Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Palestinian woman casts her ballot during municipal elections in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Ramallah, 13 May 2017
Credits: Abbas Momani / AFP / Getty Images

Israeli forces shoot and kill a Jordanian citizen outside the Old City of Jerusalem after he allegedly stabs and injures an Israeli police officer. A Jordanian govt. spokesperson later demands that Israel provide all details surrounding the incident, calling the killing a “heinous crime.” In the West Bank, IDF troops arrest a Palestinian in c. Hebron when she is found to be carrying a knife. The IDF conducts a late-night raid in Jenin r.c., arresting 2 Palestinians and sparking clashes with stone-throwing residents; 1 Palestinian is injured. They arrest 4 Palestinians on further raids in and around Qalqilya, Bethlehem, and Ramallah. (JT, MNA, WAFA 5/13; HA, MNA 5/14; PCHR 5/18)

Palestinians across the West Bank head to the polls to elect new local representatives. Independent candidates win 65% of the contested seats, Fatah-affiliated lists win 27.6%, and DFLP lists win 2.77%. Hamas, the PIJ, and the PFLP all boycott the elections. Voter turnout is recorded at 53.4%, roughly matching the 2012 municipal elections, according to the CEC. (AJ, MNA 5/13; MNA 5/ 14; WAFA 5/15)