Analysis: With the Trump State Department’s policy on Jewish settlements a direct contradiction to previous administrations, Israeli leaders may find themselves facing an ICC prosecutor who contends there’s a ‘reasonable basis’ to believe building Jewish neighborhoods is a war crime.
By the Associated Press
Emboldened by a supportive White House, Israel appears to be barreling toward a showdown with the international community over its half-century-old settlement enterprise in the West Bank.
With the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court poised to launch a war crimes probe of Israel’s settlement policies, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday announced plans to move ahead with the potentially explosive annexation of large parts of the West Bank, including dozens of settlements. Continue Reading »
After eviction from disputed home near Tomb of the Patriarchs over “irregularities” in the purchase from Palestinian owners, settlers’ appeal win allows their return to their legally bought building.
Defense Minister still needs to approve re-entry.
The purchase of a house near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron by Jewish settlers was legal, a military appeals committee ruled on Monday, after the deal was refused approval by the Civil Administration.
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Disputed home near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron – Photo: Lior Mizrahi
The owners of the building had been evacuated, and will now be able to return to the home, pending the approval of Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon.
Security forces called in to disperse some 30 settlers & 100 Palestinians who clashed near Binyamin settlement
Violent riots broke out Saturday as dozens of settlers and Palestinians clashed in the West Bank settlement of Binyamin. Ten people sustained injuries as a result of stone hurling.
Settlers clash with Palestinians in Urif last week – Photo Reuters
The clashes started when settlers arrived at a central junction in the settlement in order to protest the recent incidents stone throwing at Israeli cars in the region. According to settlers, Palestinians from neighboring villages arrived at the scene and began hurling stones and attacking them with sticks. Continue Reading »
Arab MK Zahalka refuses to condemn the stabbing to death of a young father of 5 saying ‘Settlers have no right to self defense.’
Member of Knesset Jamal Zahalka has refused to condemn the murder Tuesday of a young father-of-five. A terrorist stabbed actor Evyatar “Napo” Borovsky to death as he waited for a ride at the Tapuach Junction.
Zahalka, of the controversial Balad party, declined to condemn the slaying during a heated debate with MK Orit Struk and others over a proposal to allow Jews living in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) to shoot home invaders, as is legal elsewhere in Israel. Continue Reading »
MK Orit Strock seeks equality under the law for settlers who “obey [the] rules of engagement, don’t shoot at burglars, & are forced to absorb heavy losses” whereas other Israelis don’t.
Settlers should have the same right to defend their property under the so-called Dromi Law as Israelis who live within the Green Line, MK Orit Strock (Habayit Hayehudi) said Tuesday.
Orit Strock – Photo: Michal Fattal
Instead, she charged, their rights are restricted by the Israel Defense Forces’ rules of engagement.
She is therefore demanding that the rules be changed to allow settlers to confront “nationalist attacks” against Jewish property with live fire. Continue Reading »
Large numbers of Border Police & IDF troops descended on the community of Yitzhar during the wee hours of Thursday morning to destroy several illegal buildings.
Large numbers of IDF troops and border police descended on the community of Yitzhar overnight Wednesday and destroyed several buildings in a new section of the town, called Haseruga. The government contends that the section is an illegal outpost. The section was established about six months ago, after several attempts to build a community there were thwarted.
Yitzhar, Wednesday night
A spokesperson for Yitzhar said that police acted in a brutal and vicious manner, tying up the security guard of the town and confiscating his cellphone – so he could not alert residents to the raid, which took place at 3:30 AM. Continue Reading »
Human rights group reports that 162 Palestinian complaints over alleged orchard vandalism by settlers during last 7 years, have yielded only one single indictment.
By Elior Levy
The Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights group leveled harsh criticism at the Judea and Samaria District Police Thursday, saying the department is failing to prosecute cases of vandalism against Palestinian orchards in the West Bank.
Cut Olive trees (Archive) – Photo: AP
According to a report by the group, released following the beginning of the olive-picking season, the 162 complaints filed by Palestinians over the past seven years – mostly against settlers – have so far yielded only one indictment. Continue Reading »
Undercover policemen who were posing as Palestinian shepherds were beaten by Jewish settlers with clubs.
Legal aid org: Police treats settlers like ‘worst enemies’.
By Itamar Fleishman
Three young Jewish settlers are suspected of attacking undercover police officers who were posing as Palestinian shepherds. One officer was injured in the incident.
According to police, the suspects punched the officers and attacked them with clubs because they assumed they were Arabs approaching the farm they were staying in. The Mount Sinai farm is located in the south Mount Hebron area.
On Sunday the Jerusalem District Court extended the suspects’ remand until Tuesday. Continue Reading »
The aim to expand the existing Jewish settlements in Judea & Samaria, and create new ones, is not a theological adventure, but is rather a combination of inalienable rights & realpolitik.
By DANI DAYAN
WHATEVER word you use to describe Israel’s 1967 acquisition of Judea and Samaria — commonly referred to as the West Bank in these pages — will not change the historical facts. Arabs called for Israel’s annihilation in 1967, and Israel legitimately seized the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria in self-defense. Israel’s moral claim to these territories, and the right of Israelis to call them home today, is therefore unassailable. Continue Reading »
Representatives of Hebron’s Jewish community, European parliamentarians accept invitation from sheikh with vision one democratic state for all.
Sheikh Farid al-Jabari of Hebron grew up on stories of close ties between Arabs and Jews.
In keeping with that tradition, he hosted an unusual gathering of Palestinian settlers and conservative European parliamentarians on Thursday afternoon in his large tent, set back from the road in the South Hebron Hills.
Sheikh Farid Al-Jabari greets Gershon Mesika – Photo: TOVAH LAZAROFF
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In the heat, flies buzzed over plates of grapes, peaches and plums laid out on silver trays on the red oriental carpets that adorned the tent’s floor.
IDF says that the evacuation of the settlers, who resided in the house for more than two weeks, was completed ‘without any unusual events.’
Israeli security forces on Wednesday evacuated Israeli settlers from a house in a Palestinian neighborhood in Hebron, an affair that sparked controversy across Israel and created a rift in the government.
Border Patrol Police outside of the house in Hebron - Photo by: Emil Salman
The IDF said that the evacuation of the settlers, who resided in the house for more than two weeks, was completed “without any unusual events.”
Earlier on Wednesday, defense officials said that Defense Minister Ehud Barak and a ministerial committee agreed that the house will be evacuated by April 26. Continue Reading »
Category: Israel News
Report claims intimidation, violence being used to limit Palestinian access to W. Bank springs; IDF rejects claims.
Ein Hagvura natural spring in the West Bank - Photo by Sharon Udasin
Amid the sprawling olive groves that surround Ein Al Ariq – or Ein HaGvura – outside of Nablus, Jamal Daraghmeh recalled the days of the 1970s, when he and fellow community members used to come to the basin to collect water for their village drinking needs and livestock.
“We [now] have access only after coordination for the olive harvest, once a year,” Daraghmeh, the mayor of nearby village al Luban al Sharqiya, told reporters during a United Nations field tour of the area last week. Continue Reading »