Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: April 16, 2019

What We’re Reading

Occupation/Human rights

Annexation is more than just a declaration,

By drawing a line at formal annexation, the international community is hobbling its ability to respond to Israeli changes on the ground.

Airbnb May Have Caved to Israel’s Settler Movement, but Palestinians Aren’t Giving Up,

In a novel legal challenge, a group of Palestinians is continuing to pursue claims against settlers in a US Court.

Activist in Jewish-Arab coexistence group suffers ‘humiliation’ at airport,

A US activist was subjected to a severe and “humiliating” security check at Ben Gurion Airport and prevented from boarding her plane to leave the country with her personal belongings due to her work in a Jewish-Arab coexistence group, the organization said.

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Anti-Zionists Deserve Free Speech,

“There have indeed been illiberal attempts to silence conservative voices on college campuses, but they pale beside the assault on pro-Palestinian speech, particularly speech calling for an economic boycott of Israel,” writes Michelle Goldberg.

Jewish Groups Split Over Ocasio-Cortez Comments on Cutting U.S. Aid to Israel,

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday she viewed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection as part of “the ascent of authoritarianism across the world,” and that reducing military and economic aid to Israel as a way of signaling opposition to its policies is “on the table” and “can be discussed.”

Leading Liberal Think Tank Teams Up With AIPAC,

The event reflects CAP’s ambivalence about pursuing progressive foreign policy and its repeated willingness to partner with reactionary foreign governments, including Israel, India, and the Persian Gulf monarchies.