ISRAEL: ‘ Government to issue report on Protective Edge in Gaza ‘

#AceNewsReport – ISRAEL:June.14: The Israeli government is to issue a report on last year’s Gaza offensive on Sunday at 1100 GMT, pre-empting a UN war crimes investigation to be published later this month, Reuters reported.

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“Whoever wants to know the truth, let them read this report. Whoever wants to continue with baseless blaming of the state of Israel, let them waste time reading the report by the UN commission,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet, as cited by Reuters.

Israeli’s two-month Operation Protective Edge took the lives of over 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, while in Israel 67 soldiers and six civilians were killed.

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ISRAEL: ‘ Palestinian Killed in Jenin Refugee Camp in Special Forces Raid ‘

#AceNewsReport – ISRAEL:June.10: A 21-year-old Palestinian has been killed in an Israeli raid in the West Bank town of Jenin, AP reported. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said special forces raided a refugee camp in Jenin early on Wednesday.

They saw a man preparing to throw an explosive device at them, and an Israeli soldier opened fire, she said. The suspect, who dropped the explosive, was reportedly injured as it detonated.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he later died, according to Palestinian officials.

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` Israeli Military Forces Begin Demolishing Structures in West Bank ‘

#AceWorldNews – (Palestinian Territories) – May 14 – Israeli military forces began demolishing structures in an illegal West Bank settler outpost on Wednesday, the army said, after attempts at a voluntary evacuation failed.

Soldiers at the Maale Rehavam outpost, south-east of the West Bank town of Bethlehem, helped demolish 11 structures, five of which had been inhabited, a defence ministry spokesman told AFP.

Israeli media reported that the army was also to raze more than a dozen structures in two other outposts, Ramat Gilad and Givat Assaf, by the weekend.

The orders to remove the structures came after residents refused to evacuate voluntarily.

Israel‘s High Court ruled in November that the state must remove the structures which were on privately-owned Palestinian land.

Last year Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now said the government had decided to legalise a number of outposts which were on land purchased from Palestinians, including parts of Maale Rehavam.

Israel considers settlement outposts built without government approval to be illegal. They usually consist of little more than a few trailer homes.

But the international community considers all settlements built-in the West Bank — including east Jerusalem — to be illegal.

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Mass Demolition of 35 Bedouin Villages Displaces 40,000 Residents in Their Ancestral Homes

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#AceWelfareNews says the United Nations human rights office recently urged Israeli authorities to halt the recent wave of demolitions of Bedouin structures, noting the destruction of this property violates international humanitarian law.

“These mass demolitions raise serious concerns about the prohibition on forced evictions under international human rights law, and Israel’s obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of Palestinians to adequate housing and freedom from arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy, family and home,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

In July, OHCHR urged Israel to reconsider a proposed law that would result in the demolition of up to 35 Bedouin villages, displacing as many as 40,000 members of these communities from their ancestral homes.

However, demolitions began on 19 August and have been carried out by Israeli authorities in at least six different locations, including East Jerusalem. Subsequently, on 11 September all but two residential structures in the Bedouin community of Az Za’ayyem on the edge of Jerusalem were demolished.

The latest wave of demolitions occurred on 16 September, when 58 structures were knocked down, including all residential structures and livestock shelters in the herding community of Mak-hul in the northern Jordan Valley.

According to OHCHR, all 10 families inhabiting the structures were rendered homeless and no alternative housing options were offered.

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“Israeli authorities denied the provision of emergency shelter assistance to the community by humanitarian organizations,” Mr. Colville said. “The community remains vulnerable to further demolitions and repeated displacement due to lack of legal security of tenure and the consequent inability to obtain building permits.”

Mr. Colville added that the obligations of Israel with respect to the right of adequate housing of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory include ensuring access to basic shelter and housing, and refraining from interfering with the enjoyment of these rights.

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