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Netanyahu’s announced annexation plans are criminal, threaten international peace and security Dr. Hanan Ashrawi - PLO Dept. of Public Diplomacy - The Israeli PM`s intention to annex the entirety of the Jordan valley and Dead Sea as well as his plan to annex all illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank is unquestionably reprehensible. Further, Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement was overloaded with overt racism and reflected his agenda of hastened ethnic cleansing of up to 60% of the occupied West Bank. This was glaringly evident in his announcement that the planned annexation would not include a single Palestinian, whom he assured were “free to leave”, including to Jordan. Such remarks are abhorrent and alarming. Netanyahu’s agenda has always been about theft of Palestinian land and resources as well as the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. This announcement is a declaration of war against the Palestinian people’s rights as well as the very foundations of the international rules-based order. This lawlessness is a threat to international peace and security and it condemns the entire region to perpetual conflict and compounded suffering. [ak] 10/9/2019
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The sweet tea and bitter realities of Masafer YattaAlyona Synenko - Al Jazeera - As illegal Israeli settlements expand, Palestinians here are losing their land, livelihoods and their homes [ry]9/9/2019
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Dr Ashrawi: Netanyahu`s annexation plans require international action, including sanctions Hanan Ashrawi - PLO public diplomacy - "The Palestinian leadership views with utmost seriousness Netanyahu`s declaration that he would annex the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. This is a clear announcement of intent to carry out a war crime under the Rome statute and a grave violation of the UN charter. [ak]3/9/2019
Israeli Settlers Assault Farmer near BethlehemIMEMC - A Palestinian farmer sustained injuries in the head, when he was assaulted by settlers near the village of Artas, to the south of Bethlehem. Settlers from the Israeli settlement bloc of Gush Etzion reportedly broke into the farm of Ayman Khalil Sa’ad, who comes from Artas, while he was working there. When Sa’ad attempted to prevent the settlers from raiding his farm, they assaulted and beat him, causing him bruises in the face and eye. He was moved of moderate injuries to a nearby emergency center for treatment.[ak] 3/9/2019
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Netanyahu renews pledge to annex all West Bank settlements : Saeb Erekat, secretary general of PLO, calls on international community to take action after Netanyahu`s commentsMEE and agencies - Settlements are one of the most heated issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians have voiced fears Netanyahu may defy international law and move ahead with annexation with possible backing from US President Donald Trump, a close ally. With the publication of a US peace plan still pending, Trump has already recognised Israel`s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights, land captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war. Netanyahu made the same promise of annexation ahead of the last election in April, but the results left him unable to form a viable governing coalition and he opted for a fresh poll.-rh3/9/2019
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Netanyahu: Israel to Announce Sovereignty Over SettlementsIMEMC News & Agencies - “`Remember that this is the land of Israel, our land,` Netanyahu said at the opening of the school year, in the settlement of Alcana. `We will impose Jewish sovereignty on all settlements as part of the State of Israel" [ry] 2/9/2019
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Choosing annexation over development - review of Avda Center reportRachel Shenhav-Goldberg - +972 - The report demonstrates how government support has turned West Bank settlers into a hugely powerful lobby in Israeli society whose political power goes far beyond their electoral clout. Development towns, on the other hand, have never succeeded in attaining such immense political power. The report concludes: “The settler right constitutes a key factor in the determination of the entire national agenda: the constant pressure to jettison the Oslo Accords, to oppose negotiations with the Palestinians… to define who and what is patriotic and who and what is not.” Israeli governments have continually justified the settlement enterprise, arguing that it contributes to the country’s security. The reality, according to Adva, is that settlements drain the public purse and are a burden on Israel’s defense establishment. In short, a costly fiasco. [bz] 27/8/2019
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Al Shoroq: The activist farmers resisting Israeli annexation in Beit UmmarFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "Settlements at this point are surrounding and cutting off Beit Ummar, from all accessible sides, via Karmei Zur, Bat Ayin and Gush Etzion. On the remaining side are uninhabitable rocky valleys and mountainous terrains. While the entirety of the West Bank is dramatically affected by the occupation, Beit Ummar is a special case, as they are completely surrounded by settlements and the apartheid wall." - id23/8/2019
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Netanyahu faces dilemma over Hebron settlers` property claimsElisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - "The settlers raised the demand ahead of the upcoming anniversary of the 1929 Arab riots, which will be held on September 4 - a week and a half before Israel goes to the polls for second time this year." - id23/8/2019
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Israeli forces seal off main roads west of Ramallah following suspected attackK.F. - WAFA "Soldiers set up roadblocks at the northern entrance to Ramallah city and at Ein Siniya junction, north of Ramallah, inspecting Palestinian vehicles and inspecting the IDs of passengers. They also raided Beituniya and Ein Arik towns, west of Ramallah.The closure is conducted as part of a manhunt for a Palestinian suspected of killing an Israeli settler and wounding two others in an attack at Ein Bunin natural spring near the illegal Israeli settlement of Dolev, near Ras Karkar village." ca 23/8/2019
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The case of Eli: How Palestinian land becomes "state land" and then becomes settler land Dror Etkes - Kerem Navot - On March 30, 2017, Yossi Segal, an Israeli official responsible for `abandoned government property` in the West Bank, signed a declaration officially making into "state lands" 977 dunams belonging to the four Palestinian villages of: Sinjil, Qaryut, As Sawiya, and Al Lubban ash Sharqiya. That makes it possible for the government to pass the land on to Israeli settlers. Specifically, the intention is to retroactively legalize the illegal outpost of Palgei Mayim (illegal even under Israeli law) and to prepare a legal basis for the future expansion of the settlement of Eli and its surrounding outposts.[ak]20/8/2019
Israeli Colonists Burn Hay Bales, Write Racist Graffiti, Near HebronIMEMC News - "A group of illegal extremist Israeli colonialist settlers invaded, Friday, Erfa’eyya area east of Yatta town, east of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, burnt hay bales, and wrote racist graffiti, in addition to hurling stones at Palestinian cars in the area and surrounding communities...It is worth mentioning that the army has been conducting massive invasions and violent searches of homes and property after the body of an Israeli soldier was found near Efrat colony, illegally built on Palestinian lands, south of Bethlehem. After the soldier’s body was found, the army installed many roadblocks in the area, and imposed a strict siege on Beit Fajjar" ca 9/8/2019
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Israel Approves Hundreds Of Units In Gush Etzion Colonialist BlockIMEMC - "Shlomo Neeman, the head of Gush Etzion block, welcomed the approval of the 300 additional units, and said that this would pave the way for more units in the colonialist block. Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are direct violations of International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention and various united nations and security council resolutions." - id8/8/2019
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Church renews legal battle over Jerusalem properties, citing new evidenceTimes of Israel - The Patriarchate of the Greek Orthodox Church claimed in a statement that it had “clear proof” of corruption in the long-disputed 2004 sale of several Old City properties, including two Palestinian-run hotels, to the right-wing group. The deal made Ateret Cohanim the owner of the majority of properties located between the Old City’s Jaffa Gate and the entrance to its Arab market. [bz] 6/8/2019
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