Saturday, March 24, 2012

The IDF patrols in 3 villages nr. Tulkarm, 2 nr. Ramallah, and 1 each nr. Jericho and Qalqilya in the morning; 1 village nr. Tulkarm in the afternoon; and Jericho and 1 village nr. Qalqilya late at night. The IDF also conducts late-night arrest raids, house searches in Hebron, Nabi Salih, and Nablus. Palestinian and international activists hold a nonviolent demonstration in Bayt Umar to protest nearby settlement expansion; IDF soldiers beat protesters with their gun butts, injuring 1 Palestinian and 3 internationals. Jewish settlers fr. Kefar Etzion nr. Bethlehem uproot 85 olive trees on a nearby plot of Palestinian land. Jewish settlers fr. Givat Assaf settlement outpost nr. Ramallah attack and beat 3 Palestinian shepherds from a nearby village, sparking a clash with local villagers who come to the shepherds’ rescue; 1 settler opens fire, seriously wounding 1 Palestinian; the IDF intervenes, firing tear gas to disperse the Palestinians. (PCHR 3/29; OCHA 3/30)