Areej: The number of settlement plans increased in the first quarter of this year

The Applied Research Institute “ARIJ” said that the first quarter of 2020 witnessed a remarkable increase in the number of settlement plans issued by the competent Israeli authorities to expand Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

These plans come in light of the relentless efforts of the new Israeli occupation government led by Benjamin Netanyahu to annex the occupied West Bank and annexation of the Jordan Valley and the application of Israeli law in a way that redefines the existence of the occupation state and the shape of its control over the land and the legal status therein.

The Israeli annexation is embodied in the imposition of Israeli law on the occupied West Bank, specifically on the areas classified as “C” in the occupied West Bank, according to the Oslo II interim agreement of 1995, and the settlements, spots, military bases, natural resources, quarries, archaeological sites, and water resources, which constitute about 61% of the occupied West Bank.

It should be noted that Israel was supposed to hand over the areas classified “C” in the occupied West Bank to the Palestinian National Authority at the end of the transitional period of five years, after dismantling the settlements and developing political solutions to some of the large groups of them, but since the conclusion of the agreement, the occupation authorities have dealt with Area C as its own lands – and not occupied lands that must belong to their owners – and considered it as a separate and separate settlement reserve that has nothing to do with the rest of the West Bank, and has nothing to do with the legitimate Palestinian original owners, and prevents or hinders any activity or development in it from The Palestinian owners have accepted any development of the infrastructure, as well as depriving the Palestinians of caring for agricultural lands, especially those close to the Israeli settlements that are established by force on these lands.

It is worth noting that the Israeli settlements are concentrated in the areas classified as “C”. And because areas classified as “C” are still fully under Israeli control to this day, during the past 28 years, after the Oslo agreement, settlement activities in them by building new settlements, expanding other existing ones, establishing many outposts, military bases, and bypass roads have been intensified. In the occupied Palestinian territories and the establishment of industrial zones, cemeteries, a transportation network, and other settlement activities that imposed a bitter reality on the Palestinian lands.

Regarding settlement activities in the Israeli settlements, an analytical study prepared by the (ARIJ) Institute showed that 31 settlement plans were approved in 26 Israeli settlements during the first quarter of 2020, and is awaiting “the start of implementation.”

The list issued includes the settlements of Kochav Yaacov, Kfar Adumim and Geafa Benjamin in the Jerusalem governorate (outside the borders of the Jerusalem municipality that was illegally and unilaterally annexed in 1967) by 4,078 settlement units over an area of ​​2,294 dunums of Palestinian land, which is the most affected Among the Palestinian governorates in terms of lands to be taken over for this purpose.

He added, “Areej”: Followed by the Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate, where the list issued includes the settlements of Beit El, Dolev, Talmon, Beit Aryeh, Hashmonaim and Hallamish with 1592 settlement units over an area of ​​1528 dunums of Palestinian land, followed by the Bethlehem Governorate with 1305 settlement units that will be established on 794 dunums of Palestinian land in the Beitar Illit and Nikodim and Neve Daniel settlements, Waferat and an industrial zone in the Beitar Illit settlement, in addition to the establishment of an industrial zone affiliated to the Beitar Illit settlement.

The plans also included a number of settlements in the Hebron governorate, namely, Telem, Assafar (Mtsad) and Shamaa, the settlements of Rekhalim and Ariel in Salfit governorate, the Shilo settlement in the Nablus governorate, and both the settlements of Maskiot and Shmdot Mekhoula in the Tubas governorate, and the settlements of Mitzpe Jericho and Beit Harfah in the Jericho governorate, And Shaar Tikvah settlement in Qalqilya Governorate, and Avni Haivets settlement in Tulkarm.

In total, and according to the issued plans, the number of settlement units to be built in all the previously mentioned settlements is 7892 settlement units, on an area of ​​6133 dunums of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

The report mentioned examples of some of the approved settlement plans, including the settlement plan No. 426/9 – Betar Illit settlement: It includes the construction of an industrial zone near the Betar Illit settlement on an area of ​​633 dunums of surrounding Palestinian lands belonging to the towns of Husan and Wadi Fukin in the Beit Governorate Meat.

Plan No. 5/5 410 – Efrat Settlement: It includes building 694 settlement units on an area of ​​631 dunums of Palestinian land belonging to Artas, Al Khuder and Bethlehem in the Bethlehem governorate.

Plan No. 1/24/4 – The settlement of Asfar (Mtsad): This includes the construction of 215 settlement units on an area of ​​198 dunums of Palestinian land belonging to the villages of Shuyukh and Sa’ir in the Hebron Governorate.

Plan No. 501/1 – Telem Settlement: It includes building 157 settlement units on an area of ​​201 dunums of Palestinian land belonging to the town of Tarqumiya in the Hebron Governorate.

