• Vallée du Jourdain : les Européens marquent leur opposition au projet d’annexion
    Par RFI Publié le 02-10-2019 | Avec notre envoyé spécial à Ein Shibli, Guilhem Delteil

    Ce mercredi, une vingtaine de diplomates européens se sont rendus dans la vallée du Jourdain pour marquer l’opposition de l’UE et de ses États membres au souhait du Premier ministre israélien d’annexer la vallée du Jourdain et le nord de la mer Morte au territoire israélien. La zone concernée représente plus de 20% de la Cisjordanie et son annexion menacerait sérieusement la solution à deux États. Reportage.

    Depuis un an, en tant que représentante spéciale de l’Union européenne pour le processus de paix au Proche-Orient, Susanna Terstal a multiplié les voyages dans la région. Mais la diplomate reconnaît que la promesse d’annexion de Benyamin Netanyahu n’est pas étrangère à cette visite de terrain.

    « À cause de l’annonce, je pense que nous tous, en tant qu’ambassadeurs européens ici, avons pensé que ce serait le moment de venir voir de nos propres yeux ce qu’est la réalité de la vallée du Jourdain », a déclaré la diplomate.

    Au cours de la journée, Susanna Terstal a rencontré des bédouins menacés d’expulsion par Israël puis s’est rendue dans cette école palestinienne soutenue par l’UE et la France. Elle était accompagnée des chefs de mission d’une vingtaine d’Etats membres. L’envoyée spéciale de l’Union se défend d’adresser un message à Benyamin Netanyahu mais la position des Européens est très claire, assure t-elle.

    « Notre position est basée sur les frontières de 1967 avec un échange négocié de territoires. La vallée du Jourdain représente 30% de la Cisjordanie. Donc elle est évidemment vitale pour le futur État palestinien », a-t-elle ajouté.

    #colonialisme_de_peuplement #IsraelUE

  • Israel’s war of attrition on a Christian Palestinian town

    Amira Hass | Sep 21, 2019 8:09 PM Haaretz.com

    An Israeli machinery demolishes a Palestinian building housing an apartment and a restaurant in Beit Jala in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on August 26, 2019.\ MUSSA ISSA QAWASMA/ REUTERS

    An Israeli outpost has been established in the middle of a World Heritage site, igniting mutual suspicions among the local people. Small wonder a recent protest did so poorly

    Around 50 people came out to demonstrate a week ago Sunday against the new Israeli outpost on the lands of Beit Jala, a Palestinian Christian town in the Bethlehem Governorate of the West Bank. The outpost is being built a few meters above the site where Israel’s High Court of Justice recently approved the razing of the Qassiyeh family’s restaurant and house.

    The low number of protesters, one of them said, may indicate that the town’s people deem the protest a lost cause: They assume they can’t prevent the destruction of their gem of a landscape in the Al-Makhrour valley, virtually their only refuge from the claustrophobic urban enclave of the Bethlehem area.

    Another possible reason for the low attendance is that more efforts have been invested lately in the attempts to solve the unreported crisis that followed the demolition. This has brought to the surface suspicion and hostility between Muslims and Christians, between original residents and refugees and between residents and the Palestinian Authority. It includes masked men, pepper spray, arson and talk about a “land-buyers’ mafia.” The crisis has revealed an exhausted community keeling under Israel’s looming construction plans.

    In June, when settlers first came to level a plot at the top of a green hill and fence it in, Beit Jalans were astonished to find that one of their own may have sold a Jew seven plots of land in the region about 50 years ago. The seller has long since left the country. His family – undoubtedly patriotic – is shocked by the discovery or the suspicion. After all, when a Jew buys land in the heart of the West Bank, Israel makes sure to make it, sooner or later, a de facto sovereign extension, a springboard to broaden Israeli control in the ever dwindling Palestinian space.

    The new settlement outpost in Beit Jala, this week. Credit Olivier Fitoussi

    At some stage, the Jew who apparently bought the plots sold them to the Jewish National Fund and they were registered as belonging to Himenuta, the JNF subsidiary running the fund’s land. The cautious words “may” and “apparently” are needed here, because land purchases by Jews in the West Bank are not an innocent act, and quite a few forgeries have been discovered over the years. By the time matters are sorted out in Israeli courts, the outpost can turn into a prosperous Jewish neighborhood.

    One could legitimately wonder why the JNF remembered only now to claim the land. When did it buy the land? Was it bought by a front pretending to be a private citizen? All this remains unclear.

    The religious demon

    Some say it was discovered in 2017, or at least suspected, that land had been sold to a Jew. The Qassiyeh family, which has been cultivating one of the seven plots for decades, was waging a legal battle against the Civil Administration’s demolition orders for the restaurant and house. Suddenly, in 2017, Himenuta entered the picture, claiming that the land belongs to it. It’s hard to obtain accurate, full details from everyone involved. But apparently the scope of Himenuta’s claims in the Al-Makhrour valley wasn’t yet clear three years ago.

    On August 26, the Civil Administration razed the restaurant for the third time, as well as the house built by the Qassiyeh family. In his grief, Ramzy Qassiyeh, the head of the family, held a large wooden cross with the Virgin Mary’s picture at the top while the bulldozers demolished the structures. He said in a video that neither the Muslims nor the Jews would drive them away.

    Ramzy Qassiyeh holds a large wooden cross with the Virgin Mary’s picture at the top in a protest against the demolition by Israeli forces of his family’s restaurant and house, on August 26, 2019. AFP

    By “Muslims” one may assume he meant the PA and senior Fatah officials, especially some born in the area’s refugee camps. The video went viral and the anger spread accordingly. Old tensions between the refugees and native Beit Jalans flared up again.

    Then came an apology. But a few days later a pickup truck containing masked, probably armed, people came to the Qassiyeh’s plot, where they insist on staying, despite the demolition. They say the masked men wanted to kill Ramzy and maybe his son. Whether the men really wanted to kill him, they sprayed the family with pepper spray and disappeared after an Israeli army unit showed up. Who called the unit remains unclear.

    At the same time, up the path, Israeli earth-moving equipment was preparing the undisturbed ground in a second plot for the new outpost. Palestinian news sites reported the appearance of the new outpost, but not the attack by the people in the pickup truck. The news of the attack spread gradually.

    “People are angry at the video and the talk against Muslims,” a resident of the Deheisheh refugee camp said. “Whatever the reason, it’s not done,” a Muslim resident of Beit Jala said.

    People in Beit Jala say that some parts of Al-Makhrour are owned by people from out of town; that is, Muslims, mainly from refugee camps. But who said refugees may not buy land and cultivate it? So many Beit Jala residents have left the country, why shouldn’t others look after the land and trees? The problem is that some sales weren’t kosher, apparently. Local residents of Beit Jala indeed say that a “mafia” of people – both Muslim and Christian – with social and political power is involved in the transactions.

