Friday, November 25, 2016

Massive fires continue to burn across Israel and the West Bank for a 4th consecutive day, including new outbreaks nr. Jerusalem, causing serious damage in both Palestinian and Jewish communities. They spread further among Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including Halamish, a settlement near Ramallah, and Ma’ale Adumim. After the fires reach Halamish, the IDF shuts down the entrances to 3 Palestinian villages in the area, including Dayr Nizam. Israeli forces arrest 16 Palestinians across Israel and the West Bank in connection with the fire, including 1 man affiliated with the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. Residents of Haifa are allowed to return to their homes after evacuating the previous day. (JP, HA, MNA, NYT 11/25)

IDF troops shoot and kill a Palestinian at a checkpoint in Shu‘fat r.c. after he allegedly attempts to stab one of them. Meanwhile, IDF troops violently disperse Palestinians, Israelis, and international activists at Friday demonstrations against Israel’s settlements, separation wall, and occupation in 3 villages nr. Ramallah (Bil‘in, Ni‘lin, and Nabi Salih), and Kafr Qaddum nr. Qalqilya; there are no serious injuries. IDF troops also arrest 1 Palestinian during a late-night raid nr. Salfit, and patrol nr. Qalqilya and Hebron during the day. (JP, MNA, NYT 11/25; TOI 11/25; PCHR 12/1)