News Roundup

Netanyahu’s Fate May Depend on Israeli Arab Voters. Will They Turn Out?
David M. Halbfinger, The New York Times

Netanyahu’s Fate May Depend on Israeli Arab Voters. Will They Turn Out?

Arab citizens of Israel have no love lost for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who routinely resorts to fear-mongering against them to rally his right-wing Jewish base.

about 3 days ago
‘We don’t care who wins’: young Gazans see little choice in Israel’s elections
Donald Macintyre, The Guardian

‘We don’t care who wins’: young Gazans see little choice in Israel’s elections

As reflections from the quayside lights twinkle in the water below, the fisherman Maher Abu Hazima takes a five shekel coin from his pocket and holds it face up. “That’s Netanyahu,” he says before turning it over with a flick of his wrist. “And that’s Gantz. They’re the same.”

about 3 days ago
Unable to vote, Palestinians shrug off Israel’s elections
Joseph Krauss & Mohammed Daraghmeh, AP News

Unable to vote, Palestinians shrug off Israel’s elections

Barhoum Saleh’s town is surrounded by Jewish settlements, the sign above his roadside mechanic shop is in Hebrew, most of his customers are Israeli and he needs an Israeli permit to visit the beach a half hour’s drive away.

about 3 days ago
Emboldened by Trump, an embattled Netanyahu pledges radical annexation move
Saphora Smith, NBC News

Emboldened by Trump, an embattled Netanyahu pledges radical annexation move

Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to begin annexing parts of the West Bank reveals the Israeli prime minister's increasingly desperate fight to win over right-wing voters ahead of elections, as well as his belief that the Trump administration would back even his most radical moves, experts said.

about 3 days ago
As Israel Returns to Polls, Palestinian Democracy in Stasis
AFP & Times of Israel

As Israel Returns to Polls, Palestinian Democracy in Stasis

When Israelis vote next week, it will be their sixth general election since Palestinians last had the chance to cast ballots in parliamentary polls more than 13 years ago.

about 3 days ago
Diaries of Childhood in Israeli Military Detention
Megha Mohan, BBC News

Diaries of Childhood in Israeli Military Detention

Palestinian children living under occupation are routinely ripped from their beds in the middle of the night by armed Israeli soldiers, placed under arrest and then tried in military courts. Israel is believed to be the only country that tries children that way.

about 3 weeks ago
‘This Place Is Only for Jews’: The West Bank’s Apartheid Springs
Gideon Levy, Haaretz

‘This Place Is Only for Jews’: The West Bank’s Apartheid Springs

Israeli settlers have taken over dozens of springs in the occupied West Bank, all of them on private Palestinian land, and are keeping the owners away.

about 3 weeks ago
From Bethlehem basement, Palestinian distiller toasts global acclaim
Joe Dyke, AFP

From Bethlehem basement, Palestinian distiller toasts global acclaim

In his Bethlehem cellar, distiller Nader Muaddi made fewer than 500 bottles of his liquor last year but has won international accolades and now aims to help revive interest at home in the traditional drink.

on August 22, 2019
Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’
Steve Karnowski, AP News

Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’

Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sharply criticized Israel on Monday for denying them entry to the country and called on fellow members of Congress to visit while they cannot.

on August 22, 2019