“Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments on Israel and its American supporters were dumb and offensive,” write the editors of the LA Times. “But the real prize for repugnant, mean-spirited and undemocratic speech on the subject of Jews and Israel in recent days goes to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”
According to recent polls, former Knesset member Moshe Feiglin’s Zehut party, which means identity in Hebrew, will pass the electoral threshold and may well constitute the surprise of the elections. Feiglin proposes dismissing the waqf (Muslim custodian) and transferring management [of the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif] to the Chief Rabbinate.
The numbers shed a harsh light on how different the Israel of secular Jews, Arabs and ultra-Orthodox really is.
“As long as life in Gaza is governed by Israeli drones, artillery and snipers, this cruelty will continue to kill bodies there – and souls here too,” writes Hagai El-Ad.
Al Jazeera investigates claims behind the selling of Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem to Israeli settlers.
Mohammad Shaheen, 23, shot dead in Salfit while Yasser Fawzi Shawki was killed following alleged knife attack in Hebron.
Free speech advocates warn House Bill 741 faces a potential “Pandora’s box” of legal challenges unless hate speech directed against Jews is not clearly separated from political criticism of the state of Israel.