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U.S. drops demand for Israel building freeze in East Jerusalem

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 27, 2009

According to both Israeli officials and Western diplomats, U.S. envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell has recognized the fact that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cannot announce a settlement freeze in East Jerusalem. The officials said the U.S. will not endorse new construction there, but would not demand Jerusalem publicly announce a freeze.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1110507.html

Rory McCarthy: How settlements in the West Bank are creating a new reality, brick by brick

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 24, 2009

In March 1975 there was no Ma’ale Adumim. After Israel captured and occupied the West Bank in the 1967 war the site was earmarked as a an industrial park. A group of activist settlers from the Gush Emunim — the Bloc of the Faithful — arrived one morning and built a water tower and simple concrete hut. They were removed that day by soldiers, but in December that year the first settler families moved in for good. The city then grew exponentially.

The site is a compelling example of how infrastructure is used to extend Israel’s reach around and well beyond the settlement. Ma’ale Adumim’s buildings seem to cover one main hilltop, but the municipal area of the settlement is nearly 20 square miles, the size of Tel Aviv. Then there are the Israeli-built roads connecting Ma’ale Adumim with nearby smaller, satellite settlements, as well as a major highway running further east past Jericho and cutting across the West Bank until it reaches the Jordanian border. Israel is now building its steel and concrete West Bank barrier around Ma’ale Adumim and the other smaller settlements, effectively incorporating them on the “Israeli” side and by doing so taking another 24 square miles of the West Bank.

For full article, visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/24/west-bank-settlements-israel

Plans for largest East Jerusalem settlement filed for approval

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 22, 2009

A plan for the building of a new settlement, Ma’aleh David, in the middle of an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem was filed for approval by the relevant municipal committee at the Jerusalem Municipality. The plan calls for the construction of 104 housing units on the land where the former headquarters of the Judea and Samaria police was housed in the neighborhood of Ras al-Amud.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1109426.html

Dead Sea Scrolls stir storm at Royal Ontario Museum

Posted in Internal Palestinian Affairs, Jerusalem, Palestine and the International Community by beyondtheborder on April 10, 2009

In letters to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and top executives at the ROM, senior Palestinian officials argue the scrolls – widely regarded as among the great archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – were acquired illegally by Israel when the Jewish state annexed East Jerusalem in 1967.

“The exhibition would entail exhibiting or displaying artifacts removed from the Palestinian territories,” said Hamdan Taha, director-general of the archaeological department in the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

“I think it is important that Canadian institutions would be responsible and act in accordance with Canada’s obligations.”

The Palestinians say the planned ROM exhibit violates at least four international conventions or protocols on the treatment of cultural goods that were illegally obtained.

A scrap of non-biblical Hebrew text from the first century CE, originally discovered in 1956.

A scrap of non-biblical Hebrew text from the first century CE, originally discovered in 1956.

For full article, visit http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/616059

To protest ROM’s decision to display the artifacts, fill the form at http://www.rom.on.ca/about/contact.php.

Archbishop Hanna: “Palestinians in Jerusalem are natives, not strangers”

Posted in Jerusalem by beyondtheborder on April 9, 2009
Archbishop Attalah Hanna

Archbishop Attalah Hanna

Hanna slammed the illegal Israeli policies in East Jerusalem and said that Israel wants to demolish Palestinian homes and annex Palestinian lands.

“This is a racist policy, this policy is unjust and illegal”, he stated, “We reject these policies, the Palestinians in Jerusalem are natives, not intruders or strangers, but Israel wants to terrify and intimidate the Palestinians in order to leave the city”.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59870

Israeli police kill Palestinian man and demolish home in east Jerusalem

Posted in Beatings, Abuse and Killings, House Demolitions, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

Demolition of the Dwiyat family’s house, East Jerusalem. Photo: Kareem Jubran, B'Tselem, 7 April 2009.

Demolition of the Dwiyat family’s house, East Jerusalem. Photo: Kareem Jubran, B'Tselem, 7 April 2009.

On 7 April, security forces demolished the apartment, in Zur Baher, East Jerusalem, of the family of Husam Dwiyat, who carried out a bulldozer attack in the center of Jerusalem in July of last year. The demolition took place after the High Court of Justice denied, on 18 March, the family’s petition opposing the action.

