Tag Archive for West Bank

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 »

Court of Appeal of Versailles: Verdict – Israel is legal occupant of the West Bank


The historical verdict carefully ignored (forgotten?) by mainstream media, France’s 3rd Chamber of the Court of Appeal of Versailles decreed that Israel is the legal occupant of the West Bank.


Israel is the legal occupant of the West Bank, says the Court of Appeal of Versailles, France.  By JEAN-PATRICK GRUMBERG


When I first learned that the Court of Appeal of Versailles ruled that West bank settlements and occupation of Judea Samaria by Israel is unequivocally legal under international law, in a suit brought by the Palestinian Authority against Jerusalem’s light rail built by French companies Alstom and Veolia, that received no media coverage, I decided to put to work my years of Law Studies in France, and I meticulously analyzed the Court ruling. Continue Reading »

With Abbas the least popular in the West Bank, Hamas’ no-State Solution wins


Since Abbas’ party is deeply fragmented and his leadership undermined with most Fatah members in Gaza defecting to Hamas and the majority of West Bank Palestinians wanting him out of office, there is no functional gov’t to lead an independent Palestinian state regardless of the antisemitic support given by the US (Obama’s gov’t), the UN and the EU.

Hamas’s Fatah and the No-State Solution by Khaled Abu Toameh


During a celebration in Ramallah marking the 52nd anniversary of the founding of his Fatah faction, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas declared that 2017 will be the “year of international recognition of the State of Palestine.” Hailing the recent anti-settlement UN Security Council resolution 2334, Abbas said he was prepared to work with the new administration of Donald Trump “to achieve peace in the region.”

For the first time in many years, Hamas permitted thousands of Fatah gunmen to hold a military parade in the Gaza Strip this week. - Image source: YouTube screenshot

For the first time in many years, Hamas permitted thousands of Fatah gunmen to hold a military parade in the Gaza Strip this week.

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Trump Transition Team Advisor: Don’t Believe Media, West Bank Belongs to Israel


One of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team’s top official urges international community to stop listening to the lies of mainstream media, and know that Judea and Samaria “is an inseparable part of the State of Israel.”

By Israel Today Staff


A senior officials in US President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team visited this week and stated that the so-called “West Bank” clearly belongs to Israel.

Becky Norton Dunlop  was touring the areas known biblically as Judea and Samaria when she told reporters: “Anyone who comes and visits Judea and Samaria sees that it is an inseparable part of the State of Israel.”

Becky Norton Dunlop, deputy to the senior adviser on President-Elect Donald Trump's transition team for policy and personnel, speaking at the Jerusalem Leaders Summit, December 19, 2017. - Photo: Courtesy/TofI

Becky Norton Dunlop, deputy to the senior adviser on President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team for policy and personnel, speaking at the Jerusalem Leaders Summit, December 19, 2017.

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Ashton Kutcher graciously defends Airbnb when Jewish BDS protester disrupts conference

view videoWATCH VIDEO: Jewish BDS protester was escorted offstage with the actor and investor telling the crowd, ‘This company is about bringing people together.’

By J. S. Herzog


A BDS protestor from the organization Code Pink forced her way onto the stage of the Airbnb Open 2016: A Festival of Hosting conference on Saturday night in Los Angeles, prompting Airbnb investor and famous actor Ashton Kutcher to defend the company.

The protestor, Ariel Gold, brandished a pink sign reading “Airbnb out of Settlements; @codepink,” the Twitter handle of “a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. Continue Reading »

Pro-Palestinians up campaign against Airbnb with video and mock webposts

Left-wing, Jewish Voice for Peace, a proponent of the BDS movement, releases YouTube video featuring activists & Palestinians urging tourists to boycott West Bank rentals.



Left-wing organization Jewish Voice for Peace released a YouTube video Saturday to up a joint-campaign against Airbnb’s listing of West Bank settlement homes on its vacation home rental platform.

Airbnb listings of homes in the West Bank. - Photo: Courtesy

Airbnb listings of homes in the West Bank. – Photo: Courtesy

Urging travelers to steer clear of West Bank rentals, the video featured unnamed activists and Palestinians speaking out against Airbnb’s failure to “follow international law,” which, by United Nations standards, deems “Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal.”

“If you go there, you’re basically collaborating with settlers who steal Palestinian land,” said one activist. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Justice Minister Seeks to Apply Israeli Law to West Bank Within a Year


Knesset Member Tzipi Livni, says justice minister, Ayelet Shaked’s proposal would create a binational state.



Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Sunday said she is pushing to have Israeli law apply to the West Bank within one year.

Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked

Shaked made the comments while being interviewed on stage at a conference in Jerusalem organized by the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, in spite of prior vehement opposition to the idea by the Justice Ministry bureaucracy, including former attorney-general Yehuda Weinstein.

Asked about the Hok Hanormot or “Normalizing Law,” for making Israeli law apply to the West Bank, she replied, “I established a joint committee along with the Defense Ministry to work on legislation for Judea and Samaria, with essentially the purpose being that ultimately any law which was passed in the Knesset will either apply to Judea and Samaria by virtue of the legislation itself or by an order of the general [who legislates in the West Bank] or by any other manner which is considered appropriate.”
She continued, “And I tell you, second, that as justice minister, I will give this priority, I have dedicated to this staff, that there should be a real thought-out legislative process…I repeat again that this might be by virtue of a general’s order as has been done until now.”

