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  • February 28, 2018

    In the West Bank, IDF troops conduct raids in al-Am‘ari refugee camp near Ramallah overnight, sparking clashes; 2 Palestinians are injured (1 critically). They arrest 7 Palestinians during raids...

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  • October 25, 2016

    An Israeli settler driver crashes his vehicle into a Palestinian couple and their horse-drawn cart nr. Qalqilya, moderately injuring both of them (the man will succumb to his injuries on 10/26)....

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  • August 10, 2016

    An Israeli settler on a motorcycle runs over and seriously injures an elderly Palestinian outside Duma village nr. Nablus; he dies later in the day. It is unclear if the collision is an accident...

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  • July 25, 2016

    Israeli forces demolish 12 Palestinian homes in Qalandia r.c., sparking clashes with Palestinian protesters; there are no serious injuries. Israeli raids in Abu Dis and al-Am‘ari r.c. spark...

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  • March 30, 2016

    Marking the 40th anniversary of Land Day, Palestinian citizens of Israel (PCI) conduct a general strike throughout the Galilee and Negev, and hold a protest in the bedouin village Umm al-Hiran,...

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  • February 15, 2016

    The IDF maintains, for a 2d day, the closure of Araqa where 2 Palestinians were killed on 2/14; declares it a closed military zone. They conduct raids in the village, arresting 2 Palestinians....

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  • September 2, 2015

    Further escalating tension in East Jerusalem, Israeli authorities confiscate an area of land in the historic Bab al-Rahma Islamic cemetery outside the Old City. Palestinian youths then raze the...

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  • December 1, 2014

    In the Gaza Strip, Egyptian authorities open the Rafah border crossing for the 2d day in a row. Off the coast nr. Rafah, Israeli naval forces open fire on a Palestinian fishing boat, causing no...

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  • September 10, 2014

    In the West Bank, IDF troops shoot and kill an unarmed Palestinian in al-Am‘ari r.c. nr. Ramallah during clashes with residents that were prompted by an arrest raid. IDF troops demolish 5...

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  • September 1, 2014

    Off the coast of the Gaza Strip nr. Bayt Lahiya, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats, causing no injuries or damage but arresting 2 fishermen. In the West Bank, IDF troops...

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  • June 27, 2014

    In the Gaza Strip, Palestinians fire 6 rockets and 2 mortar shells into s. Israel, causing no damage or injuries. Two of the rockets are intercepted by Iron Dome batteries. In addition, an...

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  • April 2, 2012

    Early in the morning, the IDF drops leaflets from helicopters over n. Gaza border areas nr. Bayt Lahiya warning that the IDF will use deadly force against anyone approaching the border fence. Late...

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  • February 20, 2012

    IDF troops make a late-night incursion into s. Gaza, arresting 3 Palestinians trapping birds nr. the border. In the West Bank, the IDF sends undercover units into al-Am’ari r.c. nr. Ramallah in...

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  • January 28, 2012

    The IDF conducts morning patrols in al-Bireh, neighboring al-Am’ari r.c., 3 villages nr. Ramallah, and 1 nr. Salfit; conducts late-night patrols in Tulkarm. (PCHR 2/2; OCHA 2/3)

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  • March 18, 2011

    Palestinians in Gaza fire an antitank missile at an IDF patrol inside Israel, causing no damage or injuries. During the day, Palestinians also fire 10 mortars toward Israel in 2 barrages, causing...

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  • March 31, 2010

    IDF troops on the Israeli side of the Erez crossing fire on Palestinians scavenging construction materials from the industrial zone, forcing them to flee but causing no casualties. IDF troops make...

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  • February 28, 2010

    IDF troops make an incursion 500 m into Gaza nr. Wadi al-Silqa village to level 9 d. of agricultural land. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts late-night arrest raids, house searches in al-Am‘ari r...

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  • April 20, 1999

    PC holds special session to discuss Palestinian statehood issue; recommends ending the interim period on 5/4, working toward creation of a Palestinian state. PC speaker Ahmad Qurai`...

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  • April 3, 1989

    Social/Economic/Political

    Arab World: King Hussein of Jordan arrives in Baghdad to discuss international affairs with Iraqi pres. Saddam Husayn. Jordan lifts ban on importation of olive oil...

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  • March 20, 1989

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli intelligence study indicates: only way to end uprising is for Israel to talk to PLO; PLO is only Palestinian leadership; PLO has...

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  • February 7, 1989

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Commercial strike is observed in Gaza. Curfews are placed on Khan Yunis, Jabalya, Beach, Nur Shams camps [FJ 2/13].

    Other...

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  • December 2, 1988

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Curfews in Kafr Malik, al-Am'ari camp enter 15th day [FJ 12/5]. Deputy mayor of Acre calls for "transfer" of city's 12,000 Palestinians...

