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.
Following Friday’s U.N. vote where a historic, but largely symbolic, motion was passed condemning the Israel's illegal settlement-building, Israel has retaliated in a number of ways. Most recently, Israel announced Sunday it will be axing all funds to several U.N. institutions.
PALESTINE, December 18, 2016 - Israeli settlers at the Amona outpost on private Palestinian land in the West Bank agreed Sunday to evacuate the area after accepting a government-proposed deal to move to Israeli state-sanctioned — but internationally-illegal — settlements on nearby plots of occupied Palestinian territory.