Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: March 26, 2019

What We’re Reading

AIPAC Is Playing The Victim, But It’s Palestinians Who Are Being Silenced,

“In truth, it is pro-Palestinian, not pro-Israel, activists who face legislation in congress that could criminalize their speech,” writes Peter Beinart.

WATCH: How Ireland is Leading the Way Against Israeli Settlements,

As the U.S. under the Trump administration continues to encourage the entrenchment of Israel’s control over Palestinian territories it occupied in the 1967 War, Ireland is considering a different path, as both houses of parliament voted in favor of a new bill mandating a boycott of goods produced in Israeli settlements.

Netanyahu Transforms Trump White House Video Into Election Campaign Ad,

The difference between the video tweeted by Trump and Netanyahu campaign ad is a slogan in place of the White House logo, and a voice-over of the prime minister taking pride in the U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan.

Senate Republicans to introduce 2 bills against anti-Semitism,

Democrats appear to be wary of the two Republican measures, which would keep alive the controversy surrounding Omar and expose differences among Democrats in their approach to opposing the Boycott Israel movement in state capitals and on campuses.

Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states reject US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights,

Four Persian Gulf nations issued are rejecting President Trump’s proclamation recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, warning that such a move would have “negative effects” on the overall Mideast peace process

Israel-Hamas fighting abates along Gaza border after major escalation,

Cross-border fighting between Israel and Hamas abated on Tuesday after a day of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes, but Israel said it reserved the right to strike again and kept its forces massed at the Gaza frontier.

This doesn't need to happen: Another pre-election war on Gaza,

We need leaders who can talk about ending the siege, about ending the occupation, about equality, freedom, and security as the only solution for both Israelis and Palestinians.