News Roundup for September 29, 2022

September 29, 2022
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J Street Applauds Brave Iranian Protesters, Condemns Brutal Regime Crackdown, J Street
“J Street condemns the Iranian government’s violence against the Iranian people, as authorities continue to brutally suppress peaceful protests following the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran’s notorious morality police. We applaud the bravery of ordinary Iranians — and Iranian women in particular — who are risking everything to stand up for their fundamental rights.”

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7-year-old Falls to His Death During Israeli Army Chase, Palestinian Health Ministry Says, Haaretz
A 7-year-old Palestinian boy died on Thursday after falling to his death whilst being chased by the Israeli army in a Palestinian town in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The boy, Rian Suleiman, fell from a significant height whilst being pursued by Israeli soldiers in the Palestinian town of Teqoa, near Bethlehem, and was taken to hospital in a critical condition. He was pronounced dead soon after. The Israeli army is investigating the case. According to a defense official, an initial inquiry into the incident found that soldiers arrived at the family’s home in order to question the parents about stones thrown from nearby.

UN Envoy: Israel Defies UN Resolution on Halting Settlements, The Washington Post
Israel continued its defiance of a 2016 U.N. Security Council resolution demanding an immediate halt to all settlement activity in lands the Palestinians want for their future state, advancing plans for construction of nearly 2,000 housing units in the last three months, the U.N. Mideast envoy said Wednesday. Tor Wennesland told the council that no progress was made by Israelis and Palestinians on other demands in the resolution — preventing all violence against civilians, refraining from acts of provocation, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric, distinguishing between Israeli territory and territories occupied since the 1967 war, and exerting “collective efforts to launch credible negotiations.”


Netanyahu’s Bloc Makes Gains a Month Out From Israeli Elections, Axios
With a little over a month to go before the Israeli elections, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s bloc is inching closer to getting the support it needs to win a majority on Nov. 1.

Lapid Dodges Abbas’ Rosh Hashanah Phone Call, Haaretz
Just days after Abbas declared ‘Israel is not a partner for peace’ in his UN speech, PM Lapid rebuffs the Palestinian president’s request for a Rosh Hashanah phone call, claiming such a request was never received by his office.

PA Under Pressure To Cut Ties With Israel After Jenin Killings, The Jerusalem Post
The Palestinian Authority is facing growing pressure to cut all ties with Israel and stop its security crackdown on its political rivals in the West Bank in the aftermath of Wednesday’s IDF operation in Jenin.

Iran Deal’s Fate Comes Down to “One Huge Obstacle”, Axios
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi focused his address to the UN General Assembly on the need for guarantees that the U.S. won’t abandon the deal again. But in private meetings on the sidelines of the summit, his only demands concerned the IAEA probe, according to a senior European diplomat.

Israeli Refusal to Release Palestinian’s Body Stirs Unrest in East Jerusalem, Haaretz
Israel’s refusal to release the body of a slain Palestinian attacker from East Jerusalem, coupled with a recent increase in the number of Jews visiting the Temple Mount, have sparked nightly clashes between Palestinians and police in the capital since last Thursday.

Opinion and Analysis

‘Every Day Is Worse Than the One Before’: A Palestinian Community Fights for Survival, The Guardian
Bethan McKernan and Quique Kierszenbaum describe life in Masafer Yatta, where ‘every day is worse than the one before’ as Israel mounts a multi-pronged campaign to make the lives of Palestinian residents impossible to sustain, so they will give up and leave.

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