Israeli Soldier Who Shot Prone Palestinian Convicted Of Manslaughter

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Occupation/Human rights

Israeli Soldier Convicted Of Manslaughter For Killing Wounded Palestinian,

An Israeli military court has convicted a soldier of manslaughter for shooting and killing a Palestinian assailant who was already incapacitated.

Report: Sharp spike in repression of Palestinian journalists,

Two new reports document the growing repression of Palestinian journalists by Israeli forces last year. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Israel is currently imprisoning the same number of journalists as the Syrian regime.

2016 'deadliest year' for West Bank children in decade,

Israeli forces killed 32 Palestinian children in West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2016, the highest number in 10 years.

HRW: Senior Israeli officials support 'shoot-to-kill' policy against Palestinians,

In a report released Monday from Human Rights Watch (HRW), the group outlined instances when senior Israeli officials have either openly called for the extra-judicial killing of Palestinians or have failed to condemn the calls.

Israeli forces demolish 2 homes in Jerusalem, displacing 18 Palestinians,

Israeli bulldozers demolished Palestinian homes in the neighborhood of Shufat in occupied East Jerusalem, and delivered demolition orders in the village of Jinsafut in the Qalqiliya district of the occupied West Bank between Tuesday and Wednesday.

The EU giveth, Israel taketh away in West Bank,

The European Union keeps funding projects in the West Bank’s Area C, and Israel keeps demolishing them.

Bizarre Jerusalem family case shows peace, settlements incompatible,

The bizarre case of the Sublaban family reflects how the Israeli settlement policy has spun out of control as a couple has been allowed to stay in its Jerusalem home for 10 years on condition that their children can’t stay with them.

Israel’s security experts redraw West Bank map for Trump era,

Israel’s leading security think tank has published a plan to redraw the map of the West Bank in a bid to consolidate major settlements and prevent the spread of others.

US-Israel relations

US and Jerusalem: Senators plan to recognise city as Israel's capital, relocate embassy,

Republican senators have introduced a bill to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, a move backed by President-elect Donald Trump but one that Palestinian leaders say will deal a fatal blow to prospects for peace.

Palestinian politics

Palestinians face deep budget cuts as foreign donations run dry,

Palestinian prime minister says foreign donations running at half forecast levels, leading to $1bn deficit in 2017 budget.

Abbas doesn’t believe Trump will move US embassy to Jerusalem,

PA chief also ‘disappointed’ Netanyahu will skip Paris peace summit, hopes it will further UN efforts to ‘end occupation’.