PA report: 26 terror acts against Israelis since hudna
There were 26 separate terror incidents since the Palestinian factions announced their unilateral cease-fire, a Palestinian security forces report says. The report cites mortar fire, anti-tank rocket fire, shots fired at IDF patrols and the suicide attack at Kfar Yavetz and the stabbing in Jaffa.
According to the report, during the three weeks of hudna, there have been an average of 1.3 incidents of violence per day compared to an average of 13 a day during June and an average 18 a day during the entire intifada. The report says there were 3.5 suicide bombings a month during the entire intifada, and in June there were four.
During June, there were 31 Israelis killed and 179 wounded, while the overall monthly average for the entire intifada was 24 Israelis killed a month and some 150 wounded. So far, during the cease-fire, which began in early July, there have been three Israelis (including a foreign worker) killed and five wounded.
The 26 incidents include seven cases of rocket and mortar fire in Gaza, including some conducted by Hamas cells. Six were conducted against Israeli military targets in Gaza and the West Bank, where five were by Fatah. The rest of the incidents included shooting at settlements and attacks on civilians. The Palestinians also counted seven cases of land mines against IDF patrols, with four discovered before they went off. Almost all were planted by Fatah-affiliated cells.
According to the Palestinian data, 2,678 Palestinians were killed during the intifada, with 62 killed during June. Seven Palestinians have been killed since the hudna took effect, nearly all while attempting to conduct attacks on Israeli targets.
A Palestinian security source said yesterday that, while the data shows a dramatic drop in the number of violent incidents, as well as an equally dramatic decline in the number of terror alerts reaching Israel, the Palestinians documenting the situation on the ground from the Palestinian perspective see no change in the situation. Checkpoints remain in place, as does the internal closure preventing freedom of movement between Palestinian towns, villages and cities.
The Palestinians are paying special attention to land expropriations by the army, for what it claims are security reasons, and by settlers. The general feeling among Palestinians is that there might be quiet, but there is nothing new and the Israeli settlement policies are actually accelerating, despite the renewed political dialogue between the PA and Israel. So far, those contracts have not yielded any achievements for the Palestinians, they say.
Palestinian data, confirmed by Haaretz, shows there has been unceasing land expropriations. Some might have been planned before the hudna, but nothing delayed them since. Thus there have been tens of thousands of dunams expropriated from Palestinians for building the separation fence in the last few weeks.
But it is the settlement expansion activity in the Hebron-Kiryat Arba area that most infuriates the Palestinians. The army expropriated 14 dunam near Givat Haharsina, while the settlers have moved the fence around the area. At the settlement of Negohot, west of Hebron, settlers carved a new, still unpaved road to the Green Line and the work was only stopped by the civil administration after the settlers uprooted hundreds of olive trees owned by Palestinians along the route of the road. And inside Hebron, settlers have renewed construction at Tel Romeida under cover of the cease-fire.
Jerusalem attorney Shlomo Laker, who represents several Palestinians, plans to go to the High Court of Justice, but admits the settlement activity is well-orchestrated, and will only be stopped by a political decision and not by a court ruling.