aside ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT NEWS- OCTOBER 2015

Jerusalem Western Wall
Jerusalem Western Wall

The following chronology of the Israel- Palestine conflict events for the month of October, 2015 is compiled from data reported by HAARETZ and NY Times:

OCTOBER 1

“Netanyahu addresses the UN In addition to a lengthy rebuke of the world’s embrace of Iran, Netanyahu reiterates his assertion that Israel seeks to maintain the status quo on the (Temple) mount. He also repeats his call to restart negotiations without preconditions with the Palestinians.”

“At night, as they drive home through the West Bank, Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin are ambushed by terrorists and shot dead in front of their four children.”

OCTOBER 3

 “A terrorist kills two ultra-Orthodox Jewish men in the Old City of Jerusalem. Aharon Bennett, a 22-year-old Israeli soldier, is on the way to the Western Wall when he, his wife and their two sons are attacked. He is off duty and out of uniform. His wife, Adele, 21, is seriously wounded and undergoes emergency surgery.”

“The second victim, Nehemia Lavi, 41, is stabbed and killed when he tried to fend off the terrorist with a gun. The assailant is shot by police.”

OCTOBER 4

 “Moshe Malka, 15, is stabbed near the Old City The stabber, Fadi Alloun, is shot by police as he flees the scene. But Palestinians claim he is innocent and was shot by police at the urging of an extremist Jewish mob.”

Israel Benjamin Netanyahu at UN
Israel Benjamin Netanyahu at UN

OCTOBER 5

 “Thousands demonstrate in front of Netanyahu’s residence, demanding harsher security measures.”

“Netanyahu says: “We are allowing our forces to take strong action against those who throw rocks and firebombs. This is necessary in order to safeguard the security of Israeli citizens everywhere. We are not prepared to give immunity to any rioter, inciter or terrorist anywhere; therefore, there are no restrictions on the action of our security forces.”

“In military raids in the West Bank, Israel kills two Palestinians, including a 13-year-old, within 24 hours.”

OCTOBER 6 – “The IDF arrests the five-man Hamas cell allegedly responsible for the Henkin attack.”

OCTOBER 7

 “Four separate attacks take place against Israelis. A soldier is stabbed in the southern city of Kiryat Gat, a man is stabbed in the Old City of Jerusalem, a woman is attacked with stones as she drives to the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, and a man is stabbed in the central city of Petah Tikva.”

“Escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians leads some to wonder if third intifada is beginning; many analysts, however, point out Palestinians are bereft of strong leadership that would lead to uprising.”

ISRAEL Palestinian security forces in the West Bank arrested dozens of members of the Islamist movement Hamas .

OCTOBER 8

“Israel’s latest effort to stop Palestinian attacks by tightening security fails to contain violence in Old City of Jerusalem and West Bank; clashes continue as new incidents are reported in normally quiet areas of southern Israel and Tel Aviv.”

 “Four more stabbing attacks take place. A man is stabbed in Jerusalem, another is stabbed in Kiryat Arba and five people are lightly wounded in a stabbing attack in central Tel Aviv. Later, a solider is stabbed in the northern Israeli city of Afula.”

“Netanyahu bars all Knesset members from the Temple Mount, hoping to curb escalations.”

OCTOBER 9

“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announces he will visit Israel for three-day trip; he will speak about combating anti-Semitism to gathering of mayors in Jerusalem, sponsored by American Jewish Congress and other Jewish groups.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (2nd R) visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City October 18, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (2nd R) visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City October 18, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

“Israeli Prime Min Benjamin Netanyahu, in bid to calm unrest, bans politicians from visiting Temple Mount, contested site in Jerusalem’s Old City; government ministers and Arab members of Parliament denounce restriction, claiming it will inflame tensions, and plan to ignore it; security is tightened, and civilians arm themselves, amid ongoing and escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians.”

