News Roundup for September 12, 2022

September 12, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Second Palestinian Dies From House-demolition Gunfight, Haaretz
A second Palestinian died Sunday from wounds sustained in an exchange of fire during a terrorist house demolition last week, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Sources in Jenin identified the man as 24-year-old Hemed Mustafa Abu Jalda, a field commander for the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. He had been wounded in an exchange of fire during last Tuesday’s demolition of the home of Ra’ad Hazem, who in April killed three people at a bar in Tel Aviv. Another Palestinian had died on site at the demolition after being shot in the chest, and 15 others were wounded in the gunfight as well.

Iran Says Ready for Nuclear Cooperation but Threatens Israel With Drones, Reuters
Iran said on Monday it was ready to continue cooperating with U.N. nuclear watchdog while revealing a drone capable of hitting major cities in Israel, which has threatened to attack Iranian nuclear sites if diplomacy fails to save a 2015 nuclear pact. Speaking after European powers expressed frustration with Tehran’s intentions to salvage the agreement, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “not to yield to Israel’s pressure” over Tehran’s nuclear activities.


Palestinian Man Left Beaten, Bloodied by Israeli Police, AP
A Palestinian man who is seen in an amateur video lying face down, bloody and motionless, as an Israeli policeman kneels on his neck, said Sunday that Israeli forces beat and detained him without provocation as he headed to pray at Jerusalem’s chief Muslim shrine. Yousef Adi, 36, said that he suffered a broken nose and required four stitches on his forehead after last Thursday’s beating nearby the Al Aqsa mosque. The incident is the latest in a series of violent acts by Israeli police against Palestinians. Israeli police said the video distorted the facts and they had used “reasonable force.”

Arab-Israeli Shot by Army in Apparent Smuggling Attempt, Haaretz
A 22-year-old Arab-Israeli man was shot by the army on Friday near the separation barrier in the city of Baka al-Garbiyeh. The Israeli army suspects the man was attempting to smuggle Palestinian workers into Israel.

Palestinian Woman Armed With Knife Arrested at Jerusalem-Area Checkpoint, The Times of Israel
A Palestinian woman armed with a knife was arrested at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Sunday morning, police said. The woman approached the al-Jib checkpoint’s vehicle crossing by foot with a knife drawn, a Border Police spokesman said. Officers fired into the air and she dropped the knife before being detained.

Amid West Bank Crisis, U.S. Warns Palestinian Authority Is Failing Fiscal Transparency Requirements, Haaretz
The U.S. deemed the Palestinian Authority as failing to meet the minimum requirements of fiscal transparency, as Palestinian, American and Israeli officials all become increasingly concerned over the PA’s control over the West Bank.

Mossad Chief: Nuclear Deal Won’t Give Iran “Immunity” From Israeli Operations, Axios
Mossad director David Barnea said at a counterterrorism conference Monday that the Israeli spy agency will continue its operations against Iran even if a nuclear deal is signed. The Israeli government is opposed to a U.S. return to the 2015 nuclear deal. President Biden told Prime Minister Lapid the U.S. won’t tie Israel’s hands and prevent it from acting against Iran if a nuclear deal is reached. “Even if a nuclear deal is signed it will not give Iran immunity from the Mossad operations,” Barnea said. “We won’t take part in this charade and we don’t close our eyes to the proven truth.”

Opinion and Analysis

The Eritrean Asylum Seekers Living in Israel’s Hadar Community in Haifa, The Washington Post
“Through interviews and photographs of the Hadar neighborhood, Eritrean asylum seekers told their stories. Even years after leaving their homeland in East Africa, many Eritreans were afraid to openly expose themselves and their stories. While they fear the reaction of their family and community, their main concern is the physical and economic harm that the Eritrean government might impose on their loved ones who were left behind. According to sources in the Hadar community, their government continues to track its citizens’ activities abroad to ensure they are not damaging its international image or empowering its opponents.”

How to Teach Israeli Students What Ben-Gvir’s Racism Really Means, Haaretz
Itay Rom writes, “[S]tudies and polls consistently show racist nationalism among Jewish youth to be mainstream. The percentage among them who refuse to live next to Arabs or share classrooms with them, believe that Israel should be more Jewish than democratic, and believe that Arab citizens should be denied the vote is in the dozens.”

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