Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: May 20, 2019

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US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

White House launching Israeli-Palestinian peace plan next month in Bahrain,

The White House is planning to launch the economic part of the Trump administration Israeli-Palestinian peace plan in mid-June and will hold a special international workshop on Bahrain on June 25–26 to discuss the implementation of the economic plan.

Palestinians to shun U.S.-led economic conference, say they weren't consulted,

“The financial crisis the Palestinian Authority is living through today is a result of the financial war that is being launched against us in order to win political concessions,” Palestinian PM Mohammad Shtayyeh told his cabinet. “We do not submit to blackmail and we don’t trade our political rights for money.”

U.S. Complicity in Israel’s Violations of International Law,

During the past 50 years, there has been a steady erosion in U.S. policy toward Israeli behavior in Palestinian lands.

Occupation/Human rights

Israeli West Bank Archaeological Digs Must Not Be Made Public, Top Court Rules,

The decision upholds both the state’s position and a lower court ruling. The state had argued that releasing the names of the archaeologists carrying out the digs would make them vulnerable to academic boycotts.

Despite its flaws, we need to fight for Israel’s High Court,

By propping up a legal system that does not protect the most vulnerable and powerless, the justices of Israel’s High Court have planted the seeds of its own destruction.

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