The annexation project: the threat of ethnic cleansing and extensive land expropriation

The so-called Israeli “Civil Administration” has begun preparing for the possibility that it will soon be asked to count the Palestinians currently residing in Area C, especially those to which Israeli laws will be applied according to the American plan, according to what was stated in The settlement report issued by the National Office for the Defense of the Earth and the Settlement Resistance, today, Saturday.

The report indicated that the purpose of the census is to determine the number of Palestinians present in those areas, and to prevent new Palestinians from accessing them with a view to trying to obtain Israeli citizenship, noting that teams from the “Civil Administration” will be equipped with technological means to conduct the census, and their mission will be to move from one house to another In specific villages to know the population.

The report stated that the decision to annex, with its meaning to extend control and Israeli law over the areas covered by the annexation, would lead to the confiscation of vast and unprecedented areas of private property of Palestinian citizens of lands and real estate, and the expulsion and displacement of their owners, or in the event that this is not possible to preserve their presence Temporarily as “resident aliens”, and they can easily be expelled from them later to be replaced by herds of settlers, and the consequent increase in their criminal activity and influence.

And according to Israeli estimates, more than 107 thousand Palestinians reside in more than 43 villages and population centers covered by the Israeli annexation plan, according to the report.

According to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the residents of these villages will maintain their Palestinian citizenship, and they will be given the choice between staying under Israeli control or moving to the Palestinian Authority areas of the West Bank, which clearly involves the risk of ethnic cleansing, according to the report.

He added that Netanyahu pays clear attention to the issue of annexation, for considerations related to some of his political future, but under pressure from the internal opposition in Israel and the broad international opposition to the annexation plans, he could resort, in the course of implementing the project, to a series of political maneuvers. He explained that this is why Netanyahu continues his meetings with the heads of West Bank settlement councils, and with leaders of the parties participating in the government coalition, to discuss the annexation scheme.

The settlement report stated, “It seems that Netanyahu is going under pressure from the international opposition to his policy in this regard to refrain from a wide annexation step from the West Bank due to fears of the potential repercussions of the annexation in its expanded form on all security, economic and political levels, as evidenced by the visit of the German Foreign Minister Haikou Mas to Israel as well as a part of the settlers’ opposition to Netanyahu’s plan as it draws the borders. “

The report stated that imposing Israeli control and laws on all settlements in isolation from the annexation plan is acceptable to the settlers and the more extreme right, because imposing control and laws ensures that no final borders are defined and implied consent to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

On the other hand, the report referred to the abolition of the Supreme Court in Israel, “the settlement law”, which is one of the most important laws enacted by the previous Netanyahu government, where the law was proposed by members of Knesset from the “Jewish House” and “Likud” parties, in an attempt to circumvent Israeli Supreme Court decisions to vacate illegal outposts built on private Palestinian land. He explained that the “settlement law”, which was approved by the Israeli Knesset by a majority of 60 members on February 6, 2017, which allows settlement construction on lands owned by a private Palestinian and prevents the evacuation of settlement outposts in an attempt to whitewash and legalize settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Commenting on the court’s decision, the Likud issued a brief statement saying: “It is regrettable that the Supreme Court intervened and repealed an important law on settlement and its future. We will work to re-enact the law,” according to the report.

And as soon as the Supreme Court decision was issued, supporters of religious Zionism and settler leaders rushed to issue statements through which they attacked the Israeli High and accused them of “undermining the foundations of the democratic system”, condemning what they considered “the judiciary’s control over the legislative and executive branches,” according to the report.

Sources close to Netanyahu stressed that “the measures of annexation and the imposition of Israeli sovereignty over areas in the West Bank will address the issue of illegal outposts established on private Palestinian lands.” In the same context, and after only one day, Likud MK Michael Michal submitted a new settlement bill that would legalize settlement construction on private Palestinian land in the West Bank, and in accordance with the Likud’s pledge, after the Supreme Court canceled by a majority of 8 judges versus one judge. , The “Settlement Law” enacted in 2017, according to the report.

He stated that with the approaching date of annexation, settlement plans and projects of the occupation authorities and the settlers’ flocks in the various governorates of the West Bank are continuing under the auspices of the occupation forces and police. He explained that the municipality of “Moshe Leoon” plans to implement a plan to Judaize large parts of the Jerusalem neighborhoods in Wadi Al-Joz, Sheikh Jarrah and Al-Masarra, by converting vast areas of them to a settlement investment center. The occupation municipality started the implementation of the scheme by distributing orders to violate 200 commercial and industrial establishments in the industrial zone in Wadi Al-Joz, to announce at a later time the start of the first phase of the plan targeting more than 2000 dunums of Jerusalem neighborhoods adjacent to the old town. This scheme would transform large parts of Jerusalem into an area of ​​attraction and investment in settlements due to the commercial and tourist areas that will be established in the region, in addition to using it to link the eastern part of the city with its western part.

Also in occupied Jerusalem, the leaders of the far-right from the terrorist “youth of the hills” storming the courtyards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque came under heavy guard from the occupation police and its special forces, in light of the call by the alleged Temple groups to intensify the incursions into the mosque on the eve of talking about opening parts of a new tunnel in the Mughrabi Gate and the Buraq Wall Early next month, according to the report.

The report conveyed what was said on the settlement youth site of Al-Tilal, which joined in its endeavors to the alleged temple groups in the incursions into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, that efforts are being made to secure periodic incursions into settlers during the next stage, and that elements from the extreme right are working as volunteers within the excavations around the wall Al-Buraq, in preparation for opening a tunnel under construction.

