News Roundup for May 16, 2023

May 16, 2023

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Marking the “Nakba”, J Street
J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami shares his thoughts on “Nakba Day” and the importance of understanding Palestinian perspectives.

Top News and Analysis

Palestinian Leader Commemorates 1948 Flight of Palestinians from Israel at First UN Commemoration, ABC
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged the United Nations on Monday to suspend Israel’s membership unless it implements resolutions establishing separate Jewish and Arab states and the return of Palestinian refugees. Abbas spoke during the first official U.N. commemoration of the flight of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from what is now Israel following the U.N.’s partition of British-ruled Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states 75 years ago.

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Man in West Bank Raid, NPR
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man during a raid in the city of Nablus early on Monday, the Palestinian health ministry said, the latest incident in more than a year of surging violence in the occupied West Bank. The militant Islamic Jihad group claimed the dead man was a member, identifying him as 22-year-old Saleh Sabra.

Biden Administration Braces for Potential ‘Shitshow’ in Appointing New U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Haaretz
Days after U.S. ambassador to Israel Tom Nides announced his imminent departure from the post, speculation has begun over his potential replacement. The more prescient debate, however, concerns the Biden administration’s urgency in putting a nominee before a Senate confirmation hearing prior to the 2024 election.


Israel May Pursue Some Judicial Reforms by August, Lawmaker Says, NPR
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government could pass part of its contested judicial overhaul by August if compromise talks with the opposition fail, a senior lawmaker in the ruling religious-nationalist coalition said on Monday.

US Says UN’s Nakba Commemoration Reflects ‘Institutional Anti-Israel Bias’, The Times of Israel
Explaining the decision not to attend today’s United Nations event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the spokesman for the United States Mission to the UN says Washington “does not support events [that are] organized or in support of the institutional anti-Israel bias.”

Opinion and Analysis

A New Playbook for Pro-Israel Americans to Resist Netanyahu’s Far-Right Rule, Haaretz
Daniel Bral, chair of Progressive Zionists of California, wrties, “Just as the United States can help perpetuate a harmful status quo through our all-carrot-no-stick approach, it can reorient Israel’s posture toward peace. Short of setting conditions for the aid it gives, the Biden administration can enforce restrictions – as it does with other U.S. aid recipients – to ensure that we’re not abetting the foreclosure of a Palestinian state.”