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The Daily File - May 20-22, 2023

Updated: Jan 28

Friday through Monday evening.



Data

1. OCHA OPT (Occupied Palestinian Territory) published their bi-weekly report: Since the beginning of the year, 117 Palestinians have been killed (38 of them from Nablus); 21 dead since the beginning of May; 3887 wounded (until a few days ago); 340 buildings were destroyed; 479 Palestinians lost a roof over their heads.


2. According to Michal Fruchtman's article in the newspaper Haaretz (Parents Organization against Child Arrests and psychologist at Psychoactive), 1000 children are arrested each year in the West Bank and another 1000 in East Jerusalem.


3. According to Amir Rotem's article in Local Call: 4 out of 5 children in the Gaza Strip report depression and anxiety; Over 50% of the children consider suicide; 60% harm themselves; 80% suffer from wetting.

 

General

The shepherd community of Ein Samia (northeast of Ramallah) decided to abandon its settlement, after a long period of ongoing violence by settlers, under the protection of the military (arson, abuse of livestock, threats). The straw that broke the camel's back was that a few days earlier, soldiers accompanied by settlers confiscated the entire herd, based on the settlers' false claim that the sheep were stolen. The community packed their belongings and left.


 

Fatalities

1. Fathi Jihad Abdul-Salem Rezeq, 30 years old. Resident of Nablus. Active with al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. He was shot and killed on May 22, in the morning, during clashes due to a massive IOF night raid on the Balata Refugee Camp.





2. Mohammad Bilal Zeitoun, 32 years old. Resident of the Balata Refugee Camp. Shot and killed during clashes with military forces in the camp, on May 22. According to video from a security camera, he appeared to have been shot while unarmed. According to the Red Crescent, medical aid was denied access, and apparently he bled to death.



3. Abdullah Yousef Mohammad Abu Hamdan, 24 years old. Resident of Nablus. Shot and killed during clashes with military forces on May 22, in the Balata Refugee Camp.








The security camera video, documenting the killing of Mohammad Bilal Zeitoun.



More about fatalities: Saed Jihad Shaker Mesha was shot and killed during a raid on the Balata Refugee Camp, on May 13. According to the below video, it can be seen that he was shot in the head, in a manner consistent with the Palestinian version of events, while unarmed or posing any threat to the soldiers.

 

Arrests and detainees

1. Arrests

During the period under review, 23 Palestinians were arrested: Beit Ummar 1; Bani Naim 1; At-Tur 1 (minor); The Old City, Jerusalem 2; Silwan 4 (3 minors aged 9-13); Jenin 3; Balata Refugee Camp 5; Bayt Rima 1; 'Ayda Refugee Camp 1; Abu Dis 1; Dura 1; East Jerusalem 2.



2. Administrative Detentions

Ibrahim Shawahna from Qalqilya - extension of 4 months.

Journalist Muhammad Bader was transferred to administrative detention for 4 months.

 

Attacks by the IOF on Palestinians

Chronological report sorted by day of occurrence.


1. Al-Mazra'a ash-Sharqiya, northeast of Ramallah. Clashes on Friday night. No injuries were reported.


2. Krayot, south of Nablus. Friday at noon. Settlers raided a spring and the fields near the village, under the protection of the IOF, that attacked the Palestinians who went out to confront.


3. Beita, south of Nablus. 2 were injured by teargas during the weekly parade in protest of land confiscation.


4. Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. Clashes with the IOF on Friday evening. Renewed on Monday evening and continue while writing this brief.


5. Sebastia, northwest of Nablus. The IOF raided the town in the archaeological area (near the center), on Saturday early morning, and clashes developed.


6. At-Tur, East Jerusalem. On Saturday settlers accompanied by soldiers raided the neighborhood. This is after the soldiers removed Palestinian flags in preparation for the Israeli Flags Parade. The residents confronted and the forces fired live ammunition at them and hit vehicles as well. Clashes also on Sunday. No injuries were reported.

7. Madama, south of Nablus. A Palestinian shepherd, Mamon Nasar, was shot and wounded in the leg while grazing. There are conflicting claims regarding who shot him: the soldiers or a security coordinator of a nearby settlement.







8. Barta'a checkpoint, southwest of Jenin, Saturday. A 16-year-old boy from the town of Qaffin was shot by live ammunition and wounded near the checkpoint, located near the separation wall that bisects Barta'a. He was detained for a short time and immediately afterwards transferred to a Palestinian hospital.


