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Ta`ayush report: Occupied Territories, August 2-9, 2020:Taa`ayush - A new settler outpost in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley /// Home demolitions and uprooting of palm trees in Jiftlik village /// Settlers steal and vandalize equipment, water systems and solar electricity systems in Sarura, South Hebron Hills /// Daily harassment of Palestinian communities by the new settler outpost at Umm Zaitouna /// Palestinians manage to prevent confiscation of vehicles by police and army near Tawane /// Israeli activists join local protests against settler incursions and tree uprooting, activist detained at Hares, Palestinians and Israeli activists together targeted by teargas and stun grenades at Turmus Aia; Nine activists arrested at protest in JNF (KKL) building in Jerusalem, re threatened expulsion of the Somarin family in Silwan. [ak]11/8/2020
Netanyahu attacks Supreme Court judges for blocking demolition of Palestinian family home Netael Bandel - Ha`aretz - The Supreme Court revoked a demolition order for the family home of Nizmi Abu Bakr, a Palestinian charged with murdering Israeli soldier Amit Ben Ygal in the West Bank in May. Justice Menachem Mazuz wrote that the petitioners, Abu Bakr’s wife and eight children, are not accused of any involvement in Abu Bakr’s alleged “malicious actions – not in aiding, knowing his intentions to take action and not even in supporting his acts after the fact. The attacker himself was caught and is on trial, and he is expected to serve a long term of imprisonment, if he is convicted. This means that the damage to the house first and foremost constitutes harm to his wife and children who were left to live in the house." Its demolition, he wrote, "would leave them without a roof over their heads,” wrote Mazuz. PM Netanyahu called it “a miserable ruling” which "gives a tailwind to terrorism" and demanded that the court hold another hearing on the matter, with an expanded panel of judges. [ak] 11/8/2020
Oxford and other top British universities under fire for sending students to illegal Israeli settlementsOpen Democracy - The institutions, including the universities of Oxford, Manchester, and Leeds, run exchange schemes with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As part of the programme, students usually stay in halls of residence in a Palestinian area of Jerusalem illegally occupied by Israeli settlers. [bz] Munir Nuseibah, assistant professor at the faculty of law at Al Quds University, the Palestinian university in Jerusalem: “By participating in this exchange, the universities... disregard the international consensus that East Jerusalem is occupied and that its annexation by Israel is contrary to international law.” Amnesty says the universities are “actively linking themselves to a whole system of illegality, discrimination and exploitation”. 4/8/2020
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Manchester university divests from firms complicit in Israeli occupationAsa Winstanley - Electronic Intifada - The University of Manchester has divested more than $5 million from Caterpillar and the parent company of travel site Booking.com. Activists on Monday said it was “a colossal win for the Palestine solidarity movement in Britain” and a “watershed moment.” The university has been a focus for campaigners since 2016. [bz] 4/8/2020
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Israel offers money to Palestinian family over settler killing but family prefers to fight it in courtGilad Cohen / Elisha Ben Kimon - Y-net News - In 2018, Israeli settlers from the settlement of Tapuah hurled stones at a Palestinian car traveling on a road near Nablus, causing the death of Aisha al- Rabi and wounding her husband and duaghter. Five settlers were arrrested in the aftermath. In the aftermath, Israel`s Defense Ministry recognized the attack as having been "an act of terror" as defined in Israeli law, but ruled that Al-Rabi`s family deserved no compensation since "She was not an Israeli citizen and the killing occurred outside Israel`s recognized boundaries". The family contested the ruling, appealing to the Supreme Court in Jerusalem and demanding that the Government of Israel pay seven million Shekels in compensations. After several months the Defence Ministry approached the family, offering to settle out of court for the sum of 670,000 Shekels. However, the al-Rabi Family rejected this offer as "far too little" and will continue its judicial appeal. [ak] 4/8/2020
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International Court decision on probing Israeli actions delayed until mid-August Middle East Monitor - In July, when Netnayahu seemed on the verge of declaring annexation of much of the West Bank, the International Criminal Court in the Hague seemed poised to assert its jurisdiction in the West Bank and start proceedings on Palestinian accusations of Israeli war crimes. That would have meant a head-on collision with President Trump, Netanyahu`s ally and originator of the annexation plan - but the court seemed on the verge of taking this step, as either a retaliation or a preemptive act towards Israeli annexation. But with the annexation plans put on hold, the ICC decided to lay down the hot potato - at least until mid-August, the end of its summer recess. Meanwhile, the Israeli government is preparing a secret list of hundreds of its officials who are liable to be tried in The Hague on war crimes charges. Presenting of charges against them would not lead to their actually sitting in the dock, but likely they would have to forget about ever again having a European vaction. [ak]4/8/2020
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‘No longer outcasts’: Anti-occupation activists find their place in Israeli protestsOren Ziv - +972 - Left-wingers tried to insert their messages into mainstream Israeli protests for years, only to be rejected. Today`s anti-Netanyahu protests are very different [ry] 3/8/2020
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