Two recent events highlight the continuing issue of land sales in East Jerusalem to Israeli settlers and Palestinian attempts to thwart them.
HSBC disinvests in Elbit, Israel publishes a blacklist, Congress stalls on anti-BDS action.
Lebanon – still no sign of a government following the election in May 2018. Tunnelling on the Israeli border could be a warning of something much worse.
Trial of 11 unnamed persons for the Khashoggi murder begins. Any stick will now do to beat Saudi Arabia.
Donald Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing all US military personnel from Syria may fulfil one of his 2016 election pledges to the American people. But it is also a — domestically driven — betrayal of key American allies, not least the Kurds. Latest clear indicator of the overall shape of US foreign policy for as long as Mr Trump remains in the Oval Office.
Many countries in the region hold disgracefully large numbers of prisoners, but information is patchy and unreliable.
West Bank – a week of shootings. Possible political consequences. Kushner’s peace plan still at the other end of the rainbow.
Mahmud Abbas and senior Palestinian officials have had high-level exchanges with Russia, Italy and the Vatican. Palestinian unity over a US resolution at UNGA proves short lived.
Airbnb delists properties in the occupied West Bank. Outrage in Israel. Economically insignificant but will catch attention for BDS at least for 15 minutes.
Elections have been held in Bahrain since 2002 but have yet to have much meaning. Homage to MBS. Bahrain in Israel’s sights.