Monday, June 27, 2011

Israel drops its 6/26 threat to ban foreign journalists amid international condemnation. Nr. Hebron, the IDF uses force to disperse Palestinian farmers and international activists who attempt to access 200 d. of Palestinian agricultural land that has been seized for the expansion of Ashkalot settlement, arresting 6; seizes and levels a 2.5-d. area of Palestinian land for construction of an airstrip; levels additional Palestinian land to expand an IDF post; and destroys an irrigation network. The IDF also conducts late-night arrest raids, house searches in ‘Azun and Salfit (arresting Hamas-affiliated PC mbr. Nassir ‘Abd al-Jawwad), in and around Hebron, and nr. Nablus. (HA, NYT, WP, WT 6/28; WP 6/29; PCHR 6/30; OCHA 7/1)