Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: January 23, 2019

What We’re Reading

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Pompeo: Peace efforts to begin ‘immediately following Israeli elections’,

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the US will begin unspecified “work” on a renewed peace process between Israelis and Palestinians “immediately following” Israeli elections on April 9.

The Demise of USAID Efforts in the West Bank and Gaza,

Approving an amendment to the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act (ATCA), which allows victims of terror to sue recipients of U.S. assistance funds, including the Palestinian Authority (PA), in U.S. courts, to exempt humanitarian and development assistance provided through nongovernmental organizations might contribute to a rebuilding of trust between US officials and Palestinian counterparts

BDS and Settlement boycotts

Md. lawsuit: Punishing companies for boycotting Israel violates First Amendment rights,

Anti-BDS laws designed to punish people for their political views have led to six lawsuits, including one filed this month in Maryland federal court by the civil rights organization Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on behalf of plaintiff Saqib Ali, a former Maryland state delegate. The lawsuit challenges Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2017 executive order prohibiting the state from doing business with individuals and entities that engage in or support a boycott of Israeli businesses.

Occupation/Human rights

Israel Ordered to Explain Why Jerusalem Park in Palestinian Neighborhood Closed Off to Public,

The High Court asked the Israeli government and a settler NGO to explain why the City of David National Park is closed on Saturdays, holidays and evening, unlike all other parks in the country, as Silwan residents warn of ‘Hebronization.’

Protest closes Israel's 'apartheid road' through West Bank,

A new road in the West Bank that separates Palestinian and Israeli drivers was closed by protesters on Wednesday, before they were dispersed by Israeli police deploying teargas and stun grenades.


Palestinian killed, Israeli soldier injured in Gaza border clashes,

An Israeli soldier was shot and injured along the Gaza border on Tuesday in the second attack of the day on Israeli troops by Palestinian snipers.

Israel halts transfer of Qatari funds to Gaza as border tensions spiral,

Israel refused to allow a previously approved $15 million transfer to the Gaza-ruling Hamas terrorist group from Qatar on Tuesday, as the restive border region spiraled into deadly violence.

Israeli politics

How the Jewish Left and Palestinian Arabs Can Remake Israeli Politics,

A political alliance between Israel’s left wing and Arab parties could topple Benjamin Netanyahu.

Liberman: Israel needs to go back to targeted assassinations,

“Israel needs to go back to targeted assassinations,” Yisrael Beytenu Party leader and former defense minister Avigdor Liberman said in an interview to Army Radio on Wednesday.