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The police prevented 15 activists from the Zochrot organization from leaving the organization’s offices in Tel-Aviv, imprisoning them in the building for approximately four hours, while threatening to arrest anyone who tried to leave the building, telling them that they will not be allowed to disrupt public order. Three of the activists were arrested.
(Hebrew - Haaretz)
A weekly report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reveals that security forces had injured 204 Palestinians in the West Bank this week, including at least 60 children, most of them at demonstrations in memory of the Nakba Day on May 15. Four security forces men were injured as well. The clashes included mainly stone throwing by protesters, and firing live ammunition, metal bullets with rubber covering, and tear gas by Israeli troops. Most of the clashes took place in East Jerusalem, especially in the Old City and near the Qalandiya and Shuafat barriers. Also, Palestinians were injured during the weekly demonstrations against the separation fence in Bil’in and Na’alin, and against the expansion of the Halamish settlement within the village of Nabi Saleh. In Gaza, soldiers killed a 16-year-old retarded boy. During a Palestinian demonstration in Beit Lahiya, near the Erez border crossing, Israeli forces opened fire with live ammunition on unarmed demonstrators, injuring 103 people, including 33 boys. In addition, several tank shells were fired within 300 meters of the demonstrators, to stop the parade.
Member of Knesset Aryeh Eldad (National Union) demanded from Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud), to remove a painting from an exhibition purchased by the Knesset. The painting depitcs an Arab family of Jaffa from the 1930′s. Eldad claimed that the piece is a ”Nakba picture,” presenting the Palestinian narrative.
Deputy commander of the Galilee District Police, commander Kobi Bachar, slapped attorney Maisa Arshid of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, who arrived to the vicinity of the Lebanese border along with 25 Arab students from all over Israel, with the intention of marking Nakba Day.
“Im Tirtzu” activist have begun distributing a new booklet titled nakba kharta – ”Nakba BS”, which claims the Nakba is “an impudent scam”. The booklet is initially being distributed in schools and universities.
The Knesset passed two bills in late-night final readings: the “Nakba bill”, which allows the retraction of public funding from groups that commemorate the Nakba [the Palestinian "disaster" of the creation of Israel, commemorated on Israel's Independence Day]; and the “acceptance committee bill” which allows small communities in the Galilee and the Negev desert to screen potential residents to preserve the “nature of the community”.