    A Palestinian woman argues with an Israeli border policewoman over the Israeli demolition of a building, in Beit Jala in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, August 26, 2019.\ MUSSA ISSA QAWASMA/ REUTERS

    The PA has an orderly land registry to expose forgeries. At least in one case, I was told, a forgery was found, but it did no good – the people holding the land didn’t leave. This may partially explain the Qassiyeh’s complaints.

    In the plot near the Qassiyeh and the new outpost a small stone structure was set on fire at the beginning of last week. The plot’s owner is a resident of a refugee camp. Who wanted to set it on fire? Who was capable of it? The mutual suspicions inflamed the tensions.

    All this happened just when the Palestinian government announced that the local councils would start to expand their master plans without taking into consideration whether the land in question was in area A, B or C. But the events in Al-Makhrour show that Beit Jala, like any other Palestinian village or town, have no control over the land that Israel classifies as in Area C; Israel does whatever it likes there.

    The PA has so little control that the Qassiyehs hired their own attorneys and are replacing them one after the other as if the land problem were the family’s private business rather than a national Palestinian issue that should be handled by PA lawyers.

    In 2001, at the beginning of the second intifada, when Palestinian gunmen shot at Gilo in Jerusalem, the army shelled and destroyed the Qassiyehs’ house in Beit Jala. The PA partially compensated the family for the damage and the Qassiyeh brothers built a new home there.

    The entrance to the new settlement outpost in Beit Jala, September 2019. Credit : Olivier Fitoussi

    Ramzy Qassiyeh has West Bank residency status. His wife Michelle and their children are Israeli citizens with voting rights. Michelle was born in Jerusalem to a refugee mother from the village of Ein Karem who as a child lived in a Jerusalem monastery, and to a French father from Lebanon. A few years ago, her mother moved to live near her daughter in Beit Jala and has Alzheimer’s disease, Michelle Qassiyeh says.

    “When we bring her here, to Al-Makhrour, she thinks she’s in Ein Karem and asks to go to her home there,” Michelle says.

    Ancient terraces and much more

    Al-Makhrour is a farming area of some 3,000 dunams (740 acres), characterized by ancient terraces, olive groves, vineyards, fruit trees, archaeological sites and a traditional irrigation system. It boasts ancient agricultural stone structures, clear air and “the best olive oil in Palestine.”

    In 2014 the region was declared a World Heritage site. “Palestine, land of Olives and Vines – Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir,” the UNESCO document says. The declaration was seen as a Palestinian

    achievement in the efforts to prevent the construction of the separation barrier, which threatened to destroy the terraces and landscape.

    A demonstrator holding a Palestinian flag gestures in front of Israeli forces during a protest against Jewish settlements near Beit Jala in the Israeli-occupied West Bank September 8, 2019.\ MUSSA ISSA QAWASMA/ REUTERS

    The Al-Makhrour area connects al-Khader, Beit Jala, Husan, Battir and al-Walajeh, most of whose farming lands were torn from it for the settlement of Har Gilo, the separation barrier and the road along it, and a park for Israelis only. The new Route 60 that bypasses Bethlehem, and the tunnels built in the ‘90s obstruct the landscape’s agricultural and historical continuity.

    Recently Israel expropriated more land from Al-Makhrour and Beit Jala in order to widen the road bypassing Bethlehem and the tunnels, which Palestinians are forbidden to travel on. These are meant to shorten the travel time between the Gush Etzion settlement bloc and Jerusalem.

    This is why an agricultural outpost on top of one of Al-Makhrour’s hills is so threatening. On September 5, two Israeli youths with long side curls asked a French journalist and myself to leave the plot. An adult who joined them also asked us to leave, but was ready to talk outside the gate.

    “Three people are here permanently, with a few volunteers,” he said, while his silent wife looked at us from a distance. He said he was from the settlement of Elon Moreh and had leased the land from Himenuta. “I went to the JNF and looked for land,” he said. “They showed me a few places and this is the one I chose.” (Haaretz’s Yotam Berger has reported that the settlement of Neveh Daniel is behind the lease.)

    He said the demolition below had nothing to do with it. “My relations with the neighbors are good. Others, not from here, uprooted the olive trees we planted three months ago.”

    But he added, “We’ll be here for the next 50 years.” Why 50 and not 100? I asked, and he replied: “Because the lease is for 50 years.”


  • À Hébron, Netanyahu entre commémoration et campagne électorale - moyen orient
    Par RFI Publié le 04-09-2019 avec notre correspondant à Jérusalem, Guilhem Delteil

    C’est un déplacement rare qu’a effectué Benyamin Netanyahu ce mercredi 4 septembre. Le Premier ministre israélien s’est rendu à Hébron, un lieu de tension régulière entre Israéliens et Palestiniens. La plus grande ville de Cisjordanie compte en son sein 800 colons israéliens. Benyamin Netanyahu y est venu commémorer un massacre au cours duquel 67 juifs avaient été tués en 1929. Mais à deux semaines des élections législatives, la droite veut aussi placer Hébron au cœur de la campagne.
    « Il s’agit d’une visite purement coloniale et raciste », a dénoncé le ministère palestinien des Affaires étrangères, accusant Benyamin Netanyahu de vouloir gagner « des votes de la droite et de l’extrême droite ». Quelques dizaines de Palestiniens ont manifesté dans la ville avant le début de la cérémonie. Et certains protestataires ont lancé des pierres et pétards en direction des soldats israéliens.

    #Hebron #colonialisme_de_peuplement

  • « Manigancer une majorité juive à Jérusalem » : les Palestiniens chassés par les politiques « vertes » d’Israël
    Par Jan-Peter Westad – WADI YASUL, Jérusalem-Est occupée
    Date de publication : Mardi 20 août 2019 - 16:30 | Dernière mise à jour : il y a 1 heure 18 min | Middle East Eye édition française

    Sur une colline juste au sud de la vieille ville de Jérusalem se dresse une pinède florissante de 54 hectares, au cœur du quartier palestinien de Silwan – l’une des zones les plus ghettoïsées de Jérusalem-Est occupée à la suite des initiatives du gouvernement israélien et des colons.

    Le parc, baptisé « Forêt de la Paix », est une attraction touristique présentée comme un « trésor naturel » lié à la Cité de David, un site archéologique israélien ouvert au public.

    Créée et baptisée peu après l’occupation israélienne de Jérusalem-Est en 1967, cette forêt est l’œuvre du Fonds national juif, une organisation qui soutient financièrement des projets de colonisation juive illégale dans des quartiers palestiniens.

    Depuis les années 1970, le gouvernement israélien a fait du quartier une zone « verte », un statut qui interdit toute construction.

    En 1977, les autorités israéliennes ont confié le contrôle du projet de la Cité de David à l’organisation de colons juifs El’ad.

    Le secteur de Wadi Yasul à Silwan, qui compte plus de 500 habitants, doit être démoli par les autorités israéliennes.

