News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 15- May 21, 2019)

Right: Participants in the Nakba Day events in eastern Gaza City (Palestine Live, May 15, 2019).

Right: Participants in the Nakba Day events in eastern Gaza City (Palestine Live, May 15, 2019).

Palestinian demonstrators in eastern Khan Yunis (Supreme National Authority of the Great Return March Facebook page, May 15, 2019).

Palestinian demonstrators in eastern Khan Yunis (Supreme National Authority of the Great Return March Facebook page, May 15, 2019).

Palestinian rioters (including adolescents) throw stones near the security fence (Supreme National Authority Facebook page, May 15, 2019).

Palestinian rioters (including adolescents) throw stones near the security fence (Supreme National Authority Facebook page, May 15, 2019).

Fathi Hamad and the Palestinian leadership at the return camp in eastern Jabalia (Facebook page of the return camp of eastern Jabalia, May 15, 2019).

Fathi Hamad and the Palestinian leadership at the return camp in eastern Jabalia (Facebook page of the return camp of eastern Jabalia, May 15, 2019).

Isma'il Radwan gives a speech at the return camp in eastern Gaza City (Palestine Live Facebook page, May 15, 2019).

Isma'il Radwan gives a speech at the return camp in eastern Gaza City (Palestine Live Facebook page, May 15, 2019).

Khalil al-Haya at the return camp in eastern Gaza City.

Khalil al-Haya at the return camp in eastern Gaza City.

Fire in Israeli territory opposite eastern Gaza City. It was set by incendiary balloons (Palestine Live Facebook page, May 15, 2019).

Fire in Israeli territory opposite eastern Gaza City. It was set by incendiary balloons (Palestine Live Facebook page, May 15, 2019).

  • On May 15, 2019, Nakba Day events were held in the Gaza Strip with the format of the weekly return marches. About 10,000 Palestinians participated, somewhat more than the recent weekly average. Hamas operatives, wearing yellow vests, tried to restrain the rioters and prevent them from reaching the fence. However, in effect, there was violence towards the IDF, including throwing IEDs and attempts to cross the border fence into Israeli territory.
  • Despite the understandings reached at the end of the most recent round of escalation, senior Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) figures continue using belligerent rhetoric. In speeches given for Nakba Day they stressed their adherence to the “sacred right of return,” and the path of violent struggle and jihad. They continued threatening Israel, including threats of rocket fire, IED kites and the renewal of the activities of the Night Harassment Units. On the ground IED and incendiary balloon terrorism continues (this past week fires broke out in the Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip and clusters of balloons were reported).
  • The Israel security forces recently solved a series of shooting attacks in the Ramallah region. The attacks were carried out by Zakariya Zubeidi, a veteran terrorist operative who currently holds a senior position in the Palestinian Authority (PA) ministry of prisoners’ affairs. Another operative, employed as a lawyer by the ministry of prisoners’ affairs, was also detained. Their detention prevented another attack.
  • The United States and Bahrain announced that an economic workshop would be held in Manama, the capital city, on June 25 and 26, 2019. The workshop is supposed to be part of Trump’s “deal of the century.” The Palestinians were quick to announce they intend to boycott the workshop, which they regard as an expression of normalization with Israel and acceptance of the American “deal of the century.”
Gaza Strip
  • On May 15, 2019, Nakba Day events were held in the Gaza Strip. The events, which were similar in nature to the weekly return march, attracted about 10,000 participants (slightly more than the average attendance in recent weeks). The demonstrators gathered at the five usual sites. During the events violence was used towards IDF forces. Palestinian rioters burned tires, and threw stones and IEDs. A number of attempts to cross the security fence were identified. The IDF responded with riot dispersal measures (IDF spokesman, May 15, 2019).
 Map of "Palestine" and the "key of return" (Supreme National Authority Facebook page, May 15, 2019).    Effigies of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, in preparation for Nakba Day events.
Nakba Day displays. Right: Effigies of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, in preparation for Nakba Day events. Left: Map of “Palestine” and the “key of return” (Supreme National Authority Facebook page, May 15, 2019).
  • Operatives of Hamas’ security forces were deployed at the sites of the demonstrations to “support the public participating in the marches” (Dunia al-Watan, May 15, 2019). In effect, Hamas operatives wearing yellow vests tried to restrain the crowds and prevent them from reaching the fence. A spokesman for the ministry of health in the Gaza Strip reported that 65 people were injured during the events (Ashraf al-Qidra’s Facebook page, May 15, 2019). No fatalities were reported.
Hamas operatives wearing yellow vests during Nakba Day events in eastern Gaza City (Supreme National Authority Facebook page, May 15, 2019).    Hamas operatives wearing yellow vests during Nakba Day events in eastern Gaza City (Supreme National Authority Facebook page, May 15, 2019).
Hamas operatives wearing yellow vests during Nakba Day events in eastern Gaza City (Supreme National Authority Facebook page, May 15, 2019).
  • Senior Hamas and PIJ figures gave speeches mainly relating to the importance of adherence to the “right of return.” Fathi Hamad, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, gave a particularly belligerent speech at the return camp east of Gaza City. He welcomed those who had come to the event, claiming they were showing their loyalty to the path of violent struggle and jihad. He said the Palestinian people had come to support the “resistance” [i.e., the terrorist organizations], the rockets of the organizations, and the IED kites launched into Israel during the most recent round.
  • Fathi Hamad elaborated five stages for the struggle waged by the Palestinian people against Israel. The first stage, he claimed, was the use of [allegedly] “non-violent” measures. [Note: In reality the level of violence at the marches is very high.] If that stage is not enough, they will go to the next stage, which is a march using “rough measures,” such as incendiary balloons and the activities of the Night Harassment Units. The next stage is establishing a “jihad equation” through the attacks of the military wings of Hamas and the other organizations. If that does not bring about the desired results, they will use a fast war, like the most recent round of escalation, and finally they will turn their desperation into an explosion against Israel and go to war (al-Aqsa, May 15, 2019).

