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April 1, 2017

Israel To Take More Occupied Palestinian Land in The West Bank

The Israeli Security Cabinet on Thursday approved the construction of the first new Jewish settlement in the West Bank in 20 years, setting the stage for a confrontation with the Palestinians who bitterly oppose the project and claim the land as their own. 
The move — which still needs approval from the entire Cabinet — came despite a request from President Donald Trump in February to put the brakes on any new settler developments. 

Image: Israeli settlers block Amona evacuation

Israeli settlers block the road during the evacuation of the settlement. Abir Sultan / EPA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been under pressure at home by hard-line settlers and their backers to relocate some 30 families who had been forcibly evicted from the Amona settlement in the West Bank after the Israeli high court ruled it was illegal. 
Netanyahu's announcement Thursday was terse and straight to the point: "The Political-Security Cabinet unanimously approved this evening the establishment of a new settlement for the evacuees of Amona, in the Shilo Valley region." 
While more than 600,000 Israelis live in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, Israel has not built a full-fledged new settlement since the 1990s. Instead, building during that period has expanded existing settlements or taken place in unauthorized outposts like Amona. Netanyahu's hard-line government, which is dominated by settler allies, recently passed legislation aimed at legalizing dozens of those outposts. 
The Palestinians and much of the international community consider the settlements obstacles to peace because they occupy up territory where the Palestinians seek to establish a future state. Israel says the status of settlements as well as other issues, such as security, should be resolved in peace talks. 
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A leading settler organization welcomed the decision, but warned that it would watch the government carefully to see what came next. 

"The true test will be the implementation of these plans and their manifestation as actual bricks and mortar on the ground," said Oded Revivi of the Yesha Council. "We will be monitoring the government very closely to see that these plans come to fruition, enabling a new era of building throughout our ancestral homeland." 
Palestinian Liberation Organization committee member Hanan Ashrawi, meanwhile, immediately condemned the decision. 
"Today's announcement once again proves that Israel is more committed to appeasing its illegal settler population than to abiding by the requirements for stability and a just peace," she said. 
Israeli opposition groups like Peace Now also chimed-in with condemnation. 
"Netanyahu is held captive by the settlers, and chooses his political survival over the interest of the state of Israel," the group said. "By giving in to settler pressure, Netanyahu is leading Israelis and Palestinians to a reality of one state and apartheid." 
In an email to NBC News, United Nations Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq "reiterated the U.N.'s long-standing position that settlements are unhelpful to the peace process." 
There was no immediate response from the White House. 
By last week, the proposed new settlement was on the agenda when Israel's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, met with Jason Greenblatt, Trump's special representative for international negotiations, The Washington Post reported. 
Some 330 right-wing Israeli settlers lived in Amona, which was the largest of the outposts built in the West Bank without official authorization. 
After a lengthy legal battle, the Israeli court ordered the settlers to leave Amona because their homes were built on privately owned Palestinian land. And when Israeli security forces arrived, they were met with violence.

July 16, 2014

Murder in E.Jerusalem: Cruising for Hours Waiting to Find Anyone Young to Kill as Sacrificial Lamb

 Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir was killed a day after the burial of three Israelis. 
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 They cruised around the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem for hours in the dark of night, three Israeli Jews: a man of 29, who was driving, and two of his relatives, youths about 17. They were looking for a victim, preferably someone lightweight, who could easily be pushed into the car.

Though some of the details remain uncertain, at 3:48 a.m. on July 2, according to the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, the three relatives, now murder suspects who have yet to be identified, came across a slightly built Palestinian teenager who was alone: Muhammad Abu Khdeir, 16, who was waiting for his friends near the mosque on the main road of the well-to-do neighborhood of Shuafat, a few yards from his home.
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After forcing Muhammad into the car, a Hyundai, they sped off to a forest near the western entrance to Jerusalem. Muhammad was dragged from the vehicle and the adult bludgeoned him on the head a number of times with a wrench. The adult then set Muhammad on fire with the help of one of his young relatives. Leaving Muhammad to die, the three fled.

Hours before Muhammad’s killing, Israel had buried the three teenagers, Eyal Yifrach, 19, and friends Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, who had been abducted as they hitched a ride home from their yeshivas in the West Bank and were shot to death soon after. Their bodies were found in a field near Hebron after an 18-day search.

Bent on revenge for that and other attacks against Jews, according to details of the investigation into Muhammad’s death released on Monday by the Shin Bet, the three suspects planned the murder. They came equipped with handcuffs and gasoline.

