Daily Archives: 1. März 2023
Aza Road in Jerusalem, outside Netanyahu’s city house.
Inbox: J Street calls on the Biden admin to decline meetings with Israeli finance minister Smotrich on his visit to U.S. following his comments about wiping out the Palestinian village of Huwara. They suggest the remarks are also ground for re-examining the approval of his visa
LIVE NOW: J Street President @JeremyBenAmi and Chief of Staff Adina Vogel Ayalon discuss the crisis and escalation in Israel and the West Bank and reflect on what we saw on our latest Congressional Delegation to the region.
WATCH LIVE: State Department holds news briefing as demonstrators hold ‘Day of Disruption’ in Israel
Netanyahu and his government, made up of ultranationalists, have branded the protesters anarchists, while stopping short of condemning a West Bank settler mob that torched a Palestinian town earlier this week.
The legal overhaul has sparked an unprecedented uproar, with weeks of mass protests, criticism from legal experts and rare demonstrations by army reservists who have pledged to disobey orders under what they say will be a dictatorship after the overhaul passes.
Following Sunday’s deadly settler riot in the West Bank village, MK Zvika Fogel (from Ben-Gvir’s Otzma Yehudit party), said he „looks favorably on the results“
Palestinian ‚Village of Hawara Needs to Be Wiped Out‘: Israel’s Far-right Finance Minister Justifies ‚Disproportionate‘ Response to Terrorism
Israel’s Finance Minister called for the destruction of a West Bank Palestinian village on Wednesday, days after it was attacked by a mob of settlers who torched dozens of homes and reportedly killed one resident.
“The village of Hawara needs to be wiped out. I think that the State of Israel needs to do that [and] not, God forbid, private individuals,” said Bezalel Smotrich, when asked why he had “liked” a tweet by deputy Samaria Regional Council head Davidi Ben Zion calling for Hawara to be “wiped out today.”
שוטר תועד מצמיד את ברכו לצוואר של מפגין בצומת עזריאלי
Israeli police use stun grenades to disperse Tel Aviv rally | AFP
For the first time in years Police use stun grenades towards Israeli protesters during anti government demo
מה חשבנו שמה שקורה בגדה המערבית לא יעבור לתחומי הקו הירוק. אין תקווה ימי פומפיי האחרונים. הסוף.
Declaration of Independence
THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
Knesset committee okays bill sharply limiting judicial review; opposition: ‘Putsch’
Opposition lawmakers boycotted the final votes in committee approving the bill for its first reading in the Knesset plenum, after Rothman granted only one MK from each Knesset faction the right to speak for five minutes.
“This is a dictatorship and the silencing of people’s opinions, we won’t be part of it. Vote among yourselves” shouted Hadash MK Ofer Cassif at Rothman.
“This is a regime putsch!” Yisrael Beytenu Yulia Malinovsky fumed before leaving the committee room.
Thousands of Israelis donate to Palestinian victims of riots
In less than 24 hours, Israelis gave more than $272,750 to help Palestinians whose homes and businesses were destroyed by dozens of rioting settlers in the northern West Bank town of Huwara on Sunday.
A 37-year-old Palestinian man was killed, 300 were wounded – four of them seriously – and dozens of buildings and vehicles were set on fire in the mass riot that followed the killing of two Israeli brothers in a terror shooting in the same town. Labor party member Yaya Fink started an online crowd-funding campaign the morning following the attack.
Major highway in Israel blocked, kicking off ‚day of disruption‘ against judicial reform
“Israel will not be a dictatorship — the millions who took to the streets over the past two months made this clear — and we are now moving on to direct action,” the organizers said in a statement posted to their Hebrew-language website. “Faced with a government out to disrupt the democratic order, we will disrupt the public order. Tens of thousands will turn up to rallies across the country to stop the coup, which has no broad support among the people.”
Former Shin Bet Chief: ‚This is a government of terror‘
Speaking at the rally in Tel Aviv, former Shin Bet Chief Yuval Diskin said: „This is a government of terror that crippled our national resilience. Without resilience there’s no unity. We might arrive at a civil war because of this awful government.“
Israel says motorist killed in West Bank held US citizenship
The attackers remained at large Tuesday. (…)
The army said the attackers opened fire at an Israeli car near the Palestinian city of Jericho, hitting Ganeles. The assailants, traveling in one vehicle, then drove further and fired again, the army said. The attackers set their own vehicle afire and fled, setting off a manhunt.
