Tag Archive for Judea and Samaria

Pundits Deem Israeli Annexation of West Bank Illegal – But, Is It?

Attorney and CEO of HonestReporting points out the lack of transparency and credibility of journalists who opine against Israel’s upcoming plans to annex Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”), Israel’s ancient heartland, claiming it’s “illegal under international law,” …but are unable to reference which law.

 

On June 10 a web site called opiniojuris.org circulated an article entitled An Open Letter to the Israeli Government,  which claims that Israel’s plans to annex certain parts of the disputed territories in Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) per se violate international law. Continue Reading »

Norway’s Parliament rejects bill to label Israeli products from West Bank

The failure of the label bill proposal ended a long anti-Israel campaign by Norway’s pro-Palestinian NGOs to force adherence to decrees passed by the European Court of Justice.
– Oslo legislator stresses that dialogue must supersede boycotts.

By Ariel Kahana

 

The Norwegian Parliament rejected a motion to label imported Israeli products manufactured in Judea and Samaria, Israel Hayom learned Monday. The bill was presented two weeks ago by left-wing parties, including the Norwegian Labor Party, but was voted down by the coalition parties and other non-affiliated parties in the Oslo legislator.

The European Union’s top court ruled in November 2019 that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels. Continue Reading »

2 Palestinian terrorists shot during failed stabbing attack of IDF soldiers

Two Palestinians rushed patrolling IDF soldiers with weapons in hand, trying to stab them using what the IDF described as “sharp agricultural instruments.”
– IDF reports both terrorists evacuated to a hospital in Ramallah with gunshot wounds, while none of the attacked soldiers were injured.

By Lilach Shoval

 

Two Palestinian terrorists were shot Monday while trying to carry out a stabbing attack against a group of soldiers operating near a central Samaria settlement, the military said.

According to available details, a group of eight Palestinians approached soldiers who were on patrol near Amichai, a settlement northeast of Ramallah. Two Palestinians then stormed the troops and tried to stab using what the IDF described as “sharp agricultural instruments.” Continue Reading »

Amazon questioned over free shipping to Israel, not Palestinian territories

The online retail giant is accused of bias for offering free shipping to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria because their address is marked ‘Israel’ but not to Arab village clients who identify their country as ‘Palestinian Authority’.

By Ben Ariel and JTA,

 

Amazon has been accused of bias for offering free shipping to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria but not to villages under the control of the Palestinian Authority, JTA reported on Sunday.

The online retail giant began selling its international products in Israel late last year and offers free shipping on orders of $49 or more. The address, however, has to be listed as Israel. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu to move on Israeli sovereignty for Jewish towns in West Bank

PM Netanyahu said Israel will begin implementing its laws for all settlements in Judea & Samaria and the Jordan Valley in a cabinet vote on Sunday; Opposition leader, Benny Gantz, throws his support behind the U.S. plan.
– Watch PM Netanyahu & President Trump unveil Mideast peace plan at the White House.

By Ynet, News Agencies

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he intends to bring a proposal for applying Israeli jurisdiction to the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea and the West Bank settlements to a cabinet vote “presumably on Sunday.”

Benjamin Netanyahu with Donald Trump as the U.S.

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Netanyahu calls to annex parts of Judea & Samaria, to expel illegal migrants

Back-stepping on previous statements in an obvious move to attract right-wing voters, Blue and White Chairman Benny Gantz now echoes PM Netanyahu’s calls to annex the Jordan Valley.

By News Agencies , Israel Hayom Staff

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed a vow to annex Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria as the embattled leader kicked off a third election campaign in under a year on Tuesday.

Addressing Likud Party supporters at a campaign launch event in Jerusalem, Netanyahu promised to “impose Israeli sovereignty on the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea,” then pledged to annex all Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria “without exception.” Continue Reading »

Palestinians fume as US St. Dept. deems Jewish settlements legal

Israel’s PM Netanyahu thanks White House following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s pronouncement that Israeli civilian settlements in Judea & Samaria are not illegal under int’l law, then urged Palestinians to hold final status talks.
– Palestinian leadership reiterates how Trump administration has forfeited any future role in peace process.

By Ynet

 

Israel on Monday welcomed the U.S. decision to no longer view its settlements in areas captured in 1967 as illegal, but said that it would . remain ready to negotiate a final status agreement with Israel

Netanyahu also maintained that the settlements were a matter to be decided by the Israeli courts. Continue Reading »

IDF uncovers weapons factory for terrorists in Palestinian controlled Samaria

WATCH: In a joint operation of the IDF, Shin Bet, and Israel Border Police, an illegal weapons production workshop was uncovered in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Shechem (Nablus).

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Israeli security forces operating in Samaria on Tuesday discovered a weapons factory in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Shechem (Nablus).

