Thursday, March 31, 2005

The IDF demolishes 5 Palestinian homes, 1 shop in Wadi Rahal nr. Bethlehem for construction of the separation wall; raids the home nr. Jenin of the family of a Palestinian arrested several wks. ago, interrogates the family, beats the prisoner’s father; conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Ramallah; erects a new military post, observation tower outside Aley Sinai settlement in Gaza. Jewish settlers fr. Kiryat Arba beat a Palestinian farmer working his land nearby, force him to leave, threaten to shoot him if he comes back. Angry Palestinians set fire to a PA police checkpoint in Tulkarm after officers manning the post fire on a suspected stolen vehicle, wounding at least 1 Palestinian. Unidentified assailants torch the cars of several candidates in municipal elections in Gaza. (IMEMC 3/31; HA, MM, NYT, WP 4/1; OCHA 4/6; PCHR 4/7)