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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
31 August 2015


Division for Palestinian Rights

Chronological Review of Events Relating to the
Question of Palestine

Monthly media monitoring review

August 2015

Monthly highlights

• UN Secretary General raises alarm over a US$100 million shortfall in funding for UNRWA . (4 August)

The infant mortality rate in Gaza has risen for the first time in five decades, according to an UNRWA study. (8 August)

The IDF issued a new instruction to not shoot at Palestinian suspects if they do not pose an immediate threat to life. (12 August)

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned the EU against funding building projects in “Area C” of the West Bank. (13 August)

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry announced its intention to bring a case against Israel at the ICC regarding the killing of Palestinians without trial. (16 August)

• The French Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that Paris has begun setting the groundwork for future French recognition of Palestine. (18 August)

Hamas Political Bureau Chief confirmed that his organization and Israel were engaged in negotiations over a long-term truce via several mediators. (21 August)

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Israeli forces shot and injured eight Palestinians with rubber-coated bullets during clashes near the Al-Jalazun refugee camp that broke out following the funeral of the 17-year-old Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces the day before. (Ma’an News Agency)

The Israeli navy opened fire on a number of Palestinian fishing boats off the Gaza coast, causing property damage but no injuries. (IMEMC)

Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, one of which exploded within Israeli territory. No casualties were reported. (Haaretz)

Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers south of Nablus, injuring at least one. Israeli forces provided protection to the settlers and fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades towards the farmers. (WAFA)

2

Israeli forces stopped a 20-year-old Palestinian man in Tal al-Rumaida in Hebron on his way to work, tore up his identity card and then beat him. He suffered severe cuts and bruises. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians in Hebron and Ramallah and one in East Jerusalem. (WAFA)

Israeli navy boats opened machine gun fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the Israeli-imposed six-nautical-mile fishing zone off the northern Gaza coast. No injuries or arrests were reported. (WAFA)

Israeli police clashed with Palestinian worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after having imposed access restrictions and later detained five Palestinians. Meanwhile around 30 Israelis toured the compound escorted by police. (Ma’an News Agency)

3

Israeli forces opened fire on a Palestinian youth at the Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, injuring him in the foot, after he refused to undergo a security check. (WAFA)

Israeli forces detained five Palestinians in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. (WAFA)

Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian bus carrying residents of Hebron, injuring six. The Palestinians were on their way back home from their solidarity visit to Duma, where a Palestinian infant was killed by Israeli terrorists. (IMEMC)

The State of Palestine and Jordan have agreed to submit a draft resolution to the Security Council calling for international protection for Palestinian civilians following the killing of an infant by Jewish extremists. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israel forces detained 26 Palestinians. 17 were detained from the West Bank for “illegal activities” and in East Jerusalem, nine were detained, six of them security guards from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. (Ma’an News Agency)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Qatar and extended an invitation to visit Moscow. (Israel Hayom)

The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) of Tunisia condemned the “heinous crime” against a Palestinian toddler and called on the Tunisian Government to “contribute significantly to the international effort against the Zionist entity and its aggressive policy against the Palestinians”. (Agence Tunis Afrique Presse)

Israeli authorities yesterday opened a new coffee shop and pub build on part of the land belonging to the historical Islamic cemetery of Ma’manillah in the old city of Jerusalem. (Middle East Monitor)

Israeli forces delivered demolition warrants to Palestinian Bedouin families in the Jabal al-Baba neighborhood of al-Eizariya, east of Jerusalem. Seven families were notified that their corrugated metal homes would be demolished (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Palestine)

Israeli authorities demolished a home in the Yovel neighbourhood of the settlement of “Eli” in the West Bank as a result of a petition filed 10 years ago by Peace Now NGO. (Israel Hayom)

UNRWA said it could delay the start of the school year if funding doesn’t arrive this month. The funding gap of $101 million could keep 500,000 Palestinian students out of school this fall. (The Times of Israel)

Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation, Hazem Nasser met with Palestinian Water Authority Director Mazen Ghneim and discussed the scope of water cooperation between the two sides. (Jordan News Agency)

4

Clashes broke out between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after an Israeli extremist attempted to raise the Israeli flag over the holy site. A French tourist has been detained and faces potential charges of disrupting the public order after waving the flag. Police also detained the four men suspected of assaulting the tourist. (Ma’an News Agency)

The first arrest of an Israeli suspect followed last week’s arson attack in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian toddler. Meir Ettinger was arrested for “involvement in an extremist Jewish organisation” according to the Shin Bet security agency. (AP)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Egypt to participate in the New Suez Canal inauguration ceremony. During his visit, he will meet with members of the Arab Peace Initiative [Follow-up Committee] to discuss the latest developments in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. (The Cairo Post)

Palestine has applied to join Interpol. (Sputnik International)

A committee charged with reviewing the terms of release for the Palestinian prisoners freed in the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal has decided that 39 of the prisoners released committed additional crimes that warrant their return to jail to complete their sentences. (Israel Hayom)

