Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: May 17, 2019

What We’re Reading

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Trump's 'deal of the century' hasn't a hope of bringing peace ,

“If we were in 1950s Alabama, would Greenblattsay that a joint meal between white and black people was the way forward?” asks Yehuda Shaul.

Don’t let Trump steer Middle East off cliff, Palestinians urge EU,

Europe must respond collectively to Donald Trump’s imminent “deal of the century” in the Middle East and not leave everything in the hands of a “reckless driver” who is preparing to drive off a cliff, the Palestinian foreign minister has said.

Occupation/Human rights

Israeli state body wants to fund pro-Israel advocacy abroad,

Strategic Affairs Ministry to unveil new program offering money for pro-Israel events and online efforts against boycott activists.

Arming Dictators, Equipping Pariahs: Alarming Picture of Israel's Arms Sales,

A thorough report by Amnesty International is harshly critical of Israel’s policies on arms exports. According to the report written in Hebrew by the organization’s Israeli branch, Israeli companies continue to export weapons to countries that systematically violate human rights.

Qatari aid includes West Bank, Gaza Strip,

On May 7, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry announced $480 million in aid to the Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, $300 million of which went to the PA as grants and loans for health care, education and humanitarian aid, and $180 million for emergency relief, United Nations programs and electricity.

Ramadan in Gaza: Families stranded by Israeli rules,

Many people can’t leave the Gaza Strip to visit their families because of restrictions Israel has put in place.