The abduction and murder of the Israeli teenagers, the subsequent clampdown on Hamas in the West Bank and the revenge killing of Muhammad further poisoned the atmosphere between Israelis and Palestinians, driving tensions that spread to the Gaza border and grew into a full-blown confrontation. Over the past week more than 180 Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza and more than 1,000 rockets were fired from Gaza against Israel.

While the killings sent shockwaves around the world, they have also brought out the humanity in people on both sides of the conflict, with the victims’ families condemning the crimes and calling for the violence to stop.

The three suspects, the Shin Bet said, have since admitted abducting and killing Muhammad, whose death touched off protests and further inflamed tensions in Jerusalem and in the Palestinian territories. The Shin Bet and the police said the three had also re-enacted the attack for investigators.

Their identities remain under a judicial order of silence, partly, a judge wrote Monday, to protect the rights of the two minors until they are formally charged. Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said they were expected to be charged on Friday with kidnapping and premeditated murder.

The authorities were investigating reports that the adult driver and one of the youths had tried to abduct a small Palestinian boy from the same area of Shuafat the night before. Mousa Zaloum, 8, was later photographed with red marks on his neck. In an interview with Channel 2 News in Israel the boy said the would-be kidnappers had choked him with a rope. Mousa’s mother struggled with the kidnappers, and her son escaped.

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Muhammad was not so fortunate. The fifth of seven children, three sons and four daughters, Muhammad was studying at a vocational school to be an electrician. His charred body was identified by means of DNA samples taken from his parents’ saliva.

Speaking to reporters soon after, his mother, Suha Abu Khdeir, recounted that he had been playing a computer game on a laptop with one of his brothers, then left the house at 3:30 a.m. to meet his friends for the dawn prayer that starts the daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Security cameras along the street captured the moments of his abduction. Youths ran to the house to tell Muhammad’s parents that he had been forced into the gray Hyundai. They called the police and tried to call Muhammad’s cellphone. It rang, but nobody answered

Muhammad was buried two days later in a tense funeral attended by thousands.

Eli Cohen, a police investigator, told Army Radio that the car seen in video of the abduction was later found parked outside the home of one of the suspects. On the night between July 5 and 6, seven suspects were arrested. Three convinced investigators that they had no role in the murder or in the attempted kidnapping the night before, and were released. Another was a relative who admitted to investigators that he had learned about the abduction and murder after the event.

Hearing about the developments in the case, Hassan Abu Khdeir, a representative of the family, said on Monday, “We do not trust the Israeli judicial system.” He said that human rights groups were collecting details and the family hoped to press the case in an international court.

The killing of Muhammad was widely condemned in Israel, despite the outrage over the kidnapping and killing of the three Israeli teenagers. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged that anyone found guilty would “face the full weight of the law.”

Rachel Fraenkel, the mother of Naftali Fraenkel, one of the Israeli teenagers kidnapped and murdered in the West Bank, spoke of her pain upon hearing about Muhammad’s death. Speaking to reporters outside her home after the shiva, the traditional seven-day Jewish mourning period, she said, “Even in the abyss of mourning for Gilad, Eyal and Naftali, it is difficult for me to describe how distressed we are by the outrage committed in Jerusalem — the shedding of innocent blood in defiance of all morality, of the Torah, of the foundation of the lives of our boys and of all of us in this country.”

The Israeli authorities have identified the two suspects in the murder of the three teenagers — two men from the Palestinian city of Hebron — but have not been able to find them.

Still, the killing of Muhammad has forced Israelis to confront the violent extremism that exists on the fringes of their society. A group of Israeli youth activists and residents who live near the forest where Muhammad’s burned body was found erected a makeshift stone monument there in his memory. It was later defaced, rebuilt and defaced again.

In the days after the killing of Muhammad, the Shin Bet said, the three main suspects tried to destroy the evidence. Among other things, an official of the agency said, they burned the clothes they wore that night.


A version of this article appears in print on July 15, 2014, on page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: A Boy Set Ablaze: Details Emerging in a Revenge Case. Order Reprints|Today’s Paper|Subscribe

This act of killing a young boy just because they wanted to kill somebody to satisfy their taste of brook that day, will leave Israel with the best friends it has had since the holocoust wondering if they have a friend or wether we have created a monster answerable to no one. This killing had a serious effect in me, will be looking at things with different eyes, will be looking for more justice and speaking out for acts such add this. I am not the only voice saying to Israel just because you think you are not wrong it does not makes you right.
Adam Gonzalez, Publisher

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