Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: April 12, 2019

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A Candid Conversation about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement,

FMEP non-resident fellow Peter Beinart interviews Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Palestinian civil society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign.

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

U.S. Denies Entry To Leader Of Movement To Boycott Israel,

The U.S. government has denied entry to Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement, which urges boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel on security and settlement policies in the West Bank.

Sen. Tim Kaine grills Pompeo on two states,

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo deflected on whether the U.S. supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in an exchange with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), during a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

AIPAC Democrats Warn Netanyahu Against West Bank Annexation,

Four Jewish American lawmakers, who are considered strong supporters of Israel, warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday against annexing parts of the West Bank.

Occupation/Human rights

Israel's election, through the eyes of a young Palestinian,

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has promised to assert sovereignty over dozens of Jewish settlements on the West Bank. For Palestinians there, that could mean the end of a decades-long struggle for a state of their own. We hear the perspective of one young man living on the West Bank.

Who needs Bennett when Netanyahu is already annexing the West Bank,

Unlike satellite right-wing parties, Netanyahu advances the annexation of occupied Palestinian territories with little public scrutiny and at no cost.