- 19 aug 2010
Early morning settler attack on Palestinian family in Hebron area
Al Baqa’a Valley
Atta Jabr is a farmer who lives with his family on a hill, near Road 60. They live in the Al-Baqa’a Valley, east of Hebron. They live close to Harsina settlement and an illegal outpost. At around 5:00am on Wednesday morning, 18 August 2010, Atta and his family were awoken by the sound of a shofar – a horn used in Jewish religious rituals.
Six settlers came down from the rocks where they were sitting, on land which is the property of the Jabr family. Atta and his pre-teen daughter came out to see what was going on. The settlers then ran down the hill and attacked them. Atta and his daughter were pushed around violently, but thankfully they managed to get inside the house and close the door. The settlers then began yelling a slew of insults and threats. They said that the land belonged to them and therefore they should own Atta’s house too. They screamed that they wanted to “f—“ everyone in the house and that they wanted to “f—-“ Atta’s daughter. One of Atta’s relatives, Jaoud, came running out of his house to see what was going on. When the settlers saw him they fled.
During the assault, Atta tried calling the police for help. Noone arrived for approximately 2 hours. It was only after activists called the police and announced that they were on their way, that the police responded.
The settlers were caught on tape by one of Atta’s daughters. (footage to follow).
This was just one incident in the ongoing history of settler attacks which has seen an escalation in the Hebron area in recent weeks.
http://fwd4.me/0iL5 19 feb 2011, 12:22 , Respect
Maria 20 aug 2010
Dark days in Al Buwayra: a week of settler attacks
Canadian activist Peter Cunliffe after he was left with a broken nose following an attack by masked Israeli settlers in Al Buwayra
Al Buwayra is a small village located on the outskirts of Hebron, with about 560 inhabitants. Most people are farmers, growing grapes and vegetables to support themselves. The situation in the village is critical, and villagers are repeatedly being attacked by settlers from the illegal Kyriat Arba and Harzina settlements which surround the village as well as several illegal outposts.
The road into the village is blocked by a gate and an earth mound set up by the Israeli army, forcing the villagers to either climb or drive a long way in order to enter their homes. Since the Israeli army began demolishing two of the five illegal outposts around Buwayra, settlers have carried out several attacks both on the villagers, their farmland and their animals. Daily life is a struggle with good reason to be constantly afraid. ISM, in close cooperation with CPT, has been going to Buwayra almost every day over the last 3 weeks, when the army removed the first illegal outpost and the settlers started to attack the Palestinians in response.
Thursday 5 August
Death threats towards two internationals, attack on Susan Sultan.
Early Thursday morning, around 6.30, soldiers from the Israeli army came to remove an illegal outpost near a settlement. ISM and CPT sent people there straight away to make sure the soldiers and settlers didn’t harass Palestinians. The settlers were really angry and the villagers feared that the settlers would retaliate against the Palestinians.
The settlers set fire to a small piece of Palestinian farmland but luckily the Palestinians themselves were able to put out the fire. There were internationals present almost the whole day. Two internationals, one from Denmark and the other from England, received two death threats from settlers because of their presence in the area. The outpost was removed and the soldiers tried to block the way to outpost but after the soldiers left the settlers started on clearing the road and rebuilding the outpost.
(9:55) Death Threats and Fires at Israeli Settler Outpost - al Buwayra, Palestine
Al Buwayra is a small village located on the outskirts of Hebron, with about 560 inhabitants. Most people are farmers, growing grapes and vegetables to support themselves. The situation in the village is critical, and villagers are repeatedly being attacked by settlers from the illegal Kyriat Arba and Harzina settlements which surround the village as well as several illegal outposts.
The road into the village is blocked by a gate and an earth mound set up by the Israeli army, forcing the villagers to either climb or drive a long way in order to enter their homes. Since the Israeli army began demolishing two of the five illegal outposts around Buwayra, settlers have carried out several attacks both on the villagers, their farmland and their animals.
Daily life is a struggle with good reason to be constantly afraid. ISM, in close cooperation with CPT, has been going to Buwayra almost every day over the last 3 weeks, when the army removed the first illegal outpost and the settlers started to attack the Palestinians in response.
On the evening of August 5th Suzan Jamil Sultan, 51, a university English teacher was in her car, with her three children aged 2, 3 and 8 in the backseat, driving towards her home, at around 21.30 at night. Near her home, which has an outpost located near to it, she saw a car parked across the narrow road, blocking it.
She also saw a car with a blue light, and assumed it was a police car, and therefore thought it was safe to drive on. Suddenly at least ten settlers appeared, and they started throwing stones to her car. She was scared, and her children were crying. She tried to reverse the car, but was not able to move on the narrow road.
