Tag Archives: Palestine

Palestine: West Bank government says Hamas refuses elections in Gaza

Source: Washington Post

"The Palestinian government in the West Bank has announced that upcoming municipal elections will not take place in the Gaza Strip, territory ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah says Hamas has 'refused to hold elections' in Gaza on May 13. The vote will only be held in the West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement run autonomous enclaves. … The elections were originally set for last October, but they were postponed after Hamas courts dropped most of Abbas'[s] electoral lists." (02/28/17)


Israel: Soldier sentenced to 18 months in murder of disarmed, wounded prisoner

Source: CNN

"Sgt. Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian knife attack suspect, was sentenced to 18 months in military prison Tuesday. The Palestinian, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, 21, was one of two men accused of stabbing another Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron in March. The judge announced Azaria will demoted to the rank of private and handed him a 12-month probation on top of his prison sentence. Charges were brought against Azaria after video footage emerged showing him shooting Sharif in the head as he lay on the ground, injured and already subdued." (02/21/17)


Trump says he "can live" with one-state solution between Israel, Palestine

Source: Boston Globe

"President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the United States would no longer insist on a Palestinian state as part of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, backing away from a policy that has underpinned the U.S. role in Middle East peacemaking since the Clinton administration. 'I'm looking at two states and one state,' Trump said, appearing in a joint news conference at the White House with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. 'I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.'" (02/15/17)


Egypt: Islamic State claims rocket fire at Israel resort

Source: Yahoo! News

"The Islamic State group said Thursday that it fired rockets at the Israeli resort of Eilat from the Sinai Peninsula in a rare attack on the Jewish state from Egyptian territory. The Israeli army said there were no casualties from Wednesday evening's rocket fire — three of the rockets were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome air defence system and a fourth fell short of the town. A few hours later, two Palestinians were killed elsewhere in the Sinai. The Islamist Hamas movement which rules Gaza said it was an Israeli air strike. The Israeli army denied carrying out any such action." (02/09/17)


Israel: Knesset passes bill to retroactively steal Palestinian property for Jewish squats

Source: Washington Post

"Israel's parliament passed a contentious law late Monday that allows the state to [steal] land privately owned by Palestinians in the West Bank and grant the properties to Jewish [squatters] for their exclusive use. The measure is designed to protect homes in Jewish [squats], built on private Palestinian property 'in good faith or at the state's instruction,' from possible court-ordered evacuation and demolition. Thousands of homes in dozens of [squats] may now be protected, at least temporarily. The bill is likely headed for a high court challenge." (02/06/17)


Gaza: Israeli forces strike Hamas targets, citing rocket attack

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

"Israeli forces struck targets in the Gaza Strip five times Monday in retaliation to earlier rocket fire, the army said in a statement. Earlier a rocket fired from Gaza struck in an open area, causing no casualties, prompting Israel to return fire with tanks and from the air. According to the army, in response to the rocket fire, a tank destroyed a Hamas position in the southern part of the strip. Earlier, the army said, a tank hit another Hamas position and Israel Air Force planes targeted three different sites in Gaza." (02/06/17)


West Bank: Sixteen Israeli cops wounded in clashes as they attempt to shut down illegal squat

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

"Security forces have started evacuating residents from the illegal outpost of Amona in the West Bank on Wednesday, after hundreds of youths streamed into the outpost to fight the evacuation. A number of lawmakers, including a cabinet minister, have joined the protesters. … The number of police officers wounded in the evacuation has risen to 16, according to police. One of the officers was wounded in moderate condition, and the rest were lightly wounded. … Four protesters were arrested, while dozens of others were pushed beyond the confines of the outpost. Youths have barricaded inside the outpost's homes, with some chaining themselves in. Nine families left the outpost peacefully." (02/01/17)


The wrecking ball

Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

"We interrupt this broadcast from America's airports with an economic bulletin: Already, Donald Trump is creating jobs — not by action but simply by his amoral aura, by his projection of chaotic cluelessness, by the mere fact of taking power. OK, the jobs will be offshore: in the West Bank, building new homes in Israeli settlements—and in the process, burying Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects. The simple version of the story is this: Two days after that under-attended inauguration in Washington, the Jerusalem City Council (suddenly liberated from U.S. pressure) gave the go-ahead to build over 560 new homes in Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Soon after, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman signed off on 2,500 more homes in the rest of the West Bank." (01/30/17)


West Bank: Israeli regime approves construction of 2,500 new illegal squats

Source: The Hill

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday approved the expansion of [squatter] blocs in the West Bank despite international pressure to halt construction in the occupied territories. Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced the development of 2,500 new housing units, with most located within [squatter] blocs. … The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution in December calling for an immediate end to Israeli [squat] expansion." (01/24/17)


Belgium: Livni cancels Brussels trip after threat of arrest for war crimes

Source: Independent [UK]

"A prominent Israeli politician has cancelled a visit to Belgium over fears she may be arrested on her arrival in Brussels over war crime allegations. Tzipi Livni, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs between 2006 – 2009 under former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, was due to arrive in the Belgian capital on Monday to unofficially attend a conference on tackling anti-Semitism in Europe and advancing the continent’s relations with the Jewish state. However, her trip was cancelled after the Brussels prosecutor's office said last week that Ms Livni is the subject of a 2010 complaint to the federal prosecutor, and the authorities could detain or question her on arrival 'to try and advance the investigation.' … Ms Livni was previously forced to cancel a 2009 trip to London after a British court issued a warrant for her arrest following an application by UK lawyers acting for Palestinian victims of Cast Lead." (01/23/17)