According to The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Israeli courts extended the detention of 44 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, allegedly for interrogation and legal procedures. (Ma’an News Agency)

The UK National Union of Teachers (NUT) has temporarily withdrawn educational materials which asks teachers to explore themes of Palestinian “occupation, freedom and resistance” with school children, after being accused of promoting an extremist agenda. NUT is the largest union of teachers in Britain and is promoting the project with the collaboration of the children’s education charity Edukid and the General Union of Palestinian Teachers. (The Telegraph)

The BDS movement in the US is preparing a campaign for the boycott of Israel. The campaign focuses on 293 American universities and the Methodist Church. (Middle East Monitor)

Israeli military forces and archaeologists entered the old city of Arraba, leading to clashes with local residents. (Ma’an News Agency)

A number of Israeli armoured tanks infiltrated the border with Gaza, opening fire toward Palestinians’ agricultural facilities. (WAFA)

Israeli police suppressed a peaceful demonstration organized by Islamic Waqf personnel. Four were detained during the protest. (WAFA)

Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian homes with stones near Jenin in northern West Bank. (WAFA)

Qatari fuel entered Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom crossing. (Ma’an

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon raised alarm over a US$100 million shortfall in funding for UNRWA and called for urgent donations. (Ma’an News Agency)

Hamas called on the United Nations to cover UNRWA’S deficit from its own funds. (Middle East Monitor)

The Reshuffled Palestinian Cabinet held the first meeting in Ramallah. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah mentioned that the government is ready to resign as soon as a new unity government is formed and full reconciliation is achieved. (Palestine News Network)

5

Palestinian residents of the Salfit-district village of Hans prevented an attack on their village by Israeli settlers. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces detained 11 Palestinians, including one minor, from West Bank districts. (WAFA)

Israeli authorities demolished 18 Palestinian-owned agricultural structures in northern Jordan Valley, and one home in Beit Ummar and also notified 20 families of demolitions in Hebron. (WAFA)

Israeli forces demolished a house under construction in the Al-Arroub refugee camp north of Hebron. The forces also destroyed seven farming facilities in Al-Aqaba village east of Tubas, northern West Bank. (Palestine News Network)

Palestinian detainee Muhammad Allan entered his 50th day on hunger strike. (IMEMC)

There are 200 Palestinian minors in Israeli jails according to the report released by The Authority of Prisoners’ Affairs. (Jordan News Agency)

An Israeli court has ruled in favour of Israeli settlers to use traditional shofar horns during specific Jewish religious celebrations inside the halls of Al Haram Al Sharif. (Gulf News)

The Arab Peace Initiative Follow-up Committee of the Arab League discussed putting forward a draft Security Council resolution to protect Palestinians from settler violence. (Ma’an News Agency)

Four Palestinian families in Silwan in East Jerusalem received an eviction notice from their house where they have lived since 1948, in a move to evict dozens of Palestinian families from the neighbourhood and replace them with Jewish families. (Haaertz)

120 Palestinian prisoners in Nafha prison launched a hunger strike in protest against maltreatment and suppression by the Israeli prison authorities. (WAFA)

Palestinian residents of the West Bank village Kafr Qaddum held a sit-in to protest against the Israeli national water company, Mekorot, which cut off water supply to the village. (Ma’an News Agency)

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A Palestinian motorist rammed his car into three Israeli soldiers near the “Shilo” settlement in the West Bank, wounding them, two of them seriously, before he was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli troops. (AP)

At least four Palestinians were killed and some 30 injured when an unexploded device left by the Israeli army during last summer’s aggression detonated in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (WAFA)

Israeli military forces closed three agricultural roads and uprooted several olive trees in the village of Kafr Qaddum in the West Bank. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces detained 19 Palestinians, including ten minors, and summoned two others from several West Bank districts. (WAFA)

A Gaza health official warned that a number of hospitals in Gaza might be forced to close due to a lack of funding. (Middle East Monitor)

Fatah’s spokesman Raafat Alayan in a statement called for an urgent intervention by Jordan to stop settlers from attacking the Al-Aqsa Mosque. (Middle East Monitor)

Israeli authorities have permitted the construction of several pools to be used for Jewish rituals near the `Maale Ha-Zeitim’ settlement in East Jerusalem. (Gulf News)

Israeli forces demolished a tire repair shop and another structure in Bethlehem. (WAFA)

The Israeli Government approved a special grant of NIS 340 million (USD 90 million) for settlements in the West Bank in the 2015-2016 state budget. (Middle East Monitor)

Eight Palestinians, including a pregnant woman, were injured after Israeli soldiers raided Biddu village, northwest of Jerusalem, and clashed with local youths. (IMEMC, Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli officials sent a message to the Palestinian Government charging that they are not conducting negotiations with Hamas on a long-term truce. According to the report, based on Palestinian sources, Israeli officials passed a message to the Palestinian Authority that no talks are conducted between Israel and the Gaza-ruling Hamas, despite previous reports to the contrary. The move comes after several reports in local and international media outlets claimed Israeli officials are carrying out indirect talks with Hamas officials to reach understandings that would be the foundation for a long-term truce. (The Times of Israel)