In Nablus, the village of Asira al-Qibliya in the south was attacked by settlers guarding the occupation forces, particularly in the eastern region, where they spread in the vicinity of the houses and clashes erupted in the place, which ended with the withdrawal of settlers from the village towards the settlement of “Yitzhar”, while settlers from the “Rahalim” settlement damaged tires of 8 vehicles in the village Al-Sawiya, south of the city, also wrote slogans threatening revenge against the Palestinians and glorifying the Jewish people on a number of vehicles and on the walls of several houses, according to the settlement report. Adding that settlers attacked the citizens in Khirbet Tana of the town of Beit Furik in the east, and others burned a vehicle in the town of Zita, south of Nablus and wrote racist slogans. Others also set fire to the lands of the citizens of the villages of Al-Sawiya and Wattama, south of Nablus, which led to the burning of many of them before the villagers rushed to extinguish them.

The occupation continues to construct settlement roads in the northern West Bank, as the occupation forces started removing and destroying hundreds of olive trees from the area between the junction of the settlement “Yitzhar” and the “Luna Park” park in the Hawara Plain in order to establish a special bypass road to serve the settlers south of Nablus, which runs from a roundabout. Yitzhar “to the Za’tara checkpoint, reaching Al-Sawiya village, south of Nablus, with a length of about 7 km, through which 406 dunums will be taken. The bulldozers of the occupation also started to construct a road in a mountainous area from the land of Furosh Beit Dajan, to the west of the settlement “Al-Hamra” built on Palestinian lands in the central Palestinian valleys, northeast of the West Bank, according to the report.

The report stated that in Salfit governorate, the oldest settlers of the settlement “Brukhin” built on the lands of the citizens of Kafr Al-Dik and Buruqin, broke out a number of olive trees in the northeastern region of the town from the land of the citizen Nafez Ahmed, which is called the mound of Kohl, which holds the number of basin 8, and adjacent to the settlement Prokhin, an area of ​​19 dunums planted with perennial olive trees, and the landowner was surprised by the settlers breaking and destroying perennial trees without notice, while the occupation authorities notified the seizure of 160 dunums of Qalqilya governorate, and dozens of citizens handed over decisions to seize a portion of their land Located in the city, and the villages of Habla to the south and Nabi Elias to the east for the purpose of settlement expansion, knowing that some of these lands lie behind the Apartheid Wall.

At the same time, the so-called Council of Settlement Communities (Yesha) submitted a settlement plan bearing the number 19683 / A to expand the “Adam” settlement northeast of Jerusalem by 1294 settlement units, knowing that the same scheme was previously reduced in 2018 to 400 settlement units with the approval of the Minister of Security and the Army At the time, Avigdor Lieberman, according to the report.

The settlers claimed in their supplementary plan that the number of settlers in “Adam” is about 1,200 families and during the next three years the number will double according to expectations to link the settlement to the network of roads and tunnels that are being built and extended during the next two years. According to the plan, which was presented by attorney and planner of cities Avichy Rummanovich before the Planning Committee of the Military Government in Beit El, settlement units will be built in the northeastern part of the settlement, and the project includes an industrial and agricultural area, a bus stop, a fuel station, and three layers of construction according to the land scale. Its settlement assembly council is working to double the number and increase the area of ​​land allocated to it at the expense of the Palestinian lands in Hazma, Jaba` and Makhamas, as it swallows a large area of ​​the lands of these villages, according to the report.

According to the plan, which is heading east to expand, to form a chain of settlements linking the settlements of Al-Wasat to the Jordan Valley, especially the settlements of “Almon”, Anot, and “New Megorn”, “Neve Pratt”, “Maalot Mukhamas” and “Kfar Adameem” and “Givat Assaf” to the north on the lands of Deir Dibwan and Barqa to form a settlement barrier in the middle of the West Bank, isolating it from the Ghor area. Both the Adam and Shair Binyamin settlement will be linked to it and expand their influence after the change in traffic and the process of linking them And between the main street, Jerusalem Tel Aviv 443, which is an introduction to the construction of the settlement neighborhood on the lands of Jerusalem-Qalandia Airport and the expansion of the industrial zone “Atarot” to include the areas west and north of the current area, according to the report.

The report added that the American administration is ignoring in various ways international justice by targeting the criminal court, as it continues its attack on the rule of law in the world, which places the United States in the rank of those who commit human rights violations and cover them up, as the US President Trump imposed economic sanctions and a travel ban On the staff of the International Criminal Court.

The International Criminal, in a commentary, said it supports its employees and officials, describing the US sanctions as the latest in a series of “unacceptable” attacks on them, according to what was quoted in the report.

For its part, Human Rights Watch considered that the measures announced by the Trump administration against the court are an escalation of Washington’s efforts to obstruct justice for victims of serious crimes. “The assets freeze and travel ban should be for human rights violators, not those who seek to bring violators of rights to justice,” said Richard Dicker, director of international justice at Human Rights Watch.

In the opposite direction, the European Court of Human Rights issued a decision to annul a court ruling against members of the campaign to boycott settlement products in Europe. In 2011, a French court sentenced 11 activists for racism, incitement, and anti-Semitism. The European Court decided after 9 years of legal debate in the case, considering that the boycott movement’s work is legitimate under the tenth paragraph of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees freedom of opinion and freedom of expression, according to the report.

(Source / 14.06.2020)

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