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Israel Police Forces Evacuate Illegal Arab E-1 Outpost

The Judea & Samaria District of the Israeli Police evacuated the illegal Palestinian outpost in the area known as E-1 by busing them out.
“There was no violence during the evacuation and no arrests were made” the Police reported.

By Elad Benari


The Judea and Samaria District of the Israeli Police evacuated on Saturday night the illegal Arab outpost that had been set up in the area known as E1.

Arab outpost at E1

Arab outpost at E-1
Arutz Sheva

Large security forces who arrived in the area boarded the Palestinian Authority Arabs who were in the outpost onto buses, which will take them back to the PA-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »

Israel to Court: Palestinian outpost aimed to trigger riots

Gov’t gears to evict Palestinians squatters who set up encampment in contested E-1 area of West Bank, stating that their presence poses security threat because it could provoke unrest.

Aviel Magnezi


Israeli security forces geared to evict the Palestinians staying in the Bab al-Shams outpost that was erected in the contested West Bank area of E1.

Bonfire at outpost Photo: AFP

Bonfire at outpost – Photo: AFP

“An urgent evacuation is required due to a pressing security need,” the State said in a petition filed with the High Court of Justice late on Saturday.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein said in the document that the State has issued orders to define the outpost as a closed military zone and to remove squatters from its land. Continue Reading »

Court bars State from evicting Palestinian from illegal E-1 settlement

High Court issues temporary injunction to prevent police from ejecting Palestinian protesters from illegal E-1 settlement

Elior Levy


The High Court of Justice has issued a temporary injunction barring the State from removing an outpost erected by Palestinians in the West Bank as long as there isn’t an emergency warranting an evacuation.

200 פלסטינים ופעילי סולידריות הגיעו ל-E1 (צילום: אוהד צויגנברג)

‘Day without violence.’ Palestinians at camp – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg

Government officials were expected to petition the court on Saturday evening to void the injunction. In the meantime, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the routes leading up to the outpost to be closed to traffic, rendering the area a closed military zone. Continue Reading »

Palestinians established New settlement in E-1

Over 200 Palestinians pitched tents in disputed area A-1 connecting Jerusalem & Ma’aleh Adumim.

Organizer: ‘The Encampment is part of non-violent resistance’

By Elior Levy



A group of 200 Palestinians, backed by foreign activists, have been erecting an outpost in the disputed E1 zone, near Ma’aleh Adumim, since the early hours of Friday morning.

בונים את באב אל-שמס (צילום: אוהד צויגנברג)

Building ‘Bab al-Shams’ – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)

The Palestinian outpost, named Bab al-Shams (“Gate of the Sun”), contains 50 tents. Mahmoud Zawara of the Popular Palestinian Committees told Ynet the tent encampment was being set up as part of the Palestinian “struggle.”

He said “we chose this specific area because it is conquered Palestinian land and places a wedge between the northern and southern parts of the West Bank.” Continue Reading »

Washington Post Editorial: Jewish Settlements are not main obstacle to Peace

Abbas’ Overheated rhetoric on Israeli settlements, are counterproductive and the int’l community’s incessant criticism of prospective Israeli plans to build new housing units, primarily in Jerusalem, only reinforces 2 mistaken but widely held notions: that the settlements are the principal obstacle to a peace deal and that further construction will make a Palestinian state impossible

This is a Washington Post Editorial:

Overheated rhetoric on Israeli settlements


Note from the Editor:

Wash Post Opinion logoEditorials represent the views of The Washington Post as an institution, as determined through debate among members of the editorial board. News reporters and editors never contribute to editorial board discussions, and editorial board members don’t have any role in news coverage.

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Approval granted, Gilo gets 1,200 new housing units

Despite int’l criticism, new building plans in Gilo, Jerusalem’s southern neighborhood, just beyond ‘Green Line’ approved.

Interior and Housing ministries ready to offer construction tenders.

By Noam (Dabul) Dvir


The Interior Ministry announced Monday that the Jerusalem District Zoning Committee has decided to promote the construction of 1,200 housing units in the capital’s Gilo neighborhood.

Gilo is located in south Jerusalem, beyond the Green Line.

The decision followed a hearing on several objections filed against the plan – some by Gilo residents.

The Interior and Housing ministries said that once the final approval is given, construction tenders for the area will be issued. Continue Reading »

‘PA won’t allow E-1 settlement project to happen’ or the PA will dissolve


Saturday Abbas threatened to dissolve the PA if building Israeli homes continues & if the ‘stalemate in the peace process’ persists.

Abbas: Palestinians are “holding contacts on all levels to stop Israeli project that aims to sabotage the peace process.”



The Palestinian Authority will not allow Israeli plans to build in the E1 area of Jerusalem to be realized, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Mahmoud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas – Photo: Marc Israël Sellem

Abbas said the building plans are “a red line and we will not allow it to happen.”

Speaking at the opening session of the Fatah Advisory Council entitled “statehood and international legitimacy,” the PA president said “we are holding contacts on all levels to stop this Israeli project that aims to sabotage the peace process,” as quoted by Wafa.

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Once Again, EU’s ‘Harping’ Ashton condemns Jerusalem construction plans

EU foreign policy head complains that Israel’s plans to build thousands of homes in Givat Hamatos & Ramat Shlomo are ‘extremely troubling,’ and undermine peace prospects.



