Lieberman snubs int’l law, forwards “unprecedented” settlement plan

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The Israeli war minister, Avigdor Lieberman, will officially roll out a security package for West Bank settlers worth NIS 3.3 billion ($939 million) next month including major upgrades to roads, cameras and armored vehicles, Hebrew media reported on Tuesday.

The “unprecedented” sum will reportedly come at the expense of the Transportation, Housing and Communications ministries, which Lieberman is expected to approach for support.

According to a Tuesday Channel 2 report, the package will include the installation of security cameras along roads throughout the West Bank, the installation of cell phone towers to improve reception for settlers who may need to call for help, the paving of bypass roads around Palestinian towns and Israeli settlements, and the bolstering of armored buses that travel through the West Bank.

The plan also includes broad security improvements for each settlement that will include security cameras, “smart fences” and sensors to warn of attempts to sneak into settlements and anti-occupation attacks.

Settler leaders welcomed the moves, but wanted them to be implemented immediately, before the 2019 budget is passed, Channel 2 said.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to pave additional bypass roads for settlers in the West Bank, even if it meant skimming funds from the budgets of all the ministries.

The comments were believed to be made in response to criticism from Israeli settler leadership over what they perceive as insufficient settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.

The bypass roads create separate routes for Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank. Observers say these routes are discriminatory and are often paved on private Palestinian land.

(Source / 18.10.2017)

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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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