Israel is planning to build a new Jewish settlement of 6,000 to 9,000 units in the Atarot area of East Jerusalem — on a swath of land that was slated by US President Donald Trump’s peace plan to go to the Palestinians.
Israel has demolished a record number of homes in occupied East Jerusalem in 2019, the most in the past 15 years, Israeli rights group B’Tselem reported on Thursday. More than 140 Palestinian homes were demolished, resulting in the displacement of 238 Palestinians.
Israel’s human rights NGOs pushed back this week after the Knesset passed a transparency law that critics say was the most recent attempt by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition to persecute the country’s left. Leading Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now vowed to wage legal war against the new law, which requires NGOs that receive more than half of their funding from foreign donors to declare their funding sources prior to addressing Knesset committees, speaking with public officials, as well as on publications and websites.
Jordan’s King Abdullah and Mahmoud Abbas (Photo: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters) The headlines on Israel/Palestine today predictably…