After Abbas declared all signed agreements with Israel terminated, a Palestinian government official says the decision to grant building permits effectively extends Palestinian Authority jurisdiction into the ‘future Palestine’.
The Palestinian Authority has for the first time announced its intent to grant building permits in parts of the West Bank known as Area C, which is under full Israeli civilian and security control.
Areas A, B, C map of Judea and Samaria as agreed in the Oslo Accords.
The Oslo Accords divided the West Bank into three distinct regions: Area A, which is fully controlled by the PA; Area B, which is under PA civil administration and Israeli military control; and Area C, comprising approximately 60 percent of the entire territory. Continue Reading »
With an impotent EU & UN and no tangible support from the international community, Mahmoud Abbas announces conclusion of all Israel-Palestinian Authority agreements, including security coordination with the IDF, because of Israel’s demolition of Palestinian apartments near Jerusalem and “all the violations against our people.”
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared Thursday that all signed agreements with Israel, including its ongoing security coordination in the West Bank, would be terminated over “all the violations against our people.”
“We announce the leadership’s decision to stop implementing the agreements signed with the Israeli side,” he said in a speech in the West Bank city of Ramallah, saying Palestinians would immediately form a committee to study how to carry out the decision. Continue Reading »
Facilitated by the Palestinian Authority, Kuwait, Indonesia and South Africa sought to condemn Israel for it’s demolition of 10 apartment buildings illegally built, in what Israel’s High Court determined a high security threat to the State by ignoring their location and defiantly constructing them along Israel’s security barrier.
UNITED NATIONS – The United States on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Kuwait, Indonesia and South Africa to get the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes on the outskirts of Jerusalem, diplomats said.
Israel said the 10 apartment buildings demolished on Monday, most of them still under construction, had been built illegally and posed a security risk to Israeli armed forces operating along a barrier that runs through the West Bank. Continue Reading »
Although the Wadi Hummus residents knew they were defiantly building on Israel’s side of the security fence, they claim that when they began construction they were unaware of the 2011 edict prohibiting construction within such a short distance of the barrier. – IDF: The law is the law; court decreed 12 buildings razed were too close to the security barrier.
The European Union calls for ‘immediate halt’ to demolition of illegally built Arab apartment buildings, in a move to veto Israel’s High Court decision decreeing the improper construction was too close to Israel’s security fence.
By David Rosenberg
The European Union formally condemned the demolition of illegal Arab apartment buildings near Israel’s security barrier separating Jerusalem from Palestinian Authority-controlled areas, and demanded Israel halt its enforcement of demolition orders.
In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the European Union’s foreign affairs department said the demolitions undermine the “viability of the two-state solution”.
“Israeli authorities have proceeded with the demolition of 10 Palestinian buildings, containing some 70 apartments, in Wadi al Hummus, part of Sur Baher neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Totally ignoring a closure order issued by the Jerusalem Magistrates Court, four Palestinians were detained when transporting room dividers as they continued to carry out illegal construction under the Islamic Waqf’s direction, creating a new mosque at the Golden Gate, the fifth on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
On Sunday night, four suspects were detained at the Temple Mount’s Golden Gate after police officers spotted four men transporting room dividers, intended for installation in the ancient structure recently transformed into the Temple Mount’s newest mosque.
This past March, Regavim, a non-government organization dedicated to the preservation of Israel’s resources and sovereignty through equal and universal law enforcement, petitioned the Supreme Court against the Waqf’s illegal activity at the Temple Mount’s oldest structure. Continue Reading »
Shortly after Israel’s High Court of Justice allowed the town of Shaked to construct a security fence, Arabs of an illegal neighboring compound, and with the assistance of the Palestinian Authority, entered the area of the Jewish town with a tractor in a cynical attempt to plow additional land in a land-grab of Area C.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Dozens of residents of the illegal Arab village of Dahar al-Malek in Samaria tried Wednesday to prevent the construction of a security fence around the community of Shaked.
The construction began after the High Court of Justice rejected a petition filed by the residents of the village with the assistance of the Palestinian Authority. Continue Reading »
In ignoring Israeli High Court of Justice decision to demolish the illegally built Bedouin encampment, Khan al-Ahmar, and have the squatter residents removed from the public land, a statement was read by the Dutch ambassador outside the UN rebuking Israel’s HCJ decision by publicly trying to (erroneously) associate it to a “forced transfer of population,” a war crime.
