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  • For one Palestinian village: A judge, settler and demolisher

    The High Court justice who gave the army a green light to expel an entire Palestinian village just happens to live in a nearby settlement, one of many that thrives on their dispossession. By Dror Etkes The Israeli army’s Civil Administration has issued 70 demolition orders in the Jewish West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut, and 70 demolition orders in the Palestinian village of Khirbet Susya over the years. Beyond that coincidental number, the two towns don’t have much else in common. Located in Gush Etzion, just south of Jerusalem, Alon Shvut is one of the most prosperous and well-established…

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  • IDF maps village of Susya as forced displacement looms

    The IDF's Civil Administration prepares for the evacuation of the West Bank village in the wake of a High Court decision to uphold the rejection a zoning plan. A Civil Administration inspector accompanied by soldiers arrived Sunday morning in Susya to take photos and measurements of village structures, further stoking fears among its Palestinian residents that they will be expelled from their homes at any moment. Nasser Nawajeh, a resident, longtime activist and volunteer with B'Tselem, took the following photo of the official, who goes by the name Carlos. Israel’s High Court of Justice on Tuesday gave the army a green light to demolish the Palestinian village and…

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  • Palestinian village of Susya faces imminent demolition

    Since the Israeli army evicted residents of Susya from their village in order to establish an archeological site in its place, the Israeli military has refused to issue the Palestinians any building permits. Now, the High Court has given the army a green light to demolish the village and forcefully transfer its residents. Israel's High Court of Justice on Tuesday gave the army a green light to demolish the Palestinian village of Susya and forcibly transfer its residents out of Area C of the West Bank. The court refused to issue an injunction that would freeze any demolitions in the…

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  • The only issue that matters in Israel's elections

    I grew up in a settlement. I met more Palestinians that the average Israeli. But it was only during my military service in the West Bank that I realized our 47-year rule over the occupied territories must come to an end. By Shay Davidovich Elections have always fascinated me. As a child, I insisted on staying up late to hear the preliminary results and the party leaders’ initial responses – all happy to declare the dawn of a new era. The soldier’s votes were always counted late, but were never seemingly influential, at most one seat here or there. Interested…

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  • 'I realized violence came from settlers, not Palestinians'

    On the occasion of 10 years since the founding of Breaking the Silence, a former IDF soldier talks about how he came to understand the immorality of the mission his country sent him on, and Israeli society’s silence surrounding it. By Shay Davidovich The drive down Highway 5, heading east into the Occupied Territories, can be deceptive. The wide road and pastoral landscape almost succeed in obscuring the barbed wire fences and heavy military presence. I know this road quite well. It leads to the settlement of Ariel, where I grew up and lived most of my life. Much of…

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  • Beyond irony: Whitewashing Mandela's legacy

    It is not the least bit surprising to see Israeli political leaders praising Mandela’s memory, with some even going so far as to declare him an Israeli hero. Some of these will surely be cynical, conscious attempts to whitewash his legacy and escape criticism. Many, however, believe every word they say. By Sean O’Neill Working in Palestine from late 2006 to late 2009, mostly in the Yatta/Hebron area, I have had the distinct (and often surreal) privilege of meeting a number of Israeli settlers who had emigrated from South Africa. One such man was G., the security guard for the settlement of…

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  • WATCH: Protesting Ehud Banai's show for settlers of Susiya

    Israeli singer Ehud Banai performed in the Israeli settlement of Susya in the south Hebron Hills last Sunday. Although public outcry against the performance led to the show's cancelation, the show eventually went on and got started, in the words of Israel's Channel 10 News, "on the right foot." Social TV was in the neighboring Palestinian village of Susya, with Palestinians as they protested against the performance. http://youtu.be/CZ2NRA2_TQ4 Related: 'Performing in my stolen home': An open letter to Ehud Banai WATCH: IDF bars Israelis from protesting settlement concert

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  • WATCH: IDF bars Israelis from joining Palestinian protest against settler concert

    Fifteen Israelis tried to join Palestinians in the West Bank village Susya to protest a concert for Jews only in the adjacent settlement, but only seven were able to make it there. The IDF stopped them several times on the way, claiming there was a military order prohibiting their presence. The seven who managed to make it to the protest were surrounded by 100 soldiers and border policeman.  Israeli singer Ehud Banai gave a concert Monday night to an exclusively Jewish crowd in the settlement of Susya in the south Hebron Hills, after initially canceling the gig due to left-wing protests.…

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  • Between south Hebron, the Jordan Valley and Israeli democracy

    A couple of West Bank incidents from the last few days, and one final thought: 1. Israeli singer Ehud Banai, who was due to perform in the archaeological, Jews-only site of Susya in the south Hebron Hills, cancelled his gig following left-wing protests, then canceled the cancelation, stating that his decision (not to perform) “fanned the flames of hatred for nothing.” His performance is due to begin as I write this post. In his statement, Banai used the Jewish expression of Sinat Hinam (שנאת חינם, “hatred for nothing”), which in Jewish tradition refers to the internal quarrels that brought about…

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  • 'Performing in my stolen home': An open letter to Ehud Banai

    Nasser Nawajaah, a displaced Palestinian resident of the south Hebron Hills village of Susya, writes to an Israeli singer who is scheduled to perform in the settlement built on his family's stolen land. Several weeks ago a number of Israeli left-wing individuals and organizations launched a campaign to pressure Israeli singer Ehud Banai not to perform in the south Hebron Hills settlement of Susya. Alongside the campaign, Israeli organizations Rabbis for Human Rights, Breaking the Silence and Ta'ayush offered to take Banai on a tour of the area, including Palestinian Susya, a village that was forcibly evicted in order to…

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  • WATCH: Settler group pushes for demolition of Palestinian village

    Susya, a Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills, is once again facing the threat of demolition by Israeli authorities. In 2010, the right-wing settler organization Regavim, along with the adjacent settlement of Susya, petitioned an Israeli court for an order to demolish homes in the village. Regavim argues that Palestinians stole the land, that they are violent toward the settlers of Jewish Susya, and that the settlers' freedom of movement is hindered, among other things. Read more: Photo essay: Susya's women share their life through a lens Save Susya campaign: Over 12,000 faxes annoy Defense Ministry

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  • WATCH: The Palestinian village of Susya – a glance from within

    Repeated demolition attempts by the army and right-wing groups are threatening to destroy the Palestinian village of Susya. "Thus shall it be done to the people whom the state does not delighteth to honor," (but is delighted to get a hold on their land). This is Susya's story. Israel Social TV is an independent media NGO working to promote social change, human rights, social justice and equality, and to mobilize its viewers towards activism.

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  • WATCH: Threat of demolition looms over Palestinian village in West Bank

    The Palestinian village of Susya, which has been through numerous demolitions and forced expulsions, beginning in 1986, is facing yet another threat to its existence. This time, the fate of the entire village lays in the hands of Israel's Supreme Court. By Rabbis for Human Rights On Thursday, Israel's Supreme Court will hold two sessions regarding two petitions affecting the future of the Palestinian village Susya. One will discuss the possibility of expediting the demolition of most of the village, while the other seeks to prevent the villagers’ remaining lands from being rendered off limits to them. The first court session involves a petition by…

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