Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: November 7, 2018

What We’re Reading

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Israel Critics Poised To Shake Up New Congress — #BlueWave Or No,

At least four incoming Democrats who are sure to win tonight have harshly criticized Israel and its occupation of Palestinian-claimed lands.

Rashida Tlaib is first Palestinian-American elected to Congress,

Tlaib ran unopposed in Michigan’s 13th district; she has said she favors a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has opposed United States aid to Israel.

Bipartisan group of congressmen slam Israel over bill to seize Church land,

“We are concerned that this bill threatens the sustainability of the historic Christian presence in Jerusalem,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Occupation/Human rights

Israel seizes Palestinian lands for illegal settlement,

Israeli forces seized reportedly 155 dunams (38 acres) of Palestinian-owned land, in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, the al-Lubban al-Gharbi village council confirmed on Monday.

Jerusalem Municipality demolishes 3-story high residential building, Shu’fat Refugee Camp, East Jerusalem,

At about 8:30 A.M. on the morning of Wednesday, 7 November 2018, Jerusalem Municipality personnel came with two bulldozers and a special Israel Police forces escort to the neighborhood of Ras Shihadeh in Shu’fat Refugee Camp, East Jerusalem. They demolished a 3-story residential building that was still vacant.

Israeli Panel Approves 640 New Settler Homes in East Jerusalem,

Some of the homes in the Ramat Shlomo settlement will be built on privately owned Palestinian land.

Israel Pleads Ignorance of New, Illegal West Bank Outpost Days After Visits by Officials,

The state does not know who is behind the illegal outpost being erected in an abandoned army base in the Jordan Valley, state prosecutors told the court this week, adding that the Civil Administration will be demolishing illegal construction at the base.

Israel & the Gulf

Israeli minister visits Oman as push to build ties to Gulf continues,

An Israeli minister was in Oman this week to propose plans for a railway linking the Gulf to the Mediterranean via Israel, marking the second high-profile visit by an Israeli official to the small Gulf country in about two weeks.