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24 palestinians killed by israeli action this month
0 israelis killed by palestinian action this month

 
    2006
2008
 

Israeli incursions and settler violence continues. On a single day IOF kills 8 Palestinians in different actions. That prompts Hamasís Izzeddin al-Qassam Brigades to declare an end to its observance of the November 2006 truce, but PA responds saying the truce will continue. Nonetheless 5 rockets are sent into Israel that same day.

 

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Every is one palestinian killed by israeli action   Every is one israeli killed by palestinian action
 1 APRIL

Israel seals West Bank and Gaza border crossings for the week-long Passover holidays. The IDF patrols Silat al-Harithiyya nr. Jenin; sends undercover units into Kafr al- Lubbad nr. Tulkarm to arrest a wanted Palestinian; conducts arrest raids, house searches in al-‘Aza r.c. nr. Bethlehem, Bayt Fajjar, Qabatya, Rantis nr. Ramallah; issues eviction orders to 70 Palestinian families in Dahiyat al-Salam in East Jerusalem, claiming the land on which they live is owned by a Jewish woman who recently inherited the property and wants them to leave (no documents are provided). (OCHA 4/4; PCHR 4/5)

   
 2 APRIL

The IDF sends bulldozers into s. Gaza nr. Wadi Gaza to level land along the border fence to improve lines of sight. In the West Bank, the IDF sends undercover units into Balata r.c., exchanging fire with Palestinian gunmen, leaving 1 Palestinian wounded; conducts arrest raids, house searches in Tubas. (NYT, WP 4/3; OCHA 4/4; PCHR 4/5)

 

Palestinian journalists protesting the 3/12 kidnapping of the BBC’s Johnston begin a 3-day boycott of coverage on the PA and Abbas’s office, with some 100 journalists also staging a sit-in outside the PM’s office in Gaza City.

 3 APRIL

Israeli DM Amir Peretz authorizes the IDF to resume “pinpoint operations against terrorists” in Gaza, raising concerns that Israel has plans for a serious IDF escalation. IDF troops on the s. Gaza border fire on Palestinian farmers who stray nr. the border fence at 2 sites nr. Wadi Gaza, nr. ‘Abasan, seriously wounding 2 Palestinian children. (Jewish Telegraphic Agency 4/3; OCHA 4/4; PCHR 4/5)

   
 4 APRIL

IDF soldiers on the Gaza border fatally shoot an Islamic Jihad mbr. planting a roadside bomb nr. the border fence n. of Bayt Hanun, wounding 2 Palestinian farmers working a field nearby; troops briefly enter Gaza nr. Bayt Hanun to examine and dismantle the explosive device, but Israel says it was not meant as a breech of the cease-fire. The Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Rafah, forcing them to return to shore. In the West Bank, the IDF shoots, wounds a Palestinian attempting to circumvent the Awarta checkpoint nr. Nablus; conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Jenin (exchanging gunfire with Palestinian gunmen, leaving 1 IDF soldier injured) and in ‘Arub r.c. nr. Hebron, Nablus, Qalqilya. In addition, the Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem issues demolition orders for a playground and six houses in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem on Palestinian land that has been sought by Jewish developers in order to build 30 homes, a synagogue, and a religious school for Jews only. In Rafah, 2 Palestinian children are injured when they accidentally trigger an unexploded IDF artillery shell. (Playgrounds for Palestine press release 4/4; PCHR, WP 4/5; OCHA 4/11; PCHR 4/12)

   
 5 APRIL

The IDF sends bulldozers into Gaza nr. Bayt Hanun, al-Maghazi r.c. to level land. For a 2d day, the Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishing boats off the Rafah coast, forcing them to return to port. In the West Bank, the IDF fires on 3 Palestinians nr. Jericho who fail to heed orders to stop, killing 1 Palestinian; conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Hebron, Tulkarm. Jewish settlers who have been occupying a Palestinian building nr. Kiryat Arba since 3/19 throw bottles and stones at local Palestinians, use trained dogs to scare Palestinian children; the IDF observes but does not intervene. A 17-yr.old Palestinian girl shot in the head by IDF forces during a raid on Jabaliya r.c. on 10/4/04 dies of her injuries. (NYT 4/6; OCHA 4/11; PCHR 4/12)

