The State Department threatened Friday to close the Palestinians’ Washington office unless they enter into direct negotiations with Israel. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has determined that the Palestinians have run afoul of a condition in the law that allows their mission to the U.S. to function which prohibits the Palestinians from requesting the International Criminal Court, or ICC, to prosecute Israelis for crimes against Palestinians.
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Speaking to a conference on settler population growth in the West Bank titled “On the Way to a Million,” Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin dismissed the idea of a Palestinian state, “Halas [‘enough’ in Arabic] with the story of two states. There is no other option but the state of Israel, certainly between the Jordan [River] to the [Mediterranean] sea there will be one state.”
“F]or Palestinians in marriages in which one partner comes from the West Bank and the other from territory Israel had declared to be part of the Israeli state, the slum is a haven where they can live legally together,”–Reuters reports.
Over the past year, some 16,000 applications to leave Gaza have piled up at the Israeli Liaison Office and still await a reply.
“With Yarmouk still besieged and under the control of armed groups, however, death is all too often the only way that displaced residents can return home.”–Tom Rollins reports.
At least seven Palestinians were killed, and 12 others were wounded after Israeli forces blew up an underground tunnel between the southern Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday. “We will exercise our right to respond – this is our duty,” Daoud Shehab, a leader in the Islamic Jihad movement, told Al Jazeera, adding that it is a legitimate right of resistance groups to respond.
“Marwan [Barghouti] told Fadwa that she should take a week to think over the proposal and decide whether she was willing to dedicate herself to someone whose life would be fully committed to the Palestinian resistance.”–Jaclynn Ashley reports on the unconventional marriage of the imprisoned Palestinian leader and his wife.
Israeli colonists flooded dozens of Palestinian olive trees with sewage water Tuesday, near Nablus, according to the Israeli Rabbis for Human Rights organization, as the olive harvest begins. Human rights groups documented ten cases of settler violence and theft directed at Palestinian groves.
Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland, and Denmark are demanding that Israel pay over €30,000 ($35,400) in compensation for destroyed solar panels and classrooms the countries had installed in Bedouin communities in the West Bank.
In Hebron, Palestinians are prevented from entering the Ibrahimi Mosque for two days over the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
No one is forced to observe Jewish holidays like the Palestinians. The Times of Israel reports that Israel plans to shut down the entire West Bank and Gaza Strip for 11 full days during the Sukkot holiday.
“Reem’s sessions take on different styles of therapy, some of which she has invented herself, and others she has collected from other therapists,” reports The New Arab.
Al Jazeera reports on the increase in Palestinian injuries in one West Bank refugee camp: Most of the gunshot wounds were directed at the lower limbs of the youth in the camps, now commonly referred to as “kneecapping.” Residents of the Dheisheh camp say that an Israeli army commander, who the youth in Dheisheh refer to as “Captain Nidal”, has been threatening to intentionally disable Palestinians in the camp
Israel stops issuing one-year visas to foreigners married to Palestinians. “The more stringent policy came unannounced and without any explanation,” reports Amira Hass.
“As far as is known, the main piece of evidence against the family is a Facebook post Abed wrote a few hours before the attack,” reports Haaretz.
The Times of Israel reports, “Five homes in the Shaarei Tikva settlement in the northern West Bank were reportedly built on land allocated to the Palestinians under the Oslo agreements.”
In the wake of the Gulf crisis, Hamas leaders left Qatar and are looking for a new base for their foreign headquarters. Al-Monitor reports, Algeria is likely the group’s next move, “The Saudi-backed Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported July 17 that Hamas is searching for a foothold in Algeria to shelter its officials who left Qatar in early June. Algeria received an official request from Hamas to establish a representative office for the movement on its territories, but it has yet to respond.”
Haaretz interviews women from the former USSR who moved to Gaza to be with their husbands–“[Elena] says she loves Gaza. ‘I’ve gotten used to it, as far as I am concerned everything here is fine. The only thing I don’t like is that it’s impossible to leave [the Gaza Strip]”
The State Department finds Israeli settlements, settler attacks, changes to the status quo at al-Aqsa mosque and a lack of progress on Palestinian statehood are the driving cause of violence.
Israel advances a law that will make secret its operations to suppress the movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the law would exempt government agencies from complying with FOIA requests that could reveal its fight against BDS, and its overseas civilian partners that seek to hide their relationship with the Israeli government.
Canadian stores are ordered to deshelve wines produced in settlements that carry a “made in Israel” origin tag. From here one, settler wines must me marked “made in the West Bank occupied territory.”
For the moment, swimming in beaches in southern Israel is banned indefinitely after pollution from Gaza made it way north following an electricity crisis where the absence of power has shut down the Strip’s only sewage treatment plant.
Ron Kampeas reports for the JTA: “Haim Saban, a major donor to the Democratic Party, is backing a bill that would slash funding to the Palestinian Authority unless it stops payments to Palestinians jailed for attacks on Israelis. The participation of the Israeli-American entertainment mogul in the initiative of the lobbying affiliate of the Israeli-American Council is significant because Democrats until now have been reluctant to back the bill as it stands.”
A West Bank settlement is building a $100 million medical school and doubling the size of its campus, with the aid of the Israeli government. The project will be named after casino mogul and settlement financier, Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam.
The human rights group B’Tselem reports that in May, Israeli soldiers in occupied Nabi Saleh detained Baraa Kanan, 19, for seven hours, beat him, forced him to say ‘Mohammed is a pig,’ cut his hair, and then dumped him on the side of a settler highway.