Friday, March 24, 2023

In the West Bank, Israeli forces violently dispersed Palestinian protesters in Kafr Qaddum, injuring 6, including 5 Palestinians and 1 foreign activist, with baton rounds and others with tear gas. Israeli forces also violently dispersed Palestinian protesters in Beita and Bayt Dajan, causing tear-gas related injuries. Elsewhere, Israeli forces issued demolition notices for 7 graves, 1 house, and 1 agricultural structure in al-Burj and seized a garbage truck in Qarawat Bani Hassan. In East Jerusalem, tens of thousands of Palestinian worshippers visited the Haram al-Sharif compound on the first Friday of Ramadan. Israel prohibited entry to East Jerusalem from the West Bank for Palestinian men and boys between the ages of 12 and 55 without a special permit. (MEE, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 3/24; PCHR 3/30; UNOCHA 3/31)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with UK prime minister Rishi Sunak in London. Sunak’s office issued a statement saying that he had reiterated the UK’s position for a 2-state solution and against Israeli settlements and cautioned Netanyahu against undermining Israeli democracy by overhauling the judicial branch of government. Sunak canceled a joint press conference scheduled for his meeting with Netanyahu, reportedly because of large anti-Netanyahu protests in London during his visit. (ALM, AP, AX, BBC, WAFA 3/24)

Israeli attorney general Gali Beharav-Miara warned Prime Minister Netanyahu that he is breaking the law by his direct involvement in the government’s plans to overhaul the judiciary. (AJ, AP, MEE, REU 3/24)