Wednesday, January 2, 2019

In the West Bank, Israeli forces deliver stop-work orders to a Palestinian home and greenhouse under construction in Nahalin village near Bethlehem. They also demolish a Palestinian home in al-Matar, a suburb of Jerusalem; dismantle and confiscate a makeshift Palestinian residential structure near Bethlehem; arrest 10 Palestinians during raids near Qalqilya, Jenin, Ramallah, and Hebron; and patrol near Nablus, Hebron, Bethlehem, and Ramallah. Unidentified assailants throw a pipe bomb at IDF troops outside Yabad village near Nablus, causing no injuries. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian shepherds working near Rafah for a 6th day in a row; there are no reported injuries. (MNA, MNA, TOI, WAFA, WAFA 1/2; PCHR 1/3)

Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announces his intention to propose a series of measures meant to “worsen” the conditions of Palestinians in Israeli prisons. “The party is over,” he says. Erdan says he will propose reductions in water supplies, halts to PA support, reduced autonomy for certain prisoners, and an end to the separation of prisoners affiliated with Hamas and Fatah. “We don’t fear threats or strikes,” he adds. Erdan reportedly intends to bring up the proposals to the Israeli cabinet within the week, with a goal of implementing them within the year. (HA, TOI 1/2)