Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: July 9, 2018

What We’re Reading

Trump peace plan

Trump administration focuses on Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, with Mideast peace plan stalled,

With President Trump’s promised Middle East peace plan stalled, administration officials are focusing on improving conditions in the impoverished Gaza Strip — a move that could put political pressure on Palestinian leaders to come to the negotiating table.

Palestinians fear recent aid cuts could expand,

Faced with a continuing decline in foreign funding and the Arab states’ lack of commitment to their financial obligations, [Palestinian economic analyst Adel] Samara believes the only choice remaining for the PA is to “immediately dissolve itself and transfer all its responsibilities to the occupying Israeli powers.”

Occupation/Human rights

International pressure sways Israel on village demolition,

“The case of the Bedouin Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar shows that sometimes, international pressure is the only way to confront Israeli injustices in the West Bank.”

How one of Palestine's preeminent journalists lost hope for peace,

Nasser Laham, the editor-in-chief of Palestine’s biggest independent media outlet, used to be an ardent supporter Abbas and the peace process. But after decades of failed attempts, something inside him changed. Today he believes Palestinians must stop talking about peace. ‘We’ll wait a thousand years, the Israelis will be defeated. What’s the hurry?’

Israeli forces kill Palestinian, injure hundreds in Gaza,

Israeli forces killed one Palestinian and injured hundreds during Friday’s protests by the fence separating Gaza and Israel.

Israel says that monitoring social media has cut ‘lone wolf’ attacks. Palestinians are crying foul.,

Emad Zibar said his Facebook posts were only offering words of support to his people. Israeli authorities said they were instigating violence.

Israeli forces detain two Palestinians, 6 foreign activists near Hebron,

Israeli forces detained two Palestinians and six international solidarity activists, during a protest against the seizure of land in al-Hamra neighborhood on Saturday, east of occupied West Bank Hebron district.

Israeli politics

Official use of Arabic dropped from final version of nationality bill,

An amended version of the controversial nationality bill features Hebrew as Israel’s main official language, with the official state use of Arabic to be determined in separate legislation, Ynet learned on Monday.

Uri Ariel ascends to the Temple Mount after three-year ban revoked,

Uri Ariel’s visit to the Temple Mount came after the three-year ban on Member’s of Knesset visiting the holy site was revoked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

How Netanyahu's Father Adopted the View of Arabs as Savages,

“Benzion Netanyahu, the late father of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, looked to historian Joseph Klausner as his intellectual mentor and fully embraced his view of Arabs as a nation of half-savages to be defended against.”