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  • June 8, 2006

    The IDF makes an air strike on a PRC site at the fmr. Rafiah Yam settlement nr. Rafah, assassinating PA Interior Min. inspector gen., ESF cmdr., and PRC leader Jamal Abu Samhadana, 3 bodyguards,...

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  • August 16, 2005

    At midnight local time, the grace period runs out for Jewish settlers in Gaza to withdraw voluntarily in compliance with Israeli PM Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan; at least 50% of the estimated...

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  • March 17, 2005

    The IDF fires on stone-throwing Palestinians nr. Ramallah; shoots, wounds a Palestinian who strays too close to Rafiah Yam settlement in s. Gaza; conducts arrest raids, house searches in the Wadi...

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  • July 30, 1989

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli Supreme Court states that Palestinians have right to appeal house demolition orders before action is taken; ruling gives...

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  • July 22, 1984

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli court sentences American-Jewish settler Matthew Liebowitz to 39 mos. for shooting Palestinian bus (3/4/84), wounding 6. Tulkarm...

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The IDF makes an air strike on a PRC site at the fmr. Rafiah Yam settlement nr. Rafah, assassinating PA Interior Min. inspector gen., ESF cmdr., and PRC leader Jamal Abu Samhadana, 3 bodyguards, wounding 10 PRC mbrs. The IDF also conducts arrest raids in and around Jenin, Nablus. Palestinians fire 5 rockets fr. Gaza into Israel, causing no damage or injuries; the IDF responds by shelling n. Gaza, causing no injuries. Jewish settlers fr. Gush Etzion attack a Palestinian s. of Bethlehem. (MM, NYT, WP 6/9; IFM 6/11; MM 6/12; PCHR 6/15)

At midnight local time, the grace period runs out for Jewish settlers in Gaza to withdraw voluntarily in compliance with Israeli PM Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan; at least 50% of the estimated 8,500 settlers have already left, including all settlers fr. Dugit (est. 1990, pop. 70, size 245 dunams [d.; 4 d. = 1 acre].), Nisanit (est. 1980, pop. 1,100, size 1,610 d.), Pe’at Sadeh (est. 1989, pop. 110, size 935 d.), Rafiah Yam (est. 1984, pop. 130, size 574 d.), Shalev (est. 2001, pop. 50). Gaza and the n. West Bank remain closed military zones to Israelis for the duration of disengagement (see 6/30, 8/15). Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers prepare to forcibly remove the settlers who remain and the estimated 5,000 disengagement protesters (mostly West Bank settler youth) who snuck into the Strip. Meanwhile in Gaza, the IDF searches Palestinian homes nr. Bayt Lahiya, in Wadi al-Silqa; occupies a Palestinian home in Dayr al-Balah as an observation post. Jewish settlers fr. Gaza’s Gush Katif bloc, burn animal food storage bins in al-Mawasi. In Khan Yunis, 1,000s of Hamas supporters rally to celebrate the pending disengagement. In the West Bank, the IDF detains, beats a 16-yr.-old Palestinian who throws stones at troops outside Tulkarm; conducts arrest raids, house searches in villages around Hebron and in Qabatya nr. Jenin; demolishes an animal farm outside Hebron for construction of the separation wall; occupies 1 Palestinian home nr. Hebron, 1 nr. Tulkarm as observation posts. Jewish settlers fr. the West Bank settlement of Homesh (to be evacuated under disengagement) occupy, vandalize 2 Palestinian homes nearby; the IDF removes them. (BBC, IMEMC, XIN 8/16; PR 8/17; PCHR 8/18)

The IDF fires on stone-throwing Palestinians nr. Ramallah; shoots, wounds a Palestinian who strays too close to Rafiah Yam settlement in s. Gaza; conducts arrest raids, house searches in the Wadi al-Husayn area of s. Hebron, rounding up all men and holding them for 5 hrs. of interrogation; places temporary curfews on Bardala and Kardala e. of Jenin, orders all Palestinian males ages 15– 60 to surrender for ID checks; also conducts arrest raids in al-Mawasi nr. Khan Yunis. Jewish settlers fr. Kiryat Arba beat a Palestinian in Hebron; the IDF observes but does not intervene. (HA 3/18; JP 3/28; OCHA, PR 3/23; PCHR 3/24)

Palestinian factions meeting in Cairo pledge to extend the unofficial truce until the end of 2005, provided that the lull in violence continues and that Israel follows through on its Sharm al-Shaykh pledges to turn over security control of West Bank cities and release a significant number of Palestinian prisoners.Abbas and the factions agree to form a comm. to study rebuilding the PLO on new foundations that would allow Hamas, Islamic Jihad to join. (Daily Star, MM, REU 3/17; BBC, HA, MM, NYT, VOP, WP, WT 3/18; JAZ 3/19; AP, JAZ 3/21; PR 3/23; MEI 4/1)

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli Supreme Court states that Palestinians have right to appeal house demolition orders before action is taken; ruling gives Palestinians 48 hours to appeal order to military commander and, if refused, another 48 hours to appeal to high court [WP 7/31]. Palestinians observe general strike in O. T. [FBIS 7/31].

Arab World: Arafat meets with Iraqi president Saddam Husayn [FJ 8/8].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli troops open fire, kill 17-year-old Palestinian in Ra's Karkar. Jewish settlers from Rafiah Yam shoot, kill 30-year-old Palestinian near Bayt Hanun. In Ramallah Palestinian from Bayt Lid dies from wounds received in May. In Nablus Palestinian dies from wounds received mid-July. Palestinian suspected of collaboration dies from injuries received 7/29. At least 7 Palestinians are wounded in O.T. [FBIS 7/31]. 

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli court sentences American-Jewish settler Matthew Liebowitz to 39 mos. for shooting Palestinian bus (3/4/84), wounding 6. Tulkarm police intervene tostop destruction of Bidya village land by Israeli construction companies. Bir Zeit U. petitions High Court to intervene against Planning Department's interference with university activities. WZO establishes new settlements-Rafiah Yam, Nitzanit& Netzarim in Gaza Strip; Tirza, NE of Nablus. Private investigator discovers bugging device in Time magazine's Jerusalem offices.

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: IDF erects iron gate at Qasabeh neighborhood, Nablus, imposing blockade as further retaliation for grenade incident (7/20/84).

Arab World: Katyusha rockets fired on IDF outpost in Lebanon's eastern sector.