News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 19-25, 2022)

  • This past week there was an increase in incidents involving Palestinians throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles, IDF posts and the fences of Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. There were also several violent incidents in which Jewish settlers in Judea and Samaria attacked Palestinians and Israeli leftist activists. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the incidents were serious and Israel intended to take forceful action against them.
  • While in the Gaza Strip, Mohammed al-Emadi, chairman of Qatar’s National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, signed an agreement companies manufacturing and distributing electricity in the Gaza Strip. According to the agreement, Qatar will find the cost of providing electricity and gas to the Gaza Strip. Al-Emadi also announced Qatar was reducing the salaries paid to officials. Sources in the Gaza Strip warned of the negative consequences of lowering salaries.
  • In the Gaza Strip the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) organized a demonstration in support of the Houthis in Yemen. Demonstrators chanted their condemnation of Saudi Arabia and the United States. After the demonstration Hamas said in a statement that it did not meddle in other countries’ political matters, was not a party to the criticism in the Palestinian arena of Arab and Gulf States, and wanted good relations with all the Arab countries.
  • Hussein al-Sheikh, chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA) commission of civilian affairs, met with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. According to al-Sheikh they discussed political and bilateral issues. He added that the names of 500 families would be published which had been updated in the Palestinian population register according to permission received from Israel. Hamas rushed to condemn the meeting.
  • After the Salhiya family, residents of Sheikh Jarrah, barricaded themselves on the roof of their house and threatened to blow themselves up if the house were demolished, the family was evacuated and the Jerusalem municipality demolished the house. Mahmoud Abbas’ office, the PA foreign ministry and the Fatah movement condemned the eviction, warning that Israel would be responsible for the serious consequences that would follow. Hamas and the PIJ also issued condemnations and called on the Palestinian to defend their houses and confront Israel.
  • In Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip there was a significant rise in the number of active coronavirus cases, especially of the omicron variant. Palestinian experts expect the current wave to peak on February 5 and 6, 2022, and called on the public to follow public health instructions and get vaccinated.
Rocks, Molotov cocktails and other events
  • In Judea and Samaria there was an increase in the number of rocks and Molotov cocktails thrown at Israeli vehicles, IDF posts and the fences of the Jewish communities. The more prominent events were the following:[1]
    • January 24, 2022: Rocks were thrown at an IDF force in Qalqilya, north of Jerusalem. An IDF soldier was injured.
    • January 24, 2022: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli vehicle in Hawwara, south of Nablus. No casualties were reported; the vehicle was damaged.
    •  January 23, 2022: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli bus near al-Fawwar, southwest of Hebron. No casualties were reported. A Palestinian vehicle passing by at the same time was damaged.
    • January 23, 2022: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli vehicle on the Jerusalem-Gush Etzion road near al-Khader. No casualties were reported; the windshield of the vehicle was damaged.
    • January 23, 2022: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli vehicle on the Husan bypass road between the al-Khader Junction and Beitar, west of Bethlehem. No casualties or damage were reported.
    • January 23, 2022: A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the southern gate of the community of Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion, No casualties or damage were reported.
    • January 23, 2022: A bottle of paint was thrown at an Israeli bus in Hawwara, south of Nablus. No casualties or damage were reported.
    • January 23, 2022: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli bus between Adorayim and al-Fawwar, southwest of Hebron. No casualties were reported; the windshield of the vehicle was damaged.
    • January 22, 2022: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli vehicle near Yitzhar, near Nablus. No casualties were reported; the vehicle was damaged.
    • January 22, 2022: Molotov cocktails were thrown at a gate in the committee of Beit El, north of Ramallah. No casualties or damage were reported. The previous day there was a similar attack.
    • January 22, 2022: A barrier of rocks was erected on route 446, northeast of Modi’in. No casualties were reported; a vehicle was damaged.
    • January 22, 2022: Rocks and Molotov cocktails were thrown at Israeli vehicles between Alei Zahav and Burkin, west of Ariel. No casualties or damage were reported.
    • January 22, 2022: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli bus on the Jerusalem-Ma’aleh Adumim road. No casualties were reported; the bus was damaged.
    • January 22, 2022: Molotov cocktails were thrown at an Israeli vehicle between Tapuah and Migdalim, east of Ariel. No casualties or damage were reported.
    • January 21, 2022: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli bus and several Israeli vehicles near the Yitzhar Junction, near Nablus. No casualties were reported; the vehicles were damaged.
    • January 21, 2022: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli vehicle near Anata, northeast of Jerusalem. No casualties were reported; the vehicle was damaged.
    • January 21, 2022: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli vehicle near Ras Karkar, northwest of Ramallah. No casualties were reported; the vehicle was damaged.
    • January 20, 2022: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli vehicle near Sinjil, northeast of Ramallah. No casualties were reported; the windshield of the vehicle was damaged.
    • January 20, 2022: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli vehicle between Adam and Hizma, north of Jerusalem. No casualties or damage were reported.
    • January 19, 2022: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli vehicle, apparently from a passing car, on the Jerusalem-Gush Etzion road near al-Khader. No casualties or damage were reported.
    • January 18, 2022: Molotov cocktails were thrown at the gate of the community of Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion. No casualties or damage were reported.
    • January 18, 2022: A Molotov cocktail was thrown at an Israeli bus in the al-Tor neighborhood of east Jerusalem. The bus driver was injured.
: Violent confrontations between Palestinian rioters and Israeli security forces near a checkpoint in Hebron (Shehab Twitter account, January 21, 2022).     Palestinian rioters set tires on fire in the village of Bayta, south of Nablus, during violent confrontations with IDF forces (al-Risalah Twitter account, January 19, 2022).
Right: Palestinian rioters set tires on fire in the village of Bayta, south of Nablus, during violent confrontations with IDF forces (al-Risalah Twitter account, January 19, 2022). Left: Violent confrontations between Palestinian rioters and Israeli security forces near a checkpoint in Hebron (Shehab Twitter account, January 21, 2022).
Significant Terrorist Attacks in Judea and Samaria since January 2020[2]