Fathi Hamad and the Palestinian leadership at the return camp in eastern Jabalia (Facebook page of the return camp of eastern Jabalia, May 15, 2019).
Fathi Hamad and the Palestinian leadership at the return camp in eastern Jabalia (Facebook page of the return camp of eastern Jabalia, May 15, 2019).

  • Other statements were the following:
    • Khalil al-Haya, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, said Trump’s plan would not succeed because they would operate at every level to make it fail. He said the “option of resistance” was their choice and they would use it until they had restored all their rights (Hamas website, May 15, 2019).
    • Senior Hamas figure Isma’il Radwan said the participation of the [so-called] “millions of Palestinians” at the Nakba Day march was a call to the PA to put an end to its security collaboration with Israel and to the normalization of relations [with Israel]. He claimed the “right of return” was sacred and had no statute of limitations. The Palestinians, he claimed, had not authorized anyone to give up even an inch of their land, because “all Palestine, from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River, belongs to the Palestinian people” (Hamas website, May 15, 2019).
    • Ahmed Bahar, deputy chairman of the Legislative Council, said that anyone who waived the “right of return” was committing the crime of treason and should be brought to trial. He claimed Israel does not understand the language of negotiation, only the language of force and weapons (al-Aqsa, May 15, 2019).
    • Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said the march was a message from Palestinian society stating that the Palestinian people do not wave their rights or principles, the most important of which is the “right of return.” He said the march stressed again that the “resistance,” with all its factions, was the correct way to confront the projects trying to damage the Palestinian cause (Hamas website, May 14, 2019).
    • The PIJ issued a statement calling for the continuation of the “path of jihad” and “resistance” (Filastin al-Yawm, May 16, 2019).
Judea and Samaria
  • In Judea and Samaria Nakba Day events were mainly limited to the large cities. A 71-second siren was sounded in the afternoon for the 71st anniversary of the nakba (Palestinian TV, May 15, 2019). A march was held in Ramallah from Yasser Arafat’s tomb to Arafat Square (al-Quds, May 15, 2019).
  • Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh participated in the rally in Ramallah, where he said that the objective of the Palestinian people is to protect Jerusalem from Israel’s attempts to annex it. He said Israel would not succeed in changing history, because the land belongs to the Palestinians. He said any political solution that the American administration or any other agency proposes that harms Palestinian principles will be resisted by Mahmoud Abbas, the leadership of the Palestinian organizations and the Palestinian people (Wafa, May 15, 2019).

 Nakba Day rally in Ramallah (Wafa YouTube channel, May 15, 2019).
Nakba Day rally in Ramallah (Wafa YouTube channel, May 15, 2019).

