News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July7-13, 2021)

Israeli security forces in Jenin.

Israeli security forces in Jenin.

Fire ignited by a Molotov cocktail in Karmei Tsur, July 12, 2021).

Fire ignited by a Molotov cocktail in Karmei Tsur, July 12, 2021).

Demolition of the house of Muntaser al-Shalabi in the village of Turmus Aya (QudsN Facebook page, July 8, 2021).

Demolition of the house of Muntaser al-Shalabi in the village of Turmus Aya (QudsN Facebook page, July 8, 2021).

Demolition of the house of Muntaser al-Shalabi in the village of Turmus Aya (QudsN Facebook page, July 8, 2021).

Demolition of the house of Muntaser al-Shalabi in the village of Turmus Aya (QudsN Facebook page, July 8, 2021).

Night harassment unit activities at Jabal Sabih (Bayta Online Facebook page, July 12, 2021).

Night harassment unit activities at Jabal Sabih (Bayta Online Facebook page, July 12, 2021).

Palestinians burn tires at the entrance to the village of Bayta (Bayta Online Facebook page, July 11, 2021).

Palestinians burn tires at the entrance to the village of Bayta (Bayta Online Facebook page, July 11, 2021).

Mahmoud Abbas meets with Erdogan (Mahmoud Abbas' Facebook page, July 10, 2021).

Mahmoud Abbas meets with Erdogan (Mahmoud Abbas' Facebook page, July 10, 2021).

  • Judea and Samaria: This past week Palestinians continued throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli civilians, communities and vehicles driving on the roads. IDF forces demolished the house of Palestinian terrorist Muntaser al-Shalabi (who holds American citizenship) in the village of Turmus Aya (north of Ramallah). On May 2, 2021, he shot and killed an Israeli civilian at the Tapuah Junction in Samaria, and wounded two others. About 200 Palestinians rioted during the IDF activity, throwing rocks and shooting fireworks at the soldiers. The spokesperson for the American embassy in Israel condemned the destruction of the house, and the announcement was widely covered by the Palestinian media. During an IDF preventive activity in Jenin Palestinians shot at the Israeli security forces. The soldiers returned fire and six Palestinians were wounded. The demonstrations protesting the Eviatar outpost continued even after the residents had been evacuated and only security personnel remained.
  • The Gaza Strip: Hamas continues complaining about what it calls “Israel’s delaying tactics in lifting of the siege of the Gaza Strip.” Sources in the Gaza Strip threaten to renew the return marches and hostilities if Israel continues its current policies. On July 11, 2021, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced a series of measures to ease the condition of the civilian population, including increasing the fishing zone off the Gaza Strip coast and permitting the import and export of merchandise. The measures are conditioned on the continuation of the lull. On July 10, 2021 the chairman of Qatar’s National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza arrived in the Gaza Strip to discuss new methods for distributing Qatar’s financial aid to needy Gazan families.
  • The Palestinian Authority (PA): The Israeli State Security Cabinet confirmed that as of August 2021 the sum of about $182 million, the amount the PA pays Palestinian terrorist prisoners and the families of terrorist shaheeds, would be deducted from the tax revenues Israel collects for the PA. Muhammad Shtayyeh condemned the decision, claiming it violated agreements and international law. The death of political activist Nizar Banat while in the custody of the PA security forces is still causing unrest, although this past week there were fewer protests.
