Tuesday, July 7, 2020

In the West Bank, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the PA extended the lockdown for another 5 days until 7/13. Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian-owned vehicles traveling south of Nablus, causing damage to 5 Palestinian-owned vehicles. Israeli forces and Palestinians clashed in Hebron, leading to tear-gas related injuries. Israeli forces demolished parts of 1 Palestinian-owned home west of Bethlehem. Elsewhere, Israeli forces built a dirt mound on a road near Asira, preventing Palestinian farmers from entering their land. 19 Palestinians were arrested during raids in and around Tulkarm, Ramallah, Qalqilya, and Nablus. (WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 7/7; PCHR 7/9; +972 7/14)

In a joint statement by Egypt, Germany, France, and Jordan, the 4 countries rejected Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank, saying such a move would have an impact on the countries’ relations with Israel. EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said he supported the abovementioned joint statement (AJ, HA, REU, WAFA 7/7; HA 7/9)