The return marches
  • Maher Muzhir, a member of the Supreme National Authority, announced the decision had been made not to hold a return march on May 17, 2019. That was because the Nakba Day events had been held two days previously, it was too hot and there was the Ramadan fast [to be considered]. Therefore, no activities would be held at the return camps or near the security fence. On May 20, 2019, the Supreme National Authority called on the Palestinian public to participate in the 59th return march, which will take place on May 24, 2019, with the theme, “Mercy and solidarity” (Sawa, May 20, 2019.
Launching IED and incendiary balloons
  • Even after the ceasefire at the end of the recent round of escalation, arson terrorism continues with IED and incendiary balloons. The most prominent incidents this past week were the following:
  • On May 15, 2019, during the Nakba Day events, nine fires were reported in the Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip border, caused by incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip (Israeli media, May 15, 2019).
Fire in Israeli territory opposite eastern Gaza City. It was set by incendiary balloons (Palestine Live Facebook page, May 15, 2019).    Fire in Israeli territory opposite eastern Gaza City. It was set by incendiary balloons (Palestine Live Facebook page, May 15, 2019).
Fire in Israeli territory opposite eastern Gaza City. It was set by incendiary balloons (Palestine Live Facebook page, May 15, 2019).
  • On Saturday May 19, 2019, a cluster of balloons with an IED attached was found in an IDF base in southern Israel (Israeli media, May 19, 2019).
  • On May 20, 2019, incendiary balloons were found near one of the communities in the western Negev (Red Alert Facebook page, May 20, 2019).
  • On May 18, 2019, the Sons of al-Zouari unit in eastern Khan Yunis posted a threat to Israel on its Facebook page, claiming that in the near future they would develop drones carrying warheads which would be used against Israel. They posted a picture of the drone with the slogan, “If Allah so wills, we will never be defeated” (Facebook page of the Sons of al-Zouari in eastern Khan Yunis, May 18, 2019).

Right: Facebook threat of the development of drones with warheads for use against Israel (Facebook page of the Sons of al-Zouari in eastern Khan Yunis, May 18, 2019). Left: The drone threat against Israel. The Arabic reads, “Drones of death…the new Hamas weapon that frightens the occupation” (Facebook page of the Sons of al-Zouari in eastern Khan Yunis, May 20, 2019).

Easing the situation in the Gaza Strip
  • On May 21, 2019, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories announced the fishing zone off the Gaza coast would be increased from 12 to 15 nautical miles. Implementing the measure is dependent on the Gazan fishermen’s honoring understandings. IDF sources reported that the measure is part of the policy to prevent the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. The policy distinguishes between terrorism and the uninvolved civilian population (Israeli media, May 21, 2019).
Rocket and mortar shell fire
  • This past week no rockets or mortar shells were fired at Israeli territory.
Monthly Distribution of Rocket and Mortar Shell Fire since January 2018

Monthly Distribution of Rocket and Mortar Shell Fire since January 2018

Annual Distribution of Rocket Hits

Annual Distribution of Rocket Hits

Experimental rocket launch
  • On May 18, 2019, there were reports of a number of explosions in the northern and central Gaza Strip. According to the Fatah-affiliated Amad news website in the Gaza Strip, an experimental rocket was fired towards the sea (Amad, May 18, 2019).
Preventing smuggling of double-purpose equipment into the Gaza Strip
  • An attempt to smuggle double-purpose equipment into the Gaza Strip was prevented at the Erez Crossing. The equipment was sent through the mail. On May 15, 2019, the transfer of 250 sacks of mail from Israel to the Gaza Strip was coordinated through the Erez Crossing. Inside the sacks 172 packages suspected of containing double-purpose equipment were located. The equipment was ordered from the Internet. The packages contained digital microscopes, rifle sights, flashlights, holsters for sidearms, drones, electronic components, a field telephone, hidden cameras, communications equipment, diving flashlights and military boots. All the equipment was seized (Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories spokesman’s unit, May 16, 2019).

Some of the double-purpose equipment confiscated at the Erez Crossing (Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories' Arabic Facebook page, May 16, 2019).
Some of the double-purpose equipment confiscated at the Erez Crossing (Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories’ Arabic Facebook page, May 16, 2019).

