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January 23, 2017 / 25 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Israeli settlement’

Rightwing Lawyers: Police Collaborated with Arabs to Entrap Jewish Teens

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Following the detention on Monday, January 16, of six Jewish youths on suspicion of assaulting Arabs who approached the community of Geulat Tzion in the Shilo Block in Mateh Binyamin Regional Council, legal aid society Honenu has leveled an accusation of provocation against police, saying the entire event had been staged.

Honenu issued a statement saying it is extremely likely that the Arabs were accompanied by either undercover policemen or Mistaravim (agents disguised as Arabs), and that police, with the cooperation of the Arabs, staged a provocation.

According to Honenu, on the morning of Monday, January 16, six youths were detained after a clash broke out near the Geulat Tzion outpost in the Shilo Bloc. Two of the youths were released after interrogation by the Central Unit of Judea and Samaria Police. Police claim that the youths, and other Jewish residents, assaulted Arab growers who came to the area between the community and the Arab village of Turmus Aya, accompanied by police forces.

In a hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Tuesday, January 17, the police representative refused to give any specific information about the incident. He refused to tell Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar – who represented four of the detainees, three of whom are minors – whether or not the incident had involved security forces disguised as Arabs, in an attempt to harass the residents and provoke them into driving the “Arabs” away.

The detainees were held in remand overnight.

During the hearing, Keidar claimed that following the recent court ruling permitting Jewish residents to remain in Geulat Tzion, police decided to stage incidents in order to provoke the residents into clashes, resulting in their detention and eventually their removal from the area.

Police representatives asked the detainees be remanded for an additional four days, but the court only extended their remand by one day.

According to Honenu, the courts have harshly criticized the use of soldiers disguised as Arabs to provoke Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria. Honenu stated that Police have staged such incidents in Havat Gilad, Susiya, Havat Har Sinai, Givat Ronen, Bat Ayin, Kochav HaShahar, and Adei Ad, all in the Shilo Bloc region.

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Mayors of Efrat and Maale Adumim Invited to Trump’s Inauguration Ceremony

Friday, January 13th, 2017

The heads of Moetzet Yesha – The Council of Judea and Samaria, received an invitation to President Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony in Washington D.C., according to a report in Makor Rishon. The invitation was passed on to them via the Chamber of Commerce of Orthodox Jews (US), who are connected to Trump’s special advisor Jason D. Greenblatt.

The settlement council will most likely be represented at the inauguration by Mayor of Efrat, Oded Revivi, who also heads the foreign desk for Moetzet Yesha, and Beni Kashriel, the Mayor of Maale Adumim.

In addition, several other people connected to Jewish life in Judea and Samaria have been invited, but according to the report, they prefer not to publicize their invitations.

This is the first time that settlement leaders have been invited to a presidential inauguration.

Yigal Dilmoni, spokesperson for Moetzet Yesha, praised the move, saying it “foretells the new spirit emanating from the US regarding the change in [Washington’s] attitude towards Israel, and in particular, [Jewish] settlement in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley. This new spirit was also expressed by the recent visit of Governor Mike Huckabee last week to Maale Adumim, and we are preparing for it.”

PM Netanyahu won’t be attending the ceremony, and will instead be represented by Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer.

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Netanyahu to AIPAC Leaders: We Have Solid Evidence Obama Orchestrated UNSC Resolution

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday afternoon met with a delegation of AIPAC leaders from across the US in Jerusalem and reiterated that Israel possesses “solid evidence” that the Obama Administration had collaborated in the framing of the UN Security Council anti-Israel resolution 2334 condemning the Jewish settlements enterprise and pressured UNSC members to vote in favor.

The PM repeated his charge that the president’s decision, taken in his last month in office, constitutes a breach with a long term tradition of administrations from both major parties.

Netanyahu also noted that, in the past, administrations that joined in a resolution condemning a feature of Israeli policy with which they disagreed, did not permit a wholesale condemnation of the Jewish State. He cited the example of a UNSC 1994 vote to condemn the killing of Arab worshippers in Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs by Dr. Baruch Goldstein when then US envoy to the UN Madeleine Albright insisted on a paragraph-by-paragraph vote, to edit out language saying Jerusalem was occupied territory.

Albright told the press at the time that the US opposes “the specific reference to Jerusalem in this resolution and will continue to oppose its insertion in future resolutions.”

Now Obama broke her promise by calling eastern Jerusalem “occupied,” a statement that included the Western Wall, where, incidentally, presidential candidate Barack Obama dropped a kvitel (request note).

