Saturday, January 8, 2022

In the West Bank, Israeli forces blocked the main entrance to Burqa. Israeli forces also assaulted and arrested 1 minor in a shop in Beit Umar. Israeli forces also violently dispersed Palestinian protesters in Qalqilya, injuring 3 with rubber-coated bullets, including 2 minors. Elsewhere, Israeli forces violently dispersed Palestinian protesters near al-Arroub refugee camp, causing tear-gas related injuries. 2 Palestinians were arrested during late-night raids in Deir al-Ghusun. In East Jerusalem, 3 Palestinians were arrested in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan. (WAFA, WAFA 1/8; PCHR 1/13)

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III said that the Christian community’s “presence in Jerusalem is under threat,” in a piece published by The Times. Theophilos III warned that “Zionist extremists” were committing hate crimes against Christians and regularly desecrating and vandalizing church property. (LT 1/8; HA, MEE, MEMO, REU 1/9)

Palestinian activist Ramy Shaath arrived in Paris after being deported by Egypt as he was released from Egyptian prison. Shaath, the son for former PA foreign minister Nabil Shaath, was arrested in June 2019 on charges related to his alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Shaath was forced to renounce his Egyptian citizenship as a condition for his release. (AJ, AP, HA, HA, REU 1/8; AJ 1/9; ALM 1/12)

The Palestinian Central Elections Committee (CEC) said 89% of eligible voters had registered for the 2d phase of local elections, which will be held in cities and larger towns on 3/26. The CEC said that it is not planning to facilitate elections in Gaza as Hamas is demanding political conditions that cannot be addressed by the committee, according to the CEC. (PCHR 1/3; WAFA 1/8)