Friday, May 25, 2012

The IDF patrols in Tulkarm and 1 nearby village at night; conducts latenight arrest raids, house searches in Dahaysha r.c. Palestinians (accompanied by Israeli and international activists) hold weekly nonviolent demonstrations against the separation wall, land confiscations, and settlement expansion in Bil‘in, Kafr Qaddum (nr. Qalqilya), al-Nabi Salih, and Nuba (nr. Ramallah). IDF soldiers fire live ammunition (al-Nabi Salih only), rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at the protesters; 5 Palestinians are hit by tear gas canisters in Kafr Qaddum. Jewish settlers fr. Yitzhar set fire to a large wooded area and crop lands in ‘Urif village. Hours later, the same settlers set fire to another plot of Palestinian crop land n. of ‘Urif; as local Palestinians come to put out the blaze, the fleeing settlers grab, handcuff, and shoot in the abdomen 1 Palestinian, seriously wounding him; the IDF observes but does not intervene until the shooting, at which point soldiers step in to halt the violence. (PCHR 5/31; OCHA 6/1)