WHO: Israel delays Gazans leaving the Strip for medical care; US launching new peace push

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Israel Delays Half of Gazans Seeking to Leave Strip for Medical Care, WHO Says,

The World Health Organization has revealed that Israel delayed about half of those seeking to exit the Gaza Strip to be treated in Israeli hospitals in May, with similar statistics for the preceding months.

Hamas convinced Israel will launch an attack,

“Hamas leaders believe that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing for a military operation in the Gaza Strip to distract attention from police investigations against him,” writes Shlomi Eldar.

What Russia has to gain from relations with Hamas,

Russia’s recent steps to further its rapprochement with Hamas are connected to its existing alliance with Iran and the overall situation in the region.

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Trump to Send Delegation to Israel, Palestinian Authority and Arab States in New Peace Push,

President Donald Trump is preparing to send a delegation of senior officials to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and several Arab states in an effort to renew the peace process.

Israeli security experts defend McMaster against allegations of anti-Israel bias,

A former leader of Israel’s National Security Council defended U.S. National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster against claims that the American general is hostile to Israel.

Occupation/Human rights

Israeli Settler School Built in Part on Private Palestinian Land, With a Little Help From U.S. Donors,

Aerial footage reveals that part of the campus of a school in the West Bank settlement of Efrat was built on privately owned Palestinian land. The footage was obtained and analyzed by a civil-society organization that monitors land ownership in the West Bank.

Jewish National Fund Renews Land Purchases from Palestinians in The Occupied Territories,

The role and involvement of JNF in establishing and expanding settlements in the West Bank remains far from the public eye.

WATCH: Police assault wounded Palestinian patient, staff at J'lem hospital,

Newly-released video shows Israeli security forces storming an East Jerusalem hospital in late July, as they tried to prevent doctors from bringing a wounded Palestinian into surgery.

Former attorney general stands with Palestinians facing eviction,

Former Attorney General Michael Ben Yair, whose former family home in Jerusalem is now occupied by Palestinians facing eviction, says he will reclaim the property in order to legally hand it over to them.

Jewish Extremist to Be Released From Israeli Detention Next Week,

A 19-year-old Jewish extremist, arrested in June and placed under administrative detention, is to be released on August 19. Documents revealed during the hearing show that security agencies believe Nativ took a leading part in a number of acts of vandalism, including setting fire to Palestinian cars at Hawara and Burin, and puncturing tires near diplomatic offices and international agencies in Israel, including the Spanish Consulate and the United Nations in Jerusalem.

Greek Orthodox church aims to block Jerusalem property sales in court,

The Greek Orthodox patriarch in the Holy Land announced Saturday that his church will appeal an Israeli court decision that approved the sale of prime church property to companies representing Jews seeking to expand their presence in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Man charged for urging ‘Holocaust on Arabs’ online,

Prosecutors charged a man from central Israel Monday with incitement to violence and racism over Facebook posts three years ago that called for an Arab Holocaust and burning Arab people alive.

Israeli politics

Labor MKs mum as party head acts against them,

New Labor Party chairman Avi Gabbay intends to reserve two slots in Labor’s top 10 for candidates of his choosing who would not have to run in the party’s primary, Gabbay said in recent conversations with top party officials.

Protesting ban on visits, lawmaker to set up office outside Temple Mount,

A Knesset lawmaker said Sunday he will set up his office outside an entrance to the Temple Mount in protest of an ongoing ban against MKs visiting the holy site in the Old City of Jerusalem, imposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Palestinian politics

Abbas Censors Criticism: Aims to Jail,

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has clamped down on social media and news websites – the main outlets for debate and dissent in the West Bank – with a vaguely worded decree that critics say allows his government to jail anyone on charges of harming “national unity” or the “social fabric.”