Reversing Trump, Biden Restores Aid to Palestinians

The move will once again make the United States a leading donor to the United Nations agency that assists about 5.7 million Palestinians in the Middle East.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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‘Like a Miracle’: Israel’s Vaccine Success Allows Easter Crowds in Jerusalem

Last year, the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem. This Holy Week, local Christians are thronging the streets of the Old City.

#christians-and-christianity, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #east-jerusalem, #easter-and-holy-week, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jesus-christ, #palestinians

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Israel Election: Do-Over Vote Looks Likely to Leave Another Stalemate

With 90 percent of ballots counted, the results of the latest election point to another possible stalemate. That has prompted some soul-searching about the state of the country’s democracy.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #elections, #jews-and-judaism, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

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Palestinians and Israelis Both Vote Soon. The Differences Are Stark.

Many Israelis feel numbed by their endless election cycle. Many Palestinians are excited about a rare chance to vote — but others expect little change without statehood.

#abbas-mahmoud, #al-azhar-university, #elections, #fatah-al, #fayyad-salam, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #livni-tzipi, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #ramallah-west-bank

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Palestinian Hamlet Embodies Fight for the West Bank’s Future

Israel suspended a decision to annex a section of the territory last year, but its military still exerts tight control over Palestinians in the area.

#cheese, #defense-and-military-forces, #demolition, #israel, #middle-east, #palestinians, #sheep, #west-bank

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As 4th Election Looms, Some Ask: Is Israel’s Democracy Broken?

Voters are heading to the polls in Israel for the fourth time in two years. And with few signs that this vote will break the cycle, many are already bracing for a fifth.

#gantz-benny, #government-employees, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #joint-list-israel, #likud-party-israel, #livni-tzipi, #netanyahu-benjamin, #odeh-ayman-1975, #olmert-ehud, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #saar-gideon, #vaccination-and-immunization

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A Rundown School for Palestinian Children Awaits U.S. Aid

Residents worry that the Biden administration won’t restore critical funding for the renovation of the West Bank school.

#education-k-12, #foreign-aid, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #united-nations-development-program, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #west-bank

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She Was a Star of New Palestinian Music. Then She Played Beside the Mosque.

Sama’ Abdulhadi helped build the Palestinian electronic music scene. Now she is at the center of a debate about Palestinian cultural identity.

#abdulhadi-sama, #content-type-personal-profile, #disc-jockeys, #electronic-music, #music, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #ramallah-west-bank

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As Palestinians Clamor for Vaccine, Their Leaders Divert Doses to Favored Few

Amid a debate about Israel’s duty to supply vaccines to Palestinians living under occupation, Palestinian leaders are facing criticism for siphoning off some of the few vaccines already delivered to the occupied West Bank.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gaza-strip, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

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I.C.C. Will Investigate Accusations of War Crimes in Israeli-Occupied Territories

Actions by Israel in the Gaza war in 2014 and rocket fire by Palestinian militants are likely to come under scrutiny.

#israel, #palestinians, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Israel, the U.A.E. and a New Middle East

We may be witnessing a major realignment of the Middle East.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #hamas, #hezbollah, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #palestinians, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

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Palestinians Go Into New Lockdown While Awaiting Vaccines

Covid cases are surging again in the West Bank amid a dispute over Israel’s obligations toward the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gaza-strip, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #shtayyeh-muhammad, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

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Rajie Cook, Who Helped Make Sense of Public Spaces, Dies at 90

He and Don Shanosky developed the pictogram symbols used to identify airports, restrooms and more. He was also known for his sculptural assemblages.

#art, #cook-rajie-1930-2021, #cookshanosky, #deaths-obituaries, #palestinians, #signs-and-signage, #symbols

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In Israeli Election, a Chance for Arabs to Gain Influence, or Lose It

Jewish politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are courting Arab Israeli voters, and some Arab politicians are prepared to work with them.

#arabs, #elections, #israel, #joint-list-israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government

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Child’s Play Across the Israeli-Palestinian Divide

Through years of terror and of calm, a small museum program has brought 10-year-olds from both sides together.

