Saturday, April 14, 2012

PRC mbrs. fire a rocket fr. Gaza towards Israel, which explodes prematurely inside Gaza, causing no reported injuries. In the West Bank, 200 Palestinians and international activists taking part in a bike along the Jordan Valley intended to draw attention to Israeli restrictions on Palestinian movement are blocked by IDF as they leave Ouja village to enter Route 90; at least 1 IDF soldier, an officer, is caught by news cameras beating a Danish activist with his M16 and is dismissed from his post and demoted by the Defense Min. “on moral grounds.” (In total, 2 Palestinians, including a woman, and 3 internationals, including the Dane, are injured.) A small group of Palestinians and international activists hold a weekly nonviolent demonstration in Bayt Umar protesting settlement expansion; the IDF beats and fires stun grenades at the protesters, hitting 1 Palestinian woman with a stun grenade, moderately injuring her. The IDF also conducts morning patrols in `Aqabat Jabir r.c., Jericho and 1 nearby village, 2 villages nr. Tulkarm, and 1 each nr. Jenin and Qalqilya; conducts afternoon patrols in 2 villages nr. Jenin and Jericho; and conducts latenight patrols in Tulkarm an 2 nearby villages, 3 villages nr. Qalqilya, 2 nr. Ramallah, and 1 nr. Jenin. (MNA 4/15; NYT, PCHR 4/19; OCHA 4/20)