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US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

In America, the Right to Boycott Israel Is Under Threat. This Is Why That's Cause for Concern,

“McCarthy era anti-Communist loyalty tests have been relegated to the dustbin of history. The same must apply to government requests that employees certify they’re not engaged in a boycott of Israel,” writes Brian Hauss.

Kansas law requires contractors to sign document promising not to boycott Israel,

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit today arguing that a Kansas law requiring a high school educator to certify that she won’t boycott Israel violates her First Amendment rights.

How Palestinian Reconciliation Could Put U.S. in Legal Bind,

The White House welcomed negotiations in Cairo this week aimed at bringing rival Palestinian factions to create a unity government that would officially end a bitter decade-long split. But should the talks lead to reconciliation, the U.S. government could find itself in an awkward legal bind, since it is forbidden by law from working with Hamas as long as it remains designated a terror organization.

White House: settlement freeze demands not helpful to peace,

“President Trump has publicly and privately expressed his concerns regarding settlements, and the administration has made clear that unrestrained settlement activity does not advance the prospect for peace,” a White House official told The Jerusalem Post. “At the same time, the administration recognizes that past demands for a settlement freeze have not helped advance peace talks.”

Senior White House official says Trump decision to move embassy is a 'matter of when, not if',

A senior administration official tells the ‘Post’ that despite US President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that peace efforts come before embassy relocation, the latter is still a goal.

Schumer renews call for embassy move after Trump puts idea on hold,

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer renewed his call for President Donald Trump to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem after the president said he wanted to wait to give his relaunched peace push a chance.

Occupation/Human rights

Touring Israeli settlements: business and pleasure for the economy of occupation,

In this flash-report, Who Profits aims to expose the corporate involvement of the digital tourism industry in Israeli settlements, looking specifically at the multinational giants, Airbnb and TripAdvisor and their subsidiaries.

Netanyahu Pledged 3,800 New Settlement Homes, but Only 600 Will Be Actually Built,

A close examination of the list of construction plans expected to be approved next week shows that despite declarations that plans for some 3,800 new homes are being advanced, the government is expected to approve only around 600 new units.

Connecting Sukkot and the fight against home demolitions,

Around the world, dozens of communities are organizing activities to draw the connection between Sukkot — a holiday in which Jews commemorate the physical insecurities experienced by their ancestors — and the need to protect Palestinian villages in danger of destruction by Israel.

WATCH: Settlers attack Palestinian farmers near radical outpost,

Soldiers put an end to the attack following the intervention of a human rights worker.

Pension Fund blacklists four Israeli companies after Danwatch investigation,

The financing of illegal settlements and extraction of natural resources from occupied Palestinian territories leads Danish pension fund Sampension to exclude four companies from their investment portfolio.

Palestinian politics

Why Hamas should thank Netanyahu,

“No one has contributed more to the creation and growth of that organization than Israel’s right-wing government, and it has been doing so from the time the first intifada erupted in December 1987, up until this very day,” writes Akiva Eldar.