Suzan then got out of the car, as she wanted to protect the children from getting hurt. The settlers attacked her with stones, hitting her in the head, in her side and her hand. She remembers that she fell, and couldn’t hear or see for some minutes, and when she was able to see again the settlers were gone. She then saw that the blue light belonged to the settler’s security car, parked near where she was attacked.
She then asked the driver: “Did you see what they did?” in English. The man answered that he doesn’t speak English. Suzan’s daughter then arrived and helped her and her children home. She had to go to hospital and needed three stitches on her hand. She was still suffering from pain in the head and side, and had a bandage on her hand when ISM activists spoke talked to her the following Monday and her whole family, she said, were scared to move around the open fields where they might encounter settlers.
Friday 6 August
Two internationals attacked. Three Palestinians arrested at night, while trying to defend a family from settler attack.
ISM sent two people to replace the people from CPT that had spent the night in Al Buwayra. The situation up until 12.00 was quiet.
At 12.00 the two internationals were sitting in the shade under a tree when three masked settlers appeared out of nowhere and attacked. There carried wooden and metal sticks. The internationals were severely beaten. After the attack, which lasted only 2 minutes, the settlers ran towards the outpost. Family members from the Sultani house helped the internationals to stop the bleeding and protected them from further attacks. They were taken to Al Khalil hospital and one needed surgery on a broken nose and is still recovering from his injuries.
That night 100 settlers threw stones at the Sultans house because the Sultans helped the two internationals that were attacked. When soldiers arrive most of the settlers leave the crime scene but one settler stays back to tell the soldiers that it’s the Palestinians that have been attacking the settlers and not the other way around. Three Palestinians were arrested at night while they were trying to defend and protect the Sultan house from the settler attack. It is known that two of them have been released.
Saturday 7 August
Closed Military Zone. Settlers set fire to grape vines.
Early on Saturday morning six people from ISM went to Al Buwayra. At first things seemed calm but after a while, when sitting close to the outpost, activists were approached by soldiers who said the area was a closed military zone and that the internationals had to leave. They moved a little away.
At night the settlers set fire to a field of Palestinian grapevines and a fire truck was called. However, the Palestinians ended up putting out the fire themselves.
Sunday 8 August
In the morning internationals tried to go into Al Buwayra but were refused access by the soldiers saying once again that the village was a closed military zone and that the internationals could not go and visit families and take pictures of the damage caused by the settler attacks.
Later three internationals, one from CPT and two from ISM, go by car and enter the village. The border police spotted the internationals quickly but after a talk with the commander the internationals and the Palestinian driving the car were allowed to go and visit one family for half an hour. The family spoke about what it is like to live in constant danger and fear of the settlers. From the family house settlers could be seen walking in the hills close to the outpost.
Monday 9 August
On Monday internationals made it in to Al Buwayra. By taking the back way the internationals avoided being seen by the border police and were able to go and speak to different families. The internationals saw settlers walking around the outpost but overall things seemed to be calm. But the villagers live in constant fear. They have trouble sleeping because they never know when to expect a settler attack. They are really worried about the future and when things are quiet for a few days they know that this is only a brief respite before a new settler attack.
Updated on August 20, 2010
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Maria 22 aug 2010
PA official: Settlers set fire to village land, The same day, medics said Israeli troops fired tear gas grenades toward residents
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set lit 20 dunums of farmland on fire south of Nablus on Sunday, a Palestinian Authority official said.
Ghassan Doughlas said dozens of residents of the illegal Ihya outpost torched the area of Sahel Khalet Abu Shreka, near Jalud village.
Doughlas accused settlers in the area of repeatedly provoking locals by expanding settlements, constructing outposts, and burning land.
The same day, medics said Israeli troops entered the village and fired tear gas grenades toward residents.
An Israeli army spokesman said the military was not familiar with such an incident.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=309935 23 feb 2011, 01:36 , Respect
Maria 23 aug 2010
Muezzin 'attacked' in Jerusalem village
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers allegedly assaulted a muezzin, the mosque official responsible for calling Muslims to prayer, before announcing the end of fasting for the day on Saturday evening.
Witnesses said more than a dozen Israelis entered the mosque in the Jerusalem village of An-Nabi Samwil minutes before the evening prayer call signaling the end of the day's fast and attacked muezzin Barakat Mithqal.
Mithqal sustained bruises in the incident. His glasses were broken and his phone was stolen, witnesses said.
They added that when worshipers came for evening prayer, clashes ensued prompting Israeli border guards to deploy at the site. An ambulance arrived to transfer Barakat to a Ramallah hospital for treatment.
Salim Talal Barakat, 40, was detained for allegedly assaulting one of the settlers.
A Border Police spokesman did not immediately return calls placed after business hours Sunday.
Jerusalem rail firm planning to segregate carriages along gender lines
Pressure from city's ultra-orthodox Jews has already led to some bus lines confining women to the rear of vehicles
The company building a light railway across Jerusalem is considering segregating some carriages along gender lines to serve the city's ultra-orthodox Jewish population.
