Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: February 6, 2019

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US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Senate passes anti-BDS measure with notable Democrats in dissent,

Among the Democratic dissenters were declared presidential candidates like Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California.

As it readies peace plan, US says it sees no need to balance pro-Israel slant,

The White House is not interested in being considered an “honest broker” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a senior US official said this week, rejecting the notion that some sort of “equivalency” between the two sides was required to successfully mediate a peace deal.

Occupation/Human rights

Fake Justice: The Responsibility Israel’s High Court Justices Bear for the Demolition of Palestinian Homes,

In hundreds of rulings and decisions handed down over the years on the demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank, the justices have regarded Israeli planning policy as lawful and legitimate, nearly always focusing only on the technical issue of whether the petitioners had building permits.

After violence, court asked to halt legalization of Adei Ad outpost,

[FMEP grantee] Yesh Din petitioned the High Court of Justice to halt the legalization of the Adei Ad outpost in the West Bank. It turned to the court in the aftermath of a violent incident on January 26 that involved the Adei Ad security team, during which 38-year-old Hamdi Taleb Na’san, a Palestinian father of four, was killed on the edge of his village of al-Mughayir. The IDF has alleged that he was killed by a settler.

10 years since 'Cast Lead': How Israel first declared total war on Gaza,

The firepower, scale of destruction, and numbers of Palestinians killed during Operation Cast Lead were unprecedented in the brutal history of the conflict. Since then, the tactics used have become part of the IDF’s arsenal in its wars on Gaza.

West Bank settlers report surge in population growth,

The latest data shows the population in Jewish settlements of the West Bank grew to 449,508 as of Jan. 1, up 3.3 percent from 435,159 people a year earlier. In comparison, Israel’s overall population grew 1.9 percent last year to 8.907 million people, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Attorney General Orders Revote on Med School in West Bank Settlement,

The reason to revisit the decision, Israeli Attorney General Mendelblit said, is that a member of the CHE’s planning and budgeting subcommittee, Dr. Rivka Wadmany Shauman, apparently acted despite a conflict of interest by voting in favor of the move just as the university was discussing her promotion to professor.

Palestinian politics

Abbas seeks to free Palestinian economy from Israel,

Palestinians are determined to revisit the Paris Protocol on Economic Relations, which they have said deepens their subordination to Israel.

Israeli politics

Four Netanyahu rivals take top spots in Likud Party primary,

Benjamin Netanyahu will continue to lead the Likud Party, and he will be followed on his party’s list for the upcoming elections by four lawmakers that he has clashed with in recent months.