Secret 1970 Document Confirms First West Bank Settlements Built on a Lie

Secret 1970 Document Confirms First West Bank Settlements Built on a Lie:

It has long been an open secret that the settlement enterprise was launched under false pretenses, involving the expropriation of Palestinian land for ostensibly military purposes when the true intent was to build civilian settlements, which is a violation of international law.

Now a secret document from 1970 has surfaced confirming this long-held assumption. The document, a copy of which has been obtained by Haaretz, details a meeting in the office of then-Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, at which government and military leaders spoke explicitly about how to carry out this deception in the building of Kiryat Arba, next to Hebron.

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Israel Steps Up Demolitions of Palestinian Homes

Israel Steps Up Demolitions of Palestinian Homes:

Israel has razed more Palestinian homes and other structures so far this year than in all of 2015, the United Nations said Friday, as the United States and France expressed concern.

Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem have demolished 726 structures this year, displacing 1,020 Palestinians, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said….

France on Thursday condemned Israel’s destruction last week of structures it funded in the West Bank village of Nabi Samuel.

It was the third time this year that Israel has torn down French-financed structures, said a French foreign ministry statement, “which includes the dismantling of a school in February.”…

In Washington, the US State Department said it was worried about Israeli plans to raze the tiny Palestinian village of Susiya, in the southern West Bank.

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Reporter Trolls State Department After Israeli Forces Steal Palestinian Child’s Bike

Reporter Trolls State Department After Israeli Forces Steal Palestinian Child’s Bike:

In a surreal moment in the daily press briefing on Thursday, a reporter asked the U.S. State Department spokesperson about the theft of the bicycle of a crying 8-year-old Palestinian girl by Israeli occupation forces….

The incident highlights the daily oppression endured even by young Palestinian children living under Israel’s illegal 49-year military occupation.

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Israeli Soldier Assaults Child for Playing on Jews-Only Road

Israeli Soldier Assaults Child for Playing on Jews-Only Road:

Eight-year-old Anwar Burqan was playing with her young sister and brothers in al-Ibrahimi Street, near their home in Hebron’s al-Salaima neighborhood on 25 July when their games were interrupted by Israel’s pervasive military occupation.

The video… filmed by local resident Raed Abu Ramileh and published by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, shows some of what happened.

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As Israel Prospers, Obama Set to Give Them Billions From US Taxpayers

As Israel Prospers, Obama Set to Give Them Billions From US Taxpayers:

The U.S. already transfers $3,100,000,000 in taxpayer money every year to Israel – more than any other country by far – but the new agreement Obama is set to sign “significantly raises” that amount, and guarantees it for 10 years.

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Israel ‘Taking Advantage’ of US Elections to Expand Settlements on Palestinian Land

Israel ‘Taking Advantage’ of US Elections to Expand Settlements on Palestinian Land:

Israel will use every opportunity to expand the breadth of their illegal colonies on Palestinian land, and the US election season is no exception. Jerusalem Online picked up the story… The articles claim officials from the Jerusalem Municipality told Channel 2 News that plans to build 57 new housing units over the green line in the occupied East Jerusalem colony of Ramot had been fast-tracked because of U.S. election season and “the accelerated process is not a coincidence”.

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Israeli Soldiers Raid Palestinian Town, Kill 12-Year-Old Boy

Israeli Soldiers Raid Palestinian Town, Kill 12-Year-Old Boy:

A 12-year-old Palestinian was killed Tuesday evening during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the town of al-Ram north of Jerusalem in the central occupied West Bank after he was hit in the heart by a rubber-coated steel bullet, according to medical sources….

In March, Defense for Children International’s Palestine branch (DCIP) estimated that at least 41 Palestinian children had been killed by Israelis since October, when a wave of unrest began spreading across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.

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Ambassadors Protest As Israel Continues to Demolish Homes in Occupied Palestine

Ambassadors Protest As Israel Continues to Demolish Homes in Occupied Palestine:

Eight ambassadors to Israel have written to the Israeli military accusing it of breaking international humanitarian law by confiscating shelters for Bedouins in the occupied West Bank that were paid for by European governments….

According to one diplomat whose government was involved with the letter, there had been “no official reply”. The source added: “We’ve had no response but through backdoor contacts it has been hinted that the demolitions will continue.”

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Internal Israeli Border Police Reports Describe Deliberately Provoking Palestinians in Jerusalem

Internal Israeli Border Police Reports Describe Deliberately Provoking Palestinians in Jerusalem:

Related to a complaint filed with the Israeli Justice Ministry, reports out of the Israeli border police deployed in occupied East Jerusalem reveal that police in the department repeatedly, deliberately took actions designed to provoke a violent response from Palestinians to justify a further crackdown on them.

The attorney who filed the initial report noted he finally got 10 reports out of the area, and that they all noted police “initiated friction activity,” with police in the reports openly describing actions they took specifically to “create friction with the residents” of an Arab village in the area.

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Israel Announces Plans for 800 New Settler Homes on Occupied Palestinian Land

Israel Announces Plans for 800 New Settler Homes on Occupied Palestinian Land:

After days of talking up the idea of new construction to “punish terror,” Israel’s far-right government has announced plans to build another 800 housing units in settlements across the occupied West Bank, including 240 inside East Jerusalem. These settlement constructions are in addition to 42 units announced over the weekend.

Israel’s current government is heavily reliant on hawkish settler movements for its political support, and tends to use every dust-up with the Palestinians as a pretext to announce yet more expansions. The expansions, which tend to cut deeply into land that was meant to be part of a future Palestinian state, fuels unrest, and more pretexts for expansion.

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