News Roundup for July 6, 2022

July 6, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Israeli Army Kills Palestinian in West Bank Arrest Raid, AP
The Israeli military said it shot and killed a Palestinian man during an arrest raid near the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday. The army said that during one of a series of raids carried out across the Palestinian territory, its troops fired at a suspect who attempted to escape arrest in the village of Jaba.

Palestinian Outrage After U.S. Says Journalist Was Killed by Accident, The New York Times
Palestinians expressed disappointment and anger at the United States on Tuesday, after Washington said it had concluded that Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist killed while reporting in the occupied West Bank, was likely shot unintentionally by a bullet fired from Israeli military lines.

Israel’s Lapid Meets Macron in Paris on First Trip as PM, The Washington Post
Israeli caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday used his first trip abroad since taking office to urge world powers to step up pressure on Iran over its nuclear activities, calling the Islamic republic a threat to regional stability. Lapid met in Paris on Tuesday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who called on Lapid to revive talks toward peace with the Palestinians and said Israelis are “lucky” to have him in charge.


Israel Says Russia Threatens to Halt Jewish Agency Activity, Bloomberg
Russia has ordered the agency in charge of organizing the emigration of Jews to Israel to halt activities immediately, the Israeli government said on Tuesday, though the group said it’s continuing to operate. A Kremlin decision to shutter the activities of the Jewish Agency, which has operated in Russia and the Soviet Union since the late Communist era, would mark a dramatic worsening of ties between the two countries and could complicate Jews’ efforts to leave Russia.

Ben & Jerry’s Sues Parent Company Over Israeli Deal ‘to Protect Social Integrity’, The Guardian
Ben & Jerry’s has sued its parent Unilever plc to block the sale of its Israeli business to a local licensee, saying it was inconsistent with its values to sell its ice-cream in the occupied West Bank. The complaint filed in the US district court in Manhattan said the sale announced on 29 June threatened to undermine the integrity of the Ben & Jerry’s brand, which Ben & Jerry’s board retained independence to protect when Unilever acquired the company in 2000.

After Years of Unofficial Segregation, Tel Aviv University Offers Mixed Jewish-Arab Dorm Rooms, Haaretz
Tel Aviv University is offering prospective dorm students the opportunity to sign up for a pilot program in which Jews and Arabs are placed together in on-campus housing. This follows years in which the university’s unofficial policy was one of segregation. The administration stressed that students’ chances of getting a dormitory placement, which is determined by lottery, would not be harmed if they chose not to participate.

IDF Chief of Staff Candidate Suggests Ramping up Assassinations of Iranian Officials, The Times of Israel
Eyal Zamir, one of the leading candidates to take over as the next chief of the Israeli military, warned in a lengthy report that Iran has managed to establish a significant foothold in Syria and called for more assassinations of Iranian military officials to curb such efforts.

Palestinian President Abbas Meets Hamas Leader for First Time in 15 Years, Haaretz
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met on Tuesday with the head of Hamas’ political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, in Algeria, the first such meeting between the two in 15 years.

Opinion and Analysis

Biden Is Making a Big Mistake With the Abraham Accords, Haaretz
Dahlia Scheindlin argues, “No one expects Biden to spend political capital (or even much time) on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during his upcoming Mideast trip. But as Israel and its new Gulf allies fast-track ties, excluding the Palestinians feeds disturbing trends.”