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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
30 September 2013




Division for Palestinian Rights

Chronological Review of Events Relating to the
Question of Palestine

Monthly media monitoring review

September 2013

Monthly highlights
• Finland upgrades status of the Palestinian mission in Helsinki (4 September)

• Israel proposes to leave intact dozens of settlements and military bases in the West Bank as part of a package to establish a Palestinian State in provisional borders, according to a Palestinian official (5 September)

• Nabil Sha’ath says that the Palestinians had agreed to resume peace talks only after a US guarantee that “negotiations would start from the 1967 lines” (9 September)

• The Palestinian Government is sworn in with the Cabinet unchanged from its June line-up (19 September)

• Israeli soldiers seize humanitarian aid being delivered by foreign diplomats to a Bedouin community that had just been demolished (20 September)

• Quartet presents summary of the ‘Palestinian Economic Initiative” during Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting of donor countries in New York (25 September)

• UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby co-chair ministerial meeting in New York on the funding challenges faced by UNRWA (26 September)

• The Middle East Quartet meets in New York and reaffirms its support for the ongoing negotiations between Israel and Palestine (27 November)

1

Five Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces near the Jalazun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, which erupted when youths tried to stop Israeli settlers from throwing stones at Palestinian cars near the camp. Israeli forces arrived and fired rubber-coated metal bullets at the Palestinians. (Ma’an News Agency)

During a conference of the Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities in Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Mansour bin Miteb announced that the Saudi King had approved a $200 million infrastructure programme for Palestinian cities. (www.arabnews.com)

Israeli forces handed a home demolition order to a Palestinian family in Idhna in the southern West Bank under the pretext that the home had been built without Israeli permission. (Ma’an News Agency)

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: “It is possible that the second batch of pre-Oslo prisoners will be released before the end of this month”. (Ma’an News Agency)

2

Israeli soldiers injured two Palestinians and arrested four others during a raid in the Old City of Nablus. (WAFA)

Israeli forces arrested 14 Palestinians from Bethlehem, Hebron and Jenin. (WAFA)

A Palestinian official said that Israel would close the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron to Palestinian worshippers on 5 and 6 September for the Jewish New Year. (Ma’an News Agency)

The World Bank announced that it would support the Palestinian Authority (PA) with a grant for a waste collection project in the amount of $8.3 million that would benefit 840,000 Palestinians in the Hebron and Bethlehem Governorates. (www.worldbank.org)

Israeli forces raided Fasayil village in the Jericho area and demolished a house and a cattle farm, leaving 12 family members homeless. Soldiers assaulted five women with the butts of their rifles during the demolition, and all the women were sent to hospital for treatment. (Ma’an News Agency)

3

Several Israeli military vehicles entered an area east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Heavy gunfire was heard, but no injuries were reported. (Ma’an News Agency)

Clashes broke out in Abu Dis town in East Jerusalem between local youths and Israeli soldiers following the detention of a young Palestinian man reportedly suffering from cancer. Medical sources said that dozens of residents had been treated for the effects of tear gas. (IMEMC)

According to a Palestinian official, Palestinian and Israeli negotiating teams met in Jerusalem for a fifth round of peace talks. (Ma’an News Agency)

Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Nassif Hetti told reporters that an Arab Ministerial delegation would meet US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome on 8 September to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. (AFP)

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a top aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), told Voice of Palestine radio that the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were futile and would not lead to any result unless there was more pressure from the US. (Reuters)

Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said that Israel would close the Kerem Shalom crossing for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, from 4 to 8 September. (Ma’an News Agency)

The British Government provided £122 million ($189.7 million) as direct financial assistance to the PA, according to a statement by the British Consulate General in Jerusalem. (WAFA)

The World Bank transferred $72.2 million to the Palestinian Government representing contributions by the Governments of Australia, Kuwait and the UK. (WAFA)

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) brought together the Israeli and Palestinian football chiefs in an attempt to settle the dispute over Israeli security restrictions on the movement of Arab football players. (AFP)

In a new report on assistance to the Palestinian people, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said: “With the persistence of Israeli restrictions on mobility in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, loss of land and productive resources and bleak political prospects, gross domestic product decelerated, and poverty and unemployment increased in 2012. These conditions are expected to deteriorate further. The Palestinian fiscal crisis deepened, owing to less aid and Israel’s withholding of Palestinian revenue, posing risks to the whole economy. The crisis is exacerbated by the leakage of Palestinian fiscal revenues from smuggling and lost tax on imports via Israel … estimated at $300 million annually”. (www.unctad.org)

Israeli forces detained in Jerusalem the Chairman of the Al-Aqsa Foundation, Ali Abu Sheikha. (Ma’an News Agency)

An Israeli judge ordered the release of the Head of the Islamic Movement in Jerusalem, Sheikh Raed Salah, but banned him from entering Jerusalem for 180 days. Sheikh Salah refused to be released on Israeli conditions. (Ma’an News Agency)

4

Israeli forces raided the town of Beit Ummar and detained three Palestinian teenagers, a local official said. (Ma’an News Agency)

Finland’s Government upgraded the status of the Palestinian mission in Helsinki. The mission and its staff would now benefit from the privileges and immunities stipulated in the Vienna Convention. The upgrade does not signify the recognition of the Palestinian State, the press release added. (formin.finland.fi)

The Italian Government announced a donation of 60 million to the Palestinian Government over a three-year period. (Ma’an News Agency)

The Council of Ministers of Bulgaria decided to allocate Bulgarian Lev 100,000 ($67,000) to support the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the press office of the Government announced. (FOCUS News Agency)

India gave $1 million to UNRWA for providing food and medicines to Palestine refugees. (The Indian Express)

In an interview with AP, the Israeli Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, said that Jerusalem was thriving and that the key to success was to keep its various fragments united, urging the negotiators to take any talk of splitting the city off the table. (AP)

Israeli Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that seven Palestinians were arrested when clashes erupted in Jerusalem’s Old City between Israeli security forces and some 300 Palestinian demonstrators who tried to block a group of visitors from reaching the Temple Mount (Al-Haram Al-Sharif). (AP)

Israeli forces banned Jerusalem's Mufti, Mohamed Hussein, as well as other religious and prominent Palestinian figures, from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque. (Middle East Monitor)

5

Clashes broke in a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem of Silwan as Israeli police arrived to secure Israeli settlers who were celebrating the Jewish New Year, performing rituals and dancing on copies of the Quran, according to a local activist. No injuries were reported. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli police raided the al-Sowana area of East Jerusalem and detained a boy from his house, after a group of settlers arrived and threw stones at Palestinian residents and houses, a local unnamed source reported. (Ma’an News Agency)

Clashes broke out in the Al-Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron between local residents and Israeli soldiers who raided the camp, fired gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets. Medical sources said dozens of residents have been treated for the effects of tear gas. (IMEMC)

President Abbas will meet US Secretary of State Kerry in Paris in the following week, a Palestinian official said on conditions of anonymity. Mr. Abbas will brief Mr. Kerry on the process of negotiations from the Palestinian perspective, the official said. (Xinhua)

Israel had proposed leaving intact dozens of settlements and military bases in the West Bank as part of a package to establish a Palestinian State in provisional borders, a Palestinian official told AP. The official said that the proposal was unacceptable to the Palestinians. Meanwhile, Fatah official Nabil Sha’ath said that the Palestinian leadership would “not accept temporary solutions.” (AP, The Jerusalem Post)

Lebanese newspaper al-Mustaqbal reported that Palestinian sources said that top IDF generals had attended the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks during the week to discuss security questions. According to the report, the Palestinians said that they will accept only NATO forces for border crossings, without an Israeli presence, for a period of no more than 10 years. (Ynetnews)

