Thursday, June 10, 2010

In the West Bank, the IDF patrols in al-Mazra‘a village nr. Ramallah at dawn, arresting 1 Palestinian teenager, releasing him later in the day. (PCHR 6/17; OCHA 6/18)

Hrs. before the Palestinian Central Elections Commission’s deadline to submit electoral lists for municipal elections slated to begin on 7/17, the PA postpones municipal elections indefinitely, claiming that they would derail national unity talks with Hamas. Analysts, however, overwhelmingly attribute the decision to Fatah’s inability to agree on its own slate of candidates and preelection polls indicating that non-Fatah independent candidates were poised to win key races. (JP, NYT, WP 6/11; PCHR 6/15; Huffington Post 6/19, Arab Reform Bulletin 7/21; HA 7/27; see also YA 6/7)