Israel says will legalize West Bank homes built on private Palestinian land

Moti Milrod / Haaretz)
State tells court it will retroactively legalize structures in Alei Zahav, invoking new legal mechanism for the first time.

By Yotam Berger | Haaretz | Feb 10, 2019

According to a Civil Administration document submitted in the past to the High Court, there are at least 1,048 structures built on West Bank land mistakenly thought to be state lands. According to the same document, 1,122 additional structures in the West Bank were built in breach of planning laws more than 20 years ago.

The state informed the Jerusalem District Court that it will retroactively legalize structures built in part on private Palestinian land in the West Bank settlement of Alei Zahav.

In doing so, the state will for the first time invoke a legal mechanism the attorney general approved in December, senior sources say. Alei Zahav is a secular settlement located close to Route 5, which links Ariel and the Greater Tel Aviv area.

According to the legal mechanism approved in December, it is permissible to retroactively authorize illegal construction on private Palestinian land if the land was allotted “in good faith,” meaning if the state erroneously believed that it was state lands when it allotted it.

Continue reading “Israel says will legalize West Bank homes built on private Palestinian land”

Webinar: Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Detention (Tue)


Please join our brothers and sisters Jewish Voices for Peace Health Advisory Council for an in-depth webinar and discussion on Palestinian children in Israeli detention with Brad Parker from Defense of Children International
Date: Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019
Time: 5:00–6:00 pm, PST
8:00–9:00 pm, EST
Location: Webinar
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: Free
Event Details

Brad Parker will be speaking about the ill-treatment and violations Palestinian child detainees experience; the impact of those violations on children, families, and communities; and then touch on the congressional advocacy work, including drafting and getting HR 4391 introduced in the last Congress as well as current efforts in the 116th Congress.

Brad Parker is a Senior Adviser, Policy and Advocacy, at Defense for Children International – Palestine. He specializes in issues of juvenile justice and grave violations against children during armed conflict, and leads DCIP’s legal advocacy efforts on Palestinian children’s rights. Parker regularly writes and speaks on the situation of Palestinian children, particularly issues involving detention, ill-treatment and torture of child detainees within the Israeli military detention system, and violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. He leads DCIP’s US Program and is a co-leader of the No Way to Treat a Child campaign in the United States and Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and received his JD from the City University of New York School of Law.

More information here →

Event: Palestinian Rights Advocacy Day (Mar 15)

Please join our brothers and sisters at the Rachel Corrie Foundation for a day of advocacy for Palestinian Rights.
Date: Friday, Mar 15, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: United Churches of Olympia Social Hall
110 11th Ave SE
Olympia, WA  98501
Information & Registration: Event information here →
Tickets: $10 suggested donation
Event Details

Our goals during this fun, action-packed day are:

  • to strengthen statewide organizing for advocacy on Palestine
  • to continue to inform and educate state legislators about issues related to Palestinian rights.
  • Gathering and Socializing: 9:00–10:00 am
  • Welcome and Introductions 10:00–10:05 am
  • Presentations & Training: 10:05 am
  • Lunch with Legislative District Groups: 11:30 am
  • Walk and Transport to State Capitol: 12:15–12:30 pm
  • Group Photo in Front of Capitol: 12:30–12:45 pm
  • Visits and Deliveries of Materials to Legislative Offices 1:00–3:00 pm
  • Return to United Churches Location: 3:00–3:15 pm
  • Debriefs: 3:15–4:00 pm
  • Closing and Collecting Ideas, Contacts, Evaluations, and Plans for Follow-up and Ongoing Work: 4:00 pm
  • Homeward or on to dinner in Olympia! 4:30 pm

More information here →

For 6 months, these Palestinian villages had running water — Israel put a stop to it

Eliyahu Hershkovitz / Haaretz)
Palestinian villagers living in the West Bank saw their dream of running water come true until the Israeli Civil Administration put an end to it.

By Amira Hass | Haaretz | Feb 22, 2019

‘I asked why they demolished the water lines.’ . . . One of the Border Police officers answered him, in English, telling him it was done ‘to replace Arabs with Jews.’

The dream that came true, in the form of a two-inch water line, was too good to be true. For about six months, 12 Palestinian West Bank villages in the South Hebron Hills enjoyed clean running water. That was until February 13, when staff from the Israeli Civil Administration, accompanied by soldiers and Border Police and a couple of bulldozers, arrived.

The troops dug up the pipes, cut and sawed them apart and watched the jets of water that spurted out. About 350 cubic meters of water were wasted. Of a 20 kilometer long (12 mile) network, the Civil Administration confiscated remnants and sections of a total of about 6 kilometers of piping. They loaded them on four garbage trucks emblazoned with the name of the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan on them.

The demolition work lasted six and a half hours. Construction of the water line network had taken about four months. It had been a clear act of civil rebellion in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King against one of the most brutal bans that Israel imposes on Palestinian communities in Area C, the portion of the West Bank under full Israeli control. It bars Palestinians from hooking into existing water infrastructure.

Continue reading “For 6 months, these Palestinian villages had running water — Israel put a stop to it”