In a press statement, the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said it has begun preparations to hold an extraordinary summit to discuss the developments on the Palestinian issue and on the issue of the city of Jerusalem, adding that it is engaging in consultations with the authorities in Morocco where the summit is to be hosted. (Middle East Monitor)

In remarks during an emergency meeting of the Arab Peace Initiative Committee, Palestinian President Abbas has called on the United States not to give too much attention to the Iranian nuclear deal at the expense of the Palestinian cause, saying that “Nothing might happen regarding the peace process until the end of this year.” President Abbas also called on Hamas to negotiate over the formation of a national unity government and the holding of presidential and parliamentarian elections. (Middle East Monitor)

The Arab Peace Initiative Committee of the League of Arab States called for Jewish settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and their organisations to be placed on terrorist lists and prosecuted in international courts for their crimes. The committee also called for regional and international discussions for a new draft resolution by the UN Security Council about the terrorism by Israeli settlers against Palestinians The draft requests the Council to bear its responsibility for bringing an end to Israeli settlement building in the land earmarked for the State of Palestine, especially in occupied East Jerusalem. (Middle East Monitor)

7

A mortar round fired from Gaza landed in an open area in Israeli territory north of Kissufim, east of the Gaza Strip. No damage or injuries were reported. (Ynetnews)

In a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor called upon Mr. Ban to condemn the recent vehicular attack on three Israeli soldiers by a Palestinian driver. (The Jerusalem Post)

The Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the PFLP branch in Israeli prisons announced their intention to start an open hunger strike on 9 August in protest of Israeli policy towards Palestinian prisoners. (Middle East Monitor)

The Israeli Air Force struck a Hamas military post in the central Gaza Strip injuring at least four Palestinians on 7 August, hours after a rocket fired from the enclave landed in Israeli territory north of Kissufim, east of the Gaza Strip. (Israel News, Ma’an News Agency)

On 7 August the Secretary-General of the United Nations condemned the numerous rockets launched from Gaza towards Israel over the last week and stated his concern over recent violence in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. The Secretary-General reiterated that only the realization of a two state solution can sustainably put an end to violence. (United Nations Statement)

8

The father of Palestinian baby, who was burned to death in an arson attack on the Dawabsheh family home in the village of Duma, died of his wounds on 8 August. The mother and elder son are still fighting for their lives. Riots broke out hours after the funeral when Palestinians threw rocks at Israeli Defence Force troops and burned tires. No injuries reported. (Israel News, The Times of Israel)

Israeli troops shot and injured a Palestinian teenager east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on 8 August. An Israeli army spokesperson said the minor was shot because he approached the border fence separating Gaza from Israeli-controlled territories. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian home with firebombs and rocks in the West Bank village of Duma. (Ma’an News Agency)

The Egyptian authorities announced they would open the Rafah border crossing for three days starting 7 September to allow Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to perform the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. (Palestinian Media Agency)

The infant mortality rate in Gaza has risen for the first time in five decades, according to an UNRWA study. According to the study, the number of babies dying before the age of one was 20.2 per 1,000 live births in 2008. At the last count, in 2013, it had risen to 22.4 per 1,000 live births. (UNRWA Press Releases)

The United Nations strongly condemned a new Israeli law allowing prisoners to be force fed, a day after Israeli authorities declared their intention to use the procedure on a Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike more than 50 days.

The Palestinian Authority government announced that it will continue its diplomatic and legal efforts to pursue Israeli “criminals.” The Palestinian Authority plan to pursue the murders of the Dawabsheh family before the International Criminal Court at The Hague. (The Jerusalem Post)

9

Israeli naval boats opened machine gunfire on Palestinian fishing boats offshore the city of Gaza. No injuries were reported. Two Palestinian fishermen were detained. (WAFA, Xinhua News)

A Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli security forces suspected to be part of an attack in which an Israeli civilian was stabbed and lightly wounded at a gas station in the West Bank. (Israel News)

Seven Israelis were arrested in Adei Ad in the West Bank after joint raids by Israel Police and the Shin Bet. Police said the arrests were part of an investigation for the arson attack on a house in Duma on 31 July, which killed a Palestinian baby and his father. (The Jerusalem Post)

A Palestinian child was seriously injured after an explosive device left behind by the Israeli army exploded in the city of Hebron. (WAFA)

Brazilian Foreign Ministry announced that passports of citizens who were born in Jerusalem will no longer name Israel as country of birth. (The Times of Israel)

Israeli settlers set fire to hundreds of acres of land surrounding the village of Burin in southern Nablus (Ma’an News Agency)

The Ateret Cohanim Israeli settlement organization handed three Palestinian citizens of Sarahn family a court notification for evacuating their lands in Silwan town under the pretext that the Israeli settlers owned the land before 1984. (Palestinian Media Agency)

