Monday, June 27, 2016

For the 2d day in a row, Israeli forces raid Haram al-Sharif in the morning, clearing the area for around 90 Jewish settlers to tour the sanctuary. Some Muslim worshippers throw stones and verbally confront the settlers, and Israeli forces use violent crowd-control measures to remove them from the space; 2 Palestinian journalists are lightly injured. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 2 Palestinians and confiscate some of their personal property during raids in Jabal Mukabir and the Old City. In the West Bank, Israeli forces deliver stop-work orders to several Palestinian residential buildings under construction nr. Tubas. IDF troops arrest 3 Palestinians and confiscate 1 car during late-night raids and house searches nr. Ramallah and Bethlehem; and patrol during the day nr. Tulkarm, Hebron, and Salfit. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats in 2 separate incidents nr. Gaza City, causing no injuries. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian farmers, causing no injuries. (HA, JP, MNA, TOI, WAFA, YA 6/27; PCHR 6/30)

Israeli and Turkish officials in Rome officially announce the Israeli-Turkish reconciliation agreement outlined in the press on 6/26. The provisions largely resemble the preliminary agreement the 2 sides reached in 12/2015 (see JPS 45 [3]). (AnA, AP, HA, JP, TOI, YA 6/27; JP, MNA 6/28)