Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Israeli forces conduct raids in Abu Dis overnight, sparking clashes with stone-throwing Palestinians; 9 Palestinians are injured, including several schoolchildren. Elsewhere in East Jerusalem, approximately 240 right-wing Jewish activists tour Haram al-Sharif in the morning. In the West Bank, IDF troops raid a charity in central Hebron, damaging files and other property. IDF troops violently disperse Palestinians gathering in central Hebron to welcome a member of their community home after spending 14 years in an Israeli prison; 3 Palestinians are arrested and none are seriously injured. The IDF also arrests 1 Palestinian during a late-night raid near Qalqilya and patrols near Jenin and Hebron. (MNA, WAFA 9/20; PCHR 9/28)

Addressing the UNGA in New York, PA pres. Abbas reiterates his support for a 2-state solution, promises to send PA officials to take control of Gaza next week, and expresses hope for U.S. pres. Trump to forge a “historic” Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement. He says the Palestinians are giving Trump’s efforts a chance, but that they will ask for equal status within the international community if Israel undermines the U.S. efforts. Later, Trump and Abbas meet. According to Palestinian and U.S. sources, Trump asks Abbas to give him and his administration time to draft a new peace plan. Abbas reportedly agrees. (HA, MNA, TOI, WAFA 9/20; HA 9/24)