Operation Action OTG



FILE: What use a truce, if not for war by other means . . . ?

ITEM: 25 Jan 2005
...After being severely cut back because of its historic ineffectiveness in establishing communication with Palestinian communities, the IDF's Psychological Warfare Unit is to be re-energised by army Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon with the brief to 'sear into the [Palestinian] consciousness.' ... The unit has been elevated to company status and will conduct 'awareness operations' in order to shape Palestinian thinking - that is, essentially propaganda and disinformation ... A favourite target, historically speaking, for military intelligence stories has been the Israeli media ...

ITEM: 29 Jan 2005
... A secret camera has been installed at Huwarra checkpoint, near Nablus, to capture images of Palestinians being allowed thoroughfare while children are offered nice sweets by caring soldiers ... enquiries as to who owns film synchronisation rights of passing musicians, who might meanwhile find themselves entertaining the troops, have so far gone unanswered ...


FILE: What use a truce . . . ?

ITEM: 26 Jan 2005
... Israeli security officials state an intention to suspend targeted killing of Palestinian resistance operatives, a pre-requisite for a hudna [07:14] ... Israeli deputy deputy Prime Minister Ihud Olmert declares Israel has not decided to stop targeted assassinations ... "it is exaggerated to say Israel will conduct no more assassinations" [12:38] ...

ITEM: 26 Jan 2005
... Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel under no obligation regarding ceasefire arrangement with Palestinians ...

ITEM: 27 Jan 2005
... Palestinian security chief Mohammed Dahlan claims Israel has agreed 'in principle' to withdraw military forces from Palestinian cities and refain from targeting political activists ... Israeli Chief of Staff Ya'alon undertakes personally to select any targeted assassinations ...

ITEM: 27 Jan 2005
... Deployment of Palestinian police in southern areas of the Gaza Strip postponed due to security procedures at military checkpoints ... Israeli settler groups target Palestinian police elsewhere in the Gaza Strip ...

ITEM: 27 Jan 2005
... Following sensitive negotiations between militant factions and President Abbas aimed at gaining consent for a hiatus in tit-for-tat violence, Israel's Foreign Minister contributes to the discussion via an interview with Israel Army Radio ... "A cease-fire as such is not a goal, whoever thinks a halt is the right thing, is mistaken. A cease-fire is a ticking bomb which will blow up in our faces," he says historically ...


FILE: What's a truce . . . ?

ITEM: 24 Jan 2005
... Village of Saida, north of West Bank town of Tulkarem, invaded by jeeps and armoured military vehicles ... all roads to the village closed and village placed under curfew ... houses searched and occupied by troops ... electricity and water supplies cut off ...

ITEM: 25 Jan 2005
... 16-year-old from Juhor ad-Dik, near town of Deir al-Balah (Gaza Strip), killed by targeted tank fire ...

ITEM: 25 Jan 2005
... Army shelling of homes in Al-Shejaiah district, Gaza city ...

ITEM: 25 Jan 2005
... Israel implementing Absentee Property Law (1950), issuing expropriation orders on Palestinian properties in east Jerusalem ... President Abbas to submit official protest against move which "would destroy any chance for resuming peace negotiations" [Saeb Erekat, PA cabinet minister] ...

ITEM: 26 Jan 2005
... Deir al-Balah (Gaza Strip): three-year-old girl, Rahma Abu Shamas, shot in the head and killed while inside her home by a sniper from an observation tower in the nearby settlement of Tel Katifa; three injured ...

ITEM: 26 Jan 2005
... Azzoun village, east of Qalqylia, subjected to army raid ... houses searched and ransacked ...

ITEM: 26 Jan 2005
... Hajja village, north-east of Qalqylia, subjected to army raid with Apache helicopter back-up ... houses broken into and searched ...

ITEM: 26 Jan 2005
... walled-in town of Qalqylia invaded by dozens of Israeli armoured vehicles, opening fire & killing at least three people. Al-Aqsa activists targeted. Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade responds by launching missiles at colonies in the Gaza Strip and giving Israel 24 hours to demonstrate a cessation of aggression ...

ITEM: 26 Jan 2005
... Army siege of Saida village ongoing ... twenty military vehicles and two armoured bulldozers employed ... woman injured by sound bomb, several residents arrested and transferred to unknown location ... curfew blocking medical and food supplies from entering village ... patients denied passage to Tulkarem hospital ...

