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From the German Media 22/2/2017
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63 wells destroyed, 5310 trees, 150 doors: a chronicle of the occupation in Hebron district Abdulhadi Hantash - Mondoweiss - The writer of this 2016 report is a field consultant to the Palestinian Prime Minister for Wall and Settlement Affairs, and he chairs the non-profit organization, Land Defense Committee for the Hebron District in the West Bank, where he has worked as a land surveyor/cartographer for more than 30 years. [bz]25/2/2017
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How both Trump and Netanyahu whitewashed antisemitism with ‘love’ Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - In this conference, a question was asked at a point by one reporter: “Mr. President, since your election campaign and even after your victory, we’ve seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitic — anti- Semitic incidents across the United States. And I wonder, what do you say to those among the Jewish community in the states and in Israel and maybe around the world who believe and feel that your administration is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones?”-rh23/2/2017
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The Middle East: Contradictory promises that led to a century of conflictJeffrey D. Sachs - Boston Globe - As in so many other parts of the Middle East, the roots of today’s crisis go back to perfidious dealings by the British Empire during World War I, and of course to more ancient conflicts as well. The lands that today are Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank were part of the Ottoman Empire for centuries, and were settled overwhelmingly by Arabs. Small numbers of religious Jews had lived in Jerusalem for centuries, and greater numbers of Jewish emigrants began to arrive at the end of the 19th century following the anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia. The idea of a renewed Jewish homeland in the Jews’ biblical lands was revived at the end of the 19th century among the Jewish people by Theodor Herzl, the Vienna-based founder of modern Zionism.-rh23/2/2017
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Elor Azaria Verdict: ‘No Justice for Palestinians’Jonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - There has rarely been a trial in Israel where the judges have been under such relentless – and mostly hostile – scrutiny. That appeared to be reflected in their sentencing, more than a month after they found Azaria guilty of manslaughter. The sentence was much lower than the three to five years demanded by the prosecution, and far below the maximum tariff of 20 years. One of the three judges dissented, recommending two and a half to five years.-rh 23/2/2017
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Lost Time: Palestinian prisoners in Israel : The poignant stories of Palestinian prisoners in Israel and the effects of imprisonment on them and their families.Aljazeera World - There are an estimated 7,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Since 1967, around 750,000 Palestinians have been in custody. Lost Time hears the deeply personal stories of some of the prisoners and their families, exploring the social, emotional, financial, physical, and psychological effects of long-term imprisonment.-rh23/2/2017
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Israeli Soldiers abduct 22 Palestinians In The West BankIMEMC News - "Israeli soldiers have abducted, overnight and at dawn Monday, at least twenty-two Palestinians, from various areas, in the occupied West Bank, and violently searched dozens of homes, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported" [ry]20/2/2017
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2016 sees Israel demolish record number of West Bank homesB`Tselem - 2016 saw a marked increase in the number of homes Israeli authorities demolished throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, citing lack of building permits as a pretext. The scale of demolitions documented by B’Tselem this year is the most extensive since we began systematically documenting demolitions in 2004. In East Jerusalem, authorities demolished 88 residential buildings and 48 other structures. Elsewhere in the West Bank, authorities demolished 274 residential buildings and 372 non-residential ones. These demolitions are indicative of Israel’s efforts to limit Palestinian presence in the areas it seeks to take over, taking advantage of planning and administrative tools to that end.-rh15/2/2017
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Legalizing the theft of Palestinian land has been Israeli policy since Day 1 Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - The law would retroactively legalize about 4,000 settler homes built in what is known as ‘outposts’, outside the ‘settlement blocs’ and on privately owned Palestinian land. Until now, such construction has been deemed illegal even by the bizarre set of Israeli laws applying, indirectly as it were, to the occupation. Thus the law crosses a line Israel has never violated before, even according to right-wingers like Dan Meridor, member of Knesset for Likud and a former minister, who called the law “evil and dangerous”; Israel’s Parliament never regulated Palestinian property ownership in the West Bank because “the Arabs of Judea and Samaria did not vote for the Knesset, and it has no authority to legislate for them,” Meridor says. “These are basic principles of democracy and Israeli law.” -rh9/2/2017
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Palestinian historical city of Sebastia besieged by settlementsZuheir Dolah - Al-Monitor - Sebastia, the gateway of historical civilizations, is facing a future of invaders different from those in previous eras. These invaders are committing serious violations to eliminate the city’s history and impose the Jewish story on it. One of the most dangerous violations is the Israeli decision to ban the entry of foreign tourists to the land of Palestinian antiquities. To tighten the noose on Sebastia, Israel established the Shavei Shomron settlement after confiscating and controlling most of the city’s lands.-rh 9/2/2017
