UN inquiry finds Israeli munitions killed civilians sheltering in UNRWA schools, also finds Hamas used (separate) UNRWA schools to store missiles and fire at Israelis. A special investigative panel designated by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and led by Dutch general Patrick Cammaert submitted its full report to the parties this week.
Jennifer R. Williams is the Deputy Foreign Editor at Vox and the former Deputy Foreign Policy Editor for Lawfare. Her work on jihadist groups, terrorism, and the Middle East has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and of course, Lawfare.
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In a 233-page blockbuster decision, Uri Avnery v. Israeli Knesset, an expanded 9-justice panel of the Israeli Supreme Court issued a split ruling on a controversial 2011 law restricting political boycotts aimed at the State of Israel. In recent years, frustrated opponents of Israel and Israeli policy have increasingly turned to economic and cultural boycotts.
The civil war in Yemen and Saudi-led intervention against the Houthi rebels there have undermined efforts to negotiate a political settlement and are making the country’s already-disastrous humanitarian situation even worse. The chaos, however, seems to have produced one clear winner: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Al Qaeda affiliate with the closest relationship to Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and the one U.S.
Twitter and YouTube have been blocked in Turkey. The move comes after the sites failed to comply with an order issued last week by the Istanbul First Criminal Courts of Peace to take down footage of an Istanbul prosecutor being held at gunpoint. The footage had been circulating on social media while a hostage crisis was still in progress.
With support of 67 parliamentarians, Netanyahu set to begin forming a government: Benjamin Netanyahu’s big election victory just got more official, with the leadership of parties representing a majority of the Knesset formally recommending that Israel’s President Ruby Rivlin task Netanyahu with the formation of a government.
Editor's Note: This piece is based on a longer article I co-authored with my Brookings colleague Jennifer R. Williams, which ran in The National Interest.
Despite a vote to end security cooperation with Israel, PA crackdown on Hamas continues: Last week, the Central Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization voted to end security cooperation with Israel to protest Israel’s withholding of Palestinian tax revenue. (Under Oslo-era arrangements, Israel collects Palestinian tax revenue and then transfers it to the Palestinian Authority.