Monday, January 28, 2013

U.S. pres Obama calls Israeli PM Netanyahu to congratulate him on the election results, the 1st foreign leader to do so. Obama tells Netanyahu that he looks forward to working closely with Israel on a ‘‘shared agenda for peace and security in the Middle East.’’ (HA 1/28)

The IDF opens fire on unidentified gunmen attempting to cross the IsraelEgypt border fence, injuring 2 who escape. (JP 1/28)

In East Jerusalem, IDF soldiers demolish 4 buildings and level land in the Silwan neigborhood, sparking clashes with residents. In the West Bank, the IDF patrols in Qalqilya, Tulkarm, and 1 village nr. Salfit at night; conducts house searches and arrest raids in Hebron, Nablus, and 1 village each nr. Hebron and Jenin at night. (MNA 1/28; PCHR 1/31)

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem publishes a report condemning what it calls the illegal use of deadly force by IDF soldiers that has resulted in the killing of 56 Palestinians in clashes since 2005. (REU 1/28)

Islamic Jihad Khalid al-Batsh, a representative of the Public Freedoms Comm. established by Fatah and Hamas to help the national reconciliation process, says that Hamas authorities have agreed to free recently detained Fatahaffiliated journalists. (MNA 1/28)