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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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Settlers torch and vandalize mosque in Al-BirehMiddle East Eye - Israeli settlers have staged an arson attack on a Palestinian mosque in Al-Bireh. Parts of the Al-Bir wa al-Ehsan mosque were set on fire, leaving them burned and damaged, but no one was reported injured. In the close vicinity of Al-Bireh are the Israeli settlement bloc of Beit El to the north, and the Psagot settlement to the south. The arsonists are likely to have come from one of these, though past experience has shown that they are very unlikely to be ever apprehended. The arsonists sprayed graffiti on the mosque walls reading "Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) for the Jewish People" and "Closure for Arabs, not for Jews". [The latter seems to refer to the similarity between the lockdown imposed on Israeli cities due to the cornonavirus crisis and the closure imposed on Palestinian cities at various occasions sincve 1967. AK]. 28/7/2020
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Help the Sumarin Family Go to Israel`s Supreme CourtDonna Baranski-Walker - Rebuilding Alliance - We can do this. On Wed, July 15th, our legal aid fund for the Sumarin`s will be competing against 400 other projects to win a $10K Bonus... [bz] 14/7/2020
Shepherds around Auja no longer dare reach their grazing grounds unaccompanied by Israeli activistsTa`ayush - July 5-11, 2020 - in the Occupied Territories - Expulsion of Palestinian shepherds, Jewish settler-colonist incursions in Palestinian farm and grazing lands, confiscation of water pipes in the midst of summer, and Palestinian home demolitions by the occupation forces in the Palestinian Jordan Valley, in the South Hebron Hills, in Jerusalem and in Khan Al Ahmar [bz]14/7/2020
Court supports settler, imposes fine on activist groupDror Etkes - Kerem Navot - On June 24, a ruling was published in a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) filed by the extremist right wing activist Mr. Avichai Shorshan, a resident of the settlement Kfar Adumim, against the organization Kerem Navot, for what he called a “violation of his privacy.” The ruling obligates Kerem Navot to pay Shorshan NIS18,000. Mr. Shorshan distinguishes himslelf by vehemently demanding that "illegal" houses built by Palestinians be demolished. Kerem Navot had made it known that Mr. Shorshan himself lives in an illegally built house. Undoubtedly, he would have liked this inconvenient fact to remain privately known only to himself and his family, so in a sense his privacy was violated. Whether a court of law should have taken that up is a different issue altogether.[ak] Here’s our response:s Mr. Shorshan, is a vocal activist in an especially virulent campaign run by settlers from the area of Kfar Adumim settlement, which seeks to demolish the houses of residents of the Bedouin village Khan al- Ahmar and to displace them.14/7/2020
Annex and Disposses - Use of the Absentees’ Property Law to Dispossess Palestinians of their PropertyHagit Ofran - Peace Now - This report examines various Israeli governments’ use of the Absentees’ Property Law in East Jerusalem, to dispossess Palestinians of their properties and to populate them with settlers. The method worked as follows: Settler-related bodies recruited people to declare that the owners of certain properties were absentee landlords. These affidavits were passed onto the Custodian for Absentees’ Property, who deemed that they were indeed absentees’ assets without any further inspection. Thereafter, the absentees’ assets were passed onto the JNF, which passed them onto settlers. The Palestinian families living in these properties discovered that their homes were sold by the state to settlers, upon receiving lawsuits from the settlers or the JNF by the mail, demanding that they vacate the house. [bz]9/7/2020
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FACT SHEET: The Sumarin Family Home in Jerusalem and Why it MattersDonna Baranski-Walker - Rebuilding Alliance - We are concerned [for the Sumarin family, but also] that, if the government of Israel permits the misapplication of the Absentee Property Law in the case of the Sumarin family, it will be emboldened to further improperly apply it in any area that Israel acquires unilaterally, through the proposed annexation of West Bank territories. [bz]9/7/2020
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Urge U.S. elected officials to recognize the Sumarin Family`s right to their homeAsk them to make two calls on your behalf: one to the U.S. State Department and one to the Israeli Embassy9/7/2020
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A Family to be Evicted from their HomeIr Amim - The Sumarin family`s home was built by Musa Sumarin during the time of Jordanian rule over East Jerusalem and he lived there until his death in 1984. (...) In the late 1980`s, an affidavit was filed with the Custodian of Absentee Property, an authority within the Ministry of Finance, attesting that Musa Sumarin was an "absentee" landowner (...) and his property [inhabited by his family] was transferred to the Keren Kayemet L`Yisrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) who demanded the property empty - the beginning of a 30-year legal debate. [bz]7/7/2020
In Israeli settlements, money is on annexation real estate boomAlexandra Vardi and Claire Gounon - AFP News - Yahoo! news - "It`s gonna be a big market, we`ll need to get ready, work hard for this opportunity" [ry] 6/7/2020
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Israel Announces 164 New Illegal Settlement Units in BethlehemIMEMC Staff - “Israel has officially postponed the annexation of nearly 30 percent of the occupied West Bank, given Palestinian, Arab and international pressure. Yet, Israeli officials have signaled their determination to go ahead with the annexation plan” [ry] 6/7/2020
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