Hamas is facing a serious financial crisis following Egypt’s crackdown on the smuggling tunnels to the Gaza Strip. Because of a sharp drop in the tax revenues Hamas collects on Egyptian fuel, cement and other goods passing through the tunnels, Hamas is unable to pay salaries for many employees in full or on time. (The Financial Times)

A group of religious Jews stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform prayers on the eve of the Jewish New Year. Palestinian sources reported that another group of some 30 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa as part of the tourism programme, and tried to perform prayers and rituals, but that the Palestinians had stood up to them and forced them to retreat. (Petra)

The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemned the death sentence imposed by the Gaza Military Court on 27 August, considering “capital punishment to be cruel and inhuman”. (European External Action Service)

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said that the number of Palestinian children from the town of Qalqilya detained in Israeli jails had risen to 30 since August. (Palestine News Network)

Four non-governmental organizations urged Norway’s Ministry of Finance to reinstate a prohibition on investment by Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global in two Israeli companies – Africa Israel and its subsidiary Danya Cebus – due to their ongoing construction of homes in Israeli settlements, said a press statement by the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), Adalah-NY, The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, and The Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign. (Palestine News Network)

6

Fifteen Palestinians were arrested at the Temple Mount (Al-Haram Al-Sharif) as clashes broke out between local youths and Israeli police. (Haaretz)

7

Palestinian crossings official Maher Abu Sabha said that Egypt had closed the Rafah crossing with Gaza indefinitely following unrest in the Sinai Peninsula. (Ma’an News Agency)

Ynetnews quoted Palestinian officials as saying that a third group of Palestinian prisoners would be released on 29 October from Israeli prisons regardless of the progress made in peace negotiations. (UPI)

8

An Israeli court in Jerusalem sentenced a Palestinian teenager to 38 months in jail. He was detained in January for throwing stones and empty bottles at an Israeli settlement in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan, and had been detained four times in the past two years and spent several periods under house arrest. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces in 15 army jeeps entered the Beta village south of Nablus and set up flying checkpoints. They also entered several neighbourhoods in the village and fired tear gas and stun grenades, locals said. (Ma'an News Agency)

The IDF detained a 20-year-old Palestinian woman in the south of Hebron after she was found carrying a knife during a routine security check. Witnesses said that she had attempted to stab an Israeli soldier. (Ma'an News Agency)

The IDF detained four Palestinians from Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, who had been on their way to work in Jerusalem, according to Popular Committees [to resist the wall and settlements] spokesman Mohammad Awad. Clashes broke out in Beit Ummar after the raid, and Israeli forces fired tear gas, plastic-coated steel bullets and live ammunition in the air, Mr. Awad said, adding that several people suffered from tear gas inhalation, including a pregnant woman. (Ma'an News Agency)

Israeli soldiers detained a Palestinian from the Al-Shati (Beach) refugee camp at the Erez Terminal while he was on his way to receive treatment at an Israeli hospital. Mr. Al-Bakry had been suffering from a serious illness that had rendered him disabled, and had received all needed permits and referrals. (IMEMC)

Hamas official Fathi Hamad said that Hamas was planning to open a naval academy in the Gaza Strip as part of the police academy, and also a large prison on a 14 hectare-area in the Gaza Strip, which would include rehabilitation and correction centres, as well as various agricultural projects. (The Jerusalem Post)

In Paris, US Secretary of State Kerry updated a ministerial delegation representing the League of Arab States’ Follow-up Committee on the ongoing negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis. The ministers expressed support for American efforts and for the agreed upon nine-month timeline. The delegation included representatives from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, along with the Secretary-General of the League, Nabil Elaraby. (www.state.gov)

At a joint press conference with Secretary of State Kerry, Qatar’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Khaled al-Attiya, said that ongoing Israeli settlement construction was an obstacle to achieving an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. For his part, Mr. Kerry said it was vital that all sides, including the Arab world, offered support to both parties as they try to make peace. (Haaretz, www.state.gov)

President Abbas arrived in London for a 4-day official visit and meetings with top British officials. During his meeting with Foreign Secretary William Hague, they discussed progress in the peace process, as well as shared concerns for stability in Syria. President Abbas spoke before the British Parliament the following day and asked for active support for the peace process. (www.gov.uk, WAFA)

President Abbas met with Secretary Kerry in London to discuss the ongoing direct negotiations. Mr. Abbas protested the lack of intention on the part of Israel to discuss the borders of the future Palestinian State, the Israeli army raids in the West Bank and Israel's settlement plans. (Xinhua)

The Israeli Cabinet adopted a resolution to grant 5,000 new work permits for Palestinians. (Haaretz)

Settlers’ leaders gathered in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office in Jerusalem to protest the possible creation of a Palestinian State with interim borders that could involve the evacuation of some settlements. They organized the rally shortly after receiving what they believed to be credible information that such a plan was in the works. (The Jerusalem Post)

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton told journalists that the ban on funding entities connected with settlements would be implemented “sensitively”. The pledge came after US Secretary of State Kerry confirmed that he had asked the EU to delay the implementation of the measure, saying that “It’s important that the Israeli people and the Government see that … moving towards peace is worthwhile, and … if there’s a failure to achieve a peace, bigger problems await at the same time, because there is discussion now of boycott of Israeli goods and other kinds of measures.” (The Telegraph, www.state.gov)

A group of settlers hurled stones at Palestinian vehicles travelling on the highway connecting Nablus with the settlement of “Yizhar”, damaging 25 vehicles. As a result of the rock-throwing, Israeli soldiers closed the Hawara and Za’tarah checkpoints south of Nablus. (Saudi Gazette)

9

PLO Executive Committee member Abed Rabbo told Voice of Palestine Radio that the current peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel were unlikely to succeed. “The only ‘progress’ ... is made in the settlements and their expansion and more Israeli violations”, he said, adding that Israel was using the negotiations “as a cover for building more settlements”. (Xinhua)

Fatah Central Committee member Sha’ath said that Secretary of State Kerry had “guaranteed us in writing” that negotiations would start from the 1967 lines, but American officials denied there was such a document. Mr. Sha’ath said that the Palestinians had agreed to enter the talks only because of the guarantee. Mark Regev, Spokesman for Prime Minister Netanyahu, declined to respond to Mr. Sha’ath’s assertion, or to discuss any assurances, written or otherwise, that Mr. Kerry might have provided to Israel. (The New York Times)

The Negotiations Affairs Department of the PLO (PLONAD) distributed to members of the PLO Executive Committee an official document in which Chief Negotiator Saeb Erakat claimed that some countries had promised to recognize the State of Palestine and support Palestinian institutions and joining of international treaties if negotiations with Israel fail. (Ynetnews)

During Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah’s meeting with EU High Representative Ashton in Brussels, the EU announced that it had made available €52 million for development projects to support economic and social development in Palestine as well as institution-building measures foreseen by the Palestinian National Development Plan for 2011-2013. (europa.eu)

Egyptian forces destroyed six tunnels located north of Rafah that had been used to smuggle goods and people under the Gaza-Egypt border, security officials said. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli bulldozers began to construct a dividing zone between the Palestinian town of Issawiya and the Israeli settlement on French Hill in East Jerusalem. Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, a member of a local Issawiya monitoring team, told Ma'an that Israeli forces had dug up land belonging to Palestinian families to create a 10-meter dividing zone between the two neighbourhoods. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino had been quoted as saying that the police would allow Jews to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound because it was also their Temple Mount and their undisputed right. Officials warned of the danger posed if Israel decided to divide praying time between Muslims and Jews in the compound. Jewish groups had called on followers to converge in large numbers on the compound on 5 September, the eve of Yom Kippur and during the upcoming Sukkot holiday. (WAFA)

Jordanian Minister of Waqf and Islamic Affairs Hayel Abd Alhafeez Dawood said that Jordan was standing up to the dangerous decision by Israel to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews to pray at different times. He said that he had urged Jordanian authorities to contact the concerned international agencies to stop the planned Israeli measures. Mr. Dawood cautioned that any permission granted to extremist settlers to enter would trigger religious conflict and provoke the sentiments of all Muslims. (Petra)

