Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: January 29, 2019

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BDS Is A Trap For Democrats,

“Solidarity with the Palestinians, criticism of Israel, and support for free political speech, including in the form of boycotts, have in recent years been weaponized,” writes Lara Friedman.


US Senate advances controversial anti-BDS legislation,

Most Democrats join Republicans in favor of taking up a bill that includes a measure taking aim at boycotts of Israel.

Occupation/Human rights

Israel Won't Uproot Any More Settlements, Netanyahu Says in Visit to West Bank,

‘If it’s up to me, there won’t be any more halting settlements,’ Israeli premier tells residents of the partially-evacuated settlement of Netiv Ha’avot and says demolition of their homes was ‘a mishap.’

Imminent Eviction in Sheikh Jarrah: The Sabbagh Family,

The eviction of forty members of the Sabbagh family (including 30 children) from their home in Sheikh Jarrah is closer than ever.

Palestinian company says ex-IDF chief stole footage of Gaza destruction for campaign video,

Gaza-based ‘Media Town’ claims Benny Gantz, who many see as Netanyahu’s only credible opponent in the upcoming elections, cribbed aerial footage of destroyed neighborhoods in Gaza following Operation Protective Edge.

Palestinian dies in Gaza after being struck in the face by tear gas canister,

A Palestinian in Gaza succumbed on Tuesday to wounds he sustained days earlier during a demonstration near the boundary with Israel, the Gaza health ministry reported.

After Israel suspends Hebron observers, Palestinians call for permanent UN force,

A top Palestinian official on Tuesday asked the United Nations to deploy a permanent international force in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a day after Israel said it would not extend the operations of a temporary observer force in the city of Hebron after more than 20 years.

Palestinian politics

Palestinian Prime Minister, Government Resign,

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah has tendered his resignation and that of his unity government to President Mahmoud Abbas, he said on Tuesday, dealing a blow to faltering reconciliation efforts with Gaza’s Islamist Hamas rulers.

Abbas and the Farce of Palestinian Democracy,

The dissolution of the Palestinian Legislative Council would allow Abbas to consolidate his power further by moving much of the decision-making process to the PLO Central Council.

Israeli politics

The future is the center: Meet the parties shaking up Israeli politics,

Caught between growing extremism on the right and a battered left, Israelis are flocking to a new crop of centrist politicians who prioritize economic issues over solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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