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News, May 2017
Israeli Theft of Palestinian Land and Natural Gas Continues, Without Objection or Condemnation from the US and International Community
May 22, 2017
The following news stories are just examples of the Israeli occupation government violations of Palestinian human rights, on daily basis. This cannot continue without the full financial and media support from Zionists as well as financial and military support from the US-EU governments, which have been active participant in the persecution and subjugation of the Palestinian people.
The Israeli occupation government has received more than $3.8 billion annually from the US successive administrations, Democrat and Republican alike, to enable it to continue the subjugation and persecution of the Palestinian people. The Obama administration made sure that the US support for the Israeli occupation government will continue by obligating its successors to give the racist, apartheid, Zionist state $38 billion in the next ten years.
Israel Siphoning Natural Gas from Gaza Says Dutch Report (See the VIDEO above)
US and Israeli companies are working with Israeli approval to siphon natural gas from Gaza’s territorial waters, even though this is illegal according to international law, says TRNN’s Shir Hever.
While Palestinians in Gaza Strip are deprived of their natural resources, the Israeli occupation government is selling their natural gas to Europe and Jordan, as mentioned in the report (See the video above).
Shir Hever is an Economist working at The Real News Network. His economic research focuses on Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory; international aid to the Palestinians and to Israel; the effects of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories on the Israeli economy; and the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns against Israel. His first book: Political Economy of Israel’s Occupation: Repression Beyond Exploitation, was published by Pluto Press.
70 percent of illegal Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank took place outside the major settlement blocs
Monday, May 22, 2017
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Some 70 percent of settlement construction in the West Bank last year took place outside the major settlement blocs, a Peace Now’s Settlement Watch annual construction report for 2016 revealed.
“Construction was largely focused in isolated settlements and in areas that are highly problematic in terms of a two state solution. Nearly 70 percent (1,263 housing units) of the new housing starts were in areas that are east of the proposed Geneva Initiative border, and 71 percent were in areas that are east of the built separation barrier (26 percent were east of the planned route of the barrier, and 45 percent in areas where the barrier is planned but not built),” Peace Now stated.
According to its report, there has been a 34 percent increase in construction starts in the West Bank in 2016 compared to the previous year, 2015.
During the reporting period, Israel’s settlement activities did not only include housing units but also public buildings such as schools and synagogues, bypass roads, new settlements, outposts, land grabs and expansion of settlement councils.
Peace Now said that Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu attempts to show restraint in order to save face among the international community, but on the ground construction is not only ongoing but also increasing, mainly in the most problematic areas for a future peace agreement.
“If the Israeli government is interested in a two-state solution, it must seize acting unilaterally in a way that makes this solution much more difficult to achieve,” Peace Now added.
Illegal Israeli settlers Uproot Grapevines, Spray Toxins
May 21, 2017 10:58 PM IMEMC News
Illegal Israeli settlers invaded, Sunday, Palestinian lands in the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, uprooted dozens of recently planted grapevines and sprayed at least 300 vines with toxins.
Ahmad Salah, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in al-Khader, said the attack targeted agricultural lands, owned by Mohammad Abdul-Salam Salah, and his family.
Salah added that the attacked vineyard is located in Ein al-Qassis area, in the western part of al-Khader.
He also stated that a similar attack was carried out against the same vineyard just three months ago, when the colonists uprooted and stole 500 vines, in addition to stealing fences and iron bars.
Illegal Israeli settlers Injure A Palestinian, Smash Windows Of Car, Near Nablus
May 21, 2017 10:34 PM IMEMC News
A number of illegal extremist Israeli settlers attacked, on Sunday evening, many Palestinian homes in Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, wounding one Palestinians, and smashed the side windows of a car belonging to a local human rights defender.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israeli colonies’ activities in the northern part of the West Bank, said the assailants came from the illegal Bracha Israeli colony, built on Palestinian lands, and attacked many homes in the eastern part of the village.
The colonists also attacked many Palestinians, wounding Monir Qadous, and smashed the side windows of a local nonviolent activist, identified as Zakariyya Sidda.
Daghlas added that several Israeli military jeeps invaded the village, before the soldiers clashed with local youngsters, and fired concussion grenades and gas bombs, causing many residents to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
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