The railway, which is due to be operational next spring, could have separate compartments for men and women, Yair Naveh, the chief executive of CityPass, said today.
"The train was built to serve everyone," he said. "It is not a problem to declare every third or fourth car a mehadrin [kosher] car."
The suggestion was swiftly condemned by Jerusalem city councillor Rachel Azariya, who said: "Naveh was appointed to run a project – that doesn't mean that he can tell people where to sit and where not to sit, nor does it mean that he knows anything about values and democracy."
Under pressure from the influential and growing ultra-orthodox community, some bus lines in Jerusalem have introduced segregation, with women confined to the rear of the vehicle.
The segregation proposal is the second point of tension between the CityPass consortium and the council within a week. The company earlier distributed a consumer survey asking Jerusalem residents if they were "bothered" that the light railway is to include stops in Arab neighbourhoods en route to connecting to Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem.
Another question asked: "All passengers, Jews and Arabs, can enter the train freely, without undergoing a security check. Does this bother you?"
Ofra Ben-Artzi, a sister-in-law of Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister's wife, was among those surveyed. "I told the pollster, 'Imagine this kind of question being asked in London or New York.'" The city council later wrote to CityPass accusing it of racism and "arousing strife and contention in the city".
Jerusalem's light railway has been mired in endless delays since work began eight years ago. Construction work has caused major disruption to traffic flow in the city centre, and CityPass has been accused of poor management of the project.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/23/jerusalem-segregated-train-carriages 25 feb 2011, 01:04 , Respect
Maria 24 aug 2010
Palestinians say settlers killed Palestinian youth
Sources in West Bank say local Jews shot teen to death after their car was stoned; IDF says cause of death unclear
Israeli settlers shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian youth in the West Bank overnight Thursday after their car was pelted with stones, Palestinian security sources said.
The IDF confirmed that the teen's body had been found, but said the cause of death remains unclear at this point. Village resident and journalist Samer Shalaby said other youths who were with the boy said they were throwing stones and came under fire from one or more settlers.
According to a Palestinian source, witnesses said Ayssar Yasser, from the village of Mizra el Sharquieh, near Ramallah, in the north of the West Bank, was shot and killed after the settlers opened fire when their car was stoned.
Israeli police also confirmed the boy's death and said they were investigating the cause. Spokesman Gili Elhadad said police received reports of stone-throwing and gunshots in the area and are looking into both. The incident took place on Highway 60 at around 7 pm.
An Israeli army source confirmed that shots had been fired in that neighborhood after stones were thrown at the cars of Israeli civilians, but was not able to say if there had been victims.
The Palestinians said the teen's body was found a few hours after the shooting near a field that belongs to his family. According to them, the body was discovered not far from the site of a confrontation between a group of young Palestinians and a settler on Highway 60. They said the settler stepped out of his vehicle and fired a number of shots.
Dumar Zaban, the teen's cousin, told Ynet that gunshots were heard near the village and that residents went searching for the teen after evening prayers when he did not come home.
"We searched for him with flashlights. We knew that he had been working on his family's agricultural field, and we found him there under an olive tree %u2013 lying on his stomach, with a bullet wound in his back."
According to the cousin, a pathologist's report determined that a number of dum-dum bullets had exploded inside the teen's body.
A joint Israeli-Palestinian task force comprised of police representatives and physicians has been set up to investigate the circumstances of the boy's death.
Some two months ago a 16-year-old Palestinian was killed in a village near Nablus during a clash with IDF soldiers. The army said Palestinians threw dozens of stones at forces operating in the village, adding that soldiers responded with crowd-dispersing means but did not use live fire.
Also Thursday, a Jewish family from the outpost of Kida said it survived a "lynching attempt" near Silwan on Jerusalem Day.
The Yakobi family filed a complaint stating that Palestinians pelted their vehicle with stones near the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Wednesday.
While the Border Guard said it was unfamiliar with the incident, the family claimed that after it managed to escape the scene, officers near the site refused to chase after the assailants.
Meanwhile, a group of 60 settlers from Shilo who also participated in the Jerusalem Day march said they were pelted with stones by Arab residents of the Shufat Refugee Camp, north of Jerusalem.
During the incident a 20-year-old settler fired warning shots in the air. Security forces eventually rescued the group of settlers.
24 aug 2010
Haredim stone hospital construction workers
(1:03) Ultra-Orthodox Jews lose grave battle in Israel - no comment
Violent protests against Barzilai Hospital construction continue; police force disperses rioters
Radical ultra-Orthodox protestors are continuing their efforts to disrupt the construction of a new emergency room at Ashkelon's Barzilai Hospital.
Tuesday morning, about 30 protestors hurled stones at construction workers at the site. Police forces were called to the scene and dispersed the rioters.
