Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: February 7, 2019

What We’re Reading

FMEP in the news

Who Is Matt Duss, and Can He Take On Washington’s ‘Blob’?,

The Nation profiles former FMEP President Matt Duss, who is now Bernie Sanders’s foreign policy advisor.

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Two Muslim-American congresswomen force Democrats to grapple with Israel divide,

The first two Muslim-American women in Congress are forcing the Democratic Party to confront a growing call from some of their younger members to take a more progressive position on Middle Eastern politics, especially on the creation of a Palestinian state.

US blocks UN Security Council statement on Hebron monitors,

The draft statement expressed regret at Israel’s decision to end the UN mission in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Palestinians May Be Open to Trump Peace Plan, Official Says,

If the U.S. plan backs a Palestinian state in the pre-1967 boundaries, with its capital in east Jerusalem, “we are ready to sit at the table and negotiate immediately,” Information Minister and presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told foreign journalists in Ramallah. Such positions would mean Trump has in effect backtracked on his support for Israeli claims in Jerusalem, even if he doesn’t say so outright, Abu Rudeineh said.

BDS and Settlement boycotts

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against BDS Supporters,

In the court’s 20-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras wrote that the pro-Israeli group had “danced around key issues” and was unable to show that they had suffered enough monetary damages to warrant a federal case.

Occupation/Human rights

'Clear him out': Palestinian tenants struggle to rent in west Jerusalem,

In this divided city, an Arabic name can severely limit the ability to find a home – and anti-discrimination laws don’t cover private housing.

I survived the Gaza violence that Benny Gantz brags about,

‘As a Palestinian expelled from Jaffa to Gaza, as someone whose family and friends have repeatedly been on the receiving end of Israel’s brute force, like all Palestinians, I know that the more violence Israel uses, the more it destroys the very legitimacy it seeks.’

Israeli politics

How to turn human rights activists into 'traitors' in a few easy steps,

The Israeli right’s years-long effort to portray Breaking the Silence as traitors fell flat on its face this last week. Will the media or the politicians who incited against them apologize?