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December 8, 2016 / 8 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘West Bank’

Palestinian Authority Polluting Wadi Qelt [video]

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Yishai, the security chief from Alon, filmed the Nachal Prat / Wadi Qelt stream in the Ein Prat nature reserve, over the weekend. The Ein Prat reserve is a popular hiking area.

Palestinian Authority villages and cities are dumping untreated sewage into the environment, and you can see the results in the stream.

The stream originates near Jerusalem and eventually runs into the Jordan River.

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Massive Stone Throwing Near Beitar

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

There are reports of massive stoning near the Hussan bypass in Gush Etzion. The bypass is between Highway 60 (the tunnels) and Beitar, according to a TPS report.

Cars have been damaged, but no one was injured.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Extreme Leftwing Israeli NGO Calling for Ariel University Boycott

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Extreme leftwing NGO Gush Shalom (the Peace Bloc) attempted to sabotage a conference organized by Ariel University in Samaria, involving senior foreign academics, 20IL reported Sunday. A letter Gush Shalom sent the invited researchers said:

“The settler university in Ariel, in the West bank, is about to hold what is being presented as an international conference on the current condition of the Jewish nation. In order o be able to get lectors and researchers from abroad to participate, the university used an intentionally deceitful representation, arguing that it stands inside Israel proper – while the university management is very well aware that it stands in an occupied territory which isn’t and never was part of the State of Israel.”

The NGO told foreign researchers: “It is important that you know that your participation in this conference will be more than just an academic activity of passing on your knowledge and experience in a discussion of the state of the Jewish nation. Whether you are aware of it or not, your participation in this conference, under the fraudulent location ‘Ariel, Israel,’ will also mean taking a political stand on the most controversial issue between Israel and the international community and between Israel and the Palestinians – which is also the most controversial issue among the different parties and political factions within Israeli society.”

Gush Shalom called on the foreign academics to “act based on full and accurate information, as befits someone who is committed to honesty and academic accuracy.”

Gush Shalom was founded in 1993 by one of the more colorful but not very influential Israeli journalist, publisher and MK Uri Avneri. One of the first Israelis to have met publicly with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, Avnery, 93, was among the founders of the Israeli Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace in 1975.

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18 Homes Destroyed, Dozens Damaged in Halamish (Neve Tsuf) [video]

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

350 families from Halamish (Neve Tsuf) in the Shomron were forced to evacuate their homes from a pyroterrorism fire.

45 homes were damaged, of which 18 were completely destroyed.

Two firemen, two soldiers and a number of residents were injured in smoke inhalation.

Most of the residents have been allowed to return home, except in 3 neighborhoods were there is concern that the fires might start again.

There are reports that the fires began from Molotov cocktails that were thrown at some homes.

There were also fires near Dolev, Alfei Menashe and Karnei Shomron. Fires continued at Nataf and Beit Meir over Shabbat.

Firefighters continued to fight the fires near Jerusalem, on Highway 1 near Shaar Hagai.

In Maale Adumim, 2 people were critically injured and 10 more were moderately wounded in an apartment building fire early Saturday morning.

The Maaleh Adumim fire was caused by an electrical fault and not pyroterrorism.

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NYT: Trump Would ‘Love To Be The One’ To Make Peace Between Israel, PA

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump told top editors, White House reporters, top presidential campaign reporters, senior managers, editorial-op-ed writers editors and writers from The New York Times on Tuesday he would “love to be the one who made peace with Israel and the Palestinians.” Trump’s remarks were posted by various New York Times reporters and editors in a series of live tweets released on the NYT website.

“That would be such a great achievement,” he said.

The president-elect was then quoted in a tweet by Elisabeth Bumiller: “Jared Kushner could help make peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.” The meeting was a “take no prisoners” opportunity for Trump to clear the air on media “misunderstandings” about his positions on the alt-right movement, neo-Nazis, the KKK, and similar issues.

Asked bluntly about the Nazi conference in DC this past weekend, Trump said, “Of course I disavow… and condemn them.” Likewise, he answered a similar question from executive editor Dean Baquet, who asked whether he felt like he had done things to energize the alt-right movement.

“I don’t think so, Dean,” he replied. Nevertheless, he added, “I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group. It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.”

When the questions turned to his appointment of former Breitbart News CEO Steve Bannon, Trump said flatly, “If I thought he was a racist… or alt-right or any terms we would use… I wouldn’t even think about hiring him.

“I think it’s very hard on him. I think he’s having a hard time with it. Because it’s not him.” But Trump noted “a lot of people” were coming to Bannon’s defense. Among them was Reince Priebus, his new chief of staff, who spoke from the conference table during the meeting.

Among those the president-elect listed on his “Like” list was Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, who he said he’s liked “for a long time.”

Hana Levi Julian

Eight Crucial Things You Need to Know About the Amona Case

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Yehuda Yifrach, Courts Editor for Makor Rishon, on Friday listed the eight most important and least known facts about the Amona case. If you haven’t read a rightwing Jewish publication in the last month, Amona is a community of some 40 Jewish families in Samaria, slated by the Supreme Court for demolition on Dec. 25. You can read some background material here.

1. Jordan had no right to parcel out lands
When the Amona case first reached the Supreme Court, a representative of the land registrar for the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) argued that despite the fact that the location was a bald and abandoned mountaintop, there existed documented parcels of land which had been registered by the Jordanian government as belonging to area sheiks and clans. However, as an invading and occupying power, Jordan had no right to award these lands. Jordan’s rule over the “West Bank” was not recognized by the vast majority of UN member states save for the UK and Pakistan, and so this local Arab “ownership” is based on a lie.

