Monday, September 5, 2005

Israel approves construction of 117 new housing units in Ariel settlement in contravention of the road map. The IDF patrols in, fires on residential areas of Tulkarm r.c.; fires on stone-throwing Palestinians youths at a flying checkpoint outside Jenin, wounding 1, arresting 1; conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Hebron and in villages around Nablus, Tulkarm. An explosion destroys the Gaza City home of a Hamas mbr., killing 4 Palestinians, wounding more than 12; neighbors say the blast was apparently caused by explosives kept in the home that detonated accidentally. Jewish settlers fr. Kiryat Arba throw stones, bottles at Palestinian homes, injuring a 3-yr.- old and a 12-yr.-old Palestinian child. For a 2d day, 10s of unemployed Palestinians demonstrate outside a Khan Yunis municipal building demanding jobs and better living conditions, scuffling with and pelting PA riot police with stones, leaving 7 officers, 3 demonstrators injured. (AP 9/5; NYT, REU 9/6; WP 9/7; PCHR 9/8)

10s of PA security forces deploy in Taybeh after 100s of armed men tied to 1 Muslim family fr. Dayr Jarir burn 13 homes of an extended Christian family there. The disputes stemmed fr. an affair btwn. a Muslim woman and a Christian man and the honor killing of the woman involved. Christians in Taybeh, however, fear an undercurrent of anti-Christian sentiment is to blame and could result in wider clashes. (AP 9/5; BBC 9/14)