Friday, January 6, 2023

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers assaulted 1 Palestinian man outside of his home in Salem. Israeli forces shot and injured 1 Palestinian minor during a raid in Aqabat Jaber refugee camp. Israeli forces also violently dispersed Palestinian protesters in Kafr Qaddum, Bayt Dajan, and al-Arroub refugee camp, injuring 2 with baton rounds in Kafr Qaddum and others with tear gas. Elsewhere, Israeli forces seized 1 digger and 1 garbage truck in Dahariya. 4 Palestinians were arrested in the Masafer Yatta area. (WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 1/6; WAFA 1/7; PCHR 1/12; UNOCHA 2/16)

In retaliation for the UN General Assembly vote on 12/30/22 to ask the International Court of Justice for its opinion on the legality of the Israeli occupation, the Israeli cabinet imposed a series of sanctions against the PA and Palestinians in the West Bank. First, seizing $39 million from the tax collected on behalf of the PA to pay to Israeli victims of Palestinian attacks. Second, seizing the funds from the PA which Israel deems the PA spent for payments to Palestinian prisoners and their families in 2022. Third, placing a moratorium on Palestinian construction in Area C. Fourth, revoking VIP benefits from officials “leading the political and legal war against Israel.”Fifth, warning action “against organizations in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] that promote terrorist activity or any hostile activity, including political and legal action against Israel under the guise of humanitarian work.” The PA presidency spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh condemned the sanctions, demanding that the international community intervene. PA prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh told Haaretz on 1/9 that the Israeli sanctions “will promptly lead to its [the PA’s] collapse.” (AJ, ALM, AP, AX, DW, HA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 1/6; PCHR, WAFA 1/7; HA, HA, WAFA, WAFA 1/8; AP, HA, HA, HA, TOI, TOI, WAFA, WAFA 1/9; AP, MEMO 1/10; NYT 1/11; MDW 1/13)