  •   Before dawn on July 12, 2021, the Israeli security forces detained five Palestinians suspected of terrorist activities in Jenin. Palestinians shot and threw IEDs at them as they left the city. The Israeli forces returned fire, wounding six Palestinians and seizing an M-16 from one of the Palestinians who had shot at them. An IDF vehicle was extracted under fire. No IDF casualties were reported (Israel Police Force spokesman’s unit, July 12, 2021).
M-16 assault rifle taken from one of the wounded Palestinians (Israel Police Force spokesman's unit, July 12, 2021).    Israeli security forces in Jenin.
Right: Israeli security forces in Jenin. Left: M-16 assault rifle taken from one of the wounded Palestinians (Israel Police Force spokesman’s unit, July 12, 2021).
Rocks, Molotov cocktails and other events
  • In Judea and Samaria Palestinians continued throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli civilians, communities and vehicles driving on the roads. The more prominent events were the following:[1]
    •  July 12, 2021: Molotov cocktails were thrown at the Israeli community of Karmei Tsur in Gush Etzion (north of Hebron), causing a fire. No casualties were reported.
    • July 12, 2021: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli vehicle southwest of Nablus. No casualties were reported. The vehicle was damaged
    • July 11, 2021: Molotov cocktails were thrown at an Israeli bus northwest of Nablus. No casualties or damage were reported.
    • July 11, 2021: Molotov cocktails were thrown on the road west of Bethlehem. No casualties or damage were reported.
    • July 11, 2021: Molotov cocktails were thrown at the security fence of the Israeli community of Beit El, north of Jerusalem. No casualties were reported.
    • July 10, 2021: Molotov cocktails were thrown at an IDF post near Hebron. No casualties or damage were reported.
    • July 9, 2021: A Molotov cocktail and a burning tire were thrown at an Israeli bus southwest of Jenin. No casualties were reported.
    • July 8, 2021: A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Israeli community of Megadlim southeast of Nablus. No casualties or damage were reported.
    • July 8, 2021: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli vehicle north of Hebron. No casualties or damage were reported.
    • July 8, 2021: Rocks and bottles of paint were thrown at an Israeli bus and other vehicles south of Nablus. No casualties were reported. The vehicles were damaged.
    • July 6, 2021: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli vehicle northeast of Ramallah. No casualties were reported. The vehicle was damaged.
    • July 6, 2021: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli vehicle on the Nablus bypass. No casualties were reported the vehicle was damaged.
    • July 6, 2021: Rocks were thrown at an Israeli vehicle northeast of Ramallah. No casualties were reported. The vehicle was damaged.
    • July 6, 2021: A Molotov cocktail was thrown at IDF forces northeast of Jerusalem. No casualties were reported.
Significant Terrorist Attacks in Judea and Samaria since January 2020[2]

