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Palestine: 85% of ‘settlements’ to be preserved, 50-year-old stores to be razed & villagers asked to recognize ‘Israel’ or face displacement

US Safeguards ’Israel’ in Talks with PA: 85% of Settlements Preserved

Al Ahed news

US Secretary of State John Kerry estimated in conversations with Congressmen that the Zionist entity will retain 85% of the settlement blocs in a future “peace deal”, “Yedioth Ahronoth” “Israeli” daily reported.

According to the report, “Israeli” and Palestinian negotiators who recently met in Washington to discuss timetables for negotiations, also discussed the fate of West Bank settlements and the possibility of so-called “land swaps”.

Immediately after “Israeli” minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat left Washington, Kerry phoned some of his friends at the House of Representatives to report about the talks.

In separate phone calls Kerry assured the congressmen, most of whom were pro-“Israel”, that “Israel’s” interests are being safeguarded. According to one congressman, Kerry said he believed 85% of “Israel’s” biggest settlement blocs will remain under “Israeli” sovereignty. He added that the US administration had safeguarded “Israel’s” interests.

The congressman, who described himself a true friend of Tel Aviv, asked Kerry whether the Palestinians will ever recognize “Israel” as a “Jewish state”, to which the secretary of state reportedly replied “that’s one of my goals. A homeland for the Jewish people.”
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IOA to raze 50-year-old Jerusalemite stores

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) decided to raze 20 shops owned by Palestinian Jerusalemites at the entrance to Shufat refugee camp.

The Israeli higher court endorsed the decision at the request of the Israeli army at the pretext of security requirements to expand the military passage in the separation wall.

One of the Dajani family members, who own the shops, told the PIC that the warehouses were built in 1963 that is 50 years ago over an 11 dunums area.

He said that the lands were appropriated over two stages seven dunums in the first stage and the stores and two and a half dunums in the second.

He said that the decision followed a six-year court struggle during which the family suffered huge financial losses.

He said that the Israeli army seized seven dunums during the construction of the separation wall to open passages, build rooms, cabins and others.

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Israeli plan to build new Jewish neighborhood near Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said that the Israeli government intends to build a settlement outpost and a synagogue to the northeast of the Aqsa Mosque.

The Aqsa foundation stated on Tuesday that the Israeli plan includes the building of a Jewish neighborhood of 21 housing units and a synagogue within the walls of the old city of Jerusalem, specifically near Al-Sahera Gate in Burj Al-Laqlaq area.

It warned that Uri Ariel, the Israeli housing minister, is seeking to speed up this plan, which will contribute to the Judaization of Jerusalem, especially the vicinity of the Aqsa Mosque.

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Jordan valley villagers asked to recognize Israel or face displacement

TUBAS, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) threatened to demolish Palestinian homes in Jordan Valley, particularly in Yarza area and on the outskirts of Tubas, unless the Bedouin residents recognize in writing that Israel owns their lands.

Some of the resident were handed written warnings and others were verbally notified about the Israeli army’s intention to evacuate their villages by force and knock down their homes.

Mokhles Masa’eid, head of the Yarza village council, told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that the notifications demanded the Bedouin residents in these areas to recognize the civil administration of the Israeli army and its authority over their lands if they wanted to keep living in their villages.

Masa’eid said that the Israeli army claims that these Palestinian villages in Jordan Valley are a closed military zone belonging to Israel, noting that the citizens own documents proving their ownership of their lands.

He also pointed out that a large number of their homes are located on the outskirts of Tubas city and considered an important part of the city.

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August 1st “day of anger” rallies against Prawer plan

NEGEV, (PIC)– The 1948 occupied lands will witness today two massive protests against Israel’s Prawer plan in the Negev region.

The rallies were called for by youth groups opposing the plan and they are part of protest events that started on July 15.

The youth groups called for escalating the popular resistance against Prawer plan and participating in central protests to be held in Negev at Al-Araqib crossroad and at Ara Ar’ara crossroad.

The groups said that the first of August will be a day of rage against the plan and called on the Palestinian participants not to give the Israeli occupation forces a chance to provoke their feelings in order for the protests to send their message clearly to the whole world.

Last June 24, 2013, the Israeli Knesset approved the discriminatory Prawer-Begin bill, with 43 votes for and 40 votes against, for the mass expulsion of the Arab Bedouin community in the Negev desert in the south of the 1948 occupied lands.

If fully implemented, the Prawer-Begin Plan will result in the destruction of 35 Arab Bedouin villages, the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens, and the dispossession of their historical lands in Negev.

Despite the Arab Bedouin community’s complete rejection of the plan and strong disapproval from the international community and human rights groups, the Prawer plan is happening now.

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