Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Nussayrat r.c., forcing them to return to shore. In the West Bank, the IDF shoots, wounds a Palestinian farmer working in his field nr. Ibna; conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Nablus, nr. Hebron, and in Jenin town and r.c., Qabatya, Qalqilya. Of note: By this date, the IDF has stopped requiring special permits for Palestinians to enter the Jordan Valley, but access is only possible on public transportation through 4 checkpoints. The PA says that it has made the 1st formal contact with the kidnappers holding BBC correspondent Johnston, confirming he is still alive, but that their demands for his release are unacceptable. Protesters in cities across Israel begin to march to Tel Aviv for a major demonstration on 5/3 calling for Olmert’s resignation in the wake of the Winograd Commission report on Israel’s handling of the summer 2006 war on Lebanon. (OCHA, WP, WT 5/2; PCHR 5/3)