Significant Terrorist Attacks in Judea and Samaria since January 2020

House demolished of Palestine terrorist who murdered Israeli civilian at the Tapuah Junction
  •   On July 8, 2021, the Israeli security forces demolished the house of Palestinian terrorist Muntaser al-Shalabi (who holds American citizenship) in the village of Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah. On May 2, 2021, he shot and killed an Israeli civilian and wounded two others at the Tapuah Junction in Samaria. The Israeli Supreme Court rejected the family’s appeal not to demolish the house. About 200 Palestinians rioted as the house was razed, throwing rocks and shooting fireworks at the Israeli forces (IDF spokesman, July 8, 2021).


 Demolition of the house of Muntaser al-Shalabi in the village of Turmus Aya (QudsN Facebook page, July 8, 2021).     Demolition of the house of Muntaser al-Shalabi in the village of Turmus Aya (QudsN Facebook page, July 8, 2021).
Demolition of the house of Muntaser al-Shalabi in the village of Turmus Aya
(QudsN Facebook page, July 8, 2021).
  • The PA noted Israel had little advantage to be gained from a policy of “collective punishment” and destroying houses, and that so far it has not deterred Palestinians from attacking settlers or IDF forces. Saleh al-‘Arouri, deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau and responsible for Hamas in Judea and Samaria, held a telephone conversation with Muntaser al-Shalabi’s wife, expressing his admiration for her fortitude after her house had been destroyed by IDF forces. He said the Hamas leadership had heard the call of her family and promised he would be released in the next prisoner exchange deal (Hamas website, July 8, 2021). Khaled Mashaal, in charge of Hamas abroad, also spoke with al-Shalabi’s wife, and said he hoped he would return to the bosom of his family healthy in mind and body. Al-Shalabi’s wife and mother thanked Khaled Mashaal, saying they would persevere and their house would be rebuilt. They also called on him to continue the “resistance” [i.e., anti-Israel violence and terrorism] (Palinfo Twitter account, July 10, 2021). Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem called the razing of the house “aggression” and “terrorism” (Filastin al-Yawm, July 8, 2021).
  •   Muntaser al-Shalabi’s wife, interviewed a few hours after the house had been demolished, said that regardless of the loss of the house they would continue their firm stance and she was sure the house would be rebuilt (QudsN Facebook page, July 8, 2021).
Muntaser al-Shalabi's wife talks to Khaled Mashaal (Palinfo Twitter account, July 10, 2021).    Muntaser al-Shalabi's wife interviewed by QudsN (QudsN Facebook page, July 8, 2021).
   Right: Muntaser al-Shalabi’s wife interviewed by QudsN (QudsN Facebook page, July 8, 2021). Left: Muntaser al-Shalabi’s wife talks to Khaled Mashaal (Palinfo Twitter account, July 10, 2021).    
  • A spokesperson for the American embassy in Israel condemned the destruction of the house, saying they did not consider it necessary to destroy the house of an entire family because of the conduct of an “isolated individual,” adding they believed it was important for all sides to avoid taking unilateral action which would intensify tensions and harm efforts to promote the two-state solution through negotiations (Israeli media, Sawa, July 8, 2021). The American condemnation was widely covered by the Palestinian media.
Palestinians continue rioting over the Eviatar outpost
  •  This past week as well Palestinians rioted in the region of Jabal Sabih near the village of Bayta, south of Nablus, to protest the existence of the Eviatar outpost. After rationalizing the continuation of “resistance” [i.e., terrorist activities] against any Israeli presence at the site, the Palestinians continued their violent protests. That was despite the fact that the residents of the outpost had left the previous week and only security forces remained to secure the location. In addition to riots, the night harassment units were activated. On July 9, 2021, several hundred Palestinians rioted, burning tires, shooting fireworks and throwing rocks at the Israeli security forces, wounding three Border Police fighters. According to Palestinian medical sources, several local residents were injured during the riots (Shehab, July 9, 2021). On Friday, July 9, 2021, several Palestinians approached the outpost. Hamas spokesman Abd al-Latif al-Qanua called on Palestinians in Judea and Samaria to continue their “struggle against the Zionist enemy” at every friction point (Hamas website, July 10, 2021).
Rocket and mortar shell fire into Israel
  • Since the ceasefire was declared on May 22, 2021, no rocket or mortar fire has been identified from the Gaza Strip
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