   
 6 APRIL

IDF troops on the Gaza border fire on, send a drone to fire missiles at a group of armed Palestinians attempting to cross into Israel e. of Jabaliya, killing 1 armed Palestinian, wounding 4. For the 3d day, the IDF sends bulldozers and tanks into Gaza nr. Bayt Hanun to level land; this time, Palestinian gunmen fire an RPG at a tank, sparking an exchange of gunfire, causing no reported injuries. In the West Bank, the IDF sends troops into Jenin town and r.c. late in the evening, exchanging fire with Palestinian gunmen who confront the troops, wounding local AMB leader Zacharia Zubeidi; conducts arrest raids, house searches in al- Bireh, Nablus, Qalqilya; fires rubber-coated steel bullets on stone-throwing Palestinians nr. the Qalandia checkpoint, injuring 2; fires rubber-coated steel bullets at 10s of Palestinians and Israeli and international peace activists protest the separation wall nr. Bil‘in, injuring 14; similarly fires rubber-coated steel bullets on Palestinians, international peace activists protesting the construction of the separation wall nr. Um Salamuna nr. Bethlehem, injuring 8. Jewish settlers fr. Ramat Yishai set fire to a Palestinian car in Hebron; the IDF bars fire engines fr. reaching the scene. For a 2d day, Jewish settlers occupying a Palestinian building nr. Kiryat Arba throw bottles and stones at local Palestinians, use trained dogs to scare Palestinian children; the IDF observes but does not intervene. A Palestinian wounded in an IDF artillery strike on ‘Abasan on 9/6/06 dies. (OCHA 4/11; PCHR 4/12)

 

In ‘Abasan, Fatah-Hamas clashes leave 11 Palestinians wounded.

 7 APRIL

In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in Jenin r.c. (exchanging gunfire with Palestinians who confront the troops, wounding 1), Nablus and nr. Bethlehem, Ramallah, Salfit. A Palestinian injured in the IDF demolition of a Palestinian home in Rafah on 4/22/04 dies. (WP 4/7; NYT, WP, WT 4/8; NYT, WT 4/9; OCHA 4/11; PCHR 4/12)

 

IDF helicopters fire on Islamic Jihad and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) mbrs. planting roadside bombs along the Gaza border nr. Jabaliya r.c., killing 1 DFLP mbr., wound 2 other armed men; the Palestinians fire RPGs, automatic weapons across the border at IDF tanks approaching (perhaps crossing) the border, detonate bombs they had planted, causing no injuries but marking the heaviest exchanges of fire in Gaza since the 11/26/06 truce. Palestinians fire 2 rockets fr. Gaza into Israel, damaging a factory in Sederot. A Palestinian is injured when a smugglers’ tunnel on the Rafah border collapses.

In Gaza, Fatah-Hamas clashes leave 3 Palestinians wounded in Bayt Hanun.

 8 APRIL

In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Jenin, Ramallah. Jewish settler teenagers fr. Tel Rumeida beat, injure a handicapped Palestinian in Hebron. (NYT 4/9; OCHA 4/11; PCHR 4/12)

 

In Hebron, a Palestinian teenager stabs, wounds 2 IDF soldiers nr. the Ibrahimi Mosque/Tomb of the Patriarchs before being shot, wounded by soldiers.

 9 APRIL

In the West Bank, the IDF patrols, fires on residential areas of Nablus, searching a hospital and detaining an ambulance during the 4-hr. operation; patrols Qabatya. Palestinians stone a Jewish settler vehicle on Road 55 nr. Qalqilya, injuring the driver. Outside Gaza City, a Palestinian farmer is injured when he hits an unexploded IDF mine. (OCHA 4/11; PCHR 4/12)

 

Clashes btwn. PA security forces and unidentified Palestinian gunmen in Nablus leave 2 Palestinians wounded.

