Over 1,000 Palestinians have died in the Gaza strip as a result of Israel's military blockade, which has been ongoing for more than a decade, the strip's collective of charitable organizations has warned.
As it convened for the first Tuesday of the New Year, the new U.S. Congress made one of its primary orders of business the introduction of a bill to move the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, calling on Washington to recognize Jerusalem as "the undivided capital of the State of Israel.”
The arena of Palestinian solidarity activism in the United States has continued to endure decisive blows. In such an antagonistic climate, the criminalization of dissent about Israel is also on course to be realized.
The recent United Nations Security Council resolution targeting Israel’s illegal settlements is “toothless,” as it lacks enforcement mechanisms and fails to recognize 68 years of a “systematic orgy of punishment” against Palestinians, according to a Middle East and Africa expert.