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  • Israel's AG is not representing the public interest

    When the State defends illegal outposts in the High Court, it tends to mislead – since it prefers the interests of the government over those of the public. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Last week, a new low was reached in the relationship between the State and the courts. In a judgment of a High Court of Justice petition filed by Peace Now and dealing with the non-evacuation of six outposts, Deputy Chief Justice Miriam Naor wrote the following: “I am sorry we have reached this point. I am sorry that promises made by the State to the Court…

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  • In West Bank, the logic of annexation supersedes the rule of law

    Israeli authorities aren't merely incompetent when it comes to defending the rights of Palestinians in Area C - they are part and parcel of a process dedicated to the area's annexation. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Last week, IDF forces removed, with hardly any noise, settlers from the lands of Muhammad Ibrahim 'Ali Shabana, a resident of the village of Sinjil in the West Bank. The removal took place after the invasion by settlers Yonathan Rothschild and Yehuda Elitzur. Thus ended a long legal saga which proves, yet again, the incompetence of the Israeli authorities when it comes…

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  • When it comes to West Bank outpost, attorney general aids in bypassing the law

    Contrary to a High Court ruling, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has ordered the government to refrain from removing 30 structures from the Amona outpost. One hopes that this time, the court will put Weinstein in his place for a change. By Yesh Din (written by Yossi Gurvitz) When a government office issues a press release on a Thursday evening, it means it wants to bury the news it is forced to publish. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein had good reason to hope no one would notice the message he published last Thursday. However, as it usually goes with Weinstein, he botched…

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  • Prisoner issue and settler violence drive escalation of West Bank protests

    Tensions are rising following the death of a Palestinian in Israeli prison and a settler attack on a Palestinian village, which took place despite the fact that IDF soldiers were on the scene. Indifference to the Palestinian issue and lack of progress on the ground are building up frustration and anger among Palestinians.  This weekend saw a series of confrontations between Palestinians, soldiers and settlers in the occupied territories. Hundreds of Palestinians confronted soldiers in Beitunia (near Ofer prison), in several places near Road 60, in Hebron and near the village of Qusra, where at least two people were reportedly shot by settlers from…

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  • Palestinians erect third West Bank outpost, are attacked by IDF, settlers

    In third such project in as many weeks, hundreds of Palestinians erect new neighborhood of Burin, calling it Manatir. The activists and village residents were quickly attacked by IDF soldiers and local settlers. Update: After hours of clashes where IDF troops reportedly shot live bullets, tear gas and rubber-coated bullets inside the village of Burin, the army completely cleared the new neighborhood of Al Manitar. At least five Palestinians were arrested throughout the day and an unknown number were injured. See pictures of Border Police dispersing activists here. Some 300 Palestinians from the village of Burin and the popular committees against…

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  • Palestinians build 'settlement' near Jerusalem, receive eviction orders from Border Police

    In response to the Israeli government's plans to build 4,000 housing units for Jewish settlers in the E1 area, Palestinians set up a new tent village called Bab Al-Shams (Gate of the Sun). Police attempts to dismantle the new village were thwarted by a temporary warrant issued by the High Court of Justice. Some 250 Palestinians, organized in part by the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee and activists from several villages in struggle against the wall and settlements, arrived at the area known by Israel as E1 early this morning, and started work on their new village. Activists state that the…

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  • Migron evacuation proves Israel's land policy is political, not legal

    The question is whether Israel will ever realize that regardless of the somersaults it does to try and establish legitimate claims to to the land, its power will one day run out. So, Migron, the little illegal outpost that made big headlines in recent months, was finally evacuated in its entirety on Sunday, after years of legal battle and media commotion made over 50 families. News outlets made sure to report that the evacuation was carried out peacefully and with little resistance. Today's Haaretz editorial chose to point to the fact that although the affair is a "badge of shame for Israel," it…

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  • Knesset extends legislation that facilitates torture

    The Knesset has extended temporary legislation under which interrogations of security prisoners are exempt from requirements to visually record the investigation, Haaretz recently reported. The security establishment pushed hard to make the law permanent; Haaretz reports that opposition by two of the democratic-leaning Likud members, Dan Meridor and Michael Eitan, as well as human rights organizations like ACRI resulted in the compromise of a temporary extension. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel wrote in a statement that: In security-related offenses, full documentation is all the more necessary. This, both because of the increased concern for wrongful pressure in such…

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  • It's the Occupation, stupid.

    After 45 years, Israel's control over Palestinian life cannot be seen as temporary, or as an aberration. It is no longer about Israel having to choose between continuing the occupation and its democratic identity , since the choice has already been made. What is left to deal with now are the consequences of this choice. By Hagai El-Ad Five structures built on private Palestinian land being moved or not is not the question. Rather, look at the one-quarter of the occupied territories declared "state land," where Jews are allowed to build "legally." But what "state" are we talking about? In the name…

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  • Panel on legalizing outposts includes settler with clear bias

    One of the members of a new government committee, which will look into the legalization of West Bank outposts, is a settler attorney who has already worked in the service of illegal settlements. The blatant conflict of interest is further proof of the clear desired outcome of the committee's work. By Fady Khoury Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced earlier this week the establishment of a committee that will examine options for legalizing illegal Israeli settlements and outposts in the West Bank. The selected members of the committee  are former Supreme Court Justice Edmund Levy, who will serve as the chairman of…

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  • MK on settler outposts: No civilized country demolishes homes

    As illegal settler outposts in the West Bank continue to circumvent law and only expand, Palestinian homes that have been around for decades longer are demolished over and over again.  This week, national-religious MK Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) was interviewed on an Israeli news show called London & Kirschenbaum about his proposal for a bill to legalize illegal settler outposts in the West Bank (yes, you read correctly -  to make legal what is illegal). The private bill, which has been tabled due to the Prime Minister's objection, would bar the state from demolishing and evacuating settler outposts in the West…

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  • Ending the occupation won’t save (most) Israelis money

    Not only is he a liar and war-mongerer, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ruins economies, too! His corporate capitalism will make sure Israelis won't see the economic fruits of ending the occupation (not that it will ever happen on his watch, anyway...) Bibiconomy I swear to God, if I see one more person write that Israelis suffer economically because of the settlements, I’ll lose it. Or if someone says #J14 protesters should demonstrate against the occupation because the State poured $100 billion into the territories since the 70's, and that’s money that they would have seen otherwise, I’ll go bonkers. Those…

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  • Village of al-Arakib destroyed again, police to charge residents for evacuation

    The Bedouin village al-Arakib, in the northern Negev, was destroyed again today. Hundreds of policemen blocked the access to the village, removed the residents from the temporary homes they constructed, and razed the place with bulldozers. Al-Arakib was destroyed for the first time last week, only to be rebuilt later by residents and volunteers in the following days. According to news site Ynet, 10 temporary structures were constructed in al-Arakib in the past week. They were all destroyed today. Arab Knesset member Taleb El-Sana (Raam-Taal) fainted after being removed by force from one of the homes. He was evacuated to…

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