The government never authorized the wholesale annexation of the West Bank. That's why it's doing it behind everyone's backs. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Our previous post on Yesh Din’s new position paper, “From Occupation to Annexation,” explored the various ways the Israeli government implements the Levy Report. This post will focus on another critical point: the erasure of the Palestinians’ right to property. [tmwinpost] Prior to the Levy Report, the Israeli government was careful to avoid legalizing the seizure of private Palestinian property, except when it could argue it was done due to pressing military needs (“military seizure”) or…Read More... | 24 Comments
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Israeli authorities promise to shorten Muhammad al-Qiq's administrative detention order, not renew it. Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad al-Qiq ended a 94-day hunger strike on Friday after his lawyers struck a deal with Israeli authorities. Al-Qiq, who has been in administrative detention since mid-December, will not be transferred to Al-Makassed hospital in East Jerusalem, as he had initially requested, but will remain in Israel's Emek Medical Center. However, his administrative detention order will not be renewed, with his lawyers managing to push the date of his release from June 21 to May 21. [tmwinpost] Al-Qiq, 33, from the West Bank village of Dura…Read More...
Asylum seekers have long complained about the half-cooked food in Israel's Holot detention center. African asylum seekers held in Israel's Holot detention center staged a walkout from the cafeteria on Saturday night to protest the half-cooked food served at the facility. [tmwinpost] The asylum seekers walked out just as dinner was being served, instead deciding to congregate outside the cafeteria. Only one detainee remained inside. Detainees at Holot have long complained about the food, which they claim is inedible. The daily menu in Holot includes hummus, tuna, four slices of bread and an uncooked egg. T.G.A., one of the asylum seekers…Read More... | 1 Comment
From audacious fraud and forgery to military seizures for ‘security needs’ and the ‘public good’ to dusting off antiquated Ottoman laws, the Israeli settlement enterprise has no shortage of tools for taking over Palestinian land in the West Bank. By Dror Etkes On February 9, 2004, Abdelatif Hassan Samarin, a resident of the West Bank village of Burqa, just a few miles east of Ramallah, woke up before dawn. After his morning prayers, Samarin drank two cups of sweet tea with mint, meant to combat the morning chill of winter, packed some clothing into a suitcase that his son —…Read More... | 2 Comments
Responding to a right-wing campaign accusing it of torturing ‘Jewish terrorism’ suspects, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency basically admits doing so, and insists it is acting within the law. Last week’s episode of "This American Life" was called The Poetry of Propaganda. The Chicago-based radio program discussed how official government messaging often contains different meanings for different audiences. “In some ways, propaganda is like poetry,” New York Times reporter Damien Cave explained at the start of the show. “You need to know how to read it.” Some people only see it on one level, while lots of other people see it on…Read More...
The army maintains its hold on a piece of Palestinian land it seized in the late 1970s. Here's the catch: the land has been abandoned for nearly a decade. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Two weeks ago, the council chiefs of the West Bank villages of Jaloud, Douma and Qusra appealed to Israel’s High Court of Justice, demanding that the hundreds of dunams of land seized by the IDF in 1978 be returned to their rightful owners. The IDF built a military camp (Jaloud camp) on a small part of the land, yet it has been abandoned for many years.…Read More...
Israeli politicians endlessly chastise the Supreme Court for doubting the use of punitive home demolitions. So what do the politicians do? Blame the judges for defending terrorists. By Frances Raday The spate of stabbing and vehicular attacks by Palestinian youths over the past couple of months has brought along with it a spate of punitive home demolitions targeting the attackers' family members. Both political leaders and Israeli Supreme Court justices have had something to say about the practice. The justices have expressed some doubt about the practice, and in some cases even issued injunctions delaying the demolitions. In response, politicians…Read More...
The police request to postpone the demolition of a synagogue built on Palestinian land for fear of right-wing attacks is a clear surrender to threat of violence. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz The case of the Givat Ze’ev synagogue combines almost all of the ills of the Israeli occupation in the West Bank. Last week we witnessed a new low, when the High Court of Justice dealt with a request that has sadly become all-too-common: to rescind, through postponement, its own verdict. This was a cowardly and audacious request by the police, to which the court acceded. How…Read More...
Data shows that the police simply cannot prevent Israeli felons from ruining the yearly Palestinian olive harvest. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Yesh Din recently published our yearly datasheet, which tracks the lack in law enforcement in the West Bank when it comes to Israeli civilians harming Palestinians and damaging their property. The 2015 datasheet looks rather familiar to the 2014 one, which in turns looks all too similar to the 2013 one. All in all, a chronicle of a failure foretold. Between 2005-2015, Yesh Din followed 1,104 ideologically-motivated crimes in the West Bank. The rate of failure in solving the cases…Read More... | 6 Comments
One would expect the Israeli government to put an end to attacks by the settlers of Adei Ad on Palestinian civilians. In fact, it rewards them by planning to legalize their West Bank outpost. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz During the second Sukkot holiday and the weekend preceding it, Yesh Din investigators documented 29 incidents of assault on Palestinians and their property by Israeli civilians (note that these are only the incidents known to us). The majority of the Israeli media did not report on the incidents, which included an attempt to set the home of a Palestinian…Read More... | 8 Comments
The highest court in the land delays the demolition of a synagogue built atop stolen Palestinian property, fearing retribution by right-wing extremists. Has terrorism officially won in Israel? The State of Israel just validated the very concept of "price tag" violence, which Israel officials have often described — but never legally defined — as terrorism. [tmwinpost] The state on Tuesday asked the High Court of Justice to delay the court ordered demolition of a West Bank synagogue built on stolen Palestinian land. The state's main argument in asking for the extension, which the court begrudgingly granted, went as follows: “Police believe that demolishing the…Read More... | 14 Comments
Agents of Israel's security services raid the homes of several young Bedouin activists, summon them for 'friendly chats' and attempt to coax them into suppressing protests they claim undermine the 'fundamental principles of the state.' By John Brown* It's Tuesday, just after midnight in the Bedouin town of Lakia in the Negev Desert. Black jeeps carrying approximately 15 plainclothes Shin Bet agents come to a screeching halt in front of one of the houses before bursting into it. The agents wake all the residents, including a young girl with a flashlight to her face, and take all the men outside. The men…Read More... | 22 Comments
A month ago, administrative detainee Muhammad Allan was deemed a major security threat to Israel. Now the army has decided to release him on the condition that he does not go back on hunger strike. By Yael Marom One day a man wakes up to find out he no longer constitutes a threat to the State of Israel. After being imprisoned for an entire year without trial, going on hunger strike for more than two months until he suffered brain damage, was sent back to administrative detention once he began his recovery and went back on hunger strike, the army…Read More...
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