ITEM: 26 Jan 2005
... Army incursion into West Bank village of Seelat Al-Harthiya, north-west of Jenin, imposing twenty-four hour curfew ... Ten-year-old child shot in the leg by army during house searches ...

ITEM: 27 Jan 2005
... Two residents receive shrapnel wounds from tank shelling of Rafah refugee camp (Gaza Strip) ...

ITEM: 27 Jan 2005
... Army incursion into village of Al-Thaheriyya, near Al-Khalil (aka Hebron), breaking into homes and detaining residents ...

ITEM: 27 Jan 2005
... Army incursion into village of Husan, west of Bethlehem, searching homes and detaining three residents at an unknown location ...

ITEM: 27 Jan 2005
... Army submit plans to the Israeli Attorney-General for the demolition of more than 200 houses (3,000 by some estimates) in Rafah, adjoining the Philadelphi corridor, to create a 'sterile' area ...

ITEM: 27 Jan 2005
... Army incursion closes off Balata refugee camp, Nablus ... homes broken into ...

ITEM: 27 Jan 2005
... Israeli soldiers invade Ein Beit Al-Ma' refugee camp, Nablus, with eight armoured jeeps ... one resident taken away ...

ITEM: 28 Jan 2005
... Handicapped resident of Al-Bureij refugee camp (Gaza Strip) shot and died of wounds while emergency medical services attempting to reach him came under army fire ...

ITEM: 28 Jan 2005
... Closed military zone declared at Iskaka, near Salfit, in order to resume construction of the segregation barrier ...

ITEM: 29 Jan 2005
... Army closure of Saida village continues ... checkpoint procedures around the northern West Bank intensified [WAFA] ...

ITEM: 29 Jan 2005
... One resident killed, three wounded in Khaza'a village, by army fire at Khan Younis (Gaza Strip) ...

ITEM: 29 Jan 2005
... Army incursion into Al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Al-Khalil (aka Hebron) ...

ITEM: 29 Jan 2005
... Army incursions into southern Al-Khalil and Yatta village, searching homes and detaining residents ...

ITEM: 29 Jan 2005
... Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to present routing plan for southern sections of the segregation wall to Israeli cabinet, reportedly sweeping up four Palestinian towns (18,000 residents), severing the route between Bethlehem and Al-Khalil (aka Hebron) and creating virtual detention camps of other villages ... Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei had stated two days previously: "The annexation wall destroys peace efforts in the area" ...

ITEM: 30 Jan 2005
... elderly unarmed Palestinian, Eid Abu Jreide (55), shot in the back and mortally wounded by army in Rafah (Gaza Strip) ...

ITEM: 30 Jan 2005
... checkpoint set up on main road through Al-Khader, near Bethlehem; residents detained and searched ...

ITEM: 30 Jan 2005
... Commander Amitai Levy of the Israeli border Police announces plans to demolish dozens of Palestinian homes in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Al-Mintar (Sour Baher) in order to continue construction of the segregation wall (ruled unlawful by the International Court of Justice in February 2004) ...

ITEM: 30 Jan 2005
... Two Palestinian schoolchildren wounded during impromptu curfew of Burqa village, near Nablus ...

ITEM: 30 Jan 2005
...Minister of Security Mohammed Dahlan meets Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz, who declares that the army is ready to withdraw from West Bank towns (Bethlehem, Al-Ariha (aka Jericho), Ramallah, Tulkarem, Qalqylia cited) ... Mofaz adds "The [Israeli army] will continue to act anywhere that is required ..." ... Abbas awaits Israeli response to truce agreement reached amongst Palestinian resistance ...

ITEM: 31 Jan 2005
... Ten-year-old Palestinian schoolgirl assassinated in Rafah by sniper fire from an army observation post overlooking school playground ... Rafah Hospital confirms girl shot in the head, second schoolgirl wounded ...

ITEM: 31 Jan 2005
... Israeli police and army units conduct raids on Palestinian shops, businesses and restaurants in East Jerusalem ... Police department spokesman Shmuel Ben Amos stated: "These are people who ... are in touch with the PA [Palestine Authority], and we are operating against them because we want to return to the status quo ante when the PA was not active in the city." [Ha'aretz] ...

ITEM: 31 Jan 2005
... extensive closure persists throughout the Gaza Strip: Rafah border terminal remains partially closed ... Erez and Karni terminals remain closed ... access to al-Mawasi tightly controlled ... Khan Younis-Rafah main route closed ... routes between Deir alBalah and Gaza City partially closed ... access denied to Palestinian workers in Israel ...

