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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

Diplomacy: November 21, 2011

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A ministerial forum has decided to continue the freeze on Palestinian tax revenue collected by Israel.

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November 21st, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Diplomacy: November 18, 2011

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A 1,500 dunam parcel of Palestinian land in the northern Jordan Valley was annexed to the State of Israel and given to Kibbutz Merav in the Gilboa region of Israel.  The separation barrier in the area was moved so as to include the parcel in Israeli territory.

 

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November 18th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Diplomacy: November 18, 2011

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The State Attorney’s Office, which has admitted in the past before the High Court of Justice that the outpost of Migron was built on privately owned Palestinian land, has retracted its earlier position and stated that “the residents of Deir Dibwan cannot prove their claim to Migron’s land.”  The State Attorney’s statement was in response to a civil lawsuit filed by Palestinians residents of the nearby village through the Yesh Din organization, in which they demanded compensation for the use of the land in Migron.

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November 18th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Diplomacy: November 14, 2011

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Israel has for the past two weeks been delaying the transfer of US$100 million of tax revenue it has collected for the Palestinian Authority, against the advice of security officials.

 

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November 14th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Diplomacy: October 14, 2011

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Last Tuesday (October 11), a plan to construct a new Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem was posted for public objections. The neighborhood would be built in Givat HaMatos, between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The plan includes the construction of 2,610 housing units, a third of them intended for the expansion of the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Safafa.

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October 14th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Diplomacy: September 16, 2011

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The government decided to promote the creation of a jurisdiction for the settlement of Ofra, in order to retroactively settle the status of its construction, 36 years after it was built. Most of the structures in Ofra are located on private Palestinian land.

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September 16th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Diplomacy: September 9, 2011

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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Israel Beytenu) leaked to Yedioth Aharonoth that the experts in his ministry recommended he initiate cooperation with Kurdish terrorist organization PKK and supply it with weaponry, and that he assist the Armenians and submit complaints against Turkey in U.N. institutions about human rights violations. Officials in the ministry said, on the other hand, that the recommendations were diametrically opposed to those in the “Liberman plan”. “There were various ideas,” a senior foreign ministry official said, “but the foreign ministry’s main recommendation to Lieberman following that discussion was to take steps to prevent a further escalation with Turkey.”

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September 9th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Diplomacy: July 27, 2011

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The High Court of Justice prohibited the operation of sewage purification plant in Ofra, because it was built on private Palestinian land. The decision was made following a petition filed by residents of the Palestinian village of Ein-Yabrud through the organization “Yesh Din”. During the hearings, the State told the Court that there were failures in the procedure to establish the institute, and that it was built without the required permits, and on Palestinian land.

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July 27th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Diplomacy: July 6, 2011

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In the past two days Israeli police deported five pro-Palestinian activists from the Ben Gurion airport. Along the day, dozens of police and border police forces deployed at the airport, to arrest activists who might land in Israel.

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July 6th, 2011 at 3:56 pm