    Faute de place pour s’étendre au cours des décennies, les habitants de Wadi Yasul ont dû construire sans permis israéliens difficiles à obtenir, ce qui les a exposés à des ordres de démolition et à des déplacements.
    « Chaque fois que l’on sort de sa maison, on court un risque »

    Les familles se battent devant les tribunaux depuis plus de quinze ans pour retransformer le secteur en zone résidentielle, mais le gouvernement a maintenu qu’il devait rester « vert ».

    Un certain nombre de bâtiments du secteur ont déjà été démolis – les forces israéliennes ont détruit une étable et un entrepôt le 17 avril ainsi que deux habitations le 30 avril, provoquant le déplacement d’onze personnes. (...)

    #colonialisme_de_peuplement #jerusalem

  • Israël approuve des constructions de colons et de Palestiniens en Cisjordanie
    Par RFI Publié le 31-07-2019
    Avec notre correspondant à Jérusalem, Michel Paul

    Le gouvernement israélien approuve de nouvelles constructions en Cisjordanie. 6 000 logements pour les colons, mais aussi - fait extrêmement rare - 715 unités de constructions pour les Palestiniens. Le projet est une initiative du Premier ministre Netanyahu qui, dans un premier temps, a eu des difficultés à convaincre l’aile droite de son gouvernement. Mais a finalement remporté un succès politique.


  • Blessing and Success Touring | Voyage d’exception en Israël, entre culture et géopolitique - Causeur
    Du 10 au 15 novembre 2019

    Mardi 12 novembre
    Les implantations juives de Cisjordanie, plongée au cœur du conflit
    Les colonies juives de Cisjordanie sont au cœur de la discorde israélo-palestinienne. Nous nous rendrons sur place pour rencontrer les acteurs de ce conflit, écouter leurs narratifs respectifs. Nous ferons également une halte gourmande dans un des meilleurs vignobles du pays. Le soir, avec Elisabeth Lévy nous nous pencherons sur les conséquences de l’importation du conflit en France.


  • Dangereux précédent : Israël démolit des habitations palestiniennes en périphérie de Jérusalem-Est
    Par Hanadi Qawasmi - WADI HUMMUS, Cisjordanie occupée
    Date de publication : Lundi 22 juillet 2019

    Les Palestiniens de Wadi Hummus possédaient tous les permis nécessaires pour construire leur maison dans les zones relevant de la juridiction de l’Autorité palestinienne. Aujourd’hui, l’armée israélienne envoie les bulldozers


    Des bulldozers israéliens rejoints par des centaines de soldats et de policiers ont commencé à démolir des habitations palestiniennes à la périphérie de Jérusalem-Est, malgré les protestations locales et les critiques internationales.

    Les forces israéliennes se sont rendues ce lundi dans le village palestinien de Sur Baher pour démolir une dizaine d’habitations dans le quartier de Wadi Hummus, près du mur de séparation israélien.

    La Cour suprême israélienne a tranché en faveur de l’armée le mois dernier et a fixé lundi comme date limite pour démolir les habitations.

    Les forces israéliennes ont coupé à travers une section de fil barbelé de la barrière à Sur Baher sous le couvert de l’obscurité tôt ce lundi et ont commencé à évacuer les habitants.

    Des projecteurs ont illuminé la zone alors que des dizaines de véhicules amenaient les forces de sécurité casquées dans le village.

    Dès les premières lueurs de l’aube, les pelleteuses ont commencé à détruire une maison de deux étages tandis que les soldats investissaient un bâtiment inachevé de plusieurs étages à proximité, rapporte l’agence de presse Reuters.
    D’après les accords d’Oslo, Israël ne devrait pas avoir son mot à dire sur la construction ou non d’habitations dans les zones A et B. Cependant, une décision de l’armée israélienne de 2011 a décrété qu’Israël pouvait désormais démolir des bâtiments dans les zones administrées par l’Autorité Palestinienne. Wadi Hummus est le premier cas.

    L’Organisation de libération de la Palestine (OLP) a publié un communiqué accusant la cour israélienne de vouloir « créer un précédent pour permettre aux forces d’occupation israéliennes de démolir de nombreux bâtiments palestiniens situés à proximité » du mur.


  • Israel cuts off water supply for 2600 Palestinians in Jordan Valley
    March 6, 2019 4:17 P.M.

    TUBAS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces and the Israeli Civil Administration cut off water supply for dozens of Palestinians living in communities in Bardala village in the Jordan Valley in the northern occupied West Bank, on Wednesday.

    Mutaz Bisharat, an official who monitors settlement activity in Tubas/Jordan Valley, told Ma’an that Israeli forces cut off water supply for 60% of residents of the Bardala village; that is 2600 people.

    Israeli forces also cut off water supply for 1800-2000 dunams of Palestinian agricultural lands that must be continuously irrigated.

    Bisharat added that Israel claims that water sources supplying residents with water are illegal, stressing that the water comes from water wills in the village and inside Palestinian lands.

    He pointed out that as Israeli forces cut off water supply for Palestinians, they construct water wills for Israeli settlers.

    Bisharat called upon international and humanitarian institutions to immediately intervene to stop Israeli violations of human rights.
    The Jordan Valley forms a third of the occupied West Bank, with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C — under full Israeli military control.
    Water allocations are very necessary for the increase of agricultural production, in order to support the economic growth of many Palestinian farmers.
    Jordan Valley residents mostly live in enclaves closed off by Israeli military zones, checkpoints, and more than 30 illegal Israeli settlements.

    #eau #colonialisme_de_peuplement

  • » Israel Confiscates Thousands Of Dunams To Expand Colonialist Road
    IMEMC News - October 24, 2018 12:51 PM

    The Israeli government has approved, Wednesday, the expansion of Road #60, used by illegal colonialist settlers, between Hebron and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank.

    Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the National Committee against the Wall and Colonies in Bethlehem, has reported that Israeli Transportation Minister, Yisrael Katz, has authorized the illegal annexation of thousand of Dunams of Palestinian lands, to expand the colonialist road.

    He added that the road would be expanded to include four lanes, with a width of approximately 100 meters, and would lead to the annexation of thousands of Dunams from the towns of al-Khader, Beit Jala and al-Ma’sara, in Bethlehem governorate, in addition to Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.

    Breijiyya stated that the decision is part of Israel’s illegal policies to confiscate lands in large areas of lands in Bethlehem, to be part of “Greater Jerusalem.”


  • Palestinians prevent Israeli settlers’ raid of Khan al-Ahmar
    Sept. 7, 2018 1:33 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 7, 2018 5:08 P.M.)

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A group of Palestinians prevented a group of Israeli settlers from raiding the Khan al-Ahmar village east of occupied Jerusalem City, on Friday morning.

    Locals said that Israeli settlers attempted to raid the Bedouin village, threatened with demolition that is expected to take place in less than a week, to provoke residents and activists carrying out a sit-in at the village.

