Peace Now says 99.7% of West Bank land grants go to settlers

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Peace Now, citing government figures obtained through a freedom of information request, reported that 99.7 per cent of allocations of state land in Israeli-controlled parts of the West Bank have been granted to Jewish settlers.

More than 347,000 acres, or 40 per cent, of Area C, the part of the West Bank under Israeli military and civil control, has been declared state lands since 1967. Of that, 167,000 acres have been set aside for public use, which includes the construction of settlements. Only 400 of those acres, or 0.24 per cent, have been earmarked for the use of Palestinians, The New York Times reported. [Read more…]

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Knesset passes law banning groups critical of the Israeli military from schools

Israeli soldiers at a ceremony marking Israel’s Memorial Day at the Kiryat Shaul Military cemetery in Tel Aviv, May 1, 2017. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers at a ceremony marking Israel’s Memorial Day at the Kiryat Shaul Military cemetery in Tel Aviv, May 1, 2017. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)

Israeli soldiers at a ceremony marking Israel’s Memorial Day at the Kiryat Shaul Military cemetery in Tel Aviv, May 1, 2017. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Knesset passed legislation that would ban organizations critical of the Israeli military from entering schools.

The law, which appears aimed at the Breaking the Silence NGO, passed early Tuesday morning on second and third reading by a vote of 43 to 24. [Read more…]

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Hebron observer recalled after slapping Jewish boy

(JTA) – The legal counsel for the observer organization group the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) was ordered to leave Israel after slapping a 10-year-old boy in Hebron.

The incident occurred on Wednesday when the Swiss observer joined a tour of the area of Hebron inhabited by Jewish settlers led by the left-wing Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence. The slap across the child’s face was captured on video. It is not known what precipitated the man’s attack on the young boy. [Read more…]

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Palestinian man caught with meat cleaver and knife told police he wanted to carry out attack

(JTA) – A Palestinian man caught carrying a knife and meat cleaver outside a Jewish settlement told police he was planning a stabbing attack.

The man, 28, was stopped by traffic police near the Beit El settlement in the northern West Bank for suspicious behavior, according to the Israel Police.

Police searched the man’s car and found the knife and meat cleaver.

He told police during questioning that he intended to attack a Jewish settler.

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Israeli Supreme Court freezes West Bank village’s planned demolition

(JTA) – Israel’s Supreme Court issued an injunction freezing the planned demolition of an Arab village in the West Bank.

The injunction against the plan to demolish Khan al-Ahmar came Thursday night, the Israel Broadcasting Corp. reported. The justice presiding over the appeal for injunction by lawyers representing the residents of the Bedouin village cited the state’s refusal to review a compromise offer drawn up by the locals. [Read more…]

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U.S. court cut compensation to family of dead teen saying terror attack was risk of life in West Bank

The June 12, 2014 abduction of three Israeli yeshiva boys in the West Bank, Gil-ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, sparked rallies in Jewish communities worldwide calling for their safe return. Their murdered bodies were found on June 30, 2014. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The June 12, 2014 abduction of three Israeli yeshiva boys in the West Bank, Gil-ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, sparked rallies in Jewish communities worldwide calling for their safe return. Their murdered bodies were found on June 30, 2014. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The June 12, 2014 abduction of three Israeli yeshiva boys in the West Bank, Gil-ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, sparked rallies in Jewish communities worldwide calling for their safe return. Their murdered bodies were found on June 30, 2014. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A U.S. federal appeals court has ordered a district court judge to reconsider her decision to lower the amount of compensation a family can claim for the terrorist murder of their son based on the fact that they live in the West Bank.

Judge Rosemary Collyer of the district court in Washington, D.C. had accepted a lawsuit filed against Iran and Syria by the family of Naftali Fraenkel, one of three teenage boys who was kidnapped in June 2014 from a bus stop in the Etzion bloc of the West Bank, murdered and buried near Hebron. [Read more…]

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Prince William plans to bring ‘lasting peace’ to Middle East after visit

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, June 28, 2018. (Flash90)

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, June 28, 2018. (Flash90)

(JTA) – Britain’s Prince William plans to make bringing a “just and lasting peace” to the Middle East his “lifelong project,” a British tabloid reported, citing a Buckingham Palace source.

“The visit had a profound effect on the Duke,” The Mirror reported, quoting what it called a “highly placed Palace source.” Prince William also holds the title Duke of Cambridge. “The places he visited, the people he met and the stories he heard have all moved him very deeply.” [Read more…]

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Prince William describes Palestinian Authority as a country in meeting with Mahmoud Abbas

Britain's Prince William (left) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, June 27, 2019, in Ramallah. (Twitter)
Britain's Prince William (left) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, June 27, 2019, in Ramallah. (Twitter)

Britain’s Prince William (left) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, June 27, 2019, in Ramallah. (Twitter)

(JTA) – Britain’s Prince William described the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a country while making the first visit by a member of the royal family there.

“I’m very glad our two countries work so closely together and have had success stories with education and relief work in the past, so long may that continue,” the prince told PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where he was greeted by an honour guard. [Read more…]

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