Israel extends Palestinian journalist Nazzal's detention: NGO

Henrietta Brewer
August 31, 2016

The Islamic-Christian Commission in Support of Jerusalem and Holy Sites yesterday warned of the dangers of a new Israeli settlement plan in the heart of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, QudsNet reported.

Human rights groups and worldwide leaders have strongly condemned Israel's settlement construction, claiming it is a strategic maneuver to prevent the establishment of a contiguous, independent Palestinian state by changing the facts on the ground, while members of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, have publicly announced their support for plans aimed to annex the entirety of Area C. Ofran said this is the first such approval in more than a decade. About 1,000 Jewish settlers live in the city, in heavily fortified enclaves surrounded by tens of thousands of Palestinians. "They are doing it by bending the laws and allowing settlers in a military base in an unprecedented way, and we think it is bad for Israel and bad for the future of the two state solution".

Kamel Hmeid, the Palestinian governor of Hebron, called it "one of the most unsafe decisions" by Israel. The rest were killed in clashes with Israeli troops.

Settlers say they are returning to properties that belonged to Jews before they fled the area following deadly Arab riots in 1929. However, he said there are no building plans yet.

The military said on Tuesday that the overnight raid was the largest since Israel began cracking down on weapons' manufacturers and dealers several months ago. "Certainly Israel has, in accordance with its own history, a society in which the security element is very strong", he said.

The majority of Palestinians and Israelis both blamed the collapse of talks on the other side, the survey found.

"It showed there is still some basis for optimism with the right leadership", she said.

The survey interviewed 1,270 Palestinians and 1,184 Israelis in June, and had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Israeli authorities have extended by three months the detention without trial of a Palestinian journalist who had been due for release on Monday, a Palestinian NGO said on Saturday.

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