August 1, 2021

In the West Bank, Israeli forces delivered demolition notices for 2 agricultural structures in al-Walaja. In East Jerusalem, Israeli settlers toured the Haram al-Sharif compound, closing sections off to Palestinian worshippers. (WAFA, WAFA 8/1; PCHR 8/5)

Local Palestinian activists said Israeli settlers had built hundreds of housing units in the Keida settlement outpost near Jalud in recent weeks. (WAFA 8/1)

The Israeli government approved plans to allow an additional 15,000 work permits for Palestinian construction workers from the West Bank, bringing the total work permits for West Bank construction workers to 80,000. Israeli officials said the move was made because of a shortage of construction workers in Israel and because “employing Palestinian workers in Israel has diplomatic and security benefits.” (HA, MEMO 8/1; ALM 8/2)

Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh was elected for a 2d term. (AJ, HA, MEMO, REU 8/1)

Haaretz reported that Israeli public security minister Omer Bar-Lev of the Labor party ordered his ministry officials and Israeli police officials to submit all proposed demolitions in bedouin communities in Israel and East Jerusalem to him. Officials speaking to Haaretz said that Public Security Minister Bar-Lev does not have the authority to revoke demolition orders, but that the new process could delay the demolitions. (HA 8/1)