Perspectives-Winter 2022-1

March 3 ICC chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda opens an investigation into alleged war crimes with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. June 13 Naftali Bennett is sworn in as Israel’s New Prime Minister after the Israeli Knesset voted to unseat Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years in power. June 16 ICC Chief Prosecutor Bensouda retires and is replaced by Karim Ahmad Khan of Great Britain. May 1 13 Palestinian families face possible eviction from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in the disputed territory of East Jerusalem. May 5 Negotiations to form a new Israeli government under Netanyahu fail. Yair Lapid of the centrist Yesh Atid party is asked by President Reuven Rivlin to try to form a new government. May 6 Two Palestinians are killed in clashes with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF); tensions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem rise. May 11 Widespread protests and riots across Israel, mostly in cities with large Arab population. Prime Minister Netanyahu deploys Israeli Border Police to quell the violence. Three synagogues are burned. 13-story residential Hanadai Tower in Gaza collapses after being hit by an Israeli airstrike. Hamas fires rockets at Tel Aviv. An Israeli state-owned oil pipeline is hit by a rocket. May 7 Police deployed on The Temple Amount during the final Friday prayers of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Palestinian worshippers throw rocks. Police officers use stun grenades. May 8 On Islamic holy night of Laylat al-Qadr, Palestinian crowds throw stones and chant, “Strike Tel Aviv.” The Israel Police use stun grenades and water cannons. May 10 The Eleven Day War with Hamas in the Gaza Strip officially begins. Israeli police attempt to evacuate the mosque compound where many Palestinians are sleeping over Ramadan, using stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets. Worshippers throw heavy objects. April 7 Violence in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem, Palestinian families are threatened with eviction. April 8 Israel decides not to cooperate with the ICC. February 4 Israel destroys Khirbet Humsa alFawqa, claiming it is an illegal settlement next to a military firing range. February Pre-trial chamber at The Hague rules that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has jurisdiction to hear war crimes cases against Israelis and Palestinians. January 5, 2021 Campaign by the Yesha Council and the Right to convince Netanyahu to authorize 70 illegal West Bank outposts – or issue a declaration of intent – fails. January 26 Biden administration announces it will restore diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority (PA). Note: This timeline highlights some events and does not account for the many daily stresses and injustices occurring in people’s lives. A Timeline of the IsraeliPalestinian Conflict January 2021-January 2022 PERSPECTIVES • THE MAGAZINE OF PROMISED LAND MUSEUM 16