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Peace talk Negotiation? 9 months of Settlement Development

Peace Now published this April 29, 2014

9 Months of Talks, 9 Months of Settlement Development

29/4/14

During the 9 months of Secretary John Kerry’s efforts in the region, the Netanyahu Government promoted plans and tenders for at least 13,851 housing units in the settlements and East Jerusalem – 
an average of 50 units per day and 1,540 units per month.

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The 13,851 units include:

Tenders for 4,868 units – 2,248 of them in West Bank settlements and 2,620 units in East Jerusalem. (The were also tenders for another 1,235 units in re-issued tenders, where the tenders are calls for bids to buy units that weren’t sold in previous tenders).

Promotion of plans for 8,983 units – 6,561 of them in West Bank settlements and 2,422 in East Jerusalem.

How the Berlin Wall compares to Israel's Apartheid Wall in the West Bank...

How the Berlin Wall compares to Israel’s Apartheid Wall of Shame in the West Bank… (The UN ordered the demolition of this wall, but Israel doesn’t give a shit of the opinion of world community)

The plans were in all West Bank areas:

Plans for 4,793 units in isolated settlements (73%)

Plans for 1,768 units in settlements closer to the Green Line (27%)

The average yearly number of tenders was 4 times higher compared to previous years:

Doubling the number of construction Starts:

According to the Israeli CBS data, in the second half of year 2013, some 828 new units were started to be built in the settlements, while at the equivalent time in 2012, only 484 units started. (the CBS data does not include the first three months of 2014).

New Settlements and Outposts:

Two new outposts were established – the Brosh outpost at the Jordan Valley and Givat Eitam, south of Bethlehem.

A New settlement at the heart of the City of Hebron was established for the first time since the 80’s.

Four outposts were legalized by promoting plans for them: Nahalei Tal and Zayit Ra’anan (near Ramallah), Givat Sal’it (in The Jordan Valley) and Elmatan (near Qalqilya).

A new settlement was founded, when 60 families moved in to live in the settlement of Leshem near Salfit.

In East Jerusalem – two big tourist projects in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan were promoted (the Kedem compound and the Spring House), and the National Park at the lands of Issawiya was approved.

In addition, the Ministry of Housing published tenders for preparing plans for 24,000 units in several settlements in the West Bank, including in E1. Following the publication by Peace Now, the tenders were cancelled.

Peace Now: Not only that the construction and the announcements of settlements were destructive for the American efforts and for the faith between the two sides, it also created facts on the ground that proved more than anything else that the Netanyahu Government did not mean to go for a two states solution but rather acted in order to strengthen the Israeli control over the Occupied Territories. 
List of tenders and plans according to settlement:

Units (Plans)

Settlement

Units

Tender No.

