Sunday, December 19, 2021

In the West Bank, Israeli forces razed structures put up by Israeli settlers at the Homesh settlement outpost where an Israeli settler was killed on 12/16. According to the Israeli military, Israeli settlers attacked soldiers and damaged vehicles at the site as the settlers tried to continue building. The Israeli forces did not demolish a yeshiva building built on the evacuated Homesh settlement outpost. No Israeli settlers were arrested. Palestinians were reported to have thrown stones at an Israeli bus near Hizma, injuring the bus driver who was hit by broken glass. Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles near Burqa, injuring 4 and causing damage. Israeli settlers also raided Ramin and Deir ‘Ammar; no injuries were reported. Elsewhere, Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles east of Hebron; no injuries were reported. Israeli forces violently dispersed Palestinians protesting a raid in al-Bireh, no injuries were reported. Israeli forces also violently dispersed Palestinian minors throwing stones at Israeli soldiers east of Sa‘ir, injuring 1 with a rubber-coated bullet and arresting 5; they were all released later in the day. Elsewhere, Israeli forces also closed off the main entrance to Sabastia, placing large cement blocks on the road. 6 Palestinians were arrested during a raid in Sa‘ir; Israeli forces violently dispersed Palestinian protesters during the raid, causing tear-gas related injuries. In East Jerusalem, Israeli settlers toured the Haram al-Sharif compound. Israeli forces arrested 1 Palestinian at the Damascus Gate plaza, claiming he had tried to commit a stabbing attack. In Gaza, Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian agricultural lands east of al-Shuka. Israeli forces also fired tear gas at a landfill east of Dayr al-Balah; no injuries were reported. (HA, HA, JP, TOI, TOI, TOI, TOI, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 12/19; PCHR 12/23)

Israel said it had arrested 6 Palestinians in Silat al-Harithiya. The 6 are alleged to have been connected to the killing of an Israeli settler near the Homesh settlement outpost on 12/16. Israel also claimed to have found the weapon used to kill the settler and said that the arrested have links to Islamic Jihad. (AP, BBC, HA, HA, JP, MEMO, TOI, TOI, WAFA 12/19)

Israeli Kan news reported that the Israeli military had changed its policy to allow soldiers to open fire at Palestinians who throw stones at Israeli forces and flee. (MEMO 12/20)

Hamas MP Atef Odwa condemned the PA for sentencing 35 Palestinian activists in the West Bank. (MEMO 12/20)