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Israel Approves Construction of 42 Units in West Bank Settlement Home to Slain 13-year-old

Sources say Israel has also decided to set up a special graveyard for Palestinian terrorists killed during attacks, thus avoiding the need to return their bodies to their families.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Friday approved the construction of 42 housing units in the West Bank settlement in which a 13-year-old girl was killed in her bedroom.
The tender was published a year and a half ago but was frozen after no contractors applied. The bidding process is now re-opened.
Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said that after a number of meetings in recent weeks on the topic it was decided Israel would set up a graveyard for Palestinian terrorists, and thus avoid returning their bodies to their families.
Israel has been reluctant to return the bodies of alleged assailants, citing fears their funeral processions would turn violent and glorify acts of terror.
Ahead of Saturday evening's cabinet meeting, sources close to Education Minister Naftali Bennett criticized Netanyahu and Lieberman. "These [aforementioned] moves are too little too late and will not stop the viral terror [that] recycle decisions from a year and a half ago.
"It is time for a radical change of direction. This is a new type of viral terror and it demands new actions. It is clear that the terrorists are not deterred and do not fear us. While we mourn, the murderers' families are celebrating and will soon get a nice paycheck [from the Palestinian Authority]."
On Thursday, Hillel Yaffa Ariel was sleeping when the Palestinian assailant, identified as Mohammed Tra'ayra, 19, broke into her house and stabbed her, after jumping over the settlement's perimeter fence.
Netanyahu promised to strengthen the settlement during a Friday condolence call to the Ariel family.
The spate of terror attacks will also be discussed by the security cabinet in an emergency meeting on Saturday night.
Two Israelis have been killed and six wounded in four terror attacks since Thursday. Two Palestinian assailants have also died.
In an initial response to the attacks, the Prime Minister's Office announced on Friday that Israel will immediately deduct the amount of money paid monthly by the Palestinian Authority to terrorists and their families from tax proceeds it collects on behalf of the Palestinians.

Barak Ravid
Haaretz Correspondent
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.728476

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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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