Friday, February 20, 2015

In Gaza, police arrest 2 Palestinians for allegedly planting an explosive outside al-Quds Open University. In Hebron, hundreds of Palestinians and international activists gather at the entrance to al-Shuhada Street (closed since 1994) to protest the occupation. Elsewhere, IDF troops violently disperse Palestinian, Israeli, and international protesters at weekly demonstrations against Israel’s separation wall, settlements, and occupation in 3 areas nr. Ramallah (Bil‘in, Ni‘lin, and Jalazun r.c.), and Kafr Qaddum nr. Qalqilya; 5 Palestinians are moderately injured by rubber-coated metal bullets. The IDF also patrols in 2 villages nr. Qalqilya. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinians stabs a senior Fatah official, Munir al-Jaghoub, several times after Friday prayers outside a mosque nr. Nablus. (MNA, PNN 2/21; MNA 2/22; PCHR 2/26)

In Geneva, reps. of Iran and the U.S. meet for a round of bilateral technical negotiations over Iran’s disputed nuclear program aimed at narrowing gaps ahead of their 3/31 political accord deadline. (AFP, TOI 2/19)