Saturday, January 28, 2023

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers set fire to 6 Palestinian-owned vehicles and threw stones at an ambulance in Majdal Bani Fadil. Israeli settlers also threw stones and blocked traffic near Ramallah, al-Bireh, Huwwara, Jit, Dayr Balut, Tubas, Burin, and Jericho. Elsewhere, Israeli settlers vandalized 3 commercial structures in Ein al-Beida and Bardala. An Israeli settlement security guard shot and killed 1 Palestinian man who allegedly attempted to enter the Kedumim settlement armed with a gun. Israeli forces shot and injured 1 Palestinian during a raid in al-Eizariya. Israeli forces also shot and injured 1 Palestinian minor during a raid in Aida refugee camp. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces shot and severely injured a 13-year-old Palestinian boy who allegedly shot and injured 2 Israeli settlers near Silwan. In Tel Aviv, some 60,000 Israelis protested against the Israeli government for the fourth Saturday in a row. (AJ, ALM, HA, HA, MEE, MEE, MEE, NYT, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 1/28; AJ, HA, MDW, MEE, NYT, NYT, WAFA 1/29; HA, TOI 1/30; PCHR 2/2; REU, UNOCHA 2/3)

In what the Israeli security cabinet called a response to the 1/27 attack on Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem, the cabinet decided to fast track legislation that will shorten the process for Israeli civilians to obtain gun licenses, revoke the social security benefits of the relatives of accused Palestinian assailants and see the relatives deported, demolish the homes of accused Palestinian assailants, and “strengthen” settlements in the West Bank. (AJ, HA, REU 1/28; AJ, AJ, AP, HA, MDW, MEE 1/29; HA, HA 1/30)