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No Palestinian state in West Bank, says Israeli minister

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No Palestinian state in West Bank, says Israeli minister – Middle East Monitor Israel's Deputy Defence Minister Eliyahu Ben-Dahan October 10, 2017 at 10:00 am Israeli Minister of Agriculture Ori Ariel has said that there would never be a Palestinian state in the West Bank and has revealed a plan to increase the number of Israeli Jewish settlers to one million, Quds Press reported yesterday.Quds Press said that Ariel delivered his remarks during a celebration of the 40th anniversary of establishing the illegal settlement of Karni Shamron on the Palestinian land of Qalqilya."We became half a million Jews in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] and we will become one million," Ariel said. "There will be only one state between the river and the sea which is the state of Israel," he reiterated.Read: Israel to approve construction in Hebron settlement for the first time since 2002He added: "Unfortunately, some of the areas such as Jerusalem, Sinai, …

100 años después de Balfour debemos reflexionar, no celebrar

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100 años después de Balfour debemos reflexionar, no celebrar – Monitor De OrienteUna nueva película de la organización Independent Jewish Voices argumenta que en el centenario de la deceleración Balfour deben reflexionar, no celebrar Una nueva película de Voces judías independientes – una red de judíos en Gran Bretaña con un compromiso compartido con los derechos humanos y una solución justa y pacífica al conflicto Israel / Palestina – examinada en la conferencia Balfour de MEMO destaca el legado de la Declaración Balfour de 1917.Con Jon Snow, Avi Shlaim y Jacqueline Rose, "100 Years After Balfour", argumenta que el centenario de este año es un tiempo de reflexión, no de celebración.El 2 de noviembre de 1917, el secretario de Relaciones Exteriores, Arthur Balfour, entregó una carta a la Federación Sionista prometiendo el apoyo británico para la creación de un hogar para el pueblo judío en Palestina.Leer más: MEMO recibe a "Palestina, Gran Bretaña y la Declaración de Balf…

International parliamentarians tour West Bank settlements, meet Israeli officials

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International parliamentarians tour West Bank settlements, meet Israeli officials – Middle East Monitor Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Tzipi Hotovely on 1 May 2017 [Tzipi Hotovely /Facebook] October 10, 2017 at 9:46 am More than two dozen parliamentarians from around the world toured West Bank settlements on Sunday, and met with senior Israeli officials.The 26 members of parliament from 15 countries were visiting as part of a conference organised by the Israel Allies Foundation, in partnership with the World Jewish Congress, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and Bridges for Peace.Participants went to Har Bracha settlement in the occupied West Bank, where they heard speeches by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, and senior settler official Yossi Dagan.The parliamentarians subsequently heard talks by former minister Gideon Sa'ar, current minister Gila Gamliel, and bipartisan members of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus.#SettlementsThe politicians …

Israel to approve construction in Hebron settlement for first time since 2002 – Middle East Monitor

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Israel to approve construction in Hebron settlement for first time since 2002 – Middle East Monitor Palestinians demonstrate against the construction of illegal settlements in West Bank on 15 September 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages] October 10, 2017 at 9:16 am Israel is set to approve construction in the Jewish settlement in Hebron for the first time in 15 years, as part of a broader expansion of illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank.It was reported late Sunday that almost 4,000 settlement housing units will be approved by Israeli authorities next week.According to a report in Haaretz, "a significant portion" of the homes are to be built in colonies "located outside settlement blocs".Haaretz states that "the most contentious construction plans the panel is set to approve are those for the Jewish settlement in Hebron and the isolated settlement of Negohot, located in the Southern Hebron Hills".Read: Settlements are Israel'…

» Labour Expels Jewish Anti-Zionist for ‘Anti-Semitism’

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» Labour Expels Jewish Anti-Zionist for 'Anti-Semitism'– IMEMC News 10 Oct 5:06 AM Moche Machover, an Israeli-born mathematician, philosopher and radical activist, received an expulsion letter from the Labour Party for his article, 'Anti-Zionism Does Not Equal Anti-Semitism'.TRNN transcript:SHIR HEVER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Shir Hever in Heidelberg, Germany. After Jeremy Corbyn became the leader of the Labour Party in Britain in 2015, the party began a crusade to purge itself of members suspected of anti-Semitism. It quickly became apparent, however, that the real goal of this purge was not to clean the party of anti-Semitic elements, but rather to expel all members who expressed critical views against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.In January this year, Al Jazeera published an in-depth investigation of the involvement of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the internal politics of British parties, and interviewed Jackie Walker, the vice-c…