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  • November 23, 1988

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Palestinians in O.T. observe general strike. Curfews continue in al-Am'ari camp and are imposed on Beach, Dayr al-Balah camps and parts...

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  • November 22, 1988

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Al-Am'ari camp remains under curfew for 3rd day [FJ 11/28].

    Military Action

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Troops open fire...

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  • September 23, 1988

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli-imposed curfews continue in Balatah, Qalandiya, al-Am'ari, and Tulkarm camps and Qalqiliyyah, 'Azzun, and Dannabah [FJ 9/25]....

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  • September 21, 1988

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Curfews continue in Tulkarm, al-Am'ari, and Qalandiya camps, Dannabah, and Qalqiliyyah [FJ 9/ 25].

    Military Action

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  • August 19, 1988

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli-imposed curfew in W. Bank keeps 185,000 Palestinians in their homes [WP 8/20].

    Arab World: Jordan announces that it will...

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  • August 18, 1988

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israel bans "popular committees" which have assisted Palestinians during the intifadah; membership in a popular committee is made...

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  • July 11, 1988

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: General strike continues for the second day [FJ 7/17].

    Military

    Israel/Occupied Palestine: A 17-year-old Palestinian is...

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  • July 10, 1988

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: General strike continues for the second day [FJ 7/17].

    Military

    Israel/Occupied Palestine: A 17-year-old Palestinian is...

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In the West Bank, IDF troops conduct raids in al-Am‘ari refugee camp near Ramallah overnight, sparking clashes; 2 Palestinians are injured (1 critically). They arrest 7 Palestinians during raids in and around Ramallah, Tulkarm, Bethlehem, Hebron, and Jenin; and patrol near Hebron, Qalqilya, and Salfit. The Israeli authorities confiscate 24 dunams (approximately 6 acres) of Palestinian-owned land near Nablus, with the intention of building a new road for Israeli settlers in the area. In East Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher reopens, following Israeli PM Netanyahu’s 2/27 decision to freeze the tax programs that motivated church leaders’ protests. Meanwhile, Israeli forces arrest 1 Palestinian during a late-night raid near Issawiyya. (HA, MNA, WAFA 2/28; PCHR 3/8)

An Israeli settler driver crashes his vehicle into a Palestinian couple and their horse-drawn cart nr. Qalqilya, moderately injuring both of them (the man will succumb to his injuries on 10/26). It’s unclear if the crash was an intentional ramming attack or not. Elsewhere in the West Bank, the IDF shuts down the entrances to Husan village nr. Bethlehem after unidentified assailants open fire on Israeli settlers’ vehicles in the area. IDF troops arrest 7 Palestinians during patrols nr. Tulkarm, Nablus, and Bethlehem, as well as in and around Ramallah and Hebron; and patrol nr. Salfit and Hebron during the day. The raids in Ramallah spark clashes with stone-throwing Palestinian youths, but there are no serious injuries. In the evening, PASF troops violently suppress a demonstration in al-Am‘ari r.c. nr. Ramallah in protest of PA pres. Abbas’s recent decision to expel a Fatah official from the party. Further PASF clashes break out in Balata r.c. nr. Nablus and in Jenin; 2 Palestinians are injured. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 3 Palestinians during raids in Shu‘fat r.c. and the Old City. Along Israel’s border with Egypt, an Israeli youth is wounded by gunfire from Egypt while performing maintenance work on the border fence. An Egyptian police officer is later found responsible, having mistaken the youth for a smuggler. (HA, JP, MNA, WAFA 10/25; MNA, TOI 10/26; HA, PCHR 10/27)

An Israeli settler on a motorcycle runs over and seriously injures an elderly Palestinian outside Duma village nr. Nablus; he dies later in the day. It is unclear if the collision is an accident or an intentional ramming attack. Elsewhere in the West Bank, IDF troops conduct raids in al-Am‘ari r.c. nr. Ramallah overnight, arresting 1 Palestinian and sparking clashes with stone-throwing residents; 4 Palestinians are injured. IDF troops arrest 4 more Palestinians during late-night raids and house searches in Jenin and around Bethlehem. Israeli forces uproot around 500 olive trees outside a village nr. Salfit. Overnight, unidentified suspects throw Molotov cocktails at a structure in an Israeli settlement nr. Nablus, causing damage. In East Jerusalem, Israeli police escort around 100 Jewish settlers and 13 Israeli archaeologists on a tour of Haram al-Sharif, and bar Palestinian maintenance workers from entering the sanctuary. They arrest 2 Palestinians during raids in Ras al-Amud, the Old City, and Silwan. In Gaza, 8 Palestinians are injured when a tunnel collapses in e. Gaza City. In Israel, dozens of Palestinian protesters gather outside the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashqelon in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoner Bilal Kayed. A counter-protest by right-wing Israeli activists sparks minor clashes; 13 Palestinians and Israelis are arrested, and there are no serious injuries. (JP, MNA, WAFA 8/10; PCHR 8/11; PCHR 8/18)

