Friday, January 19, 2018

For a 7th Friday in a row, Israeli forces violently disperse Palestinians, Israelis, and international activists at protests across the oPt against U.S. pres. Trump’s 12/6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as well as Israel’s occupation, settlements, and separation wall. Clashes in Kafr Qaddum near Qalqilya and along Gaza’s border near Jabaliya refugee camp, Khan Yunis, and Gaza City lead to at least 10 Palestinian injuries. Meanwhile, an IDF raid in Luban alSharqiyya sparks further clashes; 1 Palestinian child is injured. IDF troops also arrest 2 Palestinians and issue 3 arrest summons during late-night raids near Bethlehem and in Qalqilya. IDF troops arrest a Palestinian woman in central Hebron, allegedly for carrying a knife. A Palestinian driver is arrested at a Jordan valley checkpoint, and Israeli soldiers claim he rammed a group of them with his car. Israeli forces block the main entrance to Hizma village in East Jerusalem overnight, following clashes in the village late on 1/18. (HA, JP, WAFA 1/19; MNA 1/20; PCHR 1/25)