Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: May 2, 2019

What We’re Reading


Newest arena for the Israel-Palestinian conflict: your state?,

Supporters of Israel are pushing, even writing bills to blunt Palestinian-led boycott.

One way to silence Israel boycotts? Get lawmakers to pass anti-BDS bills,

As part of a two-year investigation into copycat legislation in state capitols, the Center for Public Integrity and USA TODAY examined dozens of anti-boycott bills and executive orders, then traced the communication between pro-Israel lobbyists and lawmakers who supported their efforts.

Occupation/Human rights

Israel Seeks to Block All East Jerusalem Family Reunification Hearings Over 'Workload',

East Jerusalem Palestinian families are stuck in fear and without medical care or schools for their children while they wait for the Interior Ministry to hear their cases.

Netanyahu Bars All 181 Palestinian Participants From Attending Joint Memorial Day Ceremony,

The unique joint Memorial Day ceremony brings Israelis and Palestinians on both sides together to mourn and acknowledge each other’s grief for loved ones killed in the conflict.

Israel forced 3,000 Palestinians from their Jerusalem homes within 15yrs,

Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem revealed that Israeli authorities forced around 3,000 Palestinians from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem between 2004 and 2019.

Palestinian politics

Palestinian Authority Rejects EU Proposal for Israeli-Palestinian Tax Crisis,

The EU offered to mediate between the two parties so that Palestinian prisoners are paid based on families’ socioeconomic status, not their crimes.