“Former Obama administration adviser Dennis B Ross publishes book accusing National Security Adviser Susan E Rice of belligerence during talks leading to Iran nuclear accord, saying she exacerbated tensions in nation’s relations with Israel; new book also describes disagreements between other high level officials over America’s Middle East policy.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu

OCTOBER 12

“Palestinian officials say retaliatory Israeli airstrike against Hamas in Gaza resulted in deaths of pregnant Palestinian woman and toddler; Israeli security service says police officer and woman were wounded in West Bank after woman set off explosive device in her car; events are latest in wave of violence that presents possibility that situation might escalate.”

OCTOBER 13

“Israel struggles to maintain security despite crackdown after recent escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians; loosened restrictions on Israeli police opening fire have led to multiple fatal shootings of suspects, and drawn criticism from Palestinians and human rights groups.”

Conflict art
Conflict art

OCTOBER 14

“Three Israelis are killed and more than 20 are wounded in four attacks by Palestinians in East Jerusalem and another city near Tel Aviv.”

“Inspiration for wave of disaffected and unaffiliated Palestinian independently attacking Israelis, often with simple weapons like knives, seems to be online culture encouraging assaults, along with videos of Israelis killing Palestinians; seven Israelis have been killed and scores wounded in two dozen episodes since October 1; such leaderless attacks are nearly impossible to predict, while retaliation by Israelis fuels more incidents.”

GIRL ON WEST BANK

OCTOBER 15

“Series of two dozen violent assaults across Israel, many in Jerusalem, leave both Israelis and Palestinians skittish and avoiding public places for fear they will become victims or be mistaken as perpetrators; so far bloodshed, conducted mainly by young Palestinians armed with knives, has claimed lives of seven Israelis and 12 suspects in October; Israel’s latest security measures, which includes roadblocks and checkpoints, have yet to stop attacks and adds to entrenched tensions between two cultures.”

‘New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to meet with members of Palestinian community during visit to Israel, unprecedented action that risks antagonizing city’s sizable Jewish voting base; move, which breaks from de Blasio’s predecessors, is intended as gesture of inclusivity by liberal mayor.”

OCTOBER 16

“Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas trade barbs over treatment of 13-year-old Ahmad Manasra, Arab boy accused of stabbing Israeli cyclist; recent surge in violence between Israelis and Palestinians is exacerbated by conflicting accounts of events, often promoted on social media.’

Al Aqsa Mosque
Al Aqsa Mosque

“Israel’s chief rabbi David Lau attributes recent violence between Israelis and Palestinians largely to rumor, spread by smartphones, that Israel plans to raze Al Aqsa Mosque; asserts that education is crucial to peace.”

“NY Times editorial contends wave of stabbings being carried out by Palestinian youths in Israel is both frightening new development and reminiscent of past uprisings; holds attacks show, as in past, that desperation has once again driven Palestinians to suicidal violence; argues creation of independent Palestinian state represents only chance to stop violence.”

OCTOBER 19

“Palestinian man kills Israeli soldier and wounds nine other people in southern city of Beersheba, latest in wave of deadly attacks that have been carried out in country; Hamas officials praise assault, although no group has taken responsibility for it.”

NY Mayor Bill de Blasio
NY Mayor Bill de Blasio

“Mayor Bill de Blasio adopts cautious tone during visit to Israel, denouncing recent attacks and calling for peace but acknowledging complexity of situation and his limited perspective as outsider; scraps plans to visit Palestinians in West Bank in favor of visiting Jerusalem school that educates Arab and Israeli children.”

“Op-Ed article by Nathan Thrall asserts Israeli and Palestinian leaders must grasp that merely stopping violence is not guarantee of resolution of conflict, which is contingent on Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories, concession increasing number of Israelis support.”

OCTOBER 21

“United Nations officials object to Arab proposal to classify Western Wall as part of Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem; follows outrage by Israel and many Jewish-American groups.”

“Both Jews and Muslims; resolution stops short of classifying Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites.”

Western Wall crowd
Western Wall crowd

OCTOBER 22

“Israeli Prime Min Benjamin Netanyahu, addressing Zionist Congress, accuses grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, of giving Adolph Hitler idea of systematically exterminating European Jews; speech sparks uproar, with denunciations of Netanyahu coming from both Israeli historians and opposition politicians.”

