Maryknoll: Middle East Notes, April-May 2019

Posted on May 15, 2019

The seven featured articles in this issue of the Middle East Notes focus on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent reelection and the influence of the right-wing in the new government; the need for the Palestinian Authority and the U.S. Congress to put pressure on Israeli Jews to fight to end the Occupation; the Palestinian PLO’s consideration of breaking ties with Israel and rejecting the U.S.’s peace plan; one father’s feelings of helplessness when Israeli airstrikes fall on his Gazan neighborhood; the UN envoy to the Mideast warning of potential for war between Israel and Hamas; the importance of Muslim and Jewish civil society groups forming positive connections; and the link to the latest CMEP bulletin.

Please note: Opinions expressed in the following articles do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

  • Jonathan Cook analyzes the outcome of Netanyahu’s reelection as Prime Minister in Middle East Eye on April 10, concluding that the ruling right-wing religious government has effectively crushed the left-wing and will likely move forward with annexation of the West Bank.
  • Israel will not end the occupation of Palestine until Israeli Jews are made to feel uncomfortable, and it is up to the Palestinian Authority and U.S. Congress to exert that pressure, according to Peter Beinart in Forward, on April 10.
  • Khaled Abu Toameh reports in Jerusalem Post on  April 22 that Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas is considering ending all ties with Israel, rescinding official recognition of Israel as a state, and calling on the international community to reject the Trump Administration’s upcoming peace plan.
  • Yael Marom interviews a Palestinian in +972 Magazine on May 9 who describes the helplessness of trying to protect his children in Gaza during recent Israeli airstrikes.
  • The UN envoy to the Mideast warns of impending war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza unless conditions improve, according to Toi Staff on May 13 in Times of Israel.
  • Emily Hilton writes in Independent on May 9 that in order to combat the violence and oppression of the Occupation of Palestine, Muslim and Jewish civil society groups must focus their energy on strengthening positive ties between their communities.
  • Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Bulletin May 2019

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