Monday, February 4, 2019

IDF troops open fire on 2 Palestinians on a motorcycle at the al-Jalama checkpoint near Jenin, killing 1 and injuring the other. The IDF states that the 2 men threw a suspicious object at Israeli soldiers manning the checkpoint. The Israeli press reports that the device was an explosive. It did not detonate, let alone cause any injuries or damage. Elsewhere in the West Bank, IDF troops arrest 4 Palestinian minors for throwing stones at Israeli vehicles near Nablus; shoot and injure 2 Palestinians during clashes sparked by an arrest raid near Ramallah; arrest 17 Palestinians and confiscate 3 vehicles during further raids near Nablus, Jenin, Ramallah, Hebron, and Bethlehem; and patrol near Tulkarm, Jenin, and Hebron. Israeli settlers puncture the tires of several Palestinian vehicles and spray-paint racist graffiti on the walls of a nearby mosque overnight in Dayr Dibwan village near Ramallah. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops arrest a Palestinian attempting to cut through the border fence near Rafah. Israeli forces conduct a limited incursion to level land near Dayr al-Balah. (HA, HA, JP, MNA, MNA, TOI, TOI, WAFA, WAFA 2/4; EI, MNA 2/5; PCHR 2/7)

After the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) both announce that they will not be participating in Fatah’s plans for a new PA government comprising representatives of various PLO factions, a Hamas spokesperson calls their announcements a “step in the right direction.” He also reaffirms that “there is no alternative to partnership and national consensus.” (JP 2/4)