Latest news Palestine: Israeli settlements

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted anynew construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) Oktober 2011: Israeli jets bomb Gaza Strip – Israeli jetfighters engage in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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6 Responses to Latest news Palestine: Israeli settlements

  1. kruitvat says:

    Wild West Bank: Might makes right in Israel-Palestine settlement standoff

    June 7, 2013

    Mounting violence in the occupied territories between Israeli settlers and locals has forced the UN to consider compensating Palestinians who are driven off their land. Current Israeli law protects settlers, while depriving natives of their rights.

    Rarely does a day pass without at least one report of violence between Israeli settlers and Palestinians. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is believed to be working on a plan to compensate Palestinians harmed by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The plan could help offset the apparent bias in Israeli law concerning settlers and Palestinians.

    Israeli settlers have forced the government to enact the ‘Dromi Law’ in the West Bank – Shai Dromi was an Israeli farmer who, in an act of self-defense, shot and killed a trespasser and wounded 13 others. He was eventually acquitted of manslaughter. A law was later named after him, one which supports the notion that any actions taken against intruders are considered self-defense.

    Now, the question of when Israeli settlers can and cannot legally use a gun to protect themselves and their property are being reconsidered: The Dromi Law has the potential to make pulling the trigger an even more attractive option for settlers.

    Many fear these tensions could even result in a Third Intifada, especially since settlers have apparently been given the right to shoot first and ask questions later.

    Read more at: http://rt.com/news/law-israeli-settlers-palestinians-358/

  2. kruitvat says:

    Israeli settlers burn olive fields, stone Palestinian cars

    June 26, 2013

    Israeli settlers attacked dozens of cars and set fire to Palestinian farmland in the West Bank late Tuesday, local media reported.

    Settlers thought to be from the Yitzhar settlement near Nablus threw stones at dozens of passing vehicles, Ma’an news agency said.

    Israeli police closed the main road near the settlement following the incident, Ma’an said, and no injuries were reported.

    Meanwhile, settlers torched Palestinian farmland south of Nablus, Wafa news agency reported, and closed the checkpoint there.

    Five acres of farmland were destroyed in Huwwara village where olive trees were planted, Ma’an said.

    Wafa reported that Israeli soldiers were present while settlers set fire to the land and provoked the Palestinians in the area.

    Settlers routinely attack Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank, as Israeli forces regularly turn a blind eye or even assist settler crimes.

    According to figures compiled by Israeli group Yesh Din, nine out of 10 police investigations about settler crimes fail to lead to a prosecution.

    (Al-Akhbar)

    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/israeli-settlers-burn-olive-fields-stone-palestinian-cars?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AlAkhbarEnglish+(Al+Akhbar+English)

  3. kruitvat says:

    EU keeps quiet on Israeli settlements

    24.6.13

    EU rhetoric fails to stop Israeli land-grab Leading EU countries to stigmatise Israeli settler goods EU diplomats urge financial sanctions on Israeli settlers

    BRUSSELS – EU countries have declined to criticise Israel’s surge in settlement building amid US efforts to resume peace talks.

    The bloc’s foreign affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, told press after meeting with foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday (23 June): “We … reaffirmed our commitment to the two state solution and our full support for the current efforts of the US in support of the resumption of direct and substantial negotiations.”

    Referring to an EU statement on settlements in May 2012, she added: “We’ve set out very clearly our position and we stand by that.”

    EU ministers last year published a written complaint detailing how Israeli building on occupied land is undermining the prospect of a future Palestinian state.

    Since then, Israel has approved more than 6,600 new housing units for Jewish settlers and demolished 535 Palestinian structures.

    One of the new projects, in the “E1” area of East Jerusalem, will cut the West Bank in two when it is built.

    A group of countries – including Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain and the UK – wanted the EU to restate the 2012 complaint in light of events.

    But another group – including the Czech republic, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Sweden – wanted to say only that the EU supports US secretary of state John Kerry’s new effort to get Israel and Palestine to resume talks.

    Ashton herself leaned toward the latter option after Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu told her last week that if the EU criticises Israel, the Palestinians will be less keen to negotiate.

    In the end there was no written statement at all because the two groups could not agree.