The Israeli police announce a NIS 1 b. (approx. $260 m.) plan to increase their presence in Palestinian areas of East Jerusalem by adding 1,200 officers and 5 new outposts in Ras al-Amud, Jabal Mukabir, Silwan, Issawiyya, and Sur al-Bahir. The outposts will be headquartered in buildings that already offer civic services, such as national insurance and post, reportedly to stop them from becoming sources of tension, as police outposts in East Jerusalem have been in the past. (HA, JP 8/10)

Israeli forces demolish 12 Palestinian homes in Qalandia r.c., sparking clashes with Palestinian protesters; there are no serious injuries. Israeli raids in Abu Dis and al-Am‘ari r.c. spark further clashes with stone-throwing Palestinians (3 Palestinians are injured). Late at night, they demolish 4 more Palestinian structures in Issawiyya and 1 under construction in Silwan, and arrest 2 Palestinians during raids in Ras al-Amud. In the West Bank, IDF troops arrest 4 Palestinians during raids in Zabbuba village nr. Jenin, sparking clashes with stone-throwing residents (there are no serious injuries). They arrest 4 more Palestinians during late-night raids in and around Bethlehem, and patrol nr. Hebron, Salfit, and Qalqilya. The IDF reopens a road nr. Bethlehem, having closed it in the wake of a shooting attack in the area on 7/21. Israeli forces begin constructing permanent cement rooms at the entrance to al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron; the press reports that the rooms will be used as a security inspection area. Meanwhile, the IDF maintains the general closure of Hebron and its surrounding district that it put in place on 7/1. (MNA 7/25; JP, MNA, WAFA 7/26; HA 7/27; PCHR 7/28)

UNRWA releases a statement expressing concern for the humanitarian effects of the IDF’s weeks-long crackdown on Hebron and the surrounding area. (MNA 7/25)

In response to a petition from Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, Israel’s High Court of Justice orders the police to explain why they are withholding the bodies of Palestinians killed while allegedly carrying out attacks on Israelis. The police are given 3 weeks to respond. (TOI 7/26)

Marking the 40th anniversary of Land Day, Palestinian citizens of Israel (PCI) conduct a general strike throughout the Galilee and Negev, and hold a protest in the bedouin village Umm al-Hiran, which the Israeli govt. is planning to raze. IDF troops violently disperse demonstrations commemorating Land Day in Ramallah, Jenin, and along Gaza’s border nr. the Erez border crossing; there are no serious injuries. They also shoot tear gas canisters at Palestinian mourners marching in a funeral procession in Aida r.c. nr. Bethlehem; conduct a late-night house search in al-Am‘ari r.c. nr. Ramallah, arresting 2 Palestinians; and patrol during the day in 4 villages nr. Hebron. Israeli forces carry out a partial punitive demolition of the interior walls of the Hebron home of a Palestinian killed on 12/7/2015 in a confrontation with Israeli troops. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian youth at Haram al-Sharif after he raises a Palestinian flag at the sanctuary. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats, causing no injuries. (HA, JP, MNA, TOI, WAFA, YA 3/30; JP, MNA, PCHR, WAFA 3/31; PCHR 4/7)

The head of Gaza’s fishermen’s union says that the Israeli authorities recently agreed to expand the unilaterally defined fishing zone allotted for Gazans by 3 mi. in some places, starting in 4/2016. An IDF spokesperson does not comment on the report. (MNA 3/30)

The IDF maintains, for a 2d day, the closure of Araqa where 2 Palestinians were killed on 2/14; declares it a closed military zone. They conduct raids in the village, arresting 2 Palestinians. Meanwhile, IDF troops conduct raids in al-Am‘ari r.c. nr. Ramallah, arresting 2 Palestinians and sparking clashes with stonethrowing and armed youths; 42 Palestinians and 1 Israeli soldier are injured. Late at night, they escort 17 busloads of Israelis to Joseph’s Tomb outside Nablus to perform religious rites, sparking more clashes with stone-throwers; there are no serious injuries. Israeli forces demolish 20 residential structures in a village nr. Nablus; deliver stop-work orders to 2 homes under construction in Qalqilya. Throughout the day, the IDF conducts raids and house searches in 2 villages each nr. Jenin and Salfit and 1 nr. Bethlehem, as well as in Qalqilya and Hebron, arresting 11 Palestinians and issuing an arrest summons to 1; patrols in 3 villages nr. Hebron and 1 nr. Tulkarm. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Gaza City, causing no damage. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian farmers nr. Khan Yunis, causing no injuries. Meanwhile, the Egyptian authorities keep the Rafah border crossing open for a 3d and final day. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces assault and arrest a Palestinian youth outside the Old City after they search and find a knife on her person. They also arrest 1 Palestinian on a raid in Issawiyya. (HA, JP, MNA, TOI, WAFA 2/15; TOI 2/16; OCHA, PCHR 2/18)

