Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns: Four Featured Articles

Posted on Jun 13, 2019

The four featured articles in this issue of the Middle East focus on the new election for prime minister in Israel,  the discrimination by Israel of Palestinian journalists by limiting their movement, new videos showing violence by Israeli settlers that has been blamed on Palestinians, and the announcement by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) that no Palestinians will participate in a U.S.-led conference in Bahrain that the Trump administration has cast as an overture to its own plan for peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Also, the link is provided for the latest news bulletin from Churches for Middle East Peace.

Please note: Opinions expressed in the following articles do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
  • Joseph Hinks reports in Time Magazine that a new election for prime minister will be held in Israel in September, after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government by the 42-day deadline following his win in the April 9 election
  • Abier Almasri reports for Human Rights Watch that Israel hosted the international song contest Eurovision in Tel Aviv, under the slogan of “Dare to Dream.” Many across Europe came to Israel for the festivities but, even though the writer lives less than an hour’s drive away in the Gaza Strip, she was not allowed to make the trip.
  • The human rights organization B’Tselem posted videos showing settlers setting fire to fields near several villages, in some cases when soldiers watch without action, while the army also accused the Palestinians of lighting fires in the area.
  • Reuters and Israel Hayom report in Israel Hayom that Palestinians will not attend a U.S.-led conference in Bahrain in June that the Trump administration has cast as an overture to its own plan for peace
  • Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) offers its news bulletin for May 2019.

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