Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα West Bank. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων
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Δευτέρα, Αυγούστου 07, 2017

Δευτέρα, Ιουνίου 30, 2014

Israel finds bodies of kidnapped teens

The bodies of three Israeli settlers who went missing near Hebron two weeks ago have been found on Monday near the city in the West Bank.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for an urgent security cabinet meeting over the matter. 


Israel has accused the Islamist Hamas movement, which has its power base in the Gaza Strip, as being behind the abduction of the teenagers. Hamas has neither confirmed nor denied involvement.

Israel sent forces to areas of the West Bank to look for Gil-Ad Shaer and U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19. 


The three went missing near a settlement in the occupied West Bank. 

The Israeli military has set up blockades and closed down whole areas around Halhul, which is just a few kilometres from where the teenagers were last seen.

The Israeli cabinet held an emergency meeting on Monday evening.....

mme.gr
30/6/14
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Πέμπτη, Φεβρουαρίου 20, 2014

Kerry, Abbas to meet for second day in Paris

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet on Thursday afternoon as part of Kerry's plan for a deal between Palestine and Israel.

The meeting comes after more than two hours of talks on Wednesday. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumed last year after a nearly three-year break.

U.S. officials say they are trying to forge a "framework for negotiations" as a first step.


The framework may include borders, security, the rights of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem.
http://english.cntv.cn/program/asiatoday/20140220/105848.shtml
20/2/14
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Τρίτη, Ιανουαρίου 14, 2014

US calls Ya'alon's comments about Kerry 'offensive'; Netanyahu does damage control

State Dept. issues rebuke after Ya'alon reportedly calls Kerry "messianic, delusional"; PM says "Even when we have disagreements with the US, they are always on the heart of the matter, not on the merits of an individual."
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did damage control on the Israel-US relationship in his speech in honor of the Knesset's 65th birthday, following Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's comments about US Secretary of State John Kerry.


"Even when we have disagreements with the US, they are always on the heart of the matter, not on the merits of an individual," Netanyahu said in an apparent dig at Ya'alon, who, according to a Yediot Aharonot report, accused Kerry of being "messianic" and "delusional" when it comes to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
The United States on Tuesday rebuked Israel for comments attributed to Israel's defense minister."The remarks of the Defense Minister if accurate are offensive and inappropriate especially given all that the United States is doing to support Israel's security needs," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a brief statement that constituted a rare rebuke to close ally Israel.
  • "Secretary Kerry and his team including General (John) Allen have been working day and night to try to promote a secure peace for Israel because of the Secretary's deep concern for Israel's future," she added. "To question his motives and distort his proposals is not something we would expect from the Defense Minister of a close ally."
Following the reports in Yediot, Ya'alon's bureau released a statement which contained a pledge to smooth over divisions with Washington, but not a denial of the reported remarks.
Relations between the US and Israel are "intimate and are of high significance for us. The US is our greatest friend and most important ally, and when there are divisions we smooth them over inside the room [behind closed doors], including with Secretary of State Kerry, with whom I hold many talks about the future of Israel," the statement said.
Ya'alon vowed to continue to safeguard the security of Israeli citizens with "determination, responsibility, and sound judgment."

"The US is our greatest ally," Netanyahu stated in his speech. "We are partners in goals and joint interests: regional stability, the war on terror, growth, security and peace. We are making efforts to bring security to the region and stand up for our interests."
The prime minister said that true peace depends on recognition of Israel as the Jewish state along with security arrangements that will ensure that "the land in the Palestinians' hands will not turn into terrorist launching pads."
However, he said, those aims must be reached "while respecting our important connection with the US."
"We stand up for our national interests and one of those is continuing to cultivate our connection with our ally, the US," Netanyahu added.
President Shimon Peres thanked US President Barack Obama "for his full responsiveness to our security and intelligence needs" and Kerry for his "determined efforts to make peace."
"There is no doubt [Obama] wants to see a peaceful Middle East," Peres told the Knesset. "Our deep friendship with the US is a central component of Israel's security and an impetus for peace in the Middle East."
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) also referred to Ya'alon's comments, saying that the relationship with the US is essential and "we shouldn't call them 'messianic' or 'delusional' or any other derogatory nicknames."
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report. 
 http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Netanyahu-does-damage-control-reaffirms-friendship-with-US-after-Yaalons-dig-at-Kerry-338158
14/1/14
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Τρίτη, Ιανουαρίου 07, 2014

Cisjordanie: une dizaine de colons capturés par des Palestiniens

Une dizaine de colons israéliens ont été capturés et battus mardi par des habitants palestiniens d'un village du nord de la Cisjordanie occupée où ils avaient pénétré, a-t-on appris de sources concordantes.
En début d'après-midi, les 13 colons ont été relâchés et évacués par l'armée israélienne, à la suite de tractations menées en coordination avec les institutions palestiniennes, selon des sources de sécurité palestiniennes.
Auparavant, ils avaient été détenus dans une maison près du village de Qousra par des villageois palestiniens, selon un photographe de l'AFP et un responsable municipal local, Abdelazim Wadi.

