Thursday, January 18, 2018

In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces conduct raids in Hizma village late at night in response to reports of stones being thrown at an Israeli bus earlier in the day. The raids spark minor clashes, leading to no major injuries or arrests. Four Palestinians are arrested on further raids in the Old City. In the West Bank, IDF troops arrest 4 Palestinians during raids in and around Jenin, and patrol near Ramallah, Salfit, and Hebron. (WAFA 1/19; PCHR 1/25)

The U.S. State Dept. announces that the Trump administration will not be providing the $45 million in food aid to Palestinians that it pledged in 12/2017 in response to an UNRWA emergency appeal. Instead, the aid will be frozen indefinitely. The announcement comes 2 days after the State Dept. announced that the Trump administration would be withholding $65 million in aid for UNRWA. (JP, REU, WAFA, YA 1/18; TOI, WAFA 1/19)