“But until now this has not been done sufficiently and not promptly enough. Continue Reading »

UN envoy urges EU to exert  pressure on Israel over demolition of illegal EU buildings


view videoIt appears the EU & UN have allied to halt Israel’s policy of demolishing illegally built structures the EU has been improperly erecting on state land.

By Reuters


BRUSSELS – A UN envoy urged the European Union on Friday to raise political pressure on Israel over accelerating demolitions of Palestinians home in the West Bank, which he said run against international law and increasingly affect aid projects sponsored by the bloc.

Robert Piper, a United Nations assistant secretary general and the head of humanitarian affairs for the Palestinian territories, briefed EU officials in Brussels on that, noting there have been over 540 demolitions and confiscations so far this year. Continue Reading »

US voices opposition to Israel destroying illegal EU construction of Palestinian homes


view videoCompletely ignoring said structures were illegally constructed, without proper license and placed on state or public land, a U.S. State Department spokesperson voiced concern the demolitions of EU constructed Palestinian homes in the West Bank by Israeli authorities ‘undermine the possibility of a 2-state solution.’

By Reuters


The United States is “concerned” about Israel’s demolition of Arab buildings in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a State Department spokeswoman said on Friday, adding that it raised questions about Israel’s commitment to a two-state political solution to the Palestinian conflict.

Israeli forces bulldozed a school in the Bedouin village of Khirbet Tana in the West Bank early in March, leaving 23 children with nowhere to study in the community overlooking the Jordan valley. Continue Reading »

Israel offers Palestinians full security control over Area A of the West Bank


view videoAccording to senior army officials the IDF would use Jericho & Ramallah as test cases, and then transfer other Area A cities depending on the successfulness of the “trial.”

By i24news


Secret negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have taken place in the last few weeks addressing the return of full Palestinian security control over cities in Area A of the West Bank, Haaretz reports.

According to senior IDF officials quoted in Haaretz, the IDF would use Ramallah and Jericho as test cases, withdrawing from them initially and then from other Area A cities depending on how the “trial” goes. Continue Reading »

Palestinians, leftists fuming that Airbnb list Jewish homes in Judea & Samaria


According to Al Jazeera, dozens of Israelis from West Bank towns are renting  rooms and vacation homes to tourists, provoking the ire of pro-Palestinians, who were unable to get a reaction from the California-based company. 



Airbnb, the popular online accommodation, rent, and lodging service is under fire from Israeli peaceniks and Palestinian officials for listing residences in Jewish towns and settlements beyond the 1967 Green Line without noting the disputed political status of these areas.

Airbnb listings of homes in the West Bank. - Photo: Courtesy

Airbnb listings of homes in the West Bank. – Photo: Courtesy

According to Al Jazeera, dozens of Israeli settlers in the West Bank are offering their homes to tourists. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Spanish government pays West Bank university $100,000


Ariel University receives over $100,000 compensation from Spanish gov’t for capitulating to BDS pressure in 2009 by excluding the West Bank university from a ‘green-housing’ competition.

By i24news


The Spanish government recently paid 430,000 shekels (100,000 dollars) in compensation to an Israeli university in the West Bank for an incident in which 15 architecture students were barred from an international competition sponsored by the Spanish Housing Ministry because they came “from the occupied territories”.

Ariel University had been involved in a complicated legal struggle after a team it sent to Spain in 2009 advanced to become one of 21 finalists in a competition for designing an environmentally-friendly home, Israeli news website Ynet reported. Continue Reading »

Foreign Policy reports: 40% of West Bank Arab women have illegal abortions



By Arutz Sheva News Brief


A new report has found that about 40 percent of Arab women in Judea and Samaria have had abortions, even though the procedure is illegal.

Abortion clinic exam room. – Photo: OlgaKhazan

Foreign Policy reports that, in order to avoid going to a doctor for the abortion, many women try improvised methods such as inserting sharp objects into their bodies or jumping off of buildings.

Many of the women who seek abortions are married but say that they are afraid of their husbands, giving them even less incentive to search for help.


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SodaStream CEO accuses BDS boycotters of anti-Semitism


SodaStream chief says BDS only had a ‘negligible’ impact on the beverage maker, noting the closure of the West Bank factory & expansion to the new Negev facility led to hundreds of Palestinians losing their jobs.

By Associated Press 


The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, accused his company’s critics Wednesday of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect.

The SodaStream plant in Mishor Adumim. – Photo: Bloomberg

SodaStream, which produces machines that allow people to make fizzy drinks, has been targeted by an international campaign calling for boycotting, divesting and sanctioning Israeli companies. Continue Reading »

Rawabi, newly built Palestinian city welcomes its first settlers


After years of gov’t delays & disputes with Israel over water connection, the 1st Palestinian planned city, with 6,000 housing units, finally opens its gates to West Bank Arab settlers.

By Felice Friedson, The Media Line


Hanadi Abu Zahra turns on the tap in her kitchen and is elated to see the water flowing – something most new residents would take for granted even if they had not just moved into a brand new state-of-the-art apartment in a luxury building located in a development that has been the recipient of massive world-wide attention. But whether or not water would be there when the tap was turned on became symbolic of the challenges that had to be overcome in order for Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city, to transform from one man’s vision to the fulfillment of 40,000 aspirations. Continue Reading »