Wednesday, January 27, 2016

In the West Bank IDF troops arrest a Palestinian youth at Qalandia checkpoint nr. Jerusalem after he allegedly attempts to stab an Israeli soldier (no one is injured). Israeli settlers chase down and detain a Palestinian youth at a gas station outside the Givat Ze’ev settlement nr. Jerusalem after he allegedly stabs and seriously injures a settler. Meanwhile, IDF troops conduct late-night raids and house searches in 2 villages nr. Hebron, 2 nr. Ramallah, Aida r.c. and 1 village nr. Bethlehem, and Tulkarm, arresting 9 Palestinians and issuing arrest summons to 1. Also, the IDF maintains its lockdown on Bayt ‘Ur al-Tahta village where 1 of the Palestinians allegedly responsible for the 1/25 stabbing attack was from. Off Gaza’s n. coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on and arrest 4 fishermen and confiscate their boat (there are no injuries). In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces demolish a home under construction in Jabal Mukabir and another one in Shu‘fat. They also arrest 10 Palestinians during late-night raids in the Old City, Shu‘fat, and Issawiyya. (HA, JP, MNA, YA 1/27; HA, MNA, PCHR 1/28; PCHR 2/4)

Israel’s High Court of Justice rejects a Palestinian Prisoners’ Society petition calling for the immediate release of administrative detainee al-Qiq, who has been on hunger strike for more than 60 days. (SAM 1/28; ADM 2/23)