News Roundup for August 12, 2022

August 12, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Gaza’s Death Toll Rises to 49 After Another Civilian Succumbs to Wounds, Haaretz
A 22-year-old civilian who was wounded in the fighting between Israel and Gaza militants succumbed to his wounds on Friday, raising the Palestinian death toll from the weekend confrontation to 49. Anas Khaled Anshasi, 22, was critically wounded in an Israeli air strike east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. On Thursday, 10-year-old Layan al-Shaer also succumbed to her wounds after she was wounded in an Israeli strike, while two more Gazan children are fighting for their lives in a hospital in Jerusalem. More than 300 Palestinians were wounded over the weekend, when Israel launched a military operation against Islamic Jihad targets across Gaza, and the militant group fired hundreds of rockets at Israel.

Iran May Accept EU Proposal To Revive Nuclear Deal if Demands Met, IRNA Reports, Reuters
A European Union proposal to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal “can be acceptable if it provides assurances” on Tehran’s key demands, the state news agency IRNA said on Friday, quoting a senior Iranian diplomat. The EU said on Monday it had put forward a “final” text following four days of indirect talks between U.S. and Iranian officials in Vienna. A senior EU official said no more changes could be made to the text, which has been under negotiation for 15 months. He said he expected a final decision from the parties within a “very, very few weeks.”


6 Killed in Traffic Accidents Across Israel and West Bank in Just One Day, The Times of Israel
Six people have been killed in traffic incidents across Israel and the West Bank on Wednesday and Thursday, marking a particularly deadly 24 hours on the country’s roads.

5 Years Later, The Hunt For White Supremacists Who Terrorized Charlottesville Continues, The Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman announced a new “civil resilience” initiative meant to improve resilience centers in Israel’s southern regions, which are disproportionally affected by missile fire from Gaza.

5 Years Later, The Hunt For White Supremacists Who Terrorized Charlottesville Continues, HuffPost
“We do not forgive,” a group of anti-fascists declared while announcing a new project to identify every attendee of the infamous rally. “We do not forget.”

UN Rights Chief Decries ‘Unconscionable’ Killing of Palestinian Children, The Times of Israel
The UN rights chief voiced alarm on Thursday at the number of Palestinian minors killed and wounded this month, and demanded those responsible be brought to account. Last week saw three days of intense conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists in the densely populated coastal enclave of Gaza.

Opinion and Analysis

For Palestinian Prisoners, Hunger Strikes Are a Battle of Stomachs, The New York Times
Raja Abdulrahim reports, “For decades, Palestinians imprisoned by Israel have used these protests as a way to demand better living conditions and an end to indefinite detentions.”

Occupation Archaeology, Haaretz
Haaretz’s Editorial Board writes, “Archaeology has become a tool to push Palestinians off land and establish the narrative about the Jewish right to the land. But most researchers at Israeli universities have been leery of dealing directly with excavations in the territories, as such digs are still considered by most of the academic world to be illegal activity in occupied territory. A researcher seeking to publish an article in an international journal, or to receive funding from a non-Israeli entity for a project in the West Bank, would almost certainly be turned down.”