Monday, May 22, 2023

In the West Bank, Israeli forces shot and killed 3 Palestinians and injured 6 others during a late-night raid in Balata refugee camp. PA presidential spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh called the killings a massacre. Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigades said the 3 were members of the organization. Israeli forces also notified 4 Palestinian families in Khirbet Humsa that they will be forced to leave their homes overnight for Israeli military drills on 5/23, 5/31, and 6/13. Elsewhere, Israeli forces demolished 1 house and 1 residential tent in Maeen and 1 house in Umm Safa. (AJ, AN, AP, HA, MEE, PCHR, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 5/22; PCHR 5/25; UNOCHA 6/2)

178 Palestinians in Ein Samia left their homes to relocate elsewhere due to persistence settler violence in their area and Israeli demolitions of their property. PA prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called the events leading to the relocation of the community ethnic cleansing. The EU called the demolitions and the settler violence in the area appalling. (QDS 5/22; HA, WAFA 5/24; AJ, UNOCHA, WAFA, WAFA 5/25; MDW 5/31; AJ 6/4)

The Israeli state prosecutor announced that it will oppose granting Palestinian prisoner Walid Daqqa parole ahead of a hearing on 5/24. Daqqa, who was convicted for killing an Israeli soldier in 1986, is terminally ill with bone marrow cancer. He was set to be released this year, but 2 years were added to his sentence in 2017 for allegedly smuggling cell phones. Daqqa was moved to a hospital for treatment on the same day as the prosecutor made its announcement. The hearing was postponed from 5/24 to 5/31 due to Daqqa’s treatment. (HA 5/23; AJ, MEE 5/24; QDS 5/25; AJ 5/30)

The UAE invited Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog to the UAE for the COP 28 conference in November. (HA 5/22; AP, ALM 5/23)