Israel’s Likud party approves resolution to annex West Bank

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Israel’s ruling party on Sunday voted in favor of a draft resolution to impose Israeli sovereignty over illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and annex them to Israel.

The vote was held during the general conference of the 3700-member Likud Central Committee and the resolution is expected to be passed to the Knesset for its approval, according to Hebrew media.

The conference was convened under the title “They write bout cigars, we write about history” in reference to the corruption investigations against Likud’s chairman who also serves as Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Observers say that if the resolution were to go to the Knesset, it would mean that there are no more attempts to achieve a two-state solution. Israel would propose self-government to the Palestinians as the best scenario.

Based on a report published by the Hebrew TV channel Seven on Saturday, the resolution reads, “Fifty years after the liberation of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Jerusalem, our eternal capital, the Likud Central Committee calls on the party’s elected leaders to work to allow free construction and to apply Israeli law and sovereignty to all liberated settlement areas in Judea and Samaria.”

(Source / 01.01.2018)

Israeli soldiers threaten demolition of prisoner’s family home

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The Israeli occupation forces at daybreak Monday notified the demolition of the home of Palestinian detainee Yousef Kmeil, in Jenin’s eastern town of Qabatiya.

Local sources said Israeli soldiers broke into Kmeil’s home and handed over the family a demolition writ.

The demolition threat was issued on allegations that Kmeil carried out an anti-occupation attack in Kafr Kasem.

The Israeli occupation authorities have accused Yousef Kmeil and Mohamed Ziad Abu al-Rub of killing an Israeli settler in response to the murder of a friend of their own.

(Source / 01.01.2018)

Knesset to vote on unified Jerusalem bill

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The Knesset is set on Monday to vote on the “unified Jerusalem” bill which provides for separating Palestinian neighborhoods from Jerusalem and prohibits relinquishing any part of the city under any future agreement.

The bill, filed by the Jewish Home party, requires the approval of 80 MKs for any decision to  hand over parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority in the future.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation ratified the bill several months ago, and it was amended later to settle differences of opinion in the government coalition.

Initiated by Israeli ministers Naftali Bennett and Ze’ev Elkin, the bill is aimed at preparing for future steps to cut off Palestinian neighborhoods from Jerusalem and establish a new Israeli local council for them. The project mainly targets Kafr Aqab and Shu’fat neighborhoods.

The “unified Jerusalem” bill was set to face a vote earlier but Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had decided to postpone the vote following the US president Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

(Source / 01.01.2018)

IOF raids al-Khalil, erects checkpoint north of Halhul

Al-Shuyukh

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Monday morning stormed al-Shuyukh town in al-Khalil province.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that six Israeli military vehicles, accompanied by a car belonging to the so-called Civil Administration, broke into a neighborhood to the southeast of the town, conducted some examinations and took several photos of the area.

More than 20 years ago, the Israeli occupation authorities issued a decision to confiscate dozens of dunums of land privately-owned by Palestinian families living in al-Shuyukh in preparation for the establishment of a new settlement outpost, but the residents’ protests prevented the implementation of the Israeli plan.

In another context, the IOF during the morning hours set up a military checkpoint in al-Hawawir area, to the north of Halhul city in al-Khalil province, stopped Palestinian vehicles and scrutinized Palestinians’ IDs causing a suffocating traffic jam.

(Source / 01.01.2018)

Documents reveal Shimon Peres applied for Palestinian citizenship

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Several historical documents published lately have revealed that the former Israeli Prime Minister, Shimon Peres, had filed a request in the past to obtain Palestinian citizenship.

According to Radio “24”, the documents tell that Peres was a farmer when he arrived in Palestine coming from Belarus in 1937.

Peres’ signature appears clearly in the citizenship application which includes a statement saying, “I swear to be faithful and loyal to the government of Palestine.”

(Source / 01.01.2018)