Events on the ground
  • On the second Friday of Ramadan more than 90,000 Palestinians from Judea and Samaria entered Israel through the crossings for the prayers on the Temple Mount. No exceptional incidents were reported (Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories website, May 19, 2018).
 Palestinians enter Israel through the Rachel Crossing in Bethlehem en route to the prayer on the Temple Mount (Wafa, May 17, 2019).   The prayer of the second Friday of Ramadan on the Temple Mount.
Right: The prayer of the second Friday of Ramadan on the Temple Mount. Left: Palestinians enter Israel through the Rachel Crossing in Bethlehem en route to the prayer on the Temple Mount (Wafa, May 17, 2019).
  • In Judea and Samaria Palestinians continued throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli security forces and civilian targets. Israeli security forces carried out counterterrorism activities throughout Judea and Samaria, detaining Palestinians suspected of terrorist activity, and seizing military grade and improvised weapons.
  • The more prominent events were the following:
    • May 21, 2019 – Border Police demolitions experts neutralized a pipe bomb found on the Palestinian side of the Qalqilya Crossing north of Jerusalem (Police spokesman’s unit, May 21, 2019).
    • May 21, 2019 – Stones were thrown at Israeli vehicles in eastern Gush Etzion. No casualties were reported. A police car was damaged (Center 433, May 21, 2019).
    • May 20, 2019 – A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the security fence of an Israeli community northeast of Jerusalem. No casualties or damage were reported.
    • May 19, 2019 – A young Palestinian woman carrying a knife was detained at a roadblock near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron (Rescue Without Borders in Judea and Samaria, May 19, 2019).
    • May 18, 2019 –Molotov cocktails were thrown at a bus carrying schoolgirls east of Gush Etzion. The Molotov cocktails caught fire and four schoolgirls were treated for shock (Rescue Without Borders in Judea and Samaria, May 19, 2019).
    • May 17, 2019 – Molotov cocktails were thrown at a bus on the Gush Etzion-Hebron road, near the al-Aroub refugee camp. No casualties were reported (United Hatzalah Judea and Samaria, May 17, 2019).
    • May 15, 2019 – IDF soldiers identified a suspect carrying a Molotov cocktail near a military post close to Ramallah. Customary detention procedures were carried out, which ended with shots being fired at the suspect, who was seriously wounded (IDF spokesman, May 15, 2019).
Significant terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria since June 2017[1]

Significant terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria since June 2017

Solving shooting attacks in the Ramallah region

The Israeli security forces recently solved a series of shooting attacks in the Ramallah region. Zakariya Zubeidi and Tareq Barghout were involved in the attacks, both of them holding senior positions in the PA. They were detained on February 27, 2019, before they could carry out another attack, which was thwarted by their detention. Information about them and their involvement in the shooting attacks is the following:

  • Zakariya Zubeidi, born in 1976, lives in the Jenin refugee camp. He holds a senior position in the PA’s ministry of prisoners’ affairs. He is a veteran terrorist operative who was released from prison as part of the amnesty agreement in 2007. Terrorist operatives had to commit to stopping all violent and illegal actions and to leave the terrorist organizations to which they belonged. [2]
  • Tareq Barghout, born in 1975, lives in Ramallah. He holds a license to practice law in Israel, is a member of the Israeli bar association and holds an Israeli ID card. He has represented terrorist detainees in court. He was also employed as a lawyer by the PA ministry of prisoners’ affairs.
  • According to the Israel Security Agency investigation, the two carried out two shooting attacks at buses on the road near Beit El (north of Ramallah). One attack was on November 7, 2018, and the other on January 5, 2019. An attack on December 27, 2018, failed. Tareq Barghout confessed to carrying out a shooting attack targeting a police car near Jerusalem on November 19, 2016.
  • To carry out the attacks the two used a Zakariya Zubeidi’s car, which he had received from the PA. In preparation for the attacks they examined the proposed area, carried out surveillance of preferred targets and collected information. They surrendered an M-16 assault rifle and ammunition magazines used in the attacks. The two were indicted (Israel Security Agency spokesman’s unit, May 20, 2019).
Zakariya Zubeidi and Tareq Barghout, a lawyer in east Jerusalem (Bilal Awda's Facebook page, February 27, 2019).    Archive picture of Zakariya Zubeidi, commander of Fatah's military wing in Jenin (QudsN Twitter account, November 29, 2016).
Right: Archive picture of Zakariya Zubeidi, commander of Fatah’s military wing in Jenin (QudsN Twitter account, November 29, 2016). Left: Zakariya Zubeidi and Tareq Barghout, a lawyer in east Jerusalem (Bilal Awda’s Facebook page, February 27, 2019).
The humanitarian situation
  • Mohammed al-Emadi, chairman of the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, held a press conference where he said that the $180 million that would be transferred to the Gaza Strip was meant to be invested in humanitarian projects in coordination with UN agencies, and to support the electrical sector in the Gaza Strip. He said $60 million would be allotted for electricity, and the contract for supplying fuel for the power plant would be extended through the end of 2019. He added that talks would be held with the Israeli electric company about extending the electric line. According to al-Emadi, work will soon be undertaken to lay the foundations for a field hospital near the northern Gaza Strip border to support the health sector. Payment of support for needy families will continue for six more months (al-Shuruq, May 15, 2019; al-Quds, May 14, 2019).