Aucun commentaire de l'armée israélienne
Des ambulances palestiniennes étaient garées à proximité, plusieurs colons ayant été blessés, selon la même source.
Interrogée, l'armée israélienne n'a fourni aucun commentaire dans l'immédiat.
Les heurts sont fréquents entre villageois palestiniens et colons des environs, notamment de l'implantation d'Esh Kodesh.
En moyenne, sept incidents par semaine entre Palestiniens et colons provoquent des victimes ou des dégâts côté palestinien, et un par semaine côté israélien, selon le Bureau de coordination des Affaires humanitaires de l'ONU (Ocha).
AFP
http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_cisjordanie-une-dizaine-de-colons-battus-et-captures-par-des-palestiniens?id=8170896
7/1/14
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Δευτέρα, Ιανουαρίου 06, 2014

Kerry leaves Middle East without achieving framework...

   JERUSALEM, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the United States on Monday after failing to create a framework for the Israeli-Palestinian talks.
Kerry did however claim that progress has been made in talks with both sides and several Israeli politicians, including Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Labor chief MK Yitzhak Herzog.

Kerry operated his shuttle diplomacy, with back and forth excursions between Jerusalem and Ramallah, but it seems that both sides are looking to blame the other party for the talks' deterioration rather than trying to kick-start them.


It appears that the talks mainly revolved around the status of the Jordan valley, which is on the border between Israel and Jordan at the eastern part of the West Bank. It also brought up the highly-charged issue over the status of Jerusalem, which both people consider sacred.

  • Israel demands to deploy security forces at the Jordan Valley, claiming it is a security necessity, while the Palestinians vehemently oppose having Israeli forces on future Palestinian land which would damage the Palestinian sovereignty.

It seems like both sides were looking for ammunition against the other in order to blame them for the deteriorated state of the talks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu adopted the line of " incitement" against Palestinians. He added a discussion on the " state of incitement against Israel in the Palestinian Authority" at the Israeli cabinet meeting's agenda, and said on Thursday that the Palestinians were "continuing their campaign of inciting hatred."

The Palestinians, according to reports, said that they still vehemently oppose any Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley and refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

They also denounce Israel's plans to continue to build in the settlements, causing the collapse of the previous round of talks, and a recently announced plan by Israeli ministers to annex the Jordan Valley, which awaits the approval of the Knesset ( parliament.)

Several U.S. officials had said prior to Kerry's trip that there were no expectations of a break-through and Israeli media outlets reported that he intended to return to the region, however, no official confirmation has been given.

On Sunday, Kerry said that any future peace agreement between both sides would be "fair and balanced," and added that both leaders would have to make important decisions to advance the agreement.

"This has been a productive couple of days," Kerry said on Sunday, before leaving on a short excursion to Jordan and Saudi Arabia, adding "We had very serious, very intensive conversations. "

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians resumed in July, after a three year-halt, amid the repeated attempts by Kerry, who has been to the region 10 times since he assumed his position in February. The talks were given an outline of nine months, meaning until April, to reach an interim agreement.
http://english.cntv.cn/20140106/105443.shtml
6/1/14

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Σάββατο, Ιανουαρίου 04, 2014

Kerry meets with Abbas in Ramallah...

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Ramallah on Saturday and met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Palestinian and Israeli officials have publicly differed on the future status of the West Bank's border with Jordan, where Israelis want a permanent security presence but Palestinians want a full withdrawal of Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers.

Kerry has said such an accord would narrow gaps between the sides and pave the way for a final deal when the nine-month period allotted the US-backed talks expires on April 29.



An official close to Abbas dismissed Kerry's drive for a "framework agreement" as biased toward Israel.
http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Kerry-meets-with-Abbas-in-Ramallah-337064
4/1/13

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Πέμπτη, Δεκεμβρίου 26, 2013

UN agency condemns Israeli demolition of Arab homes, urges adherence to international law


26 December 2013 – The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees today condemned Israel’s latest demolitions in the West Bank which have displaced 68 people, including 32 children, in the depths of winter, saying it is violating international law and calling on it to abide by its obligations.
“Because of these demolitions, which violate international law, these historically self-sufficient communities have been forced to endure the pitiless seasonal weather in inadequate housing, entirely dependent on international assistance,” the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said of the demolitions which took place on Christmas Eve in Ein Ayoub near Ramallah and Fasayil Al Wusta near Jericho in the Jordan valley.

