Thursday, March 16, 2023

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers assaulted 1 Palestinian man near Tuba and brought their cattle to graze on wheat and barley crops in Qawawis in the Masafer Yatta area. Israeli forces shot and killed 4 Palestinians, including a minor, and injured 23 others during a raid in Jenin refugee camp. A video of the incident showed Israeli soldiers in civilian clothes shooting a Palestinian man laying still on the ground in his head. The killings were described in the media as assassinations. Israeli forces also shot and injured 3 Palestinians while others suffered tear-gas related injuries during a late-night raid in Nablus in preparation for a settler tour of Joseph’s Tomb. Elsewhere, Israeli forces issued 1 demolition notice for a commercial structure and 2 stop-work orders for agricultural structures in Deir Balut and demolished 1 house under construction in Deir ‘Ammar. 7 Palestinians were arrested during late-night raids in Bayt Jala, Jenin, Nil’in, and Beit Ula. In East Jerusalem, 3 Palestinians were arrested, including 2 children. (AA, AJ, AP, HA, HA, JP, MEE, REU, TOI, TOI, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 3/16; GDN, PCHR, WAFA, WAFA 3/17; MDW, UNOCHA 3/19; PCHR 3/23; UNOCHA 3/31)

A delegation of Hamas officials, led by the head of Hamas’ International Relations Office Musa Abu Marzouq, held meetings with Russians officials in Moscow, including with Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. (MEMO 3/18)

The UAE donated $3 million in aid to Palestinians in Huwwara affected by the Israeli settler raid on 2/26. (ALM, HA, NAT, TOI 3/16)

A Gallup poll for the first time registered more sympathy for Palestinians than Israelis among U.S. Democrats. The poll also showed that millennials have more sympathy toward Palestinians than toward Israelis. (Gallup 3/16; MDW, MEE, WAFA 3/17)