News Roundup

Seahawks’ Michael Bennett Withdraws from Israel Trip, Citing Sympathy for Palestine
Cindy Boren, The Washington Post

Seahawks’ Michael Bennett Withdraws from Israel Trip, Citing Sympathy for Palestine

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett has withdrawn at the last minute from a sponsored trip to Israel, saying the government there is using him for a public-relations...

about 1 week ago
Michael Bennett Boycotts Trip, Says He Won’t Be Used by Israel
Steve Almasy, CNN

Michael Bennett Boycotts Trip, Says He Won’t Be Used by Israel

Michael Bennett, a Pro Bowl defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, is one of the NFL's most outspoken players on social issues. And once again he is in the middle of a controversy after announcing...

about 1 week ago
Citing Human Rights Concerns, Michael Bennett to Skip Israel Visit
ESPN.com News Services

Citing Human Rights Concerns, Michael Bennett to Skip Israel Visit

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has withdrawn from a group of NFL players planning to visit Israel next week. Writing about his decision in posts on Twitter and Instagram on Friday...

about 1 week ago
Trump’s Israel Ambassador Linked to New Expansion of Radical West Bank Settlement
Judy Maltz, Haaretz

Trump’s Israel Ambassador Linked to New Expansion of Radical West Bank Settlement

An organization headed by David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador-designate to Israel, is behind a new construction project in the West Bank settlement of Beit El recently approved by the government.

about 2 weeks ago
Bill Brings Middle East Boycott Conflict to Annapolis
Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun

Bill Brings Middle East Boycott Conflict to Annapolis

State lawmakers are wading into the conflict in the Middle East as they consider legislation that would put Maryland squarely on the side of Israel against critics who would boycott the Jewish state.

about 2 weeks ago
Palestinians Fear Being Sidelined by Trump White House
Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, AP

Palestinians Fear Being Sidelined by Trump White House

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who spent hundreds of hours on the phone and in meetings with U.S. presidents and secretaries of state in the past 12 years, has tried unsuccessfully to reach...

about 2 weeks ago
Explained: Israel’s New Palestinian Land-grab Law and Why It Matters
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Haaretz

Explained: Israel’s New Palestinian Land-grab Law and Why It Matters

The law allows Israel to expropriate private Palestinian land in the West Bank where Israeli settlements or outposts have been built. It allows Jewish settlers to remain in their homes, even though...

about 2 weeks ago
Palestinian ‘Did Not Pose Any Danger’ When Killed by Sniper During Clashes
Ma'an News Agency

Palestinian ‘Did Not Pose Any Danger’ When Killed by Sniper During Clashes

A Palestinian youth killed by Israeli forces in December did not represent a threat when he was shot dead by an Israeli army sniper, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said in a report published on Sunday.

about 2 weeks ago
Israel Set to Pass Law Banning BDS Activists from Entry
Nigel Wilson, Al Jazeera

Israel Set to Pass Law Banning BDS Activists from Entry

Occupied West Bank - Spouses hoping to reunite with their families in Israel, as well as Jewish and non-Jewish visitors, that have endorsed a boycott of Israel and Israeli settlements could be banned from...

about 3 weeks ago