Arson terrorism
  • This past week no incendiary balloons were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. The Hamas-affiliated Sons of al-Zawari incendiary balloon launching unit posted slogans to its Telegram channel, such as “Waiting for orders” and “We are running out of patience” (Sons of al-Zawari Telegram channel, July 11, 2021).
Renewal of return marches
  • According to the London-based newspaper al-Araby al-Jadeed, “sources in the Gaza Strip” said that if the Egyptian mediator could not reach an agreement with Israel, the Palestinian [terrorist] organizations in the Gaza Strip would examine renewing the return marches and other “popular” activities after Eid al-Adha, the feast of the sacrifice, which falls on July 20, 2021, and had not rejected the option of renewing hostilities. Senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) figure Khader Habib said the organizations agreed they would respond gradually by beginning with return marches and night harassment unit activities. He said they would also examine more serious measures if it became necessary. He said no final decision had been made in order to give Egyptian mediation a chance to succeed (al-Araby al-Jadeed, July 12, 2021).
Combatting the financing of terrorism
  • As part of efforts to locate sources of funding for terrorist activities, the Israeli security forces exposed electronic wallets used by Hamas to raise money, especially for rebuilding its military-terrorist wing, which was damaged during Operation Guardian of the Walls. To that end Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed an administrative order enabling the Israeli security forces to confiscate the cryptocurrencies and assets traded by Hamas (Israeli ministry of defense, July 8, 2021).
  • It is not the first time Hamas and its military-terrorist wing has raised funds using anonymous, untraceable cryptocurrencies instead of conventional banking arrangements. Hamas’ military-terrorist wing has used bitcoin to raise money for its military buildup since the beginning of 2019.[3]
Rebuilding the Gaza Strip
  •   On July 12, 2021, the Hamas media bureau published an infographic summarizing the extent of the direct damage to the Gaza Strip infrastructure during Operation Guardian of the Walls. According to the information, the total damage equaled about $292 million: $145 million worth of damage to residential housing, $30 million to the electric grid, $2 to transportation, $15 to energy, $7.5 to communications, $62 to roads, $17.5 million to water and sewage, and $13 million to local authority facilities (Palinfo Twitter account, July 12, 2021).
Clearing the rubble continues (Twitter account of photojournalist Ashraf Abu Amra, July 10, 2021).   Infographic of the direct damage to the Gaza Strip during Operation Guardian of the Walls (Palinfo Twitter account, July 12, 2021).
Right: Infographic of the direct damage to the Gaza Strip during Operation Guardian of the Walls (Palinfo Twitter account, July 12, 2021). Left: Clearing the rubble continues (Twitter account of photojournalist Ashraf Abu Amra, July 10, 2021).
Ongoing mediation attempts
  • Hamas continues complaining about what it calls “Israel’s delaying tactics in lifting the siege of the Gaza Strip.” According to Hamas spokesman Abd al-Latif al-Qanua, the restrictions Israel imposed on the crossings, the delays in the delivery of merchandise, in rebuilding activity and in the delivery of the money from Qatar worsen the tensions in the Gaza Strip. He said that as far as the organizations were concerned, all options for breaking the “siege” were open and they would not wait much longer. He said Israel had to restore the status quo ante of Operation Guardian of the Walls, claiming Israel was familiar with the organizations’ position that there would be no linkage between rebuilding the Gaza Strip and any other issue. However, he said, Hamas was not opposed to proceeding according to two parallel courses: establishing the lull by having their demands met on the one hand, and a prisoner exchange deal on the other (Filastin al-Yawm, July 7, 2021).
