JERUSALEM: ‘ Netanyahu approves 300-West Bank homes for immediate construction – amid protests ‘

#AceNewsReport – JERUSALEM:July.29: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday approved the “immediate” construction of 300 settler homes in the West Bank, AFP said.

The construction in Beit El has been authorized, Netanyahu’s office said. Planning for another 504 homes in annexed East Jerusalem had also been approved. The Israeli High Court earlier Wednesday upheld a demolition order for two structures being built illegally in the Beit El settlement in the West Bank.

Settler groups clashed with police at the site over the planned demolition.

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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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WEST BANK: ‘ PALESTINIANS HAVE FOR LAST 47 YEARS LIVED WITHOUT LIBERTY UNDER GOING OCCUPATION ‘

#AceNewsServices – WEST BANK – November 05 – New report: “The Invisible Walls of Occupation: Burqah, Ramallah District, A case study” 

The report team: Naama Baumgarten-Sharon, author of the report and Iyad Hadad, B'Tselem field researcher in Ramallah District
The report team: Naama Baumgarten-Sharon, author of the report, and Iyad Hadad, B’Tselem field researcher in Ramallah District. 

For 47 years, Palestinians in the West Bank have lived without liberty, under ongoing occupation. The impact of the human rights violations involved in this reality on the daily lives of Palestinians often goes unnoticed, with coverage focusing on cases of killing or substantial demolition. 

' The village of Burqah is located roughly 3 kms east of Ramallah. Route 60, the chief traffic artery in the West Bank, runs east of the village and through its lands. '

‘ The village of Burqah is located roughly 3 kms east of Ramallah. Route 60, the chief traffic artery in the West Bank, runs east of the village and through its lands. ‘

It is the gradual, creeping impact of the occupation that we present in our new report on the village of Burqah: B’Tselem’s first comprehensive attempt to examine the occupation’s effect on the development of a single Palestinian village.

Accordingly, the report examines aspects of routine daily life in the village: residents’ restricted freedom of movement ever since the military closed off the roads to the village, essentially isolating it and cutting residents off from the city of Ramallah, the nearby major urban center; the grim economic situation in the village, due in part to diminished farming – the traditional mainstay of most village families – after many village lands were taken over for the establishment of Israeli settlements; and a housing shortage caused by the Civil Administration policy not to issue building permits to Palestinians. 

Burqah is a case in point, illustrating the reality suffered in many villages in the West Bank, under an occupation that is rapidly approaching its fiftieth year. 

Sincerely, 

Naama Baumgarten-Sharon

Author of the report. 

LARGER SIZE PHOTOS HERE:  View photo blog: Burqah: A dead-end village

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WEST BANK: ‘ Sweden Becomes First EU State to Recognise the Palestinian State ‘

#AceNewsServices – WEST BANK – October 04 – Palestinian officials from the West Bank have applauded Sweden for becoming the first EU state to recognize the country.

A Palestinian flag and a Hamas flag (R) flutter atop the wreckage of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed during the seven-week Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza City September 3, 2014. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)

A Palestinian flag and a Hamas flag (R) flutter atop the wreckage of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed during the seven-week Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza City September 3, 2014. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)

“We salute the announcement by the Swedish prime minister,” said senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat in the West Bank administrative capital of Ramallah.

“We hope that all countries of the European Union will take the same courageous and remarkable decision… as there is no reason not to recognise the Palestinian state.”

The UN voted for Palestine to be given statehood in 2012, but major Western powers have so far not followed suit.

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‘ IDF Storm and Arrest Palestinians in West Bank ‘

AceWorldNews – WEST BANK – September 28 – Israeli forces have raided a number of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, arresting at least seven people.

' IDF Detain Seven Palestinians in West Bank '

‘ IDF Detain Seven Palestinians in West Bank ‘

The Palestinians were arrested after Israeli troops stormed their homes in the cities of Bethlehem, located about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of al-Quds (Jerusalem), Husan and al-Khalil (Hebron), located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of al-Quds, early on Sunday.

Local residents said the abductee’s were taken to an unknown location.

Five of the detainees are reportedly accused of throwing stones at Israeli military forces.

A Palestinian human rights organization says Israel is holding 540 Palestinians without trial, showing a sharp increase in the number of Palestinian arrestees over the past six years. 