10

Israeli forces raided the Arroub refugee camp near Hebron and detained 13 Palestinians between the ages of 18 to 26. A local activist told Ma’an that the forces were targeting university students. According to witnesses, several camp residents were assaulted. (Ma’an News Agency)

According to the Israeli rights group B’Tselem, the IDF had decided to close an investigation into the killing of a Palestinian activist during a West Bank demonstration in 2009 citing a lack of evidence. Bassem Abu Rahmeh, 30, was struck in the chest by a tear-gas canister at a protest in Bil’in, and died of his wounds. (AFP)

According to a survey published by the Pew Research Center, 64 per cent of Muslims living in the Palestinian territory expressed concerns about Islamic extremism in their country. Also, findings showed that a majority of Palestinians said that suicide bombing would often or sometimes be justified “in order to defend Islam from its enemies”. (The Washington Times, Pew Research Center)

Presidential economic adviser Mohammad Mustafa said that the PA had prepared a three-year plan to develop the national economy. Mr. Mustafa said that the plan would include projects to build electricity generators and to tap natural resources – particularly water and gas – to reduce the cost of industrial production. It also focuses on supporting the agricultural sector, as well as tourism. (Ma’an News Agency)

UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk, today welcomed the decision made by the Dutch multinational company Royal HaskoningDHV to terminate its contract with the Jerusalem municipality to build the Kidron wastewater treatment plant intended to service Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem. (ohchr.org)

A European Union delegation was expected in Jerusalem to clarify the EU's position on the settlement-related financing guidelines, an Israeli official said. "Israeli diplomatic efforts and pressure by US Secretary of State John Kerry have convinced the EU of the necessity to clarify how it intends to apply its guidelines," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the scheduled meeting would “prepare the terrain for negotiations between Israel and the EU over the Horizon 2020 partnership which would take place on 12 September in Brussels”. Israel had warned on 14 August that it may shun the six-year EU funding plan for research and innovation. "My information is that Mr. Kerry is trying to persuade the Europeans to delay the implementation of their new guidelines," senior Palestinian official Sha’ath said. (eubusiness.com)

Israeli forces detained four Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Meanwhile, an Israeli court ordered the release from custody of four men on the condition that they were to be banned from entering the Old City for two weeks. Two minors had been released under the same conditions. (Ma’an News Agency)

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged the League of Arab States and the United Nations to hold an emergency session, as it strongly denounced the entry of dozens of Israeli rightists to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under heavy armed guard. It also condemned remarks by Israeli Police Chief Yohanan Danino, who said that visiting the compound was “an undisputed right for Jews”. “This is an invitation to a religious war in the region, and an official encouragement urging the extremist Jewish groups to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque and ruin it,” the Ministry said. (Ma’an News Agency)

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, the director of Jerusalem Waqf and Al-Aqsa affairs, told Ma'an that 150 Jewish extremists entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under heavy police guard. They performed religious rituals, including songs, Sheikh al-Khatib said. Witnesses said that 80 members of Israeli intelligence entered the mosque compound. The head of the Islamic Higher Commission, Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, told Ma'an that repeated incursions by Jewish extremists "confirm Israeli ambitions and the risks to the mosque." (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces ordered the demolition of two homes in al-Khadr, south of Bethlehem. Israel plans to control Um Rukba, “the only space for the town's demographic expansion”, said al-Khadr's mayor. He added that Israel’s separation wall had isolated al-Khadr from all its agricultural land, and residents had been forced to remain on a small part of their land despite the population's natural growth. (Ma’an News Agency)

Saudi Arabia responded to the Syria Appeal by UNRWA with a donation of $10 million through its Saudi Fund for Development. (unrwa.org)

The head of the Palestinian Bar Association (PBA), Hussein Shabaneh, and his counterpart, Sergio Paparo, President of the Florence Bar Association, signed a cooperation agreement in Italy to establish a framework for the exchange of professional experience and for support of PBA activities. During the week-long visit, which was facilitated by the EU Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support, participants were briefed on a range of legal issues. (www.eupolcopps.eu)

11

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades called on all units to consider the following Friday as the “first day of popular resistance against the Israeli occupation in the well-known places of confrontation”. A statement by the Brigades, the military wing of Fatah, added that there would be a “green light” to carry out attacks. The statement also referred to the events that take place at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on a daily basis. (Ynetnews)

President Abbas met with Prime Minister David Cameron at his official residence in Downing Street. Mr. Cameron welcomed the initiated direct peace talks with Israel and “reiterated the UK’s commitment to a two-State solution which would see a Palestinian State based on the 1967 borders, living side-by-side and at peace with a safe and secure Israel, with Jerusalem their shared capital”, a Downing Street. spokesperson said in a press release. (gov.uk)

The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, said: “The OIC held a conference last June to provide an Islamic financial safety net for the State of Palestine… There are many parties contributing to these efforts, like the Islamic Development Bank, the Islamic Solidarity Bank and development funds in member countries. Still, vital sectors in the city of Jerusalem are in dire need of funding and support. We should provide money so that people there can stand up to the challenges posed by the Israeli occupation forces.” (www.arabnews.com)

President Abbas met with Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols in London to discuss the urgent need for progress on the peace process and the importance of the continuing support of the Church of England in the Holy Land. He said that the presence of Christians in the Holy Land was vital and spoke of the PA collaboration with the Latin Patriarchate on housing projects to enable Christians to remain in Jerusalem. (Catholic Herald)

Israeli Minister of Housing Uri Ariel visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under Israeli police protection. Witnesses said that Mr. Ariel, a member of the far-right Jewish Home party, headed a group of some 100 right-wing religious students and Rabbis. (Ma’an News Agency)

The Palestinian Government protested the visits of right-wing Israelis at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and condemned such visits as provocation. A spokesman for the Palestinian Government warned that allowing Israelis to enter the area was a “green light to settlers to escalate their assaults against Palestinians and their holy sites and properties”. (The Jerusalem Post)

Israeli bulldozers raided and demolished steel structures used by some 100 Palestinians as shelters, sheepfolds and poultry barns in the al-Zaayyem village of East Jerusalem, claiming that the structures had been built without licenses. (Ma’an News Agency)

Dozens of settlers set fire to Palestinian agricultural fields east of Nablus, Palestinian settlement monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas said. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli Supreme Court justices indicated that they want to stop invoking the Absentee Property Law in East Jerusalem, which had been used to transfer land from its Palestinian owners to Israeli Jews. But they were pressing Palestinians appealing against confiscation to reach a private settlement to avoid dealing with the controversial issue. (Haaretz)

Bahaoldin al-Agha, an environmental official in Gaza, told Xinhua that if the fuel shortage continued, the sewage pumping stations in the Gaza Strip would completely stop working, “and the entire Gaza Strip will be flooded with sewage water”. (Xinhua)

At a one-day conference held at the Institute for National Security Studies to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Oslo Accords, former Israeli Government Chief of Staff Gilad Sher said that 100,000 settlers would have to be evacuated from the West Bank if a two-State solution was agreed upon. He said that Israelis and Palestinians may eventually be able to build positive relationships and overcome the history between them, but that it was not feasible at the current point in time. Mr. Sher suggested that Israel should begin preparations for a two-State solution by halting the expansion of settlements and instead preparing a master plan to evacuate them. Dov Weisglass, also a former Chief of Staff, seconded the view that the evacuation of settlers would be necessary to pave the way for peace. (The Jerusalem Post)

Thirteen Palestinian human rights organizations, in a letter to US Secretary of State Kerry, said that they were “concerned by the pressure exerted by the United States on all relevant parties, including the Palestinian Authority, to postpone the implementation of or amend the [EU settlement] guidelines.” (WAFA)