The protestors are upset that the construction of the new medical facility required the removal of ancient pagan graves.
Meanwhile, the court extended the remand of three ultra-Orthodox rioters who protested at the site Sunday by another day. Five more suspects who received an offer to be released on restrictive conditions refused the proposal and will stay in detention. Police officials said they intend to file indictments against them.
A week ago, unknown vandals damaged construction equipment used at the hospital, halting the work at the site.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3943067,00.html 26 feb 2011, 11:42 , Respect
Maria 25 aug 2010
Report: Settlers plan rallies to ensure construction resumes
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The settler regional council has begun planning a large rally celebrating the end of the Israeli government's settlement building moratorium on 26 September, Israeli media reported Wednesday.
According to Israeli daily Ma'ariv, several Likud party members were expected to attend what has been coined a "bulldozer event," after which construction on homes and private structures will begin immediately.
The council met on Tuesday to plan for rallies once the freeze on West Bank building ends, the daily reported, to prevent obstacles in resuming construction.
Among planed action, Maariv reported, were protests involving schoolchildren, set to begin in the days after the academic year begins. The children will write letters to ministers urging construction to continue unabated. Classroom discussion will also focus on the freeze, the daily wrote.
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin recently said he intended to visit the illegal Efrat settlement in the Etzion settlement bloc on the first day of school, while Minister Limor Livnat was expected to pay a similar visit to Ma'ale Adummim in occupied East Jerusalem.
The impending resumption of settlement construction is expected to be discussed as peace talks begin only 24 days earlier in Washington. Palestinian officials confirmed that peace talks will halt as soon as settlement construction plans were announced by the Israeli government.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=310686 28 feb 2011, 14:19 , Respect
Maria 26 aug 2010
Palestinians clash with settlers, Border Police in East Jerusalem
Arab Silwan residents say settlers, taking a shortcut to a swimming pool, tried to break down a mosque gate; settlers: We don't know what happened.
Arab residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan clashed with Border Police forces early Thursday, setting four cars and two motorcycles on fire and hurling stones at firefighters summoned to the scene.
A Jewish resident of the region, 22, was lightly hurt when a rock was hurled at his head. The Palestinian demonstrators also set fire to trees, trash receptacles, a guard's post and more.
According to the demonstrators, the clashes began when settlers tried to break down a gate leading to a mosque courtyard.
"At three a.m., four settlers arrived and asked to open the gate so they could take a shortcut to the swimming pool," said Mahmoud Karin, a resident of the neighborhood and an employee of the Silwan information center. "One of the [Muslim] worshippers saw them and yelled to them to find out what they were doing and they fled," he said.
Palestinians began hurling rocks at settlers' homes following the incident, and local security personnel began firing shots into the air. During the clash, a settler's car erupted into flames, apparently due to a firebomb. Palestinian vehicles in the area also sustained damage.
The settlers involved in the incident denied the Palestinian allegations, saying that "the story with the gate is completely unfamiliar to us." A settler spokesman said that the clashes had begun Wednesday evening, long before the 3 a.m. incident described by the Palestinians. "We don't know what happened, this area is usually quiet. It is clear to us that this involves a group of extremists, and we have been in contact with many of the residents who clearly didn't want this to happen."
Tensions in Silwan have risen in recent months over Israeli government plans to demolish houses built illegally in the region.
Clashes in East Jerusalem
(1:26) Clashes in East Jerusalem
Residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan clash with settlers and police, claiming armed settler guards entered their ancient mosque for its water.
Settler leaders to PM: Keep commitment to end freeze
Yesha Council reminds Netanyahu of promise as 10-month-long partial building moratorium order expiration date nears.
Settler leaders urged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to stand behind his promise to renew building in the West Bank when the 10-month-long partial building moratorium order expires on September 26.
The Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria issued a letter in which they strongly urged the Prime Minister to not capitulate on this commitment in upcoming negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.
The building moratorium is one of the most important issues facing would-be negotiators in advance of the expected opening of direct talks in Washington late next week. Palestinian negotiators have said that a continuation of the order is a precondition for holding talks, while Israeli negotiators have refused to consider any preconditions.
The letter issued Wednesday was supported by the heads of all of the regional councils who are members of the Yesha Council, all of whom are currently under the moratorium order. The letter was not only sent to Netanyahu, but also to the other 120 ministers and MKs.
Any failure to immediately issue these permits and allow construction to resume will be viewed as an effective continuation of the freeze and lead to serious diplomatic and political implications for our country, wrote the council heads.
This is not a time to mince words as this is literally a day of judgment for our Prime Minister and government. If we are not given the legal right to actually build homes for our families and children, we cannot allow this coalition to continue to govern, said Yesha Director-General Naftali Bennett.
