Monday, July 1, 2024

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers raid Umm al-Khair, injuring 6 Palestinians. Israeli settlers also physically assault and attack 3 Palestinians with stones during a raid in ‘Asira al-Qibliya. Elsewhere, Israeli settlers dump toxic waste into a stream near al-‘Awja, depriving Palestinians in the area of clean water. Israeli settlers also set fire to Palestinian farmland near Madama. Israeli forces raid Nur Shams refugee camp, killing 2 Palestinians, including a child and a woman, injuring 4 others, demolishing a home, uprooting roads, and damaging property. An Israeli soldier is killed and another wounded when their vehicle hits an IED. Israeli forces also shoot and injure a Palestinian man during a raid in Arura. Elsewhere, Israeli forces demolish 2 Palestinian homes under construction in al-‘Awja. Israeli forces also arrest 16 Palestinians during late-night raids in and around Ramallah, al-Bireh, Hebron, Tubas, and Nablus. In Gaza, Israeli forces bomb Gaza City, Rafah, Khan Yunis, Nuseirat refugee camp, and al-Bureij refugee camp, killing at least 23 people. The Israeli military orders the evacuation of the eastern part of Khan Yunis. 3 Israeli soldiers are killed in combat. 20 rockets are fired at Israel; no damage is reported. In Umm al-Fahm, Israeli authorities demolish a house under construction. In Lebanon, Israeli forces bomb Kfar Kila, Ayta ash Shab, Aitaroun, Blida, and al-Bayyaada. Hezbollah forces fire rockets at a military site in Kfar Giladi, Ramot Naftali, and Kfarchouba. (AJ, AP, HA, HA, HA, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 7/1; AJ, AJ, AP, HA, NYT, REU, WAFA 7/2)

More than 37,900 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, including at least 15,694 children and 10,000 women, and around 87,060 have been injured since 10/7/2023. At least 10,000 people are missing in rubble, including 1,700 children. 549 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7/2023, including 132 children. More than 5,370 people have been injured. Israel reports that 1,139 Israelis and foreign nationals have been killed and 5,400 have been injured in Israel since 10/7/2023, including Israeli soldiers. In addition, 319 Israeli soldiers have been killed and 2,018 injured in Gaza since the ground invasion began on 10/27/2023. Over 1.93 million Palestinians, nearly 85% of the population of Gaza, have been displaced since 10/7/2023. There has been a complete electricity blackout in Gaza since 10/12/2023 due to the Israeli blockade. At least 79,000 housing units have been destroyed and 370,000 have been damaged in Israeli airstrikes since 10/7/2023. Patients from the European Hospital in Khan Yunis are evacuated to al-Amal Hospital and the Nasser Hospital in the city after people in the area where the European Hospital is located are ordered to evacuate. (AJ, HA, UNOCHA, WAFA 7/1; REU 7/2)

55 Palestinians who have been abducted by Israeli forces in Gaza and detained in Israel are released to Gaza, including al-Shifa Hospital director Muhammad Abu Salmiya. Salmiya tells the media that Palestinian prisoners at the Sde Teiman detention camp are being tortured day and night and treated as objects. He also says that Israeli medical staff are beating Palestinians detained there and that he was not charged with anything. The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation reports that the 55 people are released because Israeli prisons are over maximum capacity, a claim the Israel Prison Service denies. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu orders an investigation into why Abu Salmiya was released. Former war cabinet member Benny Gantz says that the person responsible for the release of Abu Salmiya should be fired. (AJ, AJ, AP, AP, HA, HA, NYT, NYT, NYT, UNOCHA, WAFA 7/1; AJ, HA 7/2)

PLO secretary-general Hussein al-Sheikh meets with Qatari prime minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani in Doha. PA prime minister Mohammad Mustafa meets with OIC secretary-general Ibrahim Taha in Jeddah. (WAFA, WAFA 7/1)

The Palestine Football Association submits its case for suspending Israel from FIFA to the organization’s independent committee council. (WAFA 7/1)

Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant says the Israeli military urgently needs another 10,000 soldiers. (HA 7/1)

Israeli finance minister Bezalel Smotrich says Israel will establish a new settlement for each new country that recognizes the State of Palestine to end “the illusory idea of establishing a Palestinian state.” (HA 7/1)

Israel appoints a new ad hoc judge, Ron Shapira, to represent the country at the ICJ in the South African genocide case against Israel. Shapira replaces Aharon Barak who resigned last month. (AJ, AP, HA 7/2)

U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken says that without a plan for the day after the Israeli war on Gaza there would be 3 possible scenarios that the U.S. would not accept: Israeli occupation, Hamas rule, or chaos. (AJ, HA 7/1; NYT 7/2)

Diplomats from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the EU, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK tour Umm al-Khair where on 6/26 Israel demolished 11 homes, displacing 38 people. The countries issue a joint statement condemning the demolitions in the Masafer Yatta area. (AJ, WAFA 7/1)

Malaysian prime minister Anwar Ibrahim says his country is ready to join a potential Indonesian-led peacekeeping force in Gaza. (AJ 7/2)

The German newspaper Bild reports that the Israeli military plans to invade Lebanon during the third or fourth week of July. (HA 7/1)