The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Interviewed by Palestinian TV, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki revealed the Palestinians’ relations with the office of the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor and their plans for the future

Two interviews given by senior Palestinian figures shed more light on the special relationship between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor, on the active preparations the Palestinians are making with the chief prosecutor to advance the investigation, on their enthusiasm for the historic dimensions of the decision and on how they relate to the role of the Americans in the campaign against Israel, including the possibility of bringing American entities which support Israel to trial.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 3 –9, 2021)

Coronavirus: In the Gaza Strip there was a slight rise in the number of active cases. Public health figures are concerned that a variant might enter for which they have do not have the ability to test. In Judea and Samaria coronavirus infections continue to spread. Terrorist attacks: There were two stabbing attacks, one targeting a civilian living in the Ephraim Farms and the other targeting IDF forces operating in the Tubas region. The Gaza Strip: On March 7, 2021, Hamas' military wing fired a number of rockets from the central Gaza Strip towards the sea. The International Criminal Court (ICC): The Palestinians were very pleased that the ICC's chief prosecutor decided to initiate an investigation of Israel. In Palestinian perspective the decision was a historic achievement in the Palestinian struggle against Israel. Incitement: The Palestinian media continue anti-Israeli incitement and glorifying terrorists.
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Palestinian responses to the International Criminal Court’s opening an investigation of Israel

The Palestinians were very pleased by International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's decision that the Court would investigate Israel on suspicion of having carried out war crimes. In Palestinian perspective, the decision was of historic proportions and a significant achievement in their struggle against Israel. The Palestinians credit the decision to the policies of Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Jibril Rajoub said Israel's era of being defended by Trump had ended.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 24 – March 2, 2021)

Covid-19: In the Gaza Strip the number of Covid-19 cases continues to decline, resulting in the cancellation of some restrictions. In Judea and Samaria, however, the number continues to rise, with a drastic increase over the past week. Palestinian terrorism: This past week the Gaza Strip was relatively quiet. The Israeli security forces detained a Bedouin resident of Israel who was recruited by Hamas' military-terrorist wing. Palestinian elections: Preparations continue for holding elections in Judea and Samaria. Mahmoud Abbas issued an order establishing a court for election-related issues.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 17 – 23, 2021)

In the Gaza Strip the decline in the number of Covid-19 patients continues. In Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem, however, the number rose significantly this past week, which had an effect on the number of seriously ill patients and coronavirus-related deaths. This past week the Gaza Strip was relatively quiet. In Judea and Samaria Palestinians continued throwing rocks and stones at Israeli vehicles driving on the main roads, although there was a significant decrease in the number of events. PA preparations continue for the upcoming elections. Palestinian sources close to Mahmoud Abbas reported he appointed Hussein al-Sheikh, chairman the civilian affairs authority, as PLO negotiator, replacing Saeb Erekat, former PLO negotiator and secretary of the PLO's Executive Committee, who died in November 2020.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 10-16, 2021)

This past week the number of active Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip continued to decline. However, in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem there was a significant increase in the number, including 186 cases of the British variant. In Judea and Samaria there was a significant increase in the number of stones, rocks, Molotov cocktails and bottles of paint thrown at vehicles on the main roads. In Cairo the meeting of the Palestinian organizations ended with an agreement on a framework for holding elections. The Palestinians are pleased with the ruling of the International Criminal Court (ICC) judges regarding the opening of an investigation and are urging the chief prosecutor to begin it immediately.
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