The Prime Minister needs to appreciate that we will stand firm on our commitments to strengthen and expand the communities and we cannot bend to any international pressure, Bennett added. These upcoming negotiations promise to be another futile display of diplomacy but we must not allow citizens of Israel to become the scapegoats in this process.
On Tuesday, in response to perceived pressure to continue the freeze, Coalition Chairman MK Zeev Elkin (Likud) and MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union), co-chairmen of the Knesset Lobby for the Land of Israel issued a statement repelling the American threat of getting involved in democratic decisions made by the government of Israel.
The lobby supports the position of the Prime Minister and the majority of ministers in the cabinet that the government's decision will not be changed and the moratorium will end on September 26. The lobby itself which is the biggest faction in the Knesset, will stand at guard and will make sure that building throughout Judea and Samaria will be carried out immediately with the expiration of the moratorium.
Bennett welcomed what he described as wide-reaching support within the coalition for restarting building in the council's communities as soon as the moratorium order expires.
In the last few days, over half of the ministers of the government from Moshe Kahalon to Daniel Hershkowitz, Limor Livnat to Yuli Edelstein have expressed that not only will the freeze expire, but that there is going to be active building all around Judea and Samaria, Bennett said Wednesday evening.
http://www.jpost.com/ArtsAndCulture/Entertainment/Article.aspx?id=186005 1 mar 2011, 13:02 , Respect
Maria 27 aug 2010
Italian hotels shocked by Israeli behavior
Verona hotel issues letter in Hebrew ordering guests not to enter breakfast room with bags due to 'sandwich factory,' while Tuscany villa refuses to take in Israeli guests
Has the ugly Israeli moved from Antalya to Italy? Israeli travel agents have been receiving a slew of complaints in recent weeks from hotel and villa managers in Italy about the Israeli tourist's behavior.
At the Expo Hotel in the northern Italian city of Verona, Israeli guests have been receiving instructions in Hebrew ordering them not enter the breakfast room with bags. The letter was issued after the hotel found out that many guests, not just Israelis, empty the fruit basket and open a "sandwich factory" at the breakfast room, preparing food that would last them the whole day.
In addition, hotel managers have sent the Israeli agents pictures testifying to the mess left behind by guests from Israel in their rooms, while other hotels have issued explicit rules in Hebrew, warning the Israeli guests that they would be charged for any dishes and cutlery taken to them rooms and for the room's cleaning.
Results of Israeli visit to Italian hotel room
The Tryp Hotel in Verona has issued a list of instructions in Hebrew, stating that the hotel expects the guests to leave their rooms in good condition and that they would be charged for any damage.
In addition, any request for service beyond the regular service included in the room's price will be charged. For example, additional sheets and towels will cost €5 (about $6.4) each, a guest requesting dishes from room service – such as plates, cups and cutlery – will have to pay €10 ($12.8) for each item; and an extra cleaning of the room will cost €20 ($25).
The hotel adds in its letter than if the room is found to be in "inappropriate condition" for regular cleaning, it will not be cleaned. It also forbids guests to put their own food in the mini-bar.
According to one of the complaints sent by the managers of a villa in Tuscany, the place was trashed by an Israeli family which rented the house for two nights. The complaint included pictures illustrating the filth left behind.
Tuscany villa. Israelis not welcme (Photo: Tali Heruti-Sover)
The complaint states that the Israelis threw all the towels on the bathroom and bedroom floors, left dirty diapers under the sink, stained the sofa cover and sheets, and put leftover food on the kitchen table, which immediately attracted ants.
In another villa, guests were charged more than €500 ($640) for damages and the managers refuse to take in Israelis anymore.
Yair di Castro, general manager of the Solo Italia tour company, says that only several days ago he wanted to take an organized group of Israelis to the La Greca restaurant near Verona, but its manager refused to let Israelis in.
"He said the Israelis walk in and start moving tables around in order to be able to sit together and order all kinds of stuff from the menu without understanding what it is, and then when the food comes they say it wasn't what they wanted and refuse to pay for it, so it all has to be thrown out."
27 aug 2010
Jerusalem settlers assault 9 year old, parents say
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A nine-year-old boy said he was beaten by Israelis affiliated with the Atarot Kohanim settler group in Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday evening.
Anas Sa'ad Ash-Shaloudi said he was on his way to his uncle's house for the fast-breaking iftar meal at sunset, and was assaulted by five men standing outside his uncle's home.
"They hit me on my head and I fell on the ground. They took off my shoes and started beating me on my back. I yelled for help," Anas told Ma'an.
He said relatives and an older brother came out of the home, located near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to intervene, and police arrived to the scene shortly thereafter.
"The Israeli police came to protect the settlers," Anas said. He was accompanied by is 17-year-old brother to the Jaffa Gate police center and later taken to a clinic for treatment.
Representatives from the Israeli police could not be immediately reached for comment by phone.
