Thursday, May 9, 2024

In the West Bank, Israeli forces shoot and injure 2 children during a raid in Birzeit. Israeli forces also shoot and injure a Palestinian child during a raid in Qalqilya. Elsewhere, Israeli forces assault and arrest a Palestinian in ‘Anata. Israeli forces also arrest 31 Palestinians during raids in and around Bethlehem, Ramallah, Hebron, Jenin, Nablus, Salfit, Tubas, and Jerusalem. In East Jerusalem, Israeli settlers set fire to the walls surrounding the UNRWA headquarters in Sheikh Jarrah, forcing UNRWA to shut down the compound until proper security can be restored. Settlers also attacked the compound on 5/7. Israeli settlers also tour the Haram al-Sharif compound. Israeli forces punitively demolish the family home in Shu’fat refugee camp of a Palestinian who was shot and killed by Israeli forces on 2/18, displacing 5 people. In Gaza, Israeli forces bomb Rafah, Gaza City, Dayr al-Balah, Khan Yunis, killing at least 60 people. In the Naqab, Israeli protesters block an aid convoy from Jordan from going to Gaza at Mitzpe Ramon. In Nazareth, Israeli police raid an Al Jazeera office. In Lebanon, Israeli forces bomb Bafliyeh and Ayta ash Shaab, killing 4 Hezbollah members in Bafliyeh. Hezbollah forces fire rockets at Kafr Giladi. In Syria, Israeli forces bomb a building near Damascus, causing damage. (AJ, AP, AX, GDN, HA, HA, NYT, REU, REU, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 5/9; AP, HA, REU, UNOCHA, WAFA 5/10)

More than 34,904 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, including at least 14,520 children and 10,000 women, and around 78,515 have been injured since 10/7/2023. At least 10,000 people are missing in rubble, including 1,700 children. 487 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7/2023, including 117 children. More than 5,000 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, 266 Israeli soldiers have been killed and 1,610 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. The U.S. and Jordanian militaries airdrop aid over Gaza. Hamas calls for the airdrops to end after 2 Palestinians are killed when a parachute fails to open, saying that 21 Palestinians have been killed in the aid drops since they started. UNRWA says that some 80,000 people have fled Rafah since 5/6. The UN says nothing has entered or left Gaza in the past 3 days due to Israel’s closure of all crossings. (AJ, AP, AP, NYT, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 5/9)

Hamas says that the Israeli claim that the invasion of Rafah is limited, which has been repeated by the U.S., is “nothing but lies.” (AJ, NYT 5/9)

PA prime minister Mohammad Mustafa meets with Saudi foreign minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in Riyadh, discussing the situation in Gaza, PA reforms, and Israel’s withholding of the PA’s tax revenue. (AJ, WAFA 5/9)

The Israeli High Court of Justice orders the state to open a criminal investigation into the expansion of the Hayovel settlement outpost south of Qabalan. (HA, PCN 5/10)

CIA director Bill Burns and the Hamas and Israeli ceasefire negotiators leave Cairo after talks. Reports suggests that there are no signs of a ceasefire agreement being imminent. (AJ, HA, REU 5/9)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says in response to the U.S. halting a munitions shipment to Israel that “[i]f we have to stand alone, we will stand alone. If we need to, we will fight with our fingernails.” National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir tweets “Hamas [a heart emoji] Biden.” (AJ, AJ, AP, HA, HA, NYT, REU, REU 5/9; AP, AP, AP, HA 5/10)

U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken tells Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry that the U.S. opposes forced displacement of Palestinians to Egypt. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby says an Israeli operation in Rafah will not defeat Hamas and that weapon shipments to Israel, apart from “bombs and heavy bomb components,” will continue. (AJ, HA, NYT, REU 5/9; AP 5/10)

Slovenian prime minister Robert Golob says his country has started the process of recognizing the State of Palestine, saying the recognition procedure will be finalized on 6/13 at the latest. EU high commissioner for foreign policy Josep Borrell says Spain and Ireland plan to recognize the State of Palestine on 5/21 and that other EU countries are expected to follow, including Belgium. (AJ, HA, REU, WAFA 5/9; HA, HA, REU 5/10)

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis files a lawsuit in a German court over Germany banning him from the country where he was scheduled to speak at the Palestine Congress conference in Berlin in April. German police raided the conference shortly after it began. (AJ 5/9)

Thousands of protesters take part in the Stop Israel demonstrations in Malmo, Sweden, as Israel participates in the semifinals of the Eurovision song contest. The Israeli contestant advances to the final on 5/12. (AJ, AJ, AP, AX, HA, HA 5/9)

Palestinian journalist Bisan Owda and AJ+ are awarded the Peabody Award for her coverage of life in Gaza under Israeli bombardment. (AJ 5/9; AJ 5/10)