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‘ Civil Administration Files Plan Forcing Bedouin’s to Relocate ‘

#AceNewsServices – JORDAN VALLEY – September 23 – The Civil Administration has filed for objections plans for establishing a new settlement in the Jordan Valley, where thousands of Bedouins will be forced to relocate.

Map of the planned settlement "Ramat Nu’eimeh", courtesy of "Bimkom". Click on map to enlarge

Map of the planned settlement “Ramat Nu’eimeh”, courtesy of “Bimkom”. Click on map to enlarge

The Civil Administration is advancing several such plans.

The current plan was drawn up without consulting the residents themselves, ignoring their needs.

It is part of the Civil Administration’s repeated attempts to concentrate the Bedouins living in the West Bank’s Area C in “permanent sites”, with a view to annexing most of this area to Israel and leaving it free for Israeli use, including settlement expansion.

The new settlement, to be named Ramat Nu’eimeh, will be built in Area C near Jericho, in the Jordan Valley, and is slated to house about 12,500 people from Bedouin communities in the Jordan Valley and the Ma’ale Adumim area.

The first three plans for the settlement were filed for objections on 25 August 2014. 

' Bedouin's Living in the West Bank fear Eviction '

‘ Bedouin’s Living in the West Bank fear Eviction ‘

They included a settlement intended for the Rashaydah tribe, which currently lives in the area, and a road running between the two settlement clusters.

On 9 September 2014, three more plans were filed – two for building residences and one for constructing a road.

Local residents and Israeli human rights organization Bimkom plan to submit several objections to these plans.

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‘ Palestinian Boy Shot Dead by IDF for Throwing Stones ‘

#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) WEST BANK – September 23 – On the morning of 10 August 2014, a soldier shot 10-year-old Palestinian boy Khalil ‘Anati in al-Fawwar Refugee Camp in the West Bank. The boy was rushed in his uncle’s car to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Khalil 'Anati's father next to a poster in memory of his son. Photo by Alex Levac, 18 Aug. 2014

Khalil ‘Anati’s father next to a poster in memory of his son. Photo by Alex Levac, 18 Aug. 2014

An investigation by B’Tselem field researcher Musa Abu Hashhash revealed that at approximately 9:30 A.M., a white Water Authority jeep  drove into the refugee camp, accompanied by two army vehicles.

The white jeep reached a water facility inside the camp and the army vehicles stopped nearby, at two different locations close to the camp’s main road.

The alley where 'Anati was shot. Photo by Musa Hashhash, 11 Aug. 2014

The alley where ‘Anati was shot. Photo by Musa Hashhash, 11 Aug. 2014

Some five boys and youths, including Khalil ‘Anati, threw stones at one of the army vehicles from alleys leading off the main road.

Some ten minutes later, the white jeep drove out of the camp, followed by the army vehicles.

One of the military vehicles had parked facing the centre of the camp and turned around close to one of the alleys from which the stones had been thrown. On its way out of the camp, the vehicle stopped next to another alley, from which stones had apparently been thrown, too.

The driver opened the door, fired a single shot, and resumed driving. About half a minute later, the second vehicle drove by the same alley without stopping.

The single shot, which was preceded by no warning or use of non-lethal measures, killed 10-year-old ‘Anati. Medical records obtained by B’Tselem show that he was struck by a live bullet that entered his lower back and exited through his thigh.

The video footage and B’Tselem’s investigation indicate that four or five boys and youths were throwing stones from alleys. It is not clear whether stones were thrown at the army vehicle when it stopped at the entrance to the alley where ‘Anati was shot.

However, it is clear that the soldiers were not in mortal danger and therefore were not permitted to use live fire. It is doubtful that the circumstances even merited the use of less injurious means. The shooting that killed ‘Anati was certainly unjustified. Use of live fire in such a context is unlawful, and the circumstances raise the suspicion the soldier aimed directly at the boy.

B’Tselem sent the MPIU all the information it gathered concerning the incident. However, the MAG Corps and the MPIU cannot make do with investigating the soldier who fired the lethal shot: they must investigate the orders given to the soldiers before they entered the camp.

The law enforcement authorities must speedily conclude the investigation, publish its findings and bring those responsible for the killing of 10-year-old Khalil ‘Anati to justice.

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‘ Two Hamas Militants Suspected of Killing of Three Israeli Teenagers Killed in Dawn Raid ‘

#AceBreakingNews – JERUSALEM – September 23 – Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers. 

The deaths of the two suspects, identified by the Israeli military as well-known Hamas militants, ended one of the largest manhunts conducted by the Israeli security forces.

