Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Israeli naval forces confront Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza’s coast nr. Jabaliya r.c. in 2 separate incidents. One boat capsizes in the 2d incident and a fisherman goes missing. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces demolish 2 homes each in Shu‘fat and Bayt Hanina. Later, Israeli forces return to Shu‘fat to inspect a number of shops, sparking clashes with stone-throwing youths; there are no serious injuries. In the West Bank, Israeli forces raze a small swath of Palestinian land nr. Salfit and destroy a number of water wells nr. Bethlehem. They also deliver 19 stop-work orders to Palestinian houses and buildings under construction nr. Salfit. The IDF arrests 4 Palestinians during late-night raids nr. Hebron and in Tubas, and patrols nr. Salfit and Hebron during the day. (MNA, WAFA 1/4; MNA, PCHR, WAFA 1/5; PCHR 1/12)

An Israeli military court in Tel Aviv convicts IDF soldier Elor Azaria of manslaughter in connection with his killing of a prone and defenseless Palestinian in c. Hebron on 3/24/2016. He will be sentenced in late 2/2017. (HA, JP, MNA, NYT, TOI, WAFA, YA 1/4)