October 29, 2021
CANVAS is delighted to bring you another issue of our weekly report! In this issue, we cover the latest updates on cyberattacks in Papua New Guinea and Iran, a coup attempt in Sudan, ongoing protests in Lebanon, and the increased presence of ISIS groups in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In Papua New Guinea, the government has effectively been held hostage by a cyberattack. The hackers in question are demanding bitcoin payments. The hackers targeted the offices of Finance that handle financial aid from foreign countries, which the small country heavily depends on. The country will not report how much money has been demanded, but it does appear that foreign aid funds have been frozen by the attack. On Thursday, Israel approved the status of 3,000 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank. This action has been condemned by the Palestinian authority, 13 European states that call on Israel to abandon the project, and by the U.S. Increased settlements have slashed the idea o the two-state solution down, with Palestinian human rights activists Issa Amro saying “The purpose of Israeli settlement expansion is to fragment Palestinian land so there wouldn’t be the connection of Palestinian geography.” Many consider such annexation war crimes, in accordance with the Geneva Convention prohibiting the transfer of the protected population and the inability of an occupying power from applying its laws to occupied territory. Also in Palestine, the destruction of the al-Yusufiye cemetery for the purpose of building a themed garden has made headlines as a video of a Palestinian women resisting Israeli forces, clinging to her son’s grave as construction machines operate closeby went viral. The cemetery is in occupied East Jerusalem. Israel justifies this brutal action by claiming that the land was settled by Jews during ancient times. Also, it claims that “no work is being done in the cemetery [instead being] carried out on open public land,” adding that the grave sites affected by the work were illegally placed in the area. Despite multiple attempts to preserve the site, including going to Israeli courts, all measures were rejected in favor of building a allegedly apolitical mythical garden. Israeli researcherAviv Tatarsky has claimed that “The park in question is part of a series of government-funded projects which aim to link settler compounds in the Old City Basin.” This amounts to claiming that these alleged apolitical building projects surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem, were a concerted effort by Israel to form a protective ring of settlements around the Old City.