Saturday, March 4, 2023

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers assaulted Palestinians and attempted to vandalize olive trees in Tarqumiyah. Israeli forces shot and injured 1 Palestinian minor during a raid in al-Arroub refugee camp. Israeli forces also violently dispersed a funeral procession in Beit Umar, causing tear-gas related injuries. Elsewhere, Israeli forces assaulted Palestinian herders in Zanuta. In Tel Aviv, tens of thousands of Israelis protested against the Israeli government for the ninth week in a row. (AJ, AP, HA, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 3/4; PCHR 3/9; UNOCHA 3/19)

Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Poland, and Spain issued a joint statement condemning the killing of 2 Israeli settlers and the settler attacks on Palestinians in Huwwara on 2/26, calling for accountability. The countries also urged Israel to reverse its decision to advance 7,000 settlement units and legalize settlement outposts. (FFO, HA, WAFA 3/4)

Axios reported that the U.S. is considering denying Israeli finance minister Bezalel Smotrich a visa for his upcoming trip to the U.S. over his remarks on 3/1 that Huwwara should be wiped out. (AX 3/5)