The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Reaction of the Palestinian Authority to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Decision to Investigate Events in Judea, Samaria, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip

Senior Palestinian Authority (PA) figures expressed satisfaction with the majority ruling handed down by a panel of pre-trial ICC judges on February 5, 2021 regarding opening an investigation into the events in "Palestine." According to the ICC, "Palestine" is considered as a Rome Statue member state, including those territories occupied by Israel in 1967, and therefore the Court can investigate the so-called "crimes" allegedly carried out in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 3-9, 2021)

This past week the decrease in Covid-19 infection in the Gaza Strip continued, leading to further easing of restrictions. In Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem, on the other hand, the number of verified active cases increased (1,158 additional cases over the past week). Attention is now focused on the arrival of the vaccines and initiating public inoculation. On February 5, 2021, a panel of International Criminal Court (ICC) judges issued a majority ruling that the ICC had the authority to judge cases in the PA territories which were occupied in 1967. Preparations continue for the PA elections.
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Trends in Anti-Israeli Palestinian Terrorism, 2020

The year 2020 was a challenge for the Palestinians because of political developments and the coronavirus epidemic. During the year the extent of terrorism was relatively moderate and within the confines of popular terrorism. Despite the rise in the number of terrorist attacks, fewer attacks were lethal. In Judea and Samaria 40 terrorist attacks were carried out, up from 34 in 2019. Three Israeli were killed (two civilians and one IDF soldier), down from five in 2019 and 12 in 2018. During 2020, 46 Israelis were wounded (down from 66 in 2019 and 83 in 2018).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 27 – February 2, 2021)

In the Gaza Strip this past week the number of active Covid-19 cases continued to decrease; in response Egypt opened the Rafah Crossing. A Palestinian attempted to stab an IDF soldier at the Gush Etzion Junction. Mohammed al-Emadi, chairman of Qatar's National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, arrived in the Gaza Strip bringing Qatar's monthly donation of $3 million. PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh reported that formal contacts had been renewed between the PA and the American administration after the complete break in relations under Trump.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 20 – 26, 2021)

In the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria coronavirus infections continue to decrease. Another rocket was fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian attempted a stabbing attack in Judea and Samaria near Ariel. This past week the Israeli security forces detained three wanted Palestinians near Jenin who had been planning to carry out terrorist attacks. There was an explosion in a multi-floor residence in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. The building collapsed. In the internal Palestinian arena activities continue for the upcoming elections.
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The Spread of covid-19 in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria (Updated January 25, 2021)

The situation in the Gaza Strip: The number of new infections and active covid-19 cases in Gaza continues to decline. However, spokesmen for the health system in the Gaza Strip warn the public to continue employing preventive measures. The ministry of health is planning to change the status of the European Hospital from coronavirus-designated to providing other types of services (a return to the status of March 2020). The situation in Judea and Samaria: The number of new infections and active covid-19 cases in Judea and Samaria continues to decline. Palestinians in Judea and Samaria continue ignoring preventive measures, especially the ban on gatherings. Vaccines have not yet arrived in the PA.
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