This day in the History of the 2nd Intifada

August 29 2001

1 Palestinian killed. 1 Israeli killed.

Israel-Palestinian clashes in the Bayt Jala-Gilo area continue to escalate, spread to neighboring Aida refugee camp, leaving 13 Palestinians wounded. This afternoon, the PSF sets up new roadblocks around Bayt Jala to deter Palestinian gunmen fr. entering. After 5 hrs. without gunfire, the IDF begins to leave Bayt Jala. (BDL, HP, MM 8/29; MM, NYT, WP, WT 8/30; WJW 9/6)

Meanwhile, the settler group, the Committee for Road Safety, fatally shoots a Palestinian in the West Bank. Nr. Tulkarm, tanzim mbrs. fatally shoot an Israeli civilian; the IDF fires on Palestinians, killing 1, wounding 4. The IDF also sends tanks into Rafah; bulldozes 2 Palestinian homes, agricultural land in Dayr al-Balah; reinforces tanks, bulldozers outside Khan Yunis; demolishes a PSF post, erects a new IDF checkpoint on the Rafah+nKhan Yunis road. 15 Jewish settlers (mostly women and children) attack Palestinian vendors in the Hebron market; IDF soldiers watch but do not intervene. (HP 8/29; HP, NYT, WP, WT 8/30)

European Union (EU) foreign policy dir. Javier Solana shuttles btwn. Arafat and Peres, discussing the idea of a limited cease-fire that would incorporate an IDF withdrawal fr. the area. (Arafat, Peres speak directly by phone; Powell phones Sharon, Arafat.) Solana urges Arafat, Peres to discuss expanding the Bayt Jala-Gilo understandings into a full cease-fire.

August 29 2002

1 Palestinian killed.

The IDF shells and raids Rafah, fatally shooting a 7-yr.-old Palestinian boy, demolishing 21 stores, firing at a Reuters camera crew (damaging a video camera but causing no injuries); conducts house searches, arrests in al-Safaya nr. Bayt Lahia; fires rubber-coated steel bullets at a Palestinian stone thrower in Amari r.c., seriously wounding him; fires on residential areas of Jenin, Khan Yunis. In Nablus, the IDF announces a temporary lifting of the curfew, immediately opens fire on Palestinians in the streets, forcing them to go back into their homes; occupies, searches, blows up part of the local PA headquarters; surrounds the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) center, barring ambulances fr. moving. The IDF admits that the 8/28 Shaykh Ajlin attack was an error. Ben-Eliezer agrees to meet with Yahya, but Yahya cancels to protest the Shaykh Ajlin deaths. (HA, MM, PM 8/29; MM, WP, WT 8/30; LAW, PCHR 9/4)

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington announces that its annual fundraising campaign brought in $20.5 m., up 8% from last year. Of that amount $11.8 m. will be used for projects in the greater Washington area, such as Jewish day schools and community centers, and $7.8 m. will go to Israel and diaspora Jewish communities in Argentina and Ethiopia. The $20.5 m. does not include an additional $18.3 m. the federation has raised for its Israel Emergency Campaign since fall 2001. (WJW 8/29)

August 29 2003

1 Palestinian killed. 1 Israeli killed.

In response to Ramallah shooting, the IDF conducts house-to-house searches in Balata r.c., breaking through walls to move btwn. homes; fires on Palestinians protesting the incursion, wounding 1. The PSF also searches for the gunmen. The IDF increases house-to-house searches in Jenin and Nablus, exchanging gunfire with Palestinians in Jenin, causing no injuries; fires on residential areas of Rafah, seriously injuring a farmer working in his field; shells, fires on residential areas of Khan Yunis; bulldozes another 145 dunams of land, 3 Palestinian homes, 80 beehives in Bayt Hanun. A Palestinian dies of injuries received in the IDFs 8/24 assassination of Aishtawi. (AFP, HA, MM 8/29; NYT, WP, WT 8/30; PCHR 9/4)

An AMB gunman fatally shoots 1 Jewish settler driving nr. Ramallah, wounds another.

August 29 2004

3 Palestinians killed.

The IDF shoots a Palestinian farmer watering his garden nr. Morag settlement in s. Gaza, bars an ambulance fr. reaching him, allowing him to die; fires on armed Palestinians approaching Qarni crossing, fatally shooting 1 Palestinian, while 23 escape; fires on residential areas, bulldozes 10 d., buries a well in Rafahs Tal al-Sultan neighborhood; conducts arrest raids, house searches in Bayt Lahiya, Hebron, Nablus, Ramallah, Tamun. In the evening, the IDF sends bulldozers into Rafahs Bloc J area to level land along the Philadelphi Route, fatally shoots a 14-yr.-old Palestinian who emerges fr. a nearby home, hitting him 18 times. Jewish settlers fr. Otniel s. of Hebron set up 4 mobile homes on nearby Palestinian land; the IDF reportedly hooks up electricity. (VOI, VOP 8/29 in WNC 8/31; VOI 8/30 in WNC 9/1; PR 9/1; PCHR 9/2)

