2020 / 9 / 14
By: Madeeha Al-A’raj
The National Bureau for defending land and resisting settlements ( nbprs ) stated in its latest weekly report , that two weeks on the Israeli High Court’s decision to evacuate and demolish buildings in the random settlement outpost of ‘Mitzpe Karamim’ within three years, the Israeli government mobilized to search for a way out that would prevent the implementation of the decision by enacting a law in the Knesset. This came after the Minister of Settlement, Tzachi Hanegbi, -dir-ector General of the PM’s Office, Ronen Peretz, the Chairman of the Council of ‘Binyamin’ settlements in the Ramallah area, Yisrael Gantz, and settlers from "Mitzpe Karamim" to enact such a law, which legitimizes settlement construction on lands with private Palestinian ownership.
The alternative prime minister and Israeli security minister, Benny Gantz, the head of the Kahol Lavan’ party also expressed his support for the settlers in their endeavor to nullify the Court s decision to demolish and evacuate buildings in that random outpost, where Gantz sent a letter to Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit asking him to act to annul the court’s decision, and wrote in a letter that “it is possible to submit a request to the Court for further deliberations,” claiming that “the ruling leads to a harsh result and it is worth asking the court to review its decision again.” The Israeli Minister of Justice, Avi Nissan Corin, who is also from "Kahol Lavan", demanded that the Court to reconsider its decision.
Army Minister Benny Gantz is heading to approve the construction of 5,000 new settlement units in various areas of the West Bank and that the new settlement units will be established in large settlement blocs and isolated settlements. He also intends to push construction plans in the major settlement such as "Beit El, Shilo, Nikodim, and Har Bracha.”
As for the absorption of new Jewish immigrants, the occupation authorities have recently started building residential buildings consisting of 10 floors in a number of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Gabriel Klugman, CEO of Kadima for business and construction, was quoted as confirming that his company is currently building two modern 10-storey buildings in “Beit El settlement” north of Ramallah. He explained that each building will include the latest designs and technology, such as the luxury buildings in Tel Aviv, allowing the features of separate construction and garden in the settlements to encourage new settlers. He indicated that this multi-storey building would be in all settlements of Judea and Samaria (the Jewish name for the West Bank), in a way that would ensure the absorption of large numbers of settlers.
In this context, the Israeli government approved last Thursday an increase in the Israeli general budget by NIS 11 billion, most of which is allocated to the Israeli army, and includes increasing allocations for the disabled, encouraging the “immigration” of Falasha Jews, and strengthening settlement construction in the occupied West Bank. According to the plan of the Israeli government, the new increase in the budget will be allocated for the benefit of security, increasing the allocations for people with special needs by NIS 900 million, and receiving 2000 immigrants of Falasha Jews by NIS 180 million.
On the other hand, last week, the Zionist occupation authorities seized two ancient castles in the Salfit Governorate in Khirbet Deir Sama’n, located northwest of the town of Kafr-Dik, after they published a written announcement in Hebrew declaring the seizure of the two aforementioned sites, The targeted areas are an archaeological ones, registered according to the treasury in Plot No. 2 under the name Khirbet Deir Samaan Archaeological Site.
The occupation forces recently started building housing units, and placed a sign indicating a new settlement outpost called “Leshem” on the lands of the villages of Deir Ballut and Kafr al-Dik, giving the Palestinian owners of the lands the right to object the decision within 60 days. These two castles were built in the fourth century AD and include wells and pools and houses carved into the rocks and their roads are paved with mosaics. The occupation authorities wanted to control the two sites years ago, and they have recently begun surrounding the Khirbet Deir Sema’n with residential settlement units, in addition to its efforts to annex the monastery of Qala’ to the Bedouel settlement built on the lands of the citizens.
List of Israeli Occupation and Settlers Assaults over the Last Week,
Documented by the National Bureau:
• Dozens of Israeli settlers, including extremist Yahuda Ghalik, broke into the Al-Aqsa mosque yards under Israeli police protection.
• Forcing Jerusalemites to demolish their own houses and shops under the pretext of not having a building permit.
• The Magistrate s Court issued an order to evacuate the Rugby family building in the Batn al-Hawa neighborhood of Silwan, in favor of the Israeli association "Atert Cohnim", under the pretext of being a Jews ownership since 1881.
• Erecting special sensors and loud speakers over the northern corridor in the Al-Aqsa Mosque yards in Jerusalem.
• Attacking a group of Palestinians under Israeli forces protection after removing a settlement outpost about a week ago, on the lands between Al-Mughir and Kofr Malek villages and Bedouin communities east of Ramallah, in Ras Al-Tina lands, attacked and broke the citizens’ cars as well.
• Uprooting 22 olive trees in the Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah, to build a road, and prevented the landowners from accessing the area, erected a barbed fence and a gate there.
• Uprooting and stealing 45 olive trees from the Tormosia Plain northeast of Ramallah.
• Bulldozing agricultural lands east of the Al-Zaheryia town in Khirbet Zanuta belonging to the families of Al-Tal, Al-Jabareen and Al-Samamra, in favor of the industrial zone of the Council of the so-called "settlement Territory" south of Hebron
• Attacking the Palestinian houses in the Tel Al-Rameda neighborhood in central Hebron under Israeli forces protection.
• Attacking Palestinians in the Berin village, south of Hebron, with the presence of the Israeli police.
• Erecting a tent over the five dunums belonging to Adnan Mohammad Al-Dik in order to seize it.
• Handing demolition orders of two barns and poetry house in the Kissan village, east of Bethlehem.
• Destroying glass of a number of vehicles in the Hawara Street.
• Breaking into the archeological site in the Sebastia town, north of Nablus, under strict Israeli protection.
• Carrying out acts of violence and attacked the citizens vehicles in the center of Hawara town south of Nablus.
• Attacking builders and shot fire randomly near the entrance of the Burka village, this led to clashes in the area.
• Preventing the construction of an 550 meters agricultural road and 6 meters wide in the Jalod village, southeast of Nablus, in the southern area, the agricultural road passes through 40 dunums of land belonging to the village Council, and the aim of the construction is to enable dozens of farmers to reach their olive-cultivated fields south of the school.
• Bulldozing about 30 dunums of agricultural lands in the Haris village, north of Salfit, west of the town, called "Khila Hadidiya" to expand the Kiryat Ntafim settlement.
• Attacking citizens vehicles with stones near the "Homesh" settlement entrance between Jenin and Nablus, damaged and crashed more than 10 vehicles.
• The Israeli government decided to destroy all the artesian wells in three areas in the Valleys although it is located in Area B, 15 wells irrigate the agriculture and all the crops in the Jordan Valley.