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Internal Security: February 4, 2013

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The Police has been conducting enforcement operations in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Isawiya and Silwan. The operations included numerous arrests, roadblocks to inspect vehicles, tax collection, house demolitions, shutting off water, various fines, searches and random checks of identification, and more.

Residents said police officers and commanders have admitted to them that in practice it is punishment in response to rock-throwing and other disturbances.

“Learn not to throw rocks. As long as you continue to throw rocks we aren’t leaving,” one Silwan resident said a police officer told him. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

Political: June 2, 2012

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (Likud)  is considering a plan for moving five houses scheduled for demolition at Ulpana Hill to a military area at the Bait El settlement. Following his announcement right-wing MKs said they will re-submit a law proposal that would allow settlers to keep any structure built on Palestinian private land if the owner fails to contest the building within four years of construction on the site. Unnamed persons within the IDF commented that Netanyahu’s plan is impractical.

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June 2nd, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Political: December 30, 2011

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The Ministry of Education reprimanded the Arara High School because the school’s students participated in the Tel-Aviv Human Rights march.  ”The Students carried signs against racism, house demolitions, etc, which violates the director general’s circular [i.e. ministry regulations]“, stated the letter sent to the school.

 

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December 30th, 2011 at 11:22 am

Diplomacy: December 23, 2011

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European Union Ambassador to Israel, Andrew Stendly, has issued an official complaint to the Foreign Ministry regarding the eviction of Bedouin residents and the demolition of Palestinian homes in part of the E1 area of the West Bank in which a Jewish neighborhood is planned that would create territorial contiguity between Jerusalem and the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim.  Foreign Ministry Deputy Director-General for Europe Rafi Shutz also heard from the ambassador that the EU is concerned about the rise in the number of houses demolished in the West Bank by the Civil Authority.

According to experts on the Separation Wall in the Jerusalem area, there are increasing signs that Israel is paving the way for construction in the E1 area.  For example, after many years of inactivity, Israel renewed work on two roads in the Ma’aleh Adumim area and has opened a new crossing point in Shuafat, a Palestinian neighborhood in the north of East Jerusalem.

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December 23rd, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Closed Society: July 26, 2011

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The State is suing the residents of the Bedouin village El-Arakib for 1.8 million Shekels, in compensation for expenses incurred in the repeated demolition operations in the village.

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July 26th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Military and Security Forces: July 12, 2011

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Israel has demolished six buildings in the Palestinian village Al-Khalaileh near Jerusalem, on the Israeli side of the separation wall.

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July 12th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Diplomacy: 13 May, 2011

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Amnesty International’s annual report criticized Israeli policy on a number of matters. According to the report:
  • Due to the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip for four years now, 4 of every 5 Palestinians requires humanitarian aid. The NGO argues that the closure is collective punishment and breaches international law.
  • During 2010, Israel demolished 431 houses in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a 59% increase compared to 2009.