Israel-Palestine News : 9 - 15 April 2016
Purpose: to provide a varied selection of articles from Arabic, Hebrew and English mainstream media outlets so readers get a flavour of what is being said about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from different perspectives. The content and opinions of these articles do not reflect our aims or opinions. Please BE RESOURCEFUL and research for yourself a diversity of sources for everything you read or hear about Israel-Palestine.
Arabic News Sources (English versions):

Al-Arabiya, Louis Charbonneau: Palestinian push for UN rebuke of settlements ‘aimed at peace’
Permanent Palestinian observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, stated that the renewed Palestinian drive to persuade the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements is aimed at removing the biggest obstacle to peace and to ‘try to help the French initiative to stand on its feet’. With Washington focused on this year's election, France has been lobbying countries to commit to a conference that would get Israelis and Palestinians back to negotiations about ending their conflict.

Aljazeera, Dalia Hatuqa: Surge in Demolitions leaves more Palestinians homeless
35 Palestinians Bedouins were made homeless on Tuesday as Israeli Security Forces bulldozed six homes in the village of Umm al-Khair next to the Israeli settlement of Carmel. Community patriarch, Suleiman Hathaleen, explained that he and his clan had ‘bought this land from residents of the nearby town of Yata in 1965 for 100 camels’ but Israeli authorities claim they were illegally living there.

PNN: 2 IOF soldiers jailed for burning Palestinian flag
Two Israeli soldiers were jailed by their commanders on Wednesday after they confiscated a Palestinian flag from a vehicle passing through an IOF checkpoint near Nablus and burned it in front of dozens of Palestinians on Wednesday morning. According to local sources, Palestinian officials lodged a formal complaint with Israeli authorities, who promised to take action against the soldiers responsible for this incident.

Al-Jazeera, Patrick Strickland: Israel razes Palestinian homes in key area of West Bank
Israeli authorities have demolished several Bedouin homes in the strategically sensitive E1 region of the occupied West Bank. It is thought that Israel is planning to demolish these homes to build Jewish-only settlements. This would have effectively dissect the West Bank into separate halves, triggering fears of eliminating any chance of territorial congruity in a future Palestinian state. "Legally speaking, [this] involves elements of war crimes and crimes against humanity particularly related to extensive destruction of property, land appropriation and further persecution of Palestinians," Mona Sabella of the Al-Haq rights group told Al Jazeera.

Ma’an News Agency: Palestinians mark 68th anniversary of Deir Yassin massacre
Palestinians on Saturday marked the 68th anniversary of the massacre of more than 100 Palestinians civilians carried out by Zionist paramilitary groups in the village of Deir Yassin in 1948 prior to the establishment of Israel. Deir Yassin has long been a symbol of Israeli violence for Palestinians because of the particularly gruesome nature of the slaughter, which targeted men, women, children, and the elderly in the small village west of Jerusalem. Even more tragic is the fact that village residents were trying to maintain good relations with their new Jewish neighbours by signing a pact that was approved by the Haganah.
Hebrew News Sources (English versions):

The Jerusalem Post: Senior IDF source: Security forces foiled many recent mass-casualty Hamas terror plots
An officer has revealed that the Judea and Samaria Division as well as the Shin Bet have recently foiled numerous Hamas mass-casualty terrorism plots forming in the West Bank: ‘Often we thwarted them at very advanced stages, involving bomb labs that we recently raided’. He or she warns of two possible scenarios whereby Hamas could try to pull off a large-scale terror attack during Passover or instead there could be a resurgence of Palestinian violence in Jerusalem because of tensions at Al-Aqsa.

Haaretz, Nir Hasson: Palestinian Convicted of Car-ramming Murder in East Jerusalem
The Jerusalem District Court convicted Khaled Kutina of murder and attempted murder Wednesday for committing the car-ramming attack that killed Shalom Yohai Sherki and seriously injured Shira Klein a year ago at the capital’s French Hill junction. During questioning Kutina said he had wanted to take revenge on the Jews ‘’because my life in Anata [is] miserable … because that checkpoint always makes traffic jams.” Testifying in court, however, he claimed not to remember the incident.

Ynet news, Elior Levy: Palestinians to build first West Bank power plant
Israel has approved in principle the construction of a Palestinian power station in the Jenin Industrial Zone in the West Bank. The 450-megawatt power station will be fueled by Israeli gas. The Israel Electric Corporation currently provides the PA with up to 1,000 megawatts a day. The new station should provide cheaper electricity and building it should add 1,000 new jobs to the Palestinian economy. The power station will also bring in about $100 million annually in additional tax revenue to the PA. A smaller power station in the Hebron area is also planned.,7340,L-4790597,00.html
Jerusalem Post: Palestinians campaign for convicted terrorist Barghouti to receive Nobel Peace Prize
On Tuesday, Palestinians in Ramallah launched a worldwide campaign to nominate jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize – despite his life imprisonment for five terrorist murders. The campaign is being sponsored by the Palestinian Commission for Prisoners, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club and members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Barghouti was arrested by the IDF in Ramallah in 2002 and sentenced two years later to five consecutive life terms in prison for his role in terrorist attacks against Israelis during the second intifada. Recently, the Tunisian parliament announced its support for nominating Barghouti for the prize. The campaign is also backed by Argentine Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel.

