Pressure is mounting on Israel in the wake of a UNGA resolution, as Biden makes statements highlighting divisions with the Netanyahu government.

This is what it says on Wednesday, December 13, 2023:

The latest developments

  • In an emergency session on the Israel-Gaza war, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a ceasefire on Tuesday. The United States and Israel were among ten voices that voted against the non-binding resolution.
  • Harvard University’s board of trustees has endorsed President Claudine Gay after she called for her resignation over Gay’s controversial testimony before Congress amid controversy over anti-Semitism on campus.
  • US media reports on Tuesday suggested that Israel has begun flooding with seawater a network of tunnels allegedly used by Hamas.
  • Sports brand Puma will stop sponsoring the Israel national soccer team in 2024, a spokesman for the German company said on Tuesday. Puma has been on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) list since 2018 after the company first signed a deal to sponsor the Israel Football Association.

Human influence and struggle

  • On Tuesday, Israeli forces blew up a UN Relief and Works Agency school building in Beit Hanoon, northern Gaza.
  • An Israeli military attack on Jenin in the occupied West Bank has been ongoing for 29 hours since Wednesday morning, according to Al Jazeera correspondent Charles Stratford.
  • According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, up to 100 Palestinians may have been arrested so far in the Jenin raid, while around 30 of those originally detained may have been released.
  • According to a civil defense official, around 8,000 people in Gaza are missing or trapped under the rubble.
  • A statement from Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Yemen’s Houthi group on Wednesday to “immediately release” hostages from attacks on ships in the Red Sea that HRW said had no connection to Israel.
  • The Israeli military said on Wednesday that it had sent four new warships to the Red Sea following attacks by the Yemeni armed group.
  • Eight Israeli soldiers were killed last day, military spokesman Daniel Hagari said on Wednesday.
  • About 360,000 cases of the disease have been found in overcrowded shelters for the 1.9 million people displaced by Israel’s military attack, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Tuesday in its latest situation report.


  • At a fundraiser on Tuesday, US President Joe Biden told donors that Israel is at risk of losing international support because of its “indiscriminate bombing” of civilians in the war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
  • World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a post on X on Tuesday that he was “extremely concerned by reports of a raid on Kamal Adwan Hospital in Gaza after several days of siege.” Tedros called for an immediate ceasefire and the protection of everyone in the hospital.
  • To speed up aid deliveries, the Karem Abu Salem border crossing (called Kerem Shalom by Israel) between Israel and Gaza was opened on Tuesday and humanitarian trucks were checked before they were brought into the enclave through the Rafah border crossing, according to Palestinian Red Crescent officials .

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