War Daily Briefing Jan. 19 – Big Brother really is watching; Sheikh Jarrah sees eviction

War Daily Briefing Jan. 19 – Big Brother really is watching; Sheikh Jarrah sees eviction


Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Palestinian affairs reporter Aaron Boxerman and military correspondent Judah Ari Gross join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

Israelis awoke to news of an overnight eviction from the much-discussed East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, the first since 2017. The hot-button area has been the site of countless court cases and protests. What is different about this current eviction case — and why was it carried out in the dead of night?

It’s a few decades late, but it appears that Israelis are now experiencing shades of “1984” with the government’s use of NSO Group Pegasus software on innocent-until-proven-otherwise citizens. Gross delves into what we know so far in this developing story.

Boxerman recently investigated one of the most lucrative industries for Palestinian residents near Hebron: metal salvage from electronic waste. This livelihood comes with a terrible cost — their health. Boxerman spent time with countless people who claim their families’ cancer cases are due to rampant air pollution.

And finally — snow! Find out what these Times of Israel staffers do when the weather outside is frightful.

Discussed articles include:

Jerusalem police evict Palestinian family overnight, ending standoff; 18 arrested

In first since 2017, police try to evict family in flashpoint Jerusalem neighborhood

Israel Police accused of using NSO spyware on civilians for years without oversight

Comptroller to probe spyware use on citizens, as outraged lawmakers demand inquiry

Police chief doesn’t deny use of spyware, says it wasn’t deployed against protesters

A deadly trash trade is poisoning Palestinians in the West Bank

Golan covered in white as Jerusalem braces for snow

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