Monday, May 15, 2023

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers set fire to wheat and barley crops in Kisan. Israeli forces shot and killed 1 Palestinian man during a late-night raid in Askar refugee camp, 1 other was seriously injured. Israeli forces also notified 1 Palestinian family that the military will seize parts of their land in al-Jalama to expand the separation wall. In East Jerusalem, Israeli settlers toured the Haram al-Sharif compound. (AN, AP, HA, IN, QDS, QDS, QDS, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 5/15; PCHR 5/18; UNOCHA 5/19)

PA president Mahmoud Abbas addressed the UN to commemorate the 75-year anniversary of the Nakba. It was the first time that the UN officially commemorated the Nakba. In his address, Abbas called on the UN to suspend Israel or enforce the resolutions made on Israel and Palestine and called on the international community to intervene to protect Palestinians, invoking the settler attack on Huwwara and the genocidal rhetoric from the current Israeli government. The U.S., the UK, and Israel boycotted the commemoration. (AP, HA, HA, MDW, NYT, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 5/15; AJ, HA, WAFA 5/16)