Hebrew News Sources
Jerusalem Post: ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ begins today in France
Israel’s ambassador to France is asking the country’s mayors to reject events in their cities as the French branch of the anti-Israel BDS movement launches “Israeli Apartheid week” on Tuesday under the slogan “100 years of occupation/ 100 years of popular resistance for justice,” referring to the 1917 Balfour Declaration. “The 2017 edition of this annual meeting reveals the true face of the BDS movement: that of antisemitism, anti-Zionism and anti-Israel,” Aliza Bin-Noun wrote in an open letter to French mayors published on Friday. “By presenting the entire country as a ‘colony,’ the BDS tries to delegitimize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, contrary to other governments, like the French and the British, who recognized and approved Israel as such.”
Haaretz: U.S. Human Rights Report Dedicates More Pages to Israel, Palestinians Than Anywhere Else
The State Department's new report on human rights practices around the world, published on Friday, devotes 141 pages to the human rights situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, more than to any other country in the world except China (which was also covered in the same amount of pages.) The report details human rights violations by Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian terror organizations such as Hamas.
Arutz Sheva: IDF eliminates terrorist during Ramallah gun battle
An Arab terrorist was eliminated during a gunfight with Israeli security forces early Monday morning in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Ramallah. The terrorist, Basel Al-Arej, was a 31-year old Bethlehem-native operating out of Ramallah who was wanted over his involvement in planning a series of attacks against Israelis. Al-Arej was also suspected of multiple attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces. When security forces attempted to arrest him during a pre-dawn raid Monday, Al-Arej opened fire. Israeli forces involved in the operation - including the IDF, Border Police, and Shin Bet internal security service – returned fire, killing Al-Arej. No injuries were reported among security forces involved in the operation.
Arab News Sources
Ma’an News Agency: Official: Hamas to introduce 'positive' changes in new political agenda
Al Araby: Palestinian writer-revolutionary killed in gunfight with Israeli troops
A popular Palestinian activist and writer was killed in the early hours of Monday in an Israeli raid on his home in al-Bireh near Ramallah, in the occupied Palestinian territories. Bassel al-Araj was killed after apparently trying to resist the Israeli forces that came to arrest him. The resulting shootout lasted two hours, during which dozens of elite Israeli forces reportedly used grenade launchers, before entering the remains of Araj's home and shooting the activist at close range, according to unverified witness accounts. Israeli forces reportedly took the 31-year-old's body from the scene. Israeli police claimed Araj headed a group that planned attacks against Israeli targets and collected weapons for the group.
The Hamas movement is set to adopt a new political agenda after the party elects its new leader, according to Hamas official Ahmad Yousif. Yousif told Ma’an on Saturday evening that the movement’s new agenda would introduce “positive changes” in Hamas’ attitude towards popular resistance, Palestinian statehood, international entities, Arab and Islamic countries, Christian Palestinians, and “differentiating between Judaism as a religion and the Zionist project.” Yousif speculated that Hamas's new agenda would include “acceptance of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital based on pre-1967 borders,” and would continue not to recognize the state of Israel nor give up on any part of the Palestinian land.
Palestine News Network: Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 launched in Dublin
As part of the Israeli Apartheid Week 2017, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) organised a street theatre act on Henry St, to raise awareness about the inhumane and unjust daily life that the Palestinian’s face at checkpoints under the Israeli Apartheid regime.
The Guardian: 'Worst view in the world': Banksy opens hotel overlooking Bethlehem wall
The Walled Off hotel may sound utilitarian, even bleak. Its owner says it has “the worst view of any hotel in the world”, while its 10 rooms get just 25 minutes of direct sunlight a day. But, nestled against the controversial barrier wall separating Israel from the Palestinian territories, the West Bank’s answer to the Waldorf offers travellers something more elusive than any luxury destination. The lodging in Bethlehem is a hotel, museum, protest and gallery all in one, packed with the artworks and angry brilliance of its owner, British street artist Banksy. All the rooms look out on to the concrete slabs of the wall and some have views over it to pill boxes and an Israeli settlement – illegal under international law – on the hillside beyond.
Tablet Magazine: New Details Emerge on Washington’s Role in 2013-14 Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks
The last round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is remembered as a doomed, last-ditch effort at reaching a final peace agreement. But in a recent, widely discussed essay in The American Interest, veteran Israeli negotiator and retired IDF brigadier general Michael Herzog took aim at some pervasive conventional wisdom about the talks. He argues that the negotiations were not as disastrous as they appear, while highlighting an underrated reason for their failure—namely, the U.S.’s centrality to the talks, and the arrogant mix of heavy-handedness and obliviousness that characterized Washington’s dealings with both the Israelis and Palestinians.
BBC: Israeli Arab anger as parliament backs "muezzin bill"
There were angry scenes in Israel's parliament on Wednesday as preliminary approval was given to a bill that would restrict the use of outdoor loudspeakers by religious institutions. Two versions of the so-called "muezzin bill", which would mostly affect Muslim calls to prayer, passed their first readings by slim majorities. Some Arab MPs ripped apart copies of the legislation during a debate. The bill will have to go through further readings before becoming law. The bill's critics say it as an attack on religious freedom.
PeaceNow: Unraveling the Mechanism behind Illegal Outposts
On April 27 2015 a cornerstone-laying ceremony took place for a neighborhood of permanent homes in the illegal outpost Kerem Re'im, west of Ramallah. The Israeli government neither planned nor approved of the outpost and the Ministry of Finance did not transferred funds to it. Nonetheless, the outpost contains dozens of mobile homes, intensive construction of permanent homes, an access road (passing through private Palestinian land), utility poles, and a water and sewage system - all illegal and under demolition orders. If all of this activity is illegal, how is a new settlement being established in the heart of the West Bank, against the government's position and in contravention of democratic decisions?
Times of Israel: I’m calling out the loons who make Israel bashing the mother of all virtues
Soon after London Fashion Week concluded, Israel Apartheid Week began. Another week, another obsessive focus on Israel. The Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is mostly spearheaded in the West by people who have little to nothing attaching them to the Middle-East conflict. Nothing, that is, beyond the fact that belonging to the hard-left and not supporting BDS has become the equivalent of claiming a love for fashion, while hating haute couture. Though unlike haute couture, BDS is an inelegant and simplistic solution to a protracted and incredibly complicated problem.