Significant Terrorist Attacks in Judea and Samaria since January 2020

Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount

  •   The Palestinian media reported that about 50,000 Muslims entered the Temple Mount for the Friday prayer (Shehab Twitter account, January 21, 2022). The Palestinian media also documented the daily entrance of Israeli visitors to the Temple Mount, accompanied by police (Shehab Twitter account, January 23, 2022).
Israelis enter the Temple Mount accompanied by police (Shehab Twitter account, January 23, 2022).    About 50,000 Muslims participate in the Friday prayer on the Temple Mount (Shehab Twitter account, January 21, 2022).
Right: About 50,000 Muslims participate in the Friday prayer on the Temple Mount (Shehab Twitter account, January 21, 2022). Left: Israelis enter the Temple Mount accompanied by police (Shehab Twitter account, January 23, 2022).
Jewish settler violence targeting Palestinians
  • This past week there were a number of violent incidents in which Jewish settlers in Judea and Samaria attacked Palestinians and Israeli leftist activists. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in response that the recent incidents of nationalist crime in Judea and Samaria were serious and he intended to take forceful action against them. He said anyone who threw rocks, set vehicles on fire and used cold weapons or firearms was a terrorist and would be treated as one (Haaretz, January 25, 2022).
  • He was referring to the following:
    • On January 21, 2022, the police received a report of violence and a vehicle set on fire near Burin in the Nablus region. According to reports, a number of Palestinians and Israeli leftist activists had gone to plant saplings. Masked men armed with clubs and other weapons arrived, attacked the Palestinians and Israelis with the weapons they had brought and threw rocks at them. They also set fire to several vehicles. Several civilians were injured. An IDF force arrived at the scene, and the police have initiated an investigation of the events (Ynet, Israel Police Force spokesman’s unit in Judea and Samaria, January 22, 2022).
    • On January 23, 2022, the police received a report that several vehicles in the Palestinian village of Qira, north of Ariel, had been vandalized. According to the report, the vehicles had been spray painted with slogans and a Star of David. Their tired has also been punctured (Israel Police Force spokesman’s unit in Judea and Samaria, January 23, 2022).
Israeli settlers vandalize Palestinian vehicles in the village of Qira (Shehab Twitter account, January 23, 2022).     Israeli settlers vandalize Palestinian vehicles in the village of Qira (Shehab Twitter account, January 23, 2022).
Israeli settlers vandalize Palestinian vehicles in the village of Qira
(Shehab Twitter account, January 23, 2022).
  •   On January 24, 2022, the police received a report that Palestinian vehicles and businesses had been damaged in Hawwara in Samaria. According to the reports a number of vehicles belonging to Jewish settlers drove in a convoy through the village. The settlers threw rocks at businesses and parked cars. Vehicles and other property were damaged. The police initiated an investigation (Israel Police Force spokesman’s unit in Judea and Samaria, January 24, 2022).

