J Street's News Roundup 6/25/14

June 25th, 2014

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At Presbyterian assembly, divestment advocates’ win is a limited one, JTA

J Street Senior Vice President for Community Relations Rachel Lerner said that “there were a lot of people [at the Presbyterian Church General Assembly] who backed the divestment resolution who weren’t voting against Israel but Israeli policy… There is a way forward to dialogue. I don’t think cutting off discussion helps.”

Q&A with Bradley Burston, Haaretz

Bradley Burston said, “J Street has become a kind of rallying ground for young Jews with a liberal worldview and strong feelings for and about Israel. The result, in many cases, is a new connection to a community. And American Jewry needs that very much at this point.”

Top News and Analysis

IDF arrests Palestinian lawmakers in fresh sweep, Times of Israel

The IDF arrested 17 Palestinians overnight--including two lawmakers--as part of an ongoing crackdown in the West Bank, even as troops began to scale down their operations in the territory. Since Operation Brother’s Keeper began to locate three kidnapped teens nearly two weeks ago, the IDF has arrested almost 400 Palestinians in the West Bank, most of them members of Hamas. On Tuesday, Israel’s cabinet voted to begin to scale back operations as military officials admitted the campaign against Hamas was drawing to a close in its present form. Defense Minister Ya’alon said that it was a matter of time until the teens were found.

Lieberman to discuss kidnapping, PA unity with Kerry, Times of Israel

Foreign Minister Lieberman will fly to Paris Thursday to discuss the kidnapping and the Palestinian unity government with Secretary of State Kerry.

Palestinian detainees reach deal to end hunger strike, Haaretz

Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons ended a two-month-long hunger strike overnight Tuesday after a deal was struck with the Israel Prison Service. The details of the deal, it was agreed by the sides, will only be made public after the hunger strikers receive treatment and their condition stabilizes.


Poll: Most Israelis think Diaspora Jews' view should be considered in policy, Haaretz

According to a new survey, a majority of Israeli Jews believes that the government needs to consider the effects of critical decisions it makes on Jews living abroad and take into account the views of Diaspora communities when making these decisions.

Hamas arrests terror cell responsible for rocket fire on Israel, Times of Israel

Palestinian sources in Gaza said Hamas’s internal security forces arrested the terror cell responsible for firing rockets at southern Israel Monday and Tuesday.

Israel responds to rocket fire with Gaza airstrike, Haaretz

Israeli aircraft struck five underground rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire.

4 Palestinians hurt as Gaza rocket fire ‘goes wrong’, Times of Israel

Three Palestinians were wounded and a three-year-old girl was killed when a rocket fired at Israel from Gaza fell short and struck inside the enclave.

For first time, Israel compensating Palestinians over settlers' land grab, Haaretz

In an unprecedented step, Israel will pay 300,000 shekels ($87,500) in compensation to Palestinians who own land upon which the unauthorized West Bank outpost of Amona was built.

Iran expects deal soon on Russia building new nuclear reactors, Reuters

Iran said on Tuesday it expected to sign a deal with Russia in late August on the building of two new nuclear reactors in the Islamic Republic, potentially boosting its case that it is refining uranium for civilian energy.

Opinion and Analysis

What a Muslim American Learned from Zionists, Time

Rabia Chaudri recounts her participation in a year-long interfaith dialogue, in which Israelis and Muslims overcame mistrust to learn and appreciate the other’s narrative. By the end, writes Chaudri, “the Muslim fellows understood Jewish fear and the Jews’ deep desire for a homeland after thousands of years of being a mistrusted minority. And Israeli Jews affirmed to us the daily devastation of the occupation and the shattering of Palestinians through which Israel was born.”

Am I my brother’s keeper?, Foreign Policy

Dalia Hatuqa examines how Israel’s search for the missing boys is upending Palestinian politics.

Kidnapped Israeli Teens Compel Scrutiny of Hamas's International Finances, New Republic

According to Matthew Levitt, “Israel has been quietly targeting Hamas’s financial infrastructure for some time now.”

Why Presbyterian Divestment Feels Like Anti-Semitism, Forward

Jane Eisner writes, “You’ll not usually find me in the Netanyahu amen corner, nor am I prone to identify anti-Semitism at every turn. But when Jewish treatment of Palestinians is judged worse than the way any other dominant group treats a minority, when it is deemed worthy of unique sanction, when other horrors around the world are ignored — how can I believe that this isn’t about the Jews? And that, my Presbyterian friends, is anti-Semitism.”