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Palestinian/ Israeli update 6/23/2016..Israel seeks to halt publication of Quartet report critical of its policies

Thursday, June 23, 2016 19:03
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Israel seeks to halt publication of Quartet report critical of its policies

Hamas: France initiative ignores Palestinians’ rights

Israeli settlement leader says Paris initiative will ‘die a slow death’

The French initiative will die a slow death over the next few months, because the people who put it together are unfamiliar with the reality in Judea and Samaria and the complexity of life here,” said Oded Ravivi, head of the Efrat Regional Council. “It is impossible to make those kinds of decisions unilaterally, without first being acquainted with the conflict itself and the people involved. That is why it will end in failure.” Such was Ravivi’s assessment one day after the European Council officially adopted the French peace initiative June 20. The move added to growing international pressure on Israel to renew the diplomatic process.

Ravivi, a lieutenant colonel in the Israeli army reserves and a member of the Likud Party, is convinced that the foreign ministers who gathered in Paris are, more than simply, inadequate to the task. In his eyes, they completely overlooked the heart of the problem. As he described it to Al-Monitor at his Efrat home in the Etzion settlement bloc, south of Bethlehem, “The foreign ministers who met in Paris do not let their ambassadors come and see the situation on the ground in Judea and Samaria, because it is occupied territory. How can they even make decisions, and impose them from above, without first understanding the complexity of the situation, the dynamic that exists here and the circumstances in which the two populations live alongside each other? I would suggest to them that they come here and talk to the people who live in Judea and Samaria. Peace will not come through unilateral initiatives.” Read more:

Israel blames Palestinians for water shortages in West Bank

Israeli authorities blame Palestinians’ unwillingness to upgrade aging infrastructure as the primary reason for increased water shortages in the West Bank. Palestinians accuse their neighbors of blackmailing and holding water supplies hostage. Since the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Palestinian villages east of Nablus have been suffering from a water shortage amid soaring summer heat.

The Palestinian Water Authority’s inability to set up additional water infrastructure in the West Bank “has led to the old and limited pipes being unable to transfer all the water needed in the region,” said Israel Water Authority spokesman Uri Schor.

A senior Palestinian Water Authority official rejected the claim, saying that Tel Aviv is “misleading the public.” Locals living in the West Bank blame the Israeli water company Mekorot for cutting water supplies, which the utility company has denied doing. Palestinians at the same time argue that quota for neighboring Jewish settlements located in the West Bank is much higher.

Israeli forces abduct 25 Palestinians in raids in West Bank, East al-Quds

Israeli forces have abducted at least 25 Palestinians during the regime’s fresh major raids in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem). Palestinian and Israeli sources said several teenagers and a woman were among those detained during the pre-dawn attacks on Wednesday, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported. Lawyer Muhammad Mahmoud from the Palestinian prisoners’ rights group, Addameer, said four teenage boys were taken into custody in the occupied East al-Quds neighborhood of Isawiyah. Amjad Abu Asab, chairman of a local committee for prisoners’ families, said Tel Aviv regime troops arrested a young woman after raiding her home in the Sur Bahir neighborhood on the southeastern outskirts of East al-Quds.

Elsewhere in the West Bank town of Abu Dis, Israeli forces detained a young man. Israeli troopers also stormed the village of Khurza near the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), detaining a 27-year-old youth. Meanwhile, an Israeli army spokesperson said two arrests were made in al-Khalil and the town of Surif. An Israeli army statement also confirmed that two Palestinians, aged 18, were detained in the town of Beit Fajjar, located 8 kilometers (almost 5 miles) south of the Bethlehem.

Israeli forces further stormed the West Bank town of Azzun and ransacked the homes of two Palestinian security officials, identified as Arif Samir Shbeita and Main Muhammad Radawn. The later was taken into custody. Israeli forces detained another man in Azzun, an Israeli army statement said. According to Israeli sources, another Palestinian was detained in the West Bank city of Nablus, four others in Tulkarm and an additional seven in Ramallah.

in the occupied West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum on May 27, 2016. © AFP The Tel Aviv regime routinely demolishes the houses of Palestinians it accuses of assaults against Israelis. The demolitions displace families, including women and children, who have had nothing to do with the alleged attacks. More than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails, dozens of whom are serving multiple life sentences. The occupied territories have witnessed heightened tensions since August 2015, when Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds. At least 213 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of last October amid the tensions.

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