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We feature news from these three sources because they provide interesting information and perspectives on efforts to secure a just peace in Israel and Palestine.  The views are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of CJPIP.

  • US Ambassador David Friedman Arrives in Israel May 17, 2017
    David Friedman, the controversial new US ambassador to Israel, has arrived in the country to take up his post, just days before a visit by US President Donald Trump. Friedman, who presented his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin...
  • Palestinians Face Biggest Expulsion in Years by Settlers in Jerusalem May 17, 2017
    A private settler organization is planning “the most extensive expulsion scheme in recent years,” in the Batan al-Hawa area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem is warning.
  • Warm Start With Israel Cools as Trump Prepares Visit. What Happened? May 17, 2017
    President Trump’s visit to Jerusalem next week has spun into a difficult diplomatic test with Israel, one of the United States’ firmest allies. Not only has Mr. Trump given Russian diplomats intelligence that officials say came from Israel, but some of his aides...
  • Israeli Navy Shoots Gaza Fisherman Dead May 16, 2017
    A Palestinian fisherman has been killed after the Israeli navy opened fire on a vessel it accused of breaching the blockade north of the Gaza Strip. Nizar Ayash, the Palestinian fishermen's union chief, said Monday's shooting and the arrest of four other crew happened in one incident, and two more arrests were made when the […]
  • “Building a Common Resistance” from the US to Palestine May 16, 2017
    Pressure is mounting on the iconic UK-based band Radiohead to cancel their July gig in Tel Aviv. Dozens of artists, musicians and intellectuals have signed an open letter to Radiohead urging the band members “to think again –
  • Son of Hunger-Striking Palestinian Leader Marwan Barghouti: I Haven’t Touched My Father in 15 Years May 15, 2017
    It has been almost a month since over 1,500 Palestinian prisoners have been on hunger strike inside Israeli jails. The strike, which began on April 17, was called by Marwan Barghouti to protest poor living conditions in prison and the administrative detention law, which allows Palestinians to be held without charge. Barghouti is the most […]
  • Palestinians Call for Pizza Hut Boycott over Israeli Advert ‘Mocking Hunger Strikers’ May 11, 2017
    Palestinians and activists are calling for a boycott of Pizza Hutt after it ran an advert mocking the leader of a mass hunger strike taking place in Israeli prisons. The restaurant's Israeli branch posted a picture released by Israeli police allegedly showing prisoner Marwan Barhgouti breaking his fast by eating a chocolate bar.
  • Israeli Lawmakers Back Contentious Jewish Nation-State Bill in Heated Preliminary Vote May 10, 2017
    The new version of the nation-state bill has passed the first stage of enactment into law. On Wednesday, the bill passed its preliminary Knesset reading when 48 lawmakers voted in favor of the  the bill, including Prime Minister...
  • FIFA Delays Stand on Israeli Settlement Football Teams May 10, 2017
    FIFA has said in a statement that it is "premature" to take any final decision on the controversial issue of Israeli football clubs in the West Bank. The communique came after a five-hour long FIFA Council meeting on Tuesday in Bahrain, in advance of the issue being scheduled for discussion by its annual congress, which […]
  • Wife of Palestinian Hunger Striker Denies He’s Sneaking Food May 9, 2017
    Truth in the Middle East often boils down to what side you are on. To Fadwa Barghouti, the video that Israeli officials released this week was clearly fake: the one the Israelis said showed her husband, Marwan, the leader...
  • ‘We learned not to leave our homes and to stay away from windows’: Remembering Operation Defensive Shield May 22, 2017
    Michael Merryman-Lotze remembers Israel's siege on the West Bank city of Ramallah during Operation Defensive Shield: "The night of April 2 was one that I won’t forget. That was the night that the Israeli military took over the Preventative Security Office in Betunia. They surrounded the building with tanks and forced out the Palestinian police […]
    Michael Merryman-Lotze
  • Hebron settlers are trying to erase the city’s Palestinian identity May 22, 2017
    Youth Against Settlement's Issa Amro writes about signs settlers have posted inside of Hebron, "At the front of Shuhada street in the old city of Hebron is a street sign pointing multiple directions: Chabad Cemetery, Old Jewish Cemetery, Ancient Tel Hebron. The words are in Hebrew and English only. The purpose of the sign is […]
    Issa Amro
  • Trump may want a deal, but Israeli Jews are not interested May 22, 2017
    On the streets of Jerusalem, it is clear that Israeli Jews have made their choice, a Jewish state, not a democratic one. They fear the creation of a Palestinian state. Even the left is demoralized, and favors Israeli security over Palestinian rights. Netanyahu has achieved what Trump can only dream of, a broadly unified national […]
    Philip Weiss
  • PLO source denies Abbas plans to propose large land swap deal during Trump visit May 21, 2017
    Sheren Khalel
  • Israeli settler passes out candy to celebrate killing of Palestinian May 21, 2017
    Ma‘an News reports: "Following a deadly shooting carried out by an Israeli settler near the Huwwara village in the occupied West Bank district of Nablus, an Israeli settler distributed candy to passing Israeli vehicles south of Nablus on Thursday in celebration of the settler killing a 23-year-old Palestinian earlier in the day. An Israeli settler […]
  • Video: Activists fight occupation by rebuilding a Palestinian village May 21, 2017
    Hundreds of activists, organized by a coalition of Palestinian, Israeli and International organizations joined the families of Sarura to rebuild their village and create the "Sumud Freedom Camp." The camp is located in an Israeli military firing zone on land belonging to the Palestinian village of Sarura, where families were expelled by Israeli forces in […]
    Mondoweiss Editors
  • A tale of two cities May 20, 2017
    Alice Rothchild is invited to give a talk about Israel/Palestine to a New England private school, then disinvited after the administrators view her PowerPoint presentation. A dismayed Rothchild writes, "The tragedy for me is that first there is this framing that there are 'two sides' when there are actually many sides, this being a complicated […]
    Alice Rothchild
  • Hunger Strike: The reclamation of the Palestinian body May 20, 2017
    Tamara Nassar writes: "The hunger strike is then the reclamation of the body which has been stolen by Israel and confined to a cell-block; the re-assumption of a subjectivity temporarily abducted by military might; a revival of humanity. The hunger strike may be a peaceful reclamation, but it is not non-violent. The violence is simply […]
    Tamara Nassar
  • Palestinian Festival of Literature celebrates 10 years of culture exchange, challenging oppression May 20, 2017
    The Palestinian Festival of Literature celebrated its 10th year in 2017. With a slew of respected artists and writers on its program, the festival met in cities across the occupied West Bank and Israel. From Haifa, to Ramallah, to Nablus and Jerusalem, the festival once again brought people from across the world to the stage.
    Sheren Khalel
  • Beyond the 50th anniversary of the occupation: marking the 100-70-50-10 anniversaries with ‘Together We Rise’ curriculum May 19, 2017
    There has been much talk about 2017 as the 50th anniversary since Israel occupied the Palestinian Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem. But the 50th anniversary can only be understood within a broader context of other key anniversaries this year. 2017 marks: 100 years since the Nov. 2, 1917 Balfour Declaration; 70 years […]
    Anna Baltzer