As in previous cases of this kind, the justices (Levy, Grunis, and Na’or) accepted the state’s argument that demolition of the family home will deter others from carrying out similar acts. The justices approved the demolition, even though the state never contended that Dwiyat’s family assisted him or knew of his plans.

For full article, visit http://www.btselem.org/English/Punitive_Demolitions/20090416_House_Demolition_in_East_Jerusalem.asp

Israeli police have shot dead a Palestinian motorist in East Jerusalem who tried to run over officers guarding the demolition of a home.

For full artilce, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7987317.stm

A man identified as 20-year-old Iyad Azmi Uweisat was killed while driving near the checkpoint. Israeli soldiers and police officers were deployed in the area where Israeli forces were demolishing the Dwayat family home in the East Jerusalem town of Sur Bahir Tuesday afternoon.

The Israeli police said they shot Uweisat when he intentionally ploughed his car into the officers, lightly injuring three of them in the legs.

Police later raided Uweisat’s home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukkabir. Uweisat was a cleaning worker at Hadassa Hospital.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36941

Earlier this month the Israeli Court gave the green light to the Israeli army to demolish the Doyat home. The Israeli government says destroying the homes of attackers will deter future attacks.

The Israeli group Peace Now issued a press statement on Monday demanding that the Israeli Goverment should be consistent and demolish the monument to Baruch Goldstein in Hebron. In 1994 Goldstein killed 29 Palestinians whilst they were praying in the Ibrahimi Mosque before he was himself killed. Settlers in Hebron built a monument to him in praise for the attack.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59815

Three Palestinians injured in clashes with East Jerusalem settlers

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

Furthermore, Israeli police arrested the home’s owners, Naser Jaber, and his brothers Alaa and Rajaei. They were released 24 hours later. As hoards of settlers attacked the home, Palestinian residents of the neighborhood confronted them and clashes erupted as far away as Damascus Gate.

On Thursday morning, dozens of Israeli settlers backed by police originally took over the Palestinian house in the Old City of Jerusalem. A scuffle took place between the owner and the settlers before police intervened, allowing the settlers to take control of the house and sending the owner away.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36904

Eviction of Palestinians from Jerusalem homes

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009
Nasser Ghawi in front of what was his family home in East Jerusalem until he was evicted at gunpoint

Nasser Ghawi in front of what was his family home in East Jerusalem until he was evicted at gunpoint

The police came for them at dawn on a Sunday, heavily armed, wearing helmets and riot shields as they broke down the metal doors of the houses and dragged the two Palestinian families out onto the streets.

It was over in minutes, the Hanoun and the Ghawi families evicted from what had been their homes for the past five decades, and thrown onto the pavement before the sun had fully risen.

Within hours young, religious Israeli settlers had been moved in, guarded by dozens of armed police and their own private armed security guards.

For full article, visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/24/west-bank-east-jerusalem-evictions

The Israeli Supreme Court rejected a petition by two Palestinian families challenging their eviction from their houses in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Sunday.

The Hanoun and Al-Ghawi families had appealed a decision by the Israeli Central Court which also denied their right to remain in their homes. The families’ lawyer, Husni Abu Hussein presented Ottoman-era documents proving the family’s ownership of the land.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36902

Increased Reports that Next Israeli Government to Advance West Bank Settlement Construction in E1

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 30, 2009
Israeli media reports have flourished in the past week concerning Israeli plans to move forward with construction of the Mevasseret Adumim neighbourhood in the “E1 Area”, which would link between the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim and Jerusalem, further cutting East Jerusalem off from the West Bank and splitting the West Bank into two. Israeli army radio even quoted sources claiming that future Prime Minister Netanyahu has struck a secret deal with Israel Beitenu Chairperson Avigdor Liberman concerning advancement of these plans as part of the coalition government agreements.

Expansion of Maaleh Adumim Settlement (E1)

Expansion of Maaleh Adumim Settlement (E1)


Norway ‘invests in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank’

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 27, 2009

n 2008 the Norwegian Government Pension Fund invested 5.5 million NOK (860,000 US dollars) of tax money in the Africa-Israel investment company, which has been linked to the Israeli settlement industry.

The company has built and continues to build illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank through its subsidiary construction firm Danya Cebus. Among the illegal settlements are Har Homa in Bethlehem and Ma’aleh Adumim near East Jerusalem.

Source: http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36703