Plan No. 240/2/14/3/1 – Adam Settlement (Givea Benjamin): It includes building 375 settlement units on an area of ​​195 dunums of Palestinian land belonging to the village of Jaba in the Jerusalem governorate.

The settlement plan No. 227/24/22 – Kfar Adumim settlement: includes the construction of 132 settlement units on an area of ​​183 dunums of Palestinian land belonging to the town of Anatafy, Jerusalem Governorate.

Scheme No. 242 – Kochav Yaakov settlement: This includes building 3541 housing units on an area of ​​1591 dunums of Palestinian land belonging to Kafr Aqab, Mukhamas and Burqa in the Jerusalem, Ramallah and Al-Bireh governorates.

The settlement plan No. 1/3/234 – Dolev Settlement: It includes building 382 settlement units on an area of ​​284 dunums of Palestinian land belonging to both al-Janiya and Deir Abzieg in Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate.

The settlement plan No. 206/2 – Nili settlement: This includes building 354 settlement units on an area of ​​409 dunums of Palestinian land belonging to the village of Deir Qudis in the Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate.

The settlement plan No. 1/9/235 – Talmon Settlement: includes the construction of 258 settlement units on an area of ​​550 dunums of Palestinian land belonging to the villages of Ras Karkar and the tribal farm in the Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate.

The report stated that the construction and expansion of the Israeli government in Israeli settlements throughout the occupied West Bank violates many basic systems of international humanitarian law, including Security Council resolutions and the Hague Agreement of October 18, 1907, and the Fourth Geneva Convention on the Protection of Persons Civilians in Time of War of August 12, 1949, especially Resolution No. 242 of 1967, which calls for the withdrawal of the Israeli armed forces from the lands they occupied in 1967, and affirms the inadmissibility of the acquisition of lands by war, and the need to work for a lasting and just peace Every country in the region must live in it safely.

Likewise, Resolution No. 446 of 1979, which confirmed the illegitimacy of the Israeli settlement policy in the occupied Arab territories, including Jerusalem, and considered it a serious obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

And Resolution No. 452 of 1979, in which the Security Council calls on the Israeli occupation authorities to stop settlement activities in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem.

And Resolution No. 465 of 1980, which demanded that Israel stop settlement activity and refrain from building new settlements and dismantle those established at the time, and also called on member states not to assist Israel in building settlements.

Likewise, Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which declares that the occupying power is not entitled to transfer its citizens to the lands it occupied, or to take any measure that leads to a demographic change in it. Also, Article 147 of the same treaty, which declares that the destruction and usurpation of property in a manner not justified by military necessities, on a massive and unlawful scale, is a grave fear. Moreover, the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories stand as one of the most important obstacles in the face of the peace process more than ever, and even further, as the Israeli settlements have become a major obstacle to progress in the peace process.

(Source / 23.05.2020)

Gaza: Closing of squares, parks and recreational cities, and tightening measures to prevent gathering during Eid Al Fitr

The Ministry of Interior in Gaza decided to close squares, public parks, and recreational cities, while tightening measures to prevent gathering during the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

In a press statement, the Ministry of the Interior said, “Following up on the latest developments and developments related to confronting the Corona virus, and based on the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Interior and National Security has taken a series of precautionary measures.

She explained that the police will work to secure the establishment of Friday and Eid al-Fitr prayers, in accordance with the precautionary controls and procedures announced by the Ministry of Endowments and Health. She indicated that the police will tighten its control procedures for all gathering and congestion places, and will take action against the violating facilities.

The Ministry of Interior confirmed that it would stop receiving stranded citizens from other countries through the crossings until June 30th, saying, “The procedures for closing all border areas, by land and sea, have been tightened,” according to the statement.

It called on citizens to adhere to safety and preventive measures, limit movement and mobility, and limit them to necessity, and not to become complacent in light of recent developments and developments.

(Source / 23.05.2020)

