Studies

The Spread of Covid-19 in Judea and Samaria (Updated to December 14, 2020)

The number of active Covid-19 cases in Gaza decreased this past week but is still high. The central laboratory resumed operations after receiving the necessary testing materials. In Judea and Samaria: The number of active Covid-19 cases continues rising. The number of active cases the east Jerusalem neighborhoods also rose. Palestinians continue violating public health guidelines, even in districts with high rates of Covid-19 infection, mainly by holding mass events. In ITIC assessment, Israeli Arabs continue holding weddings in the Palestinian Authority (PA) territories with a high rate of infection.
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Israel Transfers Tax Revenues to the Palestinian Authority (Updated to December 9, 2020)

On December 2, 2020, the Palestinian Authority (PA) said in an announcement that the government of Israel had transferred all the tax revenues to the PA account, a sum of 3.768 billion shekels (approximately $115.6 billion). According to the Palestinian minister of the treasury, the funds will make it possible to reduce the budget deficit to $850 million for 2020 and to help repair the extensive damage done to the Palestinian economy by the Covid-19 epidemic.
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The Spread of Covid-19 in Judea and Samaria (Updated to December 7, 2020)

The situation in the Gaza Strip: The sharp rise in the number of active Covid-19 cases in Gaza continues (10,647, up from 9,226 a week ago). The rate of positive test results round of escalation to approximately 38% (up from 30% a week ago). A senior medical figure in Gaza said the actual number of cases is far larger than the numbers publicly reported. The source predicted that the epidemic will peak during the second half of December 2020. The situation in Judea and Samaria: The sharp rise in the number of active Covid-19 cases continues. As of December 7, 2020, there were 14,210 active cases, up from 10,101 a week ago. Seventy-nine Palestinians died this past week, up from 44 a week ago. The rate of positive test results is between 20% and 30%, less than in Gaza but still high.
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The battle for hearts and minds: ISIS’s supporters’ response to the feature film Mosul, produced by Netflix

On November 26, 2020, Netflix released a feature film entitled Mosul, which describes the liberation of Mosul from ISIS. Two days later, ISIS’s supporters quickly released a short response video entitled War and Media, focusing on the takeover of Mosul from Iraq and the years in which ISIS controlled the city.
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The Spread of Covid-19 in Judea and Samaria (Updated to November 30, 2020)

In the Gaza Strip the sharp rise in the number of active Covid-19 cases continues, standing at 9,226, up from 6,004 a week ago. Hamas administration spokesmen continue blaming Israel the Gaza Strip's medical crisis. In Judea and Samaria as well the sharp rise in the number of active Covid-19 cases continues. At the end of last week a full lockdown was imposed on the Palestinian Authority (PA) territories, but apparently it was enforced only in the large cities.
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The Palestinian Authority is looking for creative ways to continue transferring payments to terrorist prisoners and to families of shaheeds, circumventing Israeli opposition

On November 17, 2020, Hussein al-Sheikh, head of the PA General Authority of Civil Affairs and member of Fatah's Central Committee, as well as a close associate of Mahmoud Abbas, announced the resumption of ties between the PA and Israel in their previous format. From the PA’s perspective, one of the key issues in the resumption of ties with Israel is the renewal of the transfer of the tax revenue funds that Israel collects for the Palestinian Authority.
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