Thursday, June 27, 2024

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers throw stones and bottles at Palestinian homes and vehicles in the Old City of Hebron. Israeli settlers also set up a settlement outpost near Ni’lin. Israeli forces shoot and injure a Palestinian man during a raid in Jenin. An Israeli soldier is killed and 17 others are injured in an explosion during the raid. Israeli forces also shoot and injure a Palestinian man before arresting him in Qalandia refugee camp. Elsewhere, Israeli forces issue a punitive demolition notice for a home in Dura. Israeli forces arrest 28 Palestinians during raids in and around Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah, al-Bireh, Nablus, Jenin, and Jerusalem. In East Jerusalem, Israeli settlers tour the Haram al-Sharif compound. In Gaza, Israeli forces bomb Gaza City, al-Bureij refugee camp, Beit Lahiya, Jabalia refugee camp, and Khan Yunis, killing at least 47 people. Israeli forces also issue evacuation orders for the Shuja’iya neighborhood of Gaza City before reinvading the area. A Palestinian child dies of malnutrition at the Kamal Adwan Hospital. An Israeli soldier is killed in combat. In Lebanon, Israeli forces bomb Sohmor, assassinating a person riding a motorcycle. Israeli forces also bomb Aitaroun, Hula, Naqoura, and Wadi Hamool. Hezbollah forces fire rockets at Birya. (AJ, AJ, AP, HA, HA, NYT, NYT, REU, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 6/27; AJ, HA, REU, UNOCHA 6/28)

More than 37,765 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, including at least 15,694 children and 10,000 women, and around 86,429 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 5,370 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, 316 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. 21 Palestinians suffering from cancer are evacuated from Gaza to Egypt in the first medical evacuations since 5/6. The WHO says more than 10,000 cancer patients need to be evacuated to receive treatment. The Palestinian Red Crescent says 18 ambulances, 36% of its fleet, are out of service due to a lack of fuel. U.S. officials say the floating pier will be removed from Gaza’s coast because of bad weather. (AJ, AP, AP, NYT, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 6/27; UNOCHA, WAFA 6/28)

UNICEF says Israel has agreed to supply the Southern Gaza Desalination Plant with electricity to provide more water to Palestinians in Gaza. (AJ 6/27)

Israeli finance minister Bezalel Smotrich says the Israel Security Cabinet approved the legalization of 5 settlement outposts, Evyatar, Sde Efraim, Givat Asaf, Heletz, and Adorayim, and will place new punitive measures on the PA, including removing the PA’s executive powers in Area B, in response to international action against Israel and the recognition of the State of Palestine by Spain, Norway, Ireland, Slovenia, and Armenia. Smotrich says he will release some of the PA’s tax revenue when the settlements outposts are officially legalized. Germany condemns the decision, calling it “particularly disturbing and cynical.” Arab League secretary-general Ahmed Aboul Gheit calls the decision the “complete and final reversal of the Oslo Accords, a return to square one, and an entrenchment of the blatant occupation logic.” (AJ, HA, REU 6/27; AJ, AP, HA, NYT, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 6/28; AJ, NYT, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 6/29; PCN, WAFA, WAFA 6/30)

ICC judges allow the UK to submit its legal objections to the court’s jurisdiction over Israeli nationals, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who the judges are considering issuing arrest warrants for. (AJ, HA, REU 6/27)

U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken meets with UN senior humanitarian and reconstruction coordinator for Gaza Sigrid Kaag in Washington D.C., discussing the need to increase humanitarian aid to Gaza. (HA 6/28)

The Washington Post reports that Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant discussed Israeli plans for after its war on Gaza with U.S. officials in Washington D.C. earlier this week. The Post reports that the plan for Gaza will be implemented in stages and will first see northern Gaza being controlled by a steering committee headed by the U.S. and Arab countries and with an international force made up by troops from Egypt, Jordan, the UAE, and Morocco on the ground. A Palestinian force would later take control of Gaza and would likely be trained by the PA. (WP, HA 6/28)

The U.S. House of Representatives votes in favor of adding an amendment to a bill that would prevent the State Department from citing statistics from the Gaza Health Ministry. 62 Democrats join 207 Republicans in adding the amendment to the bill that will be processed in the Senate. Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) calls the amendment “genocide denial.” (AJ, HA, INT 6/27)

Axios reports that the Biden administration will start sending Israel 500-pound bombs again once Israel ends its invasion of Rafah, reporting that a shipment of 1,700 500-pound bombs is being prepared. (AX, REU 6/27)

U.S. former president and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calls President Joe Biden “a very bad Palestinian, he is a weak one,” during the first presidential debate in Atlanta. Trump also says Israel should be allowed to “finish the job” and says he would have to wait and see if he supports Palestinian statehood, while Biden claims that Hamas is the only party that has not accepted the U.S.-Israeli ceasefire proposal. (HA 6/27; AJ, AJ, AJ, AX, HA, HA, HA, HA 6/28; HA 6/29; AX 3/30)

Canada imposes new sanctions on 7 Israeli settlers and 5 settler organizations, including the Amana movement. Israeli national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir says it is a “distinctly anti-Semitic decision. (AJ, AP, HA, REU, WAFA 6/27; AJ 6/29)

Pennsylvania’s state senate passes legislation that would block state funding of universities that divest from or boycott Israel in a 41-7 vote. The bill will now be processed in the state house. (AP 6/27)

The Washington Post reports that the U.S. has transferred $6.5 billion worth of arms to Israel since 10/7/2023. (AJ, HA, HA 6/27)