Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: March 29, 2019

What We’re Reading

The Trump team’s plan: It’s beginning to look a lot like one state,

This week, in speeches to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, it became clear that the plan will likely not accommodate a Palestinian state, or at least the sovereignty that attaches to statehood.

Palestinians manage to evict settlers in Hebron in rare win,

An Israeli court ordered the eviction of settlers from a house they occupied in the Old Town of Hebron, marking a significant and rare win for Palestinians and the committee defending their rights.

Everywhere you go in Gaza, you see people wounded in the Return March,

Hasan al-Kurd, one of the organizers of last year’s Great March of Return in Gaza, says the protests gave people in Gaza a reason to live. In a frank interview, he talks about the shocking number of casualties, how Hamas took over the nonviolent initiative, and what he would do differently today.

Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Palestine: Authorities must drop charges against human rights defender Issa Amro for peaceful criticism,

The prosecution of Issa Amro, a prominent Palestinian human rights defender, over a social media post critical of the Palestinian authorities is another devastating blow for freedom of expression in Palestine, said Amnesty International ahead of his first court hearing on 28 March.

By Recognizing The Golan, Trump Greenlit Annexing The West Bank,

For some, Netanyahu’s remarks may sound as little more than an effort to reinforce Israel’s hold over the Golan. But for those who have been paying attention to Israeli political trends and recent policy discourse, it appears that Netanyahu is taking the first steps down a path that was unfortunately predictable: using the Golan example to support Israeli annexation of the West Bank.