News Roundup

Why Is RE/MAX Selling Properties in Illegal Israeli Settlements?
Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept

Why Is RE/MAX Selling Properties in Illegal Israeli Settlements?

Israel's colonization of Palestinian territory in the occupied West Bank is widely recognized as a moral, legal, and political disaster for the peoples of the Middle East. Despite this, becoming a colonist in an Israeli settlement is relatively easy. In fact, it’s as easy as logging on to the website of the country’s local RE/MAX franchise and checking out the abundant housing listings...

about 1 day ago
Settler Arrested for Ax Attack on Palestinian Vehicle
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.

about 2 days ago
Bill Calls to Suspend Lawmakers From Knesset for Denying Israel as Jewish, Democratic State
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’
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.

about 3 days ago
Hunger Striking Palestinian Journalist is Dying, Lawyer Says
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.

about 3 days ago
“21st-Century McCarthyism”: NY Bills Would Make a Blacklist of Those Boycotting Israel…
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
Israel Revokes Entry Permits for Dozens of Palestinian Peace Activists
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.

about 4 days ago
Israel NGO Bill, Seen as Targeting Left-Wing Groups, Crosses First Hurdle
Jeffrey Heller, Reuters

Israel NGO Bill, Seen as Targeting Left-Wing Groups, Crosses First Hurdle

A bill that opponents say targets Israeli human rights groups critical of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians won initial approval in parliament on Monday with the support of right-wing parties. Called a "transparency bill" by its sponsor, far-right Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, the legislation would require NGOs to give details of overseas donations in all their official publications...

about 4 days ago
Netanyahu Seeks to Suspend Palestinian Politicians
Amira Hass, Haaretz

Netanyahu Seeks to Suspend Palestinian Politicians

The Israel Defense Forces soldier who wounded Rehab Nazzal in Bethlehem on Friday, December 11, 2015, by shooting her in the shin, didn’t know who she is. He didn’t know her name; that she was born in Qabatiyah, near Jenin; that she is 55, and also a Canadian citizen; that she teaches art at a college in Bethlehem; that one of her exhibitions angered the Israeli ambassador in Canada; or that she’s writing an interdisciplinary doctoral thesis that’s impossible to summarize in a sentence...

about 4 days ago