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Australian FM Attacks US, New Zealand, on UN Resolution

Friday, December 30th, 2016

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (Liberal Party) on Thursday hinted that Australia would have opposed the anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution, thus breaking with the US and New Zealand on Israeli settlements in the 1967 liberated territories, The Australian reported.

Bishop spoke in response to former FM Bob Carr (Labor Party) statement that Donald Trump might allow Israel to annex Judea and Samaria. The Australian Labor party, which has been out of government since 2013, has been debating its position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Bishop said the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (Liberal) is “firmly committed to a two-state solution,” but, nevertheless, had Australia been a member of the Security Council, it would not have supported last Friday’s resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements.”

“In voting at the UN, the Coalition government has consistently not supported one-sided resolutions targeting Israel,” Bishop said.

New Zealand co-sponsored the resolution, and the US could have killed it with a nay vote.

Former FM Carr, a senior Labor Party politician, said Trump’s election was likely to “unleash Netanyahu to approve a rash of new settlements and even annex the West Bank […] that would destroy a two-state solution.” He added: “If that happened, nobody would be getting up at a [Labor] conference to shield a Trump-Netanyahu axis from the strongest criticism.”

Bill Shorten, the leader of the Australian Labor Party and the current leader of the opposition in Parliament, last week visited Israel, and met with PM Netanyahu, later tweeting that he is “a good friend of Australia.” His party members have criticized him for spending only a few hours in meetings with PA officials.

Labor is committed to a two-state solution, and its official policy states that “settlement building by Israel in the occupied territories that may undermine a two-state solution is a roadblock to peace.”

An email circulating among party members, sent by the Queensland Labor Friends of Palestine, called on Labor members “to entrench the recognition of Palestine as federal Labor policy before the next federal election,” according to The Australian. But it appears that in the Trump era, Labor leader Shorten realizes this attitude would keep his party in the opposition for many years to come – much like this other Labor party we know…

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Yesha Council Envoy Calls Kerry ‘Ignorant’

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Yesha Council Chief Foreign Envoy and Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi called Secretary of State John Kerry “a stain on American foreign policy” and “ignorant of the issues.” Revivi spoke ahead of the much-anticipated speech Kerry plans to deliver at 11 AM DC time, Wednesday.

Oded Revivi, chief foreign envoy of the Yesha Council, made the remarks ahead of Kerry’s final policy speech on the Middle East peace Wednesday.

“John Kerry is a stain on American foreign policy who is ignorant of the issues,” Revivi said. “He has chosen to eternalize his legacy as the worst secretary of state in history that chose to stab his closest ally in the back while rivers of blood flowed like water across the Middle-East. I can personally attest to the fact that he knows very little about the realities in Judea and Samaria and instead chooses to defame us from afar by repeating fictitious mantras against us.”

“When I met with Kerry a few weeks ago, I understood that we’re talking about a person who is disconnected from reality and looking to make headlines,” the Yesha Council official explained.

“Our rights to this land are fully legal and cannot be refuted; this is the reason that proclamations are being made instead providing solid legal arguments against us,” Revivi noted. “Nearly half a million Israelis currently reside on the strategic highlands of Judea and Samaria overlooking seventy percent of Israel’s population and industrial base, no amount of speeches or resolutions can reverse this reality.”

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Gush Etzion Residents Boycott Arab Destroyer of Netiv Ha’avot

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

The Regavim Association this week revealed that one Ali Mohamed Issa Moussa, the main Arab petitioner to the Supreme Court in the case of the neighborhood of Netiv Ha’avot in Gush Etzion, where 17 Jewish owned structures were slated for demolition, is co-owner of an illegal garage north of the Gush, whose clientele are mostly Jews.

So, to reiterate: a claimant suing to demolish 17 Jewish homes, presenting not one shred of evidence – because the Supreme Court does not vet evidence – is operating an illegal garage against which there is a standing demolition order.

As soon as the news came out, according to a press release issued by residents of Gush Etzion, local Jews have begun to organize a boycott of Issa Moussa’s garage.

Regavim official Oved Arad explained that “the garage was built without a construction permit and without a business permit as well, but the IDF Civil Administration has yet to take care of this case.”

In fact, according to Arad, “the state filed repeated requests for an extension on the demolition to the Supreme Court, and has yet to bother to respond to the garage owner’s petition – so that the court issued an interim order preventing the enforcement of the law and the demolition of the structure. In a sense, this is how we reward a criminal.”

Moshe Seville, Deputy Head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, said this is an unusual and aberrant absurdity. This is a Palestinian who has waged war against the residents of Netiv Ha’avot, claiming it is illegal, and at the same time enjoys a garage that was built illegally.”