27 aug 2010
Settler guards, Silwan youth clash overnight
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A second night of clashes was reported in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan overnight, ending early Friday morning as worshipers began the journey to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The clash was reportedly sparked when teenage residents threw stones at guards outside of settler homes in the neighborhood.
Violence was centered on Ein Silwan Street, adjacent to Wad Hilwa, where fierce clashes erupted on Wednesday following a settler attempt to gain access to a local mosque.
Cars were burned and several trees destroyed during the earlier clash.
2 mar 2011, 14:20 , Respect
Maria 28 aug 2010
‘Weekly Standard’ publishes call for ethnic cleansing
Apparently Fred Barnes has a piece in the Weekly Standard saying that Jews have a right to all of historical Palestine because of the red heifer, or some such logic. Matt Duss explodes the piece at ThinkProgress:
Things take a darker turn, however, when [Barnes quotes] settler spokesman Dani Dayyan, commenting on the prospect of a Palestinian state, “raises the long-discarded idea that Jordan might become that state”:
"Though its population is predominantly Palestinian, Jordan is a Hashemite kingdom. But if Hashemite rule were ended, “that would open a new horizon of possible solutions that don’t exist today,” Dayyan says. “That’s a thought for the future.” But not one that’s on the table in the Israeli-Palestinian talks to begin next week."
There are good reasons that this idea has been long discarded. Among them: The Palestinians don’t want it. The Jordanians don’t want it. There’s also the small detail that, in addition to being enormously difficult to carry out, involuntary population transfer is a crime against humanity. So don’t let’s think about it for the future, but let’s do let it be instructive as to how some Israelis (and Americans) think.
A few points. The first, and most obvious, is that there’s simply no analog on the left to this sort of thing. You won’t find writers from The Nation or The American Prospect just breezily writing about how driving the Jews out of Israel “would open a new horizon of possible solutions that don’t exist today.” And that’s a good thing.
4 mar 2011, 13:16 , Respect
Maria 30 aug 2010
IDF preparing for more settler violence if freeze extended
Communities within so-called settlement blocs will likely be allowed to resume construction.
The IDF is gearing up for a possible increase in settler violence late next month amid reports that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is mulling an extension of the freeze on housing starts in isolated West Bank settlements.
Communities that are within so-called settlement blocs such as Gush Etzion and Ma’aleh Adumim will likely be allowed to resume construction, according to the reports.
At the same time, the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria is preparing for the possibility that settlers will, despite a continuation of the freeze, begin construction in hundreds of places simultaneously to make it impractical to stop the work.
It is feared that settlers and right-wing activists will respond to such a government decision by attacking Palestinians.
The IDF has noted an increase in settler violence in the past year and several months ago established a new task force, made up of three companies of border policemen specially trained in crowd dispersal and nonlethal crowd control techniques. Unlike soldiers, border policemen have the authority to arrest demonstrators and search homes inside settlements.
The task force primarily operates in northern Samaria near settlements like Yitzhar that are known hotbeds of right-wing extremists.
Recent violence has included attacks against soldiers, as well as against Palestinian vehicles that were set on fire near Kedumim and spray-painted with the words “Price Tag,” a term indicating that the rampage was the work of settlers angry over the freeze on settlement construction.
A mosque in the Palestinian town of Hawara, south of Nablus, was also vandalized recently. Masked men spray-painted a Star of David and the word “Muhammad” – in Hebrew – on the wall of the mosque.
http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=186400 9 mar 2011, 00:27 , Respect
Maria 31 aug 2010
Mayor: Settlers open fire at Palestinian farmers
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A village mayor in Salfit said Tuesday that 10 armed Israeli settlers opened fire at three Palestinian teenagers near the as they tended to their land in Deir Istiya.
Village Mayor Nathmi Salman said Yousef Muhammad Al-Qaysi, 17, Sharaf Dawoud Ubeid, 18, and Udayy Azzam Ubeid, 18, were all tending to their land at 7:40 a.m. on the northern side of the village when mounted settlers rode past and fired on them.
No injuries or damage were reported in the incident he said, adding that the village is in close proximity to the illegal West Bank settlement of Immanuel, which were built on lands owned by village residents.
Four Israelis killed in shooting attack near Hebron
Initial report: At least four Israelis murdered in West Bank shooting attack Tuesday evening ahead of resumption of peace talks in Washington; security forces, rescue services rush to scene of attack in Gush Etzion area
Lethal terror attack: At least four Israelis were murdered in a shooting attack in the Hebron region Tuesday night.
According to initial reports, an Israeli vehicle traveling in the area came under fire directed at it from a passing vehicle at the Beni Naim junction on Highway 60.
More than one terrorist apparently took part in the attack, which security officials say was a well-planned ambush. Channel Two said the attackers apparently confirmed the death of the Israeli victims before fleeing the scene.