August 29 2005

1 Israeli killed.

The IDF completes demolition of empty settler homes in Ganim, Qadim; informs the PA that the 4 evacuated West Bank settlement sites will remain classified as area C (under full Israeli control). The IDF imposes a day-long curfew on, patrols in Fasayil nr. Jericho; conducts house searches in villages around Jenin, nr. Tulkarm. (JAZ 8/29; PR 8/31; PCHR 9/1)

An Israeli interministerial comm. decides that the Israeli Palestinian victims of the 8/4/05 suicide attack by an AWOL IDF soldier in Shafa `Amr will receive a lump-sum compensation payment fr. the state but will not be recognized as "terror victims," who receive a lifetime monthly government stipend. Israeli law only recognizes as "terror victims" those who were killed by "enemy forces." (HA 8/30; Guardian 9/1; HA, MEI 9/2; NYT 10/24)

The AMB, Islamic Jihad claim joint responsibility for the 8/28 suicide bombing. A Palestinian gunman fatally shoots an IDF soldier nr. the evacuated Morag settlement.

August 29 2006

7 Palestinians killed.

The IDF continues operations in Gaza City, shelling, firing on, and using drones to fire missiles at any group of Palestinians in the eastern part of the city, killing at least 4 Palestinian civilians, wounding at least 12. Also in Gaza, the IDF fatally shoots a Palestinian who approaches the n. Gaza border fence. In the West Bank, the IDF raids Balata r.c. nr. Nablus, fatally shoots 2 AMB mbrs. in what may be an assassination; conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Nablus, and nr. Bethlehem, Jenin, Qalqilya. Of note: The Israeli prison authority transfers jailed Fatah tanzim leader and elected PC mbr. Marwan Barghouti fr. Haradim penitentiary nr. Tel Aviv to Nafha prison in the Negev; Palestinians alleged he was moved to isolate him fr. other Palestinian prisoners. The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem reports a “substantial increase” in the past 2 mos. of IDF soldiers beating, mistreating, humiliating Palestinians during encounters in the West Bank. (NYT, WP, WT 8/30; PCHR 8/31)

Some 300 unemployed Palestinians demonstrate, scuffle with police in Gaza City, demanding welfare payments fr. the PA (see 8/28).

August 29 2007

4 Palestinians killed.

The IDF launches air strikes on 5 rocket-launching sites in nr. Bayt Hanun, killing 3 Palestinian children (ages 812); Israel says it hit viable targets, claiming that Hamas was using the children to adjust the launchers, states its sorrow for the cynical use the terror organizations make of the active participation of teenagers in terror attacks; relatives of the children say they were playing in the vicinity of an Islamic Jihad launcher. The Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Rafah, forcing them to return to shore. In the West Bank, the IDF demolishes 6 Palestinian homes in Qalqilya; conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Nablus, in Bethlehem. A Hamas mbr. dies of injuries received in an 8/23 IDF missile attack on Gaza. (AP, IFM, YA 8/29; NYT, PCHR, WP 8/30; OCHA 9/5; PCHR 9/6; NYT 9/26)

Palestinians fire 1 rocket fr. Gaza into Israel, causing no damage or injuries. Nr. Gaza City, a Palestinian dies when a roadside bomb he is planting explodes prematurely.

Meanwhile, AMB mbrs. in Ramallah fire on the car of a Hamas-affiliated municipal council mbr., causing damage but no injuries.

August 29 2008

1 Palestinian killed.

A 24-year-old Palestinian farmer was killed west of Jenin when he triggered an explosive device on his way to work in his fields, a Palestinian police official said. The official said the device had been identified as an Israeli mine, adding that the Israeli army had used the area in the past as a training ground. (AP)

Israel arrested four Palestinian fishermen from the Gaza Strip when naval vessels intercepted their boats off the coast. According to an Israeli military spokesman, navy personnel stopped three fishing boats after they had floated beyond Gaza's territorial waters towards Israel and the fishermen on board were "taken for questioning in Israel." (Reuters)

Israeli soldiers forced their way into a playing field of a Palestinian secondary school in the village of Tell, south of Nablus, and arrested a 19-year-old Palestinian. (Ma'an News Agency)

An Israeli senior government source said that Hamas had recently increased the number of Palestinian prisoners it wanted Israel to release in exchange for Gilad Shalit from 1,000 to 1,500, Haaretz reported. A ministerial committee headed by Vice Premier Haim Ramon was slated to discuss the deal on 31 August, and Mr. Olmert had asked it to draft a list of 450 prisoners that Israel would be willing to release in exchange for the soldier. This would be the first time for Israel to prepare such a list. (Haaretz)

The World Bank transferred a further $120.7 million to the PA to assist in providing education, health care and other vital social services for the Palestinian people. The funds, contributed by the Governments of Canada, Kuwait, and the United Kingdom, represented the fourth tranche disbursed from the Palestinian Reform and Development Plan Trust Fund, administered by the World Bank. The total transfers had reached $269 million. (http://go.worldbank.org)

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