“United Nations releases list containing 17 examples from past 95 years of international protection for civilians living in disputed areas, responding to request from Palestinian leaders looking for international protection on Palestinian lands; Riyad Mansour, Palestinian ambassador to UN, expresses hope that summary will convince Security Council members to place international presence around holy site in Old City of Jerusalem.”

“United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization adopts resolution criticizing Israel for its poor management of Jerusalem heritage sites; resolution, which condemns Israel for violating freedom of worship, resulted from violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians at Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Old City.”

Luxor West Bank
Luxor West Bank

OCTOBER 23

“Musicians in occupied West Bank and beyond have created many militaristic, often violent songs, fueled by recent wave of Palestinian attacks against Israeli Jews and deadly battles with Israeli security troops; Palestinians have tradition of protest music, but experts say style and scale of new songs are unusual, and coupled with graphic videos on social media, are forming something of an intifada soundtrack.”

“Sec of State John Kerry expresses ‘cautious optimism’ after encouraging Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu in meeting to tone down heated rhetoric many feel is exacerbating recent violence between Israelis and Palestinians; Kerry will deliver similar message in upcoming meeting with Palestinian Authority Pres Mahmoud Abbas.”

“Israeli police fatally shoot one Palestinian and wound another; both were involved in stabbing of Israeli man at bus stop.”

“Editorial assails Israeli Prime Min Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that Palestinian Haj Amin al-Husseini was instrumental in convincing Adolf Hitler to carry out Holocaust; contends comment is historically inaccurate bid to exploit tragedy for political ends.”

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama
Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama

OCTOBER 26

“Uprisings in West Bank test decades-old cooperative relationship between Palestinian security officers and Israeli forces; Palestinian security officers are in increasingly difficult position as they are asked to support and protect Israelis, while witnessing escalation of violence against their own people.”

OCTOBER 28

“Thomas L Friedman Op-Ed column argues that Israeli and Palestinian leaders are increasingly out of touch with reality and need dose of blunt common sense, in style of former Sec of State James Baker.”

“Israeli Prime Min Benjamin Netanyahu forces deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely to qualify her statement after she declared she wanted Israeli flag flown at Jerusalem Old City holy site; incident, in which Hotovely directly contradicted his standing policy, highlights how Netanyahu is being criticized for not controlling his own coalition.”

ISRAEL WEST BANK FENCE
ISRAEL WEST BANK FENCE
OCTOBER 29

“Italian energy company Eni has found new natural gas field off coast of Egypt which could be biggest in Mediterranean; more energy independence for country, however, could hurt attempts to employ energy diplomacy to improve relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors; Israel is hoping to sell natural gas to Egypt.”

“Palestinian Authority Pres Mahmoud Abbas addresses United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, and asks for assistance in quelling recent violence between Israelis and Palestinians.”

“Mourners at funeral for Richard Lakin, American man shot and stabbed by Palestinian assailants on public bus in Jerusalem, describe optimistic man who believed deeply in possibility of peace between Israelis and Palestinians; Lakin is one of nine Israeli Jews killed since October 1.”

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OCTOBER 30

“Hebron, largest West Bank city, sees uptick in violence; analysts note that growing confrontations in city are particularly dangerous as Jewish settlers in Old City live side by side with Palestinians; so far Hamas has been relatively silent in conflict.”

OCTOBER 31

“Israeli military bars Palestinians who do not reside in particular area of Hebron in West Bank entry, in effort to prevent young Palestinians from visiting nearby Islamic shrine; move comes in wake of number of stabbings in and around city.”

“Israeli Prime Min Benjamin Netanyahu retracts statement in which he accused Palestinian cleric Haj Amin al-Husseini of giving Hitler idea of massacring European Jews, after more than week of criticism, both at home and abroad.”

“Saturday Profile of Israeli Superintendent Luba Samri, whose devotion to her job as police officer and spokeswoman is unusual in that she is Arab Muslim citizen of Israel; Samri has been at center of storm created by numerous Palestinian attacks on Israelis in span of month.”

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