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Dagelijks archief 13 juli 2017

Israel approves 800 new settlement units in Jerusalem

Head of Israeli Jewish municipality of Jerusalem said that building settlement aimed to get as many Jewish youth live in the city as possible

Settler element

Around 800,000 Israeli Jewish squatters live in hundreds of illegal Israeli Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem and the US is happy with them

Israeli occupation municipality in Jerusalem approved on Thursday plans to build 800 new Israeli Jewish settlement units in the occupied holy city.

The source, which revealed the news, said that 276 settlement units, would be built in the illegal settlement of Pisgat Zeev, 120 in Nafe Jacob, 200 in Ramot and 202 in Jilo.

According to the source, the approval of the Jewish municipality on this plan means that it would be turned to the regional planning committee for planning and construction in the Israeli interior ministry to get the needed approval.

Head of the Israeli Jewish Municipality of Jerusalem Nir Barakat said: “Construction in Jerusalem will strongly continue in order to get as many of the Jewish youths live in Israel’s capital as possible.”

The source said that this is part of a settlement plan, which was frozen during the reign of the former US President Barack Obama, and it was unfrozen after the inauguration of the current President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump said several times that he does not see that the Israeli Jewish settlement is an obstacle to any peace efforts.

(Source / 13.07.2017)

Israel puts female Palestinian MP under admin detention

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Administrative detention is the arrest and detention of individuals by the state without charge or trial. It is applicable on a renewable six-month term

Israeli occupation turned female Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar to six-month administrative detention.

Lawyer Sahar Francis, the director of Addameer rights group, said that the Israeli intelligence issued a six-month administrative detention against Jarrar, noting that this order came after the Israeli court failed to indict her.

She said that an Israeli court would convene on Sunday to study the detention order against Jarrar and to see whether to approve or cancel it.

The Israeli court said this was to give the military prosecution more time in order to check the laptops confiscated from Jarrar’s house during her arrest.

A couple of days ago, Israeli occupation authroities issued a three-month administrative detention order against the head of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, Khitam Sa’afeen, who was arrested along with Jarrar on 2 July.

Rights groups have said that there are 6,500 Palestinian prisoners inside 22 Israeli jails and detention centres, including 350 children, 11 MPs and 500 administrative detainees.

Administrative detention is the arrest and detention of individuals by the state without charge or trial. It is applicable on a renewable six-month term.

(Source / 13.07.2017)

Israeli military outpost set up east of Nablus

Outpost Nablus

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed Wednesday evening the northern West Bank city of Nablus accompanied with a number of civilian cars and set up a military outpost in the eastern part of the city for unknown reasons.

Eyewitnesses affirmed that IOF soldiers erected a tent and prevented locals from reaching the area.

Large numbers of Israeli soldiers and settlers later arrived to the outpost, the sources added.

(Source / 13.07.2017)

Israel props up military grip in settlements near Gaza border

Illegal settl protected

Efforts have been in full swing by the Israeli occupation army to boost security around settlements built on 1948 occupied Palestinian land near Gaza borders.

According to the Hebrew-speaking Channel 7, efforts have been made since the end of the 2014 offensive on the besieged coastal enclave of Gaza to tighten military grip near Gaza border and protect Israeli settlements in the area.

Tough cordons and apartheid fences have been set up around Israeli settlements near Gaza border in anticipation of emergency cases.

Two-day military maneuvers have been initiated by the Israeli army near Gaza borders as of Wednesday at a time of heightened tensions in the area following the tightening of the siege imposed on the coastal enclave on the part of Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.

(Source / 13.07.2017)

Israel will not slow settlement on Palestinian land, Says Netanyahu

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied media reports claiming that Tel Aviv had agreed to slow the construction of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank to kick-start the peace process.

The Prime Minister’s Office denied reports by Hebrew-speaking and Arab news outlets that the White House special envoy Jason Greenblatt and senior Israeli and Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders had secured backing for new final status agreement talks, including assurances from Israel that construction in the occupied West Bank would be slowed during negotiations with the PA.

Greenblatt met a Palestinian delegation headed by chief negotiator of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, yesterday and informed him of President Donald Trump’s initiative to re-launch political negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

During the meeting, which discussed Trump’s vision for kick-starting talks, Palestinian officials confirmed that the Israeli side promised the Americans that they intended to slow down construction of settlements during the negotiating process.

Reports also confirmed that Trump will formally announce the resumption of direct talks between Israel and the PA, chaired by Mahmoud Abbas.

Other Israeli sources, however, confirmed that no such assurance was given.

