This day in the History of the 2nd Intifada

May 27 2001

The IDF directs heavy machine gun fire at residential areas of Tubas; bulldozes Palestinian land nr. Khan Yunis. (NYT, WP, WT 5/28; MM 5/29; MEI 6/1; PCHR 6/4)

U.S. special assistant Burns (confirmed as asst. secy. of state for Near East affairs on 5/25) holds separate mtgs. with Sharon, Arafat on implementing the Mitchell Comm. recommendations; urges them to resume security talks. Sharon spokesman Raanan Gissin warns that Israel's suspension of assassinations, "delay" in responding to recent bombings will not last indefinitely, stating, "Our patience is running out." (IGPO, WP, WT 5/27; AYM 5/27 in WNC 5/29; NYT, WP, WT 5/28; al-Quds 5/28 in WNC 5/30; CNN, MM 5/29; MEI 6/1; NYT 6/2)

Another car bomb explodes in West Jerusalem during the morning rush hour, lightly injuring 2 Israelis.

May 27 2002

2 Israelis killed.

Before dawn, the IDF sends troops back into Aida r.c., Bayt Jala, Bethlehem, Dahaysha r.c. in the largest incursion since Israeli PM Ariel Sharon declared the end of the 1st stage Operation Defensive Shield on 4/21, conducting house-to-house searches; occupying the UNRWA school in Dahaysha r.c.; arresting 10s of Palestinians, including wanted Fatah mbr. Ahmad Mughrabi, blowing up his home; declaring the area a closed military zone, barring entry to journalists; occupying Bethlehem Radio 2000 offices, seriously damaging, confiscating equipment; directing shells, heavy machine gun fire at residential areas, seriously damaging several homes. The IDF also conducts arrest raids in Hebron, Umm al-Sharayit; withdraws to the outskirts of Tulkarm, but maintains a curfew; tightens controls on Palestinian movement across the West Bank. (HP, LAW, NYT 5/27; MM, NYT, WP, WT 5/28; ITAR-TASS 5/28 in WNC 5/29; LAW 5/29; MEI 5/31)

In the evening, a AMB suicide bomber (a cousin of AMB Nablus cmdr. Titi, assassinated on 5/22) detonates a device in cafe in Petah Tikva, killing 2 Israelis, injuring 37. A bomb is found, neutralized in French Hill settlement.

May 27 2003

1 Palestinian killed.

The IDF conducts a predawn raid on Jenin, placing the town under curfew, prompting an exchange of gunfire in which 1 IDF soldier is wounded; fires on a Swiss envoy’s diplomatic vehicle at Erez crossing for no apparent reason, causing damage but no injuries (Switzerland files a formal protest.); fires on stone-throwing youths in Tulkarm, killing 1 Palestinian; demolishes 1 Palestinian home in Bayt Furik, 1 outside Hebron, 1 in al-Til; confiscates 7 dunams of land in Habla, nr. Qalqilya; fires on residential areas of Bayt Furik, Khan Yunis, Tulkarm r.c.; conducts arrest raids in Abu Dis, Balata r.c., Bethlehem, Kafr Dan, Qalqilya, Tubas, Yamun; tightens roadblocks around Ramallah. In Hebron, 5 Palestinian children are injured when they trigger unexploded munitions while playing. Extremist right-wing Jewish settlers affiliated with the “hilltop youth” and the outlawed Kach movement announce plans to launch a “personal incitement campaign” against Sharon in light of his approval of the road map. (HA 5/27; AFP 5/27 in WNC 5/28; NYT, WT 5/28; MA 5/28 in WNC 5/29; LAW, PCHR 5/29)

Palestinians fire 2 Qassam rockets at Sederot, causing no damage or injuries; detonate a roadside bomb underneath an IDF vehicle in Gaza, causing damage but no injuries.

May 27 2004

The IDF demolishes 1 Palestinian home, bulldozes 14 dunams of agricultural land nr. Khan Yunis; demolishes a Palestinian home in Brazil r.c.; conducts arrest raids in Balata r.c., Bethlehem, al-Fawwar r.c., Hebron, Nablus, and the villages of Tura and Zinnab in the n. West Bank; shells residential areas of Rafah; fires on residential areas of Nablus. (VOI 5/28 in WNC 6/1; PCHR 6/3)

May 27 2005

1 Palestinian killed.

The IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in Bayt Laqia; bars an ailing Palestinian fr. crossing a checkpoint nr. Nablus to reach a waiting ambulance for 40 mins., allowing him to die. For the 2d day, an Israeli navy gunboat fires on several Palestinian fishing boats, orders fishermen to leave their catch and return to shore. In Yanun, 2 Jewish settlers burn 20 d. of Palestinian crops. (IMEMC 5/27; VOP 5/28 in WNC 5/29; XIN 5/29; PR 6/1; PCHR 6/2)

May 27 2006

The IDF send undercover units into Qiffin nr. Tulkarm, firing on residential areas; patrols in Bayt Ta’mar nr. Bethlehem; conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Nablus. In Jerusalem’s Old City, 2 East Jerusalem Palestinians stab, lightly wound an Israeli. (WP, WT 5/28; PCHR 6/1; HA 7/4)

