This day in the History of the 2nd Intifada

April 25 2001

4 Palestinians killed.

Israeli-Palestinian clashes continue to abate. In Rafah, 4 Fatah mbrs. are killed, 5 are wounded in a mysterious explosion. Though some reports claim the men were assembling a bomb when it exploded, 1 of the 4 killed, Ramadan Azzam, is also head of Gaza's popular resistance comms., raising speculation that the explosion was an IDF assassination. Arafat's Fatah organization denies its mbrs. are involved in bomb making. The IDF bulldozes 50+n60 dunams of Palestinian land nr. Dugit settlement, 20 dunams nr. Rafah. (AP, WP 4/25; HJ 4/27 in WNC 4/30; MEI 5/4)

April 25 2002

9 Palestinians killed.

The IDF sends tanks into PA-controlled Hebron, killing 1 Palestinian, wounding 4 before withdrawing. In Gaza, the IDF fatally shoots 4 Palestinians who allegedly try to infiltrate Kefar Darom settlement, sparking an exchange of gunfire with local PSF officers that leaves 1 PSF mbr. dead. A 7th Palestinian is fatally shot at an IDF checkpoint elsewhere. In Bethlehem, IDF snipers fatally shoot 2 Palestinians inside the Church of the Nativity, but the IDF allows 9 Palestinian children, 2 corpses to be evacuated. The IDF begins constructing a security fence, buffer zone along 7.5 km of the Green Line nr. Tulkarm. (CNN, Irish Times [Internet], Jewish Telegraphic Agency, MM, NYT, WT 4/25; AFP, USIS Washington File, WP, WT 4/26; AYM 4/26 in WNC 4/29; AFP, HA, MM 4/30; JP 5/16; AYM 5/16 in WNC 5/21)

In Arafat's Ramallah compound, a PA judge sentences 4 PFLP mbrs. to terms of 1+n18 yrs. for their involvement in the Ze'evi assassination; Israel dismisses the trial as invalid, repeats demands their extradition. In Jenin r.c., Palestinians reject U.S.-donated emergency aid, saying the U.S. is culpable in the destruction of the camp.

April 25 2003

An IDF soldier is killed by friendly fire nr. Ramallah. IDF troops conducting a predawn arrest raid in Jenin are ambushed by AMB gunmen, who wound 1 IDF soldier. The IDF continues with the raid, detaining, stripping, searching, questioning 10s of Palestinian men, arresting 12, releasing others in their underwear. The IDF also conducts arrest sweeps in Qalqilya, Tulkarm; bulldozes 113 dunams of land in Khuza. The Palestinian Water Authority says it has been informed that the Israeli Infrastructure Min. will stop supplying al-Bireh, Jenin, Nablus, Tubas, Ramallah, other towns with water and will not allow Palestinians to drill new water wells or maintain existing ones. (AFP, HA 4/25; WT 4/26; LAW, PCHR 5/1)

April 25 2004

1 Israeli killed.

The IDF fires on stone-throwing Palestinians in Nablus, wounding 9; conducts arrest raids on Hebron University campus; fires on residential areas in Hebron, Khan Yunis; conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Hebron. Dozens of Jewish settlers fr. Yitzhar, escorted by IDF soldiers, rampage through the neighboring Palestinian village of Ourif, firing on homes, burning olive trees. (NYT, WT 4/26; VOP 4/26 in WNC 4/28; PR 4/28; VOP 4/28 in WNC 4/30; PCHR 4/29; PR 5/5)

Palestinian gunmen fire on Israeli border police patrol nr. Hebron, killing 1 border policeman, wounding 2; critically wound an Israeli Arab security guard at an industrial site outside Efrat settlement. The AMB announces that it has executed a suspected Palestinian collaborator it kidnapped on 4/24 outside Jerusalem.

April 25 2005

1 Palestinian killed.

IDF troops fire on, kill a Palestinian taxi driver who hits an IDF soldier at a checkpoint nr. Hebron; the soldier is also killed, but the IDF says he may have died fr. IDF gunfire, not from being struck by the car; also says it is unclear whether the Palestinian deliberately tried to run down the soldier. The IDF declares closed military zones around Nablus to protect a group of Jewish settlers visiting Joseph's Tomb, arrests 2 Palestinians found in the closed areas; raids Hebron University, detains and interrogates students and staff, searching for wanted Palestinians but apparently not arresting anyone; conducts arrest raids, house searches in Dahariyya, Qalqilya; sends troops into Bayt Iba nr. Nablus to remove all campaign advertising for the 5/5 municipal elections; orders an Agence France-Presse photographer to stop filming nr. Shu`fat checkpoint outside Jerusalem, beats and detains him for several hours. (IMEMC, PRCS 4/25; BBC, HA, NYT 4/26; NYT, OCHA, PR 4/27; PCHR 4/28)

April 25 2006

The IDF arrests without charge Hamas’s chief West Bank spokesman Farhad Asad; raids an elementary school in Hebron, arresting a 12-yr.-old Palestinian for throwing stones; conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Nablus (firing on stone-throwing youths who confront the troops, wounding 6), in Jenin r.c., nr. Hebron. In a rare move, Israel’s Jerusalem Municipality approves 17 proposals for Arab construction in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Bayt Hanina, Shu‘fat on approximately 1,000 d. of land; Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski calls the decision a “revolutionary step” that constitutes a “breakthrough” for Palestinian residents of the city. (JP 4/25; IMEMC, WP 4/26; PCHR 4/27)

April 25 2007

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.

April 25 2008

1 Palestinian killed. 2 Israelis killed.

Late at night, the IDF makes an incursion into Bayt Hanun, surrounding and then making an air strike on the home of a wanted Hamas mbr., causing a fire and then shooting at occupants as they flee, seriously wounding a mother and teenage daughter, barring ambulances fr. reaching the area for 4 hrs. (during which time the girl dies); the IDF trades fire with Palestinian resistance mbrs. during the incursion, wounding 2 gunmen, 3 bystanders; the wanted Palestinian is not captured. The IDF conducts late-night arrest raids, house searches in Bethlehem, al-Bireh; fires rubber-coated steel bullets, percussion grenades, tear gas at Palestinian, Israeli, international activists taking part in the weekly nonviolent demonstration against the separation wall in Bil`in (10s suffer tear gas inhalation) and beat demonstrators at a similar protest al-Masaíra (lightly injuring 3). Jewish settlers fr. Taffuh settlement nr. Salfit enter the nearby village of Yasuf and fire on Palestinians, wounding 1. (WP 4/26; NYT 4/27; OCHA, PCHR 4/30)

At the Rafah and Erez crossings, 1,000s of Palestinians take part in nonviolent rallies calling on Israel to lift the siege.

In the West Bank, a Palestinian sniper fatally shoots 2 Israeli security guards at a factory in the Nitzani Shalom industrial zone nr. the separation wall, escapes; several groups including Hamas claim responsibility.

April 25 2009

Israeli soldiers arrested a 23-year-old Palestinian shepherd from the West Bank village of Al-Twani while he was herding his sheep near the “Ma’on” settlement. (Ma’an News Agency)


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