Thursday, April 16, 2015

IDF troops on the Gaza border arrest 2 Palestinians attempting to cross into Israel nr. Khan Yunis. In the West Bank, Israeli forces detain Nablus gov. Akram Rajoub briefly at a checkpoint nr. the city; confiscate 2 cranes from a construction site s. of Nablus. IDF troops violently disperse Palestinians protesting outside Ofer Prison nr. Ramallah ahead of Prisoners’ Day on 4/17, injuring 1. The IDF also conducts house searches and raids in 1 village each nr. Jenin and Hebron, arresting 2 Palestinians; patrols in 2 villages nr. Hebron and 1 nr. Jericho. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces shoot out the eye of a Palestinian with a sponge-tipped bullet during clashes sparked by a raid in Issawiyya. The man will lose his eye. (JP, MNA, WAFA 4/16; PCHR 4/23)

Israel’s Supreme Court upholds the 1950 Absentee Property Law, which allows the Israeli govt. to seize property in East Jerusalem if its owners live in the West Bank or Gaza. (HA 4/16; IMEMC 4/17; MNA 4/18)

FMs from 16 of the 28 EU mbr. states sign onto a letter to EU foreign policy chief Mogherini calling for goods produced in the Israeli settlements to be labeled as such in stores across Europe, reiterating public calls by the EU Council in 5/2012, 12/2012, and 11/2014 as well as a similar letter to the previous EU foreign affairs chief in 4/2013. (HA, TOI, YA 4/16; AFP 4/17)