 10 APRIL

The Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishing boats off the Gaza border, damaging 3. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in Dahaysha r.c., Hebron, Nablus, Nahalin nr. Bethlehem. Shin Bet announces that in late 3/07, it detained 19 Hamas mbrs. fr. Qalqilya whom it says have confessed under interrogation to planning a massive truck bombing in Tel Aviv during the Passover holidays, which end this evening; Olmert cites the case as proof that “terrorism is a cornerstone of the new Palestinian government, a government that should be shunned”; Hamas officials in Qalqilya deny being part of any plot. Jewish settler children fr. Ma’on in Hebron chase, attack a group of Palestinian children (ages 10–12) on their way to school; the IDF observes but does not intervene. (NYT, OCHA, WP, WT 4/11; PCHR 4/12)

 

Palestinian gunmen fire on an IDF observation post on the Gaza border n. of Bayt Hanun; the IDF returns fire; no injuries are reported on either side. A Palestinian gunman shoots, grazes a Jewish settler at a bus stop nr. Qalqilya. In Gaza, unidentified gunmen fatally shoot a PSF officer in Khan Yunis; unidentified assailants kidnap, shoot, wound, release a PA police officer; Jabaliya municipal workers stage a sit-in outside municipal offices to protest the nonpayment of their salaries.

 11 APRIL

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 conducts arrest raids, house searches in Jenin town and r.c., in and around Nablus (partially demolishing a Palestinian home and firing on stone-throwing youths who confront the troops, wounding 3), and nr. Hebron; raids, searches Change and Reform offices in Hebron, confiscating computers; raids an Islamic Jihad charity in Hebron, sealing the offices, confiscating computers and office equipment; searches another Islamic charity and kindergarten in Hebron, confiscating a computer, files. (PCHR 4/12; OCHA 4/18; PCHR 4/19)

   
 12 APRIL

In 2 incidents, IDF troops on the Gaza border nr. Bayt Lahiya and Khuza’a fire on Palestinian farmers working their fields who stray nr. the border fence, causing no injuries. The IDF sends an undercover unit to Ramallah to arrest a wanted Palestinian; surrounds an apartment building in al-Bireh, ordering 50 residents to gather for ID checks, searching and damaging the apartment and car of PA police Col. Mujahid Ahmad, arresting him; raids, seals an Islamic charity in Tulkarm, confiscating computers, files; conducts other arrest raids, house searches in Hebron. (OCHA 4/18; PCHR 4/19)

   
 13 APRIL

In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Qalqilya (firing on residential areas, wounding 2 Palestinian women inside their homes; blowing up 1 Palestinian home) and in Azun, Nablus (also searching the Graduate Cultural Center, confiscating computers, documents); fires rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas at Palestinians and Israeli and international peace activists protesting the separation wall nr. Bil‘in (injuring 11), Um Salamuna (injuring 6). The IDF suspends its Nablus cmdr. after the Israeli daily Yedi’ot Aharonot releases video showing him using 2 Palestinian boys as human shields to guard military vehicles. Jewish settlers fr. Eli settlement nr. Nablus fire on Palestinian shepherds nearby to prevent them fr. grazing nr. the settlement, causing no injuries. (NYT, WT 4/14; OCHA 4/18; PCHR 4/19)

   
 14 APRIL

The IDF sends 3 tanks, 2 bulldozers into Gaza nr. Bureij r.c. to level land. In the West Bank, the IDF patrols, fires on residential areas of Nablus; conducts arrest raids, house searches in Hebron and nr. Jenin (firing on residential areas, partially demolishing a Palestinian home); fires on stone-throwing Palestinians nr. Hebron and Tubas, injuring 6. Jewish settlers fr. Ma’on beat a Palestinian farmer, occupy a 16 d. plot of Palestinian land nr. the settlement and set up tents to enlarge the unauthorized settlement outpost, Havat Maon; Palestinian owners of the land complain to the IDF and Israeli police, which refuse to intervene. (OCHA 4/18; PCHR 4/19)

 

In Hebron, AMB mbrs. temporarily occupy the local Education Min. offices to protest the PA’s choice of a new director (the previous director was arrested by the IDF a week ago).

 15 APRIL

The Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Rafah, damaging 2 boats but causing no injuries. Egyptian border police demolish 2 smugglers’ tunnels on the Rafah border. In the West Bank, the IDF patrols Sa‘ir nr. Nablus, firing on stone-throwing Palestinian youths who confront the troops, wounding 1; conducts arrest raids, house searches in Jenin town and r.c., Tulkarm town and r.c. Jewish settlers fr. Eli temporarily occupy a Palestinian house under construction nearby, leave voluntarily. (NYT, WP, WT 4/16; OCHA 4/18; PCHR 4/19)

   
 16 APRIL

IDF troops on the Gaza border shoot, wound a mentally handicapped Palestinian who strays nr. the border fence n. of Bayt Hanun. The Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishing boats off the Rafah coast, forcing them to return to shore. In Nussayrat r.c., 2 Palestinians are injured when they accidentally trigger an unexploded IDF antitank shell. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in ‘Askar r.c., Balata r.c., Nablus, Qalqilya, and nr. Hebron, Jenin. Jewish settlers fr. Karme Tzur prevent Palestinian farmers fr. reaching their land nr. the settlement, sparking fist fights btwn. settler and local Palestinian teenagers; the IDF fires rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas at the Palestinians, seriously injuring 2. (OCHA 4/18; PCHR 4/19)

 

In Gaza City, Gaza municipal employees stage a sit-in to protest nonpayment of their salaries.

