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August 29, 2016 / 25 Av, 5776

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EU Spokesperson Condemns Israeli Demolition of Illegal EU Structures in Mount Hebron Hills

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

A spokesperson for the European Union External Action Service (EEAS), the European Union’s foreign policy branch, criticized recent Israeli demolitions of illegal Palestinian Authority Arab structures in Judea and Samaria, many of which were sponsored and financed by the European Union.

“The regrettable significant increase in demolitions of Palestinian structures by the Israeli authorities in 2016 appears to be continuing following the end of Ramadan,” the spokesperson said.

The EEAS spokesperson referenced the most recent demolition of EU-funded structures in Umm al-Khair, which is located in the Mount Hebron hills near the Jewish community of Carmel.

Arguing that such operations undermine Israel’s responsibilities as an “occupying power,” the EEAS spokesperson demanded a cessation to Israeli demolitions of illegal EU structures throughout Judea and Samaria.

“The Israeli authorities must halt demolitions of Palestinian houses and property in accordance with its obligations as an occupying power under international humanitarian law and to cease the policy of settlement construction and expansion, of designating land for exclusive Israeli use, and of denying Palestinian development,” the spokesperson insisted.

The spokesperson said that Israeli demolitions of the illegal structures raise doubts about Israel’s true long-term goals vis-a-vis the Arabs.

“As stated in the recent Quartet report, such a policy, including the recent high rate of demolitions, is steadily eroding the viability of the two-state solution and raises legitimate questions about Israel’s long-term intentions,” the spokesperson added.

The Quartet report, which was released in early July and accused Israel of “unilaterally” taking land “for exclusive Israeli use” in Area C of Judea and Samaria, also recognized Israel’s authoritative control over development in Area C.

“The Israeli military retains full authority over development in Area C, including planning and zoning for housing, industrial zones, tourism sites, and essential infrastructure, such as roads and electricity lines,” read the Quartet report.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Knesset Subcommittee Holds Session on PA Violation of Area C Control

Monday, August 15th, 2016

By Tzvi Lev/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Subcommittee held an emergency hearing on Monday in an effort to understand why Palestinian Authority policemen entered Area C during a confrontation over a waste disposal facility being built near the Israeli town of Michmash.

PA policemen had fired in the air at a joint Israeli-Arab protest against the construction of a waste disposal plant in Samaria on August 10 at the Rimonim Junction, north of Jerusalem. As the junction is located in Area C, it is forbidden for PA police to be present there without Israeli permission. The 1993 Oslo accords divide Judea and Samaria into Areas A, B, and C and stipulate that Israel maintain full control over Area C.

MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) declared that “it is unclear to me how IDF Central Command gave permission to PA forces to enter Area C, and I am not sure that a general or defense minister can even make that decision, which violates the Oslo Accords that were ratified by the Knesset.”

Major Ahiad Messika, who heads the control department of the Central Command, told the subcommittee that the PA police were allowed to enter in order to deal with the Arabs protesting the waste disposal plant. “We knew that a confrontation was expected between the Palestinian population from Ramun and the workers from the plant, and the regional brigade commander gave the order for PA police to enter and deal with the protesters. “

He added later that “we never expected that PA police would use live fire.”

MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) blasted the decision to build the waste disposal plant as well as the PA police’s action. “The shooting incident is the culmination of many one-sided decisions, which permit a German firm to build a waste disposal plant that exclusively benefits Palestinians in Area C,” he contended. “Instead of finding a solution acceptable to both populations, they are promoting a one-sided plan, which contradicts our laws and agreements.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Plainclothed Palestinian Authority Police Operating in Israel’s Area C

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

A Palestinian Authority newspaper, Donia Al-Watan,, reports that undercover PA police have begun operating in Area C in Judea and Samaria. The article reports they will now wear civilian clothing when operating in Area C.

According to the Oslo Accords, Area C is supposed to be under exclusive Israeli control and security. PA police are not allowed to operate there in any capacity according to the signed agreeements.

The Palestinian Authority decided they need to clean up the illegal weapons in the PA, after PA civilians opened fire on PA policemen and others in multiple shooting incidents and clan wars during Ramadan last month. The crackdown order came from PA president Mahmoud Abbas.

So far, four PA residents were arrested by PA Police in connection to the shooting incident in Shechem (Nablus) which left 2 PA policemen dead. Two of those arrested were in Area C at the time of their arrest.

In particular the PA police will focus there search for weapons in Shechem, Jenin and Hebron.

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British Citizens Urged to ‘Support Israel, Leave Europe’

Monday, June 20th, 2016

A campaign sponsored by Regavim is being waged to encourage British citizens living anywhere in the world, whether it be within the boundaries of the UK, or elsewhere, to vote against the UK remaining in the European Union.