Palestinian vehicles in the village of Hawwara with their windows broken (Palinfo, January 24, 2022).    Palestinian vehicles in the village of Hawwara with their windows broken (Palinfo, January 24, 2022).
Palestinian vehicles in the village of Hawwara with their windows broken
(Palinfo, January 24, 2022).

Rocket and mortar shell fire into Israel
  • This past week no rocket or mortar shell hits were identified in Israeli territory.
Monthly Distribution of Rocket and Mortar Shell Fire since January 2020

Monthly Distribution of Rocket and Mortar Shell Fire since January 2020

Annual Distribution of Rocket Hits

Annual Distribution of Rocket Hits

Financial aid from Qatar
  • On January 18, 2022, Mohammed al-Emadi, chairman of Qatar’s National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, headed a delegation that entered the Gaza Strip through the Erez Crossing for an official visit. It was his first visit since November 23, 2021 (Ma’an, January 18, 2022). He met with Yahya al-Sinwar, head of the Hamas political bureau in the Gaza Strip and other senior Hamas figures (qudspress.com, January 19, 2022). “A knowledgeable source” reported that al-Emadi told the Hamas political bureau the salaries of officials paid through the donations from Qatar would be lowered from $10 million a month to $3 million a month. According to the “source,” the announcement was a surprise because it came only two months after Hamas had reached an agreement with Qatar regarding the payment of salaries. The “source” warned of negative consequences if in the coming months salaries remained low (al-Ayam, January 19, 2022).
  • While in the Gaza Strip al-Emadi signed an agreement with the Gazan electric according to which Qatar would fund gas to operate the Gazan power plant. A bank account was opened to handle the financing (Facebook page of Qatar’s National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, January 21, 2022).
Mohammed al-Emadi at the signing of the agreement to supply gas to the Gaza Strip's power station (Facebook page of Qatar's National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, January 21, 2022).
Mohammed al-Emadi at the signing of the agreement to supply gas to the Gaza Strip’s power station (Facebook page of Qatar’s National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, January 21, 2022).
Egyptian delegation to the Gaza Strip
  • An Egyptian security delegation is scheduled to arrive in the Gaza Strip for meetings with the leadership of Hamas and other organizations to discuss security issues. The delegation will be accompanied by a delegation of engineers who will focus on the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip (al-Aqsa, January 24, 2022).
Support rally for Houthis in Yemen
  • On January 23, 2022, a mass march, well-covered by the media, was organized in the Gaza Strip to support the Houthis in Yemen against the Saudi Arabian-led coalition “which is waging war against Yemen.” During the march, which was attended by senior PIJ figures, Yemeni flags were waved, as were pictures of former Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani, Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Badruldeen al-Houthi, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and the late Imad Mughnieh, a senior Hezbollah terrorist operative. They shouted slogans against Saudi Arabia and the United States, such as “Death to the al-Saud family” and “The United States is the great Satan,” and accused them both of “slaughter” in Yemen (Filastin al-Yawm, January 23, 2022).
Demonstrators wave a picture of Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Badruldeen al-Houthi (Yusuf al-Husni's Twitter account, January 22, 2022).     Support rally held in the Gaza Strip for the Houthis in Yemen, which included pictures of Qassem Soleimani, Hassan Nasrallah and Imad Mughnieh (Filastin al-Yawm, January 22, 2022).
Right: Support rally held in the Gaza Strip for the Houthis in Yemen, which included pictures of Qassem Soleimani, Hassan Nasrallah and Imad Mughnieh (Filastin al-Yawm, January 22, 2022). Left: Demonstrators wave a picture of Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Badruldeen al-Houthi
(Yusuf al-Husni’s Twitter account, January 22, 2022).
  • The march was officially organized by the PIJ, which operates under Iranian aegis. However, while a mass march could not have been held without prior coordination with Hamas, the Hamas affiliated media did not cover it. Interviewed by al-Mayadeen TV, senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Zahar noted the similarity between the “aggression against Yemen and Israel’s [alleged] aggression against the Palestinians.” He said the Gulf States would pay for their actions in Yemen and normalization of relations with Israel (al-Mayadeen, January 22, 2022).
