50 Years After War, Settlements Blur Future Borders

What We’re Reading


50 years after war, settlements blur future borders,

Har Homa lies on one of the last spaces of land linking the Palestinian areas of the West Bank to their hoped-for capital in east Jerusalem.

Human Rights

Israel must end ‘unlawful and cruel’ policies towards Palestinian prisoners,

Israel’s decades-long policy of detaining Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Gaza in prisons inside Israel and depriving them of regular family visits is not only cruel but also a blatant violation of international law, said Amnesty International, ahead of a mass prisoner’s hunger strike beginning next week to mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day on 17 April.

Adalah demands Israel end ban on bringing bread products into hospitals during Passover​​,

This marks the third consecutive year that Adalah has initiated efforts to overturn the ban on bringing bread products in hospitals during Passover but Israeli officials have failed to provide a substantive response. Adalah intends to file a legal appeal against the ban.

U.S. Policy

U.S. Department of State "Updates" Gaza Travel Advisory,

Acting Spokesman Mark Toner: “I’m aware the timing was linked or was close to [escalating tensions], but this was, as my understanding of it, just a periodic update, and that the information concerning Gaza was similar to language from our previous travel warnings.”

US anti-Semitism envoy’s office to remain empty — ex-official,

According to the official, who spoke Thursday to JTA on the condition of anonymity, the anti-Semitism envoy’s staff will also be eliminated.

Palestinian Politics

PA suspends ties with UNRWA over planned curriculum reform,

The Palestinian Authority Education Ministry called the possible revisions to the curriculum an “affront to the Palestinian people, its history and struggles,” and said the suspension would continue until the UN agency’s “positions are corrected.”

Remembering Deir Yassin,

On April 9, 2017, The Palestinian Liberation Organization commemorated the 69th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre.

Israeli Politics

British Woman Killed in Jerusalem Stabbing Attack; Assailant Mentally Unstable,

A 23-year-old British student was killed in a stabbing attack near the Old City in Jerusalem on Friday. The assailant has been apprehended, the police said.

The Israeli Volunteers Who Set Out to Protect Palestinian Farms,

Every year, the Wadi Fukin’s 1,300 inhabitants go on high alert ahead of the week-long Passover holiday.

What the Escalating U.S.-Russia Tension Over Syria Means for Israel,

On Sunday, an unusual statement issued by a media outlet identified with Hezbollah – on behalf of a joint command center including Russian and Iranian forces as well as the militias that support the regime in Syria – condemned America’s retaliatory attack on April 7 and declared that the alliance that supports Assad will respond strongly to any new assault against the regime….If the declaration is indeed credible, does it also apply to Israel?

A futuristic Israeli peace plan — minus the peace,

Yisrael Katz, a leading member of the ruling Likud party who wants to be the next prime minister, is among many right-wing politicians who have argued it is high time for Israel to look past the two-state solution toward other possible futures. But he has distinguished himself with a detailed vision of what could be on the other side – illustrated by maps, graphs and PowerPoint presentations.