NGO finds European Union funding illegal Palestinian Authority settlements in Israeli territory as breach of Oslo Accords, especially as EU makes new push for sanctions on Israel.
By Ari Soffer
An Israeli NGO is set to release a report it says shows tens of cases in which the European Union has actively worked to breach the Oslo Accords signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, by changing the facts on the ground in Area C to unilaterally harm Israel in final status talks with the Palestinians.
Illegal Palestinian building in Area C – Regavim
The report is significant as it comes at the same time as the EU has made a renewed push to threaten Jerusalem with sanctions if Israel makes “unilateral moves” which European states deem to be harmful to their vision of a “two-state solution.” Continue Reading »
Belgian news service EurActiv reports that the 3 buildings that were destroyed by Israel were “partially funded” by the EU.
European Union officials alleged on Friday that Israel demolished EU-funded housing shelters outside of Ma’aleh Adumim earlier in the week, AFP reported.
E-1 area, officially called Mevaseret Adumim, located in the Judean Desert – Screenshot
Eighteen tin huts built to house Palestinians during the unusually severe winter weather this year were “partially funded by EU member states,” according to the report.
EU officials demanded financial compensation from Israel to Brussels in response to the demolition of three of the structures, Belgian news service EurActiv reported. Continue Reading »
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U.S. State Dept. expressed ‘deep concern’ over newest construction tenders, saying White House does ‘not recognize the legitimacy of settlements.’
And once again, Palestinian President Abbas threatens to call off peace talks.
The U.S. State Department said it is “deeply concerned” by Israel’s announcement over the tenders issued for the construction of 20,000 new settlement units in the West Bank and that it is demanding explanations from Israel.
Construction in Har Homa. – Photo: AP
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that Washington was taken by surprise and had no prior knowledge of the plans. Continue Reading »
Qatar’s Emir calls to establish a $1 billion fund to keep Jerusalem Muslim & promises to contributed $250 million to it.
By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
Qatar called on Tuesday for the immediate establishment of a $1 billion fund to help Palestinians in east Jerusalem, and offered to contribute $250 million to it.
E1 area, officially called Mevaseret Adumim, located in the Judean Desert – Screenshot
Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, made the proposal at the opening of an Arab summit in Doha that is expected to focus on the crisis in Syria and stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Continue Reading »
Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported that during the Ramallah talks US president urged Abbas to refrain from charging Israel at the int’l court in the Hague for any reason.
The PA leader defiantly threatens to haul Israel to court as soon as the Jewish state should start building in the E-1 area.
By Roi Kais
US President Barack Obama asked Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to refrain from taking Israel to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for any reason, the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported Saturday.
Obama and King Abdullah, Friday
The newspaper quoted a Palestinian official as saying that during their meeting in Ramallah on Thursday Abbas told Obama he would wait two months before talking any measures against Israeli settlement construction, but stressed he would turn to the ICC immediately should the Jewish begin building in the E1 zone between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim. Continue Reading »
In the UNHRC’s harshest condemnation of Israeli since 1967, the 3 UN investigators report Israel is in violation of the Geneva Conventions and must ‘cease all settlement activities without precondition’.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — A United Nations investigation into the impact of Jewish West Bank settlements on the Palestinian population said that Israel should immediately begin to withdraw all settlers from the territory.
The report issued Thursday by the U.N. Human Rights Council based in Geneva said that settlement violate the 1949 Geneva Conventions and that failure to withdraw could lead to a finding of war crimes at the International Criminal Court. Continue Reading »
Palestinian sources report one man wounded in northern Gaza by IDF gunfire & another badly hurt in refugee camp in Bethlehem.
IDF says Palestinians tried to cut Gaza border fence . Meanwhile, Palestinians set up a second outpost, this one northwest of Jerusalem.
By Elior Levy
Sources in Gaza reported Friday evening that a Palestinian had been injured by IDF fire near the northern Strip town of Beit Lahiya. According to the Palestinians, the man was evacuated to a local hospital with an injury to his leg and his condition was defined as moderate.
The IDF said that dozens of Palestinians had gathered near the border fence in the northern Strip in an off-limits area, while rioting and trying to cut the fence. Continue Reading »
Attorney argues that the tents put up by Arab activists in E-1 are tourist meeting points.
State’s attorney seeks immediate removal.
The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in the case of several tents put up by Palestinian Authority resident activists in the E-1 neighborhood of Maaleh Adumim. The tents were put up shortly after the PA objected to Israeli plans to build in the area.
The outpost – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
However, an attorney for the Arab activists argued Wednesday that the tents were not put up in an attempt to create “facts on the ground,” but rather, are a meeting point for tourists. Continue Reading »
A new report by Peace Now, meant to elicit a public backlash & anger against Israeli policy, has instead been met with cheers & praise from the residents of Judea and Samaria as well as int’l supporters of Israel.
By Annie Lubin
A new report by a radical left-wing organization meant to elicit backlash and policy changes has been met with cheers and praise from the Yesha Council and residents of Judea and Samaria.
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According to a “Settlement Watch” report published Wednesday by Peace Now, 2012 was a record year for construction and development beyond the so-called “green line,” the 1949 armistice line.
Regional Arabs try to return to tent encampment in disputed E-1 area following Sunday’s forced evacuation; Israeli Border Guard block their path at entrance to main road.
By Elior Levy, Itamar Fleishman
Dozens of Palestinians on Tuesday attempted to return to the Bab al-Shams outpost they recently erected in the disputed E1 area between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim.
The Palestinians attempted to arrive at the site on foot, but Israeli security forces chased after them and managed to block them at the entrance to the main road leading to the site.
The tent encampment was evacuated by Israeli security forces on Sunday, citing security concerns. Continue Reading »
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Obama said repeatedly, “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are….Netanyahu is so captive to the settler lobby,”
The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, writing in Bloomberg View, has revealed that U.S. President Barack Obama said repeatedly recently that
Barack Obama – Reuters
When informed about the Israeli decision to approve construction plans in the E1 area, “Obama, who has a famously contentious relationship with the prime minister, didn’t even bother getting angry,” wrote Goldberg. “He told several people that this sort of behavior on Netanyahu’s part is what he has come to expect, and he suggested that he has become inured to what he sees as self-defeating policies of his Israeli counterpart. Continue Reading »