Thursday, July 23, 2009

In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in ‘Askar r.c. and Nablus. Jewish settlers fr. Yitzhar vandalize nearby Palestinian homes; the IDF intervenes to fire tear gas to disperse Palestinians who gather to defend their homes, also severely beating a 10-yr.-old Palestinian boy. Israeli developers report that the first occupants have moved into the new, upscale East Jerusalem settlement Nof Zion, which straddles the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabal Mukabir. The settlement has 91 units, selling for $400,000 to $580,000, a bloc of which has been sold to a group of American Jews fr. Miami. (WJW 7/23; OCHA, PCHR 7/30)