  •  “A Hamas source” said that during recent internal meetings and after talks with mediators during the past few days, the “Palestinian organizations” had agreed to start planning a renewal of hostilities if Israel continued its current policies. According to the source, the next round would not begin gradually with the Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip, as Israel expected, but would begin directly with attacks on the center of the country. Since they had nothing to lose they were prepared for a [comprehensive] military confrontation against the equation Israel was trying to impose, according to the source (al-Akhbar, July 8, 2021).
 Sabar (Arabic for both "sabra" and "patience") with a short fuse (Alaa' al-Laqta's Facebook page, July 10, 2021).
Sabar (Arabic for both “sabra” and “patience”) with a short fuse
(Alaa’ al-Laqta’s Facebook page, July 10, 2021).
Envoy from Qatar visits the Gaza Strip
  • On July 10, 2021, Mohammed al-Emadi, chairman of Qatar’s National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, entered the Gaza Strip through the Erez Crossing for his first visit in months. He met with the Hamas leadership headed by Yahya al-Sinwar, head of the Hamas political bureau in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian media reported they discussed Qatar’s efforts to ensure the stability of the ceasefire (although the main topic seems to have been how to transfer money from Qatar to the Gaza Strip). Mohammed al-Emadi stressed Qatar’s support for the Palestinians, especially the money he delivered and the $500 million the emir of Qatar allotted for the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip. Yahya al-Sinwar thanked Qatar and Sheikh al-Thani, the emir, for their ongoing aid and support of the Palestinian people. He elaborated on the Palestinian organizations’ demands in their recent meetings in Egypt, which included the opening of the crossings and measures to ease conditions in the Gaza Strip (Facebook page of Qatar’s National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, July 12, 2021).
  • According to the Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar, quoting “sources” involved in the talks in Egypt, a mechanism for transferring funds to the Gaza Strip had been found. The Qatari committee would receive funds from the Palestinian banks operating in the Gaza Strip and deposit the money in the post office bank, and from there it would be distributed to the needy families. Hamas told Egypt and Qatar it did not oppose the idea but demanded Israel deposit the funds on a monthly basis (al-Akhbar, July 12, 2021).
Israeli measures to ease civilian conditions in the Gaza Strip
  • Given the recent security calm in Israel’s south, and after an assessment of the situation by the Israeli leadership, on July 12, 2021, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced a series of measures to ease civilian conditions in the Gaza Strip, including increasing the fishing zone from nine to 12 nautical miles and the import of fishing equipment and raw materials for civilian industry and textiles from Israel through the Kerem Shalom Crossing. Gazans will also be able to export agricultural produce and textiles to Israel. All the measures are conditioned on the preservation of stability in the south (COGAT, July 12, 2021).
  • In response, Hamas spokesman Abd al-Latif al-Qanua said the restoration of the status quo ante of Operation Guardian of the Walls and the initiation of steps to lift the “siege” of the Gaza Strip were proof of Israel’s failure to impose new equations on Hamas (al-Quds al-Arabi, July 12, 2021).
Hamas-Hezbollah cooperation
  • Na’im Qassem, deputy Hezbollah secretary general, gave an interview where he discussed Hamas-Hezbollah relations and statements made by Yahya al-Sinwar regarding intelligence coordination during Operation Guardian of the Walls. According to Na’im Qassem, the “resistance axis” [i.e., Hezbollah and Iran] supported the hostilities in the Gaza Strip in various ways and collaborated with the Palestinians by supplying intelligence information which influenced the outcome of the hostilities. As an example he noted collaboration during Israel’s attempt to attack the tunnels in the Gaza Strip and kill Hamas operatives. He said Hezbollah knew about Israel’s plans and the Palestinians knew as well because of their intelligence collaboration (al-Mayadeen, July 8, 2021).
Mahmoud Abbas visits Turkey