The victims' death was pronounced by medical personnel at the scene. One of the victims was a preganat woman, officials said.
Security forces and Magen David Adom ambulances rushed to the scene. Palestinian security forces were also informed of the attack, which took place just as the Ramadan fast was ending, and are looking into the incident.
Four Israelis killed in shooting attack near Hebron
The attack occurred around 7:30 P.M. when gunmen opened fire on the victims' car on Route 60 in the West Bank.
Four Israelis were killed on Tuesday night when gunmen opened fire on their car at the entrance to Kiryat Arba, near Hebron, in the West Bank.
The attack occurred around 7:30 P.M. on Route 60. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
This attack is the latest in shooting attacks on Israelis in the West Bank. In June, a police officer was killed and two others were wounded in a shooting attack on their vehicle outside Hebron, and in May two Israelis were hurt by broken glass when bullets hit their car on a different stretch of Route 60.
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Four Israeli citizens were shot dead in the occupied West Bank late Tuesday, Israeli military officials said.
Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a car driving east of the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement near Hebron, the Israeli military said.
PRC: Attack was message to Palestinian negotiating team
Abu Mujahad, spokesman of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), told Ynet that the West Bank shooting attack in which four Israelis were killed was a message to the Palestinian negotiating team towards the resumption of direct talks with Israel.
"They should not have gone for this move without the support of the Palestinian people," he said. "Our people still abide by resistance and do no believe in the fictitious talks scheduled to commence tomorrow.
Hamas: Attack natural response to enemy's crimes
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Ynet Tuesday shooting attack was "not meant to foil direct peace talks, and said the negotiations had failed even before starting. This is a natural response by the Palestinian resistance to the enemy's crimes, and is proof that despite the resistance's persecution by the security services and despite Israel's crimes, the Palestinians are capable of responding to these crimes."
Barhoum refused to comment on the Palestinian security sources' estimate that Hamas was behind the attack. "Things are not as they were described by the authority's security forces."
Hamas praises West Bank shooting attack
Hamas Islamists in the Gaza Strip praised a shooting that killed four Israelis in the West Bank on Tuesday but did not claim responsibility for the attack.
"Hamas praises the attack and regards it as a natural response to the crimes of the occupation," said Sami Abu-Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, adding that the attack was proof "of a failure of security coordination" between Israel and the Palestinians
'Price tag' responses to shooting attack in West Bank
Security forces in the West Bank are trying to prevent "price tag" responses by settlers to the terrorist attack which killed four people Tuesday.
Stones have been hurled at Palestinian vehicles in the Havat Gilad, Givat Assaf and Silwad areas. In Yitzhar, Security forces blocked a group of settlers who approached an isolated Palestinian home. A Molotov cocktail was hurled at a Palestinian vehicle near Naalin. No injuries have been reported as of yet.
Yesha Council: We'll break construction freeze following attack
The Yesha Council and heads of West Bank Jewish communities announced Tuesday that they will be breaking the settlement construction freeze as of 6pm on Wednesday, in response to the lethal shooting attack which killed four Israelis.
"The Zionist answer is to build and support. They shoot and we build. Each does as he believes," a Yesha Council statement noted.
Likud MK: Attack proves Palestinians don't want peace
Attack shows world Israel seeks peace, Palestinians want violence, Likud MK Akunis says
Tuesday's lethal shooting attack near Hebron "proves once again that the Palestinians do not want peace, Likud Knesset Member Ofir Akunis said Tuesday evening.
Four Israelis were murdered in the attack after their vehicle was ambushed by terrorists.
"Even when Israel reaches out to them, the Palestinians make every effort cut its hand off brutally," he said. "The whole world can see tonight that Israel desires peace while the Palestinians want violence and terror."
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and updated him on Tuesday's shooting attack. Barak also spoke with acting Prime Minister Silvan Shalom.
"This is a very serious incident," Barak said. "The IDF and security services will do everything to get their hands on the murderers. Israel will not allow any terror element to raise its head and will exact the price from the murderers and those who sent them.
"This is an attempt by vile terrorist to hurt efforts to jumpstart the peace process and try to hurt the chances of the direct talks opening in Washington," he said.
After the attack, the Yesha Council urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to return to Israel. The Council's Director-General Naftali Bennett told Ynet the assailants apparently fled the scene via a route opened as part of the gestures to the Palestinians. "We learn that every gesture begets more terror and are hurting over the horrible murder of four Israelis.
"This is a massacre that is not meant to foil talks, but is a direct result of negotiations and talks of concessions. The prime minister, who cancelled his trip to the US due to the flotilla and death of the Turks, must now cancel his visit and be in Israel at the time of such a barbaric terror attack."
'Talks always lead to murder of Jews'
Coalition Chairman and Land of Israel Lobby head Zeev Elkin said: "Unfortunately, all warnings that the policy of removing checkpoints and concessions to the Palestinians would lead to terror did materialize."
