Gazans who travel abroad forced to promise not to return; Warren opposes boycott bill

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Gazans who travel abroad forced to promise not to return,

Gaza residents traveling abroad via Erez Crossing attested to a practice imposed on the Israeli side of the crossing, by which, at the very last minute, residents were forced to sign a waiver, committing not to return to Gaza for at least a year, as a condition for being allowed to depart on their journeys.

Four Palestinians wounded in Israel air attacks on Gaza,

The Israeli military said it carried out the air attacks in response to a rocket fired towards Israel.

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren Comes Out Against anti-BDS Bill,

‘I think the boycott is wrong, but I think outlawing protected free speech activity violates our basic constitution,’ she says.

FMEP Resources

Settlement Report: August 9, 2017,

Covering demolitions & evictions in Jerusalem, new construction, and more.

Occupation/Human rights

Israel's arrests of Palestinians 'highest in years',

Israeli forces arrested some 1,268 Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories over the last two months, according to rights groups.

Palestinian Family Petitions Israel's Top Court to Evacuate Settlers From Hebron Home,

The Abu Rajab family of Hebron has petitioned the High Court of Justice to demand the evacuation of the building known as Machpelah House, which they claim they own and which was broken into by settlers last month.

When a Leading ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Urged Begin to Trade Land for Peace,

One of the leading ultra-Orthodox rabbis of the last half-century wrote a letter in 1978 declaring that there was no problem in giving up land for peace from the standpoint of religious law.

Two Palestinian vehicles torched in apparent revenge attack,

Two vehicles in the Palestinian village of Umm Safa north of Ramallah were torched early Wednesday morning, in a crime locals said was carried out by neighboring Israeli settlers.

Israeli politics

Ex-Netanyahu aide received money from group tied to billionaire Lauder — report,

A former top aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who recently turned state’s witness in an investigation against the premier reportedly received a $105,000 consulting fee from a group tied to conservative Jewish-American billionaire Ronald Lauder upon leaving the Prime Minister’s Office.

Are Israelis indifferent to corruption around Netanyahu?,

Despite political corruption, Israelis keep backing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in polls.