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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.

  • Unprecedented Bill Introduced in US Congress to Deny Israel Aid, Protect Children, and Promote Human November 16, 2017
    On Tuesday, November 14, Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced the “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.” The eight original co-sponsors included Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. This piece of legislation has attracted international attention—human rights groups such as the […]
  • Israel Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Abuse Palestinian Children. This Bill Would Put an End to That. November 14, 2017
    Children ad teenagers are frequent victims of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. They face physical abuse by Israeli military forces and are shuffled through an unfair court system without access to legal counsel or even their parents. The United States has long subsidized these abuses, giving billions of dollars in military aid to Israel […]
  • Balfour Declaration of Support for Jewish Homeland Still Divisive at 100 November 2, 2017
    It was the moment of conception of what would become the State of Israel — or it was the original sin in which Israel was conceived. The Balfour Declaration, the pivotal, 67-word assurance by the British foreign secretary that promised support for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people,” turned […]
  • Houston Suburb Conditions Hurricane Relief Money On Residents’ Vow Not To Boycott Israel October 20, 2017
    A suburb outside of Houston is requiring residents who were affected by Hurricane Harvey to certify that they do not boycott Israel in order to apply for grant money to rebuild their home or business. Dickinson, Texas, located alongside a bayou about 30 miles southeast of Houston, suffered extensive damage during the hurricane that tore […]
  • “The Siege” Illuminates the Point of View of Palestinian Fighters October 19, 2017
    Last week marked a momentous cultural occasion: the entrance of a Palestinian theater company onto the New York stage, performing a Palestinian work that hinges on the voices and political perspectives of Palestinian people. After two previously planned but ultimately scrapped local productions of the play, The Siege is finally celebrating its first run in […]
  • Why a Leading Palestinian Activist Isn’t Fixated on a Palestinian State October 6, 2017
    "We are not in the time to talk about solutions," said Issa Amro, a leading Palestinian activist who spoke to Today's WorldView while on a visit to Washington this week. "We are in the time to protect ourselves from settlements, from settler violence, from attacks on our cities and villages."
  • Netanyahu Backs Annexation of 19 West Bank Settlements October 3, 2017
    Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has backed legislation that would in effect annex settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories that are home to between 125,000 and 150,000 Jewish people. In comments made at a meeting of his Likud party at the large settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, Netanyahu said he would support the “Greater Jerusalem” bill.
  • Israel Forces Shoot Palestinian Child in the Head in East Jerusalem October 3, 2017
    Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded an 11-year-old Palestinian boy during a raid of Shuafat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem yesterday evening. The child was shot in the forehead with a rubber-coated metal bullet and evacuated to hospital.
  • Israel Planning War Crime Against Khan Al-Ahmar Families September 27, 2017
    Israel’s planned expulsion of the residents of Khan al-Ahmar and the destruction of their village in the occupied West Bank is a war crime, human rights groups are warning. Earlier this month, Israeli occupation authorities informed members of the community that they would be relocated...
  • Israel Refuses to Stop Arms Sales to Myanmar, Despite Its Campaign of Rape, Torture and Massacres… September 27, 2017
    The state has not said that it will stop selling weapons to the military junta in Myanmar, despite recent reports and United Nations data on massacres the country’s military has perpetrated against the Rohingya minority, as well as systematic rape and expulsions.
  • Top Israeli official admits that boycotting just the settlements is meaningless November 18, 2017
    Ron Brummer from Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Hasbara, recently confirmed that there is no separate economic system for Israel inside the occupation and outside it. "If you want to divest from the West Bank... you have to divest from Israel." This is clarifying. Liberal Zionists who have supported settlement boycotts only need to […]
    Jonathan Ofir
  • ‘Facebook’ ads are way more important than the children we slaughter in some poor country November 18, 2017
    American politicians are responsible for are crimes against humanity, but those are never seen as scandals, except maybe a century later. At most we just treat war crimes as policy disputes. Nobody expects a bipartisan investigation into our ties with the Saudis. So a domestic political competition-- Russiagate-- takes up all the media's attention, while […]
    Donald Johnson
  • The Clinton scandals entailed violent threats against people who knew about his sex life November 18, 2017
    The signature moments of the Clinton scandals involve threats against people who were going to talk about his sex life. When Lindsey Graham asked in the House, Is this Peyton Place or Watergate? we said, Watergate. It wasn't just about a blowjob.
    Philip Weiss
  • Families as pawns: Israel pressures Palestinians into exile through foreign spouse visas November 17, 2017
    Israel is in charge of giving foreign spouses in the West Bank visas, a power these spouses say has been increasingly abused. They described being issued ever-shorter visas ranging from two weeks to six months instead of the usual one-year visa, dragging them into a near-constant process of visa renewals. "I think the entire policy […]
    Chloé Benoist
  • Israel to move checkpoint deeper into West Bank, cutting off Palestinian access to spring November 17, 2017
    Israel states that it will move military checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem deeper into West Bank, annexing 296 acres of al-Walajah village land, including a historic spring. Some say Israel intends to make the land part of a national park in Israel in an effort to fight local resistance to the landgrab.
    Sheren Khalel
  • Liberal Israeli leaders were contemplating genocide in Gaza already in 1967 November 17, 2017
    Israeli leaders were not only contemplating ethnic cleansing, but also Genocide, according to declassified governmental minutes from 1967. Labor politicians were obsessed with the fear that the 1.4 million Palestinians in the territories they had seized would overwhelm the state's Jewish majority one day. And these liberal Zionists encouraged the settlements, too.
    Jonathan Ofir
  • Israeli gov’t minister says there will be one million West Bank settlers in the next 10-20 years November 17, 2017
    Speaking to a conference on settler population growth in the West Bank titled “On the Way to a Million,” Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin dismissed the idea of a Palestinian state, “Halas [‘enough’ in Arabic] with the story of two states. There is no other option but the state of Israel, certainly between the Jordan […]
  • Video: Living Under Fire November 17, 2017
    Over half of the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank has been declared an active military “firing zone” by the Israeli army. The Israeli military conducts military exercises in these areas, even if Palestinian villages still exist there. Ibziq is one such village. Uday Nawaja’a was recently killed there while tending to a flock […]
    Yumna Patel and Akram Al-Wa'ra
  • Bret Stephens equates anti-Zionists with white nationalists in the ‘New York Times’ November 16, 2017
    New York Times columnist Bret Stephens says that Jewish Voice for Peace is as anti-Semitic as white nationalists like Richard Spencer because it undermines "Israel's right to exist." This is a clever feat of propaganda for Israel: Stephens is saying that Israel has a right to discriminate against Palestinians. People need to call it out […]
    Phil Weiss and Donald Johnson
  • Yaffa – the city my family once called home November 16, 2017
    Amirah Abu Lughod writes, "According to most people's definition, Yaffa is a beautiful city - sea side views, a bustling shopping scene, an artist's village, restaurants everywhere you turn. I found myself struggling to see the beauty. I knew what I was seeing was nothing like the Yaffa my grandparents called home and what did […]
    Amirah Abu Lughod