Iran following the UAE-Israeli Normalization Agreement: Responses and Analysis

The agreement to normalize relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, was, as expected, met with harsh criticism in Iran. Senior Iranian officials presented the agreement as a betrayal of the Palestinian cause and the Muslim world, and threatened the Emirates not to grant Israel a foothold in the Persian Gulf. Senior Iranian officials conveyed explicit threats toward the Emirates of the grave consequences of expanding Israeli activities and influence in the country to the security and stability of the Emirates, and even the lives of the Emirates’ rulers.

Palestinian Authority textbooks and teachers’ guides dealing with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict (based on books published in 2019)

The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) published during the years 2017-2019, in cooperation with the Center for Near East Policy Research, several studies dealing with the presentation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Palestinian Authority's schoolbooks and teachers' guides. These studies were based on close to 400 schoolbooks and over 100 teachers' guides published by the Palestinian Authority (PA) between the years 2013-2018.

The Spread of Covid-19 in Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria (Updated to September 7, 2020).

In the Gaza Strip the sharp rise in the active number of Covid-19 cases continued this past week. The Hamas administration has taken a variety of preventive measures, including a lockdown of the northern Gaza Strip and Gaza City, the two main epicenters of the disease. The spokesman for the ministry of health in Gaza said that the spike continues to rise out of control. A delegation of Palestinian Authority (PA) ministers, headed by Mai al-Kayla, minister of health, entered the Gaza Strip through the Erez Crossing.

The Spread of COVID-19 in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip (Updated to August 31, 2020)

Since the first four cases of Covid-19 were detected inside the Gaza Strip on August 24, 2020, there has been a significant increase in the number of new infections. On August 31, 2020, the total number of active cases stood at 280, 243 inside the Gaza Strip and 37 who returned from abroad. As of August 31, 2020 there have been four deaths. The number of active cases in the Palestinian Authority (PA) also rose this past week: 2,843 new cases were detected, up from 2,324 a week ago.

The Spread of Covid-19 Inside the Gaza Strip; Balloon Terrorism Continues (Updated to August 27, 2020)

On August 24, 2020, four active Covid-19 cases were detected in one family the al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. It was the first instance of coronavirus infection inside Gaza since the first case was detected on March 21, 2020. A short time later more cases were detected in various locations, and as of August 27, 2020, 40 active cases of Covid-19 had been detected inside the Gaza Strip.

The Spread of COVID-19 in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip (updated to August 24, 2020)

This week, there has been a certain increase in the number of cases identified In the Palestinian Authority (PA). However, the trend towards flattening the COVID-19 curve has continued (see graph). This past week, 2,653 new cases were identified (compared to 2,324 last week). According to the PA Health Ministry, there are currently 7,177 active COVID-19 cases (as at August 24, 2020); 3,489 in the Hebron district, about 49% of the total number. Of the active cases, 28 patients are in ICUs and five are on ventilators. There have been 147 deaths, up from 113 last week. In the Gaza Strip, 25 new cases were identified.

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