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Eviction orders to 30 Palestinian homes around Jerusalem`s Old City Middle East Eye - Israeli authorities in occupied East Jerusalem delivered eviction orders to some 30 Palestinian homes in several neighbourhoods. All the eviction orders were delivered between Sunday and Monday, notably calling for the evacuation of 22 houses in the Old City neighbourhood of Bab al-Silsila - or Chain Gate - which would leave almost 200 people without a home. The houses, located on the path towards the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, had cracks in the walls due to Israeli archaeological excavations under the Old City, a practice that has affected the solidity of a number of homes in Jerusalem. Faiza Abu Asab, one of the residents of Bab al- Silsila, told Middle East Eye that Israeli excavation made the houses “unliveable”, as some sections of walls had collapsed or bore large cracks. [ak] 21/1/2020
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A week on the West Bank: Settlers spray pepper, general personally participates in expelling shepherds, European Union diplomats tour IssawiyaMichal Hai - Taayush - A week on the West Bank: A delegation of heads of European Union missions toured Issawiya and publicized an official demand that Israel keep its obligations to the occupied Palestinian population; protest and support vigil for Issawiya residents in custody and for Jonathan Pollak took place opposite the Jerusalem Magistrate Court; the Israeli army’s Central Command general came in person to expel a Palestinian flock of sheep out of Al Auja grazing grounds near the illegal settler-colonist outpost Havat Omer; Jewish settler-colonists pepper-sprayed an activist at Rashash. [ak]21/1/2020
How one hilltop became an incubator for Israeli settler violenceNatasha Roth-Rowland - +972 - The Israeli government has done little to stop the religious settlers of Yitzhar, whose extremist doctrine is instigating waves of violence against Palestinians in the West Bank [ry] 6/1/2020
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Al-Qanua: Bennett’s West Bank Decision a “War Crime”IMEMC News & Agencies - “Israel Hayom newspaper reported, according to Days of Palestine, that [Minister of Defense Naftali] Bennett recently carried out a series of discussions with officials within his ministry in order to allow the Israeli settlers to register the settlement lands with the Ministry of Justice instead of registering them through the Civil Administration. […] With this new measure, Bennett is seeking to reduce the waiting times for the approval of settlement plans applied for by Israeli settlers” [ry] 30/12/2019
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Palestinians plan legal steps to stop new Hebron settlementAhmad Melhem - Al Monitor - Palestinians in the southern West Bank staged a general strike Dec. 9 to protest Israeli authorities’ intention to build a settlement neighborhood in the old market of Hebron. The settlement is to replace the huge wholesale vegetable market that the Israeli military closed in 1994 after the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre when settler Baruch Goldstein stormed the mosque and shot dead 29 Palestinians and wounded 150. Israel has enforced the closure for 25 years, preventing merchants from returning. Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett approved the new settlement project on Shuhada Road at the center of the city. The Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank on Dec. 1 informed the Hebron municipality of authorities’ plan to raze the market and build new shops and other facilities for settlers. City officials were given one month to respond to the notice. [bz] 17/12/2019
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Israel’s Haaretz: 256 Cases of Israeli Settlers’ Violence Towards PalestiniansIMEMC & Agencies - “Israeli security sources warned that the increase in settler violence during the last two weeks, and the increase in the destruction of Palestinian properties, must remind us of the incidents that preceded the arson attack against the Palestinian Dawabshe family in Douma village in 2015” [ry] 16/12/2019
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House approves resolution supporting Two State Solution`Elad Benari - Arutz 7 - Elad Benari - Arutz 7 - The US House of Representatives approved by a majority of 226 to 188 a resolution reaffirming US support for the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict. The resolution affirmed that "only a two-state solution that enhances stability and security for Israel, Palestinians, and their neighbors can both ensure the state of Israel’s survival as a Jewish and democratic state and fulfill the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for a state of their own". It aslo stressed that the US "can play a constructive role"by "putting forward a proposal for achieving a two-state solution that is consistent with previous United States proposals" which "recognize the Palestinian right to self- determination and enhance Israel’s long-term security and normalization with its neighbors" (referring to the Trump Adminstration`s increasing deviation from such previous US propsals). Also, the US should "discourage steps by either side that would put a peaceful end to the conflict further out of reach, including unilateral annexation of territory" (clearly referring to PM Netanyahu`s vowed aim to annex the Jordan Valley. and to his assertion that he got President Trump`s assent to such a step). This was counterbalanced by also condemning "efforts to achieve Palestinian statehood status outside the framework of negotiations with Israel". [Note: Arutz 7 did provide the full text of the resolution-ak] 10/12/2019
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`Bennett threatens European representatives with destruction of EU-funded housing in the West BankArutz Sheva - The newly appointed Defense Minister Naftali Bennett met this week with European Union`s representative in Israel - as well as with representatives from Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, and Denmark - threatening that "Israel`s defense organizations are no longer willing to tolerate" what Bennet termed "the uncontrolled illegal construction in Area C which is encouraged and funded by Europe". He told the Europeans that this was "a waste of money" since Israel would destroy these Palestinian houses, and advised the Europeans "If you want to invest in the Palestinians, it`s worth focusing on humanitarian activities and not illegal construction". The representatives responded negatively to the statement, but did not enter into a debate with the Defense Minister - rather, they told him that they would convey his remarks to their Foreign Ministries and to the European Commission in Brussels, and that their superiors would give a detailed answer. [ak] 10/12/2019