Haaretz, Chaim Levinson and Jack Khoury: Netanyahu, Ya'alon Approved Over 200 New Housing Units in Settlements, Outposts
It has been discovered that last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon gave permission to the  Israeli Civil Administration's top planning board to construct hundreds of housing units in West Bank settlements. The move follows a period of over a year of a low-key settlement construction freeze. The Palestinians chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, emphasised the need to support the recently drafted UN Security Council Resolution condemning the settlements to "[bring] those accountable before the relevant bodies in the international community’’.
US-UK News Sources:

BBC news: Israel promotes Arab police officer to senior rank
An Arab police officer, Jamal Hakrush, has been promoted by Israel to the highest rank ever attained by a Muslim in the force. He will be in charge of policing in Arab communities where there is long history of distrust of the police. This is an important breakthrough for Arab Israelis, who suffer from "institutional and societal discrimination" according to the US state department and international organisations such as Human Rights Watch.

The New York Times, Diaa Hadid: In West Bank, Israel Imposes Pop-Up Checkpoints and Road Closings
Palestinians are denouncing pop-up checkpoints and closings by the Israeli army in the West Bank as a form of ‘collective punishment’, which the IDF denies. These can last several days and are constantly disrupting the routines of Palestinian residents, whose restriction of movement is already considerable. However, International Crisis Group analyst Nathan Thrall believes that this security strategy is much more selective and intelligent than those imposed by Israel on West Bank cities during the second intifada. He identifies the thinking behind these: ‘“Don’t do generalized closures. Don’t restrict work permits. Do the opposite…to keep everything localized and to minimize the negative effect for the population at large”.

The Telegraph, Inna Lazareva: Israel agrees early release for 12-year-old Palestinian girl in stabbing attempt
Israel is to release its youngest prisoner 6 weeks prior to the end of her sentence. She is a 12 year old Palestinian girl from Halhoul (nearby Hebron) who confessed to planning a stabbing attack in a West Bank settlement. Her release has been thanks to appeals made by the girl’s family, lawyers and activists who believe the girl should not be sent to prison as she is technically a minor. However, a separate military law allows for Palestinians as young as 12 to be sent to jail.

The Guardian, Arthur Goodman: Israeli expansionism is a key driver of violence
Goodman starts his article by critiquing Jonathan Freedland’s argument in ‘Amid the bloodshed, Palestinians and Israelis are giving up on themselves’. Contrary to Freedland’s underlying message that Israelis and Palestinians both share responsibility for the lack of progress in solving the conflict, Goodman rather finds much more credibility in the argument that the continued violence between Israelis and Palestinians is symptomatic of ‘48 years of illegal occupation and settlement-building’ by the Jewish state.  He finishes by outlining that the Palestinian Liberation Organisation made its historic concession of giving up 78% of Palestine to Israel, and that for this reason any kind of expansionism into Palestinian territories should be considered illegitimate as well as illegal.

+972 Magazine, Michael Schaffer Omer-Man: The fiction of autonomy in Ramallah is making the occupation stronger
Omer-Man uses the confrontation between Abbas’ Presidential guards and Israeli security forces outside his residence in Ramallah in 2015 as proof of how there does not exist genuine cooperation between the IDF and Palestinian security forces. From his perspective, this confirms the ‘fiction of autonomy’ of cities like Ramallah, which are ‘A cities’ (as stipulated by the Oslo II agreements) under the Palestinian Authority’s full control. Omer-Man speculates that further legal breaches by the Israeli military into PA controlled territories will jeopardise any coordination between both sides’ security forces. This in turn would make ‘the occupation…much less tenable for Israel’ as it would be forced to re-occupy Palestinian cities and re-assume the responsibility for managing the lives of millions of Palestinians.

Ynet News, Yoel Meltzer: The Arab-Israeli conflict: Time to move on
Meltzer accuses the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) of turning Palestinians ‘into permanent refugees to be used as a political tool against Israel’ instead of working to resettle them elsewhere. He contrasts these actions against the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which he views as having the completely opposite mission of reducing the number of refugees in the world since 1950. He sympathises with the Palestinians in terms of the ‘false promises’ they have been given by ‘Arab leaders, western/international leaders and even some Israeli leaders’.
In the end, Meltzer discards both the two-state solution and the possibility of Palestinians being absorbed into Israel with equal rights, as both ‘would pose an existential threat to the very existence of the Jewish state’. In the end, the author puts forward financially compensating Palestinians and resettling them ‘elsewhere’ as the only solution that will ‘guarantee the continued existence of the world’s only Jewish state as well as enable the Arabs to escape their prison of false promises and to finally start building normal productive lives’.,7340,L-4786722,00.html


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