Es geht weiter, in atemberaubendem Tempo

Die Meldungen sind höchst alarmierend:

Neue Siedlungsprojekte werden jetzt hektisch vorangetrieben. E1 in Jerusalem ist eine ungeheuerliche Landnahme, sogar von Obama als das Stück bezeichnet, das auf keinen Fall realisiert werden dürfe. Die Annektierung des hügligen Stücks Landes bedeutet die Vereinigung von (West) Jerusalem mit der Siedlung Ma’ale Adumim, was den Palästinensern die letzte Hoffnung nimmt, dass ihre frühere “Hauptstadt” je wieder erreichbar würde. Die gestrige Zerstörung eines Beduinendorfes – wodurch 47 Personen obdachlos wurden, ohne Entschädigung, ohne Warnung – ist ein deutliches Zeichen, dass dieser Plan, das Ende der Zweistaatenlösung, verfolgt wird.

Im Waffenstillstand ohne Abkommen und Regeln werden jetzt  in grosser Schnelligkeit Dörfer und Gebäude demoliert. Soeben traf es einen Bauern- und Molkereibetrieb in Hebron. Für diejenigen, die von solchen Zerstörungen nichts Genaueres wissen: Das Militär zerstört meist Gebäude aufgrund einer fehlenden Baubewilligung. Die Baubewilligung wird aber willkürlich verweigert, in diesem Fall seit 2002, obwohl das Eigentum des Landes nicht bestritten werden kann, sondern weil Israel früher oder später darauf spekuliert, es zu übernehmen.

Israel Announces ‘Unprecedented’ Land Seizure

Anti-settlement group says move is “proof that Prime Minister Netanyahu does not aspire for a new ‘Diplomatic Horizon'”

An Israeli soldier looks on during a protest in the village of Al Ma’sara. (Photo:  kelleelund)

Israel announced on Sunday it was seizing 988 acres of land in the West Bank, an amount described as ‘unprecedented’ by a peace organization.

The appropriation is reportedly in retaliation for the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in June.

According to reporting by Haaretz, “The appropriated land belongs to five Palestinian villages in the Bethlehem area: Jaba, Surif, Wadi Fukin, Husan and Nahalin.”

Ma’an News adds:

Part of the lands being confiscated are already home to the illegal Jewish settlement of Gvaot, part of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

Local settlers moved into the area and took over Palestinian land with military support more than a decade ago, but have been living in an area technically unrecognized by Israeli authorities despite their armed protection.

Anti-settlement group Peace Now called the land appropriation “unprecedented in its scope since the 1980’s.” A statement by the group continues:

Peace Now views this declaration as proof that Prime Minister Netanyahu does not aspire for a new ‘Diplomatic Horizon’ but rather, he continues to put obstacles to the two state vision and promote a one state solution. Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ya’alon are directly responsible to the declaration, which cannot pass without their approval. By declaring another 4,000 dunams [988 acres] as state land, the Israeli government stabs President Abbas and the moderate Palestinian forces in the back, proving again that violent delivers Israeli concessions while nonviolence results in settlement expansion.

Alert: This morning, Israeli forces demolished the Rayyan Dairy Factory and cow farm, which included four big barracks, due to lack of building permits, preliminary field information indicates. An additional demolition reportedly took place today in Jaba’ Bedouin community, which is located in an Area C of the Jerusalem governorate.

The Rayyan Dairy Factory and cow farm was owned by Hebron’s Islamic Charitable Organization and located in an Area C part of Hebron city. On 21 June, the Israeli authorities issued the factory and farm a 72-hour warning, prior to their demolition due to the lack of a building permit, on the basis of a demolition order that had been pending since 2002. These developments occurred in the context of the Israeli military operations affecting Islamic associations allegedly linked to Hamas that followed the abduction and killing of three Israeli youth on 12 June.


He referred to Tuesday’s indefinite truce deal between Palestinian factions and Israel that ended a 51-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

The deal, which came through indirect talks between the two parties in Cairo, calls for opening all border crossings between the Gaza Strip and Israel – effectively ending the latter’s seven-year blockade of the coastal territory.

However, al-Ghalban asserted that Israel is still applying the same level of restrictions on the entry of commodities through Kerem Shalom commercial crossing with the Gaza Strip.

Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment.

The Gaza Strip has six border crossings controlled by Israel and one controlled by Egypt.

In 2007, after Hamas resistance group seized control of the enclave, Israel closed four of its commercial crossings with Gaza, leaving only two – including Kerem Shalom – operational.

The Israeli authorities have since used the terminal to allow limited amounts of goods and fuel into the teeming, cash-strapped Palestinian territory – home to some 1.8 million Palestinians.

Kerem Shalom is typically closed on Fridays and Saturdays and on Jewish religious holidays.

Israel’s latest onslaught on the Gaza Strip – the deadliest since 2005’s Israeli withdrawal from Gaza – left some 2,147 Gazans dead and 11,000 others injured – mostly civilians – while partially or completely destroying thousands of buildings across the coastal enclave.

Over the course of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge,” at least 70 Israelis – 65 soldiers and five civilians – were killed, according to Israeli figures, in the highest military death toll for Israel since 2006’s war in Lebanon which left 119 Israeli soldiers dead.

According to the cease-fire agreement’s terms, Palestinian and Israeli negotiators will hold indirect negotiations on other core Palestinian demands – including the release of prisoners and the establishment of a Gaza seaport – in one month.


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