Saturday, October 19, 2002

The IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in Jenin, Nablus; bulldozes 35 dunams of land in Bayt Hanun. As IDF troops enter Jenin, Palestinians detonate roadside bombs, causing no injuries. At Havat Gilad, IDF soldiers continue dismantlement work, scuffle with Jewish settlers, leaving 30 settlers, 12 soldiers lightly injured; after dark, settlers begin re-erecting trailers on the site. Jewish settlers fire in the air in an attempt to scare off Palestinians, Israeli peace activists harvesting olives nr. Aqraba; the IDF intervenes, forcing the olive pickers to move to another grove to "reduce tensions." A PA security court sentences a 2d Palestinian, also a fmr. Hamas mbr., to death for collaborating with Israel (see 10/17). (GS 10/19; NYT, WP 10/20; al-Quds 10/20 in WNC 10/21; MM, WP 10/21; AYM 10/21 in WNC 10/23; LAW, PCHR 10/23; WJW 10/24; JPI 11/8)