Occupation arrests 29 citizens

The Israeli occupation forces launched a campaign of arrests of 29 citizens, including students from Birzeit University and former prisoners.
According to local sources, the arrests involved five citizens from the Jenin area: Iyad Mohammed Sadaka from the village of Anza, arrested from a military checkpoint in Nablus district, former prisoner Imad al-Abadi, his son Omar, the boy Yazid Abdul Rahim Abu Abed, shaalan Kiwan Abu Bakr, and four from ya’abd.
According to our correspondent, the arrests included six former prisoners from Qalqilya: the young Mohammed Talal Shreim, the son of the editor deported to Turkey, Sheikh Talal al-Baz. Abdul Rahman Mazen Khadraj and his twin brother Abdul Haq Mazen Khadraj. Zaki Abdel Fattah Dawood, 55, a member of the governing body of The Islamic Club of Qalqilya, and the club’s sports supervisor, was released by the occupation about seven months before the administrative detention, Jamal Osman Dawood, 60, who spent five years in detention during the occupation, as well as former prisoner Hosni Sharif al-Nis, 40.
Six palestinians from the Ramallah area, three of whom were students at Birzeit University, were also arrested. They are: Ezz Shabana from Sanjal, Mehdi Karaja from Safa, Bassel Barghouti from Beit Rima, as well as Haj Adel Barghouti, father of the prisoner Mustafa Barghouti from Beit Rima, Malik Hamed from The Town of Silwad, and Shadi Anjas from Khartha Bani Harith.
According to local sources in Bethlehem, the occupation of former prisoner Ibrahim Souman, 30, was arrested after a raid on his family’s home on Al-Fuwagara Street. Mohammed Talib Musa, 35, from the village of Shawwara in the east, was arrested.
The occupation also arrested 10 citizens from the Hebron area, former prisoner Uday Iyad Zaaiq, 21, high school student Majd Zuhair Khalil Mokbel ,17, Qusay Samar Abu Maria (17), Ibrahim al-Jabai Abu Maria, brothers Mohammed Ibrahim Abu Maria (24) and Rukan Abu Maria (16).
The arrests also included Muayyad al-Wahwah from Dura, south of Hebron, and brothers Haitham and Osama Abdullah Assaa from Beit Kahal, west of Hebron, and Mohammed Faisal from Beit Awa.

(Source / 23.05.2020)

Hamas: ‘Very few groups seek to normalise ties with Israel’

Hamas Spokesman Hazim Qasim
Hamas Spokesman Hazim Qasim

The very few Arab and Muslim governments which seek the normalisation of ties with Israel do not represent the whole of the Islamic nation, Hamas Spokesman Hazim Qasim announced on Friday.

Speaking on Quds Day, Qasim called on expanding the resistance axis to include all Muslim nations in order to encounter the dangers surrounding the holy Islamic and Palestinian city of Jerusalem.

He stressed that the Islamic nation “must stand together” in order to oppose the Zionist enterprise.

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Qasim noted that Quds Day is a practical representation of the Palestinian cause and the “collective conscience” of the Islamic nation.

“Quds Day proves that the Ummah is able to fight the Zionist entity, defeat it and push it out of Arab and Islamic soil,” he professed.

(Source / 23.05.2020)

PA security services withdraw from Jerusalem outskirts

A view of deserted Omar Ibn al-Hattab Square in East Jerusalem, on 3 April, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
A view of deserted Omar Ibn al-Hattab Square in East Jerusalem, on 3 April, 2020

Palestinian security services withdrew on Friday from several Jerusalem towns which were classified as Areas B and C in the Oslo Peace Accords, Palestinian and Israeli sources reported.

According to Palestinian Authority (PA) sources, this came in the wake of ending security coordination between the PA and Israel over the latter’s intention to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank.

Meanwhile, Israeli news broadcaster Kan, reported by the Times of Israel, stated: “The gesture was largely symbolic — a few officers moving out of the East Jerusalem satellite towns of Azzariyah, Abu Dis, Biddu and Beit Ichsa, after getting special permission from Israel to be there as part of the effort to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.”

East Jerusalem is under Israel control, according to the Times of Israel, and PA forces are not regularly allowed to operate there.

READ: Palestine security pulls out of area B in Jerusalem

It is worth noting that last week PA President Mahmoud Abbas announced halting security coordination with Israel.

Following this, PA Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh met with the PA heads of security services and asked them to stop all forms of security coordination.

According to Shtayyeh: “Israel breached international law and violated all the agreements signed with us and therefore we will no longer abide by these agreements.”

Such stances have been declared several times by the PA leadership in response to certain unilateral Israeli measures.

(Source / 23.05.2020)

Khamenei criticises Arab, Islamic nation over failing Palestine

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on 22 March, 2020 in Tehran, Iran [Iranian Supreme Leader Press Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency]
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on 22 March, 2020 in Tehran, Iran

On Friday Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the Israeli occupation as a “cancerous tumour” planted in the body of the region, international news agencies reported.

As he was marking Quds Day, he announced: “The Zionist regime is a deadly, cancerous tumor in the region. It will undoubtedly be uprooted and destroyed.”

Khamenei announced that Israel was created by the West, which conspired with Jewish plutocrats to establish the Jewish nation.

“Westerners and Jewish corporation owners’ main goal by fabricating the Zionist regime and this cancerous tumor was to build a stronghold to influence and dominate West Asia,” he explained. “So, they equipped the bogus, occupying regime with all kinds of military and non-military tools, even nukes.”

