While the details of the long-awaited “Deal of the Century” have largely been left up to speculation, it is largely understood that the deal will be heavily tilted in Israel’s favor.
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Three 17-year-old Gaza boys were killed by Israeli forces near the Gaza fence on January 20. Their families deny Israel’s accusation that they were attacking Israeli soldiers, and are demanding the return of their bodies, according to a report by Middle East Eye.
Palestinian NGOs are hitting back at international donors, particularly the EU, for their “anti-terror” funding requirements, which the groups argue unfairly target Palestinian civil society groups.
US President Donald Trump is set to release his long-awaited “deal of the century” peace plan in the coming days. It is expected the plan will extend Israeli sovereignty to settlements in the West Bank, in addition to annexing the Jordan Valley.
Arizona legislation would revise statutes relating to crime reporting to include the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism as an “aggravating factor” in sentencing decisions. That definition infamously includes some criticisms of Israel.
Benny Gantz, the leader of the “centrist” Blue & White party and main challenger to the premiership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, vowed on Tuesday to annex the Jordan Valley if he wins the Israeli elections on March 2.
Elizabeth Warren’s very-carefully modulated position on Israel/Palestine– praising Israel as a great ally and liberal democracy but also saying she might condition aid over annexation of the West Bank — reflects official liberal thinking, and the J Street line.
Here are eight ways in which the toxic policies of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba have contaminated American institutions, as well as our laws and customs, in the 20 years since the first detainees arrived there.
The Arab Bank appears to be closing accounts of Palestinian community-based organizations and former prisoners due to a suit by Israelis alleging that the bank played a role in terrorist actions. “I never thought that being arrested by the occupation, simply for fighting for my rights as a Palestinian, would affect something so simple as trying to open a bank account,” Ahmad Salah says.
British peace activist Tom Hurndall was shot in Gaza in 2003 and died in Jan. 2004, and his death was commemorated by a group called Gaza 2020 Breaking the Siege that tried to enter the blockaded strip. They were arrested in Israel before they could cut the fence.
Congressional Republicans continue to push legislation that targets the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and their first move of 2020 is the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.
In an interview with the New York Times editorial board Amy Klobuchar also cited her strong record of pro-Israel votes in the Senate. “I still think that they are in a really tough neighborhood in a really dangerous position,” she explained, “And made worse by what Trump just did with Syria because now Iran has a foothold there.”
Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett pretends to be a liberal by refusing to run with the “Jewish Power” party despite pressure from Netanyahu to do so. But the collection of rightwingers Bennett is aligned with have made many racist comments of their own.
The foreign policy talking point for mainstream Democratic presidential candidates is fighting “terrorism.” Amy Klobuchar went so far as to call Iran a “terrorist regime.” Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren did not use that word, while offering eloquent statements about the failures of U.S. foreign policy.
The Israeli Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that it had approved the creation of seven new Israeli nature reserves in Area C of the occupied West Bank. This follows Naftali Bennett telling a forum of right-wing activists and academics in Jerusalem last week that Area C “belongs to Israel.”
The British Jewish Board of Deputies has published a list of ’10 pledges’ which Labour leader candidates must commit to, so as to protect Zionism– under the veil of countering anti-Semitism.
Reports have emerged that Israel provided key intelligence to the the US in the lead up to the Soleimani assassination. Now there are questions whether Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah could be the next US target
In the 14th year of Israeli siege, the Israel Defense Forces Chief of General Staff Aviv Kochavi declared his support for a plan to offer Gaza workers certain relief in return for calm in southern Israel, Ynet reports.
Twice in the last two years, a Jewish history teacher has been forced out of a private NY high school due to anti-Zionist statements. Now: J.B. Brager at Fieldston. In Brager’s case and Joel Doerfler’s before, outraged Jewish donors to the schools are said to have pushed the school administrations to take a stand against anti-Zionism.
The Department of Education is investigating another university over pro-Palestine events. The move comes just one month after President Trump signed an executive order that effectively allows the government to crack down on pro-Palestine campus organizing.
On January 9, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced H. Res. 782. The legislation, which is cosponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and David Kustoff (R-TN), would encourage “public schools to design and teach a curriculum about the history of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and the vital and historic importance of the Jewish State of Israel.” The bill also cites the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which it claims is spreading “rampant anti-Semitism” across college campuses.
86% of right-wing Israelis, 67% of Israeli centrists, and even 37% of “left-wing” Israelis say they trust Trump. Israel was also the only country where a majority of respondents said they agree with his administration violating the Iran Nuclear Deal. Just 23% of those surveyed opposed the move. 74% of Israelis back his decision to move the United States Embassy to Tel Aviv.
Yossi Beilin, a leader of the co-called Israeli peace camp, has ideas for how Israel can dodge the recent ICC decision to investigate Israeli war crimes.
A new University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll gives us further insight into what Americans think about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. One obvious conclusion is the high-profile BDS battles of 2019 have raised awareness for the movement, and that awareness has come with increased support.
Yumna Patel reports that while the situation in the occupied territory has remained relatively quiet in response to the US assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the tension being felt across the globe can most certainly be felt there.