News Roundup for November 23, 2022

November 23, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

2 Bomb Attacks in Jerusalem Kill 1 and Wound at Least 18, The New York Times
Two blasts in Jerusalem killed a teenager and injured at least 18 other people during the morning rush hour on Wednesday, the Israeli police said, in what were the first bomb attacks on Israeli civilians in more than six years. The police said that the first explosion occurred at a bus stop in northwest Jerusalem at 7:05 a.m., killing one and injuring several others. Half an hour later, another blast at a bus stop about two miles to the north wounded at least three more people. Both blasts were caused by explosive devices planted at the scene, the police said. The person killed was a yeshiva student, 16, a resident of Jerusalem who held dual Israeli and Canadian citizenship, according to a spokesman for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the city.

Palestinians: Israeli Forces Kill Teen in West Bank, 4 Hurt, AP
The Palestinian Health Ministry said Israeli forces shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian early Wednesday during a nighttime raid in the occupied West Bank. The ministry said Ahmed Shehada was killed by an Israeli bullet that hit his chest. Four other Palestinians were wounded during the army raid in Nablus city, one seriously, it said. The Israeli military said it had no immediate comment.


U.S. Creates Special Representative Post Focused Solely on Palestinian Affairs, Axios
The Biden administration notified congress on Tuesday that it has appointed Hady Amr as a new special representative for Palestinian affairs, a senior State Department official said. The move is an upgrade in U.S.-Palestinian relations. It is the first time the U.S. has created a Washington-based position at the State Department that is solely responsible for Palestinian Affairs.

Far-right Leaders Call to Renew Targeted Assassinations, Form Gov’t Following Jerusalem Bombings, Haaretz
Far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir, who will likely become Israel’s Public Security Minister, called to renew targeted assassinations of members of Palestinian terror groups and demanded the immediate formation of a government following a double terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning.

IDF Chief Presses US To Step Up Joint Plans To Counter Iran Militarily, The Times of Israel
Israel Defense Forces chief Aviv Kohavi told American defense officials in Washington that the two militaries must accelerate joint plans for offensive actions against Iran, the Israeli military said Tuesday. Kohavi landed in the US on Sunday morning for five days of meetings with senior officials focused on the Iranian threat, the IDF said.

Rights Group: Israel Demolishes School in West Bank Hamlet, The Washington Post
The Israeli military demolished a school in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, an Israeli rights group said, following a court ruling earlier this year that upheld a long-standing expulsion order against eight Palestinian hamlets in the area. The move follows on a year of deadly violence and rising tensions in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Opinion and Analysis

‘I Couldn’t Breathe’: A Weekend of Settler Violence in Hebron, +972 Mag
Oren Ziv reports, “Palestinian residents of the occupied city, long used to settler aggression, describe a mass attack by religious Israelis as security forces stood by.”