He also conveyed: “The main agents of disastrous creation of Israel are Western governments… Britain prepared a fabrication called Zionism to play its role. After WWII, they abused problems of regions’ states and declared the bogus regime, nationless Zionist state.”

READ: ‘Gulf States have betrayed Palestine’, says Khamenei

Khamenei’s remarks came in a series of tweets while Quds Day was being celebrated virtually this year, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

He tweeted: “Arrogant powers and Zionism’s main policy is to push #Palestine to fade into oblivion in the minds of Muslim communities,” stressing that “The truth is an issue as important as Palestine and isn’t something Muslim nations should allow to sink into oblivion.”

Khamenei further expressed: “Comprehensive struggles by the Palestinian nation — political, military and cultural — should continue until the usurpers submit to the referendum for the Palestinian nation. The nature of the Zionist regime is incompatible with peace because the Zionists seek to expand their territories and will certainly not be limited to what they have already occupied.”

Khamenei concluded: “We will support and assist any nation or any group anywhere who opposes and fights the Zionist regime, and we do not hesitate to say this.”

(Source / 23.05.2020)

Israel To Confiscate 100 Dunams Of Palestinian Lands In Qalqilia

The Israeli government and its so-called “Civil Administration Office,” the executive branch of the illegal occupation of the West Bank, has approved plans for the confiscation of 110 Dunams of Palestinian lands in Ezbet at-Tabib village,  east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

The Palestinian TV has reported that the lands will be illegally annexed to build factories that will be part of Alfie Menashe colony, which was constructed on stolen Palestinian lands.

It added that the plans have already been approved by the Israeli government, and will eventually lead to the annexation and isolation of more than 3000 Dunams of private lands that will be considered part of the colony.

The lands are nearly 2 kilometers away from the colony, and by building the factories on them, Israel will be annexing more lands to link them with the colony, which includes roads and infrastructure on 3000 Dunams.

Bayan Tabib, the head of Ezbet at-Tabib Local Council, said what Israel is doing is theft of more Palestinian lands, and another attempt to prevent any geographical contiguity between the locals and their lands, as part of further future plans to annex more lands from the indigenous Palestinians.

It is worth mentioning that the original plan was first approved several years ago, when Israel decided to build the factories, and the government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu is now moving ahead with these plans as part of the attempt to officially annex the entire occupied West Bank.

(Source / 23.05.2020)

Settlers Attack Palestinian Farmers near Ramallah, Fatah Member among Injured

The Secretary of the Fatah movement, Qusi Diab Thiyab al-Tamimi, along with the young Ziyad al-Tamimi, were attacked, on Friday, northwest of Ramallah, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Al-Tamimi was reportedly injured while fighting off a group of illegal settlers who were attacking Palestinian farmers, near the village of Deir Nizam, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

WAFA correspondent said that settlers from the illegal “Halamish” colony, attacked local Palestinian farmers, while they were cultivating their land in the “Wadi Raya” area.

The confrontations led to the injury of the Secretary of the Fatah movement and another young man, whom was wounded in the head, in addition to a number of other citizens who were mildly injured in the attack.

Also on Friday, illegal colonists set fire to Palestinian agricultural lands, south of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank.

The video below shows Israeli soldiers providing cover for the illegal colonists attacking Palestinian civilians.

(Source / 23.05.2020)

VIDEO: Settlers Hold Parade While Soldiers Assault Palestinians in Jersualem

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Israeli security forces, on Friday, blocked several streets in occupied Jerusalem as illegal Israeli settlers provocative March outside Jaffa Gate, celebrated the so-called “reunification of Jerusalem as capital of Israel”, Quds News reported.

Also on Friday, occupation forces assaulted Palestinians, near Bab Al-Asbat or Lion’s Gate, in the old city of Jerusalem, southern occupied West Bank, Shehab News Agency reported.

(Source / 23.05.2020)

Suffocation cases in Israeli repression of Kafr Qaddum peaceful protest

Ramallah (QNN)- Several Palestinians, including a whole family, were reportedly suffocated on Friday during Israeli repression of Kafr Qaddum’s weekly anti-settlement protest.

The weekly protest is a peaceful protest against Israeli settlement. It also demands Israeli authorities to open the village’s main road, which has been closed for 16 years.

Murad Ishtiwi, coordinator of the weekly march, said Israeli soldiers stormed the village and threw tear gas canisters at houses and citizens. Some tear gas canisters fell inside the house of Dia’ Ishtwei, causing his wife and three children to suffocate.

The Red Crescent stated that its teams dealt with five suffocation cases in the field.

(Source / 23.05.2020)