Tuesday, October 29, 2013

In the West Bank, IDF troops shoot and injure a Palestinian in Tuqu‘ village nr. Bethlehem with live ammunition. The troops entered the village firing gunshots after a petrol bomb was thrown at a settler bus traveling on the main road in the village (causing no injuries). The IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in 1 village nr. Bethlehem at night; patrols in 2 villages nr. Jenin in the morning, in 1 village nr. Ramallah in the afternoon, and in Tulkarm and 1 nearby village, and in 1 village each nr. Hebron and Jenin at night. In East Jerusalem, Israeli security forces demolish a four-storey building home to 20 people in Bayt Hanina. (MNA 10/29; PCHR 10/31)

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners, who are welcomed by Pres. Abbas in Ramallah, PM Hamdallah, and other cabinet mbrs. Five of the 26 are released to the Gaza Strip, where thousands greet the freed men at the Erez crossing. (HA, REU 10/29)

Israel appears before the UN Human Rights Council to face claims of discriminatory polices and breaches of international law. Israel’s dep. atty. gen. accuses the council of subjecting Israel to disproportional and politically motivated scrutiny. (AFP 10/29)

Negotiators from Iran and the IAEA both release positive statements following talks, with a new meeting set for 11/11 in Tehran. No details are provided, but the IAEA spoke of a “very productive meeting” while Iranian negotiator Reza Najafi spoke of a “new chapter of cooperation.” (AP 10/29)