Wednesday, April 8, 2020

In the West Bank, Israeli forces seized a tractor from a Palestinian farmer in al-Shuyukh. Off the coast of Gaza, 1 Palestinian fisherman was injured when Israeli naval forces fired rubber-coated bullets at him. (PCHR, WAFA, WAFA 4/8; PCHR 4/9)

11 members of U.S. congress issued a statement expressing concern about reports that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former political rival Benny Gantz had agreed to a unity government partly based on annexation of parts of the West Bank. The statement said that the effects of such an annexation “could yield additional [coupled with the COVID-19 virus] catastrophic consequences for all parties in the region and beyond.” The 11 members issuing the statement were David Price (D-NC), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), Peter Welch (D-VT), John Yarmuth (D-KY), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Andy Levin (D-MI), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Deb Haaland (D-NM), and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX). (David Price 4/8; WAFA 4/9)

The UK contributed with $1 million and materials through UNICEF and the World Health Organization to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the West Bank and Gaza. (WAFA 4/8)