The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People’s Working Group on cooperation with civil society held its first meeting. (Division for Palestinian Rights)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched the Policy of Non-violence and Enhancing Discipline in West Bank schools during ceremonies held in Ramallah and attended by senior Palestinian officials. “Reinforcing a safe learning environment protects children from violence; reduces poor performance and dropout” June Kunugi, UNICEF Special Representative to Palestine said. (WAFA)

12

Three Palestinian were injured and seven others were arrested while the IDF protected a group of settlers that raided the village of Salem, east of Nablus. According to witnesses, clashes broke out when the residents tried to stop the settlers from razing their land. (WAFA)

Clashes broke out in Askar refugee camp in Nablus when IDF soldiers escorted hundreds of settlers to Joseph’s Tomb near Balata refugee camp. Seven Palestinians suffered injuries caused by tear gas and stun grenades, locals said. According to Israel’s army, a Palestinian had been shot and detained after he had opened fire at the soldiers. (Ma’an News Agency)

The IDF detained two Palestinian brothers from Beit Fajjar village east of Bethlehem, Fatah official Mohammad Thawabteh said. (Ma'an News Agency)

Two teenagers were injured and several others suffered tear gas inhalation after the IDF attacked a funeral procession in the village of Beit Ummar, a local committee said. (Ma’an News Agency)

A Tel Aviv district court had rejected legal claims accusing Palestinian officials of incitements leading to “terrorist” attacks against Israel and Israelis. (Ma’an News Agency)

President Abbas met with French President Francois Hollande at his official residence in Paris. The two Presidents discussed the Middle East and the importance of promoting cooperation between the two countries. At the meeting, Mr. Hollande announced that he would be visiting Palestine in November. (Ma'an News Agency, WAFA)

President Abbas met with EU High Representative Ashton in Paris where they discussed the current situation. (WAFA)

On the twentieth anniversary of the Oslo Accords, Hamas said in a statement that the Accords and other agreements with Israel were void and that the Palestinian people would never accept to give up any part of Palestine and its holy sites and their legitimate rights. The movement also called for a national coalition against fruitless negotiations. (Palestine News Network)

According to a press statement, the Arab Center for Agricultural Development signed an equity agreement for a total amount of $5.3 million with the European Investment Bank, Solidarité Internationale pour le Développement et l’Investissement, Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation and Triple Jump to boost the microfinance sector of the Palestinian territory. The project is focused on sustainable development in rural areas aiming to reduce imbalances, to support Palestinian small and micro-entrepreneurs and to create sustainable jobs. (WAFA)

The mission chief of the International Monetary Fund for the West Bank and Gaza warned in an interview with AP that Palestine was in a precarious economic position and would struggle over time due to a slow growth, high unemployment, large budget deficits, Israeli restrictions and an unpredictable stream of donor aid. (AP)

13

Israel closed off the Palestinian territory for 48 hours, ahead of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur that begins at sunset. (AFP)

A census report issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners on political prisoners held by Israel said that Israeli soldiers had arrested 2,436 Palestinians since the beginning of 2013, bringing the number to 5,200 detainees held by Israel. (IMEMC)

International academics and activists met at the Australian National University in Canberra for a wide-ranging conference on the state of human rights in the Palestinian territory. Experts included Israel-based professor Jeff Halper and Harvard University senior research scholar Sara Roy. Mr. Halper said that life remained uncertain for the 4 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank with the Israeli occupation restricting all manner of rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural. Ms. Roy said that the absence of violence in relation to the Israelis did not mean the absence of difficulties for Palestinians. She believed that the new peace talks would become just the latest in a series of failed discussions which had seen Palestinian rights gradually eroded since 1993. (www.sbs.com.au)

14

According to a local security source, Egyptian naval forces opened fire at two fishermen in waters off Rafah and arrested them, and noted that there were no injuries in the incident. The incident was the second time such incident occurred in recent weeks. (Yahoo News)

The Israeli military authorities ordered several Bedouin families of some 100 people living in the northern Jordan Valley to leave their homes because of military exercises in that area. The families had not been told when they could return. Aref Daraghme, mayor of the village, expressed concern that the soldiers could leave behind unexploded ordnance which could endanger residents, particularly children. (WAFA)

Israeli officials introduced Israeli textbooks in East Jerusalem’s Palestinian schools that focus not only on math and science but also on the Hebrew language and Israeli history. Israeli officials said that by offering an alternative to an antiquated Jordanian curriculum overseen by the PA, they hoped to help students succeed in a polyglot, knowledge-based economy. But the new curriculum had been branded by Palestinian officials as a bullying tactic by an occupying Power seeking to brainwash their youth. Though the programme was voluntary, Palestinian officials had accused Israel of luring parents and teachers with additional funds. (The Washington Post)

15

Two Palestinian workers were injured near Hebron after Israeli soldiers threw an incendiary device at a car they were travelling in, medics said. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces raided several villages and detained 14 Palestinians across the West Bank overnight. (Ma’an News Agency)

US Secretary of State Kerry paid a brief visit to Jerusalem and, in addition to briefing Prime Minister Netanyahu on the Syrian situation, made clear he had not lost sight of the Israeli-Palestinian talks. Mr. Kerry said that his discussions with Mr. Netanyahu were a follow-up to a “very productive meeting” he had in London with President Abbas the previous week. (The Jerusalem Post)

Knesset members from the right-wing Likud-Beitenu and Bayit Yehudi parties urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to tell US Secretary of State Kerry “that Israel has no intention of returning to the parameters of the Oslo Accords or relinquishing any more of Israel’s homeland”. (The Jerusalem Post)

Israeli-Palestinian agricultural cooperation will resume after a 13-year hiatus, the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said. Following a meeting between the Ministry’s Director and his counterpart in the Palestinian Ministry of Environmental Affairs, the two sides had decided to renew cooperation in numerous fields, such as veterinary training and flora protection. (The Times of Israel)

In taped interviews, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said that Prime Minister Netanyahu had discussed with him settling Palestinians from Gaza in the Sinai, Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm Al-Sabaa claimed. Mr. Mubarak said that he had rejected the proposal. (Israel Hayom)

The land where the settlement of “Homesh” [in the northern West Bank], which was evacuated in 2005, once stood, was legally opened to Palestinians under the instruction of Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein. In a letter sent to the Yesh Din human rights organization, Mr. Weinstein said that the military closed zone order had been annulled and Palestinians can now work their land. (Ynetnews)

An Israeli settler hit and injured a 48-year-old Palestinian man with a metal rod in East Jerusalem. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israel released prisoner Mahmoud Sharabati, 31, after nine years in jail, the Ahrar Centre for Prisoners’ Studies reported. Mr. Sharabati said that he was subjected to "oppression" in jail and added that the Israeli prison administration had escalated its "ferocity" and enforced intensive punishment ranging from banning family visits to moving prisoners between jails. (Ma’an News Agency)

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Israeli soldiers arrested at least 15 Palestinians in the West Bank. (IMEMC)

Talks between Israel and Palestine took place in Jerusalem, Palestinian officials told AFP, although Israeli sources refused to confirm the meeting. President Abbas, meanwhile, rejected the notion of an Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley under any final-status agreement. "The security of the Palestinian State's borders is the responsibility of Palestinian security forces first and foremost," he told reporters in Jericho. (www.dailystar.com.lb)

President Abbas was to meet caretaker Prime Minister Hamdallah to discuss the new Government formation. Azzam al-Ahmad, Fatah Parliament Speaker, said that it will not be a national consensus or a caretaker Government to be discussed: “It will be a regular Government due to the failure to implement a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas which was due on 14 August.” No major changes will be introduced to the new Government, Mr. Al-Ahmad added. (Ma’an News Agency)

