New Illegal Israeli Settlement on Stolen
Palestinian Lands, Connecting Ma'ale Adumim With Occupied East
December 25, 2011
settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, built on stolen Palestinian lands,
east of Jerusalem
EU Warns Israel Against Connecting Ma’ale Adumim With
Friday December 23, 2011 13:23 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
The European Union warned the Israeli government against creating a
geographical contiguity between the Ma’ale Adumim settlement and
occupied East Jerusalem by constructing a new settlement in the area.
EU envoy, Andrew Stanley, submitted an official document in this
regard to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
The EU said that Israel
is demolishing Palestinian homes in Area A, an area Israel intends to
use for establishing a settlement that would create a chain between
Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim.
Stanley stated that the EU is
extremely concerned regarding the new Israeli plan, and demanded
explanations on the issue.
The EU stance was made after several
EU countries, members of the Security Council, including Germany and
Italy, denounced the escalated settlement activities in the West Bank
and Jerusalem, and the sharp rise in settler attacks against the
Palestinians and their property.
Recently, Jerusalem Mayor, Nir
Barkat, said that Israel must cede East Jerusalem Palestinian areas that
are now behind the Annexation Wall. Such an issue would isolate the
residents from their work places, educational facilities, medical
facilities and all other aspects of their daily life.
issues related to the Wall and Settlements stated that all initial
indications point to the Israeli intentions to create two networks of
roads that would separate Palestinian and Israeli traffic from each
One network would link between West and East Jerusalem,
from Jerusalem to Ma’ale Adumim in East Jerusalem, and from the north to
the south in order to link settlements in the northern part of the West
Bank with Jerusalem and other settlements in the southern part of the
The experts also believe that the second network of
roads would be used by the Palestinians linking Ramallah with Bethlehem,
and in the future linking the southern areas of West Jerusalem with the
Jericho area via a bypass road that keeps Palestinian traffic from
approaching Ma’ale Adumim.
The EU said that such projects would
foil any chances for the two-state solution. The United States also
expressed its ‘rejection’ to the Israeli plan, adding that the plan
would not only block Palestinian geographical contiguity, but also leads
to the collapse of the efforts to reach a final status peace agreement.
Israeli daily, Haaretz, report that the EU stance was made two weeks
ago during a meeting between the 27 EU member countries.
stated that there is a sharp rise in the number of homes demolished by
Israel in area C of the West Bank, and pointed out the deteriorating
economic situation of the Palestinian population in the area.
During the meetings, detailed reports submitted by a number of human
rights organizations, revealed that Israel intends to remove 2500
Palestinians from Al Jahaleen area, an issue that raised concerns
regarding Israeli intentions to prepare the Palestinian lands in order
to be used settlement activities around Ma’ale Adumim settlement.
Two weeks ago, European Commissioner for International Cooperation,
Kristalina Georgieva, sent a letter for Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud
Barak, expressing concern regarding the forced eviction of Bedouins from
Area 1, and expressing fears that Israel wants to build a new settlement
neighborhood in Ma’ale Adumim.
But Israel claims that it is
evicting the Bedouins “in order to resettle them”, and denied any
relation between their removal and any settlement activities in the
Barkat is trying to officially approve the Annexation Wall as
the border of Jerusalem, “the united capital of Israel”.
daily, Haaretz, reported that a source at Barkat’s office stated that
the municipality created a plan to transfer all services provided to
Arab neighborhoods that became behind the Annexation Wall, in East
Jerusalem, to be run under “Civil Administration”. The Civil
Administration is run by the Israeli military.
transformed the Shufat roadblock into a border terminal, an issue that
effectively removed 70.000 Palestinians out of the boundaries of
The plan to create the network of roads that would
link Ramallah with Bethlehem aims at convincing international powers
that that the new plan will not block the geographical contiguity of the
Illegal Israeli Jewish settlers detain shepherd, threaten to
kill anti-settlement activist
[ 25/12/2011 - 02:22 PM ]
JORDAN VALLEY, (PIC)--
Illegal Israeli Jewish settlers detained a Palestinian shepherd for
three hours under gunpoint in the northern Jordan Valley and warned him
against allowing his sheep to graze in the area.
Local sources said that the settlers ambushed the shepherd, Mohammed
Awad, while rearing his sheep in Wadi Maleh in the northern Jordan
They said that the settlers were escorted by Israeli occupation
forces who also threatened the shepherd and told him not to graze in the
mountains near the settlement of Maskiot.
Meanwhile, Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in
northern West Bank areas, said that Jewish settlers threatened to kill
him during a demonstration for them on Friday.
He told Quds Press that the settlers hoisted photos of him while
threatening to liquidate him at the Beit Leed roadblock between Tulkarem
IOG to build 8000 new housing units in O. Jerusalem
[ 24/12/2011 - 05:10 PM ]
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
The Israeli occupation government (IOG) is to build around 8000 new
housing units in occupied Jerusalem over the next five years, a Hebrew
weekly magazine said.
Yerushalayim revealed that a plan to this effect was presented by the
municipality to the finance committee in the Israeli parliament last
The revelation came one day after a group of Israeli lawmakers
proposed naming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the Jewish
Ahmed Sub Laban, an expert in settlement activity and a field
researcher in Jerusalem, said in a statement on Friday that the new law
if endorsed would boost the control of Israel on the holy city.
The Israeli government back in 1980 declared Jerusalem as the
“eternal capital of Israel” in a move that was not recognized by the
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