Palestinian hunger striker al-Qiq refuses an Israeli court offer to transfer him from Emek Medical Center in Afula to a hospital in East Jerusalem, demanding to be treated at a Palestinian hospital in the West Bank. Al-Qiq has been on hunger strike since 11/24, days after he was captured from his Ramallah home and held under administrative detention. (MNA 2/16)

Further escalating tension in East Jerusalem, Israeli authorities confiscate an area of land in the historic Bab al-Rahma Islamic cemetery outside the Old City. Palestinian youths then raze the barbed wire fence erected around the confiscated area. IDF troops shoot and injure 3 Palestinian youths in Aida r.c. during clashes that erupt amid late-night raids. The IDF also conducts late-night raids nr. Ramallah and in al-Am‘ari r.c., arresting 3 Palestinians and issuing arrest summons to 3 others. Israeli settlers damage an electricity transmission tower in Kafr Qaddum, causing a blackout in the village. Separately, an Israeli settler rams his car into a Palestinian shepherd, lightly injuring the man and killing 7 of his sheep. Cross-border gunfire from a Hamas military site in n. Gaza strikes 3 houses in an Israeli kibbutz, causing minor damage. Off Gaza’s n. coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats, causing no damage or injuries. (MNA, TOI, WAFA 9/2; MNA 9/3; PCHR 9/10)

The Israeli Knesset passes, 45–14, the 1st reading of a so-called counterterrorism bill that would, inter alia, allow persons convicted of expressing public support for designated terrorist groups to be sentenced to 3 years in prison and allow any charity affiliated with Hamas to be designated a terrorist organization. The bill, supported by right-wing parties and Zionist Union, must pass a review in comm. and 2 more readings before becoming law. (NYT, YA 9/2; HA, YA 9/3)

In the Gaza Strip, Egyptian authorities open the Rafah border crossing for the 2d day in a row. Off the coast nr. Rafah, Israeli naval forces open fire on a Palestinian fishing boat, causing no injuries or damage. In the West Bank, Israeli soldiers shoot and critically injure a Palestinian woman after she fights with an Israeli settler nr. Gush Etzion settlement, and they later raid the woman’s home in Bayt Fajjar and arrest her father. Nr. the Jabara checkpoint s. of Tulkarm, IDF troops open fire on several Palestinians attempting to climb the security fence and enter Israel. A Palestinian hits and critically injures an Israeli settler with his car nr. Nablus. The IDF closes the nearby Hawara and Zatara checkpoints while they search for the driver. The IDF later conducts house searches and arrest raids nr. Hebron, Nablus, and Bethlehem. Late at night, PA security forces clash with residents in al-Am‘ari r.c. nr. Ramallah. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces demolish a home under construction in Issawiyya. In West Jerusalem, a Jewish Israeli man attacks a Palestinian taxi driver with pepper spray, lightly injuring him. (HA, MNA, WAFA 12/1; IMEMC, MEMO, MNA 12/2; PCHR 12/4; MNA 12/16)

Israeli PM Netanyahu presents fin. min. and leader of the Yesh Atid party Lapid with 5 conditions to meet to stay in the ruling coalition, which include supporting Netanyahu’s “nation-state” bill and continued construction in Jerusalem. Lapid rejects the terms. Earlier in the day, Netanyahu had warned if harmony within his ruling coalition was not preserved, he would hold new elections, 2 years ahead of schedule. (JP, TOI 12/1; HA, REU 12/2)

In the West Bank, IDF troops shoot and kill an unarmed Palestinian in al-Am‘ari r.c. nr. Ramallah during clashes with residents that were prompted by an arrest raid. IDF troops demolish 5 structures in a village nr. Yatta. The IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in 5 villages nr. Hebron. Off the coast of the Gaza Strip nr. Bayt Lahiya, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats, causing no injuries or damage. (MNA 9/10; PCHR 9/11)

Hamas announces that indirect talks with Israel are set to resume in Cairo in mid-9/2014. (AFP 9/10)

A ship sailing to Italy from Egypt full of around 500 migrants—including Palestinians fleeing Gaza, Egyptians, and Sudanese— capsizes in the Mediterranean after another ship of human traffickers rams their vessel. Approximately 450 of the passengers are killed or unaccounted for, and the survivors are picked up by various vessels and taken to Sicily, Crete, and Egypt. The Egyptian govt. releases few details about the incident and the Egyptian media largely ignores the story. (NYT 9/15; AP, NYT 9/19)

U.S. Pres. Obama authorizes air strikes in Syria, for the 1st time, and further attacks in Iraq targeting the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) group. The new target list will include ISIS’s “leadership, logistical, and operational capability,” in an attempt to “deny [the group] sanctuary and resources to plan, prepare and execute attacks.” (AP, REU 9/10)

