Wednesday, December 21, 2022

In the West Bank, Israeli forces razed land planted with olive and almond trees and demolished an irrigation pond in Wadi Fukin. Israeli forces also demolished 1 agricultural structure and uprooted some 50 olive tree saplings in Battir. 11 Palestinians were arrested during late-night raids in Nil‘in, Aida refugee camp, Idhna, Jaba‘, Ya‘bad, Fahma, and Bruqin. (WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 12/21; PCHR, UNOCHA 12/22; UNOCHA 1/16)

Yesh Din said that less than 1% of Israeli army probes into misconduct resulted in indictments between 2017 and 2021. Of 1,260 cases, only 11 indictments were filed in instances where Israeli soldiers were accused of offenses against Palestinians. (AP, HA, Yesh Din 12/22; MEE 12/23; WAFA 12/24)

Israel Hayom reported that the U.S. embassy in Israel is considering denying visas to Israelis suspected of violence and incitement against Palestinians. It was reported that the policy change was meant to pressure Israel into taking action against settler attacks in the West Bank. (HA, MEE, MEMO 12/22)

Chilean president Gabriel Boric told members of the Palestinian community in Chile that the country will open an embassy to Palestine. The Chilean foreign minister Antonia Urrejola confirmed the plans on 12/22, saying that a timeline has not been drawn up yet. (AJ, AN, MEMO, WAFA 12/22; MEE 12/23)