President Abbas called the head of the Egyptian intelligence services, Mohammed Tohami, and requested that he allow students, patients and humanitarian cases to leave Gaza via the Rafah crossing which had been closed by the Egyptian authorities for five consecutive days. Mr. Tohami promised President Abbas that such cases would be allowed to leave Gaza in the coming days. (WAFA)

An Egyptian source said that the Rafah crossing would be opened on 18 September for two days for urgent cases upon the request of President Abbas. (Ynetnews)

The European Eminent Persons Group of 15 former senior European officials, sent a letter to all EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs urging the EU not to soften or delay new settlement guidelines slated to take effect on 1 January and, in particular, to ensure that they would apply to the Horizon 2020 scientific cooperation programme. The letter also argued that the guidelines’ publication in mid-July had encouraged the Palestinians to agree to resume direct negotiations with Israel. (Haaretz)

At least 120 people had been made homeless by the demolition of Khirbet Makhul village in Tubas, in the Jordan Valley, that had been carried out by a large Israeli military force accompanied by bulldozers, the mayor of the village said. The villagers, mainly Bedouins, had not been given prior notice. (Ma’an News Agency)

“On the 31st anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, we take this opportunity to remember the victims of that dreaded episode and recall the importance of working to end impunity for such crimes,” PLO Executive Committee member Erakat said in a press statement. (Palestine News Network)

The Ahrar Centre for Prisoners' Studies called on World Health Organization, Doctors without Borders and all human rights organizations intervention to end the medical neglect of Palestinian female prisoners in Israeli jails. (Palestine News Network)

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Israeli solders shot dead a 20-year-old Islamic Jihad member during a raid in the Jenin refugee camp. (Reuters)

Israeli military vehicles penetrated 150 metres into the southern Gaza Strip, east of Khan Yunis, levelling land and firing at people in the area. No injuries were reported. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli soldiers arrested at least nine Palestinians in the West Bank. (IMEMC)

President Abbas met US Special Envoy Martin Indyk in Ramallah. A Palestinian source said that President Abbas called for a stronger and more direct US intervention in the negotiating process. (WAFA)

Prime Minister Netanyahu will visit the White House on 30 September, President Barack Obama's Press Secretary Jay Carney said, adding that the President “looks forward to discussing … the progress on final status negotiations with the Palestinians as well as developments in Iran, Syria and elsewhere in the region.” President Abbas is to meet Obama on 23 September, Palestinian sources said. (AFP, Xinhua)

Israel allowed a limited quantity of cement, steel and gravel into the Gaza Strip for the first time in six years, to be used by the private sector. (WAFA)

Palestinian farmers in Salfit accused settlers of releasing to their land wild boars, which damaged a number of trees, vineyards and agricultural crops. (Ma’an News Agency)

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry briefed the Security Council on “the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. (UN News Centre)

A conference in support of the settlement enterprise took place inside the European Parliament organized by the Deputy Chairman of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, Fiorello Provera of Italy, and the Shomron Regional Council [of settlements]. The Council had hosted more than 70 MEPs for tours of the West Bank in the past 18 months, as well as 100 foreign journalists. (Israel National News)

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A Palestinian was arrested at a checkpoint near Nablus while carrying a pistol and a knife. Investigators said that he had admitted to plans to kill a soldier. (The Jerusalem Post)

The IDF reported that a Qassam rocket exploded in an agricultural field in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council on the eve of the Jewish holiday Sukkot. No injuries or damages were reported. (The Jerusalem Post)

An Israeli court decided to ban seven Palestinian holders of Israeli identities from the Al-Aqsa Mosque until the end of September on charges of “incitement and disturbing the peace” inside the compound. (Ma’an News Agency)

Gen. Nitzan Alon, who is in charge of Israeli forces in the West Bank, warned that refugee camps in Jenin, Qalandiya and Nablus were becoming havens for Tanzim and Islamic Jihad militants who challenge PA rule and were responsible for the latest clashes. (Ynetnews)

A Palestinian was moderately injured in a confrontation between armed Palestinian activists and special IDF forces that infiltrated the northern Gaza Strip. (Ma’an News Agency)

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded Yatta, south of Hebron, broke into and searched several homes, and installed roadblocks. (IMEMC)

US Vice President Joe Biden and Special Envoy Indyk will speak at the annual conference of Washington-based J Street, a pro-Israeli group that promotes the two-State solution. (The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Post)

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Alistair Burt welcomed Israeli steps to assist the Palestinian economy. (FCO press release)

In light of the latest developments in the region, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have announced that they were forming a joint body to cooperate on the political, trade union and student levels. (Middle East Monitor)

Stones were thrown at Israeli police forces from within the Temple Mount [Al-Haram Al-Sharif]. Two policemen were lightly injured, police said. Israeli authorities closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevented Palestinians, students and its staff from entering the compound, while allowing settlers to enter, a Waqf official said. (Petra, Ynetnews)

The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage issued a statement saying that Israeli police was accusing two of its officials of “incitement that led to violence and disorder in the Al-Aqsa Mosque area”. They were to be sent to the District Court in Jerusalem. (IMEMC)

According to an EU press release, the PA, the EU, and the German Government signed a €40 million agreement to construct a wastewater treatment plant in Nablus. (WAFA)

Welcoming the Israeli Government's decision to ease restrictions for the West Bank and Gaza, Quartet Representative Tony Blair said: "This is an important step in building a more positive environment for the diplomatic negotiations and in preparing the ground for the more comprehensive and transformative economic initiative which we have been working on for the past few months." (Palestine News Network)

A Palestinian official said that Egypt had reopened its border with the Gaza Strip after a weeklong closure following suicide bombings against the Egyptian army in the Sinai. (AP)

The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics said that the growth rate of the settler population in the West Bank in 2012 was 5 per cent compared to 1.9 per cent growth rate in Israel. Their number in 2012 was 341,400, up by 16,200 from 2011. (Palestine News Network)

Israel was close to officially approving the release of an additional 250 prisoners, Palestinian sources described as “credible” told Al-Hayat. (AFP)

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Two Palestinians from the Gaza Strip were detained by Israeli forces after they tried to cross the border into Israel, a witness said. (Ma’an News Agency)

Clashes erupted between Palestinian students and Israeli soldiers in Hebron, according to local sources. (WAFA)

According to Palestinian sources, President Abbas would meet with US President Obama on 23 September, ahead of the general debate of the 68th session of the General Assembly, to discuss the status of the peace negotiations. (AFP)

Israel's proposal to keep control of the West Bank's Jordan Valley for 40 more years in the event of a peace deal is driven by economic interests, not security concerns, Chief Palestinian Negotiator Erakat said during a tour of the Valley for foreign diplomats and reporters. Mr. Erakat also drew attention to the detrimental effect on peace talks of continued settlement construction and the killings of Palestinians by the Israeli army. (AP)

Palestinian Chief Negotiator Erakat wrote a letter on behalf of President Abbas to the four principal members of the Middle East Quartet, urging them to immediately act to force Israel to cease its measures in occupied East Jerusalem. “Such systematic and provocative acts threaten any prospect for a negotiated peace settlement between Israel and Palestine. They are particularly destructive at a time when the parties are engaged in a negotiation process to reach a permanent status agreement”, he added. (WAFA)

In Ramallah, the Palestinian Government was sworn in with the Cabinet unchanged from its June line-up. During a meeting the previous day, President Abbas had reiterated his trust in the interim Government under Prime Minister Hamdallah. (AFP, Ma’an News Agency)

Palestinian Minister of Planning and Administrative Development Mohamed Abu Ramadan said that the Palestinian Government will ask the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting scheduled the following week for $500 million to cover its financial shortfall, as well as for pressure to be put on Israel to stop all its steps obstructing the growth of the Palestinian economy. (Xinhua)

