Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: January 3, 2019

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Occupation/Human rights

Who gets to vote in Israel’s democracy in 2019,

Of the 6,463,000 Palestinians living under varying degrees of Israeli rule in territory fully or partially controlled by Israel, only 1,548,000 — 24 percent, or fewer than one in four — have the right to vote in Israeli elections.

23 police officers, 4 settlers hurt in violent clashes at Amona outpost,

Israeli security forces early Thursday morning clashed with roughly 300 settler youths who gathered overnight inside a pair of mobile homes illegally installed on the West Bank hilltop where the Amona outpost once stood.

Historic Jerusalem district threatened by settler group,

The houses of several Palestinian families in East Jerusalem are threatened with destruction or expropriation by a powerful Israeli organization working to expand the settlements.

Settlers suspected of hurling stones at convoy of PA prime minister,

Israeli settlers are suspected of having hurled stones at the convoy of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the northern West Bank last week.

Farming Permits for Palestinians in West Bank ‘Seam Zone’ Cut Drastically,

In 2018, 72 percent of Palestinian requests for farming permits were refused, compared to 24 percent in 2014. There are also very few permits issued for “agricultural employment,” beyond the barrier, permits generally given to the relatives of the plot owner who work with him, but also to paid laborers.

Israeli Taxpayers Help Foot the Bill for Settlers’ Return to Amona Outpost,

A nonprofit group that is partly funded by public funds is behind last month’s construction of illegal structures at the Amona outpost, sources familiar with the group told Haaretz.

BDS and Settlement boycotts

British bank says it divested from Israeli firm over cluster bombs, not boycott,

The London-based bank HSBC clarified that its decision to divest from Israel’s Elbit Systems is a statement against the production of cluster bombs and has nothing to do with the boycott movement against Israel.

Israeli politics

Illiberal Neoliberalism,

Israel’s transition into a global economy is a textbook example of how a country can practice globalization without subscribing to any of its stated values.

In Israel, There's No Left. There's Only a Right in Different Forms,

“What is going on in our political system ahead of the upcoming election can be described like this: Right A versus Right B, a split in Right C, a possible merger in Right D, and a new glimmer of hope in Right E. “


[Video] Water crisis may make Gaza Strip uninhabitable by 2020,

In the Gaza Strip, 97 percent of freshwater is unsuitable for human consumption, and raw sewage pours into the Mediterranean Sea.