The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Tensions peak during Ramadan, including confrontations in Jerusalem and rocket fire from the Gaza Strip targeting Israel’s south

Since the beginning of the Muslim religious month of Ramadan on April 13, 2021, tensions between Palestinians, the Israeli security forces and right wing Israeli activists have risen in east Jerusalem. In a number of instances young Arabs attacked Jewish passersby. The tension in Jerusalem spread to the Gaza Strip, and 41 rockets were fired at the Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip (36 on April 23, 2021, two on April 24, 2021, and three on April 25, 2021). Ten rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system and 31 rockets fell in open areas.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 14 – 20, 2021)

Coronavirus: In the Gaza Strip the scope of the infection decreased although the rate of positive tests is high (37%), and the number of Gazans hospitalized, including those in serious or critical condition, is very high. Increasing the strictness of preventive measures is under consideration. In Judea and Samaria there has been a decrease in infection but medical sources note it does not indicate an improvement in the situation. The Gaza Strip: This past week rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel territory, one on each of two consecutive days. No casualties or damage were reported. Judea and Samaria: There was relatively quiet this past week, with the exception of Palestinians who rioted against police at the Nablus Gate in east Jerusalem.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 7 – 13, 2021)

Coronavirus: The number of active cases in the Gaza Strip continues rising sharply. Senior public health figures are worried by the Gazans' disdain for health guidelines and restrictions and threaten they will impose a general lockdown. In Judea and Samaria the number of active cases continues declining. Terrorist attacks: This past week Palestinians continued throwing rocks and a larger than usual number of Molotov cocktails and IEDs at Israeli vehicles driving on the roads in Judea and Samaria. Palestinian Authority (PA) elections: Preparations continue for holding elections in the PA territories. The Gaza Strip: An Egyptian security delegation paid a visit to the Gaza Strip and met with senior Hamas figures. The Palestinian Authority (PA): The Biden administration announced its intention to renew economic aid to the PA, reversing the last three years of American foreign policy.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 23 – April 6, 2021)

Coronavirus: In the Gaza Strip the number of active cases spiked significantly this past week, and a lockdown is being considered. In Judea and Samaria there was a significant decrease in coronavirus infection, although hospital occupancy is still high. Terrorist attacks: On March 23, 2021 (election day in Israel) a medium-range rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at Beersheba, the largest city in Israel's south. The PA: Election preparations continue. The slates of the contending factions for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) have been closed. PA budget, 2021: The PA announced it will continue paying prisoners and released prisoners, transferring the funds through post office bank branches in Judea and Samaria and through the department of prisoners and released prisoners' affairs in the Gaza Strip.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 17 – 22, 2021)

Coronavirus: In Judea and Samaria the number of active cases continues to rise. The ministry of health in Ramallah also noted a rise in hospital occupancy and in serious and critical cases. The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced the lockdown would be extended to April 3, 2021. Vaccinating Palestinians has begun and social media users have criticized its lack of transparency. Terrorist attacks: The Gaza Strip has been relatively quiet. The Gaza Strip: Following an appeal from the families of the three fishermen who were killed off the Khan Yunis shore, Mahmoud Abbas declared them shaheeds (Wafa, March 17, 2021). That may mean they will be eligible for monthly payments from PA. The PA: Preparations for the elections continue.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 10 – 16, 2021)

Coronavirus: In the Gaza Strip there was a moderate increase in the number of active cases. Vaccines donated by the UAE and with the personal involvement of Muhammad Dahlan arrived and Gazans are being vaccinated. In Judea and Samaria the number of active cases continues rising. Terrorist attacks: The Gaza Strip has been relatively quiet. In Judea and Samaria Palestinians continue throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israel vehicles and communities. The Gaza Strip: The ministry of the interior in Gaza announced that according to the results of the investigation into the explosion on the fishing boat off the Khan Yunis coast on March 7, 2021, which killed three fisherman, Israel was responsible for the deaths. Yahya al-Sinwar won a close race in Hamas' internal elections and will serve as head of Hamas' political bureau for four more years.
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