Thursday, June 30, 2011

Freedom Flotilla II organizers say 2 of their boats have been sabotaged (propeller shafts cut) while docked in Greece and Turkey, delaying the flotilla’s departure until early 7/2011; organizers blame Israel, which refuses to confirm or deny responsibility. The IDF cuts down 11 Palestinian olive trees to clear lines of sight along a settler-only bypass road to Aley Zahav settlement nr. Salfit. (WP 7/1; PCHR 7/7; OCHA 7/8)

A senior Fatah official says that Fatah and Hamas have agreed to delay the formation of a unity government until after the 9/2011 UNGA session out of concern that the international community would be less likely to endorse Palestinian statehood if the PA included Hamas. (Saudi Press Agency 6/29; WP 6/30)