Mohammed al-Emadi visits the site of the construction of fuel reservoirs for the power plant in the Gaza Strip (Facebook page of the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, May 14, 2019).
Mohammed al-Emadi visits the site of the construction of fuel reservoirs for the power plant in the Gaza Strip (Facebook page of the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, May 14, 2019).

  • PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh said that in accordance with instructions from Mahmoud Abbas, the PA government allowed for the entrance of 13 trucks into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Crossing. The trucks carried meat slaughtered during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia and donated to the Gaza Strip. He said the meat would be distributed to needy families during Ramadan. Shtayyeh said the government gave the Gaza Strip priority to ease the suffering of its inhabitants (Wafa, May 17, 2019)
Trucks arrive to deliver the Saudi Arabian donation of meat (Facebook page of the ministry of endowments in the Gaza Strip, May 16, 2018).    Trucks arrive to deliver the Saudi Arabian donation of meat (Facebook page of the ministry of endowments in the Gaza Strip, May 16, 2018).
Trucks arrive to deliver the Saudi Arabian donation of meat (Facebook page of the ministry of endowments in the Gaza Strip, May 16, 2018).
Statements by Mohammed al-Emadi criticizing the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the retraction
  • Mohammed al-Emadi, chairman of the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, was asked if he thought the lull in the Gaza Strip would continue. He answered that despite the fact that neither of the principal sides, Israel and Hamas, wanted an escalation, “another organization” had done something at the border and caused an escalation (al-Jazeera, May 14, 2019).
  • Sources in the PIJ criticized al-Emadi’s remarks as an attack on the organization [whose actions did in fact lead to the escalation]. The PIJ’s information bureau issued a statement from Ziyad al-Nakhalah, the PIJ secretary general, demanding an apology from al-Emadi for his remarks regarding the most recent round of escalation. Al-Nakhalah said they thanked Qatar for its humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, but that did not mean they agreed with his “irresponsible” remarks, which were extraneous to his humanitarian mission (official PIJ website, May 15, 2019).

Mohammed al-Emadi holds a press conference in Gaza (Facebook page of the Qatari Committee, May 15, 2019).
Mohammed al-Emadi holds a press conference in Gaza
(Facebook page of the Qatari Committee, May 15, 2019).

  • The Qatari Committee issued a statement from al-Emadi saying that the statement given in his name was incorrect. He stressed his respect for all the Palestinian organizations, for their victims and for the special relation he had with the Palestinian people, including the “brothers” in the PIJ, one of the most important organizations in the Palestinian arena (website of the Qatari Committee, May 15, 2019).
  • Relating to the remarks of al-Emadi, senior Hamas figure Isma’il Radwan said al-Emadi had apologized for the remarks attributed to him. He added that there was coordination between Hamas and the PIJ, and between their military wings as part of the joint operations room, and every response was coordinated among all the organizations (al-Mayadeen, May 15, 2019).
Palestinian reactions to the American initiative to hold an economic workshop in Bahrain
  • The United States and Bahrain announced that an economic workshop would be held in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, on June 25 and 26, 2019. The workshop, which will be part of the “deal of the century,” will be devoted to encouraging investment in the Middle East in general and the PA in particular (Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip). It will be chaired by the American Secretary of the Treasury, and businessmen and finance ministers from other countries will be invited, including from Israel and the PA. According to the Americans, the workshop will offer an opportunity to show the Palestinians the economic details of the “deal of the century” (CNN, May 19, 2019).
  • The Palestinians are planning to boycott the workshop because they regard participation as an expression of normalization with Israel and acceptance of the American “deal of the century.” Senior sources in the PA and Hamas said they did not consider an economic workshop a solution to the Palestinian problem. They also said that anyone who did participate would be considered a collaborator.