2. Only 0.5% of the Amona land is registered to private Arab owners
After the Supreme Court had ruled in their favor, anti-Israeli NGO Yesh Din, which has been at the forefront of the Lawfare attacks on the Jewish State, decided to sue for damages over the years of denied use of the parcels in question. The problem is that while the Supreme Court does not entertain evidence, lower courts do, and in Jerusalem Magistrate Court it was discovered that out of the nine Arab petitioners, seven own land that is entirely outside the Amona perimeter, and have had no problem working their land had they been so inclined. The remaining two owned only a sliver – about half an acre altogether, out of the 125 acres of the Amona territory – less than .5%. The remaining land is registered to names of non-existent people who do not appear in the 1967 census.

3. COGAT didn’t differentiate between the parcels with known and unknown ownership
Despite the above facts, the COGAT prosecution related to the parcels whose owners are unknown as being privately owned, declaring that some 15 acres in the southern part of the settlement belonged to real private owners. They then told the court that, in fact, there was no difference between the various parts of the community and that the half-acre that became 15 acres was, in effect, indistinguishable from the rest, and the entire community had to come down.

4. The Settlement Arrangements Act does not violate international law
Regarding the Settlement Arrangements Act, which the left, as well as senior Netanyahu cabinet officials, are saying violates international law, former Tel Aviv University president and international law expert Prof. Yoram Dinstein has argued that “when an occupier appropriates the power to legislate in an occupied territory, said power belongs to the occupying state and not to one of its organs (COGAT).” In a recent article, Prof. Dinstein has shown how international law is entirely indifferent regarding the particular mechanics of legislation in an occupied zone, be it the local general or be it the government that posted said general in said zone.

5. International law compels Israel to care for the rights of Jewish and Arab resident
Another popular argument against the Settlement Arrangements Act is that it violates international law because it sanctions the impounding of Arab owned land for the sake of a Jewish community. However, it has been noted that international law compels the occupier to care for the needs of all the civilians under its rule, Jews and Arabs alike, and the right of a government to expropriate private property for public use, with proper payment of compensation (eminent domain) is inherent in exerting such care.

6. The Settlement Arrangements Act is consistent with the pre-67 law in Judea and Samaria
This one is quite interesting.
Unbeknownst to many, the Settlement Arrangements Act is consistent with the legal systems that were in use in Judea and Samaria before 1967. Both Ottoman law and Jordanian law determine that in a case where a man built and planted in good faith land belonging to another, should the value of the construction exceed the value of the land, the land owner is compelled to receive compensation.

7. Israel legislates retroactively when needed
Another argument against the Settlement Arrangements Act is that it retroactively alters a court ruling. But the state of Israel regularly legislates retroactively, as in the amendment that reversed many hundreds of court sentences of Arab terrorists, to facilitate the Gilad Shalit deal with Hamas.

8. The Settlement Arrangements Act is not unconstitutional
Finally, the most crucial argument against the Settlement Arrangements Act is that it is unconstitutional – the constitution in this case being Israel’s Basic Laws. Setting aside the paradox whereby one Knesset law is inapplicable in the territories while the same Knesset’s basic laws are applicable – does Israel’s basic law really dictate that 40 families with their 200 children who have lived in Amona for 20 years be evicted to satisfy the alleged rights of two claimants who own less than .5% of the land and have never lived there? Has the court become so immoral as to be the enemy of its constituents without any foundation?

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Ben-Dahan: Gov’t Says ‘No’ to Jewish Home Demolitions

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

By Ilana Messika/TPS

Deputy Minister of Defense and Jewish Home MK Eliyahu Ben-Dahan visited the Netiv HaAvot neighborhood in Gush Etzion Thursday in an effort to capitalize on the Legalization Bill, which passed a first reading in the Knesset plenum Wednesday. The controversial measure would block the court ordered demolition of both Netiv HaAvot and Amona communities by retroactively authorizing them.

The High Court of Justice has accepted Arab claims that both neighborhoods were at least partially built on privately-owned Arab land and ordered the government to dismantle the communities. Netiv Avot, located adjacent to the town of Elazar, is scheduled for demolition by by March, 2018. Amona residents are scheduled to be evicted by December 25.

“The state’s position has been and remains clear: the Netiv HaAvot houses should not be destroyed!” Ben-Dahan stated. “Legal and practical solutions were offered to permit the houses to stay there and unfortunately, the Court chose to refuse them and decided against the government’s position,” he argued.

“In this reality, there is no choice but following up the ‘Legalization Bill,’ which will finally normalize the area and stop the perception that Israelis who live in Judea and Samaria are second-class citizens,” Ben-Dahan continued.

Acting Gush Etzion Council Head Moshe Seville also said that while the Legalization Bill constitutes an important step, the threat of demolition remains real and should be prevented.

Also Wednesday, lawyers for the Jerusalem Municipality asked the Jerusalem District Court to order immediate execution of 14 demolition orders for buildings in East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina. Illegal construction there currently houses around 40 families.

The municipal request includes a demand to stop delaying the executions of the building demolitions concerning buildings, which were built on private property managed by the State.

In addition, Defense Minister Avidgor Liberman cautioned settlement activists against overreacting to the Legalization Bill, as well as to the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States. Judea and Samaria activists including Jewish Home MKs Naftali Bennett and Bezalel Smotrich welcomed Trump’s election and said they expected the new administration not to object to a large-scale building program in Judea and Samaria.

But speaking to local authorities on Thursday morning about the Amona eviction and the aforementioned bill, Liberman cautioned the activists about overreacting to the recent string of events. He said the incoming administration have asked Israel to behave “modestly” and warned people not to be taken by misguided perceptions of reality.

“I deplore the people attempting to steer wrong the residents and to set expectancies, because afterwards we still need to deal with the reality.

“I call for responsibility and not militancy. I think to represent the pragmatic and practical right in the middle of the populist right,” Liberman concluded.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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