"Defense Minister Barak must take responsibility for the security of the citizens of Israel instead of serving as the foreign minister and deal with diplomacy," he said.
Meanwhile, Kiryat Arba Council Head, Malachi Levinger, said that "again it was proven that diplomatic talks with the Palestinians are always accompanied by terrorism and the murder of Jews."
"We urge the prime minister to announce that the response to the attack is the resumption of construction across Judea and Samaria and an end to the gestures to the Palestinians," he said.
PA fears attack's effect on talks
Lethal attack 'no failure on part of Palestinian side,' PA security source says.
Palestinian Authority officials expressed concern that Tuesday's West Bank shooting attack that left four Israelis dead would compromise the Palestinian position in upcoming negotiations with Israel.
Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary of State Phillip Crowley said the US was aware that "external events" could have an impact on the Washington peace summit.
"We also are cognizant that there may well be actors in the region who are deliberately making these kinds of attacks in order to try to sabotage the process," he said.
A Palestinian security source told Ynet that the PA has made great efforts over the last three years to maintain order in the West Bank. He stressed that Israeli officials were aware of the Palestinian forces' effective work, which is coordination with Israel.
"This is by no means a failure on the part of Palestinian side but a serious malfunction. An investigation must be launched to prevent such incidents from accruing again," he said.
According to the source, Palestinian security forces have launched an investigation into the attack based on information received by Israel. The PA estimate that Hamas was behind the terror attack. Officials said the Hebron area is considered one of the last West Bank enclaves wehre Hamas cells continue to operate.
Recently, Hamas leaders including Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal called for the resumption of terrorist attack in the West Bank towards the resumption of direct talks.
Last week, Ynet reported that PA security forces arrested Palestinians who contacted Hezbollah in an attempt to establish cells affiliated with the Lebanese group in the West Bank. According to reports, Kais Obeid, an ex-Israeli-Arab who was involved in kidnapping Elhanan Tannenbaum was responsible for recruiting militants.
Rightist MKs to Netanyahu: Suspend peace talks in wake of deadly West Bank shooting
National Union MK Aryeh Eldad
Hamas Islamists in the Gaza Strip praised the shooting, but did not claim responsibility for the attack.
Settler leaders and rightist Knesset members on Tuesday condemned the shooting attack that killed four Israelis in the West Bank, with some calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to freeze peace talks with the Palestinians and focus instead on the security of Israel's citizens.
"Now it is clear that the most violent periods take place when there is a political process," said MK Uri Ariel (National Union). "Netanyahu must freeze talks and focus on ensuring peace for Israel's citizens."
MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said that the attack raises concern about whether Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian security services can control militants in the West Bank.
"This organization is not equipped to effectively battle Hamas and we will not be surprised if their weapons are turned against us," said Eldad.
Tzviki Bar Hai, the regional council head in Kiryat Arba, said the incident "provides food for thought about the will of our neighbors to co-exist. Every time we start talking, they respond with war."
Education Minister Gideon Saar, a close ally of Netanyahu, said it was a shocking incident but should not halt diplomacy.
"It is very regrettable, how not for the first time, against the background of diplomatic talks aiming to advance peace, the nearly automatic response of Palestinians was a terrorist attack on civilians," Saar said.
Saar, interviewed by Israel's Channel 10 television said, he thought "no prize should go to the murderers by not holding diplomatic talks."
Hamas praises deadly attack
Meanwhile, Hamas Islamists in the Gaza Strip praised the shooting, but did not claim responsibility for the attack.
"Hamas praises the attack and regards it as a natural response to the crimes of the occupation," said Sami Abu-Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, adding that the attack was proof "of a failure of security coordination" between Israel and the Palestinians.
Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, opposes the peace talks starting in Washington on Wednesday and is not taking part.
U.S.: Attack is a tragedy
The U.S. State Department, stopped short of condemning the attack, but called it a tragedy.
"We don't know enough about the circumstances and we are well aware that there might be external events that might have an impact on the environment and actors in the region that might try to sabotage the process," said State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley. "But we believe that we have a window of opportunity and what is needed now is political will and creativity on the part of the leaders."
31 aug 2010
Israeli Army: settlers are preparing to build thousands of settlements
Israeli military sources confirmed that Jewish settlers are now preparing to swamp the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem with thousands of housing units. This will come into effect immediately after the declaration of the decision to end the "freeze" of the construction of settlements.
Maariv newspaper quoted Israeli army command as saying that Jewish circles intend to launch huge campaigns to build in all of the Palestinian territories after the settlement freeze expires on 26th September.
The leadership in the so-called "central region" of the occupation army confirmed that the settlers are set to carry out "widespread acts of sabotage on the one hand, and settlement building throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem, on the other".