Monday, June 17, 2019

In the West Bank, Israeli forces demolished 4 residential structures and a solar panel south of Hebron; 1 Palestinian protesting the demolition was injured. Israeli settlers sprayed graffiti and slashed the tires of 23 cars in Dayr Istya near the Ariel settlement. In East Jerusalem, the Israeli high court of justice approved the demolition of 13 large Palestinian-owned buildings in Sur al-Bahir containing 100 apartments. In Israel, a Palestinian from the West Bank died in a work-related accident in Arugot. So far in 2019, 41 people have died from work-related accidents in Israel. (HA, HA, WAFA 6/17; HA, WAFA 6/18)

An Israeli official said that the Israeli government decided to postpone the evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar due to pressure from the U.S. The official said that the U.S. wants Israel to hold off on evacuating Khan al-Ahmar until the U.S. peace plan is presented. (HA 6/18)

A U.S. White House official said that Israeli official representatives would not be invited to the Bahrain workshop on the economic part of the U.S. peace plan to keep the event from being “political.” (Axios, HA 6/17)

The former president of Egypt Mohamed Morsi died shortly after collapsing in a courtroom in Egypt. Mohamed Morsi had been imprisoned since the Egyptian military ousted him in a coup in 2013. (BBC 6/17; HA, HA 6/18)

U.S. acting secretary of defense Patrick Shanahan announced that the U.S. will deploy 1,000 more troops to the Middle East. Shanahan cited threats from Iran as a reason for the deployment. (HA 6/18)