The High Court of Justice postponed the demolition of a synagogue in the settlement of Givat Ze’ev in the West Bank, which the human rights group Yesh Din claims was built on private Palestinian land. The High Court of Justice gave the respondents an extension until 17 August. (Israel News)

The health condition of two Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Eshel prison has deteriorated due to the ongoing medical negligence by the Israeli prison authorities, according to the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs. There are some 1,500 sick prisoners in Israeli jails and only one prison hospital available for Palestinian prisoners. (WAFA)

The number of Palestinian prisoners who joined the open-ended hunger strike in Israeli jails has reached 148 according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club. (WAFA)

10

Israeli police banned five Palestinians from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for up to 90 days on charges of “incitement”. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces demolished a home under construction in the village of Deir Ballut in western Salfit and delivered demolition orders in western Nablus. (Ma’an News Agency)

A Palestinian woman was detained after admitting that she intended to use a knife, found in her hand bag during a search at a checkpoint in Hebron, to commit an attack. (The Jerusalem Post)

A Palestinian man was indicted for his role in the murder of an Israeli who was fatally shot in June near a settlement in the West Bank. (The Times of Israel)

An Israeli military court postponed a court hearing for Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar for the third time after witnesses failed to show up. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces demolished two homes and a barn in the village of Al-Rahwa in south-western Hebron. (Ma’an News Agency)

11

Israeli forces detained a Palestinian woman and one minor at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces assaulted two Palestinians, including a minor, in Hebron. (WAFA)

Israeli settlers hurled Molotov cocktails in the northern West Bank in a failed attempt to set fire to a public park. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli authorities demolished multiple structures, including residential units, in the district of Jenin and in the northern Jordan Valley. (WAFA)

The Palestinian victims of the 31 July arson attack in Duma are not eligible under Israeli compensation law, it was announced. The compensation to victims of terror applies only to Israeli citizens and residents. (Haaretz)

Israeli security forces dispersed rioters in East Jerusalem. No injuries were reported. (The Times of Israel)

Israel forces detained 15 Palestinians in a series of operations across the West Bank. (The Times of Jerusalem)

Israeli forces demolished a three-story commercial building in the industrial zone of Qalandiya, north of Jerusalem. (Ma’an News Agency)

Several Palestinians from refugee camps across the occupied West Bank closed main roads near the camps in protest of the UNRWA financial crisis. (IMEMC)

The Palestinian Authority announced they are planning to present a new resolution demanding the end of the Israeli occupation and the provision of international protection for the Palestinians before the UN Security Council. (The Jerusalem Post)

The US State Department said it has intervened in a lawsuit against Palestinian authorities over attacks in Israel that killed and injured Americans, arguing that a high bond could compromise the Palestinians’ financial stability. (Ma’an News Agency)

12

Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza City. No injuries were reported. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces detained two Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians and summoned another from West Bank districts. (WAFA)

The Israeli human rights group Yesh Din has petitioned the High Court of Justice to force the demolition of nine illegally built homes by Israeli settlers in the Derech Ha’avot outpost in the West Bank. (The Jerusalem Post)

Clashes broke outside the Barzilai Medical Centre in Ashkelon where Palestinian hunger-striker prisoner Mohammed Allaan is hospitalized. Two people were arrested. (Israel News)

The IDF issued a new instruction to not shoot at Palestinian suspects if they do not pose an immediate threat to life. (Haaretz)

Saudi Arabia approved an assistance package of $35 million that will be donated to UNRWA. (UNRWA Press Release)

The Israeli national water company, Mekorot, cut off the water supply to areas of the northern West Bank. (Ma’an News Agency)

13

Israeli forces detained 12 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank. (Ma’an News Agency)

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said his movement held talks with representatives of various factions, including Fatah, to brief them on recent efforts to achieve a truce with Israel. He noted that Hamas leaders discussed the truce with European officials, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. (The Jerusalem Post)

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned the EU against funding building projects in “Area C” of the West Bank, which do not have Israeli building permits. “We’ve told [the EU] … that such construction can be destroyed,” a Foreign Ministry official told the Knesset. (Palestine News Network, The Jerusalem Post)

Israeli forces demolished a number of houses and other structures in Bethlehem. (Ma’an News Agency)

Clashes broke out in the Al-Tur neighbourhood of East Jerusalem after Israeli forces detained a Palestinian as he was heading home. (Ma’an News Agency)

A group of Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian electrical worker who was repairing a traffic light in the “Pisgat Ze’ev” settlement in East Jerusalem. The worker was hospitalised with a broken hand and a number of other injuries, according to local sources. (IMEMC)

A vacant Bedouin tent was set on fire in the West Bank near Ramallah, with words “revenge” and “administrative” in Hebrew spray-painted on a stone nearby. Three settlers, including two teenagers, were arrested and taken to a Shin Bet facility for questioning. (Haaretz)