    Palestinian youths prevented Israeli settlers from raiding the village and forced them to leave back to the nearby main street.

    Israeli settlers were carrying Israeli flags and repeating racist slogans.

    Locals added that the settlers also called for expelling Palestinians of Bedouin areas east of Jerusalem in favor of increasing Israeli settlements in the area.

    Earlier this week, the Israeli High Court had rejected an appeal against the demolition of the village, and ordered the evacuation of its residents in preparation for its demolition within a week.

    Khan al-Ahmar has been under threat of demolition by Israeli forces; the demolition would leave more than 35 Palestinian families displaced, as part of an Israeli plan to expand the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adummim.

    #colonialisme_de_peuplement #Khan_al-Ahmar

    • La démolition d’un village de Cisjordanie « comprommet la paix », avertit l’UE
      La destruction de la communauté bédouine de Khan al-Ahmar, à une place stratégique, menace la solution à deux états, dit l’Union européenne
      Par Times of Israel Staff Aujourd’hui, 14:13

      L’Union européenne a vivement recommandé jeudi à Israël de reconsidérer la démolition d’un village bédouin en Cisjordanie, avertissant qu’elle pourrait nuire aux efforts livrés pour conclure un accord de paix entre Israël et les Palestiniens.

      Un jugement de la Haute cour émis la veille a approuvé la destruction de Khan al-Ahmar après le rejet d’un dernier appel dans une affaire qui aura suscité les critiques à l’international.

      « Les conséquences de la démolition de cette communauté et le déplacement de ses résidents, notamment des enfants, contre leur volonté pourrait être très grave, menacer sérieusement la viabilité d’une solution à deux état et venir compromettre les perspectives de paix », a noté l’UE dans un communiqué. « La communauté de Khan al-Ahmar est située dans un secteur sensible de la zone C qui est d’importance stratégique pour préserver la contiguïté d’un futur état palestinien ».

    • Cisjordanie occupée
      L’Union européenne appelle Israël à revenir sur sa décision de démolir un village palestinien
      Avec Agences, 18 juillet 2018 à 18:32

      La chef de la diplomatie de l’Union européenne, Federica Mogherini, a appelé mercredi les autorités israéliennes à revenir sur leur décision de démolir le village palestinien de Khan Al-Ahmar, faisant part de sa profonde préoccupation quant au sort de la communauté bédouine qui y réside. (...)

    • Demolition of Palestinian Community Imminent. Israeli High Court Green Lights Razing of #Khan_al-Ahmar

      Residents of Khan al-Ahmar thought they had found a way around Israel’s discriminatory building permit regime in Area C of the West Bank. Since a building permit is required only for concrete structures, they built their school, which serves 160 children from five villages, using clay and 2,200 old tires.

      The plan didn’t work. The Israeli army has exclusive control over planning in Area C. It has allocated just one percent of that land for Palestinian buildings, and refuses the vast majority of Palestinian permit applications.

      Khan al-Ahmar was no exception. Over the years, Israeli authorities issued demolition orders against the school and every other structure in this small village of 180 residents, just east of Jerusalem, on the grounds that they lacked permits. On September 5, Israel’s High Court rejected several appeals, and green-lighted demolition.

      Israeli military planning documents do not recognize the community’s presence, and Israeli authorities have repeatedly confiscated its land, demolished its buildings, and expelled its Palestinian residents for building without permits.

      This isn’t the community’s first displacement. In the early 1950s, Israeli forces evicted residents from the Tel Arad district of the Negev desert. The community fled to the West Bank and built a village in the current location. They registered as Palestine refugees with the United Nations.

      In 1977, Israel established the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, allocating it the land on which Khan al-Ahmar sits.

      International law prohibits an occupying power from destroying property, including schools, unless “absolutely necessary” for “military operations.” Transferring civilians within an occupied territory, either by direct force or indirect coercion into a place not of their choosing, is a war crime under the International Criminal Court’s statute.

      Israeli officials should know that the demolition and any resulting displacement of the population may subject them to criminal investigation.

      Other states also have a duty to ensure that the Geneva Conventions are respected, and should make clear to Israeli officials that, if the demolition goes ahead, people implicated in any criminal acts could be investigated and prosecuted by domestic authorities outside of Israel where they have jurisdiction.

      Global condemnation alone has not stopped serious war crimes during Israel’s 50-year occupation. Action and justice is long overdue.


  • #Nouvelle-Calédonie: «C’est notre terre. Et c’est eux qui vont diriger nos vies?»

    © ES Fin décembre, à la demande de la mairie de Nouméa, Gilda et son mari devront quitter le “quartier d’habitat spontané” où ils ont construit leur maison et toute leur vie. Le modèle que bon nombre de #kanak ont choisi symbolise le dialogue de sourds qui perdure entre populations européennes et océaniennes.

    #France #indépendance #Kanaky #référendum_d'autodétermination #squat

    • Avec son mari, originaire de Vanuatu – un autre archipel du Pacifique, colonisé par les Européens à la fin du XVIIIe siècle et devenu indépendant en 1980 –, elle fut l’une des premières à construire sa maison dans la vallée. « Ça fait quarante ans que j’y vis. Quand je suis arrivée ici, c’était la brousse. C’est moi qui ai tout nettoyé, qui ai planté les arbres fruitiers que vous voyez. C’est ma sueur. » Autour de la maison, un immense manguier croule sous le poids de ses fruits ; plus loin, on aperçoit également un litchier, qui faisait le bonheur des enfants du squat, quand ils y vivaient encore. « Avant, ici, c’était un beau coin, souligne Maryka Kapoeri, présidente du collectif La Ville dans la tribu, dont la sœur a résidé un temps à Sakamoto. Tu entendais les enfants crier, tu sentais la vie des gens. Ils ont enlevé tout cela. » « Les gens, ils vont dans les immeubles, ils sont enfermés entre quatre murs et ils finissent par mourir », ajoute Gilda.

      Les deux femmes déambulent à travers les herbes folles de la vallée. De-ci de-là, elles pointent du doigt les anciens emplacements des autres maisons, dont il ne reste au mieux que des traces de cendres et des planches de bois cassées par les bulldozers. Après avoir envisagé il y a quelques années d’installer ici une aire pour chiens, projet finalement abandonné face à la fronde des habitants, la mairie de Nouméa ambitionne désormais d’y créer un « écoquartier », inspiré du modèle de ceux qui existent en Europe et en métropole. Et qui n’ont, là encore, pas grand-chose à voir avec le mode de vie océanien.


  • Netanyahu throws support behind bill that would annex 19 illegal settlements
    Oct. 4, 2017 4:40 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2017 4:40 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged his support for the so-called Greater Jerusalem bill, which is tantamount to the annexation of 19 illegal settlements in the Jerusalem area, including Maaleh Adumim, where between 125,000 and 150,000 Israeli settlers live.