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HUMAN RIGHTS DCI PALESTINE: ' Mourns Death of Staff Member Killed by IDF '

#AceWorldNews – RAMALLAH – July 26 – DCI-Palestine mourns the loss of Hashem Abu Maria, colleague and friend, killed by Israeli forces

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Hashem Abu Maria, 45, pictured with his daughter, was shot dead by Israeli forces in Beit Ummar after Friday prayers.

Ramallah, July 25, 2014—Defense for Children International-Palestine mourns the death of a staff member, Hashem Khader Abu Maria, 45, killed today by Israeli forces while peacefully participating in a solidarity march with Gaza.

Israeli forces shot Hashem in the chest with live ammunition as he stood still at the demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza afterFriday prayers in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar.

Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth erupted when the Israeli military attempted to disperse the crowd with lethal force. Hashem was not participating in the violence when a bullet struck him from a distance of 100 meters (328 feet), witnesses told DCI-Palestine. Two other protesters were killed in the same march, and at least 10 sustained injuries.

“The DCI-Palestine family is shocked and devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague, Hashem,” said Rifat Kassis, executive director of DCI-Palestine. “Hashem considered defending children’s rights as his purpose in life, not simply as a job. That he has become the latest innocent civilian to lose his life at the hands of Israeli forces is a tragedy. We offer our utmost condolences to his family.”

Hashem served as the coordinator of DCI-Palestine’s community mobilization unit, promoting constructive child participation throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory. His most recent work focused on Palestinian teens monitoring and documenting child rights violations in Hebron.
He is survived by his wife Samira, his son Ayham, 11, and his two daughters, Siba, 6, and Majdal, 13.

Others have been killed and injured over the last 24 hours, as people across the West Bank marched to show their solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, where over 800 civilians have died in the past three weeks.

In what has been called the ‘largest West Bank demonstration in decades,’ thousands of Palestinians marched from Ramallah toward Jerusalemon Thursday night. Clashes broke out at Qalandia checkpoint, which separates Ramallah and Jerusalem, with Israeli forces opening fire on demonstrators. Soldiers shot dead a 17-year-old and injured a further 287 Palestinians.

Palestinian children and civilians across the Occupied Palestinian Territory are frequently injured by the Israeli military’s use of excessive force, including both crowd control weapons and live ammunition.

The Israeli military’s own regulations dictate that live ammunition must be used “only under circumstances of real mortal danger,” but the regulations are not enforced and frequently ignored by Israeli soldiers, according to research by DCI-Palestine and a recent report by B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group.
For DCI-Palestine staff members, the devastating loss of Hashem intensifies our efforts to challenge the impunity and injustice that allows Israeli forces to wield disproportionate and lethal force against Palestinian civilians.

DCI-Palestine, the national section of Defense for Children International, fights for children’s rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international legal standards.

Press Release DCI-Palestine 25/07/2014

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‘ Israeli Residents Are Warned with Leaflets to Vacate Their Homes and Ministry Notice Telling Them to Ignore Leaflets ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 13  – Israel warned residents of the northern part of the Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes before briefly deploying ground troops there for the first time early Sunday as part of a widening offensive that has killed more than 160 Palestinians.

Communique Telling Civilians to ignore Warning of IDF

Announcement from the ministry of the interior to the residents of the Gaza Strip, telling them not to pay attention to IDF announcements about vacating their homes (Facebook page of the ministry of the interior in the Gaza Strip, July 10, 2014)

Translation from Arabic 

Neither Israel nor Palestinian militants show signs of agreeing to a cease-fire to end their week-long conflict, despite calls by the United Nations Security Council and others that they lay down their arms. With Israel massing tanks and soldiers at Gaza’s borders, some fear the latest Israeli threats could signal a wider ground offensive that would bring even heavier casualties than the 166 Palestinian deaths already registered.

“All our ground forces are ready,” a senior Israeli military official said Sunday. “We have been training for this. We will exploit our ability the moment a decision is made to do so.”

Early Sunday, Israeli naval commandos launched a brief raid into northern Gaza to destroy what the military described as a rocket-launching site, an operation it said left four of its soldiers slightly wounded.

The Israeli air force later dropped leaflets warning residents to evacuate their homes ahead of what Israel’s military spokesman described as a “short and temporary” campaign against northern Gaza to begin sometime after 12 p.m. (0900 GMT). The area is home to at least 100,000 people. 