Off the coast of the Gaza Strip nr. Bayt Lahiya, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats, causing no injuries or damage but arresting 2 fishermen. In the West Bank, IDF troops shoot and wound 1 Palestinian during a raid in al-Fara‘a r.c. Also, the IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in Jenin and 1 nearby village, 1 village nr. Nablus and al-Am‘ari r.c. nr. Ramallah; patrols in 3 villages and al-‘Arub r.c. nr. Hebron, 4 villages nr. Tulkarm, 2 villages nr. Ramallah, and 1 village nr. Jericho. Furthermore, IDF troops demolish 7 structures used for residential and agricultural purposes nr. Hebron. Meanwhile, Palestinians throw a Molotov cocktail at a bus of Israeli settlers in the c. West Bank, causing minor injuries to the driver. (MNA, YA, WAFA 9/1; PCHR 9/4)

The British and French govts. condemn the 8/31 Israeli announcement to expropriate 988 acres of land in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. UN Secy.-Gen. Ban also criticizes the expropriation, saying the “seizure of such a large swathe of land risks paving the way for further settlement activity.” (REU, UN 9/1)

An anonymous Palestinian officials tells the media that Israel seized 200 m. Israeli shekels (around $55 m.) from monthly tax revenues it collects on behalf of the PA, to cover unpaid debts (such as those of the Palestinian electricity company). (MNA 9/1)

In the Gaza Strip, Palestinians fire 6 rockets and 2 mortar shells into s. Israel, causing no damage or injuries. Two of the rockets are intercepted by Iron Dome batteries. In addition, an explosive device detonates nr. IDF troops adjacent to the border fence, causing minor damage but no injuries. An IDF drone strikes a car nr. Shati’ r.c., killing 2 senior mbrs. of the PRC and injuring 1. The IDF conducts air strikes on 3 other targets across the Gaza Strip, causing no injuries. Also, IDF troops fire tank shells toward Khuza village close to the border fence, injuring 8. In a separate incident, IDF troops shell agricultural lands close to the border fence nr. Khan Yunis, causing no injuries. In the West Bank, IDF troops shoot and wound 3 Palestinians during clashes with residents outside Balata r.c. nr. Nablus. Meanwhile, during an arrest raid in Bethlehem, IDF troops shoot and wound 1 Palestinian in Dahaysha r.c. The IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in 1 village nr. Hebron in the afternoon, and in 2 villages and al-Am‘ari r.c. nr. Ramallah, 2 villages nr. Hebron, and 1 village nr. Bethlehem at night; patrols in 1 village nr. Ramallah in the morning, in 1 village nr. Ramallah in the afternoon, and in 3 villages nr. Jericho, 2 villages nr. Hebron, and 1 village nr. Nablus at night. IDF troops violently disperse Palestinian, Israeli, and international protesters at weekly demonstrations against Israel’s separation wall, settlements, and occupation in 2 villages nr. Ramallah (Bil‘in and Ni‘lin), and 1 village nr. Qalqilya (Kafr Qaddum). There are no serious injuries. (HA, MNA, REU 6/27; PCHR 7/3)

Martin Indyk resigns as U.S. special envoy, though he will remain an adviser to the Obama administration. Indyk will return to his role as director of the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution. (HA 6/27)

Early in the morning, the IDF drops leaflets from helicopters over n. Gaza border areas nr. Bayt Lahiya warning that the IDF will use deadly force against anyone approaching the border fence. Late at night, IDF troops on the s. Gaza border fire on residential areas of Khan Yunis, damaging a house but causing no injuries. On the Rafah border, 1 Palestinian is killed and 2 are injured in a smuggling tunnel collapse. In the West Bank, Israel’s Shin Bet arrests 13 Palestinians fr. al-Am’ari r.c. (including 2 Palestinian Red Crescent Society employees, the goalie of Palestine’s Olympic soccer team, and a senior PA intelligence officer) for plotting a series of attacks on IDF soldiers nr. Ramallah, claiming that the prominent mbrs. of the group intended to use their status to perpetrate attacks. The IDF seals off a plot of land in the al-Ja’wana area Bayt Furik village (nr. Nablus), confiscating 6 tents and 2 water tanks belonging to local Palestinians; patrols in 3 villages nr. Ramallah (synchronized) and 1 nr. Qalqilya in the morning; patrols in 3 villages nr. Jenin, Qalqilya, and Ramallah in the afternoon; and conducts late-night patrols in 1 village nr. Tulkarm. The IDF also conducts late-night arrest raids, house searches in Qalqilya and nr. Nablus. A Palestinian shot during an arrest raid nr. Ramallah on 3/26 dies of his injuries. (OCHA, PCHR 4/5; JPI 4/13)

