The West Bank shuts down again to curb COVID-19’s second wave

 

Palestinians walk in the streets during of a mandatory quarantine that was announced by the Palestinian Authority as part of measures against the resurgence of COVID-19 in the West Bank city of Nablus on June 21, 2020. (Photo: Shadi Jarar’ah/APA Images)
Palestinians walk in the streets during of a mandatory quarantine that was announced by the Palestinian Authority as part of measures against the resurgence of COVID-19 in the West Bank city of Nablus on June 21, 2020. (photo: Shadi Jarar’ah/APA Images)
Weekly newsletter with update on the pandemic crisis in the midst of the overarching anxiety of annexation.

By Allison Deger | Mondoweiss | July 3, 2020

‘From not allowing us to build roads to our villages, giving us no access to water, restricting our farmlands, destroying our homes, arresting us, confiscating our animals, taking our tractors — all of these things are part of their so-called ‘annexation plan.’ ’
— Zayd Sawafta, a farmer and mayor of the bucolic village of Bardala

The Latest:

  • 3,485 Palestinians have tested positive for COVID-19; 3,076 in the West Bank; 72 in the Gaza Strip; and 337 in East Jerusalem
  • At least 2,228 of the cases are in Hebron
  • 13 Palestinians have died of COVID-19 related causes
  • 27,611 people in Israel have tested positive for COVID-19
  • 326 people in Israel have died from COVID-19 related causes

Over the last week cases of COVID-19 have surged in Israel and the West Bank, prompting both governments to resume lock down measures in efforts to curb the second wave. In the two week period from June 15 to July 2 the total number of coronavirus cases doubled in the West Bank with at least 1,747 testing positive and five new fatalities.

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Israel’s annexation is just the tip of the iceberg

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(photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images)
A personal reckoning that there is no way Israel can possibly be “Jewish and democratic.”

By Rabbi Brant Rosen | Shalom Rav | July 3, 2020

…for years I’ve harbored the assumption that one day the time would come when these liberal Zionists organizations would finally say enough is enough.

The day of Israel’s annexation of major West Bank settlement blocs has now come and gone. But while it didn’t actually happen, it’s not quite time to breathe a sigh of relief. The Israeli government has made it clear that annexation plans are continuing apace and has now moved the deadline to later this month.

There’s so much to say about Israel’s plans to extend its sovereignty over major portions of the West Bank. For my part, I anticipated the response of the American Jewish communal establishment with particularly morbid fascination. How would these organizations, hardwired to defend Israel’s actions at all costs, possibly respond to what most would consider to be a patently immoral and undemocratic political move? As it would turn out, their contortions were truly something to behold.

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Annexation (even when delayed) is the great truth teller on Israel/Palestine

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had promised to annex close to a third of the West Bank, including settlements like Maale Adumim, above. (photo: Ahmad Gharabli / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images)
A look at three examples of ‘truth telling’ which annexation has revealed.

By Robert A. H. Cohen| Patheos | July 1, 2020

Like the Settlements project, annexation will creep forward month by month and year by year until the desired new status quo is achieved.

The July 1st deadline has come and gone, and annexation hasn’t arrived. But don’t celebrate yet. It’s delayed not cancelled. The Trump White House is divided on the details; the international protest is stronger than expected; and Israel has a renewed coronavirus crisis that ought to be getting its government’s full attention.

But with Donald Trump’s polling numbers in the US tumbling and rumors that he may even drop out of the November election if he thinks he can’t win, Prime Minister Netanyahu will be wanting to get the ball rolling on annexation as soon as possible.

And once it’s on the Knesset statute books will it ever come off? Like the Settlements project, annexation will creep forward month by month and year by year until the desired new status quo is achieved. That means enlarged Israeli sovereignty/apartheid (ultimately including the Jordan Valley), total control of security from ‘the river to the sea’ and disconnected, semi-autonomous Palestinian Bantustans. Trump will have been the enabler, but the political legacy will be Netanyahu’s to enjoy and the Palestinians to endure.

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Israel’s latest plans for annexation of Palestinian land

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Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and assistant professor at Rutgers University. She is the author of  Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine. (photo: Noura Erakat)
Human rights attorney Noura Erakat is sharing the 3 things you should know about Israel’s latest annexation plans.

By Noura Erakat | Nowthis News | June 30, 2020

‘Israel is using this moment to further entrench its unrelenting settler colonization of Palestine.’
—Noura Erakat, human rights attorney

This video (5:12) makes clear how Israel is continuing to use annexation to further its ongoing settler colonization of Palestine and doing it with the full support of the US government for this illegal action.

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Delay appears likely in Israel’s plans to annex parts of West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seen earlier this month in Jerusalem, has yet to decide publicly about the annexation of parts of the West Bank, despite a target date arriving Wednesday. (photo: Florian Gaertner / Photothek via Getty Image)
The pushback on annexation from many countries may be pressuring Netanyahu to consider a less-ambitious move.

By Scott Neuman / Colin Dwyer | NPR |  July 1, 2020

‘It seems unlikely to me that this will happen today,’
—Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, a member of the Blue and White party

For weeks, observers of Israel and the Palestinian territories have had July 1 circled on the calendar. Yet, despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s previous suggestions, it appears that the date will pass without a formal announcement concerning Israel’s plans for annexing part of the occupied West Bank.

“It seems unlikely to me that this will happen today,” said Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, a member of the Blue and White party, which partnered with Netanyahu’s Likud in an uneasy coalition government earlier this year.

In comments to Israel’s Army Radio on Wednesday, Ashkenazi cautioned that only the prime minister could clarify the timing with certainty.

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The mainstreaming of Christian Zionism could warp foreign policy

The mainstreaming of Christian Zionism could warp foreign policy ...
Vice President Pence speaks at Christians United for Israel’s annual summit on July 8, 2019, in Washington. (photo: Patrick Semansky / AP)
How the history of dispensationalism shapes U.S. foreign policy today.

By Jeffrey Rosario | The Washington Post |  June 30, 2020

In a recent sermon, John Hagee, founder and chairman of CUFI, alleged that the coronavirus ‘was not an accident, it was planned.’

This week, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, will host a virtual summit in lieu of what was originally expected to be a major conference in Washington. Featured speakers include a lineup of top U.S. and Israeli officials: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton.

In a recent sermon, John Hagee, founder and chairman of CUFI, alleged that the coronavirus “was not an accident, it was planned.” He claimed that liberal American politicians, the media and China have conspired to extend the pandemic into November to further disrupt the U.S. economy and undermine President Trump’s reelection campaign. CUFI has complained that the conspiracy behind the pandemic has distracted the U.S. government from its role in the Middle East.

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