Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: March 12, 2019

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US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Netanyahu rival thinks Trump could recognize Golan Heights to swing Israeli election,

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s main political opponent Benny Gantz, who is heading the “Blue and White” party that leads in the polls, thinks President Trump could recognize Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights in order to help Netanyahu win the April 9 elections, three Gantz aides reportedly said.

Trump ally Graham says he’ll lobby White House for Golan recognition,

US Senator Lindsey Graham on Monday vowed to push for American recognition of Israel’s control over the Golan Heights, in a move Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested was aligned with US President Donald Trump’s Israel-supportive policies.

In first, settler leader to address upcoming AIPAC conference,

A senior leader of the Yesha Council is set to appear at the upcoming AIPAC Policy Conference, marking the first time a representative of the settlement umbrella organization has been invited to the powerful lobby’s annual summit.

Occupation/Human rights

Netanyahu: Money to Hamas part of strategy to keep Palestinians divided,

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended Israel’s regular allowing of Qatari funds to be transferred into Gaza, saying it is part of a broader strategy to keep Hamas and the Palestinian Authority separate, a source in Monday’s Likud faction meeting said.

An inciting post against Palestinians every 66 seconds,

In 2018, 474,250 inciting posts against Palestinians were written. Legislation about the Nation-State Law was the main engine of racism for hate speech via Facebook. Palestinian politicians and Palestinian citizens of Israel are most vulnerable to incitement.

You can't fix Israel's economy without ending the occupation,

Israel’s massive income inequality can’t be solved without addressing one of the country’s biggest expenses: decades of military rule over millions of Palestinians.


Opinion: The truth is out about Israel’s lethal actions in Gaza. Will the world listen?,

“A UN investigation into the 2018 Gaza protests has concluded that Israeli officers and their leaders may have committed war crimes or crimes against humanity,” writes Saeb Erekat. “There is a legal and a moral responsibility for the international community to take decisive action towards respecting international law, UN resolutions and human rights in Palestine.”

Generation blockade: Gaza's trapped youth who cannot leave,

Hassan Zyada, a psychologist in Gaza, says: “People feel they are living in an uncontrollable environment. There is a feeling of powerlessness, helplessness and hopelessness.”

What’s COGAT’s excuse this time?,

The scope of control Israel has granted itself to decide exactly what kinds of products can be shipped [from Gaza], how much, when and where comes with an obligation to at the very least allow producers and manufacturers to get their goods to market.


Germany puts BDS activists on trial for disrupting Israeli MK,

Two Israelis and a Palestinian activist are standing trial for interrupting a talk by Israeli member of Knesset Aliza Lavie at a Berlin university in 2017.