#children-and-childhood, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinians

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Biden’s Pick for Iran Envoy Resurrects Bitter Nuclear Deal Debate

Robert Malley, the son of a leftist, Jewish, Egyptian-born journalist, is the focal point for opening salvos over President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, and the value of a new deal with Iran.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #hamas, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kerry-john, #malley-robert, #miller-aaron-david, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden’s Pick for Iran Envoy Resurrects Bitter Debate Over Nuclear Deal

Robert Malley, the son of a leftist, Jewish, Egyptian-born journalist, is the focal point for opening salvos over President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, and the value of a new deal with Iran.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #hamas, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kerry-john, #malley-robert, #miller-aaron-david, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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Want Israeli-Palestinian Peace? Try Confederation

Politicians and experts should not doubt a two-state solution. But they should finally consider a plausible version of it.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #ramallah-west-bank, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #trump-donald-j

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Israel’s Vaccine Success Unleashes a Debate on Palestinian Inequities

Its progress in vaccinating Israeli citizens against Covid-19 has laid bare a fiery debate over its duties in ensuring the health of Palestinians in occupied territory. Most have yet to get a first dose.

#bethlehem-west-bank, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gaza-strip, #israel, #palestinians, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

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Biden Will Restore U.S. Relations With Palestinians, Reversing Trump Cutoff

Despite the move, analysts believe the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement remain distant.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #west-bank

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What Zoom Does to Campus Conflicts Over Israel and Free Speech

As battles over Israel and the Palestinian territories have migrated online, technology has scrambled the debate.

#anti-semitism, #boycott-divestment-and-sanctions-bds, #city-university-of-new-york, #colleges-and-universities, #columbia-college, #jews-and-judaism, #new-york-city, #new-york-university, #palestinians, #students-for-justice-in-palestine

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Abbas Announces Palestinian Elections After Years of Paralysis

The decree by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority was viewed by analysts as a bid to lift his standing with the Biden administration. Skeptics expressed doubt the vote would happen.

#abbas-mahmoud, #elections, #fatah-al, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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Israel Can’t Reach Herd Immunity Without Vaccinating Palestinians

The country can’t reach herd immunity without vaccinating Palestinians.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gaza-strip, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinians, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

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Strong Views and ‘Close to the Boss’: How U.S. Envoy Reshaped a Conflict

David Friedman, President Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer-turned-ambassador, leaves his post having radically overhauled policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #friedman-david-m-1958, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #kushner-jared, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #pompeo-mike, #tillerson-rex-w, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

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After Quick Vaccine Success, Israel Faces New Virus Woes

Israel imposed a tighter lockdown as coronavirus infections soared, the variant spread, vaccines were running out and a debate erupted over the country’s responsibility to the Palestinians.

#astrazeneca-plc, #biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #edelstein-yuli-1958, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #moderna-inc, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #segal-eran, #shutdowns-institutional, #west-bank, #world-health-organization

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Isaac Shoshan, Israeli Spy Who Posed as an Arab, Is Dead at 96

A Syrian-born Jew, he took part in early undercover operations, including bombings, and later taught “generations” of Israeli agents.

#barak-ehud, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #deaths-obituaries, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #israel, #palestinians, #shoshan-isaac-1924-2020, #syria

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He Calmed Gaza, Aided Israel’s Arab Ties and Preserved Hopes for Peace

After six years of quiet diplomacy as the U.N.’s Middle East envoy, Nickolay Mladenov leaves his post to a chorus of praise from an unlikely choir.

#international-relations, #israel, #middle-east, #mladenov-nickolay-e, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-nations

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A Covid Christmas Comes to Bethlehem

Every Christmas, the quiet West Bank town of Bethlehem becomes a bustling hub for pilgrims, tourists and dignitaries. Not this year.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jesus-christ, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #west-bank

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Israeli Soccer Team, Infamous for Anti-Arab Fans, Has New Co-Owner: a Sheikh

The barrier-shattering deal puts an Emirati royal at the helm of Beitar Jerusalem, the only Israeli team that has never fielded an Arab player and whose most extreme fans chant racist slurs.

#arabs, #beitar-jerusalem-soccer-team, #discrimination, #international-relations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #soccer, #united-arab-emirates

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An Autistic Man Is Killed, Exposing Israel’s Festering Police Brutality Problem

The police killing of a disabled Palestinian fueled nationwide protests. But the authorities have failed to rein in the use of excessive force, which has a long history.

#east-jerusalem, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #israel, #palestinians, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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Palestinian Street Food and Then Some at Ayat in Brooklyn

A new restaurant goes beyond falafel and shawarma to offer dishes rarely seen outside private homes.

