Tuesday, June 16, 2020

In the West Bank, Israeli forces raided Ramallah for the 1st time since the PA ended security coordination with Israel on 5/19. 13 Palestinians were arrested during raids in and around Bayt Umar, Yatta, Ya‘bad, Anata, and Ramallah. In East Jerusalem, 3 Palestinians were assaulted and arrested by Israeli forces at a gate to the Haram al-Sharif compound. Off the coast of Gaza, Israel naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen within 3 nautical miles west of Bayt Lahiya; no injuries were reported. (AJ, WAFA, WAFA 6/16; PCHR 6/18)

The AP reported that the U.S. administration is considering withholding or cutting aid to Jordan because the country is refusing to extradite 1 Palestinian-Jordanian woman who served 8 years in Israeli prison after being convicted of organizing an attack in Jerusalem that killed 15 people in 2001, including U.S. citizens. She and more than 1,000 others were released in a prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel, and she has been living in Jordan since being released in 2011. (AJ, HA, TOI 6/16)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson said at the British parliament that he believes “that what is proposed by Israel would amount to breach of international law” and that he “strongly objected and we believe profoundly in a two state solution and we will continue to make that case.” (HA 6/16)