ITEM: 31 Jan 2005
... 'Relative Calm': counting 22 dead, 47 injured and over 200 arrested over the last eleven days, eight resistance groups reported a resumption of attacks against Israel ...

ITEM: 31 Jan 2005
... Hamas and DFLP militants fire six missiles at Gush Katif colonies in the Gaza Strip in response to yesterday's Rafah school killing; military patrols attacked overnight in Nablus and Bethlehem ...

ITEM: 31 Jan 2005
... Amal quarter of Khan Younis city and refugee camp under indiscriminate heavy machine-gun fire from Israeli army positions in Neve Dekalim settlement ...

ITEM: 31 Jan 2005
... Minister of Security Mohammed Dahlan meets Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz at Hershliya ... Mofaz hedges commitment to withdraw from West Bank cities and makes the following demands:

  • complete halt to resistance activity in Gaza;
  • commitment from all resistance groups to a ceasefire;
  • thorough investigation into suicide attack at the Karni crossing point two weeks previously;
  • more policeman posted to southern Gaza.

ITEM: 1 Feb 2005
... houses searched and two arrested in Palestinian village of Azzoun ... military activity in Saida resumed, houses searched and occupied ...

ITEM: 1 Feb 2005
... hundreds of dunums of Palestinian farmland cultivating cereal crops reported bulldozed south-east of Yatta village, near Al-Khalil (Khirbit Janba, Al-Tabban, Al-Fakheet, Al-Markiz and Al-Majaz villages) ...

ITEM: 1 Feb 2005
... Palestinian resistance launches several projectiles at settlements in Gaza Strip ... military personnel targeted in Bethlehem & Jenin ... settler's car burnt out near Nablus ... exchange of fire reported at settlement outpost of Kadim ...

ITEM: 2 Feb 2005
... Military report discloses illegal settlement construction continuing throughout the West Bank (cites Yitzhar, Beit El, Eli & Karnei Shomron colonies) ... judicial authorisation to evacuate outposts unenforced for several months pending approval from Prime Minister Sharon (seeks deferral until proposed Gaza withdrawal effected) ...

ITEM: 2 Feb 2005
... Israeli Attorney-General Menachem Mofaz suspends application of the Absentee Property Law to Palestinian properties in East Jerusalem ...

ITEM: 2 Feb 2005
... army delivers confiscation orders for the land of 130 families in the Qalqylia region ...

ITEM: 2 Feb 2005
... army incursion into Tulkarm breaks into houses and requisitions two homes for military posts ... Army closure of Saida ended after nine days of searches and interrogations ...

ITEM: 2 Feb 2005
... 13-year-old schoolboy shot and wounded by the army in Burqa village, north of Nablus ...

ITEM: 2 Feb 2005
... military incursion into Nablus: homes broken into and one resident arrested ...

ITEM: 2 Feb 2005
... army incursion into Balata refugee camp, near Nablus, threatens demolition of Al-Aqsa Brigades member's family home should he not present himself for interrogation ... Al-Aqsa Brigades announce 'patience is running out' with perpetuation of Israeli military operations ...

ITEM: 2 Feb 2005
... Palestinian security announces destruction of tunnel under Egyptian border ...

ITEM: 3 Feb 2005
... Israel announces military pull-back to the perimeter of one city only - Al-Ariha (aka Jericho) ...

ITEM: 3 Feb 2005
... Truce ? Palestinian report cites 270 dunums (65 acres) of farmlands bulldozed, 72 people arrested, 15 injured in Al-Khalil governorate alone (aka Hebron district) in January 2005 ... Israeli daily, 'Ha'aretz', cites 47 Palestinians killed by security operations in November 2004, 64 killed in December 2004, 53 killed in January 2005 ...

ITEM: 3 Feb 2005
... Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: "We have announced a ceasefire, and the Israelis should announce one also."

ITEM: 3 Feb 2005
... Israeli officials deny that Israel will officially become a partner to a ceasefire at the Sharm-esh-Sheik summit next week ... foreign minister Sylvan Shalom informs the Israeli-British chamber of commerce that: "a ceasefire is not the answer . . . It is an optical illusion, which will explode in our faces" ...

ITEM: 3 Feb 2005
... Palestinian minister Saeb Erekat interprets Israeli offer to release 900 of 8,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails as unresponsive to prior discussions and "insulting" ...

ITEM: 3 Feb 2005
... military incursion into Idhna village, near Al-Khalil ... several homes searched, including that of detainees in their presence - relatives allege signs of brutality apparent ...