In a joint operation of the IDF, Shin Bet internal security agency, and Israeli police, Israeli security personnel raided the factory, confiscating equipment and materials used to produce weapons, an IDF spokesperson reported Wednesday morning.

“Yesterday, IDF troops along with the Israeli Police and the [Shin Bet] ISA agents uncovered a weapons manufacturing warehouse in the city of Nablus. Continue Reading »

Israeli Def. Minister plans major housing construction push in West Bank

Defense Minister Lieberman announced his plans to seek approval from regional planning board for the immediate construction of 2,500 family units and another 1400 units for a later date, divided out across 30 ‘large & small’ communities throughout Judea and Samaria.

By Yoav Zitun and Reuters

 

In a press statement, Lieberman said a regional planning board would be asked to designate 2,500 of the housing units for immediate construction, and another 1,400 to follow.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman – Screenshot from Facebook video

Lieberman will ask The Higher Planning Council in Judea and Samaria to promote planning procedures in more than 30 communities throughout the West Bank. Continue Reading »

Int’l Criminal Court opens investigating on 2014 Gaza conflict, housing for Jewish families

Israel’s National Security Council warned that the Hague is planning to open an investigation on Israel’s actions during the 2014 Gaza conflict with Hamas and the construction of Jewish homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

By David Rosenberg

 

The International Criminal Court in The Hague is planning on investigating Israeli leaders over construction in eastern Jerusalem, the expansion of Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria, as well as the 2014 conflict with Hamas, Operation Protective Edge.

According to a report by Channel 10 Monday evening, the Israeli National Security Council warned Israeli lawmakers in the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the international court is planning on opening an investigation later this year into the 2014 war with Hamas, as well Jewish housing projects in Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »

Adelsons donate $1 million to supply 5 bulletproof ambulances for Judea & Samaria

With the generous donation by Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson to Magen David Adom, new bulletproof ambulances can now service the needy in Judea and Samaria.
• Dr. Miriam Adelson, ‘How sad that ambulances have to be protected against deadly attacks.’

By Maytal Yasur Beit-Or and Efrat Forsher

 

A $1 million donation from Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson has enabled the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria to acquire five ambulances that have been bulletproofed to protect emergency personnel and patients from shooting attacks.

The Yesha Council welcomed the new vehicles in a ceremony at the Land of Israel Museum in Tel Aviv on Thursday. Continue Reading »

Trump’s Ambassador to Israel calls on US State Department to stop using term ‘occupation’

President Trump’s Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, reportedly calls on the State Department to stop referring to Judea and Samaria [West Bank] as ‘occupied’ territory.

By Gary Willig

 

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman recently asked the State Department to cease using the term ‘occupation’ to describe Israel’s presence in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem, according a report by Kan, the Israel Broadcasting Corporation.

According to the report, the State Department objected to the request, but eventually agreed to discuss the matter.

Ambassador David Friedman – Photo: Arutz Sheva

Ambassador Friedman described Judea and Samaria as being under an “alleged occupation” in an interview with the Jerusalem Post in September. Continue Reading »

Regavim petitions High Court to stop Palestinian smugglers’ road in IDF firing range

 

This new road was made under the IDF’s nose, going straight through a military firing range and is exploited by bandits & car thieves, illegal migrants, drugs & weapons smugglers.

By Efrat Forsher

 

Infiltrating Israel via the South Hebron Hills has never been easier: Under the nose of the Israel Defense Forces, Palestinians in recent months have paved a new road straight through army firing range 918.

The PA smuggling road on Israeli state land. – Photo courtesy- Regavim

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WATCH: St Dept Spokeswoman omits superfluous condemnation of planned Jewish construction

 

Breaking away from 50 years of the same ineffectual response to Jewish homes being built in Israel, the current State Department had no condemnation for Jerusalem’s approval of 2,600 new homes planned in Judea and Samaria – effectually ending a redundant White House policy.

By David Rosenberg

 

The Trump administration refrained from condemning Israel’s approval for 2,600 new housing units in Judea and Samaria this week, signaling a significant policy shift in Washington.

While every administration over the past half a century, from Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, has chastised Israel for the construction of civilian housing units in Judea and Samaria, the Trump White House made no comment as the first housing permits issued since the January 20th inauguration were approved. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Land Rights and International Law

 

Attempts by the United Nations and their surrogate NGO’s to politicly present Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria (a.k.a. the West Bank) as illegal, and “colonial” in nature, completely ignores the complexity of the history of the land and disregards the legal precedents of this case.​​

By IDF News

 

Land registries from Ottoman and British Mandate times show that local Arabs in Palestine owned approximately 8% of the land area west of the Jordan River. The vast majority of the land was state land, which was not owned by any individual. The remaining 16% was split more or less evenly between Jewish landowners and groups and absentee Arab landlords who lived outside of Palestine (mostly in Cairo, Beirut, Damascus and Constantinople). Continue Reading »