( Ace New Services – July 08 2014) – According a publication received at this office HAMAS has coerced civilians on to tops of houses to prevent Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) from bombing their homes.

This was the same tactic used in ‘ Operation Cast Lead ‘ by terrorist organisations back in 2008. As with many other such operations employed by various terrorists and non-terrorist or governmental bodies.

The latest Israeli military operation in Gaza, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.

Before the July 2014 offensive, the last large-scale escalation was in November 2012, when the Israeli military bombarded the Gaza Strip with air strikes for eight days.

Known as Operation Pillar of Defence, the strikes killed 171 Palestinians, including more than 100 civilians.

In 2008-2009, Israeli soldiers launched a 22-day military operation in Gaza, dubbed Operation Cast Lead. About 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in the offensive.

Jewish settlers and Israeli troops withdrew from the Gaza Strip over the course of 2005, with the majority making their way out of the territory in August that year. 
Israel retained control over Gaza’s borders, airspace and territorial waters. An area of dismantled West Bank settlements, also remained under full Israeli civil and military control, in so-called Area C.
The Gaza war, also known as Operation Cast Lead, began on December 27, 2008. Israel immediately launched a widespread aerial bombing campaign, targeting more than 100 locations in the densely populated Gaza Strip, including residential homes, police stations, schools, United Nations buildings, and hospitals.
An Israeli ground assault was launched on January 3, 2009. During the operation, Israeli forces fired shells containing white phosphorus, an illegal weapon that burns indiscriminately.

The conflict ended in a unilateral Israeli-declared ceasefire on January 18.

On November 14, 2012, Israel killed Ahmed Jabari, chief of Hamas’ military wing in Gaza, in a targeted air strike on his car in Gaza City. Hamas responded by firing a barrage of rockets at nearby Israeli towns.

Israel then embarked on an eight-day military offensive on Gaza, which it called Operation Pillar of Defence.

Hamas said  the rockets were fired as a reaction to the blockade on Gaza and the occupation of the West Bank.

Israel claimed that the operation was a response to an increase in the number of rockets fired into Israeli territory in the days and weeks preceding the operation. 

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‘ Israeli Police Clash with Palestinians as Reports That an Arab Teen was Kidnapped and Body Found in Jerusalem Forest ‘

#AceBreakingNews – ISRAEL (Jerusalem) – Israeli police say they have clashed with several hundred Palestinians following reports that an Arab teen was kidnapped and a body found in a Jerusalem forest.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says Palestinians hurled stones at forces who responded with tear gas. Security was heightened around the city.

Rosenfeld says police received reports Wednesday that an Arab teen was forced into a car.

A body was later found, but police have not yet established whether the two incidents are related.

The events come days after the bodies of three missing Israeli teens were found in the West Bank.

On Tuesday, several hundred right-wing Israeli youths marched through Jerusalem, screaming for revenge.

Rosenfeld said the death may have been a revenge killing, but that the motive could also have been criminal.

AP

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‘ Palestinian Teenager Shot Dead by Israeli Troops in West Bank ‘

#AceWorldNews- PALESTINE (West Bank) – July 01 – An 18-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli troops during a raid of Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank early on Tuesday,


Palestinian security and medical officials told AFP.

The victim has been identified as Yusuf Abu Zagher, the sources said, clarifying that his death is unrelated to Israeli operations following the discovery of the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers. Israeli reports indicate that the teenager threw an explosive device at the troops, who responded with live fire.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

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‘ Search for Missing Israeli Teenagers Intensifies and Israeli Forces Arrest Each and Everyone Under Ethically Cleansing Regime ‘

#AceNewsServices – ISRAEL (Bethlehem) – June 18 – The Israel Defense Forces arrested 41 Palestinians overnight Monday in the West Bank, as the search for three kidnapped teenagers continued.

Approximately half of the arrests took place in the Nablus region.


​The operation involved about 1,000 soldiers from the Nahal infantry brigade, who raided, among other locations, the Balata refugee camp and the nearby town of Awarta.


​The force uncovered a variety of weapons, including pistols, explosives, grenades and ammunition.

A machine shop manufacturing improvised weapons was shut down by the army.

A high-ranking officer described the operation to Haaretz as “a kind of thorough cleaning,” adding that “the IDF concentrated its activity on Nablus, which served in the past as the terrorism capital, and will continue to do so over the next few days.”

