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Private Palestinian Land Can Be Taken for Public Use in Settlements, Israeli Attorney General Says

Mendelblit shifts position based on recent Supreme Court ruling stating that expropriation is acceptable since Israeli settlers are also part of West Bank's ‘local population’

Privately owned Palestinian land may be expropriated for public purposes in West Bank Jewish settlements, Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit asserted in a legal opinion released Wednesday.
The opinion came in light of a court decision several weeks ago by Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran, who ruled that land could be seized for the benefit of Israeli settlers because they, too, were part of West Bank’s “local population.” According to Mendelblit, privately owned Palestinian land can now be expropriated for public purposes in settlements, although such steps still must comply with standards of reasonableness and proportionality as well as other laws, including planning laws.

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Hamas: Mossad Agents Carrying Bosnian Passports Behind Tunisia Drone Expert Assassination

Senior Hamas official says Mohammed Zawahri was under close Mossad surveillance for four months before he was killed in December 2016

Hamas said on Thursday that Mossad agents carrying Bosnian passports were behind the assassination of Mohammed Zawahri, the Palestinian militant group's drone expert, in Tunisia last year.
Mohammed Nazzal, a member of Hamas' political bureau, said during a press conference in Beirut that an investigation into the assassination shows Zawahri was under close Mossad surveillance for four months prior to his killing. Nazzal added that Mossad agents carrying Bosnian passports were responsible for his death.

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As a Palestinian human rights defender, I have been arrested by Israel more times that I can count.

I have been beaten, stripped and left outside in the cold, and my family has been threatened with violence. During one of my arrests in 2015, I spent five hours handcuffed to a toilet in a filthy bathroom. The soldiers would enter, cock their guns at me and yell, “I will kill you the way ISIS kills.”

But the worst arrest was the time I was arrested with a group of Palestinian children. And the memory I have of that arrest still causes me pain — more pain than the injury to my lower back that another brutal arrest left me with.

It was March 2013. President Obama was landing in Tel Aviv that day, and we were hoping to get his attention so he would come visit us in the West Bank city of Hebron. Had he come, he would have witnessed with his own eyes the most blatant forms of the West Bank Israeli apartheid: the numerous military checkpoints

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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