It has been one month since Israel’s unofficial July 1st deadline to annex the West Bank passed. According to data gathered by Mondoweiss from local Palestinian news reports, from July 1st to the 31st, there were at least 25 reported incidents of Israeli settlers attempting to seize Palestinian land, setting up new outposts, attacking Palestinians, vandalizing Palestinian homes, mosques, and vehicles, and burning down Palestinian crops and agricultural lands.
Tens of Israeli occupation soldiers stormed the home of Mahmoud Nawajaa, the General Coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee, near Ramallah, handcuffing, blindfolding and taking him away from his wife and three young children.
As the number of coronavirus cases in Palestine continue to soar, Israeli forces demolished a COVID-19 testing clinic in the city of Hebron, the epicenter of the outbreak in the occupied West Bank.
Suhail Khoury, director of Palestine’s Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, and his wife, Rania Elias, director of Jerusalem’s Yabous Cultural Centre, were taken by Israeli authorities from their home in the Beit Hanina area of occupied East Jerusalem on July 22 and held and interrrogated that day. Israel is “using brute force to extinguish cultural life,” says a former colleague of Khoury’s.
Biden defers to rightwing Israel lobby on Israel, blocking use of word “occupation” in the draft 2020 Democratic Party platform. He is clearly worried about losing Florida, and donors, to Trump. And you wonder why his Jewish outreach aide has endorsed a Republican over Ilhan Omar, or why Chuck Schumer paid no price for betraying Obama on the Iran deal.
Earlier this week, Israeli forces issued an order threatening to demolish a field hospital in Hebron, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the occupied West Bank.
Ahmad Erekat, 27, was killed by Israeli forces on Tuesday outside Bethlehem while on his way to celebrate his sister’s wedding. Family and friends are in shock. “It’s tragic,” Dr. Abdallah Abu Hilal, a friend of the family, tells Mondoweiss. “To see the house all decorated, and ready for a wedding. And then to see what was supposed to be the wedding hall, now turned into a wake.”
On May 30, Eyad al-Halaq, a Palestinian with autism, was hunted and executed by Israeli Police in Jerusalem near the school that gave him joy in life. The oppressive occupation is at the root of his killing.
It’s been nine months since Laith Abu Zeyad, an Amnesty International staff member based in the occupied West Bank, was banned from traveling outside of the country and from entering Israel. After months of rejected petitions, unanswered questions, and painstaking delays, Abu Zeyad is finally getting his day in court — even if he is not allowed to be there.