News and Analysis 7/16/21

Human rights advocates say that Israel’s 18-year-old ban on family reunification, known as the Citizenship Law, turns a fundamental right “to live with one’s spouse and children” into a crime. Advocates also say it is discriminatory, because it largely does not apply to Israeli Jews, who rarely marry Palestinians:

Despite numerous appeals from Palestinian rights groups, the Israel Prison Service (IPS) denied the request for Khalida to be released from prison in order to attend her daughter’s funeral. A letter was read at Suha’s funeral contains Khalida’s departing message to her daughter:

Israel prevents Palestinian water authorities from receiving licenses to “operate freely” in areas under Israeli occupation. While Palestinians suffer through “severe water shortages”, illegal Israeli settlers enjoy unlimited water “not only for drinking but to fill swimming pools, irrigate crops, and wash their vehicles”:

Even some Zionist groups have refused to participate. “This rally looks like it will conflate criticism of the occupation and criticism of Israeli actions with anti-Zionism, and will say anti-Zionism is antisemitic, and we want no part of that”:

No one in the EU council reminded Israel’s foreign minister Yair Lapid of what Israel is doing actively to tear down Palestinian homes and deliberately “quash all forms of resistance and bury the dream of a Palestinian state”:

A woman in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district was killed “by an army vehicle” amidst rising instances of civilians being killed by the Indian army with “complete impunity”:

Facebook said on Thursday it had taken down “about 200 accounts run by a group of hackers in Iran” as part of a cyber-spying operation that targeted mostly US military personnel and people “working at defense and aerospace companies”:

The Taliban advance is “accelerating at an accelerating pace,” said a congressional source echoing concerns raised by other officials who have acknowledged the situation is “deteriorating even more rapidly than previous assessments have indicated”:

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