The IDF issues an eviction order to several Jewish settler families who moved into a house in Hebron, near the al-Ibrahimi Mosque/Tomb of the Patriarchs, several days ago that they claim to have purchased fr. the Palestinian owner (who claims the deeds were forged). The IDF cites the settlers for failing to secure the proper permits from the Israeli military to reside in the West Bank, calling their presence “a risk to public order,” and ordering them to vacate the building by 3:00 p.m. local time on 4/3. (NYT 4/4, 4/5)

IDF troops make a late-night incursion into s. Gaza, arresting 3 Palestinians trapping birds nr. the border. In the West Bank, the IDF sends undercover units into al-Am’ari r.c. nr. Ramallah in the morning and detain a Palestinian guard posted outside the Palestinian Red Crescent Society offices; patrols in Qalqilya in the morning; patrols in 2 villages r. Qalqilya and Salfit late at night; conducts late-night arrest raids, house searches in and around Qalqilya and nr. Tubas, detaining (among others) 2 Palestinians released in the recent prisoner swap that freed IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit (see QU in JPS 163). (PCHR 2/23; OCHA 2/24)

The IDF conducts morning patrols in al-Bireh, neighboring al-Am’ari r.c., 3 villages nr. Ramallah, and 1 nr. Salfit; conducts late-night patrols in Tulkarm. (PCHR 2/2; OCHA 2/3)

Palestinians in Gaza fire an antitank missile at an IDF patrol inside Israel, causing no damage or injuries. During the day, Palestinians also fire 10 mortars toward Israel in 2 barrages, causing no damage or injuries; some of the mortars land inside Gaza. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts synchronized morning patrols in Tulkarm and several nearby villages; patrols in alBireh and neighboring al-Am‘ari r.c., and in 3 villages nr. Jericho and Ramallah. Palestinians (sometimes accompanied by Israeli and international activists) hold weekly nonviolent demonstrations against the separation wall, land confiscations, and settlement expansion in Bil‘in, Ni‘lin, and Nabi Salih/Dayr Nizam. IDF soldiers fire rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at the protesters, injuring 4 Palestinians, including 2 children. A Jewish settler deliberately attempts to run down a Palestinian nr. the Hawara checkpoint nr. Nablus, moderately injuring him; the IDF does not intervene. Jewish settlers fr. Taffuh settlement attempt to seize a plot of nearby Palestinian agricultural land but are sent away by the IDF. Jewish settlers close Jit intersection nr. Qalqilya with burning tires, blocking the main Qalqilya-Nablus road. In separate incidents, Jewish settlers fr. Keddumim and Karnei Shomron settlements stone Palestinian vehicles nr. Qalqilya. In East Jerusalem, Palestinians clash with Israeli border police in Silwan, leaving at least 1 Israeli officer injured. (IsRN, JP 3/18; WP 3/19; PCHR 3/24; OCHA 4/1)

After 2 days of clashes with protesters, arrest raids targeting opposition figures, and imposition of a nighttime curfew in Manama, Bahrain’s troops demolish the giant pearl monument in Pearl Square in a symbolic crushing of antigovernment protesters. No further demonstrations are reported this quarter. By 3/20 observers describe daily life returning to normal (schools and stores reopen, traffic moving) but note “a sense of political paralysis.” Saudi, UAE, and Kuwaiti forces remain in the country through the end of the quarter. (WP 3/19; NYT 3/21)

In Syria, govt. forces violently disperse protests (ranging in size fr. the 100s to the 1,000s) held after Friday prayers in Baniyas, Dara‘a, Damascus, and Homs, fatally shooting 6 protesters and wounding 10s. Though protests are small, the govt. response is harsh and tensions are high. (NYT, WP 3/19)

In Yemen, govt. troops and supporters open fire for more than 20 minutes on protesters demonstrating after Friday prayers in Sana’a, leaving at least 47 dead and 100s injured but failing to disperse the crowd. Afterward, the govt. declares a state of emergency, allowing authorities to curtail civil rights and monitor communications. Over the next 5 days, Yemen’s ambassador to the UN, several other ambassadors, the country’s most influential military commander Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar (a relative and very close ally of Pres. Saleh), and 4 other generals resigned in protest, and Saleh’s own tribe and another key tribal leader called on him to step down. Saleh also fires his cabinet in an apparent attempt to preempt a mass resignation to protest recent deadly clashes. Popular protests also continued. (NYT, WP 3/19; NYT, WP 3/20–21; NYT, WP, WT 3/22–23; NYT, WP 3/24)

IDF troops on the Israeli side of the Erez crossing fire on Palestinians scavenging construction materials from the industrial zone, forcing them to flee but causing no casualties. IDF troops make a brief incursion 300 m into Gaza e. of al-Qarara to level land to clear lines of sight. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts late night arrest raids, house searches in al-Am‘ari r.c. nr. Ramallah, Bethlehem, Dayr Nizam. Palestinians report that in the previous wk. the IDF confiscated 2.5 d. of land in Awarta village nr. Nablus for construction of a new military outpost. (PCHR 4/1; PCHR 4/8; OCHA 4/15)