#ayat-brooklyn-ny-restaurant, #bay-ridge-brooklyn-ny, #palestinians, #restaurants

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For Netanyahu and Israel, Trump’s Gifts Kept on Coming

Allowing the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard the ability to emigrate to Israel was just the latest in a long list of prizes for America’s closest ally in the Middle East.

#adelson-sheldon-g, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestine-liberation-organization, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #pollard-jonathan-j, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Pompeo Calls B.D.S. Movement Anti-Semitic

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also expected to make precedent-setting visits to a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and to the Golan Heights.

#anti-semitism, #boycott-divestment-and-sanctions-bds, #boycotts, #golan-heights, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinians, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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Seeking Restart With Biden, Palestinians Eye End to Prisoner Payments

The Palestinian Authority pays stipends to prisoners held by Israel in a system critics call “pay to slay.” The worse the crime, the higher the payment.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #law-and-legislation, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #ramallah-west-bank, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

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Israel and Palestinians Resume Security Agreement

The Palestinian Authority had ended security cooperation to protest Israel’s plans to annex large parts of the West Bank. Those plans are now on hold.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-relations, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #presidential-election-of-2020, #west-bank

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Saeb Erekat, Longtime Palestinian Chief Negotiator, Dies at 65

A passionate champion of Palestinian statehood, his goal seemed to become less attainable with time.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #erekat-saeb, #international-relations, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #west-bank

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Biden’s Win Means a Demotion for Netanyahu and Less Focus on Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu has made his closeness to President Trump, who gave him much of what he wanted, central to his political appeal. Things will be different in a Biden administration.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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U.A.E. and Israel Agree to Visa Waivers and Direct Flights

In the first official U.A.E. visit to Israel since the countries normalized relations, they agreed to ease travel and upgrade West Bank checkpoints. Palestinians called it tacit assent to Israeli occupation.

#israel, #mnuchin-steven-t, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #pipelines, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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For Trump, Defying Mideast Truisms Produced Breakthroughs and Backfires

Disregarding norms and accepted wisdom, President Trump went his own way in the Middle East and, in some cases, got what he wanted.

#islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kushner-jared, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #pompeo-mike, #suleimani-qassim, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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A.O.C.’s Mistake in Pulling Out of a Rabin Memorial

How politicians cave in an age of absolutist moral judgments.

#arafat-yasir, #israel, #palestine-liberation-organization, #palestinians, #peace-now, #rabin-yitzhak

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Saudi Prince Accuses Palestinian Leaders of Failing Palestinians

The remarks by Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a senior member of the royal family, signaled an erosion of Saudi support for the Palestinian cause.

#international-relations, #israel, #palestinians, #saudi-arabia

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Bright Lights of Dubai Beckon Israel’s Arabs but Pose a Quandary

Diplomatic ties with the U.A.E. and Bahrain could create new opportunities. But many say they are loath to undercut the Palestinian cause.

#arabs, #bahrain, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #israel, #middle-east, #palestinians, #united-arab-emirates

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Gaza Peace Activists Face Prison for Holding Video Call With Israelis

The Palestinian activists were charged after organizing a virtual discussion as a part of a bridge-building initiative focused on peace and empowering young people.

#gaza-strip, #hamas, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications

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Trump’s Middle Eastern Mirage

Will there be a Saudi October surprise?

#bahrain, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #palestinians, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump’s Latest Middle East Diplomatic Deal: Triumph or Travesty?

The president said the treaty marked “the dawn of a new Middle East.” But will it be more peaceful than the old one?

#bahrain, #debatable, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates

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Trump’s Middle East Deal Is Good. But Not That Good.

The normalization of relations between Israel and two Arab states is a welcome development. There’s still a long way to go toward peace.

#bahrain, #international-relations, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

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The Love Triangle That Spawned Trump’s Mideast Peace Deal

Kushner went from playing divorce lawyer to marriage broker.

#bahrain, #international-relations, #iran, #israel, #kushner-jared, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states

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Trump Hosts Israel, U.A.E. and Bahrain at White House Signing Ceremony

Critics of the agreement between the three countries have called President Trump’s claims that they will produce wider peace in the Middle East to be overblown.

#bahrain, #international-relations, #israel, #kushner-jared, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A White House Ceremony Will Celebrate a Diplomatic Win and Campaign Gift

The leaders of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have a stake in President Trump’s re-election and helped him become a peacemaker.

#bahrain, #israel, #kushner-jared, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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A Rare Middle East Triumph

And — yes — a triumph for Trump, too.

#abbas-mahmoud, #arab-league, #bahrain, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates

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