 17 APRIL

In the West Bank, the IDF sends undercover units into Jenin, where they ambush a car driven by AMB mbr. Ashraf Hanaysha, assassinating him, arresting 3 Palestinians traveling with him. In apparent retaliation, AMB gunmen injure 4 Jewish settlers fr. Mod’in Ilit nr. Ramallah in a drive-by shooting. The IDF also conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Jenin, Ramallah, and in ‘Aida r.c., ‘Arub r.c., ‘Askar r.c., Balata r.c., Nablus. Jewish settlers fr. Eli fire on Palestinian shepherds nearby to prevent them fr. grazing nr. the settlement. A Jewish settler fr. the Bethlehem area fires on a group of Palestinian children working in an almond grove, seriously injuring a 13-yr.-old boy with a gunshot to the head. Jewish settlers occupying a Palestinian building in Hebron since 3/19 harass local Palestinians. (MM 4/17; NYT, OCHA 4/18; PCHR 4/19)

   
 18 APRIL

In the West Bank, the IDF patrols, fires on residential areas of Yasuf nr. Nablus, then fires on stone-throwing Palestinians who confront the troops, wounding 2; conducts late-night arrest raids, house searches in and around Nablus and Qalqilya, nr. Bethlehem and Hebron, and in Tulkarm town and r.c. For the 2d day, Jewish settlers occupying a Palestinian building in Hebron harass local Palestinians. Jewish settlers fr. Gil’ad nr. Qalqilya attack, beat 2 Palestinian women working their land nearby. (PCHR 4/19; OCHA 4/25; PCHR 4/26)

 

Gaza municipal workers begin a 2-day sit-in to protest nonpayment of their salaries.

 19 APRIL

IDF troops on the n. Gaza border nr. Bayt Lahiya fire on 2 Palestinian teenagers who stray nr. the border fence, wounding 1. The Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Nussayrat r.c. and Rafah, causing no damage or injuries. In the West Bank, the IDF exchanges fire with Palestinian gunmen nr. Ramallah, leaving 2 IDF soldiers wounded; fires on stone-throwing Palestinians at Qalandia checkpoint, causing no reported injuries; demolishes 6 Palestinian homes (48 residents) nr. Susia settlement, 1 home (16 residents) nr. another Hebron settlement; bulldozes 5 d. of Palestinian olive groves nr. Avigail settlement nr. Hebron; raids the Change and Reform offices in Hebron, confiscating computers and files; conducts late-night arrest raids in Jenin town and r.c., Qabatya and nr. Hebron. For the 3d day, Jewish settlers occupying a Palestinian home in Hebron vandalize nearby Palestinian homes, attack Palestinian residents, and try to break into several Palestinian homes. (NYT 4/20; OCHA 4/25; PCHR 4/26)

 

Palestinians fire an antitank missile at an IDF post along the Gaza border nr. Bayt Hanun; the IDF responds with heavy gunfire; no injuries are reported on either side. In Rafah, a Hamas mbr. is injured when an explosive device he is handling explodes prematurely. Unidentified Palestinian gunmen shoot, wound a PA intelligence officer in Qalqilya.

 20 APRIL

The IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in Bayt Furik nr. Nablus (firing on stone-throwing Palestinians who confront them, wounding 9), Tubas; fires rubber- coated steel bullets, percussion grenades, tear gas at Palestinians and Israeli and international peace activists protesting the separation wall nr. Bil‘in, injuring 17 (including Irish Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead McWayer and 4 journalists). For a 4th day, Jewish settlers occupying a Palestinian home in Hebron attempt to break into several nearby Palestinian homes, vandalize Palestinian property, beat Palestinian residents. (OCHA 4/25; PCHR 4/26)

 

In Gaza, a Palestinian is injured when explosives he is handling detonate prematurely.

