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Settler Arrested for Ax Attack on Palestinian Vehicle News Roundup
Adiv Sterman & Judah Ari Gross, Times of Israel

Settler Arrested for Ax Attack on Palestinian Vehicle

A 40-year-old Israeli was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly attacked a Palestinian man’s truck with an ax outside a West Bank settlement earlier in the day, police said. The suspect was arrested at his home in the settlement of Karnei Shomron in the northern West Bank hours after police received a complaint from the Palestinian truck driver.

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BDS’s “South Africa Moment”?: As States Pass Resolutions Condemning BDS, it’s More Important Than… Op-Eds & Analysis
David Palumbo-Liu, Salon

BDS’s “South Africa Moment”?: As States Pass Resolutions Condemning BDS, it’s More Important Than…

A few months ago the co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, Omar Barghouti, told me that he felt this rights-based movement had reached “the South African moment.” By that he meant that world opinion had begun to swing in favor of the Palestinians in their fight for rights and justice.

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Is New York State About to Create a Blacklist of BDS Supporters? Op-Eds & Analysis
Rahul Saksena, The Nation

Is New York State About to Create a Blacklist of BDS Supporters?

New York lawmakers, seemingly baffled by the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian freedom, are despairing for the good old days of McCarthyism, when speech was suppressed and activists’ livelihoods endangered with the simple creation of a blacklist.

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Bill Calls to Suspend Lawmakers From Knesset for Denying Israel as Jewish, Democratic State News Roundup
Jonathan Lis, Haaretz

Bill Calls to Suspend Lawmakers From Knesset for Denying Israel as Jewish, Democratic State

The government is expected to present a new version of a bill allowing Knesset to suspend sitting lawmakers. The new version replaces the criterion for suspension from "behavior unbecoming a Knesset member" to one of three grounds: denying Israel's existence as a Jewish and democratic state, inciting to racism and supporting the armed struggle of terror organization or an enemy state.

about 3 days ago
Israel Demolishes Palestinian Homes in Nablus-area ‘Firing Zone’ News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israel Demolishes Palestinian Homes in Nablus-area ‘Firing Zone’

Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished more than 10 Palestinian homes and structures in the village of Khirbet Tana east of Nablus, where residents have lived in an area declared as an Israeli military “firing zone” for decades.

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Hunger Striking Palestinian Journalist is Dying, Lawyer Says News Roundup
Oren Ziv & Yael Marom, +972 Magazine

Hunger Striking Palestinian Journalist is Dying, Lawyer Says

Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq is on day 77 of a hunger strike protesting his administrative detention, a practice Israel uses to imprison people without having to charge them or bring them to trial. Al-Qiq is suffering from serious vertigo, has lost most of his sight and hearing, and can barely speak.

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“21st-Century McCarthyism”: NY Bills Would Make a Blacklist of Those Boycotting Israel… News Roundup
Ben Norton, Salon

“21st-Century McCarthyism”: NY Bills Would Make a Blacklist of Those Boycotting Israel…

McCarthyism has re-emerged in U.S. politics, legal organizations warn, and its new targets are advocates for Palestinian human rights. Two bills pending in the New York state legislature would create an effective blacklist of human rights activists who support a boycott of Israel, legal experts say. The first bill would prohibit making investments or state contracts...

about 3 days ago
Morrison, Ruebner and Wein: Preserve Freedom to Boycott Op-Eds & Analysis
Seth Morrison, Josh Ruebner & Nancy Wein

Morrison, Ruebner and Wein: Preserve Freedom to Boycott

Our Virginia General Assembly is considering a bill, HB 1282, that would waste the money of Virginia taxpayers by requiring the secretary of commerce and trade to spend valuable time and resources compiling information on the Palestinian civil society-led campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), a nonviolent movement for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality.

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Israel Revokes Entry Permits for Dozens of Palestinian Peace Activists News Roundup
Haggai Matar, +972 Magazine

Israel Revokes Entry Permits for Dozens of Palestinian Peace Activists

The Israeli army’s Civil Administration, formerly known as the military government, recently informed dozens of joint Israeli-Palestinian peace organizations that it would retroactively revoke entry permits for Palestinian peace activists from the West Bank into Israel.

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