PC holds special session to discuss Palestinian statehood issue; recommends ending the interim period on 5/4, working toward creation of a Palestinian state. PC speaker Ahmad Qurai` says that after 5/4, the PC, existing PA institutions will continue to function until new elections are held, alternative institutions are formed. (al-Quds 4/21 in WNC 4/22; al-Quds 4/22 in WNC 4/27; PR 4/23)

Christian leaders in Nazareth accept Israeli government compromise on mosque, plaza construction. Muslim leaders reject it, preferring the case to be settled in court. The Vatican denounces as a "provocation" plans to build a mosque next to the Church of the Annunciation. (WP, WT 4/21; MM 4/27) (see 4/18)

In al-Am'ari refugee camp in the West Bank, PA Military Intelligence Service (MIS) mbrs. shoot, wound a Palestinian during an arrest. In protest, Palestinians block the main road, seize a weapon fr. a MIS mbr. MIS breaks up demonstration, arrests several Palestinians. (al-Ayyam, al-Hayat al-Jadida 4/21 in WNC 4/23)

EU suspends sanctions on Libya in line with similar move by UN on 4/5. (WT 4/21)

Syria announces that 25 government officials, directors of public sector corporations have been placed under investigation as part of a government crackdown on corruption directed by Pres. Asad's son, Bashar al-Asad. (al-Bayan 4/20 in WNC 4/22)

ILMG discusses IDF occupation of Arnun, issues statement saying that ILMG mbrs. differ on whether Israel was justified under the April understandings in taking Arnun, urges both sides to take "concrete steps" to return the situation in the village to status-quo-ante 4/15. (MM 4/21; AFP 4/29 in WNC 4/30)

Social/Economic/Political

Arab World: King Hussein of Jordan arrives in Baghdad to discuss international affairs with Iraqi pres. Saddam Husayn. Jordan lifts ban on importation of olive oil from O.T.; decision was made after Jordanian farmers sold their olive crops [MET 4/11].

Other Countries: Pres. Bush declares he envisions Middle East peace that would entail "end of the occupation [of the West Bank and Gaza Strip] and achievement of Palestinian political rights" [WP 4/8], that "a properly structured international conference could play a useful role" in Middle East peace process [WSJ, LAT 4/4].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli soldiers shoot, kill 20-year-old Palestinian at Am'ari refugee camp [NYT 4/4, FJ 4/10]. In Jenin troops raid village; clinics treat at least 10 Palestinians for injuries. In Khan Yunis collaborator is stabbed; troopshoot, injure 4 Palestinians running roadblock taking collaborator to hospital [FJ 4/3].

Arab World: Iraq says that it is not developing nuclear weapons and that it will retaliate if Israel strikes Iraqi targets [WP 4/4].

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli intelligence study indicates: only way to end uprising is for Israel to talk to PLO; PLO is only Palestinian leadership; PLO has truly become more moderate [NYT 3/21].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: In Qabatiyyah troops open fire, wound 2 Palestinians. In Am'ari camp troops injure 4 Palestinians. In Gaza 6 Palestinians are wounded during clashes [FBIS 3/21].

Arab World: Israeli warplanes attack PFLPGC base in Lebanon killing 10 guerrillas, 10 civilians, wounding 30 others [WP 3/21].

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Commercial strike is observed in Gaza. Curfews are placed on Khan Yunis, Jabalya, Beach, Nur Shams camps [FJ 2/13].

Other Countries: U.S. State Dept. issues report charging Israel with "substantial increase in human rights violations. " State Dept. spokesman states that 2/5 clash between Palestinian guerillas and Israeli troops in Lebanon could have negative impact on U.S.-PLO relations [WP 2/8].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: In Rafah camp soldiers injure 15 Palestinians during demonstration. At least 6 other Palestinians are injured in Gaza Strip. Troops shoot, wound 4 Palestinians at Am'ari camp. In W. Bank troops destroy 3 houses, 1poultry farm, claiming they were built without permits [FJ 2/13]

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Curfews in Kafr Malik, al-Am'ari camp enter 15th day [FJ 12/5]. Deputy mayor of Acre calls for "transfer" of city's 12,000 Palestinians in order to "maintain a purely Jewish town" [FJ 12/12].

Other Countries: UN votes 154-2 to move session to Geneva in December so Arafat can address the organization; only U.S., Israel oppose [WP 12/3].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: In Gaza at least 5 Palestinians are shot. In Tamun troops and tax collectorseize 70 cars and force owners to pay taxes [FJ 12/5]. 

