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Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (May 19, 2019)
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Alray International Media Watch section is a daily press tour through selected international websites and newspapers, particularly the Israeli ones.


This section is prepared by Alray Palestinian Media Agency to update its viewers with the most Palestinian top news in the international press.


Yedioth Ahronoth:

Madonna's performance in the Eurovision song contest Saturday night caused an unexpected stir, when two dancers, one wearing a shirt with an Israeli flag on its back and the other a Palestinian one, briefly went on stage during the show. Further details

 

A week after some “700 rockets and mortars struck towns and cities in Israel's south - in the deadliest attack by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad” since the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza, residents of those communities are trying to deal with the impact. Further details

 

The Netherlands entry won out in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on Saturday, bringing to a close a week of festivities in the beach city known for its 24-hour revelry. Further details

 

The German parliament voted on Friday to condemn as anti-Semitic a movement that calls for economic pressure on Israel over its policies on the Palestinians. Further details

 

Likud members sent a message to Prime Minister Netanyahu calling for him to revoke the disengagement law from 2005, that enabled the pullback from Gaza and disbanding four settlements in the Northern West Bank. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have to establish an interim coalition of 60 MKs, unnamed Likud officials said Thursday, in light of deadlocked negotiations with Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman and the clock ticking on his two-week extension to form a new government. Further details

 

 A team of legal experts and activists have set their sights on the controversial Nation-State Law passed during the previous Knesset session and are working to amend it to include the element of equality. They are hoping that their proposal will be accepted by the upcoming Knesset. Further details

 

Federica Mogherini, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, announced Wednesday that the body will scrutinize the new Palestinian textbooks for content that incites hate and violence, out of concern that EU aid funds are being used to promote hatred. Further details

 

The Jerusalem Post:

There were not one but two appearances of Palestinian flags at the Eurovision grand finale on Saturday night in Tel Aviv. Further details

 

MKs Gideon Sa’ar and Michal Shir faced threats online after they spoke out against the expected move by Likud to push a bill that would grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and all other MKs, immunity from criminal proceedings. Further details

 

The Supreme Court ordered on Sunday the release of the Jewish minor currently on trial for the murder of a Palestinian woman last October. Further details

 

Al Jazeera posted a video on Friday that questioned the “truth” of the Holocaust and asserted that “the Zionist movement benefited from it.” The video was later taken down with claims that it violated the editorial standards of the network. Further details

 

Al Jazeera posted a video on Friday that questioned the “truth” of the Holocaust and asserted that “the Zionist movement benefited from it.” The video was later taken down with claims that it violated the editorial standards of the network. Further details

 

Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud invited Arab states and Gulf leaders to two emergency summits that will take place on May 30 in Mecca, according to Al Arabiya. The summits are intended to discuss "aggressions and their consequences" in the region. Further details

 

The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is antisemitic, the German Bundestag ruled on Friday in a landmark vote. It called on governmental bodies not to finance or support any organizations that support BDS or question Israel’s right to exist. Further details

 

The US government’s highest-profile ambassador in Europe suggested in a tweet on Friday that the Bundestag resolution against the antisemitic BDS movement should also apply to Iran because it seeks the destruction of the Jewish state. Further details

 

US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt has tweeted that the Palestinian Authority would be able to better finance medical care for its people if it stopped funding “terrorists”. Further details

 

The Times of Israel:

Palestinian “terror” convicts in an Israeli prison are reportedly refusing to move to a new ward where cellular jamming devices were installed to prevent them from using smuggled cellphones, despite understandings reached last month with the Israel Prisons Service (IPS). Further details

 

Activists in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on Saturday rejected a pro-Palestinian gesture from Iceland’s entry into the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Further details

 

A suspected incendiary device attached to a cluster of balloons landed in a military base in southern Israel on Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces said. Further details

 

Former defense minister Avigdor Liberman renewed his protest of the government’s Gaza policy on Saturday, but appeared to signal that he wouldn’t condition his entry into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition on an agreement by the premier to launch another war against the Hamas-run coastal enclave. Further details

 

The Israeli army on Friday closed a criminal investigation into the death of a paraplegic Palestinian man shot during clashes on Gaza’s border with Israel in 2017, saying the probe found no evidence that its soldiers fired the fatal bullet. Further details

 

German lawmakers on Friday approved a resolution denouncing the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement against Israel, describing its methods as anti-Semitic and reminiscent of Nazi-era calls to boycott Jews. Further details

 

April was the first month in over a year that no Israelis were killed or wounded in attacks, the Shin Bet said in its latest monthly report. Further details

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