(Source / 13.07.2017)

84 Palestinian women, girls arrested by IOF over recent months

84 Palestinian woman and girls arrested

A human rights report kept record of the abduction of 84 Palestinian women and girls by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) over the past six months.

According to a report by the Palestine Prisoners Studies Center, 84 Palestinian women and girls were arrested by the Israeli forces since the start of 2017.

Media spokesperson for the center, Reyad al-Ashkar, said the Israeli forces have been chasing down Palestinian women and girls in a attempt to prevent them from joining anti-occupation protests or carrying out attacks against the Israeli soldiers and settlers.

Several Palestinian women and girls have been arbitrarily detained or/and shot on suspicion of intending to carry out anti-occupation attacks.

Among those arrested over the past few months, nine were identified as minors, among whom 12-year-old Hadil al-Rajabi, who was summoned to questioning in al-Mascoubiya detention center.

14-year-old Aya Amr was also kidnapped on allegations of attempting to stab soldiers at the Qalandiya checkpoint. Palestinian child Malek al-Ghalidh, aged 14, had been subjected to heavy beating in the pre-detention phase.

Two sisters from the blockaded Gaza Strip were also arrested by the Israeli forces at Beit Hanun (Erez) border-crossing on their way to a hospital in the West Bank for urgent treatment. One of the detainees is reportedly cancer-stricken.

Several other women and girls were arrested after they were shot and injured by the Israeli forces. The list included 17-year-old Takwa Hamad and 39-year-old Asia al-Ka’bana, both natives of Ramallah.

(Source / 13.07.2017)

IOF arrests 3 Palestinians in Bethlehem

3 Palestinians arrested Aida refugee camp

Three Palestinian youths were arrested during a raid by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) that targeted Bethlehem city on Wednesday afternoon.

The PIC reporter said that the IOF broke into Aida refugee camp to the north of Bethlehem before arresting the three youths and taking them to an unknown destination.

Meanwhile, a large force of Israeli soldiers stormed Hindaza village to the east of Bethlehem, imposed a curfew on its residents, conducted searches and planted suspicious explosive objects in one of the village’s lands.

(Source / 13.07.2017)

Israeli demolition policy at top gear in Occupied Jerusalem

Demolition police Occupied Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation bulldozers on Wednesday morning knocked down a Palestinian family home and commercial structures in Occupied Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

According to eye-witnesses, Israeli municipal crews escorted by special units and military bulldozers stormed al-Sal’a neighborhood, in Jerusalem’s southern town of Jabal al-Mukabir, and cordoned off the targeted home before they reduced it to rubble.

The house owner, Mousa Abeidat, said he was shocked as he caught sight of the Israeli troops who broke into his home and demolished it without prior notification.

The demolished building covers an area of 200 square meters.

At the same time, the Israeli bulldozers reduced Palestinian commercial structures in Silwan town, south of al-Aqsa Mosque, to rubble.

The demolished structures included a car wash and a set of tin huts.

(Source / 13.07.2017)

Break-ins, arrests in occupied West Bank

Break-ins and arrests WB

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) launched at dawn Wednesday a large-scale arrest campaign in several areas of the West Bank.

According to the PIC reporters, 19 Palestinians were arrested.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that violent confrontations flared up between Palestinian youths and the IOF soldiers as the latter stormed Balata refugee camp and Kafr Qalil town in Nablus province and arrested 3 Palestinians.

A special force of undercover soldiers arrested the Palestinian youth Waseem Mansour, a resident of Kafr Qalil town, in Ramallah. The IOF raided Mansour’s family’s house at least three times recently in search for him and wreaked havoc in it, according to local sources.

The PIC reporter in Tulkarem said that the IOF arrested Anan Badawi, a 48-year-old owner of a publishing house, in Shweika town after breaking into his house and searching it.

Similar raids and arrests were reported in Jenin, al-Khalil and Bethlehem.

(Source / 13.07.2017)

Israeli court imposes administrative detention on MP Jarrar

Khalida Jarrar 6 month adm detention

The Israeli occupation authorities refused on Wednesday to release the Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar, 53, and issued a six-month administrative detention order against her.

Two days ago, an Israeli military court extended the detention of Jarrar, who is a senior leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, for 48 hours in order to either prepare an indictment against her or hold her in administrative detention.

The Israeli occupation forces arrested the PFLP leader Jarrar and confiscated a number of her personal belongings, including a laptop and a mobile phone, after raiding her house on 2nd July. According to the Amnesty International, Jarrar was beaten during and after her arrest.

(Source / 13.07.2017)