“Humanitarian aid cannot relieve suffering that stems from ongoing political choices,” writes Tareq Baconi.
“Israel and its supporters must separate the civilians from Hamas militants and stop the collective punishment,” writes Mohammed Shehada.
In recent months, about a quarter of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have seen their incomes significantly drop, resulting in a severe liquidity squeeze that has impacted all aspects of the economy, according to a World Bank report published Thursday.
UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said the budget deficit for 2018 is $446m.
Two roadside bombs were detonated on the northern Gaza border, which the Israeli military said were directed at a border patrol in the area.
BDS and Settlement boycotts
“It should be a no-brainer that Americans can boycott whomever or whatever they choose without risking governmental punishment,” writes Josh Ruebner.
MK Yousef Jabareen was supposed to travel across the United States for a series of lectures on the political reality in Israel. The Knesset decided to put the kibosh on the trip — because it is sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace.
Munther Amirah is the chairman of the Palestinian Popular Committees in the West Bank. The terms of his sentence will make it impossible for him to continue organizing non-violent protests against the occupation.
“There is this constant fear that people have every time the settlers raid our villages, that maybe they will suffer the same fate of the Dawabshehs [a family that was burned to death in an arson attack by Israel settlers in 2015].”
“Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told AIPAC’s 18,000 delegates that Israeli settlements are not obstacles to peace. He’s wrong. They are and that’s what they were intended to be,” writes Douglas Bloomfield.
The chief prosecutor doesn’t believe Elor Azaria constitutes a danger to the public but emphasizes that he has shown no remorse for his action.
The unemployment rate in adults under 30 in the West Bank stands at 40 percent, report says; Gaza continues to hurtle towards collapse, and aid cuts to UNRWA will only exacerbate the crisis.
“Abbas’s comment on the [UNRWA] cuts demonstrates the PA’s use of Palestinian refugees as a rhetorical and political tool,” writes Randa Farah.
A Hamas official said Wednesday that the terror group knows the identities of perpetrators of the attempted assassination of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza a day prior.