Settlement

60

Alon Shvut

36

346/2012

Beitar Illit

48

Beitar Illit

117

365/2012

Ariel

334

Kfar Adumim

92

91/2013

Ma’ale Adumim

28

Alfei Menashe

149

96/2013

Efrat

72

Elkana

30

4/8/13

Beit El

494

Givat Ze’ev

283

38/2013

Elkana

732

Modiin Illit

2

39/2013

Ma’ale Adumim

37

Elmatan

196

90/2013

Karnei Shomron

844

Ariel

102

103/2013

Givat Ze’ev

27

Beit Arye

18

162/2013

Ariel

160

Yakir

80

252/2013

Adam

277

Alei Zahav

112

274/2013

Ma’ale Adumim

694

Leshem

238

275/2013

Beitar Illit

19

Kiryat Netafim

1

302/2013

Alfei Menashe

22

Karnei Shomron

1

303/2013

Elkana

31

Almog

208

יש/2014/1

Efrat

496

Beit El

24

יש/2/2014

Beitar Illit

90

Bracha

102

יש/3/2014

Imanuel

125

Givat Sal’it

86

יש/4/2014

Karnei Shomron

234

Galgal

68

יש/5/2014

Alfei Menashe

559

Talmon

40

יש/6/2014

Ariel

48

Tene

75

יש/9/2014

Adam

38

Kochav Yaacov

19

יש/10/2014

Efrat

230

Maon

169

יש/11/2014

Elkana

52

Nokdim

160

82/2013

Pisgat Ze’ev

250

Ofra

80

84/2013

Har Homa

65

Shavei Shomron

130

85/2013

Har Homa

495

Shilo

23

86/2013

Pisgat Ze’ev

6,561

Total

397

108/2013

Gilo

311

273/2013

Gilo

387

293/2013

Ramat Shlomo

182

ים/7/2014

Pisgat Ze’ev

294

ים/8/2014

Ramot

600

ים/12/2014

Ramat Shlomo

56

ים/16/2014

Neve Yaacov

4868

Total

Settlements promotion during the talks – Timeline https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/timeline-of-settlements-promotion-by-israel-during-the-peace-talks-negotiation-with-palestinian-authority-part-2/

Israel “Breaking the Silence” movement: Soldiers serving in occupied Palestinian territories

The collectivity Shovrim Shtika (Breaking the silence) was founded in 2004 by Israeli soldiers who were serving in Hebron and needed to expose the reality of occupation from a different point of view.

Testimonies of Israeli soldiers who served in the occupied Palestinian territories between 2000-2010 were gathered in the book “Occupation of the Territories” (of the West Bank and Gaza).  It is estimated that around 60,000 Israeli soldiers served in the occupied territories since the second Intifada of 2000; 750 soldiers were interviewed.

A soldier returned from the front, during the Gaza preemptive war of 2008, and told his family his story: “I was in my dug out and a few Palestinian kids, of no more than 12 year-old, threw stones on us. We had order to shoot if the distance is close to a stone throw: Kids might throw hand grenades for example.  I want to believe that I aimed at his feet, so that I could sleep at night.  My parents considered my actions as emanating from a hero and told my story at the synagogue.  I flipped since I was still in state of chock.

“Occupation of the Territories” is the most complete testimony of Israel modus operandi in the occupied territories.

Soldiers revealed that they shot on civilian Palestinians out of peer pressure; they executed Palestinian police officers in retaliation for an activity in a nearby checkpoint; orders were to approach a dying Palestinian and shoot through his mouth; scenes of rapes, vandalism, and stealing were common behaviors...

Avihai Stoler said: “It was not a casual horror show acted by Tsahal: It is the story of a generation of Israelis of our own generation.  The last three decades after the preemptive war of 1967, most of the debates focused on whether it was necessary to occupy or occupation was a monstrosity to avoid like the plague.

The irony is that nobody in Israel mention the word “occupation” anymore.  The State preferred to substitute the terms of Judea and Samaria, but never occupied territories.

For example, during a television emission someone said: “I can confirm that the increase of crime and violence in Israel is the cause of our occupation“.  Orders came to demand from the invited person to apologize for mentioning the term “occupation” and recant.

Since the second Intifada, control exercised over Palestinians is methodical, systematic, and “scientifically” applied:  It is as if all the ancient and modern control and humiliation tactics and methods have been synthesized and tried for efficiency rating.

For example, the military institution uses jargon such as:

1. “Prevention measures against terrorism” to mean propagating fear and terror amid the civilian population;

2. “separation zones” to mean appropriation and annexation;

3. “life fabric” of constructing special routes for the colonies to mean controlling all the aspect of Palestinian life.

Our mission was to perturb and harass the life of citizens. I think the formula is still applicable even today.  Destabilization activities in the occupied land were not due to negligence, but the main tool to administer the occupied land.  If a village produces activities, then it is time to creating insomnia in the village.

For example, Stoler stayed in the Hebron district for three years and witnessed events such as soldiers coming in mass to the center of the city and detonating bombs so that the “Palestinians remember that we are here“.

Loud manifestations of soldiers and colons accompanied with random ransacking of houses, installing checkpoints for several hours… “We were ordered to instill a feeling of persecution so that Palestinians never fell at ease...”

Note 1: Article inspired from a piece published in the French monthly “Le Monde Diplomatic” by Meron Rapoport

Note 2: In June 2014, 3 Israeli soldiers disappeared in Hebron. Nobody claimed anything, and nobody know if they were kidnapped.

And yet, Israel has been ransacking villages, detaining administratively over 300 Palestinians (many of them who have been released recently after a brokered deal) and many Palestinian youth killed by live bullet and many injured.


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