The European Union announced that together with the Government of Demark it provided nearly €24 million to East Jerusalem hospitals to maintain patient services for Palestinians. (ReliefWeb)

A spokesman for the Israeli Communications Ministry said that Israel presented a proposal to the Palestinian Government that could enable the opening of a long-awaited 3G mobile network in the West Bank. (The Jerusalem Post)

14

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu announced that he will appoint Science, Technology and Space Minister Danny Danon as Israel’s next ambassador to the United Nations, saying, “The UN platform is very important at this time, and I’m sure Danny will fight with all his might to present the truth in the international arena”. Danny Danon is reported to be a strong opponent of a two-State solution and the establishment of a Palestinian State, and to have expressed support for an Israeli annexation of the West Bank. (Haaretz)

Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Allaan, who had been on a hunger strike for 60 days in protest of his administrative detention, has fallen into a coma at an Israeli medical centre and is now connected to ventilators and intravenous fluids. A spokesperson for the ICRC said the situation is “extremely critical” and a doctor from the ICRC is currently at the hospital. (Haaretz, Ma’an News Agency)

Palestinian officials reported that there had been 11,000 cases of Israeli attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem in the last ten years, including 375 in the first half of this year alone. (The Jerusalem Post)

15

A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier on Route 443 near Beit Horon in the West Bank, lightly wounding him. The assailant was arrested after soldiers opened fire, lightly wounding him. Also, a Palestinian assailant tried to stab an Israeli Border Police officer at the Tapuah Junction near the “Ariel” settlement in the West Bank. The assailant was shot and later died of his wounds. (Haaretz)

16

Israeli forces detained at least five Palestinians during raids across the West Bank and seized a Palestinian-owned tractor in the northern Jordan Valley. (WAFA)

A 77-year-old Palestinian woman died from her wounds she had sustained a week before when an unexploded device left by the Israeli army during last summer’s assault detonated in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (IMEMC)

Israeli soldiers stationed in watchtowers along the Gaza border opened fire towards Palestinian farmers and shepherds east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported. (IMEMC)

Inspectors from the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority confiscated a tract of land adjacent to the eastern wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound. (Ma’an News Agency)

An Israeli settler ran over a 10-year-old Palestinian boy with his car in the village of Yatma, south of Nablus, and fled the scene. The boy sustained a fracture in his leg. (WAFA)

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry announced its intention to bring a case against Israel at the International Criminal Court regarding the killing of Palestinians without trial. (Xinhua)

17

The Israeli army detained at least six Palestinians during overnight raids in Hebron and Bethlehem. (WAFA)

Israel forces shot and killed a Palestinian after he stabbed an Israeli soldier at the Zatara checkpoint, south of Nablus. (AP, WAFA)

Israeli excavators entered the Al-Nahda neighbourhood near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip and levelled agricultural land. (Ma’an News Agency)

Egypt has opened its border with the Gaza Strip for four days, for the first time in two months, allowing Palestinians to travel in both directions. (AP)

An advisor to Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu said in an interview with a Gaza newspaper that he was expecting “a comprehensive agreement between Hamas and Israel” that would “resolve the issues of the blockade, opening of the [border] crossings and the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas”. (Haaretz)

Israeli bulldozers demolished structures belonging to more than 20 families of the Jahalin Bedouin community, east of Jerusalem. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces destroyed more than 100 trees as they levelled Palestinian-owned land in the Beit Jala area, northwest of Bethlehem, for the construction of the separation wall. (Ma’an News Agency)

The Israeli military prosecution asked the Supreme Court to expel hunger striking administrative detainee Mohammad Allan from the West Bank for a period of four years as a condition for his release, claiming that he was a threat to the security of Israel. (Ma’an News Agency)

Palestinian administrative detainee Shireen Issawi joined her brother Samir Issawi in an open-ended hunger strike in solidarity with hunger striking prisoner Muhammad Allan, who has been on hunger strike for over two months against his own administrative detention that started in November, when we has detained without charge. (Ma’an News Agency)

18

Israeli forces detained four Palestinians from Hebron district and one Palestinian at the Qalandia checkpoint near Jerusalem. (WAFA)

Israeli settlers assaulted two Palestinians, one of them a young girl who was hit with rocks, in the Old City of Hebron. (WAFA)

Israeli forces denied a large number of Palestinian worshipers entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, while Israelis were allowed to tour the compound under the protection of Israeli police officers. (Ma’an News Agency)

After Egypt decided to open the Rafah border crossing for four days, some 474 Palestinians crossed in both directions and 600 tons of cement and 66 tons of aggregate have entered into the strip. A total of 20,000 Palestinians have applied for permits. The crossing has been opened for a total of just 15 days this year. (The Cairo Post, News24)

Israeli bulldozers demolished 12 tents housing families near Jericho in Area C of the West Bank, and other structures nearby. (Ma’an News Agency)

