Thursday, October 1, 2015

After weeks of tension and intermittent violence throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank, a group of Palestinians kill 2 Israeli settlers and injure 4 settler children in a drive-by shooting nr. Nablus, sparking a wave of retaliatory acts. After the attack, Israeli forces search the area for the shooters and deploy 4 additional battalions in the West Bank. In a series of attacks,Israeli settlers shoot and injure a Palestinian man s. of Bethlehem; torch a Palestinian car and vandalize more than 40 Palestinian vehicles nr. Nablus, Qalqilya, and Ramallah; blockade a main road outside Tulkarm; throw stones at Palestinians and their property nr. Qalqilya and Nablus, where they spark minor clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians. (HA, JP, MNA, TOI, WAFA 10/1; PCHR 10/8)

Early in the day, an Israeli settler opens fire on a Palestinian school nr. Bethlehem, according to Palestinian residents, then Palestinian youths in the area throw stones at and clash with Israeli settlers and Israeli forces (3 settlers are lightly injured and 1 Palestinian is moderately injured with live ammunition). Elsewhere in the West Bank, Palestinians injure 2 Israeli settlers after throwing rocks at their vehicle outside Ramallah. Clashes ensue between Israeli forces and stone-throwing Palestinians in a nearby town after an IDF raid. IDF troops assault, injure, and detain a Palestinian man at a checkpoint in the n. West Bank after he allegedly attempts to stab 1 of the soldiers. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces raid a school in al-Tur, detaining and questioning a Palestinian child accused of stone-throwing; arrest 2 Palestinians and spark clashes with stone-throwers during raids in Issawiyya. Meanwhile, the Israeli authorities continue enforcing the restrictions on access at Haram al-Sharif that were announced on 9/27. (HA, JP, MNA, NYT, TOI, WAFA, YA 10/1; EI, HA, JP, MNA, TOI 10/2; PCHR 10/8)

In New York, Israeli PM Netanyahu addresses the UNGA, primarily criticizing the nuclear deal reached by Iran and the P5+1 (U.S., France, China, Russia, UK, and Germany) on 7/14. He also reiterates that he is “prepared to immediately resume direct peace negotiations with the [Palestinians] without any preconditions whatsoever.” (GDN, HA, JP, POL, YA 10/1; HA, JP, TOI 10/2)