Late Monday evening, Israeli forces entered the village of Qalandia with 15 bulldozers and around 150 soldiers. In the village the Israeli military destroyed 11 new built houses, attacking the residents of the village with stun grenades, tear gas, rubber coated steel bullets and sponge bullets.
The Applied Research Institute – Arij said that the Israeli government ignored a recent Arab call for halting settlement activities and published four tenders for the construction of 323 new housing units in settlements in Occupied Jerusalem.
The Government of Austria has contributed EUR 1 million (US$ 1,109,878) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s health programme in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
Several Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on Thursday started an open-ended hunger strike in protest at the Red Cross' decision to shrink prison visits for West Bank families from twice to once a month.
In what was intended as a message to Palestinian citizens of Israel on “equality and dignity for all,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Arabs “goats,” resulting in a backlash from Palestinian political parties for staging a “hypocritical charade”.
French Consul General in Jerusalem, Herve Magro, has reiterated France’s hopes for its ongoing peace initiative to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, stating that it remained “the central issue in the Middle East.”
Head of the Global Popular Committee in Solidarity with the Gaza Strip Isam Yousef met the Deputy Chairman of Turkish Justice and Development Party Yasin Aktay in Istanbul, Turkey, and discussed Turkish efforts to resolve the Gaza crises, PalSawa.com reported yesterday.