The Netiv HaAvot neighborhood of Elazar, situated 500 yards beyond the Elazar community’s jurisdiction, and adjacent to Alon Shvut, was built in 2001 on land which was later claimed–with the urging and support of Peace Now–by the Mussa family of al-Khader, near Bethlehem. An Israeli government official, Assistant to the Defense Minister, Brig. Gen. Baruch Spiegel, stated that the neighborhood was built on privately owned Arab land and on “survey land,” whose ownership was still subject to determination. The neighborhood was then included in the 2005

Netiv HaAvot subsequently figured among 105 “illegal outposts” listed in the virulently anti-Jewish settlements Sasson Report submitted to the Ariel Sharon cabinet in 2005. The report also noted that Ariel Sharon himself, as Minister of Housing and Construction, had a role in spending $80 thousand to develop the neighborhood. This last part could mean that Netiv HaAvot could be spared demolition, depending on the final text of the Regulation Act being hammered these days in the Knesset.

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Arrangement Act Protecting Judea and Samaria Communities Approved in Preliminary Vote

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Following a lengthy debate Wednesday, the Knesset passed in a preliminary vote the Arrangement for Settlements in Judea and Samaria Act 5777-2016, submitted by MKs Bezalel Smotrich, Yoav Kish, Shuli Mualem, David Bitan and Oren Hazan, with 58 for and 51 against. The bill will return to the joint committee for Constitution, Law and Justice and Foreign Affairs and Security, to be prepared for a second and third vote.

According to the thrice revised bill in its final version, should the military commander of Judea and Samaria find that in the period prior to the new legislation an Israeli settlement had been built on land where the use and retention rights do not belong to the military commander nor to the custodian of government property, and construction on the land had been done in good faith, or – in cases where previous ownership had not been proven – given government approval, land use rights shall be appropriated and passed to the custodian of government property. Henceforth, the appropriation of land use rights will remain in effect until a political decision is reached regarding the status of the territory.

A claimant who proved ownership of the appropriated land will be able to choose between collecting an annual rent at a rate of 125% of said land’s annual value; aggregated rent for periods of 20 years at a time at 125% of land value for this period of time; or receiving alternative land. Appropriate land market values shall be set by a committee established by the Justice Minister in consultation with the Defense Minister. Committee members shall be representatives of the justice and finance ministries, as well as a representative of the military commander.

As to the burning issue of Amona, in Samaria, which is slated for demolition by decree of the Supreme Court on Dec. 25, the new bill determines that all cases which have already been ruled by the courts prior to its going into effect will be carried out. However, regarding three settlements – Ofra, Netiv Ha’avot and Eli – all proceedings in areas about which the courts have not yet ruled will be suspended for 12 months. The military commander will use this delay to examine whether said settlements were established in good faith, in which case they, too, would be included in the new law.

Needless to say, the opposition – and Likud MK Benny Begin – was irate at the proposed bill and expressed its rage at length and in great detail, essentially accusing the Likud-led government of legalizing theft, as Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg noted, “Provided that the thieves are Jewish and those being stolen from are Arabs.”

MK Ayman Odeh (Joint Arab List) accused the government of populism and corruption. MK Amir Peretz (Zionist Camp) condemned the residents of Amona who dared set up temporary housing for thousands of protesters they invited for eviction day. MK Dov Hanin (Joint Arab List) said that had the government spent the time it devotes to Amona to finding solutions to Israel’s housing crisis, said crisis would have been long gone.

MK Amir Ohana (Likud) reminded the plenum that Israel, like all other governments, regularly employs the concept of eminent domain – the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation. The bill is attempting to employ the same logical principle in an occupied territory that should have been annexed and normalized long ago. Why must Israeli civilians suffer because their government still hesitates to make things right in Judea and Samaria?

Education Minister and Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett represented the government in the deabte and said the new bill is a historic turn in Israel’s history, deciding that half a million Israelis who live in Judea and Samaria “are not guests, nor are the occupiers, they are local residents.”

Bennett promised that next the government will impose Israeli sovereignty on the town of Ma’ale Adumim, east of Jerusalem. Such a move will create an urban corridor across the narrowest segment of the liberated territories, eliminating any chance for a future contiguous Palestinian State.

“I wish to thank Peace Now, who’ve kept sending us little mosquitoes in the form of another Supreme Court ruling, and yet another one,” Bennett told the plenum. “Now, because of Peace Now we are no longer fighting the mosquitoes – we’re draining the swamp.”

The latter line was an obvious reference to President-Elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise to drain the DC swamp, and a clear promise from the Habayit Hayehudi leader to take full advantage of the new and very different leader of the free world.

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