Friday, January 9, 2015

In the Gaza Strip, flooding caused by winter storm Huda forces 100s more Palestinians to leave their homes. A Palestinian infant, whose family’s home was partially destroyed during OPE, dies from the cold weather in Khan Yunis. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts a raid on a home in c. Hebron and arrests a Palestinian suspected of throwing stones at soldiers; patrols in a village nr. Jericho. IDF troops violently disperse Palestinian, Israeli, and international protesters at weekly demonstrations against Israel’s separation wall, settlements, and occupation in 2 villages nr. Ramallah (Bil‘in and Ni‘lin), and 1 village nr. Qalqilya (Kafr Qaddum). There are no serious injuries. Meanwhile, Israeli settlers chop down 345 olive trees in several locations s. of Hebron late at night. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 3 Palestinians in the Old City, including 2 children playing in the snow. (MNA 1/9; MNA, WAFA 1/10; PCHR 1/15)

A bipartisan group of 4 U.S. sens. releases a statement reaffirming their dedication to existing U.S. law that bars all U.S. aid to the PA if the Palestinians initiate an investigation of Israelis at the ICC, or support such an investigation. (JP 1/10)