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‘ Kidnapping Our Children is Becoming a Daily Event Around the World now Three More Boys are Abducted in West Bank ‘

#AceNewsServices – JERUSALEM – June 18 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday and said he expected him to help in efforts to find three Israeli teenagers abducted in the occupied West Bank (Reuters)

​(Abbas Calls for Return of Israeli Teenagers Headline in Live Updates Haaretz Daily)


“I expect you to help in the return of the kidnapped youngsters and in catching the abductors,” a statement issued by the prime minister’s office quoted Netanyahu as telling Abbas in a telephone call.

​On Sunday, Gilad Erdan, a minister in Netanyahu’s security cabinet, told Israeli television that Abbas’s security forces were “willingly” helping search for the teenagers.

​A statement on Monday by Abbas’s office made no mention of the conversation with Netanyahu. But it said the “Palestinian presidency condemns … the kidnapping of three Israeli boys and the series of Israeli violations” — a reference to Israeli military raids and arrests since they disappeared on Thursday.

Both leaders have had infrequent telephone conversations in recent years, usually to convey greetings on Jewish and Muslim holidays.

(SeattleTimes) One of the missing teens, Naftali Frenkel, 16, a yeshiva student at the settlement of Kfar Etzion, holds U.S. citizenship. The others have been identified as Eyal Yifrach, 19, a student at a yeshiva in the Jewish settlement enclave in Hebron, and Gilad Shaer, 16, who attends the same school as Frenkel.


​“We are still seeking details on the parties responsible for this despicable terrorist act, although many indications point to Hamas’ involvement,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a written statement. “As we gather this information, we reiterate our position that Hamas is a terrorist organization known for its attacks on innocent civilians and which has used kidnapping in the past.”


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Under a reconciliation deal reached by Hamas and the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, an interim government backed by both factions was formed earlier this month. Hamas refuses to recognize Israel and is deemed a terrorist organization by Israel, the United States and the European Union. Israel suspended peace talks with the Palestinians and says it will not negotiate with the Hamas-backed government.

Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio that the kidnappers were members of “an arm of Hamas” in the West Bank. Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip declined to comment on the abduction or take responsibility for it, suggesting that it might have been initiated independently in the West Bank.

A leaflet issued Friday carried a claim of responsibility by a local branch of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — the radical Islamic group that has made dramatic gains in fighting in Iraq in recent days.

The group is not known to be active in the West Bank, however, and the statement has not been authenticated.

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' Israel Passes Law to Curb Presidential Powers to Grant Pardon's to Palestinians Convicted of Murder '

#AceNewsServices – ISRAEL (Jerusalem) – June 08 – Israel passed a law on Sunday which will curb presidential powers to grant pardons to Palestinians convicted of murder, Anadolu News Agency cites Economy Minister Naftali Bennett as saying.

Bennett, who leads the right-wing Jewish Home political party, said if the law had existed earlier, “many murderers would not have dared to kill Jews.”

He further said the bill was a response to the recently formed Palestinian unity government, which follows a reconciliation deal signed between Fatah and Hamas in April.

(World Bulletin ) “If this law had existed earlier, many murderers would not have dared to kill Jews,” Bennett, the leader of the right-wing The Jewish Home political party, wrote on his Facebook page.
“This law will soon be presented to the Knesset in order to be approved,” he added.

Bennett said the bill comes as a response to the new Palestinian unity government.

The Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government reached an agreement last July on the release of 104 prisoners who have been languishing in Israeli jails before the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accord.

The Oslo Accords, officially called the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements or Declaration of Principles (DOP) was a milestone in the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict, one of the major continuing issues within the wider Arab-Israeli conflict. It was the first direct, face-to-face agreement between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

The Oslo Accords were a framework for the future relations between the two parties. The Accords provided for the creation of a Palestinian National Authority (PNA). The Palestinian Authority would have responsibility for the administration of the territory under its control. The Accords also called for the withdrawal of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) from parts of the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

It was anticipated that this arrangement would last for a five-year interim period during which a permanent agreement would be negotiated (beginning no later than May 1996). Permanent issues such as positions on Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, Israeli settlements, security and borders were deliberately left to be decided at a later stage. Interim Palestinian self-government was to be granted by Israel in phases.

Israel released three batches but refused to release the 4th group in March, leading to the collapse of U.S.-brokered peace talks.

In response, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formally applied for Palestinian membership in 15 U.N. conventions.