During the visit of Palestinian Minister for Foreign Affairs Riyad Malki to Ottawa, his counterpart, John Baird, announced Canada’s contribution of $5 million to kick-start a Palestinian economic development fund being promoted by US Secretary of State Kerry, making Canada the first country to commit funds. (The Globe and Mail)

The World Bank’s Economic Monitoring Report, to be presented during the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting of donor countries in New York on 25 September, praised the Palestine Monetary Authority’s (PMA) efforts in continuing to effectively regulate the banking sector, a PMA press release stated. (WAFA)

A statement issued by the Waqf department in Hebron reported that the Israeli authorities had notified the Palestinian officials in charge of the Ibrahimi Mosque [Cave of the Patriarchs] in Hebron of their decision to close the Mosque to all Muslim worshipers for two days to allow Jews to celebrate their holidays. (WAFA)

According to a local activist, Israeli settlers opened fire at Palestinian herders near the village of Yanoun in the Nablus area, to force them to leave the open fields near the village. (WAFA)

Official sources in both Palestine and Israel have denied reaching an agreement to release 250 additional Palestinians prisoners along with 104 pre-Oslo detainees. The London-based Al-Hayat newspaper had reported that Israel was on the point of agreeing to such a move. (Israel National News)

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Israeli soldiers manhandled a group of European diplomats and seized a truck of tents and emergency aid the diplomats had been trying to deliver to Khirbet Al-Makhul, a Bedouin community of some 120 people which was demolished earlier during the week. A diplomat described the incident as “shocking and outrageous”. (Reuters)

PLO official Hanan Ashrawi strongly condemned an attack by Israeli forces on foreign diplomats distributing aid to Bedouins in the Jordan Valley. (Ma’an News Agency)

OIC Secretary-General Ihsanoglu condemned Israel’s recent assault on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem and stated the OIC’s commitment to raise the issue during the forthcoming UN General Assembly. (Palestine News Network)

In a press release, Hamas called on the Palestinian people in Ramallah and Bireh to conduct a sit-in in protest against the Israeli continued crimes against the Palestinian people and holy sites. (Palestine News Network)

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A Palestinian lured an off-duty Israeli soldier, whom he knew, to a village in the West Bank and killed him to trade the body for his brother jailed for terror attacks, Israel's intelligence agency Shin Bet said. Shin Bet said that the Palestinian confessed and showed where the body was hidden. (AP)

UN Special Coordinator Serry condemned the soldier’s killing emphasizing the need for calm. EU High Representative Ashton also condemned the killing. (www.consilium.europa.eu, www.unsco.org)

Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah crossing with Gaza citing the security situation, officials said. (Ma’an News Agency)

EU High Representative Ashton and Humanitarian Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva condemned the confiscation of humanitarian assistance by Israeli forces in the Jordan Valley and demanded an explanation. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

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Unknown gunmen shot and killed an Israeli soldier in Hebron and troops were searching for the shooter, the military said. The soldier was part of an IDF detail guarding the Jewish settlement in Hebron and thousands of Israelis visiting the city for a Jewish holiday. (AP, The New York Times)

Palestinian organizers of a campaign to abandon the peace talks said at a news conference in Ramallah that President Abbas should “give in to popular demands to stop the negotiations with the Government of Netanyahu”. The groups, which included the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, The National Initiative, Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Palestinian Democratic Union and the Palestinian People's Party produced a petition that rejected any land swaps with Israel. (UPI)

Fatah said that the Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt was working hard to end the closure of the Rafah crossing. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israel permitted delivery of cement and steel for use by the private sector into the Gaza Strip for the first time since 2007, Palestinian liaison official Fattouh said. (AFP)

Seven vehicles belonging to Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem were vandalized in a so-called “price-tag” attack in Sheikh Jarrah. (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Netanyahu issued an order allowing [settler] families to move into a contested house in a Palestinian neighbourhood of Hebron. (The Washington Post)

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The IDF raided several areas around Hebron and Nablus and arrested at least 15 Palestinians, after breaking into their homes. (IMEMC, WAFA)

The Al-Aqsa Brigades and the Ahrar Al-Jaleel Brigades issued a joint statement claiming responsibility for the killing of an Israeli soldier in Hebron the previous weekend. (IMEMC)

The IDF arrested Adham Muhammad Abu Ayyash, 19, during a raid on the campus of the university in Abu Dis. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli forces assaulted a Palestinian farmer from the Hebron area after they broke into his home in his olive field, the farmer said. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israel’s Minister of Tourism Uzi Landau told Army Radio that Israel should freeze its participation in talks until the PA condemned the soldier killings. Palestinian Foreign Minister Al-Malki said that the slayings were not a reason to abandon the peace process. (The Washington Post)

President Abbas met with a group of prominent American Jews in New York
that included the heads of the Union for Reform Judaism, the National Council of Jewish Women, and peace organizations comprising the Israel Policy Forum, J Street, Americans for Peace Now, OneVoice and the Abraham Centre. President Abbas condemned the deaths of two Israeli soldiers the previous weekend and also called on Israel to condemn the killing of four Palestinians by the Israeli army over the past few weeks.
(The Jewish Daily Forward, Palestine News Network)

Jordanian Minister for Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh said during a consultative meeting of Arab Ministers for Foreign Affairs in New York that the establishment of an independent Palestinian State was “a top Jordanian national interest”. He also voiced Jordan's concern over the repeated Israeli provocations in East Jerusalem, adding that such acts would undermine the peace efforts. (Jordan News Agency)

Jordanian King Abdullah II met with US Secretary of State Kerry and discussed the latest developments in the region especially with regards to the Syrian crisis and the peace efforts in the Middle East. (Jordan News Agency)

Israeli Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni met with PLO Executive Committee member Rabbo at the UN in New York. (CNN, The Jerusalem Post)

Israel will offer the Palestinians a broad package of new economic projects during the [AHLC] donors’ meeting at the UN scheduled for the following day, to improve the climate for talks, a senior Government official told the Financial Times. It will include new water projects, a plan to upgrade the Palestinian cellular network, and a new fuel pipeline from Israel to the West Bank. (The Financial Times)

Hamas health officials reported that hospitals throughout the Gaza Strip were running dangerously low on lifesaving medications and equipment. (IMEMC)

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs issued a report on the humanitarian impact of reduced access between Egypt and Gaza. (www.ochaopt.org)

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, Director of Islamic endowments in Jerusalem, reported that over 100 Israeli rightists had entered the Al-Aqsa compound under armed guard. (Ma’an News Agency)

Settlers destroyed over 20 dunums of Palestinian land near Nablus, Palestinian settlement monitoring official Daghlas said. (Ma’an News Agency)

Palestinian spokesman Ihab Bseiso stated that Israeli settlement building and plans to confiscate Palestinian land in Hebron and the Jordan Valley threatened international efforts to reach a peace agreement. (Ma’an News Agency)

Labour Knesset member Omer Bar-Lev decried Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to allow Israeli settlers to move into a building near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron in response to the killing of an Israeli soldier in the area. (The Jerusalem Post)

The Human Rights Council held a general debate on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. (UNOG)

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A Palestinian was hit with a rubber-coated bullet during clashes with the IDF in the town of Al-Azarieh, southeast of Jerusalem. (Palestine News Network)

The IDF arrested eight Palestinians in different parts of the West Bank. The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Islamic Waqf and Heritage in Jerusalem also reported that the IDF arrested the head of its media department, Mahmoud Abu Ata. (IMEMC)

Egypt warned of a military-security response if Hamas or other Palestinian groups tried to violate Egyptian security. (Reuters)

Israeli military vehicles entered a border area in the central Gaza Strip east of Deir al-Balah, escorting six bulldozers that had levelled Palestinian agricultural land. (Ma’an News Agency)

