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Occupation/Human rights

50 years of Israeli Occupation: Four Outrageous Facts about Military Order 101,

27 August marks 50 years since Israel issued Military Order 101, a law that punishes Palestinians for peaceful political expression.

Moving house in Hebron: Mission all but impossible,

Israel’s policy of segregation and restricting the movement of Palestinians in central Hebron, coupled with abuse, violence and daily harassment by security forces and settlers, have made life there intolerable for Palestinians. As a result, thousands have moved out of the area. The tight military control and Israel’s policy of segregation gives rise to absurd situations in which even ordinary acts such as moving house is physically and logistically all but impossible, involving massive efforts and damage to property – not to mention the emotional cost of risking confrontation and punishment.

Israel is systematically revoking Arabs' citizenship. Don't act surprised,

“Hundreds if not thousands of Bedouin are having their citizenship revoked seemingly for no reason, according to ‘Haaretz.’ Shocking as it may be, it’s not surprising. Citizenship has never provided non-Jewish Israelis with the same security it gives their Jewish compatriots,” writes Mike Omer-Man.

After Palestinians Petition, Israel Says It Will Remove Settlers From Hebron House,

The State Attorney’s Office demanded the evacuation of settlers within a week from an occupied Hebron building if negotiations do not lead to a compromise. The demand was in response to a petition by the Palestinian Abu Rajab family of Hebron requesting the evacuation of a building called the Machpelah House, which was broken into and occupied by settlers last month.

Hobby Lobby funds Israeli settlement archaeology,

Hobby Lobby, the US-based arts-and-crafts retailer recently fined for buying Iraqi artefacts on the black market, gave $25,000 to organisations based in Israeli settlements – including archaeological groups plundering Palestine’s cultural heritage.

Jerusalem Stakeout Reveals 'New Generation' of Radical Jewish Settlers,

The turning point, says a Shin Bet source, was evacuation of illegal outpost of Amona, and Shin Bet’s kid-glove conduct during it. Since then, attacks on Palestinians, left-wing activists and soldiers have multiplied.

Palestinian girl dies after being struck by settler car,

Relatives doubt Israel police will properly probe killing of eight-year-old, whose family home was about to be seized.

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

US denies Kushner’s team told Abbas a settlement freeze would topple Netanyahu,

A senior White House official vehemently denied on Saturday reports that a US delegation tasked with trying to jumpstart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that a West Bank settlement freeze was impossible and would result in the toppling of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

US asked for 3-4 months to present peace plan, Abbas adviser says,

The American delegation that met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas last week asked for three to four months, in order to present a peace plan, but did not address any Palestinian demands, said Abbas’s foreign affairs adviser Nabil Shaath on Monday.

Trump team, Netanyahu renew talks on US embassy move to Jerusalem,

Senior members of the Trump administration and Israeli officials renewed talks over the possibility of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a promise repeatedly made by the president in the 2016 election campaign, during high-level meetings in Israel last week, the Times of Israel has learned.

Netanyahu said set to meet Trump in the US in September,

The two are scheduled to meet on September 17 in New Jersey, likely at Trump’s National Bedminster Golf Club, the Israel Hayom daily reported Sunday.

Peace process

Opinion: Has Netanyahu Defeated the Palestinians?,

“The damage Netanyahu has done to the partition paradigm is increasingly irreversible; the improvements he has made to Israel’s regional and international equities appear largely reversible. Indicted or not, the ‘victories’ Netanyahu bequeaths to his successors will not taste sweet,” writes Daniel Levy.

Israeli politics

Israeli minister in East Jerusalem: our sovereignty begins here,

On a tour of east Jerusalem, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan praised the Jewish families residing there. “I am excited each time to see the Jewish families here, who understand something that we should all understand: Our sovereignty in the State of Israel and the Land of Israel begins here,” he said.

Opinion: What Labor's new leader must do to resuscitate the Left,

Instead of creating an lifeboat for undesired political has-beens, new Labor leader Avi Gabbay should try to unite Israel’s center-left behind a defiant message in the face of an emboldened right-wing coalition.


UN Chief in Israel to Push Netanyahu, Abbas to Ease Restrictions on Gaza,

On his first trip to the Middle East since assuming his post, Antonio Guterres also expected to discuss UN’s intention to examine broadening mandate given to UN forces in Lebanon

PA shelves plan to fire 6,000 Gaza civil servants,

The Palestinian Authority has suspended plans to force more than 6,000 of its employees in the Gaza Strip into early retirement, PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Saturday.

Three years after Protective Edge, Gaza is in free fall,

As internal Palestinian rifts take a heavy toll on Gazans and as shifting geopolitics in the Gulf affect quality of life in Deir al-Balah, Israel is again missing an opportunity to harness the future of its relationship with Gaza.