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‘German Government Express Concern Over Israeli Settlements Plan’

#AceNewsServices – BERLIN – June 06 – The German government is extremely concerned about Israeli plans to build more settlements in the occupied territories, Reuters said.

The Israeli move is being seen as a response to the inauguration of a Palestinian unity government backed by Hamas Islamists.

The German government is “very worried… because this step poses the threat of making efforts to continue peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians even harder,” said German government spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz, calling on both sides to avoid provocative steps.

Berlin urged the Israeli government to refrain from inviting bids to construct homes.

(PressTV) – This comes as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on Israel to abide by international law and freeze settlement activities. Ban expressed deep concern over Israel’s plans to build more than three thousand settler units in the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

On Thursday, Tel Aviv ordered the construction of 3,300 more settler units in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds.

According to Israel’s Housing Minister Uri Ariel, the decision is a response to the formation of a new Palestinian unity government.

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) says it will appeal to the UN Security Council against Israel’s expansionism.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The developments come as Israel is currently faces a widening boycott campaign by some European businesses over its illegal settlement activities on the occupied Palestinian land.

Two of Europe’s biggest financial institutions have boycotted transactions with Israeli companies involved in the illegal settlement construction.

The European Union has also blocked all grants and funding to any Israeli entity based in the illegal settlements.

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‘ Fuelling The Fire in West Bank Israel Plan a Thousand New Homes’

#AceWorldNews  – ISRAEL (West Bank) – June 05 – Israel is planning to build more than 1,000 new settlement homes in the West Bank, Reuters said, citing local media reports.

The Housing Ministry announced new tenders for the homes in a number of Jewish settlements on land the Palestinians seek for a future state, according to Israel Radio.

The move follows the formation of a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas Islamists.

Israeli officials were not available for immediate comment on the report.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in the unity government on Monday.

The United States said it planned to work with the administration set up by the reconciliation deal, prompting Israel to express deep disappointment.

REUTERS

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` Mahmoud Abbas Swears in Unity Government As Ministers Took Oath Excluding Three from Hamas '

#AceWorldNews – RAMALLAH (West Bank) – June 02 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a unity government on Monday, Reuters said. Ministers, professing to be politically unaffiliated, took the oath of office in a televised ceremony in Ramallah, the Palestinian seat of government in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

However, three ministers from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip were denied entry to the West Bank by Israel.

However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that world leaders should not “rush to recognise” the new government.

“Hamas is a terrorist organisation that calls for Israel’s destruction, and the international community must not embrace it. That would not bolster peace, it would strengthen terror,” he told a cabinet meeting.

Israel has said it would cease all but security co-ordination with the Palestinians if the government was formed.

A statement from Mr Hamdallah’s office denounced Mr Netanyahu’s remarks, calling them part of a campaign intended to “cement [Israel’s] occupation by all means”.

The US, which has sponsored the Israel-Palestinian peace talks, has expressed concern over any Hamas role in the new government.

In a phone call with President Abbas on Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the new government must “commit to the principles of non-violence, recognition of the State of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements with it,” the State Department said.

Reuters

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` If You Really Wanted to Deny the New Peace Accord You Could Not Find a Better Way ‘

#AceWorldNews – PALESTINE – June 01 – Tel Aviv deny’s three future Palestinian ministers from the Gaza Strip entry to the West Bank due to Hamas affiliation in the new government, thus , dealing yet another blow to the fragile Middle East peace process.

Major General Yoav Mordechai, head of Israel’s military administration in the Palestinian territories, informed the Palestinians that the three ministers would not be granted access to the West Bank, public radio announced on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the defence ministry refused to confirm or deny the report, according to AFP.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that Israel had informed the Palestinians that it would boycott the government. “Israel wants to punish us because we have agreed with Hamas on this government,” he said.

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` Israeli Security Forces in West Bank Seize Palestinian Wearing a Explosive Belt ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL (West Bank) – May 30 – Israeli security forces in the West Bank caught a Palestinian wearing an explosive belt on Friday, officials said.

Border police near the Palestinian city of Nablus had been suspicious of the man who was wearing a coat on a hot spring day, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

“The forces stopped him and asked the suspect to remove his clothes.

He was wearing a bomb-belt,” Reuters quoted Rosenfeld as saying.

The man, believed to be in his 20’s, was in a sensitive area in the West Bank, which has a number of Jewish settlements and a large security presence.

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