 21 APRIL

The IDF makes an air strike on a rocket-launching site in n. Gaza, killing 1 Palestinian. In the West Bank, the IDF sends undercover units into Jenin, where they ambush, fatally shoot AMB mbrs. Muhammad al-Dumaj and Ahmad al-Issa, Islamic Jihad mbr. Mahmud Ghalail in an apparent assassination; sends undercover units into Nablus, fatally shooting 2 wanted AMB mbrs. in an exchange of gunfire, also heavily damaging a Palestinian home; conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Bethlehem, in Jenin r.c. (firing on residential areas, fatally shooting a 17-yr.-old Palestinian girl inside her home), nr. Jenin (fatally shooting a Palestinian bystander who steps out on his roof to observe operations). (WP 4/22; MM 4/24; OCHA 4/25; PCHR 4/26; NYT 5/10)

 

In Gaza, the Army of Islam claims responsibility for a bombing at the American International School in n. Gaza; no injuries are reported. Unidentified gunmen shoot, wound an ESF mbr. nr. Nussayrat r.c. Unidentified assailants throw a hand grenade at a PA General Intelligence vehicle in Gaza City, missing the vehicle and causing no damage or injuries.

 22 APRIL

The IDF makes an air strike on a car nr. Jabaliya r.c. carrying Islamic Jihad mbrs. who had fired rockets toward Israel (causing no damage), missing the vehicle and causing no damage; within the hr., the IDF makes a 2d air strike on a car in the same area, killing 1 Palestinian with no known resistance connections. In the West Bank, the IDF fires on stone-throwing Palestinians in Ramallah, killing a 15-yr.-old Palestinian boy; evicts some 80 Palestinians fr. Hadidiyya in the n. Jordan Valley (the Israeli High Court ruled on 1/3 that they posed a security threat to Jewish settlers in nearby Ro’i settlement; confiscates 169 d. of Palestinian land nr. Tulkarm for construction of the separation wall; imposes a curfew on Hawara nr. Nablus; conducts late-night arrest raids, house searches in Balata r.c., Nablus. (WP 4/23; BBC, MM, WT 4/24; OCHA 4/25; PCHR 4/26)

 

Citing 9 killings in 2 days, Hamas’s Izzeddin al-Qassam Brigades declares an end to its observance of the 11/26/06 cease-fire, though PM Haniyeh says that the PA still has every intention of making it work. During the day, Palestinians fire 5 rockets fr. Gaza into Israel, causing no damage or injuries. A Palestinian gunman fires on a Jewish settler vehicle nr. Hizma checkpoint into Jerusalem, injuring a settler and a Palestinian bystander. In Jabaliya r.c., PRC mbrs. abduct 5 Palestinians, including 2 ESF mbrs., exchanging fire with the ESF that leaves 1 of the abductees dead and sparks local demonstrations. In Gaza City, armed mbrs. of a local clan attack an ESF base, injuring 1 ESF mbr., kidnapping another (who is released later in the day after the PA intervenes). In Khan Yunis, a PA security officer is carjacked, wounded by unidentified assailants.

 23 APRIL

In the West Bank, the IDF patrols, fires on residential areas of Nablus; conducts late-night arrest raids, house searches nr. Hebron and in Qabatya, al-Til. (NYT, WP 4/24; OCHA 4/25; PCHR 4/26)

 

Palestinians fire a rocket fr. Gaza into Israel, causing no damage or injuries. In Shati’ r.c., 2 Hamas mbrs. are injured when explosives they are handling detonate prematurely. The PRCs release 4 Palestinians abducted in Jabaliya r.c. on 4/22, saying the incident, especially the death of a 5th abductee on 4/22, was a “regrettable mistake.”