» PLO Condemns Israeli Plans to Build 4,000 Illegal Settlement Units

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» PLO Condemns Israeli Plans to Build 4,000 Illegal Settlement Units– IMEMC News 10 Oct 4:50 AM The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) condemned, on Monday, Israeli plans to build around 4,000 housing units in illegal settlements throughout the occupied West Bank."We strongly condemn Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's approval of the construction of 3,829 illegal settlement units in the Occupied West Bank," said Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the PLO's Executive Committee.Reports said, according to WAFA, that  Netanyahu is bent on approving, next week, the construction of 300 units in the settlement of Beit El, 206 in Tekoa, 158 in Kfar Etzion, 129 in Avnei Hefetz, 102 in Negohot, 97 in Rehelim, 48 housing units in Ma'ale Mikhmas, and 30 units in Jewish settlement in Hebron."Clearly, Israel is bent on entrenching the military occupation and its illegal settlement enterprise, further reaffirming its intentions of displacing Palestine and replacing it with &…

The story behind first permanent US base in Israel

The story behind first permanent US base in IsraelA festive ceremony on an Israeli Air Defense Command base drew no special attention. The Sept. 18 ceremony in the Negev desert dedicated a first of its kind in Israel's history: a permanent American military base, to be staffed with dozens of uniformed American soldiers, within an Israeli air force base. It's an open secret that the Americans have warehouses for ammunition and strategic equipment in Israel for emergency situations, but until now there were no real military bases. For the first time, the American military will have a physical foothold within Israeli territory. "This is a historic day when we dedicate a base with our most important ally, the United States, here in the Negev," said the commander of Israel's aerial defense at the ceremony, which was attended by American generals as well. Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovich went on, "This is the first time a permanent American base is situated within one of…

Palestine's disappearing cinemas

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Palestine's disappearing cinemas | The Electronic IntifadaAhmad Al-BazzThe Electronic IntifadaNablus9 October 2017 The projection room at al-Assi cinema.One by one, Palestine's classic cinemas are being erased.Municipal bulldozers razed Nablus' al-Assi cinema in late June after the abandoned property was purchased from its owners.It was the second Palestinian cinema in the West Bank to be demolished in less than a year, after Cinema Jenin was razed last December.Al-Assi, which opened in the early 1950s, was shuttered during the first intifada in 1987 and reopened a decade later. A few years later, during the second intifada, it closed for good.There are currently only two dedicated cinemas in continuous operation in Palestinian cities in the West Bank – Cinema City, opened in Nablus in 2009, and Palestine Tower, opened in Ramallah in 2014.Other cinemas throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been shuttered – some of them demolished – and others turned into wedding hall…

Hundreds of right-wing Israelis continue visits to Al-Aqsa Mosque for Jewish holiday

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Hundreds of right-wing Israelis continue visits to Al-Aqsa Mosque for Jewish holiday JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of right-wing Israelis and settlers took to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday under the protection of Israeli forces for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.The Islamic Endowment, or Waqf -- in charge of running Al-Aqsa Mosque compound -- told Ma'an that 462 Israeli settlers "raided" the compound, in addition to 150 Jewish religious students through the Moroccan Gate entrance.Meanwhile, the Endowment and other local Muslim committees warned of the increasing visits by Israeli settlers to the compound, highlighting that several Israelis performed prayers and religious inside the compound, in violation of a long-standing agreement between Israel and the Endowment preventing non-Muslim prayer in Al-Aqsa.  This story continues below.  The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the R…

Israel closes off Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslims and Palestinians

Israel closes off Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslims and PalestiniansDate of publication: 9 October, 2017 Palestinians have endured several restrictions imposed on them by the Israeli army due to an important Jewish holiday. Israeli authorities have pressed on a decision to shut down the Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslim worshippers, and all other non-Jews.The mosque, situated in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron will be closed off for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Only Jews will have access to the area, according to Palestine based Maan News Agency.The director of the mosque, Hafzi Abu Sneneh, said on Sunday he was told that the holy site would be shut down to Muslim worshipers from 10pm on Sunday until Tuesday night.Muslims will not be allowed to make the call for prayer during this period, Abu Sneneh added, when he spoke to Palestinian Authority's (PA) official news agency Wafa News.Palestinians have endured several restrictions imposed on…