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Diplomacy: 13 May, 2011

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The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s weekly Protection of Civillians Report claims Israel demolished 13 Palestinian-owned structures in Suseya in the Hebron governorate due to lack of building permits. Additionally, a residential tent and an animal shelter were demolished in the village of Umm Salamuna in the Bethlehem governorate after demolition orders were issued. Furthermore, Israel issued orders to halt construction on residential structures belonging to 50 Bedouin families living in the vicinity of Al ‘Eizariya in the Jerusalem governorate. Israeli forces also uprooted tens of saplings belonging to Palestinians in An Nabi Samwil in the Jerusalem governorate.

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.

Diplomacy: 15 April, 2011

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Over the last decade, a small settlement has developed in the commercial center of East Jerusalem, now home to eight Jewish families. Their entry into the neighborhood was made possible with assistance from the General Guardian in the Ministry of Justice, which has acted for the eviction of Palestinian families and businesses from the neighborhood.

(Hebrew)

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April 15th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Diplomacy: 26 February, 2011

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A formal Palestinian source said Israel threatened former head of Palestinian Intelligence Tawfiq Tirawi, warning him that IDF soldiers will shoot at his guards, if he will participate in protests against the Separation Wall.

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February 26th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Diplomacy: 19 February, 2011

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Legislation proposed by Shas MK Nissim Ze’ev would prohibit the government from evacuating settlers against their will, even as part of a political or diplomatic agreement. The bill is set to be discussed tomorrow (Sunday) in the Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs.

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February 19th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Diplomacy: 17 February, 2011

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The number of diplomatic visits abroad of PM Binyamin Netanyahu has been significantly reduced in the past year. During his first year in office Natanyahu flew abroad 13 times, and visited 9 countries. In his second year Netanyahu flew abroad 8 times only, and visited 6 countries. Out of these trips, 3 were to Egypt, and 3 to the US.

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February 17th, 2011 at 10:36 am

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Diplomacy: 17 February, 2011

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Jerusalem Zoning Committee will discuss next week the plan to expand Har Homa neighborhood in east Jerusalem, and add 250 Dunams to it.

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February 17th, 2011 at 9:55 am

Diplomacy: 16 February, 2011

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MK Moshe Matalon (Yisrael Beiteinu) has initiated a bill which would allow the Culture and Sport Minister to approve funding of performances which include artists who didn’t serve in the IDF, only if the funding organization will successfully prove that the existence of such a performance with this particular line up is adequate.

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February 16th, 2011 at 10:12 am

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Diplomacy: 15 February, 2011

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MKs from both the coalition and opposition, including Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), Avi Dichter (Kadima), David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu), Avraham Michaeli (Shas), Zeev Elkin (Likud) and Yitzhak Vaknin (Shas) initiated a bill which would annex the municipalities of Beitar Illit, Ma’ale Adumim, Giv’at Ze’ev, Gush Etzion and Efrat to the municipality of Jerusalem.

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February 15th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Diplomacy: 24 January, 2011

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The Antiquities Authority conducted a series of clandestine excavations near the Temple Mount. Prominent persons in Israel’s Islamic community, led by Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, had accused Israel of conducting these excavations, which could endanger the mosques in the Haram Al Sharif, but the authorities involved denied conducting excavations at the site.

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January 24th, 2011 at 3:01 am