    Maale Adumim is the third largest settlement in population size, encompassing a large swath of land deep inside the occupied West Bank’s Jerusalem district. Many Israelis consider it an Israeli suburban city of Jerusalem, despite it being located on occupied Palestinian territory in contravention of international law.

    “Maaleh Adumim will always be part of Israel and in addition I support the Greater Jerusalem bill,” The Jerusalem Post quoted Netanyahu as saying during a visit to the illegal settlement Tuesday. “I am also weighing placing Maaleh Adumim within the boundaries of Greater Jerusalem within the context of the Greater Jerusalem bill,” he said.

    The legislation was authored by Likud minister Yisrael Katz who is reportedly expected to bring the bill to the Ministerial Committee for Legislation in the upcoming Knesset session. It would place 19 settlements, including those of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc and Givat Zeev within Israel’s municipal boundaries for Jerusalem.


  • Haaretz : Israël fait avancer des projets pour la construction de 2000 nouveaux logements coloniaux illégaux en Cisjordanie
    Ma’an News Agency – 25 septembre 2017

    Bethléhem (Ma’an) – L’Administration civile d’Israël, connue aussi sous le sigle COGAT – qui a en charge la mise en œuvre des nombreuses politiques israéliennes dans le territoire palestinien occupé – se prépare à faire avancer dans les quelques semaines qui viennent des projets pour construire jusqu’à 2000 nouveaux logements coloniaux en Cisjordanie occupée, selon le quotidien israélien Haaretz.

    Haaretz a publié l’article ce dimanche, en citant un responsable du gouvernement israélien, sous couvert d’anonymat, qui aurait affirmé que les projets en questions pourraient être déposés dès la semaine prochaine.

    Pour la plupart, fait remarquer Haaretz, ces projets « vont simplement passer à une autre étape du processus d’urbanisme », même si quelques appels d’offre pour des constructions immédiates sont également destinés à leur approbation. Haaretz ajoute que, selon le responsable du gouvernement, si les projets ne sont pas déposés d’ici la semaine prochaine, ils le seront après la fête juive du Sukkot qui prend fin le 11 octobre.

    L’un des quelques projets qui devraient recevoir l’approbation définitive concerne la construction de 300 logements coloniaux supplémentaires dans la colonie de Beit El, dans le district de Ramallah, en Cisjordanie centrale. Haaretz rappelle que le gouvernement israélien, il y a plus de cinq ans, a promis de nouveaux logements aux dirigeants des colons « après la démolition de maisons construites illégalement (pour la loi israélienne) dans la colonie ».

    Selon Haaretz, le Comité suprême d’urbanisme de l’Administration civile avait reporté une réunion récente à la demande du bureau du Président US Donald Trump.

    « Le but de ce report était de s’assurer que la réunion du Comité n’ait pas lieu en même temps que l’Assemblée générale des Nations-Unies ou les réunions diplomatiques qui l’entouraient » indique Haaretz, notant que l’agenda du Comité était censé être publié la veille de la rencontre de Trump à New York avec le Président palestinien Mahmoud Abbas.

    « Ce haut responsable a affirmé que la Maison-Blanche avait demandé au bureau du Premier ministre (israélien) de reporter la publication de l’agenda afin de ne pas perturber la rencontre Trump/Abbas, et le bureau du Premier ministre a été d’accord ».


  • 8 Palestinians displaced after Israeli forces demolish home in Silwan
    Sept. 13, 2017 12:58 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 13, 2017 2:44 P.M.)

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Wednesday morning, displacing eight Palestinians, including four children.

    Workers from Israel’s Jerusalem municipality escorted by Israeli police forces raided the Ras al-Amud area of Silwan, surrounded a two-story home belonging to the Abu Farha family, and proceeded to raze it to the ground.


  • Israeli settler family to move into Hebron home, days after expelling Palestinian owners
    July 31, 2017 7:14 P.M. (Updated: July 31, 2017 7:14 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Almost one week after dozens of extremist Israeli settlers raided and occupied a Palestinian home in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, an Israeli settler declared on Monday that he and his family will be officially moving into the home, despite an ongoing legal battle between the Palestinian homeowners and Israelis.

    The Israeli settler who made the declaration, according to Hebrew media, was Yossi Dagan, a leader of the Homesh First organization — an umbrella organization of right-wing settler groups whose goal is to rebuild Homesh settlement, which was destroyed and evacuated by the Israeli government in 2005.

    Hebrew media reported on Monday that Dagan accused the Israeli government of “stalling” on legal procedures, and called on Israeli leaders to “stop this injustice” and to move the ownership of the home — which belongs to the Palestinian Abu Rajab family — to Dagan and the settlers of Hebron.

    Residents of the Abu Rajab house, located in the Old City of Hebron near the Ibrahimi Mosque, have been embroiled in a legal battle with Israeli settlers for years, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his intention to encourage the establishment of a new illegal Israeli settlement there to be named Beit Hamachpela.


  • Des colons israéliens occupent illégalement une maison palestinienne à Hébron | Middle East Eye | 27 juillet 2017 | Lubna Masarwa et Olivia Alabaster

    JÉRUSALEM – Plus d’une centaine de colons israéliens occupent une maison palestinienne dans la ville-poudrière d’Hébron, en Cisjordanie occupée, en réaction à la situation actuelle à Jérusalem, selon leurs déclarations.

    Les colons se sont barricadés à l’intérieur du bâtiment et ont érigé des drapeaux israéliens sur le toit.

    La maison – qui appartient à la famille al-Rajab mais est connue des Israéliens comme Beit HaMechpela – se trouve à proximité de la mosquée al-Ibrahim, site du massacre commis en 1994 par un extrémiste israélo-américain qui avait coûté la vie à 29 Palestiniens.

    Hazim Abu Rajab al-Tamimi, fils du propriétaire, a indiqué que l’armée avait déclaré la zone « zone militaire fermée » et qu’environ 200 colons encerclaient le bâtiment.

    « Nous avons demandé aux tribunaux locaux de les expulser, car cela est illégal », a-t-il déclaré. « Nous attendons une réponse. »

    Imad Hamdan, directeur du comité de reconstruction d’Hébron, a affirmé que les autorités auraient pu facilement empêcher les colons d’entrer dans la propriété et les obliger à évacuer.

    « L’armée et la police israéliennes pourraient empêcher les colons d’occuper la maison », a-t-il dit à MEE.

    « Les occupants sont censés assurer la protection de ceux qu’ils occupent, selon la Convention de Genève », a-t-il ajouté en se référant à l’occupation israélienne de la Cisjordanie.