ITEM: 3 Feb 2005
... army carries out controlled explosions in caves close to Idhna village inhabited by Bedouin tribes ...

ITEM: 3 Feb 2005
... closure imposed by army over Abu Dis and Al-Ezareyya villages near Jerusalem ... checkpoint established east of Tubas ... further military checkpoint installed at Qalqylia ...

ITEM: 3 Feb 2005
... Israeli High Court approves land seizures for construction of settler-only by-pass road in Beit Jala and Bethlehem municipalities to provide direct connection from Jerusalem to Bethlehem ...

ITEM: 3 Feb 2005
... army incursion into Al-Qaryoun suburb of Nablus arrests resident ... another resident arrested in Qalqylia ...

ITEM: 3 Feb 2005
... boy arrested (unknowingly) carrying a bag of explosives at Huwarra checkpoint, near Nablus ... woman arrested at Tufah checkpoint, Khan Younis, allegedly trying to smuggle bullets ...

ITEM: 3 Feb 2005
... army claims grenade attack launched against Givati Brigade military outpost from a taxi in southern Gaza Strip in which two soldiers were wounded, one Palestinian killed ... military patrol comes under fire near Rafah ...

ITEM: 3 Feb 2005
... Al-Aqsa Brigades ambush a military patrol near colony of Eshkolot, south-west of Al-Khalil ... four soldiers wounded ... nearby town of Dehariya subjected to military closure ...

ITEM: 4 Feb 2005
... settlers, supported by the military, seize and enclose 400 dunums (100 acres) of Palestinian land belonging to Bardala village residents in north-eastern West Bank ...

ITEM: 4 Feb 2005
... army opens fire at homes in Deir al-Balah from nearby military post ...

ITEM: 4 Feb 2005
... main arterial road in Gaza Strip closed for the second day by military roadblocks (Abu Holy and Al-Matahin checkpoints closed) ...

ITEM: 4 Feb 2005
... six arrested at checkpoints in Gaza . . . resident arrested at Al-Khalil for alleged association with Hamas ...

ITEM: 4 Feb 2005
... military incursion at Silwad village, near Ramallah; resident arrested for alleged association with Hamas ...

ITEM: 4 Feb 2005
... at least 6,000 dunums (1,500 acres) to be confiscated for illegal construction of separation wall around the Ariel colonial development, cutting up to 25 kilometers into the West Bank ... residents given one week to appeal to Israeli courts ...

ITEM: 5 Feb 2005
... military roadblock at Shu'fat, Al-Quds, prevents access to hospital for a father and his critically ill baby while also blocking an ambulance reaching the child from hospital ... child dies at checkpoint ...

ITEM: 5 Feb 2005
... three-year-old girl receives shrapnel wound to the head after intense machine-gun fire from army border post targets homes in Yibna neighbourhood, Rafah ...

ITEM: 5 Feb 2005
... In a statement issued by the Prime Minister's office, Ariel Sharon claims that Palestinians are not working hard enough to stop attacks against Israel: "the road map will happen only after the Palestinians halt terrorist activity, dismantle the (terror) infrastructures and carry out governmental reforms"...

ITEM: 5 Feb 2005
... Palestinian premier, Ahmed Qurei, states that conditions on the ground in the occupied territories were worsening ... "We do not see any change in the Israeli strategy aimed at imposing plans by military might and then convincing the world with it, as evident in intensifying the settlement drive, construction of the separation fence and isolating Jerusalem" ...

ITEM: 5 Feb 2005
... army tightens checkpoint controls in several neighbourhoods around Al-Khalil (Al-Borj junction, Abu Sneneh; Al-Thaheriyya village) ... one resident arrested after home searched ...

ITEM: 5 Feb 2005
... military incursions into several districts in Nablus (Ras-al-Ein, Al-Qaryoun, Al-Duwaar; Balata refugee camp ... ), homes searched ... three residents arrested ...

ITEM: 5 Feb 2005
... two residents from Allar village, north of Tulkarm, detained at 'flying' checkpoint ...

ITEM: 5 Feb 2005
... closure of entire Al-Mawasi area, south of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, continues for fourth day ...

ITEM: 5 Feb 2005
... army fire targeting residential district of Khan Younis wounds man in the neck while in his home ...

ITEM: 6 Feb 2005
... army establish a checkpoint in Al-Khader, Bethlehem governorate, interrupting access to schools ...