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Hebron Palestinians go on strike, clash with troops to protest settlement planADAM RASGON - The Times of Israel - Shops, schools and offices were shuttered in Hebron, and young men clashed with troops in the city center as Palestinians protested a plan to expand Jewish settlement activity in the flashpoint city Tuesday. Pictures posted on social media platforms showed stores and schools closed and streets with few passersby. Fatah, the party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called for the strike on Saturday.(rh) 10/12/2019
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Netanyahu wants to stay in office `to complete the annexation of Jordan Valley`Times of Israel - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to serve as premier first in a rotational government with rival party Blue and White for only as long as it takes him to make good on a promise to annex the West Bank’s Jordan Valley, his party said. Previous to the September elections Netanyahu vowed that if reelected he would immediately annex the Jordan Valley, a swath of land whose annexation would cut off the West Bank from Jordan. He reportedly promised that once the annexation is implemented he would move aside to deal with the corruption charges brought against him. Ganz has declared himself in favor of Israel permanently retaining the Jordan Valley but did not declare support for unilaterally annexing it. The main reason for rejecting Netanyahu`s offer is that Blue and White do not trust him to keep his word. [ak]3/12/2019
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For Hebron Settlers, New Neighborhood Announced by Israel Is Only the BeginningAmira Hass - Ha`aretz - With Defense Minister Bennett’s backing, the Hebron settlers aim to Judaize the city’s historic old wholesale market. The market had been closed for closed for the past two decades, the shops standing empty, but until now the Israeli authorities have respected the Hebron municipality`s status as "a protected tenant". Now, that is being overturned. Bennet has granted the settlers` long standing demand for "an urban renewal plan" under which the structure would be demolished and new housing units for Jewish Israeli settlers be erected in its place. The center of Hebron has long since been taken over by the settlers, severe restrictions placed on the Palestinians living there with the conscious intention to make their lives into hell and make them go away - which was successful in many of the cases. The settlers also changed the names of the streets in their enclave, replacing the Arabic names with Hebrew names expressing blatant Israeli Jewish nationalism. But for them, that is only the beginning - a map spread by the settlers gives similar Hebrew names also to streets in the other parts of Hebron, which were not (yet?) taken over by the settlers. [ak]3/12/2019
For Hebron Settlers, New Neighborhood Announced by Bennet Is Only the BeginningAmira Hass - Ha`aretz - With Defense Minister Bennett’s backing, the Hebron settlers aim to Judaize the city’s historic old wholesale market. The market had been closed for the past two decades, the shops standing empty, but until now the Israeli authorities have respected the Hebron municipality`s status as "a protected tenant". Now, that is being overturned. Bennet has granted the settlers` long standing demand for "an urban renewal plan" under which the structure would be demolished and new housing units for Jewish Israeli settlers be erected in its place. The center of Hebron has long since been taken over by the settlers, severe restrictions placed on the Palestinians living there with the conscious intention to make their lives into hell and make them go away - which was successful in many of the cases. The settlers also changed the names of the streets in their enclave, replacing the Arabic names with Hebrew names expressing blatant Israeli Jewish nationalism. But for them, that is only the beginning - a map spread by the settlers gives similar Hebrew names also to streets in the other parts of Hebron, which were not (yet?) taken over by the settlers. [ak]3/12/2019
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Israel Approves Extra Funding for West Bank SettlementsNoa Landau - Palestine Chronicle - Israel approved an extra 40 million shekels ($11.5 million) for settlements in the occupied West Bank yesterday, reported Haaretz. The majority of the funding allocation approved by the cabinet – 34.5 million shekels ($9.9 million) – is reportedly a one-time grant for “security needs” of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.The remaining 5.5 million shekels ($1.6 million) is “for the construction of first aid stations”, reported Haaretz. (rh)3/12/2019
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Israel’s Next Move: The Real Danger in US Decision to Normalize Illegal Jewish SettlementsRAMZY BAROUD - Counterpunch - Let us not have any illusion regarding the American approach to the so-called ‘Israeli-Palestinian conflict’ prior to Trump’s Presidency. The US has never, not even once, stood up for Palestinians or Arabs since the establishment of the State of Israel over the ruins of historic Palestine in 1948. Moreover, Washington has bankrolled the Israeli occupation of Palestine in every possible way, including the subsidizing of the illegal Jewish settlements. However, Pompeo’s statement at a State Department press conference on November 18 that, “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements is not, per se, inconsistent with international law,” is still very dangerous and it does, in fact, constitute a political departure from previous US policies. (rh)3/12/2019
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Israel planning new settlement in flashpoint city of HebronAl Jazeera - Palestinian officials slam plan, calling it result of US decision to no longer consider settlements illegal [ry] 2/12/2019
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