In today’s round-up:
The Pro-Israel consensus on Capitol Hill is breaking up (Hadas Thier - Jacobin)
Unprompted, Bernie Sanders brought up the Palestinian cause in a Democratic Party debate. The topic is no longer a no-go for presidential candidates. Sanders said:
“It is no longer good enough for us simply to be pro-Israel. I am pro-Israel. But we must treat the Palestinian people as well with the respect and dignity that they deserve . . . What is going on in Gaza right now, where youth unemployment is 70 percent or 80 percent, is unsustainable.”
American Muslims to Democrats: 'Palestine is a foreign policy priority' (Azad Essa - Middle East Eye)
3,500 attended the 12th annual American Muslims for Palestine conference in Chicago. Speaking there, congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said "Do you know what I saw at the [US-Mexico] border? I saw Gaza.” The high-profile attendees of the conference show the growing belief within Democrat circles that being pro-Palestinian can be a political strength.
Bennett orders IDF to conduct feasibility study on artificial Gaza island plan (The Times of Israel)
Israeli PM gives go-ahead to establish teams to work on project, which aims to ease conditions in Strip while maintaining Israel’s security control. The artificial island port, first proposed in 2017, envisions an eight-square-kilometer island linked to Gaza by a causeway.
$48 billion is the estimated revenue loss by Palestine from 2000-2017 due to occupation (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
New report presented to the UN General Assembly attributes the fiscal losses to the measures imposed by the Israeli occupation, including: restrictions on the free movement of the Palestinian people and goods; control by Israel of Area “C” in the West Bank and all border crossing points; denying the Palestinian people their right to freely utilize their land, natural and human resources; and depriving the Palestinian government of meaningful control over its fiscal resources.
Until next time,
Palestine Deep Dive