According to Ir Amim, the outline plan includes a total of 395 housing units, “of which 91 units have already been built and populated”. The new construction will add 182 new units.
Ir Amim commented:
“Establishing and expanding state-backed settler enclaves like Nof Tzion within Palestinian neighborhoods not only erodes the fabric of these communities but further reinforces Israeli control of East Jerusalem”.
Meanwhile, in the south of occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli authorities approved on 19 November an outline plan for 290 housing units in Gilo settlement.
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In advancing the plan, the District Planning Committee “rejected objections submitted by a Palestinian family who claimed ownership of the land in question and currently resides in a home on a portion of the property.”
In fact, Ir Amim described, “the committee refused to discuss the dispute over land ownership, citing that it was beyond its purview and authority which deals with planning issues alone.”
In a further development, according to media reports cited by Ir Amim, the Israeli construction ministry announced it was preparing a plan for 11,000 housing units in Atarot settlement, in the north of occupied East Jerusalem. No actual plans have yet to be formally advanced.
Israeli bulldozers today razed large swathes of Palestinian farmlands to the west of Husan village, located near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, according to a local official.
Hassan Breijeh, head of the local anti-wall and settlement committee, said Israeli forces escorted a bulldozer to the al-Sillam area, west of Husan, where the heavy machinery razed vast tracts of cultivated lands belonging to the villagers of Husan.
He slammed the step as intended to lay the groundwork for the expansion of illegal Israeli colonial settlements and fully erase the Palestinian presence.
Soldiers in the Civil Administration determine where Palestinians may live, where and when they may travel, whether they can build or expand homes on their own land, whether they own that land at all, whether an Israeli settler can takeover that land among others.
The Jordanian authorities have asked Israel to release the body of Palestinian prisoner Sami Abu Diak, 37, who died in prison on Tuesday after three years of battling cancer and alleged medical negligence, Quds Press reported on Wednesday.
The Jordanian Embassy in Tel Aviv apparently filed an application for the Israeli authorities to hand over Abu Dayyak’s body to his family in Jordan for burial. Israeli radio reports also said that the embassy asked for more details about the circumstances of Abu Dayyak’s death.
The story of a Palestinian man sentenced to life imprisonment and a wish killed by "#Israel" .. "Sami Abu Diak" died and didn't fulfill his wish, without a final look or a farewell kiss from his mom.. 💔🇵🇸😢 pic.twitter.com/WYFuFjKiaB
Abu Dayyak died after suffering from intestinal cancer for three years. He was arrested by Israel in 2002 and sentenced to three life terms plus 30 years. Several operations in prison resulted in kidney and lung failure, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Commission explained.
According to human rights groups, there are around 5,700 Palestinians prisoners being held by Israel, including 230 children, 48 women, 500 under administrative detention with neither charge nor trial, and 700 suffering from serious illnesses.
Head of Yisrael Beiteinu party Avigdor Lieberman stressed on Monday that he would reject holding a Knesset committee meeting to discuss providing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity, Quds Press reported.
This came just one day after he said that he would support Netanyahu’s efforts to form the House Committee in the Knesset in order to discuss his claim for immunity regarding the corruption cases against him.
“The prime minister said he doesn’t need immunity,” Haaretz quoted Lieberman saying, arguing that a court decision would be “the only thing that would be accepted by all citizens”.
“To set up the committee 15 days before the dissolving [of parliament], it is clear that it will be a personal committee that will deal with only one subject or one person. We will need to wait until there is a new government, [then] the House Committee will be set up and debate it.”
Granting Netanyahu immunity “would harm the public’s trust”, he continued.
Israeli kingmaker Avigdor Lieberman refused to support Benjamin Netanyahu or rival Benny Gantz for PM, pushing the Jewish country closer to the third round of elections in a yearhttps://t.co/3CpPX8eLHP
According to Globes, the plan is based on “focused seminars for senior commanders in foreign armies”, Israeli military “assistance for promoting sales of Israeli weapons”, and “subsidizing small and medium-sized defense companies seeking to sell arms around the world”.
Speaking this week, Kulas said that SIBAT favors a major expansion of agreements between countries, resulting in significant deals for the large defense companies, especially Elbit Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.
As reported by Globes, Israel’s defense exports totaled $7.5 billion in 2018, with 46 percent of them being to Asia, 26 percent to European countries, 20 percent to North America, six percent to Latin America and two percent to Africa.
The new focus includes “Asian countries with which Israel’s ties have hitherto been kept on a low media profile”, although specific names have not been mentioned publicly.
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”#Israel’s sale of weapons to #Myanmar has been criticised by the UN in a report calling on the international community to impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo on the south-east Asian nation.https://t.co/eKEJY4iVLw
“As a matter of policy,” Globes explained, “the Ministry of Defence does not disclose the names of the countries to which arms from Israel are exported.”
In addition, the report added, the Defence Ministry “will pay the most attention in the coming years” with respect to arms exports to European countries.
(2/3) Here's Mirvis essentially condoning the slaughter of well over a thousand Palestinian civilians including 500+ children. He also makes implicitly clear what he thinks about Labours embargo of weapons sales to Israel. pic.twitter.com/rSyCSoRCDi
A mapping conducted by the ministry in recent months cited 41 countries around the world considered important targets for Israeli arms firms, with half of those target countries in Europe.