“We call on Israel to abide by its obligations under international law, most particularly to ensure the humane treatment and protection of the civilian Palestinian population at all times, including through an immediate halt to administrative demolitions,” it added, noting that to date at least 1,103 Palestinians have been displaced throughout the West Bank in Area C, and East Jerusalem, exceeding the numbers for 2012.
Area C, where Israel still retains control over security, planning and building, represents over 60 per cent of the West Bank.
The majority of those displaced most recently, 46, are Palestinian refugees, including a five-year-old girl who is paralyzed from the waist down. They are now being sheltered in tents distributed by the Palestinian Red Crescent, with night-time temperatures plunging to around zero Celsius, while some 750 head of sheep and goats are without shelter at this crucial lambing season.

“These are Bedouin communities who managed to weather the recent snow storms,” UNRWA said. “On this day, many people around the world are celebrating family life with their children. But thanks to the ‘administrative demolitions’ these families have lost their homes and their livelihoods are severely threatened.”

The Agency stressed that administrative demolition is not a solution for Palestinians in Area C and are a common trigger of forced displacement, possibly amounting to a forcible transfer and forced eviction under international humanitarian law and human rights law.
It reiterated a statement in September by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay that “mass demolitions raise serious concerns about the prohibition on forced eviction under international human rights law, and Israel’s obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of Palestinians to adequate housing and freedom from arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy, family and home.”
Of the 1,103 Palestinians displaced so far this year, about a third are refugees, and at least 558 are children, including 195 refugees.
Furthermore, a total of 1,813 Palestinians, including 497 refugees, have been affected by the loss of non-residential structures such as animal pens that support livelihoods. In total, 663 structures, including 259 residential units, were recorded demolished since the start of this year in the West Bank. At least 175 structures belonged to registered refugees.
 un.org
26/12/13

Τετάρτη, Οκτωβρίου 30, 2013

UN chief Ban slams Israeli plans to advance east J'lem, West Bank construction....

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday blasted an Israeli announcement made earlier in the day to advance settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Ban condemned as "contrary to international law" the move announced by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in conjunction with Israel's release early Wednesday morning of 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners.

He added that further Israeli building in areas over the Green Line constituted "an obstacle to peace".

However, Ban stated his appreciation for Israel's undertaking the "difficult step" of releasing the second batch of pre-Oslo prisoners amid "deep domestic opposition" as a gesture for continuing peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.


He added that the UN expected parties to promote conditions conducive to a successful negotiation process and refrain from actions that undermine trust. 
 jpost.com
30/10/13
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****UN chief deplores plans for further Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory. -(Announcement hours after freeing 26 Palestinian prisoners) 

 30 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the announcements today of further Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, pointing out that settlement activity is contrary to international law and constitutes an obstacle to peace.
“Any measures that prejudge final status issues will not be recognised by the international community,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added.Israel reportedly made the announcement hours after freeing 26 Palestinian prisoners.

Mr. Ban understands that Israel took “a difficult step” in continuing to release Palestinian prisoners in the face of deep domestic opposition, and appreciates this gesture, said the statement. “The Secretary-General expects the parties to take every possible step to promote conditions conducive to the success of the negotiating process and to refrain from actions that undermine trust,” it added.
Direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians stalled in September 2010, after Israel refused to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. The two sides resumed negotiations this August following efforts by United States Secretary of State John Kerry. 

un.org,  30/10/13

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Σάββατο, Οκτωβρίου 12, 2013

Thousands rally in Israel to remember slain PM Rabin.

AFP - Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday to mourn peace-seeking prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on the 18th anniversary of his assassination by a Jewish extremist.

The demonstrators were mainly young people representing a wide political spectrum but protesting against Israeli radicals opposed to peace with the Palestinians, an AFP reporter said.
The demonstrators carried portraits of Rabin -- who was assassinated after addressing a rally in the same square on November 4, 1995 -- and banners with slogans against racism and intolerance.

"Stop the price tag, defend democracy," read one banner, referring to so-called "price tag" attacks on Palestinians by Jewish extremists opposed to the dismantling of settlements in the occupied West Bank.

"My grandfather was assassinated for peace, and you owe this peace to us, to all of us," Rabin's grandson Yonatan Ben-Artzi said in a speech to the crowd, addressing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • Media said 30,000 people joined the rally in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, where the premier was gunned down by Jewish extremist Yigal Amir, who is currently serving a life sentence.
  • Amir had hoped to derail the 1993 Oslo accords signed by Rabin and the Palestinians, a landmark agreement aimed at resolving the decades-old conflict.

Organisers of Saturday's rally had planned it to roughly coincide with the anniversary of the assassination in the Jewish Calendar, which falls next week.
An official ceremony will be held on Tuesday at the Jerusalem cemetery where Rabin is buried.
http://www.france24.com/en/20131012-thousands-rally-israel-remember-slain-pm-rabin
12/10/13

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