Sunday, May 28, 2023

In the West Bank, Palestinian militants opened fire at the Israeli town of Gan Ner from the West Bank, causing light material damage. The Jenin Brigades took responsibility. Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles traveling near al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya. Israeli forces shot and injured 1 Palestinian man with a baton round during a late-night raid in Tulkarm refugee camp. Israeli forces also raided Arrabah, causing tear-gas related injuries. In East Jerusalem, Israeli settlers toured the Haram al-Sharif compound. (HA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 5/28; PCHR 6/1; UNOCHA 6/2)

Israeli attorney general Gali Baharav-Miara said she opposed Israeli legislation that would make the Nation State Law the guiding principal for all government decisions, saying that it cannot take precedence over the government’s obligation to treat all citizens equally. (HA, TOI 5/28)

The Knesset Ministerial Committee on Legislation postponed discussing a bill that would deny academic degrees to anyone who waves or displays the Palestinian flag. The bill had received criticism from Attorney-General Baharav-Miara and several Israeli universities. (HA 5/28)

In Syria, Israeli forces conducted airstrikes in Damascus, causing damage. (AP, MEE 5/28; AA, AN, HA, REU 5/29)

A boat carrying nearly 2 dozen active and retired intelligence officers from Italy and Israel’s Mossad capsized on Lake Maggiore in Italy, resulting in the death of 1 former Mossad agent, 2 Italian intelligence officers, and a Russian woman. It was reported that the remaining Israeli intelligence officers left the country on a military flight without returning their rental cars. It was also reported that at least 10 Mossad agents were on the boat when it capsized and that the gathering was a birthday celebration. Other reporting suggest that the agents were all part of an anti-Iran operation. (AP, HA 5/30; AP, HA, REU 5/31; ALM, GDN, HA 6/2)