Monday, July 11, 2016

As its closure of Hebron and its surrounding district continues, the IDF conducts raids in and around the city, arresting 6 Palestinians, destroying some property, and sparking clashes in both Dura and Sa‘ir (2 Palestinians are injured). IDF troops arrest 11 Palestinians during further raids and house searches in Qalqilya, and nr. Bethlehem and Jenin; and patrol during the day nr. Jenin, Ramallah, and Qalqilya. Israeli forces also raze a swath of Palestinian land nr. Ramallah. Along Gaza’s border, Israeli forces conduct a limited incursion to level land nr. Khan Yunis and open fire on Palestinian farmers nr. Bayt Hanun late at night, causing 1 minor injury. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces assault and arrest 2 Palestinians in Silwan and arrest 3 Palestinians during raids and patrols nr. the Old City and in Kafr ‘Aqab. (MNA, WAFA 7/11; PCHR 7/14)

Israel’s Knesset passes the so-called NGO bill into law, 57–48, following a 6-hour debate in which opponents of the bill cited numerous international reports criticizing the bill’s chilling effect on freedoms of speech. Inter alia, the law requires NGOs receiving more than 50% of their budget from public foreign entities to reveal the sources of their funding in all communications with public officials, on TV, newspapers, billboards, and online. (AP, HA 7/11; MNA, REU, TOI, YA 7/12)