    #Hebron #colonialisme_de_peuplement

  • Israel set to approve plans for 2,100 new settlement housing units in West Bank - Israel News - Haaretz.com

    Settlers had hoped for approval of thousands more homes, but Prime Minister’s Office reduced the number; around 600 outside of settlement blocs
    Yotam Berger and Barak Ravid Jun 03, 2017 9:02 PM

    Some 2,100 new housing units all over the West Bank will be on the agenda of the planning and building committee of the Israel Defense Forces’ Civil Administration next week. Most of the units – around 1,500 – are to be constructed inside the settlement blocs.

    The top planning council for the West Bank announced the agenda for the meeting on Friday morning. This is the first significant meeting of the council since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January.

    While some of the plans to be examined relate to final approval before construction, the vast majority still have some way to go before reaching that stage.

    Many of the projects are not actually new, but their progress has been delayed for bureaucratic reasons, a source told Haaretz. Some of the housing units already exist and their approval by the planning council will just authorize their status retroactively, he added.

    Despite the seemingly large number of homes under consideration, the settler leadership was disappointed because it had hoped for thousands more units to be discussed by the planning council.

    On Friday, several settlement leaders released statements accusing Netanyahu of freezing construction.

    Yossi Dagan, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, said in a statement to the press that “Netanyahu is trying to create a voluntary construction freeze. After eight years of Obama, a new freeze won’t pass.”

    Knesset Member Bezalel Smotrich said on Twitter that the agenda is “very disappointing,” and added: “I don’t think we will be able to live with it.”

    The Yesha council, an umbrella organization for all local authorities in the territories, said that while it welcomes the renewed planning and construction, dozens of plans are missing from the agenda.

    The prime minister’s bureau reacted angrily to the statements.

    “Contrary to the claims, there is no construction freeze,” it said. "In recent months, thousands of housing units have been approved across Judea and Samaria, and a new town has been approved for the first time in decades.

    “Repeating the lie doesn’t make it true. The policy set by the cabinet is very clear: planning will be advanced next to the settlements’ built-up area, and plans are to be approved every three months. No one takes care of the settlements more than Prime Minister Netanyahu, while also maintaining the national and international interests of the State of Israel in an informed manner.”

    Settlers’ dashed hopes

    The planning council will meet to issue permits to advance a number of different projects in various settlements. Some of the plans are outside the large settlement blocs and will be for construction in Susya, in the South Hebron Hills; Beit El, north of Jerusalem; and Revava in the northern West Bank. However, a large amount of the construction expected to be approved is in Ma’aleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem, and Ariel.

    The publication of the agenda of the Civil Administration’s top planning council came after a meeting Thursday evening in the Prime Minister’s Office.

    The settlers have been waiting for the meeting for weeks, and the regional councils in the West Bank and the Yesha Council of Settlements in Judea and Samaria had been hoping the meeting would lead to the legalization of unauthorized outposts and the approval of thousands of new homes.

    The settler leadership had hoped understandings with the Trump administration would enable the advancement of numerous projects that were frozen during the Obama administration.

    Settler leaders have said recently they expected five-digit numbers of new housing units to be approved all over the West Bank, both inside and outside the settlement blocs.

    At Thursday’s meeting in the PMO, it was decided to limit the number of units to be discussed by the planning council, two people involved in the process told Haaretz.

    Now the settlers are hoping for approval of at least 5,000 new housing units, and not the tens of thousands they had hoped for.

    Thousands of units were taken off the agenda at the meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said one of those involved.

    The retroactive legalization of the unauthorized outpost of Kerem Re’im in the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council will be on the agenda, and its expansion may even be discussed.


  • Comment Israël empêche les agriculteurs palestiniens de travailler leur terre
    Amira Hass | Haaretz 28 mai 2017 | Traduction : Luc Delval

    Un palestinien roule vers sa terre au-delà de la barrière de séparation de Cisjordanie près de Qalqilya, avril 2017. Nir Kedar

    (...) Cette grève, de façon assez surprenante, n’a pas fait de vagues en dehors des agriculteurs et de leurs familles, alors qu’il s’agit d’un problème qui affecte l’avenir de l’ensemble des réserves foncières publiques palestiniennes. Mais peut-être n’est-ce après tout pas si surprenant, puisque depuis octobre 2003 – c’est-à-dire le moment où le commandant des forces israéliennes en Cisjordanie, le Major Général Moshe Kaplinsk avait émis un ordre de bouclage pour l’ensemble de la “zone couture” – les Palestiniens n’y ont plus joui d’aucune liberté de déplacement.

    Les citoyens israéliens et les résidents, les personnes qui peuvent bénéficier de la “Loi du retour” pour immigrer en Israël (ainsi que le précise l’ordre) et les touristes peuvent entrer librement dans la “zone couture”. Seuls les Palestiniens ont besoin d’un permis pour pénétrer sur leurs terres et dans leurs maisons, et ils ne peuvent y pénétrer pour aucune autre raison que pour y travailler ou pour y résider.

    Depuis 2009, l’Administration civile a publié régulièrement (et pas seulement à l’intention des agriculteurs), toutes les quelques années, des brochures contenant les ordres en vigueur pour l’obtention de permis pour la “zone couture”. En février, la cinquième version a été diffusée. Et la combinaison de nouvelles règles et de nouvelles interprétations des règles existantes qu’elle contient déclenché les signaux d’alarme.

    L’une d’entre elles réduit à néant la tradition palestinienne du travail de la terre collectif, en famille. Au lieu de cela, l’Administration civile oblige les famille à diviser artificiellement les terres entre les héritiers lors du décès du père, et cela même s’il préfèreraient traiter la terre comme une propriété commune, certains membres de la famille y travaillant effectivement tandis que d’autres paient pour le tracteur, les semences ou les outils, et que d’autres encore assurent la commercialisation de la production. Diviser les terres prend du temps, notamment en raison de la superposition des bureaucraties israélienne et palestinienne. Et cela coûte de l’argent (honoraires, etc…) et ce peut aussi être une source de conflits entre les héritiers.

    Cette règle a été introduite pour la première fois en 2014. Il ressort de conversations avec des agriculteurs, à la fin de 2016, que certains d’entre eux s’y sont déjà conformés. Les comités de liaison palestiniens n’avaient apparemment pas compris immédiatement à quel point c’est grave.
    Une nouvelle règle non-écrite

    Mais voici où se situe le piège : une interprétation qui ne figure pas dans la brochure officielle. Dans le courant de la deuxième moitié de 2016, quelqu’un au Bureau de liaison israélien (qui fait partie de l’Administration civile) a apparemment décidé qu’ils n’est pas nécessaire qu’une parcelle de moins de cinq dunams soit travaillée par plus d’une personne, règle dont il découle qu’un permis d’entrée ne sera délivré qu’au propriétaire enregistré de cette parcelle, même s’il s’agit d’un vieillard, s’il est malade ou s’il a un autre travail. Depuis les derniers mois de 2016, Haaretz et les organisations de défense des droits humains ont reçu de nombreux témoignages de cette façon de procéder.

