In Palestine today…
1) An Israeli court has ruled that 450 Palestinian prisoners, held at Gilboa prison, have no rights to social distancing, arguing that “Palestinians held in prison are no different than family members or flatmates living in the same home”
2) WAFA news agency reporting that Israeli troops broke into Kafr Qaddoum village and used live ammunition and gas bombs against demonstrators taking part in weekly protests against Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank and against Israeli settlement policies and the segregation wall. Israeli troops are also said to have renewed the targeting of Palestinian lands. Apparently, they opened fire on Palestinian farmers in the villages of al-Fakhari and Khuza’a, forcing them to leave their lands.
3) Palestinian News Network reporting that Israeli settlers stormed a quarry in Jamma’in village, spray-painted remarks on its walls, and tried to set fire to a bulldozer and an excavator on the site.
4) Israeli authorities ordered the demolition of a number of properties in the occupied West Bank, including three homes, a number of cattle shelters, a water well and farmland and this despite the fact that Palestinian residents possessed documents proving ownership.
5) UK Labour Party Leader, Keir Starmer, held a Zoom meeting with Labour friends of Israel today in which they discussed how to counter the BDS movement. LFI’s chairperson Steve McCabe said later that he had “made it clear that in relation to Labour’s current policy position, the LFI does not support any form of boycott or sanctions against the Jewish state.”