Palestine Media Roundup (May 6)

by Palestine Page Co-Editors

[Destroyed settlement on Aug 31 2005. On 1 Sep 2005 the IDF left Gaza Strip as part of Israel's unilateral disengagement plan and all Israeli citizens were evicted from the area: Image from www.shutterstock.com] [Destroyed settlement on Aug 31 2005. On 1 Sep 2005 the IDF left Gaza Strip as part of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan and all Israeli citizens were evicted from the area: Image from http://www.shutterstock.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.]


The Occupation Forces

Israel Demolishes Agricultural Structures in Qalqilia Israeli forces destroyed a Palestinian agricultural structure in the city of Qalqilia.

Dailies Focus on Israeli Soldier’s Fatal Shooting of Palestinian After allegedly trying to run over Israeli soldiers, Ahmad Riyadh Shehadeh was fatally shot by troops. Three major newspapers focused on the story Wednesday.

Hebron Shooter Called to “Kill Everyone In Gaza” While Palestinians are being imprisoned for Facebook posts, IDF soldier Elor Azaria, before being convicted of manslaughter, was never even questioned about his Twitter posts which called for the massacre of Palestinians.

Israeli Forces Attack Palestinian Journalists at World Press Freedom Demo Israeli forces fired stun grenades and tear gas at a sit-in, which left three journalists injured.


Domestic Politics

What Zionism Has Meant for Palestinians This piece traces the history of Zionism and explores what the concept has meant for Palestinians: dispossession, exile and apartheid.

For Most Israelis, Palestinian Lives Don’t Matter After the execution of Maram Salih Hassan Abu and her brother, Ibrahim Salah Taha, very little questions have been asked. The systematic execution and detainment of Palestinians goes by without any large scale Israeli protest or intervention.

Is It Anti-Semitic to Ask Whether Israel Has the Right to Exist? This piece, written by a self-proclaimed Zionist, questions whether or not Israel truly has the right to exist.

The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in Palestine: Is His Real Legacy Being Upheld? In the wake of the statue of Nelson Mandela being erected in Ramallah, it is important to ask if his legacy is being realized.

PM Hamadallah: Netanyahu is More Interested in Building Settlements than a Bridge to Peace Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has expressed his interest in French-led peace talks between Israel and Palestine, stating that Netanyahu has been more interested in building settlements than peace.


Foreign Policy

China: Palestinians Suffer More than Refugees Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated that the Palestinian issue is “larger than the refugee tragedy.”

Palestinian Flag Banned from Eurovision Song Contest The Palestinian flag has been banned at the Eurovision Song Contest this year.

Trump: Israel Should Keep Going with West Bank Settlements On Tuesday, Donald Trump stated that Israel should not stop its settlement construction in the West Bank, illegal under international law.

Settlers and Illegal Settlements

Aggressive Settler Attacks Palestinian Schoolboys in Hebron’s Old City Anat Cohen attacked and assaulted schoolboys on their way to school in Hebron.

Israeli to Demolish 9 Homes in Bethlehem Village The village of al-Walajeh outside Bethlehem is scheduled to have nine homes demolished by Israeli forces.

UN: Four-fold Increase in Israeli Demolitions This Year The UN has found that Israeli demolitions have left over eight hundred Palestinians displaced since the start of 2016, a record-high number.


Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

Facebook Users Urged to Display Their Support for Palestine May 15, Facebook users will be encouraged to change their profile pictures to show commemoration for Nakba Day.

Blaming the Victim in Palestine In the wake of anti-BDS legislation and movements, Palestinians are painted as the aggressors.

Chile Law School Backs Israeli Boycott by Big Margin The law school at the University of Chile have voted to call for the boycott of Israeli institutions.

Alliance of Baptists Rules Out Investing in Israel-Linked Firms The Alliance of Baptists, already having voted to boycott Israel, is now determining whether or not the church has bought any shares in firms that profit from Israeli occupation.

Palestinians Call for Boycott of Genocide Conference in Jerusalem The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel has called for a boycott on this year’s International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) in Jerusalem.

UK Councils Face Anti-Semitism Claim Over Settlements Goods Ban Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW) has filed suits against three UK councils, claiming that their bans on settlement goods is anti-Semitic.


Law

Israel Cuts Electricity, Water Supplies to Palestinian Prisoners Nafha Prison has cut electricity and water to its Palestinian inmates, according to the PLO’s Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs.

Palestinian Journalist to Spend Four More Months in Israeli Detention Omar Nazzal, being held on classified charges, will be held in Israeli prison for four more months.

UN to Hold Meeting on the Protection of Palestinian Civilians A UN meeting will be held on May 6th to discuss how to protect Palestinian civilians from ongoing violence.

Hunger-Striking Palestinian Prisoner has Begun Refusing Water Sami Janazreh, on hunger strike for over 60 days, has now begun refusing water in protest of his administrative detention.

Israeli Who Burned Alive Teenager Abu Khdeir Gets Life Sentence Yosef Haim Ben-David, who killed 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir, was given a life sentence plus twenty years for his crimes.

PMO: Freedom of Expression is Ground for Arrest Under Israeli Pretext of Incitement The Prime Minister’s office has released a statement in which they believe Israel is targeting Palestinians’ rights of freedom of expression.


Economy and Development

EU Provides 15 Million Euros to PA Amid Ongoing Financial Woes The EU is contributing fifteen million euros to the PA to assist its ongoing debt.

UN Agency Says Israeli Ban on Cement Preventing Reconstruction in Gaza Israel has banned the import of cement into the Gaza Strip, which prevents the reconstruction of Gaza after the 2014 offensive.

Gaza’s Only Orphanage Struggles Against Odds The Al-Amal Institute for Orphans in Gaza City, started in 1949, is now the only orphanage in all of Gaza.

thanks to: Jadaliyya

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