Sunday, September 17, 2023

In the West Bank, Israeli forces placed barbed wire on Palestinian-owned land near Umm al-Khair. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces raided the Haram al-Sharif compound to clear it of Palestinian worshippers for Israeli settler tours. Hundreds of Israeli settlers toured the compound, while Palestinians under the age of 50 were denied access. Israeli forces also assaulted 3 Palestinians at Bab as-Silsila protesting the incursion by the Israeli settlers and forces. The PA, Hamas, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia condemned the Israeli settler tours. In Gaza, Israeli forces violently dispersed Palestinians protesting settler tours of the Haram al-Sharif compound near the Gaza fence east of Jabaliyya and east of Gaza City, injuring 6, including 2 journalists, with tear-gas canisters. Off the coast of Gaza, Israeli naval forces shot and injured 1 Palestinian fisherman with 4 baton rounds northwest of Rafah. (AJ, HA, PCHR, QDS, QDS, QDS, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 9/17; AN, QDS, WAFA 9/18; WAFA 9/19; PCHR 9/21; UNOCHA 9/26)

All crossings from Israel to the West Bank and Gaza were closed due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday. (HA 9/14)

The Gaza Health Ministry said it had nearly run out of supplies for the treatment of 1,100 kidney patients in Gaza, endangering their lives. (MEMO 9/18)

Fatah Central Committee member Azzam al-Ahmad said the Islamist groups that Fatah have been fighting with since the end of July in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp have until the end of the month to hand over the accused killers of Fatah general Mohammad al-Armoushi. Al-Ahmad also said that Fatah is not opposed to the Lebanese army entering the camp and accused Hamas of fighting Fatah “in some areas of fighting.” Hamas denied that it was involved. 18 people have been killed and 140 injured in the camp since 9/7. (AP 9/17; HA 9/18)

The UN World Heritage Committee under the UNESCO voted to list Tell es-Sultan near Jericho as a World Heritage Site in Palestine during a session in Saudi Arabia. Israel criticized the decision. Last week MKs Yuli Edelstein, Limor Son Har-Melech, and Simcha Rothman wrote letters to members of the World Heritage Convention urging them not to list Jericho as a World Heritage Site in Palestine, saying Jericho is mentioned 53 times in the Bible giving Israel primacy in the city. Israel has not been party to UNESCO since 2019 but is a member of the World Heritage Convention. (ABC, AJ, ALM, AP, HA, MEE, QDS, QDS, WAFA, WAFA 9/17; CNN, WAFA 9/18)