Sunday, August 20, 2023

In the West Bank, Palestinians set an Israeli settler vehicle on fire in Turmus ‘Ayya after an Israeli settler drove his car into the town. The settler was unharmed. Israeli settlers brought their livestock to graze on Palestinian crops in the Masafer Yatta area, causing damage. Israeli forces injured 112 Palestinians, including 109 by tear gas, during a raid in Beita. Israeli forces also raided Beit Furik, causing tear-gas related injuries. Elsewhere, Israeli forces raided Tulkarm refugee camp, injuring 4 Palestinians, including 2 by live ammunition and 2 who were rammed by a military jeep. Israeli forces also shot and wounded 1 Israeli settler, believing he was a Palestinian, outside of the Ma’ale Levona settlement. In East Jerusalem, Israeli settlers toured the Haram al-Sharif compound. Israeli forces raided the home of PA governor of Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith in Silwan. In Gaza, Israeli forces said the Iron Dome shot down a drone flying over Gaza. (HA, HA, HA, HA, QDS, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 8/20; MDW 8/21; PCHR 8/24; UNOCHA 8/28)

The Israeli cabinet approved a 5-year plan that will see $850 million invested in developing East Jerusalem, including in infrastructure, education, employment, and welfare. The cabinet also approved 2,000 new housing units for Palestinian residents. A plan to continue a program that prepares Palestinians for Israeli universities was dropped due to opposition from Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich. (HA 8/20; HA, MEMO 8/21)