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Palestinians in O.T. observe general strike. Curfews continue in al-Am'ari camp and are imposed on Beach, Dayr al-Balah camps and parts of Gaza [FJ 11/28].

Military Action Occupied

Palestine/Israel: In Jerusalem, 28- year-old Palestinian dies from gunshot wounds, beatings received 11/3. 13- year-old Palestinian from Bayta dies from wounds received 11/19. In Dayr al-Ghussun 3 Palestinians are hospitalized following clashes with Israeli soldiers [FJ 11/28].

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Al-Am'ari camp remains under curfew for 3rd day [FJ 11/28].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Troops open fire during demonstration in Nablus, wound 3 Palestinians. In Kafr al-Dik 1 Palestinian is shot. In 'Ayn Bayt al-Ma' 3 Palestinians are shot, wounded. In Khan Yunis troops open fire, wound 2 Palestinians [FJ 11/28].

Arab World: IDF planes attack Force 17 positions in Lebanon, kill 7 Palestinians, wound 9 [FJ 11/28].

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli-imposed curfews continue in Balatah, Qalandiya, al-Am'ari, and Tulkarm camps and Qalqiliyyah, 'Azzun, and Dannabah [FJ 9/25].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: In Gaza 8 Palestinians are injured during clashes. Near Tulkarm one Palestinian is shot; in Bayt Furik one Palestinian is injured; in Hebron one Palestinian is injured [FJ 9/25].

Arab World: Israeli warplanes attack PLO targets near Sidon wounding 5, the 14th such raid this year; 65 people have been killed, 108 injured [LAT 8/24]

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Curfews continue in Tulkarm, al-Am'ari, and Qalandiya camps, Dannabah, and Qalqiliyyah [FJ 9/ 25].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: In Burayj camp soldiers shoot, kill 17-year-old Palestinian; 15 Palestinians are injured by live ammunition; at least 70 are shot with rubber bullets. In Khan Yunis 3 Palestinians are shot; in Nusayrat 1 Palestinian is shot; in Beach camp 5 Palestinians are shot; in Balatah one Palestinian is shot; in Nablus one Palestinian is shot [FJ 9/25].

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli-imposed curfew in W. Bank keeps 185,000 Palestinians in their homes [WP 8/20].

Arab World: Jordan announces that it will issue temporary passports to residents of the W. Bank [WP 8/20].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: In Artas 7 Palestinians are shot during demonstrations; 4 Palestinians are shot in al-Am'ari refugee camp [FJ 8/28]. Arab World: A car explodes in southern Lebanon killing 2 Arabs and slightly injuring 3 Israeli solders [LAT 8/20].

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israel bans "popular committees" which have assisted Palestinians during the intifadah; membership in a popular committee is made punishable by 10 years in prison. Representatives of the European Community protest Israel's deportation policy; Israel's Foreign Ministry responds that deportations are necessary to maintain order. Israel lifts 3-day curfew for parts of Gaza; 265,000 Palestinians remain under curfew [WP 8/19]. Qabatiyyah is placed under curfew for the 27th consecutive day [FJ 8/21].

Other Countries: International Committee of the Red Cross criticizes shooting of 2 Palestinians at Ansar III prison, calls removal of Palestinian prisoners from occupied territories a violation of the 4th Geneva Convention [WP 8/19].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: In Tammun 2 Palestinians are shot during confrontations with soldiers; in al-Am'ari refugee camp 4 Palestinians are shot during clashes; in Burayj one Palestinian isshot; in Jabalya one Palestinian is shot [FJ 8/2 1]. Red Cross officials state that 270 Palestinians were treated following beatings during the period from 15 to 17 August [WP 8/19]

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: General strike continues for the second day [FJ 7/17].

Military

Israel/Occupied Palestine: A 17-year-old Palestinian is shot, later dies during clash at 'Askar camp [NYT 7/11, FJ 7/17]. Soldiers, Palestinians clash in Shu'fat, Sir al-Ram, and Am'ari. Officials at Maqassad hospital state that in the last 2 days 27 Palestinians have been hospitalizedue to army beatings [NYT 7/11]. Troops demolish 5 houses in Gaza [FJ 7/17].

Other Countries: The FBI expands investigation of military procurement toinclude 2 Israeli-controlled firms [NYT 7/11].

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: General strike continues for the second day [FJ 7/17].

Military

Israel/Occupied Palestine: A 17-year-old Palestinian is shot, later dies during clash at 'Askar camp [NYT 7/11, FJ 7/17]. Soldiers, Palestinians clash in Shu'fat, Sir al-Ram, and Am'ari. Officials at Maqassad hospital state that in the last 2 days 27 Palestinians have been hospitalizedue to army beatings [NYT 7/11]. Troops demolish 5 houses in Gaza [FJ 7/17].

Other Countries: The FBI expands investigation of military procurement to include 2 Israeli-controlled firms [NYT 7/11].