Sunday, January 7, 2018

Hamas announces that a member of its military wing died this morning in an “accidental explosion” in northern Gaza. Along Gaza’s border, the IAF sprays herbicides on Palestinian farmlands near Gaza City. In the West Bank, IDF troops conduct raids in al-Mazra‘a near Ramallah and Salim village near Nablus, sparking clashes with Palestinian youths in each; 1 Palestinian is injured and another is arrested. IDF troops also arrest 11 Palestinians during late-night raids in and around Qalqilya and Bethlehem, and patrol near Qalqilya and Salfit. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 8 Palestinians during latenight raids in al-Tur, Qatanna, and the Old City. (TOI 1/7; PCHR 1/11)

Israel’s Strategic Ministry publishes a “blacklist” of 20 organizations supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, whose members are being denied entry into Israel. “We have shifted from defense to offense,” Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan says. “The boycott organizations need to know that the State of Israel will act against them and not allow [them] to enter its territory to harm its citizens.” Several individuals from listed organizations have reportedly already been denied entry because of their support for BDS. (AJ, HA, JP, WP 1/7; HA 1/8)

Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz instructs the Israel Electric Corp. to restore Israel’s supply of electricity to Gaza to 120 megawatts per day, due to the “PA’s willingness to renew payments.” (JP, MEMO, REU, YA 1/7)