Conviction of Hebron shooter provokes backlash from Israeli right wing

What We’re Reading

Occupation/Human rights

Netanyahu calls for pardon of convicted soldier Azaria,

Israeli prime minister urges clemency after military court convicts soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian.

Elor Azaria and the army of the periphery,

“From the army’s perspective, Azaria’s guilty verdict ostensibly answers the critique that it is unable to deal with soldier violence against Palestinians — or that it doesn’t want to. But there is one reason and one reason only that the lowly soldier was indicted to begin with,” writes Edo Konrad.

Opinion: The Israeli army tried to redeem itself with Elor Azaria's trial. It failed.,

“The army turned the Israeli soldier’s trial into a showcase, but the reaction to the verdict proved just how wrong they were,” writes Meron Rapoport.

A tunnel in the service of nationalism,

Israeli politicians use problematic archeological findings to drum up support for exclusionary nationalist narratives under East Jerusalem.

US-Israel relations

More Americans support UN resolution on Israel than oppose it — poll,

ore Americans support last month’s United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements than those who oppose it, while a plurality of respondents hold no viewpoint on the matter, according to new polling.

Sr. US official: Israel did not see positive aspects of Kerry speech,

Kerry’s six principles,Senior White House official Ben Rhodes said, were offered in the spirit of efforts to restart negotiations – not impose a solution –  and there is much in the principles that Israel could perceive as “gains and wins.”


Israel sentences Palestinian UN worker for aiding Hamas,

An Israeli court sentenced a Palestinian UN worker to seven months in jail on Wednesday for aiding the group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to the UN agency that employed him.

Palestinian politics

Fatah leader speaks out on Abbas' exclusive congress,

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Abdel-Hakim Awad, a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council who was excluded from the movement’s seventh congress, talks about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ political failures, his exclusionary policies and his collusion with Israel.