Weekly newsletter with update on the pandemic crisis in the midst of the overarching anxiety of annexation.
By Allison Deger | Mondoweiss | July 3, 2020
‘From not allowing us to build roads to our villages, giving us no access to water, restricting our farmlands, destroying our homes, arresting us, confiscating our animals, taking our tractors — all of these things are part of their so-called ‘annexation plan.’ ’
— Zayd Sawafta, a farmer and mayor of the bucolic village of Bardala
- 3,485 Palestinians have tested positive for COVID-19; 3,076 in the West Bank; 72 in the Gaza Strip; and 337 in East Jerusalem
- At least 2,228 of the cases are in Hebron
- 13 Palestinians have died of COVID-19 related causes
- 27,611 people in Israel have tested positive for COVID-19
- 326 people in Israel have died from COVID-19 related causes
Over the last week cases of COVID-19 have surged in Israel and the West Bank, prompting both governments to resume lock down measures in efforts to curb the second wave. In the two week period from June 15 to July 2 the total number of coronavirus cases doubled in the West Bank with at least 1,747 testing positive and five new fatalities.
Around one third of all of the confirmed cases in the West Bank are from Palestinians living in Hebron, the epicenter of the virus in this second wave. Lock down measures were put in place there last week, and also Nablus. Beginning today closures will expand across the entire West Bank.