The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 1 – 6, 2020)

The Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria were relatively quiet, with the exception of the "routine" throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles on the roads (although there were fewer such attacks this past week). Most of the attention of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas was centered on dealing with COVID-19.
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The Palestinian Authority and Hamas Fight COVID-19: the First Month Overview and Initial Insights

The objective of this study is to present an overview and initial insights regarding the preventive measures taken by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas to check the spread of COVID-19 during the first month of its outbreak. It examines the spread of contagion, the behavior of the PA and Hamas, and the potential threats for Israel if the disease spreads unchecked. This overview and insights are based on methodical observations carried out by ITIC researchers once the first cases of COVID-19 were discovered in Judea, Samaria and in the Gaza Strip.
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Hamas’s fight against COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip (updated to April 5, 2020)

On March 31, 2020, two new COVID-19 cases were identified among people returning from Egypt to the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing. They were quarantined. This brings the number of patients in the Gaza Strip to 12. According to the spokesman for the Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip, five patients have already recovered and the condition of the rest is “stable and encouraging” (Al-Ra’i News Agency, April 4, 2020).
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The Palestinian Authority’s Fight against COVID-19 (Updated to April 6, 2020)

The following are the main developments in the fight the Palestinian Authority (PA) is waging against the spread of COVID-19
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Rate of the Spread of COVID-19 Cases in the Palestinian Authority (PA): Update

As of the morning of April 2, 2020, there were 143 cases of COVID-19 in Judea and Samaria. In ITIC assessment the real number may be far higher, because it can be assumed that in the absence of broad-scale, methodical testing there are many COVID-19 patients who have not been reported. So far 18 patients have recovered and one woman has died. The data presented below are for the most part based on the daily reports posted by Ibrahim Melhem, spokesman for the PA government, to his Twitter account. The following graph shows the spread of COVID-19 between March 5 and April 2, 2020.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) Fight Against COVID-19 (Updated to March 31, 2020)

On March 31, 2020, the number of Palestinian COVID-19 cases rose to 117, 107 in Judea and Samaria and 10 in the Gaza Strip. The cases most recently detected in the PA were a Palestinian worker who returned from Israel and seven Palestinians in the village of Qatanna, northwest of Jerusalem. The village and the Bethlehem area are focal points for the spread of the disease: there are 39 COVID-19 cases in Qatanna and 46 in the Bethlehem area. So far 18 Palestinians have recovered and one has died (Wafa, March 31, 2020; Palestinian TV, QudsN Facebook page, March 30, 2020).
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