Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: February 5, 2019

What We’re Reading

Occupation/Human rights

Settlers to Palestinian laborers: 'Work with human rights groups and lose your job',

Flyers posted in villages near Gush Etzion warn Palestinian laborers they will be banned from nearby settlements should they cooperate with anti-occupation groups.

AG rejects right-wing appeal against Breaking the Silence,

In a letter to an attorney for the right-wing advocacy organization Ad Kan, Mandelblit’s office said the attorney general found “no cause” to second-guess the State Attorney’s Office’s announcement in 2017 that there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing on the part of Breaking of Silence.

Senior Israeli leaders pledge: 2 million Jews in the West Bank - report,

Dozens of senior ministers and Knesset members from Likud and other right-of-center parties overnight signed a declaration to support the “Nahal” movement, which promotes a settlement plan from the time of former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, according to a report published Tuesday by Israeli press. The movement’s goal: Two million settlers living in the West Bank.

BDS and settlement boycotts

Israel is becoming a wedge issue for Democrats,

“The Democratic Party is caught between a base ready to move forward on Palestinian rights and an establishment weary of what that means for donors who are more conservative.”

The Hypocrisy Of Lee Zeldin’s Attack Against Ilhan Omar,

“Confronting anti-Semitism should be a requirement for everyone. But supporting anti-BDS legislation is not and should not be a moral requirement for anyone.”

CAF rejects tender for Jerusalem's railway as it traverses '67 border,

Spanish rail equipment manufacturer CAF announced, on Friday, that it had refused to participate in a tender to build a section of the railway in occupied East Jerusalem as it violates international law.