Monday, July 23, 2007

In Jerusalem, Israeli police escort a group of Jewish settlers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound to mark the Tisha B’Av holiday. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Nablus. Jewish settlers fr. Ma’ale Levona nr. Nablus, uproot 30 Palestinian olive trees nr. the settlement. In Rafah, Fatah al-Yasir mbrs. raid the office of Fatah PC mbr. Ashraf Jum‘a, beat Jum‘a and 11 of his bodyguards, alleging that Jum‘a removed the names of brigade mbrs. fr. payroll rosters; local PRC mbrs. intervened to bring the situation under control. In Jabaliya r.c., 3,000 Hamas supporters hold a nonviolent protest against Abbas’s 7/18 call for early elections. In Khan Yunis, Hamas mbrs. remove Fatah officials fr. 3 local centers and educational facilities, installing Hamas-affiliated officials in their place. (NYT 7/24; OCHA 7/25; PCHR 7/26)