Continued control of the Gaza Strip by Hamas was in Israel’s security interests, Southern Command Chief Major General Sami Turgeman, Israeli army’s top commander for the region said. He told Israeli Channel Two television that only Hamas had the power to enforce broad respect for the truce that ended the previous year’s conflict and limit rocket fire into Israel from the territory. (AFP)

A British judicial delegation concluded a four-day tour of the State of Palestine during which they meet with the Chief Justice, Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General. The visit was facilitated by the European Union Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS). (WAFA)

In his address to the General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “welcomed the re-engagement of Israelis and Palestinians in direct negotiations, and the bold diplomacy that made this possible.” He “urged the parties to show leadership – and a sense of the long-term interests of their peoples and the region.” He also announced the holding of the Quartet principals’ meeting later during the week in New York. (UN News Center)

US President Obama, in his address to the General Assembly, urged the global community to cast aside old prejudices and take the risks needed to help reach a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. "The time is now ripe for the entire international community to get behind the pursuit of peace," he declared. “Already, Israeli and Palestinian leaders have demonstrated a willingness to take significant political risks. Now the rest of us must also be willing to take risks,” Mr. Obama said. (AFP)

President Obama and President Abbas met on the margins of the UN General Debate. President Abbas said: “We have no illusion that peace will be easy” but he stressed that "We will exert every effort possible to make sure that they will succeed and to take advantage of this historical opportunity”. President Obama “encouraged President Abbas, as he has Prime Minister Netanyahu, to move quickly in those discussions,” a White House official said. US Secretary of State Kerry also met with President Abbas after holding separate behind closed doors talks with Chief Palestinian Negotiator Erakat. (AF, Reuters)

Barakat al-Farra, Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt, said that the security conditions in the Sinai Peninsula prevented the Egyptian authorities from reopening the Rafah crossing. (Ma’an News Agency)

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and the Palestine Monetary Authority announced a deficit of $595.7 million in the balance of payments, measuring the transactions between residents and non-residents, for the second quarter of 2013. (Palestine News Network)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with President Abbas. They discussed the ongoing negotiations and the need for the international community to unite to bolster the PA finances. (www.un.org)

The World Bank will provide a $10 million grant to support 5,000 Palestinian households living in extreme poverty. (www.worldbank.org)

The World Health Organization stated in a press release that despite the recent $17 million EU payment of part of the Palestinian Government’s debt to East Jerusalem hospitals, the hospitals were still facing major cash flow problems due to unpaid bills for specialized care totalling $24.15 million, which by the end of September 2013 would exceed $28 million. The organization issued an urgent appeal for donor assistance to sustain the services of six hospitals in the area. (WAFA, www.who.org)

Israeli authorities closed the Al-Aqsa compound after intelligence reports suggesting that rioters plan to cause disturbances at the site. (Israeli Army Radio)

Dozens of Palestinians clashed with Israeli police who raided and evacuated the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Seven Palestinians were injured during the raid, witnesses said. (DPA, Ma’an News Agency)

Zadouk Zohari, of the local council of the settlement of “Elkana”, urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to approve the construction of 283 settlement houses in that settlement in response to the soldier’s killing in Hebron. (Ma’an News Agency)

PA settlement monitoring official Daghlas said that Israeli settlers razed Palestinian land in the village of Sarta, southwest of Nablus, to build a new settlement road. (WAFA)

Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers who closed off several areas east of Nablus to provide safe passage to hundreds of Israeli settlers who came to the Joseph’s Tomb near the Balata refugee camp. (WAFA)

Israeli settlers set ablaze more than 350 olive trees that belong to Palestinian residents of the towns of Sorra and Tal, west of Nablus. (IMEMC)

Israel announced that it would not demolish 15 cisterns and 19 toilets in three Palestinian towns in the West Bank until the High Court of Justice decides the fate of the army firing zone in which the towns were located. Israel also said that the affected Palestinian communities must be relocated to accommodate the firing zone. (Haaretz)

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Israeli authorities to halt the mass demolitions of Bedouin structures, noting that the destruction of the properties violated international humanitarian law. The latest wave of demolitions occurred on 16 September when 58 structures were knocked down, including all residential structures and livestock shelters in the herding community of Makhul in the northern Jordan Valley. (UN News Center)

Seven Israeli Ministers requested a Cabinet meeting to reopen the debate over further releases of Palestinian prisoners. Also, 28 Deputy Ministers and Knesset members signed a letter calling on the Prime Minister to immediately cancel the upcoming release of prisoners. (Ynetnews)

The Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs issued a report outlining that over a quarter of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails suffered from serious diseases. The report indicated that a total of 1,400 detainees suffered from diseases ranging from diabetes to cancer, kidney failure, paralysis, blood pressure, and hearing and vision difficulties as well as heart, skin, bone and joint diseases, as well as mental disorders, due to severe detention conditions. (KUNA)

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed at the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) donor meeting the need for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to build on recent progress and for the international community to assist them. EU High Representative Ashton and Quartet Representative Blair insisted on the importance of supporting the political negotiation with an economic process. US Secretary of State Kerry said that the parties had agreed to intensify negotiations and to an increased American participation, adding that the information leaked in the media was mostly wrong. The AHLC Chair, Norway’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide, warned that if a peace agreement is not achieved in the current negotiations, donors cannot continue as before. (UN News Centre, EEAS, www.regjeringen.no, Office of the Quartet Representative, www state.gov)

Israeli Minister of International Relations Yuval Steinitz said that 5,000 new work permits were being issued for Palestinians to work in Israel, the opening hours of the Allenby Bridge crossing would be extended, and that new imports of some building materials would be allowed into the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Cabinet had adopted the resolution to grant 5,000 new work permits for Palestinians on 8 September. (AFP, Haaretz)

PLO Executive Committee member Ashrawi said at the Brown University in Providence that Palestinians would remain in a “situation of captivity and enslavement” if Israel did not move towards a two-State solution. (The Brown Daily Herald)

Egypt will open the Rafah crossing with Gaza from 28 to 30 September for students and humanitarian cases, the Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt said. (Ma’an News Agency)

Palestinian Minister of Economy Jawad Naji met his Turkish counterpart in the Turkish city of Mersin on the margins of the first meeting of Turkish Arab economy, commerce and investment ministerial summit. The officials discussed the possibility of exporting Palestinian products to Turkey, as well as preparations for an international conference on Palestinian commerce due to take place in Istanbul the following month. Minister Naji had also reached an agreement with the German Development Bank and a Turkish company to create an industrial zone in Jenin. (Ma’an News Agency, Anadolu Agency)

Israeli Minister of Housing Ariel declared that Prime Minister Netanyahu's calls to take over a disputed house in response to the killing of an Israeli soldier in Hebron held no “official” authority, and that Jews could not resettle the house until its legal status was resolved. Fourteen Palestinians in Hebron had appealed, after Mr. Netanyahu's comments, to the Supreme Court saying that the house belonged to them. (dailystar.com.lb)

Some 200 Jewish settlers occupied Palestinian land in the Jabal area, west of the town of Abu Dis in East Jerusalem, the head of the Committee for Defending the Land and Resisting Settlement in Abu Dis, said. The Israeli Government plans to build 500 new housing units in the area, which would lead to the displacement of thousands of Bedouins who have lived in the areas for decades,” he said. (Anadolu Agency)

Two dozen parliamentarians from several countries, including Guatemala, South Africa, the UK and the US, urged the EU to halt a planned ban on Israeli institutions beyond the 1967 lines. The move was part of a “Statement in Solidarity with the State of Israel” adopted at the Israel Allies Caucus international conference held in Jerusalem. (Ynetnews.com)

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Popular Committee coordinator Ahmad Salah reported that the IDF briefly detained and beat four boys from the town of Al-Khadr, located south of Bethlehem, before transferring them to Palestinian security forces. (AP)

The IDF arrested eight Palestinians from Hebron and Bethlehem. (WAFA)

