Israel - Palestine news this week
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Israel-Palestine News February 4th - 10th
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Purpose: to provide a varied selection of articles from Arabic, Hebrew and English mainstream media outlets so readers get a flavour of what is being read by the general public about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from different perspectives. The aim is to shine a spotlight for readers on the polarised narratives and constant one-sided messaging that appears in the media of each society, and often also in the international media. Solutions Not Sides makes no attempt to reconcile or support any of these narratives, but we believe it is important to understand each side’s perspective and the way that their society presents events if a negotiated solution is to be reached. 

We do not currently have the capacity to provide translations of actual Hebrew and Arabic media, so bear in mind that news agencies that issue articles in those languages may not produce the same content as the English versions of their outlets provided here (e.g. Aljazeera Arabic and Aljazeera English do not simply produce the same content in both languages). The content and opinions of these articles do not reflect our aims or opinions. Our main educational point about media sources on this issue is that they are almost always biased and should never be trusted in isolation. Please BE RESOURCEFUL and research for yourself a diversity of sources for everything you read or hear about Israel-Palestine. 

Hebrew News Sources

Jerusalem Post: Netanyahu Meets May As UK Eyes Bolstered Ties With Israel Post-Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May greeted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at No. 10 Downing on Monday afternoon, saying she was happy to welcome him as both countries commemorate 100 years since the 1917 Balfour Declaration. Small pro- and anti-Israel demonstrations greeted Netanyahu there as well. May, in brief remarks, said that Britain remains committed to a two-state solution.

Ynetnews/Yedioth Ahronoth: Five wounded in Petah Tikva terror attack
Shooting outside crowded market in the city leaves two moderately wounded and three lightly hurt; shooter fled scene but captured by civilians and neutralized by police shortly thereafter; one man stabbed in the neck when he tried to capture terrorist. The shooter, a 19-year-old from the Nablus area, fled the scene but was shortly thereafter captured by civilians, who neutralized him using a sewing machine. He was then arrested by police and taken to the hospital for treatment.,7340,L-4920284,00.html

Israel Hayom: Iron Dome intercepts 3 ISIS rockets fired at Eilat
Four rockets were fired Wednesday night at the southern resort city of Eilat. The Iron Dome defense system battery stationed in the city intercepted three projectiles, while the fourth exploded in an open area, causing no harm. A Sinai-based Salafi terrorist group affiliated with Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.


Arab News Sources

WAFA - Palestinian News Agency: Palestinians and Arabs condemn Israel’s new settlement bill
The new Israeli so-called settlements’ regularization bill which was approved by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, late Monday received strong condemnation from many Palestinian and Arab politicians. The bill, passed by 60 votes in favor to 52 opposed, gave Israeli legitimacy to a number of settlement outposts built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank that did not have Israeli government permission. International law and the international community consider all Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, to be illegal and illegitimate.

The National: Israeli airstrike kills 2 on Gaza-Egypt border
Palestinian officials say an Israeli airstrike has killed two Gaza residents in a smuggling tunnel along the border with Egypt. Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra says Thursday’s pre-dawn airstrike wounded five others. The Israeli military had no immediate comment. But on Wednesday the military said its missile defence system intercepted several rockets fired from militants in Egypt toward the southern Israeli city of Eilat – a relatively rare occurrence.

Al Jazeera: West Bank: 'One day on my land is worth a lifetime'
A Palestinian landowner shares her story of loss and hope, as Israel legalises theft of private land by settlers. From a distance, Mariam Hammad, 83, stood with one of her grandchildren, observing the Amona outpost evacuation. As trucks shuttled between Amona and the nearby Israeli settlement of Ofra, Mariam remained skeptical, questioning whether the evacuation operations were serious. "My heart will not rest until they remove the water tank," she said, pointing to the large water reservoir that was placed on the plot of land she inherited from her father in the Thahir al-Mazari' region, atop a rugged hill, northeast of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Reuters: Israel legalizes settler homes on private Palestinian land
Israel passed a law on Monday retroactively legalizing about 4,000 settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, a measure that has drawn international concern. The legislation has been condemned by Palestinians as a blow to their hopes of statehood. But its passage may only be largely symbolic as it contravenes Israeli Supreme Court rulings on property rights. Israel's attorney-general has said it is unconstitutional and that he will not defend it at the Supreme Court. Though the legislation, passed by a vote of 60 to 52, was backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition, it has raised tensions in the government.

+972: Thousands of Palestinians and Jews protest gov't racism in Tel Aviv
Over 5,000 Arab and Jewish demonstrators from across the country marched together on Saturday night in Tel Aviv against home demolitions and in support of equality for all. The demonstrators called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to step down, after months of incitement against Palestinian citizens of Israel.

ABC News: Israel Apologizes Over Questioning of American Activist
Israeli immigration officials on Thursday apologized over their treatment of a senior executive from a liberal Jewish-American group who was interrogated for an hour on her arrival in Tel Aviv the previous day. Jennifer Gorovitz, a vice president of the New Israel Fund, said she was questioned about her nonprofit group's activities. The New Israel Fund supports a number of liberal, progressive groups in Israel, some of which have been criticized by the Israeli government.

Middle East Eye: May meets Netanyahu - Two Urgent Issues The British PM Must Raise
Theresa May must reiterate British opposition to West Bank settlements, and she must tackle Israeli leader over Shai Masot affair. Theresa May today completes a hat trick of meetings with controversial and very right-wing world leaders. Late last month saw her now notorious visit to Donald Trump in Washington. Though successful in many ways it will be remembered for her failure to speak out bravely on the US president's attempt to block visits from seven Muslim-majority countries. Then she flew to Turkey for a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is accused by some of brutally building an authoritarian regime in the wake of last year's failed coup against him.

Times of Israel: ‘Occupied Territories’ or ‘Promised Land’?
As we left the “Occupied Territories” into the “Green Line” and back into familiar Jerusalem scenery, I sighed with relief. After touring the entire day in the most “dangerous areas” we constantly hear of in the news, going in and out of hardcore settlements, near Nablus and through Palestinian villages, I felt “I’m back at home” in Jerusalem, “safe” again. Boaz Haetzni, my courteous host who drove with me everywhere, politely reminded me that just three weeks ago, 800 meters from my Jerusalem flat, there was a devastating terror attack in which four soldiers were murdered.

Haaretz: When You Occupy, It Hurts
The moral health of society depends on its ability to identify the basic humanity in others, even those it views as its enemies. For this reason, settler society has an incurable illness, with which it is infecting its surroundings through the law to legalize outposts – whose main objective is to regulate the balance of terror between Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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