Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: January 11, 2019

What We’re Reading

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Your tax dollars are propping up the intellectual heirs to an Israeli terrorist,

“Those of us who support Israel often complain about the Palestinian Authority’s payments to families of terrorists, including some who have carried out horrific and fatal attacks on Israeli citizens. We must speak just as loudly against the funding of terrorism and incitement by Israeli extremists, especially when American taxpayers finance these activities through subsidies of tax-exempt organizations,” writes Jill Jacobs.

Occupation/Human rights

'Israel's permit regime isn't about security, it's about segregation',

The permit system for Palestinians allows Israel to recruit informants, suppress political activity, and create an opaque system of segregation and control.

PeaceCast: West Bank Settlements - 2018 Highlights,

Brian Reeves, Director of External Relations at Peace Now, talks about the new West Bank settlement scandal: a plan to build another settlement near the West Bank town of Bethlehem, which would complete a ring around Bethlehem and severely threaten a two-state solution.

Expanding the Limits of Jewish Sovereignty: A Brief History of Israeli Settlements,

“An unsettling new Breaking the Silence tour focuses on the history of the occupation. Every Israeli and visitor who cares about what’s happening here has take it,” write Gideon Levy and Alex Levac.

Their Pretense Is Over. The Settler Leadership Is a Violent, Lawless, Racist Gang of Vigilantes,

The murder of Aisha Rabi is a milestone marking how the essential lawlessness of the settler initiative, the latent and overt racism at its core, have finally come to the surface.

Israel to seize 34 acres of land in Ramallah for settlement,

Israel’s Ministry of Finance has authorised a plan to illegally annex part of the Palestinian village of Deir Dobwan, east of the West Bank’s administrative city of Ramallah.