    Comme toujours avec les règles non-écrites, il était possible au début de penser qu’il ne s’agissait que d’incidents isolés, découlant peut-être d’un malentendu. Mais les témoignages se sont accumulés. Et en réponse à des questions de Haaretz, un porte-parole du Coordinateur des Activités Gouvernementales dans les Territoires [occupés] (COGAT) n’a pas nié qu’en effet telle est l’interprétation en vigueur. (...)


  • Israël approuve la création d’une nouvelle colonie
    RFI | publié le 31-03-2017

    C’est une première depuis plus de vingt ans. Le cabinet de sécurité israélien a approuvé la création d’une nouvelle colonie. C’était une promesse du chef du gouvernement, Benyamin Netanyahu, qui satisfait là l’aile droite de sa coalition.

    Avec notre correspondant à Jérusalem, Guilhem Delteil

    Cela fera deux mois ce samedi... Le 1er février, le gouvernement israélien évacuait la colonie d’Amona, un avant-poste illégal aux yeux du droit international mais aussi de la loi israélienne et dont la Cour suprême avait ordonné la destruction.


    En appliquant cette décision de justice, l’exécutif allait contre une partie de son électorat. Benyamin Netanyahu avait donc promis aux 40 familles d’Amona qu’une nouvelle colonie serait créée pour eux.(...)


  • Clashes break out in Bedouin village after Israeli police deliver demolition orders
    Oct. 27, 2016 11:30 A.M.

    NEGEV (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out on Wednesday between Israeli police and local youth in the Bedouin village of Bir Hadaj in Israel’s Negev desert, after Israeli police affixed demolition orders on some villagers’ homes.

    Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained a number of people during the clashes, and that some Bir Hadaj residents were injured in the process.

    They added that Israeli police issued demolition notices for homes belonging to the Abu Murayhil family ordering that the houses be demolished within 24 hours.

    Locals said these houses had been demolished by Israeli authorities two weeks earlier, and had been recently rebuilt with the help of the Higher Guidance Committee of Arab Residents in the Negev.

    “Israel thinks that it will find a solution by using force,” Bir Hadaj local committee head Salama Abu Idesan said. “It is not accustomed to negotiate with citizens, but we confirm that we are willing to have a dialogue and will not leave our land.”


  • In West Bank, layers of institutionalized violence

    A look at a West Bank checkpoint ’that provides the Jews land and rights that it deprives the Palestinians of, a violence of the overlord that is intravenously fed into the veins of every Israeli.’
    Amira Hass Oct 25, 2016 10:36 PM


    A file photo of the DCO checkpoint near Ramallah, 2010.Emil Salman

    The two men, dressed in black pants, white shirts and Jewish religious skullcaps, standing and taking pictures with their cell phones, would not have stood out if not for where they were, near the vehicle lane at the DCO/Beit El checkpoint in the West Bank, at the eastern entrance to the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

    They weren’t taking pictures of the view on a Sunday morning or of the Israeli Civil Administration building that sits on a hill to the rear. They were photographing cars streaming into Ramallah.

    Whether or not there was a connection, a few moments after they noticed that this reporter was photographing them taking pictures, they left the location and got into a car parked further behind, where a driver with a thick beard was waiting for them.

    What did they have to do with the hundreds of Palestinians making the morning commute to work in the city? What did they have to do with the checkpoint, where in recent months its conditions for crossing have eased, and at which time there were no soldiers stationed?

    The men taking pictures were not physically violent but the entire situation reflected layers of arrogant entitlement.

    The checkpoint is a scene of layers and years of bureaucratic and military violence that has limited Palestinian freedom of movement in favor of the Jewish invaders. It’s violence that provides the Jews land and rights that it deprives the Palestinians of, a violence of the overlord that is intravenously fed into the veins of every Israeli.

    A few dozen kilometers from there, on Monday, a young man with side locks hidden under a black hat sicced a German shepherd on several members of the Arab-Jewish Ta’ayush (Living Together) organization who have been monitoring the illegal and unauthorized new West Bank Jewish outpost being built in the Al-Hama area of the northern Jordan Valley.

    Petrified by the unleashed dog, a solidarity activist from abroad who had joined the Ta’ayush patrol stumbled and fell into thorn bushes.

    A photo shows the show the dog coming from behind and almost biting one of the activists (who exhibited impressive composure). At that moment the young man with the hidden side locks was holding the dog by its collar, it should be noted: Pent-up violence, reserved at least for the time being for non-Arabs.

    The dog, an openly visible gun, in addition to concealed guns, threats and the entitled arrogance have for nearly two weeks denied Palestinian shepherds access to grazing land on the hill.

    The site is a storehouse of deep layers of Israeli violence. The Mehola settlement across the road is built on land owned by Palestinians who unfortunately were not in the West Bank when it was occupied by Israel in 1967. These legal owners are now deemed absentees.

    The settlement is not defined as illegal, adding additional layers of linguistic abuse. The road is called Gandhi Road, a reference to the nickname of the late Israeli Rehavam Ze’evi, who preached the physical expulsion of Palestinians and whose memory is sanctified in Israel today.

    On the west side of the road lies the illegal, unauthorized outpost of Givat Salit, which has already taken control of privately owned Palestinian land, planting date palms and olive trees at the site, as well. And now comes the turn of a brand-new outpost, set up just five or six weeks ago.

    The authorities are aware of it, and the unit of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories has said that stop-work orders have been issued against it, and that last Thursday it was found that the construction work had stopped. Really? This reporter on that same Thursday saw construction work expanding up the hill.

    And wonder of wonders, shortly after the outpost was erected, forces from the Israeli Civil Administration came and demolished huts and animal pens where the community of Palestinian shepherds lived.

    A joint operation, we should call it. The deception that is meant to obscure the close cooperation between the lawlessness of the authorities and that of individuals is another layer of institutionalized violence.

    Members of Ta’ayush took pictures of Mehola’s grandchild outpost and the people at the outpost called the police, who showed up immediately.

    In what way are the Ta’ayush members any different from the Jews taking pictures at the entry checkpoint to Ramallah? The Jews that are a part of the Israeli aggressive fabric that Ta’ayush is trying to unravel.

    #colonialisme_de_peuplement_israélien #violence

  • Settlers build new illegal outpost on private Palestinian land - with Israeli authorities’ knowledge
    Israeli army says stop-work orders have been issued and further enforcement efforts will be taken in Jordan Valley, but Haaretz saw work continuing on Thursday.
    By Amira Hass | Oct. 23, 2016 | 3:38 AM

    A new, unauthorized outpost is being constructed in the northern Jordan Valley on privately owned Palestinian land. The outpost has been established in close proximity to another illegal outpost, Givat Salit, which was created in 2001.

    A man identified as “Tzuriel” and who was said by his associates to be the “boss” of the new outpost, refused to answer questions from Haaretz on the matter last Thursday.

