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Trump’s Executive Order to Stifle Israel Critics Probably Violates the Constitution
Jesse Singal, New York Magazine

Trump’s Executive Order to Stifle Israel Critics Probably Violates the Constitution

Americans have an ironclad right to protest against any country they want, for any reason they want, however they want, without the government interfering. But that hasn't stopped right-wing lawmakers from pushing bills that would make certain boycotts of Israel a federal felony.

on December 13, 2019
Israel bars Gaza’s Christians from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas
Rami Ayyub and Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters

Israel bars Gaza’s Christians from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas

Living under harsh military rule = no religious freedom. Israel just decided to ban Palestinian Christians in Gaza from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem for Christmas.

on December 13, 2019
Trump appeases Israel lobby with executive order
Nora Barrows-Friedman, Electronic Intifada

Trump appeases Israel lobby with executive order

Trump's executive order meets the demands of Israel lobby groups who wish to criminalize Palestine solidarity organizing – especially on US college campuses – by conflating criticism of Israel with anti-Jewish bigotry.

on December 12, 2019
With an eye on 2020, new Palestinian platform takes aim at U.S. funding to Israel
Alex Kane, +972 Magazine

With an eye on 2020, new Palestinian platform takes aim at U.S. funding to Israel

"Freedom is the Future," a new platform launched by Palestinian organizers in the U.S. and backed by diverse coalition of groups, seeks to influence the debate on Israel-Palestine in the run-up to the 2020 election.

on December 12, 2019
The administrative detention of Ubai Aboudi
Assaf Kfoury, Haynes Miller, Nasser Rabbat, Raid Suleiman, and Franz-Josef Ulm, Boston Globe

The administrative detention of Ubai Aboudi

Israel’s arbitrary arrests and imprisonment of Palestinians in the occupied territories deters individuals such as Palestinian-American Ubai Aboudi from working toward the development of a Palestinian civil society.

on December 12, 2019
The latest shot in the Trump administration’s war on Palestinian rights
Hanan Ashrawi, The Washington Post

The latest shot in the Trump administration’s war on Palestinian rights

Pompeo’s reckless announcement threatens to normalize and encourage Israeli war crimes and expansionism. It is an overt green light for Israeli annexation of Palestinian territory and the permanent denial of the Palestinian people’s rights to freedom and self-determination.

on November 22, 2019
US settlement announcement prompts Israeli calls for takeover
Oliver Holmes, The Guardian

US settlement announcement prompts Israeli calls for takeover

Israeli extremists want to exploit the Trump administration's bogus attempt to rewrite international law by annexing Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank. Here's Palestinian analyst Diana Buttu's reaction: "This isn’t just about Trump...We saw this all happening through the negotiations; there was a continued attempt to water down the illegality of settlements. Israel got the message that might is right.”

on November 19, 2019
‘All that’s left are their school uniforms’: Israeli air strike kills eight Palestinian relatives
Maha Hussaini, Middle East Eye

‘All that’s left are their school uniforms’: Israeli air strike kills eight Palestinian relatives

The Sawarka family members were in bed when the Israeli attack took place after midnight, turning their homes to rubble.

on November 14, 2019
Israel frees two Jordanians held without charge
Al Jazeera

Israel frees two Jordanians held without charge

Hiba al-Labadi and Abdul Rahman Miri were released from Israeli prison and returned to Jordan after months of detention.

on November 8, 2019