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In three rulings, Jerusalem courts order eviction of Palestinian families and handing their homes to settlersTa`ayush - Report on September 13-19, 2020: This week, September 13-19, 2020, in the occupied Territories: Within days, Jerusalem courts issued three rulings in favor of evicting Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem, and passing on their property to settler associations; settler gangs attacked Palestinian passersby in central Jerusalem, in the Walaje area on the outskirts of the city, and in Hebron; the occupation forces demolished Palestinian homes this week, too, in neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, in the city of Hebron and its surroundings; protest demonstrations by Palestinians were held in Hares as well as in Qaddoum and Assira Al Qibliya, where the Israeli army dispersed them by force; as every year, with the High Holidays and the approaching of the olive harvest, settlers accelerate their vandalism of Palestinian olive groves – this week they uprooted and cut down dozens of olive trees around the Nablus and Salfit areas. [ak] 22/9/2020
Leaks show Chelsea owner Abramovich funded Israeli settler groupOliver Holmes - The Guardian - The billionaire Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, owner of the Chelsea football club, was granted Israeli citizenship in 2018. He has been an avid philanthropist in Israel, openly donating huge sums to research and development projects and investing in local firms. However, four companies he either owns or controls in the British Virgin Islands have contributed more than $100m (£74m) to Elad, a group that supports settlements in the Palestinian neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem called Silawn. Those figures would mean the British football club owner was the biggest single donor over the past 15 years to Elad, a Hebrew word which means “God’s eternal faith”. Elad, similar to other settler organisations, has expanded by buying Palestinian houses and using controversial Israeli laws that allow the state to take over Palestinian property. Elad also runs an archaeological site in Silwan called the City of David , which was n criticised by European Union diplomats as seeking to ignore the ancient city’s diverse history in favour of “an exclusively Jewish narrative, while detaching the place from its Palestinian surroundings”. [ak]22/9/2020
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Shepherds, soldiers, settlers and dogs - September 6-12 in the Occupied TerritoriesTaayush - At Ras A-Tin on the West Bank Hill Range the occupation forces confiscated tin roof plates, tables and chairs of schoolchildren at the local schoolhouse; at En Samiya in the same region Palestinian and Israeli activists thwarted the founding of a new settler outpost on land belonging to the Palestinian village of Mughayar; the villagers of Hares continue to demonstrate, protesting the theft of their land, prevention of access and vandalism – recently the Israeli army has issued a confiscation order of 20 dunams of the land belonging to nearby Deir Balut, claiming that it is an archeological site; Israeli soldiers joined settlers in a night raid on sheep pens at Tuba village in the South Hebron Hills, claiming the Palestinians stole sheep, a claim that proved false; attempts to chase away Palestinian shepherds from their grazing grounds in the Palestinian Jordan Valley, the West Bank Hill Range and the South Hebron Hills regions continue; the Israeli government has allotted 20 million shekel for the mapping of illegal Palestinian construction in Area C, at the bidding of the settler association Regavim; OCHA, the UN Humanitarian Coordination Organization, has publicized the data of demolitions of Palestinian strutures by Israel during the Corona crisis: 389 structure have been demolished, averaging 65 a month – the highest rate of demolitions in the past 4 years.[ak] 15/9/2020
Despite COVID-19 Travel Ban, Israel Lets in 70 Evangelicals to Volunteer in SettlementsJudy Maltz - Haaretz - Hayovel appears to be the first case of a special exception being made for agricultural field hands, who were not already living in the country. A spokesman for the kibbutz movement confirmed that none of Israel’s approximately 230 kibbutzim had obtained permission to bring in volunteers from abroad to help out in the fields since the coronavirus outbreak. As a matter of principle, Hayovel brings volunteers only to West Bank settlements and is not active at all within the so-called Green Line – Israel’s internationally recognized borders. [bz]8/9/2020
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It never ends: another week of settler assaults Ta`ayush - Another attempt by settlers to raise a new outpost near Birin (Hebron District) was thwarted; the Israeli army violently quenched a protest vigil by farmers of the Palestinian village of Shufa (Tul Karm District) against their land being taken over for the sake of paving an access road to the illegal outpost Avnei Hefetz, built on their land – an army officer was documented wildly beating a 60-year old Palestinian; settlers have been assaulting Palestinian shepherds from Deir Jarir in the West Bank hill range for some time now, and harassing their flocks – Israeli activists are needed for daily accompaniement there, as well as in Hamra and Auja in the Palesitnian Jordan Valley; a Palestinian woman, 9-months pregnant, was wounded by stones thrown by dozens of settlers at Palestinian vehicles on road 60; confiscation of equipment, damage and structure demolitions by Israeli army forces at Zif and Jinba in the South Hebron Hills, as well as near Taqu’a (Bethlehem District), Wadi Al Siq in the West Bank hill range, and in East Jerusalem neighborhoods. [ak] 8/9/2020
Cartwheeling Palestinian children and `educational` soldiersTaayush weekly report: - As in previous weeks, the army blocked the Hares village exit, and demonstrators had to make do with short speeches and a prayer opposite the barrier. As the prayer was over, the demonstrators began to disperse. A group trying to exit the village was blocked by soldiers who jumped an Israeli activist, tried to arrest him, but were forced to make do with spraying pepper gas at the faces of demonstrators who freed him from them. About five small children from the village had fun jumping and cartwheeling in front of the soldiers who continued to block the village exit. When the soldiers finally opened the road to enable vehicles to leave, their commander decided to hold an educational session and directed them to block the cars again “until the children go home”. A few minutes later the soldiers tired of their mission, opened the barrier and left the village. [ak]1/9/2020
A ‘road revolution’: Settlers push Israel to expand West Bank infrastructureMeron Rapoport - +972 - Israel`s High Court ruled Road 935 will `disproportionately damage` Palestinian property. That isn`t stopping the government from resuming its construction [ry] 31/8/2020
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Settlers complain: no annexation, and now also a de-facto building freezeTovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - Settlers complain of what call "a de-facto freeze" on new settlement construction, in light of the deal with the United Arab Emirates and the resulting suspension of any annexation plan. At issue in particular is the half-a-year hiatus of the Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria, which convened twice at the start of the year: once in January and again in February. At the time, under the purview of then Defense Minister Naftali Bennett of the extreme right Yamina party, plans for some 4,385 settlement housing units were advanced, an unusually high number. But there were no further meetings since then. "Planning has been frozen,” Settler leader David Elhayani said. “For half-a-year the planning council has not met. Each week, we`re told it will meet next week. We’re being played as if we were a chip on a backgammon board. We have many new construction plans which cannot start until they get the council`s approval”. [ak]25/8/2020
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Settlers call for Netanyahu’s ouster, PM charges they gave up sovereigntyTovah Lazaroff - The Times of Israel - “First they don’t apply sovereignty, now they are saying we should apply sovereignty. It [their criticism] isn’t serious” [ry] 17/8/2020
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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
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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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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