Your Wednesday Briefing

Violence in Israel and the West Bank

Hours after Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said last night that a military incursion aimed at Palestinian armed groups in the West Bank city of Jenin was wrapping up, five rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, raising fears of more violence. No injuries were reported, and the Israeli military said the country’s air defense system had intercepted all five rockets.

The Palestinian death toll in the Jenin operation has risen to 12 and at least 120 people have been injured, Palestinian health officials said. Four of the casualties were under 18 years old, and Palestinian militant groups said five were fighters. An Israeli military spokesman said that a soldier had been killed “by gunfire” during the operation.

Yesterday, eight people were wounded when a Palestinian man carried out a car-ramming and stabbing attack in a residential area of Tel Aviv, the Israeli authorities said. A pregnant woman was injured and lost her baby, local media reported. The driver, who left his car and stabbed passers-by, was shot and killed by a civilian, Israeli security officials said.

Taking flight: As many as 3,000 of the Jenin refugee camp’s roughly 17,000 residents have sought shelter in schools and other public buildings or with families elsewhere.

Jenin: To many Israelis, the city and its environs are a dreaded incubator of terrorism that has claimed many lives over the years. To many Palestinians, it is a heroic symbol of resilience and resistance against Israeli rule and the rule of others who came before.

France holds hasty trials for hundreds

Over five nights of fury in France, after the fatal police shooting of a teenager, some 3,400 people were arrested. The justice system is running almost around the clock to process them, many through quick trials that are typically used for crimes like traffic violations or theft. Lawyers often have just 30 minutes to prepare, and cases often end in prison time.

After flooding the streets with 45,000 officers night after night, the French state is looking to send a second harsh message. Justice Minister Éric Dupond-Moretti called for a “firm hand” and advised prosecutors to seek prison sentences for people charged with physical assault or serious vandalism.

Among those arrested are paramedics, restaurant employees, factory workers, students and unemployed people. A majority had no criminal record, according to the French authorities. And most are minors: The average age of those arrested is 17, with some as young as 12. They go to a specialized court, where the process is slower and prison is seen as a last resort.

Damage: During the protests, more than 5,000 vehicles were burned, 1,000 buildings damaged or looted, 250 police stations or gendarmeries attacked and more than 700 officers injured.

A potential Russia-U.S. prisoner swap

Russia and the U.S. are in contact over the possibility of a prisoner swap, according to the Kremlin, apparently involving the jailed Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich. The discussions would “continue in complete silence,” a Kremlin spokesman said.

American officials have repeatedly called for the release of Gershkovich, who has been held for months on what the U.S. government has said are baseless allegations of espionage. He and Paul Whelan, a former Marine serving a 16-year sentence after being convicted in 2020 of spying, are considered ”wrongfully detained” by the U.S. — the equivalent of being political hostages.

The Kremlin statement was the latest acknowledgment from Moscow that Russia could be open to an exchange, although there have been no outward signs of any talks.

Other news from the war in Ukraine:

Moscow’s mayor said that several drones were intercepted near the city.

A Russian strike injured more than 40 people in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region.

Ukraine will not receive F-16s for its counteroffensive, a top NATO leader said.

President Vladimir Putin of Russia is scrambling to protect himself from a future coup, giving soldiers and other security officials a raise of more than 10 percent.


Around the World

The leaders of Russia, China and India gathered at a virtual meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

A report declared the treated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan safe to release into the Pacific Ocean, but critics demand more transparency.

Sex workers in Amsterdam are contesting a city plan to set up a location for legal prostitution in a neighborhood other than its red-light district.

David Adjaye, the acclaimed Ghanaian British architect, stepped back from a number of roles after it was reported that he had been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct.

Other Big Stories

A federal judge limited the Biden administration’s contact with social media platforms, which could curtail efforts to combat false information online.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general, said that he had agreed to extend his mandate another year, reversing an earlier decision, until October 2024.

Vietnam has banned the “Barbie” movie over its use of a map depicting contested territory in the South China Sea.

A gunman killed five people in Philadelphia on Monday. Another gunman killed three people in Texas the same night at a July 4 celebration.

Science Times

For thousands of years, mathematicians have adapted to the latest advances in logic and reasoning. Are they ready for A.I.?

Scientists revealed the results of experiments testing how our brains give rise to conscious thought.

The Euclid space telescope, built by the European Space Agency, will use its instruments to create the most accurate three-dimensional map of the cosmos to date.

A recent study offered the “oldest decisive evidence” that our ancient hominid ancestors ate one another. Other scientists are more skeptical.

A Morning Read

The winemaker Maggie Harrison’s painstaking blends are dazzling diners and critics — and upending long-held notions about how winemaking is supposed to work.

“Tasting any great wine can be as immersive as watching a film,” Alex Halberstadt writes. But Harrison’s pinot noir “took me somewhere beyond that,” he added. ”First, it made me see colors.”

Lives Lived

Léon Gautier, the last surviving member of an elite French unit that joined Allied forces in the D-Day invasion to wrest Normandy from Nazi Germany’s control, has died at 100.


How soccer tactics impact transfers: As tactics evolve, clubs place emphasis on different positions. But there will always be space in transfer budgets for strikers.

Venus’s great Wimbledon legacy: This may prove to be her final Wimbledon, but her biggest victory was winning the fight for equal prize money 16 years ago.

From The Times: On a day many matches were rained out at the All England Club, Carlos Alcaraz displayed his continued improvement on grass — and what he has learned from Andy Murray.


The stylish new Italian player at Wimbledon

Jannik Sinner, an Italian tennis player, broke with tradition on Monday when he emerged on court with a custom-made duffel bag wrapped in Gucci’s “GG” monogram, its red and green straps slung over a shoulder. It was the first time a tennis player had been cleared to carry a bag with a luxury logo on the Wimbledon court.

In most other sports, this might not be extraordinary. But tennis is different. A Grand Slams rule book regulates players’ clothing and what they can bring to courts — including the size, placement and number of logos on their outfits and equipment bags. Sinner’s not-so-humble duffel may be a new frontier for luxury brands in the sport.


What to Cook

This orzo salad puts zucchini to good use.

What to Read

In “The Exhibitionist,” a family lives in the shadow of a blustering, egotistic, once important painter.


Read Prue Leith’s account of a great American road trip.

Now Time to Play

Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: “___ whiz!” (three letters).

And here are today’s Wordle and the Spelling Bee.

You can find all our puzzles here.

That’s it for today’s briefing. Thanks for joining me. — Natasha

P.S. The Times Book Review is highlighting the unsung work of translators.

Listen to “The Ezra Klein Show,” on the destruction of the Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s “mystique of power.”

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Natasha Frost writes the Europe Morning Briefing and reports on Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific from Melbourne, Australia. @natashamfrost

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