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Israeli MP presents bills to annex Jordan Valley, impose death penalty on PalestiniansMiddle East Eye - Miki Zohar, the head of the Likud faction in the Knesset, who submitted the two bills, said that the two bills would “embarrass” former army general Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party and Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beitenu. [bz]19/3/2020
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B’Tselem: International Criminal Court does have jurisdiction in PalestineB’Tselem - In trying to deny that the ICC has jurisdiction on the West bank, Israel Attorney General Mandelblit has taken the position that "there is no occupation" – conveniently ignoring the facts on the ground, the principles of international law and the declared positions of the international community. He glosses over more than 52 years in which Israel has kept the West Bank and Gaza Strip under a cruel, violent occupation regime, transforming the area completely. Palestinian space is now fragmented into isolated units in which Palestinians live without political rights or any real control over their lives – which are run by various Israeli authorities. The AG also describes Israel and the Palestinians as negotiating in good faith to bring about full reconciliation. In these circumstances, he argues, the parties do not need “a criminal process to pull them further apart”. Yet the attempt to hide behind supposed negotiations is utterly disconnected from Israel’s actions and declared long-term intentions regarding the Occupied Territories. Israel’s top officials have long since confirmed that the state does not view the occupation as temporary and intends to cement its control over the Palestinians while dispossessing them of land and rights. [ak]17/3/2020
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Dignity denied: Life in the settlement area of Hebron cityMonthly Humanitarian Bulletin - OCHA (UN Humanitarian Office) - The living conditions of Palestinians in the settler area of Hebron deteriorated during 2019, following an increase in settler attacks and harassment, as well as in friction and clashes with Israeli forces, affecting primarily school-children. This largely coincided with the departure of the 65 international monitors of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) on 31 January 2019, following Israel’s unilateral termination of its mandate after 22 years. TIPH was the only organization documenting incidents and providing a protective presence that was authorized to access any part of the city on foot and by vehicle, and it had direct channels to address urgent incidents and concerns with the relevant authorities. The departure of TIPH has placed increasing pressure on the other organizations providing a protective presence, which forced them to withdraw or to scale back. In response, humanitarian and human rights partners have put together an action plan aimed at mitigating the continuing deterioration in the situation. Its implementation is contingent on the mobilization of the necessary resources, estimated at some US$ 7 million.[ak]25/2/2020
Arab League Denounces Israel’s Settlement Plans
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IMEMC - “This announcement comes within the framework of the escalation of Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people, with the encouragement and help of the US administration, in line with the Deal of the Century,” the Arab League official said.[bz]25/2/2020
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The blacklist: All 112 companies UN says are operating in settlementsTimes of Israel - The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday published a database of 112 companies it says are conducting business in West Bank settlements. In the report the council said the companies’ activities “raised particular human rights concerns.” The list is predominantly of Israeli companies, including banks and construction firms. But it also lists a number of international firms, including travel companies Airbnb, Expedia and TripAdvisor, tech giant Motorola and construction and infrastructure companies including France’s Egis Rail and British company JC Bamford Excavators. Six of the companies listed are based in the US, four in the Netherlands, three in the UK, three in France, and one each in Luxembourg and Thailand. Israeli authorities reacted with fury to the report, which they described as a “blacklist,” while the Palestinians lauded the list as “a victory for international law.” The list includes companies that are directly engaged in the West Bank, parent companies that own a majority share in firms operating in the West Bank, and companies granting franchises or licenses to West Bank businesses. [The Times of Israel provides all the 112 companies listed in the report, and their home countries-ak]18/2/2020
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Palestinian civil society welcomes this long-awaited UN list of companies complicit in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprisePalestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) - We thank all human rights organizations that worked tirelessly for the release of such an important instrument of transparency and accountability. Upholding international law is the one appropriate response to attempts by authoritarian and far-right regimes, led by the Trump White House and Israel’s extremist government, to undermine human rights and the rule of law and enforce domination by the most powerful instead. Recognizing the important role that the UN played in ending apartheid in South Africa, we view the release of this database as a first significant and concrete step by any UN entity towards holding to account Israeli and international corporations that enable and profit from Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian rights.[ak]18/2/2020
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Dozens of Armed Settlers Attack, Injure 5 Palestinian ShephardsIMEMC - Armed Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian shepherds while grazing their livestock near the town of al-Mughayyir, in the central West Bank, stated the town`s mayor. Marzouq Abu Naim, told WAFA that dozens of armed settlers chased and brutally assaulted several Palestinian civilians, forcing them out of their fields, injuring five, three of whom were transferred to hospital, suffering various fractures and bruises.[ak] 18/2/2020
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How do settlers take over Palestinian land? One road gives the answerDror Etkes - +972 - To connect the enclaves that make up Kedumim, settlers seized control of a central road serving Palestinians and blocked their access to it. (rh)18/2/2020
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Israeli settlers torch Palestinian school in latest `price tag` attack : Students and teachers rattled after finding classroom a charred mess on Tuesday morningShatha Hammad - Middle East Eye - Israeli settlers set fire to a classroom last night in the occupied West Bank village of Einabus, in the latest apparent "price tag" attack on Palestinian communities, students and teachers told Middle East Eye. Rateb Nassar, the deputy headmaster of the affected school, told MEE that Israeli settlers came from the nearby illegal settlement of Yitzhar, and threw burning materials inside one of the classrooms. The assailants also spray- painted racist and anti-Arab slogans on the walls, threatening to kill Palestinians and burn their properties, he added.(rh)18/2/2020
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Settler leader: "The Americans cheated us. Throw the Trump Plan to the garbage!"Arutz Sheva - David Elhayani, head of the Yesha Council (official leadership of the Israeli settlers on the West Bank) expressed his quick deep disappointment from the Trump Plan, less than a week after it was unveiled: "I was wrong, the Americans cheated us. I was in Washington, we sat with a senior official in the Trump administration who told us: `If the Palestinians do not adhere to the agreement within 48 hours, you can apply sovereignty [i.e. annex]. The actual situation at the moment is that there is zero sovereignty and without the consent of the Americans, Netanyahu cannot annex a millimeter. This agreement should be taken and thrown into the trash, it poses an existential danger to the State of Israel". [ak] 4/2/2020
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