News Roundup for October 21, 2022

October 21, 2022
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West Bank Visitors Ordered To Register Romances As Israel Brings In Strict Rules, The Guardian
Israel has implemented strict rules limiting the ability of foreigners to enter and stay in the occupied West Bank despite international criticism of the measures, which include the compulsory declaration of romantic relationships. A 90-page ordinance replacing the previous four-page document came into effect on Thursday for a two-year pilot period. It is expected to stifle the Palestinian economy and academia and the work of aid agencies, and create complications for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian families with dual nationality, who are already struggling to navigate a convoluted permit system.

Settlers Commit 100 Crimes Against West Bank Palestinians in Last 10 Days, Haaretz
Security officials have noticed a worrying trend in recent weeks of violent acts commited by Israeli settlers across the West Bank, with over 100 Jewish nationalist crimes having been recorded in just the past 10 days alone. Most incidents happened in the northern West Bank around Hawara, which has become Ground Zero for brawls between settlers and Palestinians. Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi did not publicly express interest in any of those incidents, which all involved Palestinian victims.

Palestinian Killed, 3 Wounded During Israeli West Bank Raid, AP
The Palestinian Health Ministry said early Friday that a Palestinian youth died shortly after being wounded by Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank as Israeli-Palestinian tensions surge. The increase in tension is over Israeli raids and an uptick in shooting attacks by Palestinians. The ministry said the 19-year-old suffered a mortal wound in the neck, while three others were wounded by live gunshots to their limbs. The violence happened as Israeli forces staged an arrest raid in the Jenin refugee camp, a spot in the northern West Bank that has been a flash point in recent fighting.


U.K. Jewish Paper Asks ‘Where’s the Outrage’ Against Israeli Far-right Candidates, Haaretz
The rise of Israel’s far-right “is a danger too great for U.K. Jewry to ignore,” one of Britain’s largest Jewish newspapers wrote on Wednesday, warning of the influence and popularity that far-right lawmakers Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir have gained in light of the upcoming Israeli election.

ACLU Asks Supreme Court To Overturn Arkansas’ Anti-Boycott Law Against Israel, The Guardian
The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the US supreme court to overturn an Arkansas law requiring companies to pledge not to boycott Israel in order to do business with the state.

In Bid to Boost Abbas’ Standing, Israel Set to Allow PA to Use Helicopters, Haaretz
For the first time since 2001, the Israeli government is set to approve a request by the Palestinian Authority to purchase helicopters for transportation of top PA officials.

3 Months After Us Package for Palestinians Unveiled, Most Moves Still Facing Hurdles, The Times of Israel
With measures dependent on follow through from Israel and other allies, Palestinians are still waiting on 4G, East Jerusalem hospital aid, joint economic panel and 24/7-run Allenby.

UN Experts Decry Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Areas, The Washington Post
Experts with the U.N.’s top human rights body on Thursday decried Israel’s occupation of territories Palestinians seek for their future state, saying it was “unlawful under international law” and increasingly entrenched.

Opinion and Analysis

The Family of Slain Palestinian American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh Demands Justice, NPR Morning Edition
Leila Fadel has a conversation with Lina Abu Akleh, who was thrust onto the global stage after her aunt, Shireen Abu Akleh, was killed while reporting on an Israeli military raid in the Palestinian city of Jenin in May.

Vote to Protect our Democracy for Generations to Come, The Times of Trenton
J Street New Jersey Steering Committee Leader Chiara Nappi writes, “The upcoming elections have enormous consequences. We need to protect our democracy for generations to come, and by our example show other nations how to face the anti-democratic forces that are working systematically to dismantle democratic institutions around the globe.”

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