The Palestinian Authority plans to establish a bank to enable it to transfer payments to Palestinian prisoners and the families of shaheeds.

The Commander of the IDF's Central Command issued an order on May 9, 2020, banning the provision of banking services in Judea and Samaria to Palestian terrorist prisoners and the families of shaheeds. A number of Palestinian and Arab banks announced they were freezing the activity of the accounts of the prisoners and the families of shaheeds.

Palestinian Authority launches campaign to prevent Israeli application of its sovereignty in Judea and Samaria (updated to June 2, 2020)

On May 19, 2020, a meeting of the Palestinian leadership was held in Ramallah, headed by Mahmoud Abbas. The meeting was about Israel’s intention to apply its sovereignty on parts of Judea and Samaria. It was attended by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, members of both the Fatah Central Committee and the PLO Executive Committee.

The Fight Against COVID-19 in the Palestinian Authority (PA) (Updated to June 1, 2020)

This past week 20 new COVID-19 cases were detected in the PA territories, most of them in the Qalqilya district. The PA ministry of health began conducting sample testing in the various districts to verify if they are corona-free. In view in the decline in the rate of infection the PA decided to relax some restrictions in districts where there were no COVID-19 cases, while taking the necessary precautions. On May 31, 2020, prayers were renewed on the Temple Mount.

The Fight Against COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip (Updated to May 31, 2020)

This past week six new cases of COVID-19 were detected in the Gaza Strip, bringing the total number to 61, of which 42 are active. All the cases entered the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Crossing. In ITIC assessment Hamas's fight against the coronavirus is under control. According to a website based in London, the number of cases and deaths in the Gaza Strip is far larger that what has been reported. So far the information has not been verified.

Spotlight on Iran (May 17, 2020 – May 31, 2020)

Senior Iranian officials denied reports about alleged agreements between Tehran and Moscow concerning deposing the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. A senior adviser to the speaker of the Majlis called these reports “a big lie and a game of the American and Zionist media.” The spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that the ties between Iran and Syria are strategic and that only the Syrian people will determine the future of their government. n a rare reference to the extent of Iranian support to Syria in recent years, the outgoing chairman of the Majlis’ National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, declared that Iran provided Syria between 20 to 30 billion dollars and that it should demand those sums back.

The Fight Against COVID-19 in the Palestinian Authority (PA) (Updated to May 25, 2020)

Over the past several days there has been no change in the number of coronavirus cases in Judea and Samaria. For Eid al-Fitr the PA announced a series of preventive measures and a general lockdown during the two-day holiday. Before Eid al-Fitr about 30,000 Palestinians working in Israel returned to the PA territories. Thus, the fight against COVID-19 has so far been successful, allowing the PA to turn most of its attention to its political, legal and media campaign against what it considers Israel's intention to annex parts of Judea and Samaria.

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