Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: December 4, 2018

What We’re Reading

Occupation/Human rights

Opinion: ‘From The River To The Sea’ Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means,

“Over the weekend, scholar and social justice activist Marc Lamont Hill apologized for ending his recent remarks at United Nations by calling for ‘a free Palestine from the river to the sea.’ As a Palestinian American and a scholar of Palestinian history, I’m concerned by the lack of interest in how this phrase is understood by the people who invoke it.”

'Price tag' vandalism continues to plague Arab communities,

Some 30 vehicles in the eastern neighborhood of Kafr Qasim were damaged. It is the sixth attack of its kind within the last two weeks.

Report: IDF soldiers posed as NGO workers leading to botched Gaza operation,

The Israeli special forces operation’s failure in early November was allegedly due to the fact that IDF soldiers posing as NGO members were outed, according to a report on Sunday by The Independent, a British newspaper.

After a decade, evictions set to return in Sheikh Jarrah,

Residents of Sheikh Jarrah are bracing for a new wave of evictions, ten years after Israeli settlers attempted to take over Palestinian homes in the embattled East Jerusalem neighborhood.

Palestinian politics

The Limits of Securitized Peace: The EU’s Sponsorship of Palestinian Authoritarianism,

EU-sponsored ‘reform’ has contributed directly to the ‘professionalization’ of Palestinian authoritarianism.

Opinion: The Obsolete Palestinian Authority,

“The unique entity known as the Palestinian Authority (PA), created 25 years ago as a supposedly transitional structure, is well past its sell-by date.”

Does PA anti-terror plan aim to strangle Hamas financially?,

The Palestinian government says it recently approved the National Strategy for Combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing in a bid to protect the economy, but many believe the step targets Hamas directly.

Israeli politics

Top court gives Israel even broader powers to use torture,

Nearly 20 years after it banned torture, Israel’s High Court is finding new ways to justify using physical force in the interrogation of security suspects.

FMEP Resources

Video: Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan: Boom or Bust?,

Watch the full video of last week’s event on the Trump peace plan.