Monday, July 6, 2009

In the West Bank, the IDF forces a Palestinian family to demolish an addition to their home in Bayt Hanina on the outskirts of Jerusalem, threatening them with a $4,500 fine if the IDF were forced to carry out the order; conducts separate synchronized late-night arrest raids, house searches in villages nr. Jenin and Tulkarm; conducts similar late-night arrest raids, house searches in Bil‘in, nr. Bethlehem. Jewish settlers accompanied by IDF troops level 5 d. of Palestinian agricultural land s. of Hebron, install 3 mobile homes and an electricity generator to expand the unauthorized settlement outpost of Avigal. (OCHA, PCHR 7/9)

In London, Mitchell, Barak meet briefly to exchange details on a possible settlement freeze, steps toward Arab normalization, and Palestinian efforts to improve security. (NYT, WP 7/7; WT 7/8; WJW 7/9; see also NYT 7/4)