Posts Tagged ‘West’

12 held after West Bank settlement demo

July 13th, 2012 Comments off

Israeli border policemen arrest Israeli activist Jonathan PollackAn Israeli anti-settlements activist and an American journalist were among 12 people detained by soldiers on Friday during a demonstration in the West Bank, an activist group's spokeswoman said.

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West Bank settlers leave outpost

June 26th, 2012 Comments off

Israeli authorities begin to evacuate dozens of Jewish settlers from an unauthorised West Bank outpost after a court orders it to be dismantled
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Israel to build 300 new West Bank settlement homes

June 6th, 2012 Comments off

Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday ordered construction of 300 new homes in a West Bank settlement, a move aimed at placating settler anger over the planned demolition of an illegally built outpost nearby.
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Germany asks Israel for gesture on settlements

May 30th, 2012 Comments off

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) welcomes German President Joachim GauckGerman President Joachim Gauck asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday for a gesture on the issue of West Bank settlements, which the international community define as illegal.

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Israel asks to defer demolition of settler homes

April 27th, 2012 Comments off

This Sunday, April 22, 2012 photo shows the Ulpana neighborhood in the West Bank settlement of Beit El near Ramallah. A looming deadline to demolish the homes of 30 Jewish settler families in the unauthorized Ulpana outpost has become a tough new test of the Israeli Prime Minster's ability to sustain a delicate balancing act, with some hardline allies warning that if the buildings come down his government will fall as well. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)The Israeli government has asked the nation’s Supreme Court to defer next week’s deadline for demolishing an unauthorized West Bank settlement outpost.

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Top Ten Reasons Israel tried to Censor Bob Simon’s Report on Palestinian Christians

April 25th, 2012 Comments off

Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren not only called the head of CBS news in an attempt to quash a report on the displacement of Palestinian Christians by the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, but he briefed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of the far right wing Likud Party on his attempt.

Here are the top ten reasons Israel’s Likud Party would have wanted to censor American television news on this occasion (and of course we don’t know all the occasions they have successfully done so):

1. The report told Americans that there are Palestinian Christians. Right wing Israelis have attempted to displace, expropriate and erase the Palestinian nation, and to convince Americans that Palestinians don’t exist or if they do are enemies of the U.S. When the foe of the US was the Soviet Union, they made the Palestinians Communists. When the foe became al-Qaeda, they made the Palestinians violent fundamentalists. But if some percentage of Palestinians is Christians, then that fact disrupts the propaganda. In fact, millions of Palestinians are descended from the 700,000 or so Palestinians ethnically cleansed by the Israelis from what is now Israel in 1948, of whom about 10 percent were Christian.

2. The report mentioned that some Palestinians are Lutherans, Catholics and Episcopalians, establishing a link of commonality between them and Americans. The Israeli Likud Party wants Americans identifying only with Israelis, not with Palestinians.

3. The report told Americans that Israel is occupying and colonizing Palestinian land. Most Americans think it is the other way around because of the success of Likud disinformation.

4. The report let it slip that Palestinians in the West Bank need a permit to travel to Arab East Jerusalem and are subjected within the West Bank to humiliating check points that turn a 7 mile journey into an all-day ordeal. This system sounds an awful lot like the old South African Apartheid.

5. The report allowed Palestinians to speak for themselves and to refute Oren’s anti-Palestinian talking points. It is a key principle of right wing Israeli propaganda that Palestinians should never be allowed to challenge the Israeli narrative on American television.

6. The report allowed a prominent Palestinian businessman and Coca Cola distributor to say that he knew of no Palestinian Christians who were leaving the West Bank and Jerusalem because of Muslims but that rather they were leaving because of Israeli oppression.

7. It allowed the Palestinians to point out that the West Bank now looks like Swiss cheese, with Israeli colonies grabbing the good land and water, and the stateless Palestinians pushed into the holes.

8. The report described the Palestinian Kairos Document, calling for nonviolent, peaceful struggle by Palestinians against Israeli Occupation and land grabs. Likud propaganda insists in racist fashion that all Palestinians are inherently angry and violent and that their protest against being made stateless and homeless by Israel is irrational.

9. The report quotes an Israeli scholar who puts “Political Judaism” on par with “Political Islam.” It is a key principle of Likud propaganda that no movement in Israel may ever be compared to movements in the Muslim world.

10. The report allows Palestinians to point out that the way the Israelis built the Separation Wall isolated Bethlehem, Jesus’s birthplace and a city that still is 18% Christian, had made it “an open-air prison.”

Bob Simon’s report on Christians in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian West Bank and Jerusalem is here:

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Thomas Friedman sets conditions

April 5th, 2012 Comments off
I can certainly see the efficacy of nonviolent resistance by Palestinians to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank — on one condition…”  You set conditions on the Palestinians? Who are you to set conditions on the Palestinian people? Who?   What Chutzpah.

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Settlers ignore deadline to leave West Bank house

April 3rd, 2012 Comments off

An Israeli border policeman aims his weapon as Palestinians school girls walk near a building occupied by Israeli settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron,Tuesday, April 3, 2012. The Israeli military on Monday ordered dozens of Jewish settlers to evacuate a building they occupied last week in the heart of Hebron, the West Bank's most volatile Palestinian city. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Dozens of Jewish settlers on Tuesday ignored a deadline to evacuate an illegally occupied West Bank house, as the government remained silent on whether they would be allowed to stay.

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Gazan killed as Palestinians mark Land Day

March 30th, 2012 Comments off

Members of the Hamas security forces prevent Palestinian protesters from reaching the borderIsraeli gunfire killed a 20-year-old man and wounded another 51 people on Friday, as thousands rallied across the West Bank and Gaza to mark Land Day, medical sources said.

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Israel court blocks outpost deal

March 25th, 2012 Comments off

Israel’s Supreme Court rejects a government deal with Jewish settlers to delay evacuation of the illegal West Bank outpost of Migron until 2015.
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