Addressing the UN General Assembly, President Abbas said that he was committed to negotiating with Israel in good faith, but stressed that “time is running out” and that the US-sponsored negotiations could be undermined by the Israeli settlement construction. He said that the current round of negotiations seemed like the last chance, and that “the hour of freedom for the Palestinian people has rung, the hour of peace has rung”. (AFP, Reuters, www.un.org)

The Israel Policy Forum spearheaded the signature of a letter by 100 US Jewish leaders urging President Abbas to make public his opposition to the right of return and his agreement to a demilitarized Palestinian State. (The Jerusalem Post)

Presenting the report on the Economic Initiative for Palestine to the AHLC in New York, Quartet Representative Blair said that the three-year Initiative targets eight key sectors for investment and growth, such as construction and housing, including personal mortgages, agriculture, tourism, telecommunications and information technology, power, water and light manufacturing. “It has been drawn up in consultation with Palestinians and Israelis, with the international investment community and international donors,” said Mr. Blair, who cautioned that “a benign political environment is pre-conditional to the success of the Initiative.” (WAFA, www.quartetrep.org)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Nabil Elaraby, were co-chairing a ministerial meeting in New York on the funding challenges UNRWA was facing, and asking Arab countries to bolster funding. (AP, The Washington Post)

At the ministerial-level meeting of UNRWA donors, Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah praised the role of the UN, and UNRWA specifically, and stressed that the issue of refugees was one of the highest priorities of the Palestinian leadership. UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi said: “What is needed now is for donors to follow up on these expressions of support with concrete contributions and I will be pressing to make sure that happens, with the continuing support of the Arab League. Otherwise we are simply going to run out of money and will have to reduce education and health services and allowances for the poorest." (Palestine News Network, www.unrwa.org)

Some 26 ultra-Orthodox Jews entered the Al-Aqsa compound escorted by Israeli police and military officers via the Moroccan Gate to mark the last day of the Jewish Sukkoth holiday. More than 700 ultra-Orthodox Jews had entered the compound since the previous week. (Ma’an News Agency)

Israeli police imposed restrictions banning Muslim male worshipers under the age of 50 from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque during holiday visits of Israeli worshipers. (Ma’an News Agency)

Raji Sourani, lawyer and director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, became the first Palestinian to receive a Right Livelihood Award, an alternative Nobel Prize, for his defence and promotion of human rights in Palestine and the Arab world for 35 years “under exceptionally difficult circumstances”. (The Washington Post)

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Israel to stop trying to displace Bedouin families of Makhul in the West Bank, where the army manhandled European diplomats on an aid mission the previous week. HRW said that “deliberate unlawful forced transfer of a population is a war crime”. (AFP)

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Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces across Palestine as they marked the thirteenth anniversary of the outbreak of the second intifada. Dozens of Palestinians were injured, according to Palestinian news reports. The IDF said that five Israeli soldiers were injured by rocks. (The New York Times)

The Quartet (UN, Russian Federation, US, EU) met on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York and issued a statement to reaffirm its determination to lend effective support to the efforts of the parties and their shared commitment to reach a permanent status agreement within the agreed goal of nine months. EU High Representative Ashton, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and US Secretary of State Kerry took part in the Quartet meeting. They were joined by Quartet Representative Blair and by Israel’s Chief Negotiator, Minister of Justice Livni and Palestinian Chief Negotiator Erakat. (un.org)

Grenada and Haiti officially recognized the State of Palestine in a ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York City. Palestinian Foreign Minister Al-Malki signed separate agreements to establish diplomatic relations with the two countries. (Ma’an News Agency)

In a local statement, the EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah expressed their concern about the construction of the separation wall in the Cremisan Valley [Beit Jala], stating that such construction on occupied territory was “illegal”. (EEAS)

Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah praised the role of the UN, especially UNRWA, for its consistent commitment to provide assistance, relief and protection for Palestine refugees, the Palestinian Government Media Center said in a press release. Mr. Hamdallah also stressed the fact that the issue of refugees was one of the highest priorities of the Palestinian leadership and a key issue for a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the achievement of a lasting and complete peace in the region. (Palestine News Network)

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The Palestinian Government will not allow an intifada against Israel in the West Bank, Palestinian security sources said in Ramallah. (The Jerusalem Post)

Over 20 IDF vehicles raided the town of Beta near Nablus, arresting four people. Four other Palestinians were arrested across the West Bank during overnight raids. (Ma’an News Agency)

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat met with Palestinian President Abbas to talk about the Middle East peace process. Dr. Muscat said that Malta supported Palestine's cause with conviction and that he would be having official talks with both Israelis and Palestinians. (Malta Today, Times of Malta)

In Washington, D.C., Israeli Chief Negotiator Livni, said that a two-State solution was in her country’s best interest. (AFP)

Israeli settlers from the “Ramot” settlement attacked and sabotaged a Palestinian-owned car wash shop in the town of Nabi Samuel, north-west of Jerusalem, and stole its equipment. (WAFA)

Three Israeli settlers attacked two teenage Palestinian girls in the Old City of Jerusalem. (Ma’an News Agency)

The IDF handed notices to several residents in the al-Sadiyya neighbourhood in Jerusalem’s Old City that would give Israeli forces permission to access the rooftops of their houses. (Ma’an News Agency)

Jibril Rajoub, a senior member of the Fatah Central Committee, said that the Palestinian Government did not want to see a partial solution for the Rafah crossing, and that the border crossings with the Gaza Strip should be part of a comprehensive deal. Mr. Rajoub’s announcement came as Egyptian authorities re-opened the Sinai-Gaza border crossing after a one-week closure. (The Jerusalem Post)

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The IDF declared Khirbet Makhoul, a small Bedouin community in the northern Jordan Valley, a closed military area, banning anyone from reaching it. (WAFA)

The IDF arrested four Palestinians in East Jerusalem. (Ma’an News Agency)

A well-placed foreign diplomat said that the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians were currently stuck on boundaries of the future State of Palestine. (Xinhua)

Maher Abu Sabha, a Hamas official, called for the opening of the Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on a regular basis. Some 5,000 people were stranded on the Palestinian side on that day. The Rafah crossing had been closed most of the time since the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July. (Egypt Independent, Ma’an News Agency)

Khalid Maali, a researcher on settlement affairs, said that waste water from the “Ariel” settlement was causing environmental damage to natural areas in Salfit. He added that it also damaged Palestinian agricultural crops and polluted water sources used by livestock. (Ma’an News Agency)

The IDF dismantled a protest tent in Hebron set up by relatives of the Palestinian detainee Mahmoud Salih al-Sharha who was diagnosed with a tumor in 2011 and had still not received any treatment. (Ma’an News Agency)

The Israeli military charged two soldiers with beating up a blindfolded and bound Palestinian detainee. (Reuters)

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Israeli soldiers stationed at the border with the Gaza Strip, east of Beit Hanoun, shot at two Palestinians when they approached the border fence killing one, a 36-year-old man, and arrested the other. Israeli tanks later fired at least four shells into the same area while soldiers fired live ammunition. A subsequent probe by the Israeli army confirmed that the Palestinians were unarmed. (Haaretz, IMEMC, WAFA)

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu arrived at the White House for talks with President Obama which was expected to focus on negotiations with the Palestinians, developments in Syria and Iran. (AP)

After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House, President Obama said, “I commended him for entering into good-faith negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. … Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas have assigned outstanding negotiators. They have been engaging in serious conversations. And our goal continues to be to help facilitate – not dictate, but facilitate – the kinds of genuine negotiations that will result in two States living side by side in peace and security. And we have a limited amount of time to achieve that goal, and I appreciate the Prime Minister’s courage in being willing to step forward on behalf of that goal”. (www.whitehouse.gov)

Israeli soldiers arrested at least five Palestinians, including a child, during raids in the West Bank. (IMEMC)


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