"Economic peace. The deal of the century" (Cartoonist Isma'il al-Bazam's Facebook page, May 21, 2019).

“Economic peace. The deal of the century”
(Cartoonist Isma’il al-Bazam’s Facebook page, May 21, 2019).

Condemnation of the German parliament’s designating the BDS movement as anti-Semitic
  • On May 17, 2019, the German parliament passed a resolution designating the anti-Israeli BDS movement as anti-Semitic. The resolution vowed not to fund any organizations that question Israel’s right to exist, call for a boycott of Israel or actively support BDS (New York Times, May 17, 2019). The resolution led to a wave of Palestinian condemnation, claiming it unilaterally supported the Israeli “occupation,” violated international law and threatened freedom of speech.
  • A number of Palestinian statements on the issue were the following:
  • The Palestinian National Council said the resolution blindly supports Israel’s “occupation” and its racial discrimination of the Palestinians for the past 71 years. It called on international inter-parliamentary associations and the EU to exert pressure on the German parliament regarding the matter (Wafa, May 18, 2019). The PLO’s Executive Committee condemned the resolution, claiming it serves the interests of the “deal of the century” (Wafa, May 19, 2019).
  • Jamal Nizal, Fatah spokesman in Europe, said the resolution violated international law, previous EU resolutions and UN Security Council Resolution 2334.[3] He warned against designating the BDS movement as anti-Semitic because, he claimed, it was a threat against freedom of opinion. He called on the German parliament to recognize the state of Palestine (Wafa, May 18, 2019).
  • Senior Hamas figure Bassam Na’im condemned the resolution, calling it a “black day” in the history of human rights and freedom of expression. He said Germany had made the decision out of guilt towards the Jews in view of the crimes they had committed against them. He called on the German parliament to retract the resolution immediately (Safa, May 17, 2019).
  • Ahmed Bahar, deputy chairman of the Legislative Council, condemned the resolution, claiming it disregarded the rights of the Palestinian people. He added that the BDS has an important role in the struggle against the [Israeli] occupation in the international arena (Dunia al-Watan, May 18, 2019).
Riyad al-Maliki visits Holland and Britain
  • Riyad al-Maliki, the PA foreign minister, met with in the Hague with Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor. He gave her the 2018 annual PA report about Israel’s so-called “crimes.” He stressed the importance of opening an investigation as quickly as possible into the situation in the Palestinian territories in view of the Israeli government’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank. He also claimed the Israeli courts hushed up the arson of the Dawabshe house and asked her to examine the issue (Wafa, May 15, 2019). According to Saeb Erekat, secretary of the PLO’s Executive Committee, al-Maliki is supposed to have another meeting in the ICC for a verdict on the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem (Dunia al-Watan, May 15, 2019)
  • From the Hague al-Maliki went to Britain for a formal visit, during which he met with the British foreign minister and Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labour Party (Palestinian foreign ministry Facebook page, May 17, 2019).

[1] A significant attack is defined by the ITIC as involving shooting, a vehicular attack, the use of IEDs, or a combination of the above. Stones and Molotov cocktails thrown by Palestinians are not included. ↑

[2] The amnesty agreement of July 12, 2007 (called "the agreement of the wanted [terrorist operatives]")was intended to limit the number of Palestinians involved in terrorism and at the same time to encourage moderates in the PA who opposed Hamas. As part of the agreement it was decided to freeze the preventive activities of the Israeli security forces against 170 wanted Fatah operatives in Judea and Samaria. That was on the condition that they commit to abandoning the path of terrorism, give up their weapons and obey a series of limitations for a trial period of three months. The amnesty agreement, which did not include all the wanted terrorists in Judea and Samaria, was coordinated with the Palestinian security forces to enable them to promote its implementation by convincing and enforcement. ↑

[3] Security Council Resolution 2334, passed on December 23, 2016, stated that the Israeli settlements in the territories occupied in 1967 were illegal. ↑