Pro-Palestinian groups decry Israel’s new Jewish nation-state law as “racist” & “apartheid”; Jewish Knesset members claim “it doesn’t hurt the culture of minorities living in Israel.”
Gaza and Khan al Ahmar have made the news recently. But nothing newsworthy from the West Bank. What does a typical week look like there? Here’s a glimpse.
The ‘ultimate deal’ that Jared Kushner is proposing for Palestine would strip the people of all their dignity
Jared Kushner is ignorant, or apathetic about Middle East peace. After 70 years of resistance, Palestinians have no intention of selling out to “the ultimate deal.”
Prince William’s itinerary for his upcoming visit to Israel includes a visit to Jerusalem “in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.” He was asked to “correct” the item.
Israeli authorities are digging up centuries-old graves, incl 2 belonging to companions of Muhammad, to make room for a national park.
Give Noura Erakat nine minutes and she will clarify everything about the Gaza March for Freedom, Hamas, and the trouble with Trump’s embassy in Jerusalem.
The US embassy opening celebration is underway. In attendance are Trump family members, members of Congress, evangelical pastors, and billionaires – none have mentioned the 52 dead Gazans. It is, in our president’s words, a “great day.”
Richard Falk discusses critical Middle East topics, including the legality of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem, Iran and Trump’s “special relationships” with Israel and Saudi Arabia, the future of Syria, and hope for justice in Israel-Palestine.
Donald Trump’s Israel policies may have more to do with outmaneuvering Democrats than they do with any concern for Middle East peace, argues Jonathan Marshall.
Churches in the United States need to add their voices to the calls coming from the heads of Palestinian churches in the Holy Land who are urging the global Christian community to stand with international legitimacy and justice.
Here’s what we were all thinking as we watched Nikki Haley’s UN speech!
Two major commentators said Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital because he wanted to influence evangelical voters, but left out that Trump’s largest donor was Sheldon Adelson, who has been demanding the embassy be moved to Jerusalem, and that Trump’s campaign promise about the embassy was given at AIPAC’s national convention in Washington DC, not in a red state…
A Palestinian in Jerusalem describes the impact of Trump’s announcement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel: “Prior to this announcement, we were in the first week of a joyous Christmas… Christmas trees in every shop and restaurant, Santa hats in cars and Christmas carols sung everywhere. Giant Christmas trees lit in the main squares of the cities with tens of thousands of Christians and Muslims celebrating together…”
Trump decided to keep his campaign pledge, despite warnings from Mattis and Tillerson that the move would endanger US diplomats, undermine the peace process, and be condemned in both Arab countries and America’s most important Eurpean allies. Domestically, Trump has little to worry about. Democrats have fawned over Israel for 70 years, the Republicans’ Christian Evangelical base supports the embassy move, and the GOP has been desperate to break into what was once a Democrat-only monopoly on Jewish-American political funding—and Jewish votes…
Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians, injure 767: US Context and live updates after Trump Jerusalem announcement
Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian protesters and injured 767… Trump signed waiver to postpone moving embassy, just like previous presidents (see video)…. Original legislation to move US embassy was passed with bipartisan support, including Biden, Kerry, etc… JTA says all major mainstream Jewish groups support Trump announcement, some smaller ones oppose the timing… This post will be UPDATED as events occur…