By The Associated Press
Eight European Union nations are underlining their opposition to Israel’s planned demolition of the illegally-built Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar and are urging its government to reconsider the decision.
The statement was read by Dutch Ambassador Karel Van Oosterom outside the UN Security Council on Thursday. Continue Reading »
With calls for restitution for their investments of “an estimated €315,000 worth of EU-funded humanitarian assistance,” the European Parliament members condemned Israel’s plan to remove the illegal Bedouin encampment in a 320 to 277 vote, noting, “The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible transfer of its residents would constitute a grave breach of international humanitarian law.”
– Last week Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that there was no legal reason to prevent the illegally built homestead’s relocation.
By News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff
The European Union on Thursday warned that Israel’s plan to demolish the Bedouin herding village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, may amount to a war crime. Continue Reading »
Palestinian official Saeb Erekat says PA filed ‘war crimes’ charges against Israel at Int’l Court after Israel’s High Court of Justice approved demolition of illegally built Arab compound on public lands. • WATCH John Bolton explain illegitimacy of the International Criminal Court.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) had filed a war crimes suit against Israel following the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the evacuation of the illegal Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar.
National security adviser John Bolton talks about the International Criminal Court, the PLO and the US supporting Israel.Continue Reading »
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says Israel’s High Court of Justice ruling will have “serious consequences.” • Pro-Palestinian group urges EU to show Israel “what it stands to lose.” • WATCH video on illegal EU settlements
By Eldad Beck, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff
The European Union warned Israel over the weekend that the planned demolition of an illegal Bedouin village in the West Bank will have “serious consequences” and will pose a significant threat to the two-state solution.
A spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights requested that Israel not raze the unsafe Bedouin roadside encampment, which Israel’s Supreme Court ruled was illegally built and posed a security threat. – Far-left group J Street, signed a petition stating any demolition would ‘strike a major blow to prospects for a two-state solution.’
By the Associated Press
The UN’s main human rights body expressed concern on Tuesday over Israel’s expected demolition of a Bedouin hamlet in the West Bank, the structures of which Israel says were illegally built and pose a threat to security due to their proximity to a highway. Continue Reading »
The controlled explosive demolition of 6 illegally constructed apartment buildings, all six stories or taller, will be led by City of Jerusalem officials, and carried out in a joint operation by Israel Police, IDF demolition experts, and the Shin Bet internal security agency.
By David Rosenberg
The City of Jerusalem, in conjunction with Israeli security forces, is planning a massive demolition operation against an illegal neighborhood on the northern edge of the city.
Legal & licensed construction in Jerusalem – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
According to a report by Kan 11 Sunday night, the Jerusalem municipality is taking aim at six illegally-built high-rise apartment buildings in the village of Kafr Aqab, which sits inside the municipal boundaries of the capital. Continue Reading »
As gov’t bulldozers level the illegal, unlicensed structures in the village of al-Arakib near Beersheba, for the 112th time, on grounds that they were unlawfully erected on state land, Arab MK says Construction Minister Yoav Gallant wants to imprison the desert populace in ghettos.
Construction Minister Yoav Gallant on Tuesday sharply criticized an alleged Beduin “takeover” of swaths of the Negev and called for increased settlement of Jews in its eastern part to stem perceived Beduin encroachment there.
The remarks, which raised the specter of intensified home demolitions against the Beduin, were condemned as racist and a false depiction of the situation in the Negev by Balad MK Goumha Azbarga. Continue Reading »
Jerusalem accuses the E.U. for being ‘obsessed’ with Israel’s court sanctioned demolitions of illegal structures, instead of focusing on any of the 32 humanitarian crises around the world.
In a sharp criticism of the European Union on Tuesday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry accused Europe of focusing more time and energy on Israel’s West Bank demolition plans, than the mass of humanitarian crises happening all around the world, reported Haaretz.
Israel demolished illegal structures in the West Bank’s Area C, August 9, 2016 – Photo: COGAT Spokesperson
“There are 32 humanitarian crises around the world, but the EU chooses to disproportionately focus only on what is done in Area C of the West Bank, which are most definitely not suffering a humanitarian crisis,” the Foreign Ministry’s EU department director Avivit Bar-Ilan reportedly said, adding that she was “astounded” at the EU’s obsession with the demolitions in Area C, which is the part of the West Bank wholly under Israel’s control. Continue Reading »
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