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Gillibrand Now Says She Won’t Support Israel Boycott Bill ‘In Its Current Form’
Madina Toure, The Observer

Gillibrand Now Says She Won’t Support Israel Boycott Bill ‘In Its Current Form’

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Monday she will not back the Israel Anti-Boycott Act “in its current form” until it is revised to make clear that it does not penalize any efforts by individuals to boycott the Middle Eastern nation. Earlier this month, the Intercept reported that 43...

about 3 weeks ago
For Palestinians, Holy Site Showdown Represents Rare Victory
AFP

For Palestinians, Holy Site Showdown Represents Rare Victory

Though it was well past midnight, as news filtered through that Israeli police were removing the remaining new security barriers from the Al-Aqsa mosque compound hundreds of Palestinians flooded the streets. When one youth started to taunt Israeli police warily...

about 3 weeks ago
‘The Worst It’s Been’: Children Continue to Swim as Raw Sewage Floods Gaza Beach
Peter Beaumont, The Guardian

‘The Worst It’s Been’: Children Continue to Swim as Raw Sewage Floods Gaza Beach

It is high summer on Gaza City’s beach. A horse and cart patrols the shore selling brightly coloured swimming rings. A small boat is giving joy rides out to sea. Families sit on chairs while a few children play in the water. Normally, in the midst of the school holidays, the beach would be crowded.

about 3 weeks ago
Judges Uphold Israeli Soldier’s Manslaughter Conviction
Ahikam Seri, AFP

Judges Uphold Israeli Soldier’s Manslaughter Conviction

A military court on Sunday upheld a manslaughter conviction and 18-month prison sentence for an Israeli soldier who shot dead a prone Palestinian assailant in a case that deeply divided the country. In addition to upholding the conviction, military judges...

about 3 weeks ago
Mural Painting in Gaza Protests Israeli Violations at Al-Aqsa
Middle East Monitor

Mural Painting in Gaza Protests Israeli Violations at Al-Aqsa

An artist walks past a mural painting, drawn to visualize Palestinians exposure to Israel's violations on Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, by a group of artists gathered under the event titled "Salute to Jerusalem", organised by Palestinian Ministry of Culture in Gaza City.

on July 26, 2017
Israel Bars Entry to 5 US Activists Under Anti-BDS Law
Rachel Zoll, Associated Press

Israel Bars Entry to 5 US Activists Under Anti-BDS Law

Five U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders were barred from going to Israel under a new law that prohibits entry to the Jewish state by foreign activists who advocate a boycott of the country. Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said in a statement Tuesday...

on July 25, 2017
Why an Effort to Thwart Some Boycotts of Israel Fails the Free-Speech Test
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

Why an Effort to Thwart Some Boycotts of Israel Fails the Free-Speech Test

Like disputes over abortion, the death penalty, and drug prohibition, the conflict between Israel and Palestine divides Americans into polarized camps of mutual distrust. If any consensus is possible on those issues, it is that there is nothing like a consensus, and that the attendant...

on July 25, 2017
Interfaith Leaders Denied Entry to Israel for Supporting Palestinian Rights
Jewish Voice for Peace

Interfaith Leaders Denied Entry to Israel for Supporting Palestinian Rights

Five members of an interfaith delegation were prevented from boarding their flight to Israel because of their public criticism of the Israeli government’s policies towards Palestinians. The group of Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders were apparently singled out for their public support...

on July 24, 2017
Jerusalem Erupts
Alex Kane, VICE News

Jerusalem Erupts

Tensions over Jerusalem’s holiest site exploded into violence Friday, leaving at least five people dead and another in critical condition, stirring fear that greater violence could soon spread throughout the country. Protests were marred early Friday when an Israeli settler killed...

on July 21, 2017