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Israeli Settlers Rampage in Palestinian Town in West Bank, The Washington Post
A group of Jewish settlers on Thursday rampaged through a Palestinian town in the northern West Bank, attacking shops and residents with stones and iron bars, according to Palestinian reports and amateur video from the scene. Over 40 Palestinians were reported wounded. It was the latest violence in the northern West Bank — where the Israeli military has been conducting nightly arrest raids against suspected Palestinian militants.
Israeli Army Kills Palestinian Militant in West Bank Raid, AP
The Israeli military shot and killed a Palestinian militant during an arrest raid into a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on Friday, according to Palestinian reports. It was the latest bloodshed in what has become the deadliest year in the territory since 2015.
Palestinian Leader Does Not Trust America but Happy With Russia, Reuters
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Russian President Vladmir Putin on Thursday, restating his mistrust of Washington in resolving the conflict with Israel and expressing appreciation for Russia’s role.
United Democracy Project Makes First Foray Into General Election, Jewish Insider
United Democracy Project, a super PAC launched earlier this year by the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, made its first foray into the general election late last week, spending nearly $80,000 to boost a Democratic candidate vying for an open House seat in the Bay Area.
J.D. Vance and Tim Ryan Clash in Ohio Senate Debate, The New York Times
The race, in a onetime swing state that has become increasingly Republican, is more competitive than many political observers expected.
Israeli Forces Use Live Fire in Clashes With Palestinian Protesters in Jerusalem, The Guardian
Israeli forces have used live fire during confrontations with hundreds of Palestinian protesters throwing stones and firebombs in the worst violence in the contested city of Jerusalem in months, sparked by the search for a suspected Palestinian gunman.
Life in the Palestinian Shoafat Refugee Camp Stopped After Saturday’s Shooting, Haaretz
Yael Freidson writes, “Residents of the Shoafat refugee camp near the edge of East Jerusalem have been living in a pressure cooker for years. Motorists on Route 1 heading towards the Dead Sea can see the densely built multistory buildings of the camp to their left. The streets are narrow, and there are almost no trees or playgrounds around them.”
Lebanon and Israel’s Maritime Deal Suspends Them Between No War and No Peace, Carnegie Middle East Center
Maha Yahya notes, “The landmark agreement is far from a peace deal, but both countries now have vested economic interests in maintaining calm along their common border regions.”
How the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants Fights for the Rights of Vulnerable Communities, J Street
The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants advocates for policies and practices to ensure that the human rights of migrants in Israel are respected. “We believe in changing reality not only through decision-makers but by harnessing the power of the public. It’s a difficult fight, but it’s an important one that we believe in,” Executive Director Dr. Ayelet Oz tells J Street.