Israel: detention of 'terror suspects' without charge

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett instructed security services March 28 to hold any "terror suspects" in "administrative detention," even without charge. The order extends to Palestinians within Israeli a policy long applied to Palestinians on the West Bank. Bennett cited "a new situation that requires suitable preparations and adjustment by the security services to the circumstances within which extremist elements of Arab society, directed by extremist Islamic ideology, are carrying out terror attacks and taking lives." The order came a day after two Border Police officers were killed in a shooting attack at the coastal city of Hadera by two Israeli citizens who were said to be supporters of the so-called "Islamic State." The assailants were both shot dead by security forces.

The day after the order was issued, five were killed in shootings in two different areas of Bnei Brak, an Orthodox Jewish suburb of Tel Aviv. The shooter, armed with an assault rifle, was later shot dead by police.

A week earlier, on March 22, four Israelis were killed in a stabbing attack at a gas station in Beersheba. The assailant, who was said to have served time in an Israeli prison for promoting ISIS, was likewise slain by police.

'Summit of Shame'
The Hadera attack took place as US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken flew to southern Israel's Kedma resort, in the Negev Desert, to join his counterparts from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and Morocco for a diplomatic summit, at which the Israel-Palestinian conflict is not on the agenda. Blinken is also to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. 

The Hadera attack was condemned by the Abbas administration, but praised as "heroic" by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, with latter saying it was in response to the Negev Summit "of humiliation and shame." 

Most of the Arab states participating in the summit recognized Israel as a part of the so-called "Abraham Accords," an initiative of the Trump White House. (Times of Israel, ToI, ToIJerusalem PostMiddle East Eye, NYT, BBC News)

Israeli raid on raid on Jenin refugee camp

One Palestinian was killed when Israeli forces raided the Jenin refugee camp April 9, targeting the home of a suspect in a shooting attack that left three dead in Tel Aviv two days earlier. The suspect, Ra’ad Hazem, was killed by police outside of mosque in Jaffa, where he hid after the attack. (MEE, MEE, ToI)

Palestinian woman killed at West Bank checkpoint

Israeli forces April 10 shot dead a Palestinian woman after they opened fire at her while she was crossing an Israeli military checkpoint near the village of Husan, to the west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. (PNN

Deadly raids continue on West Bank

Israeli soldiers have killed five Palestinians in the West Bank over the past 48 hours following the series of deadly attacks inside Israel that have now left 14 dead. Among those slain in the raids was a 14-year-old boy, killed by Israeli army fire in Husan, a village near Bethlehem. (Al Jazeera, AP)

New violence at al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli police raided al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on April 15 as thousands of worshippers were gathered at the mosque for early morning prayers. At least 150 Palestinians were injured and hundreds detained in an operation witnesses described as senselessly brutal but which police said was needed to break up a violent crowd. (TNH)

New violence at al-Aqsa Mosque —again

Israeli police on April 17 entered the al-Aqsa Mosque compound to secure the way for Jewish visitors to the holy site, sparking clashes that left 17 Palestinians wounded.

This year the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Christian holy week culminating in Easter Sunday and the week-long Jewish Passover are all occurring at the same time, with tens of thousands of visitors flocking to Jerusalem.

Israeli police accused Palestinians of "defiling and desecrating" a holy site, while Palestinian officials accused Israel of trying to divide the sensitive site. "What happened in Al-Aqsa Mosque is a dangerous escalation, the repercussions of which are to be borne by the Israeli government alone," said Nabil Abu Rdeneh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AP)

Israeli air-strikes on Gaza Strip

The Israeli air force attacked southern Gaza April 18 in response to a rocket launched from the Strip earlier in the day, according to the military. The strikes targeted a Hamas weapons manufacturing site. Hamas said that militants responded with anti-aircraft weapons, but failed to hit the Israeli jets. No injuries were reported. (Haaretz)

Israeli police raid al-Aqsa Mosque —again

Israeli forces raided al-Aqsa Mosque early on April 19 for a fourth time in a week, clearing out Palestinian worshippers to allow entry for a group of Israeli settlers marking the Jewish festival of Passover. Large numbers of officers were deployed in the courtyards of the complex, forcing out Palestinians and closing the doors of the prayer halls with people inside them. Police fired tear-gas towards the main Qibli prayer hall to clear the way for settlers to come in. Guarded by the heavily armed officers, a group of around 40 settlers then stormed al-Aqsa through the Mughrabi Gate, toured the courtyards and performed prayers on the eastern side of the complex. (MEE)

Israeli air-strikes on Gaza Strip —again

Israel carried out new air raids in central Gaza, with the IDF saying its fighter jets attacked an underground complex used to produce rocket engines. There were no immediate reports of casualties. (Al Jazeera)

Israeli police raid al-Aqsa Mosque —again

Israeli forces stormed al-Aqsa Mosque in a fresh raid on the third Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, wounding dozens of Palestinian worshippers.

Shortly after dawn prayer, Israeli police and special forces entered the mosque and began firing teargas, stun grenades and rubber-tipped bullets at Palestinians. At least 31 worshippers, including children, were wounded, 14 of whom were hospitalized with two in a serious condition, according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society.

The Friday storming of al-Aqsa is the sixth this week carried out by Israeli forces inside the mosque. More than 170 Palestinians have been wounded in the continued assaults and more than 450 were arrested. (MEE

Israel searches for assailants after new attack

Israeli forces are conducting a large-scale search for two Palestinians suspected of killing three Israelis in the latest attack. Two attackers, at least one armed with an ax, killed three people and wounded several others in the predominantly ultra-Orthodox town of Elad on May 5, Israel's Independence Day.

The killings at Elad brought the death toll to 19 from a wave of Arab attacks since late March. Israel has responded with a series of raids in the occupied West Bank and nearly 30 Palestinians have been killed in the violence. (NYT)

Al Jazeera reporter killed by Israeli gunfire

Israeli forces have shot dead Al Jazeera's journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Abu Akleh, a longtime TV correspondent for Al Jazeera Arabic, was killed May 11 while covering Israeli army raids in the city of Jenin. (Al Jazeera)

Israeli police attack mourners at journalist's funeral

Israeli police on May 13 assaulted mourners at the funeral procession of a prominent Palestinian American journalist killed this week in the occupied West Bank, forcing pallbearers to nearly drop the coffin. Video showed police officers in Jerusalem beating and kicking pallbearers carrying the coffin that contained the body of Shireen Abu Akleh, striking other mourners with batons, and forcing one man to the ground. During the commotion, the pallbearers were pushed backward, causing them to briefly lose control of one end of the coffin. (NYT)