The Fight Against COVID-19 in the Palestinian Authority (Updated to May 18, 2020)

The spread of COVID-19 throughout the PA continues to decline. At present, there are still COVID-19 patients in two regions in the PA: the Hebron District (30 active cases) and the Arab towns and villages surrounding Jerusalem (eight active cases). The Palestinian government is considering tightening preventive measures during the Eid al-Fitr holiday (which begins on the evening of May 23).

Funding terrorism: US sanctions imposed on an extensive network of Hezbollah companies supporting its military-terrorist activity

On February 26, 2020, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the designation as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) of three senior officials heading Hezbollah’s Martyrs Foundation.

The Fight Against COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip (Updated to May 17, 2020)

There has been no change in the reported number of COVID-19 patients in the Gaza Strip and it still stands at twenty. Although that the number of patients is low and stable, the heads of the public health system in the Gaza Strip continue to warn the local population of a coronavirus outbreak.

The COVID-19 Infection in Lebanon

Until recently the number of reported cases was stable and it seemed that the spread of the disease was under control. Even locations that were potential hotspots, such as the Palestinian refugee camps, reported only isolated cases. However, this past week there was a rise in the number of infections detected, raising concern over a second outbreak, and prompting the Lebanese government to impose a four-day general lockdown on the entire country.

Funding Terrorism: The al-Qaeda-affiliated Salafi Army of the Nation in Jerusalem, which operates in the Gaza Strip, recently renewed its Bitcoin fund-raising campaign

The Salafi Army of the Nation in Jerusalem, a jihadi organization affiliated with Al-Qaeda operating in the Gaza Strip, recently renewed a campaign to raise funds in Bitcoin (for information about the organization, see the Appendix). According to the organization, donations will provide organization fighters with weapons and military equipment. At the bottom of the announcement are the address of a virtual wallet for inserting Bitcoin donations, an email address and a Telegram account (Telegram, May 8, 2020).

The Fight Against COVID-19 in the Palestinian Authority (PA) (Updated to May 10, 2020)

The spread of COVID-19 in Judea and Samaria is trending downward. In the neighborhoods of east Jerusalem the number of reported active cases is also trending upwards (104 cases as of May 10, 2020, according to PA reports). In view of the encouraging statistics regarding the incidence of the disease, PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh declared the lifting of some preventive measures in Judea and Samaria.

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