News Roundup for January 6, 2023

January 6, 2023

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J Street Commends Biden Administration’s Unequivocal Opposition to “Legalization” of Homesh and Similar Outposts, J Street
J Street is grateful for the Biden Administration’s firm and unfortunately necessary public reminder that the United States unequivocally opposes the new Israeli government’s so-called “legalization” of settlement outposts like Homesh in the West Bank.

Top News and Analysis

Palestinians Urge UN Security Council to Rap Israel over Ben Gvir Temple Mount Visit, The Times of Israel
The United Nations Security Council set an emergency meeting for Thursday to discuss far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir’s visit to Jerusalem’s flashpoint Temple Mount, as the Palestinian mission to the UN urged members of the council to use the opportunity to act against Israel in order to avert a “religious war.”

Israeli Police Arrest Two Suspects in Protestant Cemetery Vandalism, Reuters
Israeli police said on Friday they arrested two people suspected of vandalising a Protestant cemetery in Jerusalem earlier this week. Police said in a statement that extensive damage had been caused to gravestones at the Protestant Mount Zion Cemetery, calling it an “act of intentional vandalism and defacement.”


What Israel’s New Far-Right Government Means for Palestinians, The New Yorker
Isaac Chotiner sits down with Raja Shehadeh, a Palestinian lawyer and activist, to discuss the new Israeli government.

Why the Godfather of Human Rights Is Not Welcome at Harvard, The Nation
Ken Roth, who ran Human Rights Watch for 29 years, was denied a fellowship at the Kennedy School for having the temerity to criticize Israel.

Opinion and Analysis

New Gov’t Has No Intention of Dealing with the Palestinian Issue, The Jerusalem Post
Gershon Baskin writes, “The bottom line is the new government of Israel, just like the previous governments for decades, has no intention of dealing with the Palestinian issue. There are no plans to end the occupation. There are no thoughts of finding a way to enable Palestinians to reach any form of national self-determination.”

Israel’s First anti-Zionist Prime Minister, Haaretz
Nehemia Shtrasler argues, “This is Netanyahu’s vendetta against the state that has dared to put him on trial, at the end of which he will stand with a triumphant grin and sign the Zionist state’s death certificate.”