Israeli authorities recently approved extensive measures that will expand illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. These actions come in the midst of the latest round of peace talks, and have drawn disapproval from the European Union and the US State Department.
Eight Palestinian men were detained by Israeli forces at the Al-Aqsa mosque on Friday 7 March. Leaving the compound, the young men were arrested as they breached a recent police decision to restrict access to the mosque for male worshipers under the age of 50, based on "intelligence of plans for unrest", according to police spokeswoman Luba Samri.
On Monday the 24 February, Israel’s Knesset passed a controversial new bill that will create a legal distinction between Muslim and Christian Arabs, categorizing them as “non-Arabs,” a separate minority.
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The Israeli army issued demolition orders to 40 Palestinian Bedouin families living on the outskirts of Al-Ezereya in East Jerusalem on Sunday 23 February. The community, about 300 Palestinians from the Jahalin Bedouin tribe, live in mostly steel structures in the controversial E1 area of East Jerusalem.
During a raid in the village of Birzeit on Thursday 27 February, Israeli forces killed 24-year old Palestinian Muatazz Washaha in his home. Washaha was an activist with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and suspected by Israel of "terror activities." During the raid Israeli forces arrested three other men.
Israeli human rights group Yesh Din concluded that settlers are largely operating with impunity throughout the West Bank. Between 2005 and 2013, Yesh Din monitored 938 investigation files. Just 8.5% of them ended in the indictment of Israelis suspected of harming Palestinians and their property.