Saturday, January 19, 2013

In the Gaza Strip, the IDF opens fire along the border fence nr. Wadi al-Salqa village in c. Gaza, wounding 1 Palestinian child. Israeli naval vessels open fire on Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza coast nr. al-Waha, causing no injuries. In the West Bank, the IDF for a 2d time in 48 hours destroys tents being used for shelter by shepherds in the n. Jordan Valley community of al-Maleh; the IDF also prevents a convoy of humanitarian aid from reaching the village. The IDF arrests Palestinians and Israelis who were part of a group of farmers and activists attempting to access Palestinian-owned land alongside the unauthorized settler outpost of Mitzpeh Hair nr. Hebron. The IDF also patrols in 2 villages nr. Salfit in the morning, in 3 villages nr. Jenin in the afternoon, and in 1 village each nr. Hebron, Ramallah, and Tulkarm at night; conducts house searches and arrest raids in 1 village each nr. Bethlehem and Hebron at night. (972mag, WAFA, XIN 1/19; PCHR 1/23)

Speaking ahead of elections, Israeli PM Netanyahu says that the country’s enemies want a ‘‘weak Israel’’ and that his priority in a next term in office will be to stop Iran’s nuclear program. (REU 1/19)

The day before a major economic conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the Arab League Ahmad Qattan says that the country will contribute $20 m. each mo. to the PA for as long as Israel continues to withhold Palestinian tax revenues. (MNA 1/19)