Egyptian authorities detained the Gaza-based Deputy Minister for Religious Endowments (Awqaf) Hassan Al-Saifi when he landed at the Cairo international Airport after a trip to Saudi Arabia. Mr. Al-Saifi was on his way to the Gaza Strip after being commissioned by the Palestinian government to travel to Saudi Arabia to make arrangements for Palestinian hajj pilgrims. (Middle East Monitor)

Following a meeting in Paris between French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and his Palestinian counterpart Riad Malki, the French Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that Paris has begun setting the groundwork for future French recognition of Palestine. (The Jerusalem Post)

At their 89th meeting, the Arab League communication officers of the regional offices for boycotting Israel discussed ways to activate an Arab boycott of Israel. The conclusions of the meeting will be presented at the upcoming meeting of the Arab foreign ministers in September. (Middle East Monitor)

Some 250 Palestinian administrative detainees being held in Israel’s Negev prison began an open-ended hunger strike to protest their internment without trial or charge. The prisoners’ representative in the jail stated that the strike would go on “until Israel’s policy of administrative detention comes to an end”. (Ma’an News Agency)

Palestinian President Abbas issued a decree ordering the closure of the Palestinian Peace Coalition (PPC), which promotes along with Israeli activists the Geneva Initiative. The PPC Chairman is Yasser Abed Rabbo, who was the PLO Secretary-General until being dismissed from the post by President Abbas last month. The PPC’s assets and property in Ramallah are said to be transferred to the Information Ministry. The NGO is largely funded by the EU, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. The Swiss Foreign Ministry has reportedly expressed its concern and urged President Abbas to reconsider his decision to close the PPC. (www.swissinfo.ch)

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Israeli forces entered the Al-Eizariya town in occupied East Jerusalem as local Palestinians took to the streets in solidarity with Palestinian detainee Mohammad Allan. As a result of different clashes in the West Bank the Israeli forces detained six Palestinians. (FNA)

The Israeli military prosecution offered to release Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad Allan when his administrative detention expires in November, said Issa Qaraqe head of the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs. (Ma’an News Agency)

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman briefed the Security-Council on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. During his briefing, Mr. Feltman said that the recurrent violent incidents and radicalization in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and Gaza, were threatening to further destabilize an already tense environment for Israel and Palestine. He urged both sides to work together to reduce tensions and prevent extremist attacks. (UN press release SC/12014)

A joint statement issued on 17 August by the Coordinator for Humanitarian and UN Development Activities for the OPT, Robert Piper, and the Director of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Operations in the West Bank, Felipe Sanchez, calls for an immediate freeze on demolitions in the West Bank, after dozens of structures were demolished yesterday by Israeli authorities in Palestinian Bedouin refugee communities, near East Jerusalem. (UN News Centre)

An Israeli soldier was injured after an explosive was thrown at an IDF position near Beit Jala, south of Jerusalem. (The Jerusalem Post)

Israeli forces detained 10 Palestinians in the West Bank. (WAFA)

Israeli forces demolished a three-story building under construction in the Wadi al-Joz neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, claiming that it lacked the necessary permits. (Ma’an News Agency)

The Israeli army demolished a residence and an agricultural structure in the village of Beit Our, west of Ramallah. (WAFA)

Israeli forces informed the family of a Palestinian man convicted of stabbing an Israeli settler to death last November that his home in Hebron would be demolished in a week. (Ma’an News Agency)

The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah issued a statement expressing deep concern about an increasing number of demolitions of Palestinian structures in Area C in recent days, as well as the start of the construction of the separation barrier in the Cremisan Valley. (ReliefWeb)

UNRWA declared that the school year would open on time for the 500,000 students in its schools in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, where multiple crises and a major funding shortage nearly delayed the opening of the 685 schools. (UN News Centre)

Israel’s Supreme Court froze the administrative order for the detention of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Allaan. According to the court ruling, he would remain in the intensive care unit at an Israeli medical centre, and if it is discovered that he suffered neurological damage, the administrative order would be revoked altogether. (Haaretz)

The IDF detained 15 Palestinians wanted for alleged participation in terrorism and for inciting violence, the IDF Spokesman’s Office said. (The Jerusalem Post)

A Hamas official Azzam Tamimi said that former British Prime Minister and Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair got the approval of British Prime Minister David Cameron to invite Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to London to discuss a long-term truce with Israel. Mr. Tamimi said that Mr. Mashaal’s visit did not take place because Hamas wanted to know the details of the proposal. (IMEMC)

In a briefing, US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said, “We are also very troubled by the recent escalation of demolitions and evictions, which include the destruction of dozens of structures and the displacement of over 150 people in the West Bank and East Jerusalem this month alone..Such demolitions and evictions are harmful and provocative and indicative of a damaging trend, particularly given settlement-related activity and continued construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem”. (The Jerusalem Post)

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Israeli forces detained at least 18 Palestinians across the West Bank overnight. (Ma’an News Agency)

The Israeli army demolished a residence and an agricultural structure on the outskirts of Tubas in the northern Jordan Valley, claiming that they had been constructed without Israeli-issued permits. (WAFA)

