FMEP in the news
“You can’t claim to have principles and then demand that Israel be held to a different and lower standard.” Lara Friedman comments on the support the Israel Anti-Boycott Act enjoys among some Democratic lawmakers.
Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of killing an incapacitated Palestinian assailant, was released Tuesday after serving nine months in prison. His release was brought forward by two days as he requested to attend his brother’s wedding.
Through the establishment of cemeteries in the occupied West Bank, “they [settlers] were making the point that this is our land and we will remain here forever,” Dror Etkes tells Mondoweiss.
Data obtained by Haaretz shows that 37 percent of the WZO’s mobile homes are in the West Bank. According to Peace Now, some of those were placed there illegally.
Paraguay will be the third country to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
“Trump not only delivers, he delivers with a vengeance. Recognizing Jerusalem and setting a schedule to move the embassy would have been enough for his Jewish base, but Trump accelerated the process and the embassy will open, albeit in temporary quarters, in May,” writes Ron Kampeas. “The same goes for his other Israel-related pledges.”
For all the fanfare surrounding the opening of the new embassy this coming Monday, the hanging of the plaque on what is currently a consular services building is one of the few changes that will initially take place.
The White House has announced the list of attendees at next week’s ceremony marking the controversial relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – with President Donald Trump not being part of the delegation.
Al-Shabaka analysts review the crises and developments of the past decade to address the most important political and economic issues informing the current situation.
Al Jazeera spoke to five expatriate Palestinians with various backgrounds and birthplaces to ascertain their views about 70 years of the Israeli state.
BDS and Settlement boycotts
“Netta Barzilai is an impressive performer with an impressive act that Israelis can be proud to be represented by. But that’s not all she represents,” writes Orly Noy.