Monday, November 17, 2014

Off the coast of the Gaza Strip, nr. Rafah, Israeli naval forces open fire on 2 Palestinian fishing boats, damaging 1 and sinking the other. In the West Bank, IDF troops enter Bil‘in at dawn and deliver warnings about the weekly, nonviolent protests. Clashes break out between stone-throwing Palestinian residents and the Israeli soldiers, and several Palestinians are injured by concussion bombs, tear gas, and rubber-coated metal bullets. Clashes erupt after IDF troops raid 2 villages nr. Ramallah, injuring an IDF soldier. Elsewhere, Israeli settlers bulldoze farmlands w. of Salfit. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces clash with a group of Palestinian women outside Haram al-Sharif who are protesting the ID card restrictions that sparked a similar incident on 11/16; 2 women are arrested. In the Negev, Israeli military and police enter the bedouin village al-‘Araqib and demolish 3 homes, as well as several other structures. (IMEMC 11/17; MNA 11/18; PCHR 11/20)

Egyptian officials announce that the width of the buffer zone being constructed on the border with the Gaza Strip is to be doubled to 1,000 m, and as many as 2,000 in some places along the 13 km border. The announcement comes after the discovery and demolition of 12 tunnels. (MEE, REU 11/17; HA 11/18; TOI 1/6)

European Union (EU) foreign ministers express concern in a press statement about the recent tension in East Jerusalem and formally condemn recent Israeli settlement developments. EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini describes a leaked EU doc. proposing new sanctions against Israeli settlements as “hypothetical and internal.” (HA, JP 11/17)