Tuesday, February 21, 2023

In the West Bank, armed Israeli settlers chased Palestinian herders of their own pastures west of Jericho. Israeli forces issued demolition notices for 4 houses under construction and 1 mobile home in Aqabah. Israeli forces also seized 1 stone-cutting saw and 1 vehicle in ‘Urif. 22 Palestinians were arrested during late-night raids in Fawwar refugee camp, ‘Urif, Bethlehem, and Aqabat Jaber refugee camp. (WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 2/21; PCHR 2/23; UNOCHA 3/4)

Israeli national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir ordered the Israel Prison Service to limit the shower time for Palestinian prisoners to four minutes. (HA, WAFA 2/21)

A number of Palestinian parties, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PFLP, the DFLP, and Palestinian National Initiative released a joint statement criticizing the PA’s decision to withdraw the draft resolution at the UNSC and accepting the non-binding statement released on 2/20 criticizing Israeli settlements. (AJ 2/22)

The U.S. supreme court rejected a petition made by the American Civil Liberties Union to take up a 2017 Arkansas state law that require companies that contract with the state to sign a petition that they will not boycott Israel. (AJ, GDN, MDW, MEE 2/21)