By Meron Rapoport On March 2012, Yaakov Kats, one of the extremists of the already extreme-right “National Unity” party, had a simple idea. In order to solve the problem of settlements and outposts that had been built on private Palestinian land in the West Bank without official Israeli authorisation, a law should be enacted that would allow Israel to confiscate these lands from their owners. In short, a law for legalising theft. In its early stages, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked this initiative, which was perceived to be a flagrant violation of Israel’s self-declared commitment to international law. Five … Continue reading Israel’s settlement law: From occupation to annexation
No sooner did Donald Trump take the presidential oath of office and seemingly put a promised move of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem on hold, than Israel announced it was building some 6,000 new housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied West Bank. Despite the U.S. administration’s slap on the wrist in response, Israel’s far-right Jewish Home party, led by Naftali Bennett, pushed through a bill “legalizing” outposts built on private Palestinian land, a move that brought international condemnation and was described as “theft” even in Israel. In fact, any changes in occupied territories are illegal under international … Continue reading More Israeli settlements will mean fewer Palestinians
Image of settlement consruction work in West Bank, Israel on 7th Feburary 2017 By Motasem A Dalloul The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has finally approved the settlement bill, which legalises the theft of private Palestinian land for illegal colony-settlement purposes. This means that around 55 illegal settlement outposts built over the past 25 years without the explicit consent of any Israeli government are now “legal”. Although the world believes that this measure will undermine the internationally-backed solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict, in practical terms the international community is doing nothing about it. “The law allows Israel to expropriate private Palestinian land … Continue reading The international community is paralysed in the face of Israel’s colonial settlements
Russia and Iran realise that time is not on their side in Gaza and are putting their full weight behind restructuring Hamas. In January, the two main Palestinian parties, Fatah and Hamas, agreed in Russian-sponsored talks to form a national unity government, ending a quasi-civil war that has lasted between them since 2007. Although Russia, along with the United States, the United Nations and the European Union, has been part of the Middle East Quartet trying to resolve the Palestinian- Israeli dispute for 25 years, it seems interested in hammering out a unilateral endgame to the Palestinian crisis on its … Continue reading Assad eyeing Hamas split over Syria
An article of 26 SEPTEMBER 2016 The giant social network is taking a stand with the occupier, say Palestinian activists. Palestinian activists say the suspension is the result of an Israeli campaign to pressure Facebook to censor the Palestinian narrative Jerusalem – Facebook, the social network, may have capitulated to the Israeli narrative and is taking the side of an occupying power, according to Palestinian journalists and activists. “Israel doesn’t want the Palestinian story about violations against them in the occupied territories to reach a worldwide audience,” said Musa Rimawi, director of MADA, the Palestinian Centre for Development and Media Freedom. … Continue reading Is Facebook neutral on Palestine-Israel conflict?
A Palestinian Photographer is evacuated after inhaling tear grenade fired by Israeli border guard during clashes at a demonstration next to a section of Israel’s separation wall in the biblical town of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, on December 23, 2016 By Yvonne Ridley Israeli newspaper columnist Gideon Levy is loved and loathed in equal measure across the Zionist State because of his acerbic views about the despicable way in which Israel chooses to treat the Palestinians. He recently accused the Israeli military of regarding Palestinians as “fair game” in one of his most critical opinion pieces to-date, but … Continue reading Israel’s occupation is brutal, but what does that make the Arab nations?
By Ramona Wadi Within the space of two days, Israel has exposed its hypocritical scheming when it comes to Palestinians. Two and a half years after its devastating aggression on Gaza, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved the reconstruction of 1,500 homes destroyed during the relentless bombing in Summer 2014; even if they are rebuilt (and that is open to question), it still leaves around 60,000 Palestinian families who are homeless in Gaza. Meanwhile, Netanyahu has also promised the lifting of restrictions on settlement construction in occupied East Jerusalem. At least temporarily, the tunnel network seems to … Continue reading Extending the Displacement of Palestinian Civilians