Tuesday, February 7, 2023

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers assaulted 1 Palestinian shepherd in Arab al-Malihat. Israeli forces shot and killed 1 Palestinian minor during a late-night raid in Nablus. 27 Palestinians were arrested during late-night raids in Bruqin, ‘Askar refugee camp, Qalqilya, and Qalandia refugee camp. (AJ, ALM, AP, HA, MDW, MEE, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 2/7; PCHR 2/9; UNOCHA 2/21)

Axios reported that U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken asked PA president Mahmoud Abbas to pause the PA’s efforts for justice at the UN and other international organizations and to resume security coordination with Israel in exchange for Israel pausing settlement expansion, demolitions of Palestinian homes, and evictions. Israel was reportedly ready to reduce but not halt its activities, while the PA reportedly was ready to pause its efforts. (AX 2/7)

In response to reporting that Secretary Blinken had asked the Israeli government to freeze settlement expansion, Israeli finance minister Bezalel Smotrich said that Israel does not intend to stop its expansion of settlements. (REU 2/7; MEMO 2/8)