  • The day after the march Hamas, following harsh criticism on the Palestinian social media, issued a statement saying its position and policy are not to meddle in the internal affairs of other countries. Hamas keeps its distance, continued the announcement, from conflicts and differences of opinion and anything else that might rupture national unity or harm security and stability. Hamas’ “struggle”, it claimed, is against the “Zionist enemy,” and they call on everyone to distance themselves from the conflicts in other countries, to stop bloodshed and adopt a language of discourse instead of killing to defend the [Arab] nation and its resources, and strengthen its unity in view of the dangers surrounding it (Hamas Telegram channel, January 23, 2022).
Riyad al-Maliki meets with the UN secretary general
  • Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki met with UN Secretary General Antonito Guterres to discuss recent developments in the Palestinian cause. Al-Maliki called on Guterres to take action with the UN Security Council to put an end to [alleged] “crimes” against the Palestinian people and provide them with protection. They agreed to continue their cooperation (Sawa, January 21, 2022).
Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki meets with UN Secretary General Antonito Guterres in New York (Palestinian foreign ministry Facebook page, January 21, 2022).
Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki meets with UN Secretary General Antonito Guterres in New York (Palestinian foreign ministry Facebook page, January 21, 2022).
Hussein al-Sheikh meets with Israeli Defense Minister Yair Lapid
  • On January 23, 2022, Hussein al-Sheikh, chairman of the authority of civilian affairs, met with Israeli Defense Minister Yair Lapid. According to al-Sheikh, they discussed political and bilateral issues, and he told Lapid how important it was to find a political horizon aligned with international law. He also said that the names of 500 families would be published which had been updated in the Palestinian population register after permission had been received from Israel (Hussein al-Sheikh’s Twitter account, January 23, 2022).
  • Hamas was quick to condemn the meeting. Hamas spokesman Abd al-Latif al-Qanua said Mahmoud Abbas’ meeting with Benny Gantz and Hussein al-Sheikh’s with Yair Lapid were an expression of the PA’s national descent. He said continuing such meetings was a betrayal of the Palestinian victims and they had to be stopped immediately (Hamas website, January 23, 2022).
The issue of terrorist prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid
  • This past week efforts continued to secure the release of Nasser Abu Hamid, the Palestinian terrorist prisoner who is ill with cancer. Hussein al-Sheikh reported that the Israeli government denied his request to visit Abu Hamid to certify his condition, adding he considered Israel as bearing complete responsibility for his life. Al-Sheikh demanded that official international and civilian institutions exert pressure on Israel to release the prisoner for treatment (Hussein al-Sheikh’s Twitter account, January 22, 2022).
Candidates for positions in the PLO
  • Fatah’s Central Committee confirmed the candidacy of Hussein al-Sheikh for membership in the PLO’s Executive Committee, and of Rawhi Fatouh, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, for the position of chairman of the Palestinian National Council (al-Mayadeen, January 19, 2022).[3]
  •  “Sources” reported that their candidacy came as a direct order from Mahmoud Abbas and did not have the general agreement of the Central Committee (al-Araby al-Jadeed. January 24, 2022). Several Arabic media outlets noted al-Sheikh as the leading candidate for the position of secretary of the PLO’s Executive Committee. “Sources” close to Fatah’s Central Committee who spoke on condition of anonymity said al-Sheikh had been chosen to replace Saeb Erekat, who had held the portfolio for negotiations with Israel (al-Risalah, January 22, 2022).
An archive picture shows the friendship between Hussein al-Sheikh, Majdi Faraj and Mahmoud Abbas (al-Risalah News, January 22, 2022).
An archive picture shows the friendship between Hussein al-Sheikh, Majdi Faraj and Mahmoud Abbas (al-Risalah News, January 22, 2022).
Reactions to the demolishing of the Salhiya family house in Sheikh Jarrah
  • After the Salhiya family had barricaded itself on the roof of their house in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of east Jerusalem and threatened to blow themselves up if their house were demolished, the family was evicted and the Jerusalem municipality demolished the house. Mahmoud Abbas’ office issued a condemnation blaming the Israel government and saying it would be responsible for the serious consequences that would follow. Mahmoud Abbas’ office demanded that the American administration intervene immediately to stop Israel’s activities in east Jerusalem and to translate its promises to the Palestinians into deeds. His office stressed that demolishing buildings would have serious consequences, adding that the PLO’s Central Council, which would meet in the near future, would issue its decision on the matter (al-Hayat al-Jadeeda, January 19, 2022).
