Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thousands of Palestinians gather at rallies across the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. Israeli forces violently disperse 1 protest outside the British consulate in Jerusalem and another in Sheikh Jarrah; there are no serious injuries. In the West Bank, IDF troops arrest 2 Palestinians during raids near Jenin and in Bethlehem, and patrol near Hebron, Tulkarm, and Qalqilya. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on a “resistance site” near al-Maghazi refugee camp on 2 separate occasions, causing no damage or injuries, according to local sources. (MNA 11/2; PCHR 11/9)

The EU releases a statement welcoming Hamas’s 11/1 transfer of control of Gaza’s border crossings to the PA, calling it “an important step in the implementation of the agreement signed in Cairo on 10/12, and toward allowing the PA to resume its full responsibilities in Gaza and achieving intraPalestinian reconciliation.” U.S. special representative Greenblatt also salutes the development, saying it is “essential that the PA assume full responsibility in Gaza.” (WAFA 11/2; TOI 11/3)