The referendum on whether Britain should remain in or leave the EU is to be held this week, on June 23. British citizens are eligible to vote as long as one was listed on the electoral register in the past 15 years. But it is important to have registered by June 7 in order to be eligible to vote in this referendum.

The “Support Israel – Leave Europe” campaign describes all the reasons why encouraging Britain to leave the European Union is a great way to support Israel.

For a start, the EU has been accused of taking actions against Israel that are tantamount to state-sponsored anti-Semitism. Among those are the orders given to its member states to specifically label products made by Israelis living in Judea and Samaria – an order given to separate Jewish-made products in those regions. Yet no other such order was issued to label products made in communities based in the 200-plus land disputes elsewhere around the world.

The EU has generously funded NGOs dedicated to defaming and in some cases actually framing Israeli soldiers, as well as pursuing anti-Israel boycott and lawfare agendas.

In addition, the EU has built more than a thousand illegal structures on Israeli land in Area C under the Oslo Accords, in its attempt to establish “facts on the ground” to advocate for a de facto Palestinian Authority state. The EU has also build roads, dug wells, installed windmills and electricity pylons in such areas – all without Israeli authorization.

These activities have been carried out using aid money for political purposes rather than for which it was donated and allocated.

It is this kind of activity that has so outraged British parliamentarians and many British citizens, who accuse the EU of using aid funding to “meddle” in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

But Britain has not lacked for “meddling” credits: The UK has been quite generous in its contributions to the Palestinian Authority coffers, which flow into those of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Millions in funding are donated to the PA direct from the UK. Much of the money is used to support the bloodthirsty terrorists responsible for murdering Jewish families, with the PA handing funds to the PLO to pay terror inmates.

Amjad Awad, who in 2011 stabbed to death Ruth and Ehud Fogel, their 3-month-old baby and two toddlers, has thus far been paid an estimated 16,000 British pounds Sterling, according to Regavim. His accomplice and cousin, Hakim Awad, has also received a “salary.”

It is believed that Hamas bomb-making expert Abdallah Barghouti has so far received a total of 106,000 British pounds Sterling. Barghouti is serving a life sentence for his part in terror attacks that took place during the second intifada in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

The UK is comprised of a population that makes every decision one that challenges any parliamentarian. But leaving the European Union would certainly be a practical start to regaining control over the political dispensation of its fiscal resources.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Jogger Wounded in Terror Attack Near Neve Daniel

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

An Israeli jogger was injured late Tuesday afternoon in an Arab terror attack on a road between two Jewish communities in Judea, near Neve Daniel.

Tomer Ditor, 28, is a student and resident of Rosh Tzurim in Gush Etzion. He was jogging on Derech Avot, the road between the community of Elazar and Neve Daniel, when he was stabbed.

Ditor was wounded in the shoulder, according to a paramedic with Hatzolah emergency medical response service. He was treated at the scene and then rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

“A wounded civilian arrived at the entrance to the community of Neve Daniel in Gush Etzion, reporting a stabbing. Forces are searching the area,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said.

The attacker fled the scene following the attack, running towards the Arab village of Kfar Nachlin, local sources said. IDF soldiers began searching the village for the stabber on Tuesday evening.

The Gush Etzion communities of Rosh Tzurim, Alon Shvut, Elazar, Giv’a Hatzehova, Neve Daniel, Geva’ot and Beitar have been placed on alert.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Condemned for Preparing to Designate State Land in Jordan Valley

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Israel is preparing to designate 370 acres (approx. 1,000 dunams) of agricultural land in the Jordan Valley as state land – and the the expected reactions of outrage are already starting from the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations. Even “concern” from the United States, before the ink is dry.

The land is located in Area C – legally under the control of Israel under the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords – and a bit north of the Jewish community of Almog.

Israel farmers have been working the land for several years. It is agricultural land. And yet, the world is screaming about Israel extending its “settlements.”

Why? Because the parcel is within driving distance of the city of Jericho, which is currently under the complete control of the Palestinian Authority, in Area A — which makes it fair game for the PA’s expansionist policies and fantasies, fed by the European Union and egged on by some Arab nations as well.

Legally, however, under current Israeli law land which lies fallow for several years automatically reverts back to government property; the law dates back to 1858, under the Ottoman Empire.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led the international chorus of condemnation Thursday with a statement on his website.

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about reports of the Israeli Government authorizing the declaration of 370 acres in the West Bank, south of Jericho, as so-called ‘state land. Settlement activities are a violation of international law and run counter to the public pronouncements of the Government of Israel supporting a two-state solution to the conflict,” the statement said.