  • On July 9, 2021, Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Turkey at the invitation of Turkish president Erdogan, heading a delegation of the Palestinian leadership for a formal visit. The delegation included Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki; Hussein al-Sheikh, chairman of the civilian affairs authority; Majed Faraj, head of Palestinian general intelligence; and Majdi al-Khaldi, advisor to Mahmoud Abbas for diplomatic affairs (al-Andalou News, July 9, 2021).
  •  Erdogan and Abbas met privately for more than an hour, and then held an extended meeting with their foreign ministers, heads of intelligence and advisors. After the meeting Erdogan said peace and regional stability could not be achieved as long as Israel adhered to its “policy of occupation.” He said Turkey would not sit idly by or remain silent in the face of Israel’s “oppression” and “atrocities” [sic] against the Palestinians. He also instructed the Turkish foreign minister to continue providing political, diplomatic and economic support for the PA (Wafa, July 10, 2021).
PA-American relations
  • On July 8, 2021, before Mahmoud Abbas left for Turkey, he met with bipartisan American congressmen. He claimed the Palestinians were determined to achieve peace through negotiations with the sponsorship of the International Quartet. He also claimed the Palestinians wanted to renew relations with the American administration, especially in light of America’s willingness to reopen the American consulate in the PA (Wafa, July 8, 2021).
Mahmoud Abbas meets with American congressmen 
(Mahmoud Abbas' Facebook page, July 8, 2021).
Mahmoud Abbas meets with American congressmen
(Mahmoud Abbas’ Facebook page, July 8, 2021).
  • According to the Hamas-affiliated Shehab News Agency, “a source in Palestinian general intelligence” revealed that while in the United States on June 17, 2021, Majed Faraj, head of Palestinian general intelligence, had lodged a formal PA complaint against the prominent role played by Egypt in the mediations in the Gaza Strip. He stressed the need to put a stop to Hamas-Egyptian collaboration, noting that Mahmoud Abbas asked the Egyptian president several times to stop collaborating with Hamas (Shehab, July 6, 2021).
Israel freezes part of the tax revenues paid to the PA
  • On July 11, 2021, the Israel Security Cabinet confirmed the report issued by Israeli Foreign Minister Benny Gantz, authorizing a freeze on the funds the PA pays to Palestinian terrorist operatives in Israeli jails and the families of terrorist shaheeds. According to the report prepared by the headquarters for combatting economic warfare in the Israeli ministry of defense, in 2020 the PA indirectly paid about $182 million in support of Palestinian terrorism. Therefore, after August 2021, about $15 million per month will be deducted from the tax revenues Israel collects for and transmits to the PA (Israeli ministry of defense, July 11, 2021).
  • PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh condemned the Israeli announcement, claiming it was illegal and violated existing agreements and international law (Wafa, July 12, 2021). He said they would examine their next steps, noting that since 2019 Israel had deducted about $260 million from the tax revenues and were now planning to deduct a further $15 million every month. He said that would significantly worsen the PA’s financial situation and force it to take out loans, since this year the PA had not received funds from donor countries and continued financing the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem and Area C (Muhammad Shtayyeh’s Facebook page, July 12, 2021).
  • This past week the PA announced the launching of a new mechanism for transferring funds to the Palestinian terrorist prisoners and their families. In the meantime they would receive magnetic cards to withdraw the funds from ATMs that would be installed in post office branches (al-Hayat al-Jadeeda, July 6, 2021).
  • Before Israel announced its decision Shukri Bshara, the Palestinian minister of the treasury, said that during the first half of 2021 the PA’s budget deficit had reached $470 million, and he warned of a growing economic crisis. He called on donor organizations and states for help (Aliqtisadi, July 7, 2021).

