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 March 7, 2018

Undercover Israeli forces enter the Birzeit University campus, impersonating journalists, in order to snatch student council president Omar Kiswani. While Israeli soldiers have entered the campus and other educational institutions at night to raid offices, this is the first time they have conducted an arrest during class hours. International law bars military operations in schools and universities.

 February 28, 2018

Jerusalem church leaders reopen the Church of the Holy Sepulcher after Israeli officials call off attempts to tax church properties in the city, and postpone legislation that would allow the state to confiscate lands sold by the churches to private buyers.

 February 27, 2018

The Palestinian cabinet announces it will increase taxes in the West Bank and Gaza by adding a fourth tax bracket for companies making more than one million shekels annually, increasing their tax burden to 20%. The move is intended to cover a billion dollar deficit due to flagging donor support, and address U.S. threats to stop funding the government.

 February 25, 2018

Palestinian Christian leaders close the Church of the Holy Sepulcher until further notice to protest Israeli authorities' decision to levy taxes on church property and a pending law that would allow Israel to confiscate lands sold by the churches to private buyers.  

 February 6, 2018

Israeli forces killed wanted Palestinian Ahmad Jarrar in a raid in Yamoun near Jenin after a long manhunt. Jarrar was accused of killing settlement figure Rabbi Raziel Shevach on January 9 near Nablus.

 January 23, 2018

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) commissioner general, Pierre Kr?henbühl announces that UNRWA has funds to last for two or three months before it will have to halt critical services to more than 5.3 million Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.

 January 16, 2018

The U.S. announces it will transfer only half ($65 million) of its usual support of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), which totals $125 million and makes up 30 percent of the agency’s operating budget serving five million refugees across the region.

 January 15, 2018

The Palestinian Central Council, after a two-day meeting in Ramallah held without the participation of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, votes to ask the Executive Committee to rescind recognition of Israel until it recognizes the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders, revokes the U.S. decision on Jerusalem and stops constructing settlements in the occupied West Bank.

 January 14, 2018

Ahed Tamimi, 16, and her mother were indicted on 12 counts by an Israeli military court after the Nabi Saleh activists were filmed confronting an Israeli soldier that had entered their home. The teen quickly became the focus of an international campaign of support.

 January 1, 2018

Israel’s Knesset passes legislation requiring that any amendment to the Basic Law regarding Jerusalem’s status (i.e., any concession on Jerusalem) must have 80 votes of the 120 member Knesset, as opposed to the 61 votes required to amend any other law.
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