News Roundup for August 11, 2022

August 11, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Trump’s Shadow Looms Over Last Ditch Effort to Revive Iran Nuclear Deal, CNN
After yet another round of talks on reviving the Iran nuclear deal last week, the country’s negotiators are now consulting with the leadership in Tehran on how to proceed. European Union officials say they have presented a “final,” take-it-or-leave it text for the US and Iran to consider. The draft has been met with guarded optimism in Iran. Mohammad Marandi, adviser to Iranian negotiators in Vienna, told CNN that the text to resuscitate the agreement that former US President Donald Trump pulled out of in 2018 has “evolved significantly” in recent months. But he also said that supplementary negotiations will be needed over a sticking point that emerged earlier this summer.

Israel to Allow Palestinians From West Bank to Use Airport, The Washington Post
Palestinians from the occupied West Bank will soon be allowed to travel on flights to Turkey out of an Israeli airport, the Israel Airports Authority said Tuesday. The move is part of a series of gestures Israel says it is making to improve the living conditions of Palestinians in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Critics say the measures do not address the daily humiliations of the decades-long occupation or pave the road for Palestinian statehood.


Israel Demolished a Palestinian’s Home in Violation of Court Orders. He Now Lives in a Tent With His Children, Haaretz
Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank demolished a Palestinian family’s home in the South Hebron Hills despite a court order barring it from being torn down. The house, which was demolished in late July, was home to a family with four young children. Following an investigation, the administration informed the court on Monday that the property was mistaken for another that had already been demolished and blamed it on “human error.”

Israel Says Illegal Outpost at Homesh to Be Evacuated, Tells High Court Not to Intervene, The Times of Israel
The state prosecution said Wednesday it had notified former MK Michael Ben Ari that it is considering indicting him over “systematic and repeated” incitement of ethnic hatred against Arabs, pending a potential hearing on the matter.

Israel Says Illegal Outpost at Homesh to Be Evacuated, Tells High Court Not to Intervene, Haaretz
Representatives of the Israeli government informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the illegal outpost of Homesh in the northern West Bank will eventually be evacuated but that no date has been set. Therefore, the state said, the court does not need to intervene in the matter, arguing it is up to the defense minister to set the date.

Health of Palestinian Prisoner on Hunger Strike Worsens, AP
A Palestinian prisoner on a protracted hunger strike was moved Thursday from an Israeli jail to a hospital because of his worsening condition, the prisoner’s wife said. Khalil Awawdeh has refused food for just over 160 days according to this family in a bid to draw attention to his detention by Israel without trial or charge.

Opinion and Analysis

Americans Rarely See the True Face of Israel’s Bombing of Gaza, The Intercept
Elise Swain and Alice Speri use a photo essay to note, “By shying away from graphic images of death, news organizations sanitize the violence of Israeli aggression against Palestinians.”

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