    The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said a stop-work order has been issued at the outpost. It added that a patrol conducted on Thursday revealed construction at the site had ceased, and that further enforcement activity will be carried out as necessary.

    However, a visit by Haaretz the same day revealed that construction was continuing.

    The area in which construction was being carried out had expanded to an adjacent hilltop and included the laying of a water pipe and the initial construction of a livestock pen. The hilltop, it should be noted, is considered state-owned and not privately owned Palestinian land.

    On Thursday, COGAT issued a statement saying: “At the end of September, illegal construction was noted, against which stop-work orders have been issued. Continued enforcement will be carried out in accordance with professional and operational considerations. A patrol today found that work had stopped. After the [Sukkot] holiday, an additional patrol will be arranged and any additional enforcement steps required will be taken.”

    More than a week ago, the people at the outpost allegedly began threatening Palestinian shepherds, preventing them from bringing their flocks to their regular grazing lands on the hilltop. One of the settlers, Tzuriel, was allegedly seen armed with a gun.

    On September 27, shortly after the outpost was established, forces from the Israeli Civil Administration demolished a Palestinian family’s entire tent encampment. The Ayoubs, a family of shepherds, have lived at the site for many years.

    Shepherds from the area, as well as members of the Arab-Jewish activist group Ta’ayush, have told Haaretz that the outpost was established about five weeks ago in an area of eucalyptus trees. It consists of a large, curved wooden hut and a structure serving as a sukkah. Sofas and armchairs have been set up outside, along with an exterior kitchen with a refrigerator, sink and running water.

    Last Thursday morning, there were 11 Israelis at the site: a couple who looked to be in their 40s, a baby, a boy, four older girls and three young men. Two of the girls took sheep out to graze. An older man and several young men dug a channel from the top of the hill to the outpost and ran the water pipe down the hill through it. “We’ve managed to do a lot today,” one of them remarked on Thursday morning.

    Prior to that, they pounded iron fencing into the ground for what appeared to be a future livestock pen, as well as posts for what was seemingly the beginning of another structure. On Thursday afternoon, about 10 Israelis continued to carry out construction work at the site, Haaretz has learned. On Friday, sources told Haaretz that a water tank was installed at the site and additional iron posts installed.

    Thursday morning also saw an Israeli jeep speed into a flock of livestock owned by the Ayoub family. The vehicle was identified as belonging to a resident of Shadmot Mehola, a settlement on the other side of the road in the area. It was built on land owned by Palestinians who have lived abroad since 1967. Members of the shepherd family said they are now concerned that the people from the outpost and their associates will physically harm their flocks, in addition to barring access to their pastures.

    The separate unauthorized outpost of Givat Salit sits on 41 dunams (just over 10 acres) of land, some of which has been designated state-owned (and was registered as such before 1967). Another part, however, was built on privately owned Palestinian land. In recent years, settlers from Givat Salit have assumed control of another 33 dunams of private Palestinian land and planted olive trees and date palms there. Some of the grove is within an Israel Defense Forces firing zone.


    • Report: Settlers continue building new illegal outpost despite stop-work orders
      Oct. 23, 2016 5:35 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 23, 2016 5:35 P.M.)

      TUBAS (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities ordered settlers to stop construction on a new illegal outpost in the Jordan valley district of Tubas in the northern occupied West Bank, according Israeli authorities.

      Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the body responsible for implementing Israeli government policies in the occupied West Bank, told Ma’an on Sunday that the “illegal construction” began at the end of September, and that COGAT issued "stop-work orders” to the settlers in the area.

      Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Sunday that their reporters visited the site of the outpost — which was established on privately owned Palestinian land, in close proximity to the illegal outpost of Givat Salit — and that construction was still ongoing, despite the stop-work orders that were issued, and COGAT’s claim that construction was halted.

      In its statement to Ma’an, COGAT reiterated its assertion that construction had stopped, saying that “further inspection of the illegal construction found that the construction halted only after the orders were issued.”

      “Enforcement measures will continue and will be carried out in accordance with professional and operational considerations,” the statement said, adding that “immediately after” the current Jewish holidays, “there will be another inspection by the Inspection Unit and enforcement proceedings will be taken accordingly.”

  • Pourquoi j’ai abandonné le culte
    Par Avigail Abarbanel – Le 8 octobre 2016 – Source Mondoweiss - Traduit par Wayan, relu par Cat pour le Saker Francophone.

    Le deuxième et plus important sujet qui m’ennuie est le crime que vous avez commis et que vous continuez de commettre au nom de « notre » survie. Vous vouliez une solution à la persécution de votre groupe et c’est justement là que réside le problème. Vous avez décidé de créer un ghetto que vous pensiez comme un havre de paix, alors que la terre était déjà bien occupée. Vous êtes venus et vous l’avez prise, avez perpétué un nettoyage ethnique et vous continuez encore à le faire. Je sais que vous n’aurez pas considéré votre mission comme accomplie avant que vous n’ayez toute la terre, sans son peuple.

    Vous êtes le produit d’une colonie de peuplement, un État créé par le déplacement et l’élimination du peuple qui vivait sur cette terre avant vous. La relation que vous entretenez avec vos victimes, les Palestiniens, a toutes les caractéristiques d’une relation entre des colons et ceux qu’ils souhaitent éliminer de leur existence. Les colons ne font pas que retirer un peuple de sa terre, ils effacent leurs endroits historiques, leur monuments, les preuves de leur histoire, matérielles et orales, toute trace de leur existence… S’il n’y a plus de victimes, il n’y a plus de crimes. Si le territoire est nettoyé de toute trace culturelle du peuple qui vivait ici, il devient libre d’être occupé par un nouveau peuple.


  • Israël : appel à révoquer la citoyenneté du chef d’une ONG opposé à la colonisation -
    AFP | 22/10/2016

    Le chef de la coalition parlementaire du gouvernement israélien de droite cherche à révoquer la citoyenneté du directeur d’une ONG israélienne de défense des droits de l’Homme qui a exprimé aux Nations unies son opposition aux colonies.

    Le député David Bitan, membre du Likoud, le parti du Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu, a déclaré vendredi soir à la chaîne 2 de télévision israélienne qu’il « examinait la possibilité légale » de révoquer la citoyenneté israélienne de Hagai El-Ad, directeur de l’ONG B’Tselem. Selon les analystes, l’initiative de David Bitan n’a que très peu de chance de se concrétiser car la loi ne permet de révoquer la nationalité que dans des cas avérés de « terrorisme, trahison ou espionnage ».

    Hagai El-Ad avait participé en fin de semaine dernière à une réunion du Conseil de sécurité de l’Onu sur les colonies.
    Il avait dénoncé 49 ans d’une « injustice, en l’occurrence l’occupation de la Palestine et le contrôle israélien des vies palestiniennes à Gaza, en Cisjordanie et à Jérusalem-Est ».
    « Je vous implore aujourd’hui d’agir », avait-il lancé à l’assemblée.