Saturday, February 18, 2023

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers threw stones at a mosque in Hebron, causing damage. Israeli settlers also threw stones at Palestinians and Palestinian-owned vehicles in Hebron, injuring 1 minor. Elsewhere, Israeli settlers assaulted 1 Palestinian man in Husan. Israeli forces seized 1 bulldozer in Ya‘bad. In Tel Aviv, thousands of demonstrators protested against the Israeli government for the seventh week in a row. (AP, GDN, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 2/18; WAFA 2/19; PCHR 2/23; UNOCHA 3/4)

PA president Mahmoud Abbas spoke by phone to U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken. According to WAFA, the two discussed the UN Security Council meeting scheduled for 2/20 on Israeli settlement expansion and Abbas requested that the U.S. intervene to curb Israel’s unilateral measures. (WAFA 2/18)

An Israeli diplomat was removed from the auditorium during the opening ceremony of the annual African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa. The AU Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat said that Israel had not been invited to the summit because its observatory status was suspended. PA prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh addressed the assembly. (MEMO 2/17; MEE, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 2/18; AJ, WAFA 2/19; AJ, MEMO, WAFA 2/20)