ITEM: 6 Feb 2005
... army jeep rams and hospitalises a Palestinian pedestrian during an incursion into Dora village, west of Al-Khalil ... incident comes the day following a settler car mounting the pavement to run down a Palestinian at a junction near Qalqylia ...

ITEM: 6 Feb 2005
... Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz announces a suspension of targeted assassinations and arrests in the occupied territories ...

ITEM: 6 Feb 2005
... Hamas and Islamic Jihad issue statement requiring the release of political prisoners as a condition for accepting a ceasefire ...

ITEM: 6 Feb 2005
... in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian resistance launch a missile at an army position and attack a military outpost near the Karni crossing, east of Gaza city ...

ITEM: 7 Feb 2005
... Eretz and Karni Green Line crossing terminals near Gaza remain closed ...

ITEM: 7 Feb 2005
... Two checkpoints set up between Tubas and Tammoun ... one resident arrested at Tammoun ...

ITEM: 7 Feb 2005
... Young woman arrested at Rammona village, near Jenin, after home ransacked; allegedly a 'ticking bomb' ...

ITEM: 7 Feb 2005
... conditions of passage through Qalandia checkpoint, on the main Jerusalem-Ramallah road, tightened ... work begins to construct 'border terminal' ...

ITEM: 7 Feb 2005
... 1,000 dunums (250 acres) of Palestinian land reported seized under military order and enclosed by barbed wire near Sa'eer, Al-Khalil governorate, by settlers from Asfar colony ...

ITEM: 7 Feb 2005
... Rafah border terminal, Gaza Strip, closed to Palestinian residents under the age of 35 ...

ITEM: 7 Feb 2005
... Beit Eiba checkpoint, western city limits of Nablus, closed; tightening of access conditions around Nablus ongoing ...

ITEM: 8 Feb 2005
... Israeli High Court permits resumption of construction of the separation barrier around Jerusalem (bordering villages of Biddu and Beit Surik) ...

ITEM: 8 Feb 2005
... Palestinian resistance fires missile at Gaza settlement ...

ITEM: 8 Feb 2005
... All exit points from Nablus city closed, tight controls on entry ... incursion into the city in the afternoon detains residents for several hours ...

ITEM: 8 Feb 2005
... army invades Shiqba village, near Ramallah, and arrests one alleged Hamas member ...

ITEM: 8 Feb 2005
... Palestinian resistance attacks reported near settlements in Gaza Strip, Nablus ...

ITEM: 8 Feb 2005
... !!! CEASEFIRE !!! "... all Palestinians will stop all acts of violence against all Israelis everywhere, and, at the same time, Israel will cease all its military activity against all Palestinians everywhere ... " Ariel Sharon, Mahmoud Abbas, Sharm esh-Sheikh

ITEM: 8 Feb 2005
... Mintar crossing from Gaza Strip into Israel reopened for commercial traffic ...

ITEM: 8 Feb 2005
... military issue land confiscation orders to villagers in Yatta area (Tal al-Tawani, Um Sabba), around Al-Khalil ... settlers barring farmers from reaching farmlands ... 1500 dunums (375 acres) reported lost since the beginning of 2005 ...

ITEM: 9 Feb 2005
... army incursion into Al-Mawasi, Gaza Strip, arrests resident ... Al-Mawasi area closed off ...

ITEM: 9 Feb 2005
... Gaza Strip checkpoints maintain tight restrictions on passage ...

ITEM: 9 Feb 2005
... Palestinian homes west of Rafah targeted from military base in Atzmona settlement in southern Gaza Strip ... youth mortally wounded in abdomen ...

ITEM: 9 Feb 2005
... Hamas hedges commitment to ceasefire pending meeting with Abbas ... dozens of missiles fired at Gush Katif settlements in Gaza Strip in response to Rafah killing ... "The firing was self-defense against aggression ... We did not sign or agree to a cease-fire with anyone, and every violation by the Zionists will draw a response."

ITEM: 9 Feb 2005
... roadblocks and checkpoints maintained in Nablus and Qalqylia; setting up of new roadblocks reported ...

ITEM: 9 Feb 2005
... military incursion into village south of Nablus draws Palestinian resistance fire ...

ITEM: 9 Feb 2005
... two Fatah members arrested during army operation in Nablus ...

ITEM: 9 Feb 2005
... army post comes under resistance fire in northern West Bank, near Jenin ...

ITEM: 9 Feb 2005
... army raids continue around al-Khalil ... reports of houses searched and ransacked ...

ITEM: 9 Feb 2005
... historical opportunities ...


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