European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has released a statement condemning Israel‘s decision to go forward with plans to build thousands of new homes in two Jerusalem neighborhoods, Givat Hamatos and Ramat Shlomo.

Catherine Ashton – Photo: EPA

“The approval of an additional 2,610 housing units in the settlement of Givat Hamatos is extremely troubling, coming in addition to announcements made at the end of November and Monday’s approval of 1500 units in Ramat Shlomo,” Ashton said. Continue Reading »

14 of 15 United Nation SC members slam Israeli building plans

Germany, Portugal, France, & Britain issue joint statement expressing “extreme concern” over Israeli construction plans in Ma’ale Adumim, E1

Israeli envoy Prosor: UNSC focusing on Israeli housing while Assad bombs his own people.


The US prevented a UN Security Council condemnation of Israel for a spate of settlement construction decisions on Wednesday, leading the other 14 countries on the 15-member council to issue separate condemnations of their own instead.

UN Security Council members vote on resolution - Photo: REUTERS

UN Security Council members vote on resolution – Photo: REUTERS

France, Britain, Germany and Portugal issued a joint statement read out after a meeting on the Middle East in the Security Council saying thy were “extremely concerned by, and strongly opposed, the plans by Israel to expand settlement construction in the West Bank, including in east Jerusalem.”

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European UNSC members to condemn Israel over East Jerusalem housing

Netanyahu urges all Zionist parties to support building in the capital, but Livni slams gov’t’s plans.

The 4 European members that condemn the Israeli building plans are France, Britain, Germany & Portugal, diplomatic source says.



European nations in the 15-member United Nations Security Council are set to jointly condemn Israel over its plans for Jewish settler homes in east Jerusalem, a European diplomatic source said on Tuesday.


JERUSALEM’S RAMAT SHLOMO neighborhood. – Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post

Israel approved plans for a further 1,500 homes on Monday after provoking international protests earlier this month against a project for another 3,000 such homes in a sensitive area known as E1.

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Oren: Israel must prepare for summons to appear before the ICC

Amb. to the US, Michael Oren says Israel can’t discount possibility that the Palestinians, now empowered by the UN, will take action at int’l criminal court.



WASHINGTON – The Israeli government needs to be prepared for the Palestinians to take action against it at the International Criminal Court, Israel’s top US envoy said Wednesday afternoon, as tensions mount between the parties over settlement construction in the West Bank.

Ambassador to US Michael Oren - Photo: Hyungwon Kang/Reuters

Ambassador to US Michael Oren – Photo: Hyungwon Kang/Reuters

Disagreements between the Palestinian Authority and Israel have been intensifying in the wake of  PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s successful bid for non-member state recognition at the UN last month.

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A Divided Jerusalem Can Not Stand

When the capital city of Israel, with a growing population needs to expand, why does that set off int’l alarms & condemnation?

By NIR BARKAT, Mayor of Jerusalem


Jerusalem – Israel’s government is under heavy criticism for recently approving building permits in what the international community calls “the settlements.” Yet places like Ramat Shlomo, Gilo and Givat Ha’matos are well within the municipal borders of Jerusalem, and the virgin hills of “E-1″—between the city of Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim—have over three millennia of deep Jewish roots. Here in Jerusalem, we stand saddened and appalled by the European Union ministers who condemn these construction projects while ignoring calls from the leader of Hamas for the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel. Continue Reading »

PA is requesting ICC membership before charging Israel over Israeli settlements

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki says “no rush to go to the court” yet, but warns of serious response if Israel continues with building in E-1 area.



The Palestinian Authority Wednesday repeated threats to file charges against Israel with the International Criminal Court [ICC] over plans to build housing units in E1, on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem.

International Criminal Court in the Netherlands - Photo: REUTERS/Michael Kooren

International Criminal Court in the Netherlands – Photo: REUTERS/Michael Kooren

PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki said that the Palestinians’ next move would be to request membership in the ICC following last month’s UN General Assembly vote in favor of granting a Palestinian state the status of non-member observer.

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Turkey: Israel ‘Playing With Fire’ with its plan to build in Jerusalem

Abdullah Gül, the Turkish President said that Israel was “playing with fire” with its plans to build in Jerusalem and in the E-1 area

By David Lev


Turkish President Abdullah Gül said that Israel was “playing with fire” with its plans to build in Jerusalem and the E1 area. “Israel’s actions will just hurt her in the mid- and long-term, its isolation will grow, and its allies will be placed in a difficult position,” Gül was quoted by Turkish media as saying.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Gül said that Israel “needed to learn a lesson” from the UN General Assembly’s upgrading of the Palestinian Authority to a non-member observer state several weeks ago. Continue Reading »

Palestinian NGO offices raided by Israel’s IDF

IDF sweep, raiding 3 civil society organizations in Ramallah, is the 1st of its kind since the West Bank gov’t won int’l recognition at the UN General Assembly.

By Reuters


Israeli soldiers raided the offices of three civil society organizations on Tuesday in the heart of Ramallah, the de facto Palestinian capital in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Palestinians celebrating in Ramallah after the PA was given status as a UN non-member state.

Palestinians celebrating in Ramallah after the PA was given status as a UN non-member state. – Photo by Reuters

Entering before dawn, troops wrenched open the doors of the Women’s Union, the Palestinian NGO Network and Addameer, an advocate for Palestinians in Israeli jails, confiscating five computers from the latter group. Continue Reading »