Likewise, U.S. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said in a statement Tuesday, “We strongly oppose any steps that could accelerate settlement expansion and we believe they’re fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and call into question frankly the Israeli government’s commitment to a two-state solution.”

That wasn’t enough, however.

Palestinian Authority journalist Said Erikat of the Al Quds newspaper has become a professional at lobbying for the cause in the guise of asking questions as a reporter.

Following is a transcript of his exchange with Toner over the U.S. view of Israel’s designation of state land in the Jordan Valley.

TONER: Please, Said [Erikat of Al Quds). ERIKAT: Can we go on to Palestinian-Israeli issue?

TONER: Yep, sure. I think so, yeah.

ERIKAT: I know John responded at length to the comments made by Ambassador Shapiro yesterday, and he also commented on the report by – a human rights report – but – and your position on the settlement. But the Israelis today announced the expansion of settlements, about 1,000 dunams or 300 acres and so on. And my question to you – not pertaining to your stance on your settlements, which is quite clear – but it seems that the Israelis, every time there is a report or there is any – or there’s criticism by you, by the Europeans, they go ahead and they just, like, poke you in the eye and just take more land and expand the settlement. Is that a pattern that you see?

TONER: I don’t know if it’s a pattern, Said. I mean, we’re obviously aware of the reports —

ERIKAT: You can almost —

TONER: No, I know, we’re —

ERIKAT: You look at it and you can see it every time.

TONER: We’re – yeah, you’re referring to the decision, the defense ministry’s decision for – to declare some 400 acres in the Jordan Valley as — ERIKAT: Right.

TONER: — yeah, as state land, and that obviously appears to be, as we’ve seen before, a step towards building settlements in that area. I don’t know if it’s a pattern. I feel as though I sound like a broken record, but we strongly oppose any steps that could accelerate settlement expansion, and we believe they’re fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and call into question, frankly, the Israeli Government’s commitment to a two-state solution.

Hana Levi Julian

MKs Call For Action Against Illegal Construction Financed By The EU

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – In light of a recently discovered road illegally built in Area C (territory in Judea and Samaria under full Israeli control), the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Subcommittee on Judea and Samaria convened this morning to discuss the continued illegal Palestinian construction financed by the European Union.

“There is a serious reality of illegal Arab construction of hundreds of thousands of buildings on state lands in Area C of Judea and Samaria,” said Subcommittee Chairman MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) as he began the discussion. “This is simply terrorist construction by the Palestinian Authority, funded by EU countries, amounting to 110 million euros a year.”

Yogev also accused the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria of failing to prevent the illegal construction. “The Civil Administration is operating with neglect or, more accurately, not operating at all. It is not exercising its control and it is abandoning the area,” charged MK Yogev.

The subcommittee chairman also spoke out against what he viewed as unequal treatment of illegal Jewish construction versus illegal Palestinian construction.

“There is just lawlessness and a lack of proportionality on the part of the Judea and Samaria legal counsel and the enforcement agencies,” contended MK Yogev.

“If we were talking about illegal Jewish construction, it would have been enforced a long time ago,” he continued. “In practice, illegal Jewish construction percentage levels are lower by hundreds of percentage points yet Jewish construction is more strictly enforced while almost nothing is done to stop illegal Palestinian construction.”

Civil Administration Deputy Commander Colonel Uri Mendes disputed MK Yogev’s claim that the Civil Administration applies disproportionate standards to the handling of illegal construction.

“We are not ignoring any illegal construction,” Mendes stressed. “We are operating according to the law. We respond to and destroy any illegal construction that has no temporary court injunction.”

Colonel Mendes referred to a recent instance when the Civil Administration destroyed illegally constructed buildings financed by the European Union. “Just last week, we destroyed five buildings and confiscated a number of tents that were financed by the European Union,” Mendes said.

Meanwhile, other MKs joined MK Yogev in speaking out against the illegal Palestinian construction that has been sponsored by the European Union.

“This illegal Palestinian construction is a flagrant violation of the agreements signed by the EU,” said MK Michael Oren (Kulanu), a former Israeli Ambassador to the US. “This is a blatant attempt by the Europeans to force the establishment of a Palestinian state without negotiations.”

”We have a right and a duty to prevent this,” continued Oren. ”If we do not act against this massive project, then we will be confronted with an impossible situation.”

Likud MK Amir Ohana concurred on the need to immediately address the European Union over the issue in light of the European Commission’s recent decision to label Jewish-Israeli products from Judea and Samaria. “We here in Israel must call out the European Union and destroy their illegal projects now of all times while it is labeling us.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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