 24 APRIL

In Gaza, a Palestinian is injured in Jabaliya r.c. while trying to dismantle an unexploded IDF shell. In the West Bank, the IDF occupies a Palestinian home in Saffa nr. Ramallah as an observation post; patrols, fires on residential areas of Nablus; conducts late- night arrest raids, house searches in Hebron. Nr. Jenin, 2 Palestinian children (ages 4, 7) are injured when they accidentally trigger unexploded IDF ordnance. Thousands of Jewish settlers march to the evacuated Homesh settlement site to protest the 2005 disengagement despite the IDF’s declaration of the area as a closed military zone; 2 IDF soldiers are injured trying to keep settlers from the site. Jewish settlers escorted by IDF troops bar Palestinians fr. using a road s. of Jenin for several hrs. (BBC, MM 4/24; IFM, MM, NYT, OCHA, WP 4/25; PCHR 4/26)

 

On the day Israel marks independence day and Palestinians commemorate the Nakba, Hamas’s Izzeddin al-Qassam Brigades fires 6 rockets and 8 mortars into Israel, causing no injuries, reiterating that it will no longer abide by the 11/26/06 cease-fire; the IDF responds with helicopter air strikes on n. Gaza and fires on an open area e. of Rafah; no damage or injuries are reported on either side. Meanwhile, moderates in Hamas’s political wing say they are working to preserve the cease-fire.

 25 APRIL

IDF troops on the Gaza border shoot, wound a Palestinian farmer working his field nr. Jabaliya r.c.; fire on a group of Palestinians who stray nr. the border fence e. of al-Maghazi r.c., causing no injuries; send bulldozers, tanks into Gaza to level land along the border fence nr. Rafah. In Jabaliya r.c., 2 Palestinian children are injured when they accidentally trigger an unexploded IDF tank shell. In the West Bank, the IDF demolishes 2 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem; occupies a Palestinian home nr. the Hawara checkpoint into Nablus as an observation post; conducts arrest raids, house searches in Jalazun r.c. nr. Ramallah, Nablus (Palestinians detonate a roadside bomb nr. an IDF vehicle during the raid, injuring 2 IDF soldiers). Nr. Jenin, 2 Palestinian boys are injured when they accidentally trigger unexploded IDF ordnance. The Foreign Press Association bureau in Jerusalem organizes a demonstration by foreign reporters outside the Erez crossing into Gaza in support of kidnapped BBC reporter Johnston. (REU, WT 4/25; PCHR 4/26; OCHA 5/2; PCHR 5/3)

 

In Gaza City, a Hamas mbr. dies when explosives he is handling detonate prematurely.

 26 APRIL

In the West Bank, IDF troops posted outside Psagot settlement, believing themselves to be under fire, fire on a PA presidential guard unit conducting a policing operation in adjacent al-Bireh, killing 1 PA presidential guardsman, wounding 2. The IDF also conducts arrest raids, house searches in Aida r.c., Nablus, and nr. Hebron, Qalqilya; issues military orders confiscating 239 d. of agricultural land in Bardala in the n. Jordan Valley, 60 d. nr. Jenin for construction of the separation wall. Jewish settlers fr. Kefar Tapuach settlement nr. Nablus beat a Palestinian teenager grazing sheep nearby. Palestinians stone a Jewish settler vehicle in Azariyya, lightly injuring 1 settler. (OCHA 5/2; PCHR 5/3)

   
 27 APRIL

Israel allows the Rafah crossing to open for the 1st time since 4/19. Gunfire breaks out among the 5,000 Palestinians waiting to enter Egypt, leaving a PA presidential guardsman dead; UN monitors overseeing the passage say Israel’s closures have left the crossing too crowded to operate. IDF troops on the s. Gaza border fire tank shells, heavy machine guns at DFLP mbrs. planning a roadside bomb nr. the border fence, killing 1 DFLP mbr. The IDF also sends tanks, bulldozers into Gaza to level land along the border fence e. of al-Maghazi r.c. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in Hebron; fires rubber- coated steel bullets, percussion grenades, tear gas at Palestinians and international and Israeli peace activists holding a nonviolent demonstration against the separation wall in Bil‘in, wounding 6 Palestinians, 1 French activist. Some 200 Palestinians fr. villages nr. Bethlehem hold a nonviolent protest in the area against the separation wall. A Jewish settler fr. Kiryat Arba beats a Palestinian child working in his family’s garden; when his father and brother come to his aid, the settler fires at them, causing no injuries; the IDF intervenes, beating and arresting the father and older brother for “threatening” the settler. Jewish settlers fr. Hebron beat 3 Palestinian shepherds grazing their sheep nearby and 3 peace activists (including an Israeli rabbi) accompanying them for protection. A Palestinian dies of injuries received during an IDF raid on Gaza City on 10/16/06. (HA 4/27; NYT 4/28; OCHA 5/2; PCHR 5/3)

 

In Bayt Hanun, a PRC mbr. is killed when explosives he is handling detonate prematurely.