It was reported that Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor had met with the head of OIOS late last month and called for a disciplinary hearing against ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf, accusing her of “modern day anti-Semitism.” Mr. Khalaf told AP that she stood by her statements highlighting “Israel’s documented violations of international law against the Palestinian people” and rejecting “the concept of religious or ethnic purity of States.” (AP)

Following continued clashes in East Jerusalem, the IDF detained 16 Palestinians, including 11 minors. (The Jerusalem Post)

The IDF detained five Palestinians from the West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum, including two children, a local official said. (Ma’an News Agency)

An Israeli court ruling allowed Israeli authorities to demolish a football field and its facilities in Silwan in East Jerusalem, a local committee said. The court allowed for an appeal to be lodged within 30 days of the ruling. However, the owners of the property received the demolition order in the mail over 70 days after the court passed the ruling at the beginning of June, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center said. (Ma’an News Agency)

Palestinian prisoner Mohammad Allan ended his 66-day hunger strike after the Israeli Supreme Court ordered his release from detention. His lawyer said he was still in serious but stable condition in a hospital in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. (AP)

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Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Mashaal confirmed that his organization and Israel were engaged in negotiations over a long-term truce via several mediators, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In an excerpt from an interview with a London-based Qatari newspaper, Mr. Mashaal said that while the talks had yet to produce an agreement, Hamas saw them as “very positive”. (Haaretz)

The Palestinian Bar Association (PBA) sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in which PBA holds Israeli authorities liable for Mohammed Allan’s current condition and protests his detention without charge or trial for the past nine months in violation of international norms and standards. (Middle East Monitor)

Four Palestinians, including one child and two teenagers, were injured after Israeli security forces attacked the weekly nonviolent protest in Kafr Qaddoum in the northern West Bank. (IMEMC)

Israeli municipality officials delivered a demolition order to the al-Qaaqaa Mosque, a house, and a studio apartment in Silwan, in East Jerusalem. (Ma’an News Agency)

A number of international aid organisations denounced Israeli demolitions of homes in the West Bank, where the UN said 63 houses and other structures were destroyed during the week alone, making 132 Palestinians homeless. Robert Piper, coordinator for UN Humanitarian and Development Activities in the OPT, said “These demolitions are occurring in parallel with settlement expansion. The relocation plan for these communities would effectively remove Palestinian presence in and around the planned E1 settlement project.” (AFP, ANSA-Rome)

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Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in the village of Qasra to the south of Nablus, who were protected by Palestinian voluntarily guards. Israeli forces intervened to provide cover for the settlers, through firing live ammunition, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades towards the Palestinians. (WAFA)

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Israeli police prevented around 20 Palestinian women from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, while allowing Israeli settlers into the compound. (WAFA)

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Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin said during talks with settler leaders that Israel had a “right” to build settlements in the occupied West Bank, his office said in a statement. (AFP)

The Palestinian Minister of Health said that former hunger striker Muhammad Allan is in a stable health condition and that his health is improving gradually. (Ma’an News Agency)

Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar told Hamas’s Al Aqsa TV that the organization should build on its successes in legislative and municipal elections in the West Bank and move to consolidate its power. He also denied progress on talks with Israel to bring about long-term truce. (The Jerusalem Post)

Manhattan federal Judge George Daniels said that the PA and PLO must pay $10 million in cash and an additional one million monthly while its case is on appeal. Earlier this year, a US jury awarded $218.5 million in damages in a lawsuit brought by American victims and survivors of a series of bombings and shootings in Israel from 2002 to 2004. (The Guardian)

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Israeli forces overnight detained 11 Palestinians in the West Bank and a minor in Jerusalem. (WAFA)

Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers crossed the border fence and razed land in the northern Gaza Strip. (Ma’an News Agency)

The Vatican asked the Palestinian UN mission to remove all references to it from a draft General Assembly resolution the Palestinians had prepared calling for the flags of Palestine and the Holy See to fly at the UN. The draft resolution says that the flags of non-member observer states “shall be raised at the United Nations Headquarters and Offices following the flags of the member states of the United Nations.” (Reuters)

A delegation of EU diplomats visited the Christian-majority village of Beit Jala near Bethlehem to assess the recent Israeli efforts to construct a segment of the separation wall that would cut through the village. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces demolished two homes under construction in Jabal al-Mukabir, south of the Old City of Jerusalem, and two others in Silwan in East Jerusalem. (Ma’an News Agency, WAFA)

Defence for Children International said that about 1,000 Palestinian children had sustained permanent disabilities as a result of the Israeli aggression on Gaza in 2014. (WAFA)

The Coastal Municipalities Water Utility of Gaza said that some 120,000 Palestinians in Gaza were still disconnected from the water and sanitation networks. (Petra)

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Israeli forces detained 31 Palestinians in predawn raids across the West Bank. (Ma’an News Agency)