US citizen killed in West Bank as Israeli-Palestinian tensions rise
(Updated 7:10 AM EST, Tue February 28, 2023)
Elan Ganeles, 27, was shot dead on Monday evening in what Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency service described as a “terror attack” on a highway between Jericho and the Dead Sea.
The attack took place on Route 90, north of the Beit Ha’Arava Junction, the MDA said. The location is normally peaceful and on one of the main routes for Israelis to visit the Dead Sea.
Palestinians stunned by Israeli settler violence in West Bank | AFP
(Feb 27, 2023)
Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are left reeling after deadly violence and arson by Israeli settlers targeted a town where two Israeli brothers were killed. Dozens of Israeli settlers set homes and cars ablaze in the northern town of Huwara overnight, after a day of Israeli-Palestinian talks in neighbouring Jordan aimed at quelling a surge in violence in the Palestinian territory.
Israeli settlers burn Palestinian homes in West Bank as tensions simmer after ‘peace talk’ | Watch
(Feb 27, 2023)
Israeli settlers went on a rampage after two brothers were shot and killed in the West Bank on Sunday. The latest attack on Israeli citizens sparked revenge attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians, causing at least one death and numerous injuries. Dozens of cars and homes belonging to Palestinians were set on fire by angry Israelis.
Israeli brothers killed in Samaria terror shooting
Israeli forces blocked roads in the area of the attack and initiated a manhunt for the perpetrator.
An initial IDF probe found the gunman took advantage of a traffic jam to carry out the attack.
US State Dept puts out statement following Aqaba summit that Israel will hold off on settlements for 4-6 months, minutes later Netanyahu tweets “there will not be any freeze.”
Belarusian president kicks off China visit with trade ties, Ukraine crisis in focus
Analysts said that Belarus‘ support for China’s position on a political settlement to the Ukraine crisis paves the way for future cooperation in multilateral frameworks such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), of which Lukashenko said he expects Belarus will become a full member in 2023.
But as a neighbor of Russia and Ukraine, Belarus faces a tough geopolitical situation, and the risks to its security environment are increasing. If the conflict expands, Belarus could be dragged into it, experts said.
Belarus President Lukashenko to arrive in Beijing for talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will arrive in Beijing on Tuesday, kicking off a three-day trip in which he will meet Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
The state visit by Lukashenko — a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin — comes after Beijing released a position paper on Russia’s war in Ukraine insisting it is a neutral party and calling for dialogue between the two sides.
Polen kauft 1.000 neue Schützenpanzer
Neben den mehr als 1.000 Panzern umfasst die Bestellung nach Angaben von PAP und TVP Info rund 400 zusätzliche Fahrzeuge, die zum Beispiel der Aufklärung, Koordination und verschiedenen Schutzfunktionen dienen.
Die Bestellung ist Teil einer massiven Aufrüstung und Modernisierung der polnischen Armee, die nach Blaszczaks Worten „in sehr schnellem Tempo“ voranschreite.
Innenministerium macht wenig Zugeständnisse bei Chatkontrolle
Die Bundesregierung streitet, während das Innenministerium seit neun Monaten in Brüssel verhandelt.
Jahresbericht von KeepItOn: Immer mehr Länder nutzen Internetabschaltungen zur Unterdrückung
KeepItOn beobachtet, dass einige Regierungen bei der Umsetzung von Abschaltungen immer raffinierter und bewusster vorgehen würden, „um bestimmte Gruppen direkter zu treffen und die wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen zu minimieren“. Hierzu zählt die Kampagne unter anderem gezielte Abschaltungen von Mobilfunknetzen. Dies sei im Jahr 2022 eine beliebte Taktik während Protesten (26 Vorfälle) gewesen. Bei dieser Taktik gehe es darum, „die Menschen zum Schweigen zu bringen und gleichzeitig den wohlhabenden Eliten, Regierungsbeamten und bestimmten Unternehmen zu ermöglichen, mit Breitband- und Festnetzinternet zu arbeiten“.