Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: April 30, 2019

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US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Trump Pushes to Designate Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group,

The push for sanctions on the Brotherhood is the latest of several significant foreign policy decisions by Mr. Trump that appear to have been heavily influenced by talking to autocratic foreign leaders.

Netanyahu won’t condemn the real danger to U.S. Jews: White nationalism,

Israel’s prime minister is quick to call out threats from Muslims, though.

Occupation/Human rights

The Palestinian Authority Is Collapsing, and Annexation Could Follow,

When the Israeli cabinet voted in February to put into effect a law freezing part of the tax revenues Israel transfers to the Palestinian Authority every month, it was dismissed a cynical election stunt. But the election is over, the freeze is still in effect and, day by day, is bringing the PA closer to collapse.

What kind of democracy deports human rights workers?,

“Israel is trying to deport Human Rights Watch’s Omar Shakir, claiming democratic states have every right to defend themselves. The only problem? Israel is neither democratic nor acting in self-defense,” writes Hagai El-Ad.

What is missing isn’t funding, it’s political will,

Israel has refrained from taking simple steps that would have an immediate and direct effect on the well-being of residents of Gaza and the Gaza economy.

Alone in an Israeli Hospital, This Palestinian Died of His Wounds,

Last Saturday Omar Yunes, 20 years old, died of his injuries. He died in Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, as a prisoner under guard, according to the instructions of the Shin Bet security service. His brother tried for a week to obtain an entry permit to Israel to be by his side, in vain.

Israel Accuses Islamic Jihad of Rocket Launch, Limits Gaza Fishing Zone in Response,

Israel minimized on Tuesday the fishing zone for Gazans from 15 nautical miles down to six, after a rocket fired overnight Monday landed in Israeli waters.

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