One country cited by Globes is Finland, believed to be one of the Israeli arms industry’s targets. In recent years, Helsinki has purchases drones from Israeli company Aeronautics, and also “signed a deal in excess of €190 million [$209 million] for the purchase of ship-to-ship Gabriel missiles from IAI”.
Israeli occupation forces have escalated their arrest raids in Issawiya, occupied East Jerusalem, in the face of continued protests at months of violence and harassment, reported Haaretz.
Yesterday, the paper reported, Israeli police officers arrested 12 Palestinian residents, including children, during a pre-dawn raid that followed on from a similar operation last week, which saw 15 arrested – all of whom were subsequently released.
Sources in Issawiya say that some 600 people have been arrested in total since Israeli forces escalated their raids in the community around six months ago. Yet only a tiny number of those detained have been indicted for offenses like stone-throwing; just 20 so far, or three percent.
“We’re fed up with arrests based on intelligence tips,” said lawyer Mohammad Mahmoud, who has represented many of the detainees.
“Last week, many people were arrested and released. It’s a lottery system.”
Israel attacks Palestinian homes in Issawiya; hauls two teenagers into custody; fires tear gas at residents, leaving dozens injured #BDShttps://t.co/0CTzU1n9xf
Likud, meanwhile, consumed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s legal woes, would only win 30 seats, down two from its showing in September. The seven-seat lead is the largest such gap of any poll since the last elections.
Amongst the smaller parties on both the right and center, the poll showed some small movement.
Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu was down one seat from eight to seven, while the Joint List was also down one, from 13 seats to 12, according to the new poll. Two other parties dropped a seat – Labor-Gesher alliance (five down from six) and Meretz (four down from five).
Blue and White candidate Benny Gantz says Saturday he would head the government for two years and then Netanyahu would lead the following two years — if he is acquitted of corruption charges.https://t.co/UOS8YElFEG
The Jewish Home-National Union remained stable on four seats, while the New Right doubled its seats from three to six Knesset seats. United Torah Judaism retained its seven seats, while Shas fell from nine to eight seats.
The poll also quizzed respondents on the fallout to Netanyahu’s indictments, with 56 percent saying the long-time Likud leader should not continue as prime minister, and 37 percent saying he could continue in office.
Among Likud voters, 88 percent would choose Netanyahu as their candidate in the scheduled party primary, with Nir Barkat and Gideon Sa’ar lagging a long way behind.
Palestinian prisoner Sami Abu Diak, who was suffering from cancer, has died in prison this morning, according to prisoners advocacy groups.
Israel has rejected several appeals to release him on humanitarian grounds so that he can get proper treatment for cancer outside prison.
Palestinian detainee, Sami Abu Diak, was suffering from cancer and other health problems, including kidney and lung failures, which resulted from deliberate medical neglect and maltreatment. pic.twitter.com/FdoPMwme3X
The tension was high throughout Israeli prisons this morning following the announcement of Abu Diak’s death, according to the Palestinian Authority’s Prisoners Affairs Commission.
Abu Diak, 37, from Silat al-Dahr village in the northern West Bank district of Jenin, died in the Israeli hospital Asaf Harofeh as a result of what the Commission said was “the policy of deliberate and systematic clinical killings by the (Israel) Prison Services.”
After being denied specialized medical care, Palestinian detainee, Sami Abu Diak, dies in israeli Prison. pic.twitter.com/AmrM18TyGb
With the death of Abu Diak, the number of Palestinian prisoners who died as a result of medical negligence has reached 222 since 1967, more than a third of them while in custody.
Abu Diak was detained on July 17, 2002, and was sentenced to triple life terms plus 30 years, of which he spent 17 years behind bars before his death. He was diagnosed with intestinal cancer in September 2015 and his condition began to deteriorate as a result of medical mistakes by the Israeli Soroka hospital in the south of Israel where he underwent surgery to remove 83 cm of his large intestine.
He was then transferred to Ramlah prison clinic where his health deteriorated due to the dismal and unhygienic conditions of the prison. He was then transferred to Assaf Harofeh, and then returned to Ramlah prison.
In a letter he wrote a few days ago, the Palestinian detainee Sami Abu Diak said he wanted to"die in my mother's lap." Today, and due to the deliberate medical neglect by "Israel," Abu Diak DIED, alone and handcuffed on a cold bed. Although Abu Diak(36)was suffering from cancer pic.twitter.com/o7OJinuVNT
Abu Diak was unable to walk and would move only in a wheelchair. He underwent four operations to remove tumors from the intestine, and during one of the operations, he went into a coma for one month.
Many petitions were submitted for the early release of Abu Diak in light of the serious and critical deterioration of his health, but the occupation authorities rejected all appeals, said the Commission.
This was Abu Diak’s last message from the prison:
“To every person with a conscience, I live my last hours and days. I want to be in my last days and hours beside my mother and my loved ones, and I want to die in her arms. I do not want to die while I my hands and feet are cuffed and in front of a jailer who loves death and nurtures and delights by our pains and sufferings.”
The Prisoners’ Commission held the occupation authorities fully responsible for the death of Abu Diak due to what it said was its racist crimes against Palestinians, such as physical and psychological torture, medical negligence of prisoners and other violations and procedures of torture against them, which come at the expense of the life of the Palestinian prisoner.
It called for investigations into cases of violations against prisoners and to force Israel to abide by international law regarding prisoners.
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