May 27 2007

1 Israeli killed.

After Hamas fires several rockets fr. Gaza into Israel, killing 1 Israeli and wounding 1 in separate strikes, Olmert convenes his security cabinet to discuss expanding attacks on Hamas. During the day, the IDF reinforces troops in its n. Gaza buffer zone; makes air strikes on 3 ESF positions in Bayt Lahiya, Jabaliya, Khan Yunis, causing no injuries; bulldozes a Palestinian home in n. Gaza; raids and temporarily occupies 4 Palestinian homes in Bayt Hanun; fires on Palestinian farmers who stray nr. the border fence e. of Khan Yunis. The Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishermen off the Rafah coast for a 2d day, causing no injuries. In the West Bank, the IDF demolishes a Palestinian home outside Jerusalem; conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Bethlehem and Nablus, in Jenin town and r.c. and Jericho (raiding a hospital to arrested a wounded wanted AMB mbr., firing on stone-throwing Palestinian youths), nr. Hebron and Salfit. (IFM 5/27; NYT, WP 5/28; OCHA 5/30; PCHR 5/31)

A bomb goes off in Beirut’s Berbir neighborhood, wounding 4 Lebanese; no group claims responsibility. (NYT 5/28)

Abbas, Egyptian mediators hold talks with the Palestinian factions aimed at securing a 1-mo. unilateral halt on attacks on Israel fr. Gaza, with hopes that an Israeli cease-fire would follow that could then be extended to the West Bank; the factions demand that the cease-fire include the West Bank fr. the outset.

May 27 2008

The IDF wounded 15 children and arrested 9 Palestinians in Qalqilya, emergency and aid sources said. The troops fired tear gas and rubber coated bullets towards children between 10 and 15 years of age whose wounds were reported to be light to moderate. (WAFA)

At least 30 anti-wall demonstrators, including an Al-Jazeera journalist and a Watan TV cameraman, were wounded in a peaceful demonstration in Bi'lin village in the West Bank, Anti-Wall Popular Committee Coordinator A'hed Khawaja said. (WAFA)

May 27 2009

The Israeli Navy seized four Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza coast, the Palestinian-International Campaign against the Siege said. (Ma’an News Agency)

The Israeli military said it had detained 11 Palestinians during overnight raids in the West Bank, bringing the total to 22 in the last three days. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli President Shimon Peres met with a US congressional mission in Jerusalem, led by Senator Robert Casey, chairman of the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee. Mr. Peres told the senators Israel would be willing to pay a price for peace, including that of evacuating West Bank settlements and outposts. The Israeli Government, he added, intended to reignite the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. "It is a difficult path, but we cannot make the difficulties the centre of the peace process," he said. (Ynetnews)

Prime Minister Netanyahu, speaking in the Knesset, said that Israel was bound by agreements signed by previous Governments. He praised President Obama's push to revise the original Arab peace initiative in order to facilitate a regional agreement that would allow normalization between Israel and the entire Arab world. The Prime Minister, however, reiterated his insistence on "economic peace" and the need to first focus on "changing the situation on the ground." He urged Arab countries to make immediate moves toward normalizing ties with Israel and said he would offer "concrete" steps toward peace with the Palestinians. (AP, The Jerusalem Post)

During a press availability with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Washington, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “With respect to settlements, the President was very clear when Prime Minister Netanyahu was here. He wants to see a stop to settlements – not some settlements, not outposts, not natural growth exceptions. We think it is in the best interests of the effort that we are engaged in that settlement expansion ceases.” She also said, “We are going to be putting forward very specific proposals to the Israelis and the Palestinians. … We’ve also been reaching out to governments of Arab nations asking what they could be expected to do as we move forward to build confidence and to create a good atmosphere for decisions to be made. But I’m not going to negotiate in public. We are making a very concerted effort.” (AP, www.state.gov)

The Jerusalem municipality issued orders to demolish 17 Palestinian homes in different parts of East Jerusalem under the pretext that they had been constructed without a permit. (IMEMC)

Israeli security forces evacuated two unauthorized outposts near Hebron, the “Federman Farm” and “Givat Avichai”, also known as Hill 18. (The Jerusalem Post)

Israel decided to release the deputy mayor of Nablus Mahdi Shaker Al-Hanbali after holding him without trial for two years. (Ma’an News Agency)

Prime Minister Netanyahu dispatched a team of confidants to London for talks with US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell that were expected to focus on Iran and the looming clash over settlement construction. Headed by Intelligence Services Minister Dan Meridor, other members included National Security Adviser Uzi Arad, and Mr. Netanyahu’s aid, Yitzhak Molcho, who is in charge of the Palestinian diplomatic file inside the Prime Minister's Office. (The Jerusalem Post)

A Palestinian armed group, Jaysh Al-Umma (Army of the Nation), said that Hamas security forces had arrested seven of its members who were on a “Jihad mission” against Israeli forces in the southern Gaza Strip. (Ma’an News Agency)

Newly-appointed PA Minister of Social Affairs Majida Al-Masri ordered a ministry-wide boycott of Israeli products as her first decision in her new role. The decision says Palestinian products must have the priority, but if a certain product is unavailable, priority goes to Arab countries, then foreign equivalents. Israeli products are to be boycotted altogether. (Ma’an News Agency)

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