the entrance to a metalwork shop in Hebron and demolish the contents of a printing house in Ramallah. They also arrest 1 Palestinian during a raid nr. Ramallah; and patrol during the day nr. Hebron and Salfit. (MNA 1/28; PCHR 2/2)

The Egyptian authorities open the Rafah border crossing in both directions for humanitarian cases. (MNA, WAFA 1/28)

IDF troops conduct raids in Nablus, arresting 3 Palestinians and sparking minor clashes; 2 Palestinians are shot and injured. They also conduct overnight raids in Jenin r.c., arresting 2 Hamas affiliates and sparking a brief firefight; 1 Israeli soldier and 3 Palestinians are injured. Additional IDF raids in Abud village nr. Ramallah spark more clashes. No one is seriously hurt, and the IDF closes the village’s main entrance. After reports of stone-throwing outside Beita village nr. Nablus, the IDF seals the village’s main entrance (they will unseal it on 1/30). The IDF arrests 8 Palestinians on late-night raids nr. Qalqilya, Hebron, and Ramallah, and patrols nr. Hebron and Nablus during the day. Israeli forces uproot 500 olive trees nr. Hebron. An armed Palestinian opens fire on IDF troops nr. Qalqilya, causing no injuries. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 1 Palestinian during a raid in Qalandia r.c. and demolish 13 residential and agricultural buildings in bedouin communities nr. al-‘Izzariya. Along Gaza’s border, Israeli forces conduct a limited incursion to level land nr. al-Qarara. (HA, MNA, TOI, WAFA, YA 1/26; WAFA 1/30; PCHR 2/2)

The Jerusalem Municipality advances plans for 153 settler residences in Gilo, East Jerusalem. A municipal official says that the plans were held up for political reasons until U.S. pres. Obama left office on 1/20. (TOI 1/26)

Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian land nr. Khan Yunis for the 2d day in a row. In the West Bank, IDF troops violently disperse Palestinians protesting Israeli settlement growth in Kafr Qaddum nr. Qalqilya; 2 Palestinians are injured. They also patrol nr. Hebron and Qalqilya. In Israel, thousands of Palestinians and solidarity activists gather in Wadi ‘Ara to protest the recent demolitions in Qalanswa (1/10) and Umm al-Hiran (1/18). In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 4 Palestinians during late-night raids in al-Tur. (HA, MNA, TOI, WAFA 1/21; PCHR 1/26)