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Israel Passes Law To Legalize Theft Of Private Palestinian Land Charlotte Silver - Countercurrents - Late Monday night, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, approved a bill to retroactively legalize the expropriation by settlers of private Palestinian land that has taken place over the last two decades. Passed by 60-52, the so-called Regularization Bill will legalize around 4,000 settlement homes in so-called unauthorized outposts and settlements. Human Rights Watch swiftly condemned the vote, noting that the Regularization Bill “undoes years of established Israeli law and, coming just weeks after the [UN] Security Council’s unanimous passage of Resolution 2334 on the illegality of settlements, reflects Israel’s manifest disregard of international law.”.rh 9/2/2017
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Israel’s New Land Law: Clearing the Path to AnnexationJonathan Cook - Counter Punch - The legalisation law – also commonly translated from Hebrew as the regulation or validation law – was the right’s forceful response to the eviction last week of a few dozen families from a settlement “outpost” called Amona. It was a rare and brief setback for the settlers, provoked by a court ruling that took three years to enforce. The evacuation of 40 families was transformed into an expensive piece of political theatre, costing $40 million. It was choreographed as a national trauma to ensure such an event is never repeated.-rh 9/2/2017
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Israel vote to legalise wildcat settler homes dubbed `an aggression against the Palestinian people` : Abbas: `What we want is peace.... but what Israel does is to work towards one state based on apartheid`Bethan McKernan - Independent - After more than a week of parliamentary discussion members of the Israeli parliament voted on the controversial legislation, retroactively recognising 4,000 Jewish homes in 54 “outpost” settlements late on Monday night. Speaking after a meeting with the French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Tuesday, Mr Abbas said the bill was “contrary to international law”. “This is an aggression against our people that we will be opposing in international organisations,” the President of the Palestinian Authority said.-rh 9/2/2017
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Military Court, Ofer 29.1.17Vivy Sury, Nitza Aminov - Ofer Military Court, January 29, 2017 - Malena! (we’re sick of this!) cried the woman, mother of a 12.5-year old son, when offered a plea bargain including a 3,000 shekel fine. A young woman, angry and hurting, approached us to tell about the arrest of her 12.5 year-old son. The family lives in (the Palestinian town of) Bir Zeit. After school a group of children rode horse-back, and the police came along to arrest them. All the children except her son managed to get away. Her son was taken to the Benyamin detention facility where his father was summoned to report. On the same day, late afternoon, the son was taken to Ofer for arraignment and the family was informed that his hearing would take place on Sunday. The woman told us these children have nowhere to play so they spend their time in the streets. The police arrive regularly to create provocations.-rh 8/2/2017
Palestinian towns petition Israeli Supreme Court to strike down `Regularization law`Ma`an News - More than a dozen Palestinian municipalities filed a petition to the Israeli Supreme Court on Wednesday against the recently passed outpost “Regularization law” granting official Israeli governmental recognition to more than a dozen illegal settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank established on private Palestinian lands, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned of the consequences of the new legislation on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Legal rights groups Adalah and the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC) presented the petition on behalf of 17 Palestinian municipalities whose lands will be affected by the new law, calling on the Supreme Court to strike it down.-rh8/2/2017
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Israelis post anti-Arab racism online every 46 seconds, study findsRami Younis - +972 - A new study shows that Israeli Jews published 675,000 racist posts on social media in 2016 — a dangerous increase from 2015, when only 280,000 such posts were published [ry]13/2/2017
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The Month in Pictures: January 2017EI - "In Palestine, the new year got off to a violent start" [ry]6/2/2017
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How Palestinian authorities plan to clamp down on cybercrimeEntsar Abu Jahal - Al-Monitor - The law would address all forms of electronic crimes, in light of the recent high number of cybercrimes in Palestine. Per Palestinian police statistics in Ramallah, 2016 witnessed more than 1,200 cybercrimes compared to 520 in 2015, according to officer Louay Azriqat, the spokesman for the Palestinian police in Ramallah.-rh 2/2/2017
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Danwatch: Major EU pension funds invest billions in businesses linked to Israeli settlements Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - Five of Europe’s largest pension funds have — against EU directives — invested up to €7.5 billion ($8.09 billion) in businesses linked to illegal Israeli settlements, Danish investigative news team Danwatch, reported on Tuesday. In July, the EU released new guidelines that state that any Israeli entity “seeking funding from or cooperation with the EU will have to submit a declaration stating that the entity has no direct or indirect links to the West Bank, East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights,” Haaretz reported.-rh 1/2/2017
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