News Roundup for September 28, 2022

September 28, 2022
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J Street works to promote an open, honest and rigorous conversation about Israel. The opinions reflected in articles posted in the News Roundup do not necessarily reflect J Street’s positions, and their posting does not constitute an endorsement from J Street.

J Street In the News

US Senators Refuse To Let Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh Drop With Israel, The Guardian
“Dylan Williams, senior vice-president of policy and strategy at the Washington-based campaign group J Street, which describes itself as “pro-Israel and pro-peace”, said the demands for justice for Abu Akleh reflect broader concerns.“Members of Congress seem increasingly frustrated that these types of disturbing actions from Israeli forces continue to take place, without facing meaningful pushback or accountability from our government,” he said. “There’s growing momentum to make clear that Israel must be held to the same important standards as all close US allies, and that our steadfast support for Israel’s security does not and should not preclude our government from also standing up in defense of human rights and international law in the occupied Palestinian territory.””

Top News and Analysis

At Least 4 Palestinians Killed, Dozens Wounded in One of Year’s Deadliest Israeli West Bank Raids, CNN
At least four Palestinian men were killed and 44 wounded during an Israeli military raid and heavy clashes in Jenin Wednesday morning, Palestinian officials said, making it one of the deadliest days in the West Bank this year, which has already seen over 100 Palestinians killed. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the raid was related to an attack in Tel Aviv in April which left three people dead, and that the suspects Wednesday fought back with explosives and gunfire. IDF troops entered Jenin Refugee Camp to “apprehend two suspects involved in a number of recent shooting attacks,” the IDF said in a statement.

Only 36% of Israelis Believe Next Gov’t Should Push Two-State Solution, The Jerusalem Post
Just 36% of Israelis either “strongly” or “somewhat” agree that the government formed after the election should try to advance a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to the Israel Democracy Institute’s Voice of Israel Index for the month of September.

Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian After Alleged Car-Ramming, AP
Israeli troops on Saturday shot and killed a Palestinian motorist who allegedly tried to ram his car into a group of soldiers patrolling in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli soldiers and media. The incident took place near the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank — the focal point of the deadliest Israeli-Palestinian violence in the occupied territory since 2016.


Israeli Army Installs Remote-control Crowd Dispersal System at Hebron Flashpoint, Haaretz
The Israeli military has installed a remotely controlled system for crowd dispersal in the West Bank city of Hebron, which includes the capacity to fire stun grenades, tear gas and sponge-tipped bullets.

Israel Tells Nuclear Watchdog That Iran Is Source of Middle East Instability, The Times of Israel
Israel’s nuclear chief told the International Atomic Energy Agency conference on Wednesday that Iran is “the leading factor” in instability in the Middle East, and that Israel will not accept Tehran obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Sullivan Says US Can Continue Iran Nuclear Negotiations While Also Pushing Back on ‘Repression’ of Women, The Hill
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Sunday said the United States will continue seeking a nuclear deal with Iran as the country faces unrest.

EU Aims for Israel Reboot With Summit, Politico
The EU is seeking to reset its often testy relationship with Israel next week, convening a summit on Monday of senior political figures for the first time in a decade. The meeting format, known as the EU-Israel Association Council, has essentially been dormant since 2013, when Israel canceled a gathering in protest over the EU’s stance on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Since then, the two sides have continued to clash over similar issues.

Weinstein: Vance’s Antisemitic, Racist Abortion Comment ‘Dangerous’, Cleveland Jewish News
Ohio Rep. Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, said JD Vance resorted to the “oldest trick in the book: antisemitic conspiracy theories” in recently reported remarks on the candidate’s abortion stance.

Opinion and Analysis

We Document Human Rights Violations. Israel Wants to Silence Us., The New York Times
General Director of Al-Haq — a Palestinian human rights organization raided by Israel earlier this summer — Shawan Jabarin writes, “The Biden administration must make clear that U.S. support for Israel is not unconditional and that there will be consequences for Israel’s continued violations of Palestinian human rights, including sanctions. Washington and European nations must show that they are serious about supporting human rights and democracy in the Palestinian territories and Israel. Our organizations must be allowed to do their crucial work. Otherwise, it’s only a matter of time before Israel intensifies its repression and finally succeeds in silencing us.”

The Court and Antisemitism, New Jersey Jewish News
J Street Leader Mark Lurinsky argues, “When it comes to those who have been negatively impacted by Supreme Court rulings of late, the list is long. From women, to communities of color, to the LGBTQ+ community, there is no shortage of those who find themselves threatened by the highest court in the land. This fact remains true for us here in the Jewish community as well.”

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