An overview of this week’s Middle East-related developments on Capitol Hill.
FMEP’s report on Israeli settlement activity, this week covering: A new settlement in Hebron; a looming Israeli plan to unite and expand settlements near Qalqilya; and more.
Palestinians see it as Israel’s attempt to expel them from Jerusalem; Israelis see it as protection from terrorism. Haaretz investigates the separation barrier’s impact on the city and its residents.
Vivien Sansour, founder of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library, talks to +972 Magazine about Palestinian agricultural heritage, the occupation in global context, and the movement to preserve local farming techniques and biodiversity.
Paramedics told Mohammed’s mom he was shot in the eye by IDF troops during a demonstration. She felt relieved. At least he’s alive.
Men climb the fences while Palestinian women give birth outside the city just to save their kids from endless lines. Things are so bad that videos of the chaotic scenes outside of the office went viral this week.
Critics argue that Israeli lawmakers have enabled Jewish anti-miscegenation group Lehava, even as they’ve demonized left-leaning human rights groups.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pressing for a portion of the UN agency for Palestinians refugees’s budget to be transferred to Jordan, which already hosts millions of Palestinian exiles, an Israeli news channel reported Thursday.
Women, who account for 49% of the population of the Strip, are particularly susceptible to the repercussions of the severe limitations imposed by Israel on the movement of people and goods into and out of Gaza.
“There was a meeting in Cairo on Thursday, and there will be a brainstorming session at the White House next week to find real solutions to the problems that Hamas has caused,” writes US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.
Seven decades after its foundation, Israel is relying on Christians to help fulfill the promise of encouraging Jewish immigration — and what was once a strictly Jewish-funded mission is increasingly being bankrolled by evangelical Christians.
Read the full transcripts of the AIPAC speeches and interviews here.
BDS and settlement boycotts
Danish pension fund giant Sampension has officially excluded Motorola over the latter’s ties to Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
Israel, Palestine & the Middle East
A number of Arab countries have advised Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to accept whatever US President Donald Trump proposes in the context of his long-awaited Middle East peace plan, according to a Thursday report.