- This past week the Israeli security forces carried out counterterrorism activities throughout Judea and Samaria. During activities in the Jenin refugee camp Palestinians opened fire on the forces, who returned fire, killing two Palestinians, one a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist operative. Another PIJ operative was mortally wounded. A Palestinian was killed while throwing Molotov cocktails. Palestinians in east Jerusalem rioted, attacking Israeli police forces.
- In view of the decision by Palestinian terrorist prisoners in Israeli jails to go on a hunger strike to protest “recent events,” March 1, 2022 was declared a “day of rage.” The Palestinian public was asked to demonstrate and to confront Israeli security forces at the traditional friction points. Hamas called for the day of rage to be turned into an intifada.
- The Israeli defense minister signed an order for the seizure of tens of thousands of dollars worth digital currency. The currency was held in 12 digital accounts of businesses supporting the al-Mutahidun money-changing company, owned by the Shamlakh family in the Gaza Strip. The funds were to be transferred to Hamas, notably to finance its military terrorist wing. According to the Israeli defense ministry, it was the third time Israel prevented digital funds from being transferred to Hamas.
- Senior Palestinian Authority (PA) figures have almost completely abstained from publicly relating to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and have not taken a position on the events, despite the extensive media coverage. When the invasion began, the PA foreign ministry issued an announcement warning Israel not to exploit the international situation to “escalate its activities against the Palestinian people.” PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh announced they would do everything possible to rescue the Palestinians currently found in Ukraine. Musa Abu Marzouq, a member of the Hamas political bureau, exploited the events to criticize the United States. Commentaries in the Hamas-affiliated media outlets reflect their confusion and embarrassment in dealing with the events. Some are pro-Putin, some are anti-Putin and some praise Ukrainian President Zelensky.
- French Prime Minister Jean Castexsaid in a speech that Jerusalem was the eternal capital of the Jewish people, earning him a series of condemnations from Hamas and the PIJ.
- A Hamas delegation visited Lebanon and met with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
- Coronavirus infection: In Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip the number of active coronavirus cases continues to decline.