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COVID-19 devastates Palestine’s shattered economy (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)

"COVID-19 has compounded the dire economic conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt), which were moving from bad to worse before the pandemic, according to the latest UNCTAD report on its assistance to the Palestinian people."

"The measures imposed by Israel, decline in donor support, and the ensuing poor economic performance, have resulted in a significant deterioration of socio-economic conditions in the oPt, the report notes."

"Palestinian women have paid the heaviest cost, as the decline of the agricultural sector has deprived them of opportunities in their traditional sector of employment, with no alternatives emerging in the post-occupation era."

Arab League division over Palestinian cause to dominate talks (Al Jazeera)

"An Arab League meeting on Wednesday will focus on the Palestinian cause after the Israel-UAE "normalisation" deal, with analysts suggesting division rather than usual unity on the issue will dominate the discussion."

"The Palestinian cause has traditionally been a unifying theme for the Arab League, which this year appears to be more a cause for division, rendering the Arab League ever more irrelevant in managing the affairs of the Arab world," said Andreas Krieg, assistant professor of security studies at King's College London.

Marwa Fatafta, a policy member with the Palestinian policy network Al-Shabaka, said, "Many Gulf states have keen interest in formalising ties with Israel and the UAE-Israel was the ice-breaker. Normalisation between Israel and Gulf states has already been in the making, and now it is just a matter of timing."

A Treat for Israeli Soldiers: Raiding a Palestinian Home at 3 A.M. (Haaretz)

Amira Hass exposes the treatment of 21-year-old Hamada Tamimi who was arrested last month by the IDF, in light of interviews with young Israeli soldiers.

"'Arrests are an exciting activity for soldiers. At least in the beginning. It’s the only sort of operation they’re involved in that’s like combat. All the rest are policing missions. This is more of a military mission.' Thus two young Israelis told me last year, not long after completing their compulsory service in the Israel Defense Forces."

"Hamada was stuck at one IDF outpost for four hours, and then at another army facility for 10 hours. Blindfolded and handcuffed, as the soldiers went about their business around him. As they go about a routine that includes detaining people this way – bound and blind."

British Palestinian activist arrested in protest against Israel arms group Elbit (Middle East Eye)

British-Palestinian activist, Huda Ammori, has been arrested in a protest targeting Israel's largest arms company, Elbit Systems, as activists stepped up direct action against UK military cooperation with the Israeli army in its occupation of Palestinian territories.

"Elbit's Hermes 900 drones have been used in Israeli attacks on Gaza, and were first deployed during the 2014 assault on the besieged enclave when more than 2,200 Palestinians were killed."

"Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs Orit Farkash-Hacohen has asked the British government to act against what she called the delegitimisation campaign against Israel in the UK and mentioned the actions against Elbit while on a visit to the UK."

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