  • The PA foreign ministry condemned the eviction of the Salhiya family, claiming that Israel (“the occupation”) continued its [alleged] “ethnic cleansing and forced eviction” of the residents of Jerusalem (Wafa, January 19, 2022). Hamas and the PIJ condemned the eviction, claiming that by barricading themselves on the roof the Salhiya family was “resisting the occupation of Jerusalem.” They called on the Palestinians to rise up and defend their houses and to confront Israel (Hamas Telegram channel, PIJ Telegram channel, January 19, 2022).
  • Fatah also issued a condemnation, noting that the demolishing of the house in Sheikh Jarrah was preparation for evicting residents and demolishing the entire neighborhood, and an attempt by Israel to encircle Jerusalem with settlements and cut the ties between the Arab neighborhoods. The announcement added that the events in Jerusalem were “a war crime, ethnic cleansing and an attempt to put new conditions in place to erase the historic identity and Arab nature of Jerusalem” (al-Hayat al-Jadeeda, January 19, 2022).
  •  Tor Wennesland, special UN envoy to the Middle East peace process, said in a briefing that he was worried by the eviction of the families in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods of east Jerusalem. He said they raised the risk of escalation and called on Israel to stop evicting families and to conduct itself in accordance with the limitations of international law to which it is subject (UNESCO Twitter account, January 19, yea).
Cartoon criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's "policy of demolishing houses   Demolishing the Salhiya family house (Wafa, January 19, 2022).
Right: Demolishing the Salhiya family house (Wafa, January 19, 2022). Left: Cartoon criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s “policy of demolishing houses”
(al-Quds, January 22, 2022).
Protest demonstration in front of the Israeli embassy in London (Shehab Twitter account, January 22, 2022).
Protest demonstration in front of the Israeli embassy in London
(Shehab Twitter account, January 22, 2022).
Increase in the cost of living over the past 15 years
  • The PA’s Central Bureau of Statistics published data regarding the increase in the cost of living in the PA during the 15 years between 2006 and 2021. According to the data, the consumer index rose by 40%, and the cost of living in east Jerusalem rose by 48%, in the Gaza Strip by 32% and in Judea and Samaria by 42%. Educational services rose by 36%, the cost of housing by 31%, transportation by 18%, and food by 47%. According to economics expert Dr. Bakr Shtayyeh, the increase in the cost of living in the Palestinian economy in every sphere harms people with median incomes as well as the weaker strata of society. He said he expected prices to continue rising in the coming months (al-Hayat al-Jadeeda, January 24, 2022).
“Palestine and Yasser Arafat” cartoon exhibit
  • On January 23, 2022, PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh launched the “Palestine and Yasser Arafat” cartoon exhibit at the Yasser Arafat Museum in Ramallah. The event was organized by the Yasser Arafat Institution with the participation of the Institution’s directorate, which includes Intissar al-Wazir (“Umm Jihad”), and artists and cartoonists from 43 countries around the globe. Muhammad Shtayyeh gave a speech in which he said that the broad participation in the exhibit showed the degree of international solidarity with “Palestine” and the Palestinian cause, and proved that Yasser Arafat was not only a Palestinian leader, he was a world leader. He said it was difficult to separate Yasser Arafat from “Palestine” because they were merged into one. He thanked the organizations for making the exhibit possible and called for the cartoons to be made into a book that would be distributed to schools and universities (Wafa, January 23, 2022).
  •   Once the exhibit was opened to the public there was a certain amount of criticism within Palestinian society of the PA and PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh. Fatah called on him to resign because the cartoons were embarrassing and demeaned Yasser Arafat’s memory. Similar sentiments were issued by senior Hamas figure Izzat al-Rishq, who claimed the denigrated Yasser Arafat and were inappropriate for his stature (Palinfo Twitter account, January 24, 2022). According to reports Fatah activists entered the exhibit and took down the cartoons they felt were offensive. The cartoons which were removed were later destroyed.
Muhammad Shtayyeh opens the "Palestine and Yasser Arafat" cartoon exhibit in Ramallah (Wafa, January 23, 2022).   Muhammad Shtayyeh opens the "Palestine and Yasser Arafat" cartoon exhibit in Ramallah (Wafa, January 23, 2022).
Muhammad Shtayyeh opens the “Palestine and Yasser Arafat” cartoon exhibit in Ramallah (Wafa, January 23, 2022).
