Tuesday, January 31, 2023

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers vandalized 3 cars and wrote racist graffiti in al-Bireh. Israeli forces seized heavy machinery worth $50,000 from the ‘Anin village council. 1 Palestinian man rammed 2 Israeli soldiers near Nablus; the man later turned himself in saying that the incident was an accident. In East Jerusalem, Palestinians in Jabel Mukaber observed a general strike and blocked several roads leading to the neighborhood in protest over planned demolitions in the neighborhood. (HA, HA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 1/31; MEE 2/1; PCHR 2/2; UNOCHA 2/21)

U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken met with PA president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Secretary Blinken urged President Abbas to resume security coordination with Israel and to accept and implement a security plan made by U.S. security coordinator Mike Fenzel, which will see PA forces trained specifically to counter militant groups in Jenin and Nablus. The PA had reportedly earlier complained to the U.S. that the plan is untenable without ending Israeli nighttime raids in the cities. Blinken also announced that the U.S. will give an additional $50 million to UNRWA and will continue to work on reopening the U.S. consulate to Palestinians in Jerusalem but did not give a timeframe. (AJ, ALM, AP, HA, MEE, WAFA 1/31; ALM, AX, HA, HA 2/1; AJ 2/2; HA 2/3)

President Abbas also met with the directors of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate Abbas Kamal and the Jordanian General Intelligence Directorate Ahmad Husni. (WAFA 1/31)