News Roundup for June 2, 2023

June 2, 2023

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Top News and Analysis

Thousands March in Jerusalem Pride Parade under Israel’s Far-Right Government, PBS
Thousands of people on Thursday marched in Jerusalem’s Pride parade – an annual event that took place for the first time under Israel’s new far-right government, which is stacked with openly homophobic members. The march in the conservative city is always tense and tightly secured by police, and has been wracked by violence in the past. But this year, Israel finds itself deeply riven over a contentious government plan to overhaul the judiciary.

Many Jews Believe The Far Left and Far Right Are Equally Antisemitic. A New Study Disproves That, The Forward
A new study is casting doubt on the conventional wisdom that antisemitism is just as prevalent on the far left as it is on the far right. In recent years, academic thought and popular perception has surmised that what is known as horseshoe theory can be applied to antisemitism. Horseshoe theory holds that anti-elite sentiments increase on the extreme ends of the ideological spectrum until they meet in the middle.

IDF: Returning Fire at Palestinian Gunmen, Troops Critically Wound Palestinian Child, The Times of Israel
A Palestinian father and child who were seriously wounded in an exchange of gunfire between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli troops near an Israeli settlement in the West Bank were apparently hit by Israeli fire, the military said late Thursday. An earlier report said the father and child were likely hit by Palestinian fire when the gunmen shot at an Israeli military post near the settlement.

Israeli Settlers Allowed to Live in West Bank Firing Zone After Palestinians Were Evacuated, Haaretz
The state is allowing six sheep farms run by Israelis to operate in Masafer Yatta, a region in the southern West Bank that’s been declared a firing zone, after the justices of the High Court of Justice allowed the expulsion of its Palestinian residents. Each one of these farms has at least one flock.


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Cancels Planned Israel Visit, The Jerusalem Post
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken canceled a planned trip to Israel, according to a Channel 13 report on Thursday evening It was reported that Blinken was supposed to pay a quick visit to Israel as part of a Middle East trip, although he decided to cancel. One senior Israeli political official said regarding the situation that “it is impossible to ignore the sensitive timing” of Blinken’s cancelation.

Likud Bill Targeting NGOs That Receive Foreign Funding Is ‘Dead’ – Senior US Official, The Times of Israel
Legislation recently frozen by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would significantly limit Israeli civil society groups’ ability to accept donations from foreign governments is “dead,” a senior US official told The Times of Israel on Thursday. “They had every intention to pass this… but now it’s dead,” the official said, indicating a level of permanence that had not been vocalized by Israeli or US officials to date.

IAEA Resolves Nuclear Issues with Iran, Media Report, Reuters
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has resolved nuclear issues with Iran relating to one of three sites being investigated over the presence of uranium particles, Iranian media reported on Tuesday. The agency’s alleged case regarding the findings of uranium particles with 83.7 purity has also been closed, a source told the semi-official Mehr news agency.

Man Killed in Northern Israel Marks the 85th Homicide in the Arab Community This Year, Haaretz
An Arab Israeli man was shot and killed Thursday evening in the northern city of Umm al-Fahm. Four armed suspects were apprehended shortly after by Israel Police. The victim has been named as 30-year-old Muhammed Ashraf Jabarin, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Opinion and Analysis

Life Along Israel’s Separation Wall, The New Yorker
The photographer Ofir Berman captures the lives of Palestinians as they grapple with the daily realities of living under occupation.

Israel: A Country Held Hostage, Haaretz
The Haaretz Editorial Board writes, “A fair, transparent and effective contract between the citizens and the state that describes the government’s obligations is one of the cornerstones of democracy. The fact that the Judicial Appointments Committee isn’t being convened due to Levin’s attempted legal coup is a real blow to democracy and the rule of law. But despite Levin’s role in this, make no mistake: The man primarily responsible for this situation is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, ever since his government was formed, has been undermining stability in every walk of life.”