9. Kafr Qallil, south of Nablus. Clashes on Saturday following a raid and search of homes. No injuries were reported.


10. Bal'a, east of Tulkarm. The IOF raided, surrounded a house in the western neighborhood and conducted searches. Damage to property. A weapon was confiscated. Clashes broke out.


11. Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, Monday, at 2 AM. 400 soldiers raided the camp, and conducted house searches. They blew up a house (according to them an explosives laboratory), damaged the surrounding buildings. Two people were injured, one of whom a young girl, from shrapnel.


Snipers on the roofs, preventing ambulances from entering the camp and pointing laser sights at the medical teams. Clashes continued in the camp for a long time. 3 dead, of which at least two were active in the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. One was shot while unarmed. 6 injured, one in serious condition. According to the Red Crescent, denying access to the ambulances worsened the condition of the wounded or causing some of them to bleed to death. Blocking medical aid is a regular conduct of the troop during raids. A lot of damage to the house that was blown up and the buildings around it. 5 arrested.


12. Jenin. Monday. A raid on several neighborhoods in the city while children were on their way to school. Snipers went up to the roofs. A raid on several houses, especially the house of a prisoner, where military dogs bit his father. Clashes began. A Palestinian was injured in his face by shrapnel from live ammunition. Arrest of 3. The classes at school were postponed until after the forces withdrew.


13. Azzun, east of Qalqilya. Conflicts developed while writing this brief.


14. Shu'afat Refugee Camp, northeast Jerusalem. Conflicts developed while writing this brief.

 

Demolitions, Confiscations and Blockades


1. Shufa, southeast of Tulkarm. Land expropriation for the purpose of creating a path for settlers only, the path to Avnei Hefetz.


2. Kardala, north of the Jordan Valley. Bulldozer confiscation.


3. Al-Mughayyir, northeast of Ramallah. The main entrance is blocked for the last 10 days.


4. Nu'eima, northwest of Jericho. The IOFs' bulldozers destroyed 7 acres of onion and eggplant crops, scooped the ground and destroyed a watering network.


5. Jalbun, east of Jenin. Demolition orders for a residence and 2 other buildings.


6. Umm Safa, northwest of Ramallah. Demolition of a house.


7. Khirbet Ma'in, Masafar Yatta, south of Hebron. Demolition of a residence and a tent.


8. Khashem al Daraj, Masafar Yatta, south of Hebron. Demolition of 2 water pits.


9. Humsa - Al Bqai'a, north of the Jordan Valley. 4 families received an evacuation order for 3 different dates, for the purpose of nighttime military training on their residential areas.


10. Jabel Mukaber, South East Jerusalem. Another resident was forced to destroy his house.

 

Palestinian attacks on the Occupation Forces (IOF)

1. Hawara, south of Nablus, Sunday. A Palestinian vehicle ran over a soldier and moderately injured him. The driver escaped despite being shot. The soldiers shut down the shops (also on Monday) and prevented journalists from reporting.


2. Shu'afat Refugee Camp, North East Jerusalem. Firecrackers on a military tower.


3. Azzun, east of Qalqilya. Improvised explosive devices.


4. At-Tur, East Jerusalem. Shooting at a military position.

 

Settlers attacks on Palestinians


1. East Jerusalem. On Saturday, settlers continued to attack Palestinians in Bab al-Amud, on al-Wad Street, in At-Tur and in Ras al-Amud, using pepper spray, and yelling provocative chants. The IOF secured the settlers and violently attacked the Palestinians when clashes began. More provocations on Sunday in the Old City market. A number of Palestinians were injured by pepper spray. On Sunday, National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gavir visited Al-Aqsa and announced that Israel now control the mountain.


2. Sebastia, northwest of Nablus. Saturday. Settlers raided a farm, destroyed a trailer and uprooted trees. On Monday, a wheat field was set on fire.


3. Turmus Aya, northeast of Ramallah. Settlers, accompanied by soldiers, vandalized a car and uprooted olive trees. The IOF attacked Palestinians who tried to defend themselves.


4. Hebron. Settlers marched, shouting racist chants, in the old city of Hebron. Restrictions on Palestinians.

 

Palestinian attacks on settlers


1. Kiryat Arba. Shooting at settler vehicles. No casualties.

2. Hawara, south of Nablus. Throwing stones at a bus and shooting at a car.

3. Silwan. Firecrackers on settlers houses.

4. Turmus Aya, northeast of Ramallah. Throwing stones at a bus.

5. Evyatar outpost, south of Nablus. Shooting at a vehicle.

 

The Gaza Strip

Shooting on Sunday and Monday at fishing boats near Khan Yunis, Rafah and the north of the Gaza Strip.

 

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