    A German diplomat told EUobserver: “We did not want to have a complete and comprehensive set of new conclusions, but we thought it would be good to have conclusions on some specific matters which could be discussed now, for example, the Kerry initiative.”

    A diplomat from another country in the German group noted the EU should play a “complementary role” to the US.

    He added: “The Kerry initiative is the only game in town. Anything we do or don’t do has to be in function of this.”

    The anti-settlement group said that unless the EU repeats itself, its old statements “lose value.”

    A contact from one of the large EU countries in the group noted that Monday’s outcome was “a mixture of two things: There was pressure [on EU capitals] from the US and there was pressure on Ashton from Israel.”

    Read more at: http://euobserver.com/foreign/120627

  4. kruitvat says:

    IMEMC & Agencies, June 14:

    Israeli media sources have reported that despite efforts by the United States to resume the stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Tel Aviv decided to build 500 units in Brochin settlement, and 675 in Itamar.
    The new units would be built on lands that belong to the villagers of Beit Forik and Awarta villages, in the northern West Bank district of Nablus.

    Israeli Ynet News has reported that Israel prepared a plan to double the size of several settlements in the occupied West Bank.

    It added that Israeli former Israel Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, has approved the plans before the general election. Back then, the plan included 538 units, and the rehabilitation of 137 units.
    Furthermore, Israeli Walla News website has reported, Tuesday, that the Israeli government is also planning to construct 550 new units in Brochin settlement, in addition to building public facilities, a mall, sports areas, recreation center, streets and other infrastructure.
    Walla news added that, back in April of 2012, the Israeli government officially approved the “rehabilitation plan” of the settlement that started as an illegal outpost, even by Israeli definition.
    Israel is also planning the construction of 300 units in the Bet El settlement, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

    Israeli Peace Now Movement stated that the Israeli government is breaking every rule, especially under the current conditions and changes in the region, and is acting on foiling any chances of resuming direct peace talks with the Palestinians.

    http://www.siasat.com/english/news/palestine-israel-build-1200-units-israeli-settlers-w-bank

  5. kruitvat says:

    Settlers Attack Palestinians In Hebron

    June 25, 2013

    Rateb Jabour, coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall in in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, have reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped [Monday June 24] two Palestinians near Yatta town, after clashing with settlers who attacked a number of local shepherds.

    Jabour said that a number of extremist settlers attacked local shepherds in Ein Al-Baida area, close to Karmiel illegal settlement, and added that the settlers tried to push the Palestinian shepherds out of a gazing area.

    He added that dozens of soldiers arrived at the scene, attacked the shepherds, kidnapped two identified as Ahmad Mohammad Abu Hmeid, 18, and Nassar Ali Abu Hmeid, 17, and took them to an unknown destination.

    Jabour demanded national and international human rights groups to intervene and stop the ongoing Israeli military escalation, and the escalating violence carried out by extremist Israeli settlers against the Palestinians, their lands and their property.

    by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

    http://www.imemc.org/article/65729

  6. kruitvat says:

    Youths protest water shortages in Bethlehem camp

    Jun 26, 2013 – 12:08:36 AM

    Palestinian youths burned tires and briefly stopped traffic on a main Bethlehem road Tuesday, as they protested against water shortages in the occupied West Bank. Several dozen residents of Bethlehem’s al-Azza refugee camp joined the demonstration in which participants set fire to tires and blocked traffic with a dumpster they dragged into the center of Manger Street. A Ma’an reporter observed firefighters and police officers arriving at the scene. He said they did not interfere with the demonstration, which ended without injury or damage.
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    Palestinians Protest Israeli Closure of Theater

    Jun 26, 2013 – 12:02:02 AM

    Palestinians are protesting Israel’s closing of their national theater in Jerusalem during a planned children’s festival. Administrator Majed Mani of the Hakawati Theater complained that officials from Israel’s Ministry of Public Security ordered the theater closed for eight days, canceling the festival, set to feature puppet shows and plays. Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said Tuesday that organizers took funds from the Palestinian Authority, which has self-rule over Palestinians in the West Bank.

    http://palestinereview.com/

    Israel steals 82% of the Palestinian water under the Oslo accords:
    http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/israel-steals-82-of-the-palestinian-water-under-the-oslo-accords/

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