Friday, May 26, 2023

In the West Bank, 1 Israeli settler shot and killed 1 Palestinian man at the Teneh Omrim settlement near Hebron; the man was allegedly attempting to stab settlers. Israeli settlers also raided Turmus Ayya and al-Mughayyir opening fire at Palestinians, injuring 1 with a shot to the head and 4 with stones and setting fire to vehicles and bales of hay. Palestinians said that Israeli soldiers were at the scene but did not prevent the settler attacks nor arrest any settlers. Israeli forces violently dispersed Palestinian protesters in Kafr Qaddum, injuring 2 with baton rounds and others with tear gas. Israeli forces also violently dispersed Palestinian protesters in Bayt Dajan, causing tear-gas related injuries. Israeli forces continued to close the main entrance to al-Mughayyir for the fourteenth day in a row. 3 Palestinians were arrested during late-night raids in Qabatiya, Faqqua, and Balata refugee camp. (AJ, AP, HA, HA, MEE, MEE, QDS, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 5/26; PCHR 6/1; UNOCHA 6/2)

The Washington Post published an investigation into an Israeli raid in Jenin on 3/16, detailing how Israeli forces killed a 14-year old Palestinian bystander while assassinating 2 Palestinians. The investigation also found that the 2 Palestinians who were targeted were not armed and confirmed initial reporting that 1 of the targets was shot several times despite being incapacitated. (WP 5/26; WAFA 5/28)

Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, and the EU released a statement called on Israel to compensate the EU for demolitions and confiscations of EU-funded items, amounting to $1.3 million. The group also called on Israel to halt all demolitions and confiscations and condemned Israeli policies in Masafer Yatta and Israel’s failures to addressing settler violence. (EU, WAFA 5/26; MEMO, TOI 5/27)