2019 / 2 / 4
By: Madeeha Araj,
The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements said in his weekly report that Settler s Crimes throughout the West Bank continue , the most recent of which is the heinous crime that resulted in the killing of Hamdi Na san, wounding 30 others after right-wing settlers stormed the Mughier village east of Ramallah, and attacking citizen Moqbil Faris and his son near the village of Derrastia. Such crimes are part of the open war waged by the Israeli government and its various military and security arms against the Palestinians, as they escalate their terror under the protection and support provided it to them. Furthermore, a statement issued by the Israeli occupation army in the village of Mughier, east of Ramallah, stated that the incident was just a "quarrel" between some settlers and residents of the village.
Knowing that settler crimes in the occupied West Bank have recently begun to take on an organized nature. They continue to be secured by the Israeli occupation forces, and supported from religious authorities such as Rabbi Eliyahu s final advisory opinion. In this context, a group of senior rabbis from religious Zionism circulated a letter asking the Israeli public to donate to the Jewish terrorist accused of killing the martyr, Aisha Rabi, 47, after an indictment of unintentional killing was filed against him in the Lod s Central Court, ".
In an attempt to deface the facts and increase the crimes of the occupation and settlers, the Prime Minister of the occupation, Netanyahu has ended the works of the mission of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron, and this decision is seriously leads to increase the crimes of the occupation and a settler. In his statement, he said that he "will not allow the existence of an international force working against his state.".
Accordingly, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rrights in the occupied Palestinian territory warned of the serious consequences of Israel s policy and called on the international community to take decisive action in response to Israel s recent intensification of settlement activities in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, adding this would vehemently harm the two-state solution. The UN expert noted that last year witnessed a marked increase of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank.
At the same time, a number of settlement projects, aimed at deepening Israeli control over the occupied Old City and strengthening the Elad Association, which is working to Judaize Silwan, have been approved. The National Infrastructure Development Committee in Jerusalem has approved the plan to build a light airlift cable car, which will link the Mount of Olives and the Buraq Wall with a length of 1.4 km and cost -$- 200 million, encouraged by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. By completion of the project, about 3,000 settlers can reach the Western Wall every hour. Knowing that 15 columns of 26-meter-long train track were built. The project is one of the most prominent projects of Judaization around the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in occupied Jerusalem, especially Silwan area being targeted of further demolition and displacement.
In addition to the Judaization projects in the occupied city of Jerusalem as the early election campaign for the Knesset is drawing near, the Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu pledges to stay in the occupied West Bank settlements "forever" while visiting the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. Netanyahu claimed during his visit that "the Jewish people did not return to its land after two thousand years to get rid of their land, but promise not to evacuate future settlements." At the same time, he opened a settlement on the land of citizens in the town of Khader south of Bethlehem in the area of "Khallet al-Fahm" in Block 91, an area of 20 dunums located next to the previously evacuated settlement outpost "Hatfot." In the context of election campaign ahead of the primaries of the Likud party, in the eve of the upcoming Knesset election of next April, extremist Minister of Culture and Sport, Miri Regev stormed the old town of occupied Jerusalem, took a provocative tour of the city, guarded by tight security.
In the middle of June, two civilian helicopters landed on a hill near Seneri village, Salfit, on which, Ya ob Galant, the Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction, and MK, Yaakov Asher, where they met with Yossi Dagot, head of the settlement council in the West Bank and others, demanding the establishment of a settlement town for the Haredi sector in the name of "Dorot Illit." With them was Asher, who said that will turn into reality, especially since this project is close to Gush Dan and the residential areas of the Haredim. He said, the project was there since 5 years, and the construction will start after 3 years, where 200 dunums of land in the area were confiscated to build 2,000 housing units, while contacts are being made to buy another 600 dunums. The settlement project would cut off communication between Qalqiliya and Salfit Governorate. The settlement will be built at the expense of the Palestinian land, especially the land between Kafr Qasim and Azzun Atma, Beit Amin, Masha, Bedia and Zawiya towns. Knowing that the area of this land is 4,000 dunums.
For its part, the Amnesty International has accused Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and Trip Advisor, giant online booking and accommodation companies of violating human rights of the Palestinians by including hundreds of rooms and activities within Israeli settlements based on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The Israeli government has strongly criticized Amnesty International and considered the organization hypocritical. The Israeli government also announced the cancellation of the tax exemption granted to the organization years ago, at the request of the Minister of Internal Security, Gilad Aradan, claiming that the organization promotes anti-Semitic boycott activities.
A list of Israeli Occupation and Settlers Assaults over the Last Week, Documented by the National Bureau:
- Forcing citizens to demolish parts of his house in the village of Jabal-Mukaber, south of Jerusalem and another to demolish 2 rooms from his home in the town of Silwan, under the pretext of not having licenses.
- Demolishing a 2-floor building comprising of residential and commercial facilities belonging to the Al-Malhi family in Wadi-Joz neighborhood. The first floor was built in 20 years under the pretext of construction without licenses.
- Filming the entire Wadi-Hilweh neighborhood, and distributing a number of demolition notices to some houses there.
- Extending the decision of banning any activity for the PLO institutions in Jerusalem, such as, Orient House, Chamber of Commerce, the Supreme Council for Tourism, the Center for Palestinian Studies, the Palestinian Prisoner Club and the headquarters of social and statistical studies.
- Injuring Hisham Jamil Abu Saifan, 48, and his son Moh d, 10 in the Wadil-Husain neighborhood east of Hebron.
- Attacking the unarmed farmers southeast of Yatta, near the village of Um-Lokhs, injuring some of them.
- Marking some points in the Um-Lkhos to expand borders of the settlements till the entrance of tents and a cave where, Ziad Moh d Makhamra and his family live in the village of Um al-Arayis east of Yatta.
- Seizing electricity towers in the Fara area in Dura town south of Hebron, and prevented working there under the pretext of not having license from the Israeli occupation army.
- Seizing vast area of land in the village of Beit Iskaria located near the settlement of "Gush Etzion bloc"
- Demolishing agricultural rooms in the town of Husan, west of Bethlehem, in Wad al-Ghuayt area in Husan, claiming that it was built in areas classified as "C". Moreover, demolishing 2 barracks in the town of Taqu a, east of Bethlehem.
- Writing racist slogans on 3 vehicles, and storming the archaeological area in the town of Sabtisiya north of Nablus
- Demolishing foundations and pillars of stores under construction, in Hawara town south of Nablus under the pretext of building without a license, resulted losses was JD 15,000.
- Dumping large quantities of waste at the eastern entrance of Awarta village.
- Dashing youth Sari Samir Barham, 20 from Kufr-Qaddum village, while riding his bike on the main street in the Fondoq town. Sari was admitted to the Arab Specialist Hospital in Nablus.
Seizing 2 trucks belonging to Hamed al-Abra s Company near Qalqilia.