In Israel, 100s of Palestinian Israeli residents of Jaffa protest actions by the Israel Land Administration (ILA) in the past yr. to evict some 500 Arab families from the al-Ajami and Givat Aliya neighborhoods so as to develop the seafront properties; the ILA calls the Palestinian families “invaders” who built on the sites illegally.

 28 APRIL

IDF troops on the Gaza border fatally shoot 3 Hamas mbrs. who approach the border fence e. of Gaza City. The Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishermen off the Rafah coast, forcing them back to shore. In the West Bank, the IDF raids, searches an Islamic charity and a prisoners’ support group in Ramallah, confiscating documents, damaging computers; patrols, fires on residential areas of Tulkarm, damaging several shops; conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Jericho and in Qalqilya, Tubas. Jewish settlers stone Palestinian vehicles, attack Palestinians nr. the evacuated Homesh settlement site. (HA 4/28; OCHA 5/2; PCHR 5/3)

 

In Gaza, unidentified assailants detonate a small bomb outside a club frequented by PA traffic police in Sudaniyya, causing no injuries.

 29 APRIL

For a 2d day,the Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishing boats off the Rafah coast, forcing them to return to shore. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in ‘Askar r.c., Nablus, Tulkarm r.c. (OCHA 5/2; PCHR 5/3)

 

In Hebron, AMB mbrs. force the closure of a club for fmr. prisoners and an office of the PA Prisoners Affairs Min. to protest the PA’s failure to pay pensions to the prisoners and their families.

 30 APRIL

The IDF sends troops into Gaza nr. the Sufa crossing to level land in search of tunnels. In the West Bank, the IDF patrols, fires on residential areas of Bita nr. Nablus, detaining 3 Palestinian teenagers who threw stones at the troops; conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Bethlehem, nr. Tulkarm, and in Balata r.c., Nablus. (NYT 5/1; OCHA 5/2; PCHR 5/3)

 

In Gaza, angry Palestinians storm the Egyptian legation in Gaza City, demanding that Egypt release 5 Palestinians it has jailed without charge for 3 yrs. after they illegally entered Egypt seeking medical treatment (Egypt claims they are Hamas mbrs.); PA police force demonstrators out of the building, firing in the air, causing no injuries; Egypt denounces the incident.

In Hebron, unidentified gunmen fire on the home of the local PSF head, causing damage but no injuries. Palestinian schoolteachers hold a 1-day strike to protest the PA’s failure to pay their salaries.


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Abbreviations

IDF Israeli Defense Forces

PA Palestinian Authority

 

Chronology Source Abbreviations

ADM (Addameer--Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association, Ramallah)

AFP (Agence France-Presse, Paris)

AIC (Alternative Information Center, Jerusalem)

AP (Associated Press, Internet)

ATL (Anatolia, Ankara)

AYM (al-Ayyam, Ramallah)

BDL (BADIL Resource Center, Bethlehem)

DUS (al-Dustur, Amman)

FAV (Free Arab Voice, Internet)

HA (Ha'Aretz, Tel Aviv)

HJ (al-Hayat al-Jadida, Ramallah)

HP (Hear Palestine, Washington)

HUR (Hurriyet, Istanbul)

IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency, Tehran)

IsRN (Israel Radio News, Internet)

JP (Jerusalem Post International Edition, Jerusalem)

JT (Jordan Times, Amman)

LAW (Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment, Jerusalem)

MA (Ma'ariv, Tel Aviv)

MEI (Middle East International, London)

MENA (Middle East News Agency, Cairo)

MENL (Middle East Newsline, Internet)

MEZ (al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Jabaliyya)

MM (Mideast Mirror, London)

NYT (New York Times, New York)

PCHR (Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Gaza)

PR (Palestine Report, Jerusalem)

QA (al-Quds al-Arabi, London)

REU (Reuters, Internet)

RL (Radio Lebanon, Beirut)

RMC (Radio Monte Carlo, Paris)

SA (al-Sharq al-Awsat, London)

UPI (United Press International, Internet)

WJW (Washington Jewish Week, Rockville, MD)

WNC (World News Connection [Internet], Washington)

WP (Washington Post, Washington)

WT (Washington Times, Washington)

XIN (Xinhua+nNew China News Agency, Beijing)

YA (Yedi'ot Aharonot, Tel Aviv)