News Roundup for September 6, 2022

September 6, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

In Shift, Israel Says Journalist Was Most Likely Shot by Israeli Soldier, The New York Times
The Israeli Army on Monday acknowledged for the first time that Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist killed in May in the occupied West Bank, was most likely shot by an Israeli soldier, but it stopped short of definitively accepting responsibility for her death. The army’s announcement — the conclusion of a monthslong internal investigation — marked a shift from the original Israeli position, which maintained that Ms. Abu Akleh, a veteran broadcaster for Al Jazeera, had probably been killed by Palestinian fire. Military officials nevertheless said they were certain that no Israeli soldier had intentionally fired toward a reporter or civilian, and said they would not open a criminal investigation into any Israeli soldier who might have been involved.

Israelis Retreat on New Rules for Romantic Relationships in West Bank, The Washington Post
Israel on Sunday issued revised protocols for the entry of foreign passport holders into the West Bank, omitting some controversial clauses after outcries from human rights organizations that said the previous version codified Israel’s discriminatory restriction of Palestinian movement. It dropped a question in the earlier iteration that asked applicants to declare if they held or were expecting to inherit land in the West Bank, which had caused panic among many American Palestinians who thought it signaled changes to land ownership regulations.

Palestinian Killed and 16 Others Injured by Israeli Troops in West Bank Demolition Operation, CNN
A Palestinian man was shot dead and 16 others were wounded during an Israeli military operation in Jenin in the West Bank, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said Tuesday. The ministry identified the dead man as 29-year-old Mohammad Sabaaneh. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were in Jenin “in order to demolish the residence of the terrorist who killed three people in a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv the night of April 7, 2022,” the IDF said in a statement.


Biden Won’t “Tie Israel’s Hands” Against Iran, Ambassador Says, Axios
President Biden made clear in his phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid last week that the U.S. “will not tie Israel’s hands” and prevent it from acting against Iran, U.S. ambassador to Israel Tom Nides said at a press conference in Jerusalem on Monday.

Israel Advances Plans for Another East Jerusalem Settlement, ABC News
Israeli authorities on Monday advanced a plan to build nearly 500 homes in a new Jewish settlement in Jerusalem that rights groups say will further sever it from the nearby Palestinian city of Bethlehem and the southern West Bank.

Hamas Executes 5 Gazans Charged With Murder, Aiding Israel, AP
Gaza’s Hamas authorities Sunday executed five Palestinian men convicted in separate cases of murder and alleged collaboration with Israel. The Interior Ministry said the executions meant “to achieve public deterrence and security,” but rights groups in the past have questioned fair-trial standards in the military and civilian courts of the Islamic militant group.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Compared Joe Biden to Hitler, Sparking Rare Criticism From an Israeli Diplomat, Business Insider
An Israeli diplomat and Jewish groups have criticized Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after she compared President Joe Biden to Adolf Hitler. The Georgia congresswoman tweeted a doctored video on Thursday night that depicted Biden with a Hitler-style mustache and an audio clip of the former German leader and Nazi symbols.

Opinion and Analysis

Settler Crime Always Pays, Haaretz
Haaretz’s Editorial board writes, “The settlement enterprise’s land grab in Area C of the West Bank continues at full force, under the auspices of the Civil Administration and with the aid of the army and successive Israeli governments. Now the agency is putting forward a plan that would enable the legalization of dozens of illegal, so-called shepherd outposts.”

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