The exhibit after the cartoons were removed (Shehab Twitter account, January 24, 2022).     Fatah activists take down the offending cartoons.
Right: Fatah activists take down the offending cartoons. Left: The exhibit after the cartoons were removed (Shehab Twitter account, January 24, 2022).
Judea and Samaria
  • According to data from the ministry of health in Ramallah, on January 24, 2022, there was a significant increase in the number of active cases, 10,804, up from 4,264 on January 17, 2022. Of the 12,648 tests administered during the 24 hours between January 23 and 24, 2022, 263 were positive, about 21%. There were 583 Palestinians in ICUs, 20 of them on ventilators. So far 3,052 Palestinians have died of coronavirus-related causes (ministry of health in Ramallah Facebook page, January 24, 2022).
  • Mai al-Kayla, PA minister of health, reported she expected the current wave of coronavirus infection to peak on February 6, 2022. She said that in light of the rate of infection and speed of the spread of the omicron variant they had to be prepared for every eventuality. She said there were 698 verified active omicron variant cases in Judea and Samaria, interest in vaccination was low and the ministry of health had a sufficient supply of vaccines (ministry of health in Ramallah Facebook page, January 25, 2022).
  • Dr. Kamal al-Shakhra, spokesman for the ministry of health in Ramallah, said the situation was serious, the percentage of verified cases was between 20% and 35%, and he expected the number of verified cases to reach 10,000 a day. He said the number of infected children was very high and they were examining the possibility, in coordination with the ministry of education, of closing classes and entire school wings. He added that in the next two weeks they would present their recommendations to the Palestinian government (PNN website, January 24, 2022). In a previous statement he said the actual daily number of cases was three or four times higher than reported by the ministry of health in Ramallah because many Palestinians did not get tested (ministry of health in Ramallah Facebook page, January 20, 2022).
  • In response, Palestinian surfers used the ministry of health Facebook page to complain that the ministry did not publish the true statistics and did not open a sufficient number of testing sites, claiming that so far there was only one site in each district. They also said that it was not logical that in Israel every day there were more than 100,000 verified cases [sic], and in the PA territory there were barely 1,000 every day (ministry of health in Ramallah Facebook page, January 20, 2022).
Palestinian having to fight daily on two fronts, the coronavirus and the "Israeli occupation" (al-Quds, January 24, 2022).
Palestinian having to fight daily on two fronts, the coronavirus and the “Israeli occupation”
(al-Quds, January 24, 2022).
The Gaza Strip
  • On January 25, 2022, the ministry of health in Gaza reported 4,306 active cases in the Gaza Strip, up from 1,490 on January 18, 2022. Of the 2,295 tests administered during the 24 hours between January 24 and 25, 894 new cases were detected, a 39% positive rate. So far 1,744 Gazans have died of coronavirus-related causes, up from 1,731 on January 18, 2022. There are 77 hospitalized Gazans, 37 in serious or critical condition. So far 574,340 Gazans have been vaccinated, up from 557,313 on January 18, 2022 (ministry of health in Gaza Facebook page, December 21, 2022).
  • Dr. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the ministry of health in the Gaza Strip, said the rate of verified cases of the omicron variant was expected to reach 70% of the total number of tested Gazans, while today it was 33%. He said in light of the situation he expected a significant increase in the number of verified omicron variant cases, which would peak on February 5, 2022. He said new measures would be taken in accordance with the developing rate of infection (Filastin al-Yawm, January 24, 2022).
  • Dr. Majdi Zuheir, director of the public health in the ministry of health in Gaza, said the Gazans’ disregard for public health instructions and procedures, along with a decline in the rate of vaccination, was dangerous and would lead to a fourth wave of an infection that would be aggressive and difficult to contain (ministry of health in Gaza Facebook page, January 24, 2022).

[1] All information and reports are from Rescue Without Borders in Judea and Samaria unless otherwise noted.
[2] A significant attack is defined by the ITIC as involving shooting, stabbing, a vehicular attack, the use of IEDs, or a combination of the above. Stones and Molotov cocktails thrown by Palestinians are not included
[3] Fatah's Central Committee, which recently met in Ramallah, recommended appointing Hussein al-Sheikh and Azzam al-Ahmed as members of the PLO's Executive Committee, Mahmoud Abbas to the position of chairman of the PLO's Executive Committee and Rawhi Fatouh to the position of chairman of the PLO's National Council (al-Risalah News, January 19, 2022).