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

What We’re Reading

Occupation/Human rights

Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is ‘not a state of all its citizens’ ,

Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel is “not a state of all its citizens”, in a reference to the country’s Arab population. In comments on Instagram, the prime minister went on to say all citizens, including Arabs, had equal rights, but he referred to a deeply controversial law passed last year declaring Israel the nation state of the Jewish people.

How Palestinian Land Goes From the Israeli Army to the Settlers,

A new study to be released next week by [FMEP grantee] Kerem Navot will focus on the history of orders to seize Palestinian land, issued by generations of army commanders in the West Bank. Some 40 percent of the area officially seized for military and security needs has been allocated over the years to settlements.

State to court: Settler 'good faith' Palestinian land seizure can be legal,

The Israeli government is pushing the High Court of Justice to overturn its long standing legal understanding that illegal settler homes on private Palestinian property cannot be retroactively authorized.

Israel Wants to Deport Human Rights Watch Official. So Did Egypt and Syria,

“One year after granting me a work permit to take up my post on the ground as Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine director, the Israeli government has ordered me to leave the country. They say they’re deporting me because I support boycotts of Israel,” writes Omar Shakir.

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Netanyahu-Trump Partnership Is Stronger Than Ever. Are These Its Final Days?,

In his increasingly uphill re-election battle, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s secret weapon is no secret. It’s President Trump.

The Ilhan Omar Controversy Is a Turning Point for the Jewish Left,

Progressive Jewish organizations like Jewish Voice for Peace, IfNotNow, and Jews for Racial & Economic Justice are responding to the Omar flap by emphasizing the difference between anti-Semitism and legitimate critiques of Israel and pivoting to discuss the threat of white supremacy to all minority groups.

Israeli politics

Opinion: Whoever wins Israel's election, result will be more of the same,

“Benny Gantz’s new centre-left alliance is unlikely to be the game-changer Israeli and Palestinian people need so badly,” writes Akiva Eldar.

Palestinian politics

Abbas announces appointment of longtime adviser Shtayyeh as PM,

Shtayyeh, a British-educated economist, is a top official in Abbas’s Fatah movement. He is a former peace negotiator and a strong proponent of a two-state solution with Israel.


Being a woman in Gaza,

Based on data from the Palestinian Civil Affairs Committee, in 2018, the percentage of women who received exit permits from Israel reached 30 percent – less than a third of all permits authorized.