Tuesday, June 25, 2024

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers assault Palestinian herders in Bani Na’im. Israeli settlers also set fire to Palestinian land in Qusra. Israeli forces shoot and injure 2 Palestinian children during a raid in Balata refugee camp. Israeli forces also demolish a home in Hebron, displacing 11 people. Elsewhere, Israeli forces demolish a house under construction in Marah Mualla. Israeli forces also issue a seizure notice for a vegetable market and a parking lot in Hebron. Meanwhile, Israeli forces uproot 60 olive trees in Ya’bad. Israeli forces also arrest 25 Palestinians during raids in and around Nablus, Balata refugee camp, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Qalqilya. In Gaza, Israeli forces bomb Rafah, Dayr al-Balah, Beit Lahiya, Khan Yunis, Mawasi, Maghazi, and Shati’ refugee camp, killing at least 32 people, including 10 members of Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh’s family in the Shati’ refugee camp and 6 people at a UN school used as a shelter in Gaza City. In Lebanon, Israeli forces bomb Khiam. (AJ, AJ, AJ, AP, HA, HA, REU, NYT, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 6/25; WAFA 6/26; UNOCHA 6/28)

More than 37,658 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, including at least 15,694 children and 10,000 women, and around 86,237 have been injured since 10/7/2023. At least 10,000 people are missing in rubble, including 1,700 children. 546 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7/2023, including 131 children. More than 5,200 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, 315 Israeli soldiers have been killed and 1,977 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. 6 trucks carrying aid enter Gaza. The Jordanian military airdrops aid over Gaza. UN officials tell Israel that the UN will not resume aid operations in Gaza unless steps are taken to better protect humanitarian workers. UNRWA says 10 children are losing 1 or both legs daily in Gaza. The Gaza Media Office says that no aid has entered Gaza in the past 50 days. The UN Integrated Food Security Phase Classification says 495,000 people in Gaza face “catastrophic levels of acute food insecurity” while the entire population of Gaza faces “high levels of acute food insecurity.” (AJ, AP, AP, AX, HA, NYT, WAFA, WAFA 6/25; NYT, UNRWA 6/27; UNOCHA 6/28)

Ir Amim says the Jerusalem municipality only is providing 12 hours of water a week to Palestinian residents in Kfar Aqab. (AJ 6/25)

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh says Israel targeting his family does not change Hamas’s position and says Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal for a temporary ceasefire is not an agreement. (AJ, HA, REU 6/25)

Prime Minister Netanyahu announces that Israeli reservists will be able to purchase land in the Naqab and Galilee in “national priority areas” at a discounted rate of up to 91%. (AJ 6/25)

The Guardian reports that Israeli forces have killed at least 23 journalists affiliated with the al-Aqsa media network. An Israeli military spokesperson confronted with the casualty number tells the newspaper that there is no difference between working for the network and being a member of Hamas’s armed wing. Agence French Presse and other international media outlets release a joint investigation finding that Israel likely perpetrated an attack on the AFP office in Gaza on 11/2/2023, firing a tank shell at the office. (GDN 6/25; AJ 6/26)

At the UN Security Council, U.S. ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield expresses concern over settler violence and the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank and calls on Israel to release the PA’s tax revenue. The council discusses the need to implement the ceasefire resolution. (AJ, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 6/25)

German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock meets Palestinian prime minister Mohammad Mustafa in Ramallah, saying she supports PA reforms and calls on Israel to release the PA’s tax revenue. Baerbock also meets with Israeli foreign minister Israel Katz in Jerusalem, saying Hamas should accept the current ceasefire proposal and Israel should stop settlement expansion and investigate incidents such as the use of a Palestinian man as a human shield in Jenin on 6/22. Baerbock also announces $20.3 million in additional aid to Gaza. U.S. secretary of defense Lloyd Austin meets with Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant in Washington D.C., who warns him that Israel and the U.S. need to act against Iran before it gains a nuclear weapon. (AJ, AJ, AP, HA, HA, REU, WAFA 6/25; AJ, HA 6/26)

The Israeli Supreme Court rules that ultra-Orthodox men are no longer exempt from the military draft. Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara orders the military to recruit 3,000 yeshiva students. (AJ, AP, HA, HA, HA, NYT, REU 6/25; HA, NYT 6/26)

Progressive member of the U.S. House of Representatives Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) loses the primary election for his congressional seat to challenger George Latimer. Bowman, who is one of the members of Congress most critical of Israel, is defeated after AIPAC spends more than $14 million in support of Latimer’s campaign. (NYT 6/25; AJ, AX, AX, NYT 6/26; HA, HA 6/26; AP 6/27)