For a third consecutive day, Israeli police cordoned off the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, denying Palestinian worshippers access into the site. (WAFA)

Israeli forces demolished nine tin shacks, including two homes, in the town of Al-Eizariya, east of Jerusalem, on land Israel had earmarked for the construction of the separation wall. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces detained three Palestinian youths in Al-Tur in occupied East Jerusalem after they threw a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli police jeep. (IMEMC, Ma’an News Agency)

A Palestinian father said that Israeli soldiers had stolen money and jewellery from his family home when they detained his son in a predawn raid in the village of Salem, east of Nablus. (Ma’an News Agency)

A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli Border Police officer in Jerusalem’s Old City, lightly wounding him. (Haaretz)

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Israeli forces launched an air strike on a Hamas weapon manufacture facility located in the central Gaza Strip, with no injuries reported. Israeli authorities said the strike was in response to a rocket allegedly fired from Gaza, which landed in southern Israel, causing no injuries or damage. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces detained at least 10 Palestinians across the West Bank and East Jerusalem. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces detained four Palestinians, including two girls, near the Al-Aqsa Mosque. (IMEMC)

The Ateret Cohanim Jewish organization forcefully took over a Palestinian-owned building in Silwan in East Jerusalem, declaring that it was a Jewish property. (WAFA)

The EU’s outgoing envoy to the Palestinian territories, John Gatt-Rutter, said that the EU was moving forward with measures against Israeli settlements in the West Bank. He told reporters, “There is support within the Union to go on”, adding that there were “more tools” the EU could use. (AP)

The Chairman of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), Salim al-Za’noun, announced that the Council would convene an ordinary session on 15 September. He said that the election of a new PLO Executive Committee and a PNC Presidential Committee were on the agenda. (WAFA)

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An Israeli soldier was slightly injured when a vehicle hit him at a checkpoint south of Hebron, but it remains unclear whether the driver had intentionally hit the soldier. (Ma’an News Agency)

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A Palestinian security source stated that Hezbollah has been working intensively to enlist former operatives of the Al-Aqsa Brigades in order to carry out attacks against Israeli targets in the West Bank and inside Israel. (The Jerusalem Post)

An Israeli settler was shot and lightly injured in the hand and the leg while driving west of Nablus. (Ma’an News Agency)

President Mahmoud Abbas met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman to discuss recent tensions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, regional issues and latest meetings with international and regional leaders regarding the peace process. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse dozens of Palestinian and foreign protesters marching in the West Bank village of Beit Jala towards an area where military bulldozers have uprooted olive trees to clear space for the Israeli wall. Two protesters were arrested for throwing stones at soldiers. (AFP)

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Israeli forces opened fire from the Gaza border toward Palestinian homes and farmers to the east of Khan Yunis. No injuries were reported. (WAFA)

Israeli forces entered the West Bank villages west of Jenin, storming and searching homes and handing Palestinians military warrants for interrogation. In a different incident, Israeli soldiers also demolished 15 structures near Jerusalem. (IMEMC)

A video showing an Israeli soldier scuffling with Palestinian youths and women at a West Bank protest has been viewed more than 2 million times on the Internet. (AP)

Following a week of suspected attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ministers that Israel was planning to increase security. (Haaretz)

Israeli soldiers detained five Palestinians, three near Bethlehem, one in East Jerusalem and one in Tulkarem. (IMEMC)

The Ministry of Religious Endowments and Affairs of Palestine said that Israel was imposing restrictions on Palestinian entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in a bid to initiate a daily schedule for Jewish prayer at the holy site. The custodian of the site, Jordan’s King Abdullah, said he rejected Israeli policies in Jerusalem, adding that Jordan will maintain its role in protecting holy sites and preserving the city’s identity. (Ma’an News Agency)

Six Palestinian prisoners for the thirteenth day continued their hunger strike against Israeli policy of administrative detention in solitary confinement. (Ma’an News Agency)

An Israeli raid to arrest a senior Hamas operative in Jenin turned into a gun battle. Palestinian security officials said 20 Palestinians had been taken to hospital after being wounded by Israeli rubber bullets. An Israeli paramilitary border police officer was wounded by friendly fire, according to an initial army investigation. (AP, Haaretz)

A rocket fired from Gaza exploded on the Palestinian side of the border. (Haaretz)

A Turkish delegation met in Tel Aviv with Israel’s acting Minister of Regional Cooperation to promote a proposal to build an industrial zone near Jenin in the West Bank. The project, backed by Israel, the US and the EU, would allow for duty-free export of goods to the US. (The Jerusalem Post)

Israeli forces demolished around 25 structures serving 11 families for residential and other purposes in the Al-Khdeirat Bedouin community located between the Palestinian village of Al-Jaba’ and the “Adnan” settlement. Around 100 persons were left homeless, including 70 minors. (Ma’an News Agency, www.btselem.org)

Israeli forces demolished 15 structures in the village of Jaba, northeast of Jerusalem, built in “Area C” without an Israeli permit. (WAFA)


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