News Roundup for October 3, 2022

October 3, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Rights Group: Israel Holding 800 Palestinians Without Trial, AP
Israel is holding nearly 800 Palestinians without trial or charge, the highest number since 2008, an Israeli rights group said Sunday. The group, HaMoked, which regularly gathers figures from Israeli prison authorities, said that 798 Palestinians are currently being held in so-called administrative detention, a practice where the prisoners can be held for months, do not know the charges against them and are not granted access to the evidence against them.

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Teen After Alleged Firebomb, The Washington Post
Israeli forces on Saturday shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank after a group of youths smashed a hole through the Israeli separation barrier and began throwing objects at police. The shooting happened in Azariyah, a village just outside of Jerusalem, and marked the latest violence in what has become the deadliest year in the West Bank since 2015. In the Gaza Strip, meanwhile, thousands of supporters of the ruling Hamas militant group filled a soccer stadium in a demonstration they said was meant to show solidarity with the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem during the Jewish high holiday season.


Menendez Warns Netanyahu Against Working With Jewish Supremacists, Axios
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) during a trip to Israel last month warned Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu that if he forms a government after the Nov. 1 elections that includes right-wing extremists, it could harm U.S.-Israel bilateral relations.

Israeli Courts to Recognize Civil Marriages Conducted Online, Haaretz
The Jerusalem Court for Administrative Affairs ruled Thursday that Israel must legally recognize eight couples who were wed online via Zoom in a major step towards advancing civil marriage in the country.

Soldier Lightly Hurt in West Bank Shooting; IDF: Civilians Also Targeted, The Times of Israel
An Israeli soldier was lightly hurt after shots were fired at a military checkpost in the northern West Bank on Sunday evening, the military and medics said, hours after a shooting left another person wounded nearby.

Officials Optimistic That Deal Is Near in Lebanon-Israel Maritime Dispute, Axios
U.S. envoy Amos Hochstein on Saturday sent Israel and Lebanon a draft agreement on the maritime border dispute, with Israeli, Lebanese and Western officials voicing optimism about the chances of inking a deal in the next few days, according to a Western diplomat with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

Opinion and Analysis

Israel’s Arab Voters Hold Netanyahu’s Fate in Their Hands. But There’s a Big Catch, Haaretz
Dahlia Scheindlin writes, “‘Can’t we get the Arabs to vote?’ What’s disturbing about the anti-Netanyahu camp’s approach to the Palestinian citizens of Israel who will play a crucial role in deciding November’s election, and the country’s future.”

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