Ongoing PA unrest in the wake of the killing of Nizar Banat

  •   The death of Nizar Banat while in PA security force custody is still causing unrest in the PA, although this past week there were fewer demonstrations and less criticism. The Palestinian media hostile to the PA continue their campaign against Mahmoud Abbas and Muhammad Shtayyeh. On July 9, 2021, several hundred Palestinians held a protest demonstration in Hebron, calling for legal action against those responsible for Banat’s death and for Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Palestinian leadership to resign (Filastin al-Yawm, July 9, 2021). In response, on July 10, 2021, Fatah organized a demonstration in support of Mahmoud Abbas in the al-Manar Square in Ramallah, attended, according to reports, by about 2,500 people, including senior PA figures (Wafa, July 10, 2021).  
Sign hung in the village of Dura and taken down shortly thereafter (Palinfo Twitter account, July 11, 2021).    Protest demonstration in Ramallah.
Right: Protest demonstration in Ramallah. Left: Sign hung in the village of Dura and taken down shortly thereafter (Palinfo Twitter account, July 11, 2021).
Palestinian social media call for legal action against the PA leadership 
(Palinfo Twitter account, July 10, 2021).
Palestinian social media call for legal action against the PA leadership
(Palinfo Twitter account, July 10, 2021).
  • Social activist Ghassan al-Saadi said he had been detained for several hours by the Palestinian security forces in Ramallah after he had participated in one of the protest demonstrations. He said he had been detained by about 20 security force operatives, and that his detention had been “eight times worse” than his detention by the Israeli security forces (QudsN website, July 12, 2021).
Possible PA political reshuffling
  • “Sources” reported that Europe and the international community were exerting pressure on the PA to hold elections in order to renew their legitimacy. According to reports, in light of the refusal of the [Palestinian terrorist] organizations to join the government, the PA is trying to convince the international community of the efficacy of its idea to reshuffle at least 12 government minister posts. The process would be completed in two stages beginning July 17, 2021, and would not include the prime minister or senior ministers such as the foreign minister or the minister of the treasury. Ahmed Sabah, a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, confirmed an ongoing discussion between Mahmoud Abbas, Muhammad Shtayyeh and Fatah’s Central Committee about making changes in the government’s ministers (al-Quds, July 7, 2021).
Palestinian complaints discussed by the International Criminal Court (ICC)
  • Raji Sourani, director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in the Gaza Strip, after having received an award for the organization’s human rights activities from the French president delivered by the French consul, said in an interview that the ICC was dealing with six complaints lodged by the PA. They related to Operation Protective Edge, the [so-called] “siege” on the Gaza Strip, the return marches, Israel’s [alleged] exploitation of the natural resources of the Gaza coast and the Dead Sea, and the settlements, this last considered the most important complaint. He added that a complaint had recently been lodged regarding what he referred to as Israel’s “latest aggression” against the Gaza Strip [i.e., Operation Guardian of the Walls], accusing Israel of attacking civilian targets in the Gaza Strip and the events in Sheikh Jarrah in east Jerusalem (Sourani’s Facebook page, July 8, 2021).
Palestinians try to cancel Israel-Barcelona friendship football[4] match
  • The Beitar Jerusalem-Barcelona friendship football match is scheduled to be held in Jerusalem on August 4, 2021. The Palestinian football association and other Palestinian organizations are working in the international arena to sabotage the event, calling on Barcelona to rethink its participation in a game whose significance is [allegedly] “a violation of human rights because of the activity in the occupied territory of Jerusalem.” The organizations claim the match will be held in the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, which was constructed on land [allegedly] “stolen” from the Palestinian village of al-Malihi, near the east Jerusalem neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan. The organizations have started petitions in the social media calling for Barcelona to cancel the match and asking the president of the Barcelona football club to keep from “blackening the good name of the team by supporting racism and apartheid” (Facebook and Twitter).
Jews enter the Temple Mount compound
  •  The Palestinian media continue issuing daily reports about Jews entering the Temple Mount compound. They issue pictures and videos of Jews visiting the site with police protection (Palestinian TV Facebook page, July 13, 2021). Muhammad Shtayyeh called on UNESCO to examine Israel’s excavations under the Temple Mount foundations (Muhammad Shtayyeh’s Facebook page, July 12, 2021).
Right: The Palestinian media videos Jews entering the Temple Mount compound (QudsN Facebook page, July 8, 2021). Left: The Temple Mount compound is a tinderbox and Jews praying at the Western Wall will ignite it (Alaa' al-Laqta's Facebook page, July 5, 2021).
Right: The Palestinian media videos Jews entering the Temple Mount compound (QudsN Facebook page, July 8, 2021). Left: The Temple Mount compound is a tinderbox and Jews praying at the Western Wall will ignite it (Alaa’ al-Laqta’s Facebook page, July 5, 2021).
Illegally-constructed buildings demolished in east Jerusalem
  • The Palestinian media continue covering the activities of the Jerusalem municipality’s enforcing the law and demolishing houses built illegally in east Jerusalem. They claim Israel is forcing the local residents to destroy their houses themselves (al-Hayat al-Jadeeda, July 13, 2021).
The destruction of Palestinian houses in east Jerusalem (al-Hayat al-Jadeeda, July 13, 2021).
The destruction of Palestinian houses in east Jerusalem (al-Hayat al-Jadeeda, July 13, 2021).

[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] For further information, see the September 24, 2020 bulletin, "New Hamas Fundraising Campaign: Hamas' military wing began a new fundraising campaign about a month after the United States thwarted digital coin campaigns of Hamas, al-Qaeda and ISIS."

[4] Soccer