Hebron shooter could be pardoned; How the Jerusalem rail expansion entrenches occupation

What We’re Reading

Occupation/Human rights

Netanyahu, Liberman urge pardon for Hebron shooter after sentence upheld,

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Sunday called for a pardon for former IDF soldier Elor Azaria after his 18-month manslaughter sentence was upheld by a military appellate court earlier in the day.

Tracking annexation: the Jerusalem light rail and the Israeli occupation,

In this new flash report, Who Profits investigates the role of the Jerusalem light rail train in the consolidation of the Israeli settlement enterprise in occupied East Jerusalem, exposing in particular the critical involvement of international and Israeli corporations in the planning and execution of the project.

Israel to investigate shooting by Israeli embassy guard in Jordan,

The Israel Security Agency will investigate the shooting of two Jordanian civilians by an embassy guard in what an initial investigation determined was a self defense shooting during a terror attack.

Israel to strip Amnesty International of tax benefits over support for BDS,

Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has reportedly taken steps to strip Amnesty International of its tax benefits in Israel, barring Israeli donors from receiving tax deductions from their donations to the international human rights organization owing to its calls to boycott Israel’s illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, Israeli media reported on Saturday.

The “Apolitical” Approach to Palestine’s Water Crisis,

Israel is currently using 85% of the shared water resources of the West Bank, and has forced the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) into dependency on Israel as the main supplier of water. Here’s what should be done about it.

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

North Carolina governor signs anti-BDS legislation,

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law legislation that would bar the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. [FMEP note: the ban includes companies that boycott only Israeli settlements.]

Trump to meet with US ambassador to Israel over Temple Mount crisis,

The meeting is scheduled for late Monday morning, Haaretz reported. An unnamed White House official told the Israeli newspaper that Friedman was coming to Washington this week “as part of a long-planned trip.”


Opinion: The Next War in Gaza Is Brewing. Here’s How to Stop It.,

“The real basis of Gaza’s problems lies in Israeli and Egyptian moves to isolate Gaza, as well as in Israel’s and the international community’s decision to uphold the fiction that the Palestinian Authority controls the territory and should therefore be entitled to tax its goods and receive and administer its aid,” write Nathan Thrall and Robert Blecher.

Palestinian politics

PA says security coordination with Israel remains halted despite reports of arrests,

The Palestinian Authority has decided to uphold a freeze on security coordination with Israel that was imposed during protests against now-removed Israeli security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, a high-ranking Fatah official told Ma’an.

Abbas hospitalized for exhaustion and stress, officials say,

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was hospitalized in Ramallah on Saturday for what his spokesman called a routine medical checkup. But doctors and Palestinian officials speaking anonymously on Sunday told media outlets that Abbas, 82, was hospitalized due to exhaustion and stress.

Israeli politics

Funding for Israeli Jewish Identity Unit Doubled Since Its Founding in 2013,

Government allocations to the Religious Services Ministry’s Jewish Identity Administration have risen by an average of 7 million shekels ($2 million) annually in four years, reaching 35 million shekels ($9.8 million) in 2016, according to Finance Ministry figures.