Armed and masked Israeli settlers harassing Palestinians. Published by IMEMC in April 2020, but photo is undated.

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have fostered settler violence against Palestinians, the U.N. reports, according to the Jerusalem Post. Between March 17 and 30, “at least 16 attacks by Israeli settlers resulted in five Palestinian injuries and extensive property damage. This represents a 78% increase compared to the bi-weekly average of incidents since the start of 2020.”

Hussein Dawabshe, with his grandson Ahmad, in 2016.

Wafa News: Ahmad Dawabshe celebrated his ninth birthday while undergoing his fourth year in laser treatment to recover from the effects of burns to his body. Ahmad was the only survivor of a July 31, 2015 arson attack by Israeli settlers on his family’s West Bank home that killed his father, Saad, 32, his mother, Riham, 27, and his infant 18-month-old brother, Ali.

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on fire, April 15, 2019. (Photo: LeLaisserPasserA38/Wikimedia)

Following the fire that nearly destroyed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, prominent settler rabbi Shlomo Aviner was asked whether the burning of the church was a reason for sorrow or to rejoice. The rabbi replied, “There is no mitzvah to seek out churches abroad and burn them down. In our holy land, however, the issue is more complicated.”

A Palestinian watches the march from her fenced balcony overlooking Shuhada Street.

Ahmad Al-Bazz and Anne Paq send a photo essay from Hebron where around 300 Israeli settlers marched down Shuhada Street towards the Ibrahimi mosque in the H2 area of the city to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim, under the protection of Israeli soldiers and police. The starting point of the parade had been announced as “Elor Azaria” junction, a reference to the spot where Azaria, an Israeli soldier and medic, had killed an incapacitated Palestinian in March 2016.