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Peace Now: Israeli govt secretly approved settler outpost
Published Tuesday 08/01/2013 (updated) 10/01/2013 17:32
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All settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- After the Israeli government gave official sanction to three settler outposts last year, a fourth illegal community has been included in the boundaries, an Israeli peace group said Tuesday.

All Jewish settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law. However, Israel distinguishes between settlements it has approved and the outposts which were never granted official authorization.

In April 2012 the Israeli government retroactively authorized three outposts -- Rehelim, Sansana and Bruchin.

Settlement watchdog Peace Now said the Israeli army issued a military order officially establishing the boundaries of Rehelim a few days ago, and it includes a further outpost, Nofei Nehemia, not included in the original list.

"This authorization marks the government’s 10th authorization of illegal outposts, being the only government to ever authorize outposts," the group said.

Set up by settlers in 2002, Nofei Nehemia had 32 mobile homes until another 12 permanent homes were built in the outpost in the past year, Peace Now said.
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1 ) Mel / USA
08/01/2013 23:34
PAR for the DANGEROUS hypocricy of Boer State Israel!The CIVILIAN "Settler Security Coordinators"(Ravshatz)are EMBEDDED in the IDF & plan directly,with IDF Brigade Commanders,the orders of the field soldiers(many of whom are settlers themselves)& IOF operations,which become MORE illegal,belligerent&IMMORAL,due to the 'advice'of Rabbinical SSC's.The IDF/Knesset OBEY settlers,& illegal Jewish-only colonies grow by'annexing'extremist-Zionist OUTPOSTS! Israel must rein IN,this Nazi"settler"power!

2 ) JoeUSA / USA
09/01/2013 00:59
Israeli colonization endeavor is government sponsored. Legal or not legal ,is not the issue. To even suggest that it is up to the Israeli government to "legalize" colonies , is in of itslef an act of impossible. Israel does what Israel wants , regardless of what the world thinks. The only language Israel understands is FORCE.

3 ) Statehood & Settlements / Unilaterally
09/01/2013 03:08
Whether secretly or publicly, both governments (Israel's & Palestine's) have an equal right to act unilaterally, and - Palestine's government acted first with the UNGA Statehood Bid, so - Israel's government can follow it with approving Area C settlements !!

4 ) Reader / from Edmonton
09/01/2013 07:14
If Israel has no respect for law, what's left? Israel will have to be shown the error of its ways. But how? What's to be done with this evil child? They know they have no legal basis for their actions: not one iota. But all they do is point their guns and give the middle finger.

5 ) Robert / US
09/01/2013 15:31
#4 thats why we dont see Brian Cohen or any others posting on this article no legal stance ... Good post as well as ther others !!.

6 ) @ Reader-4 / Lies & Truth
09/01/2013 19:14
-a- Israel definitely HAS "respect for law", and Israel does NOT allow building on privately owned Palestinian lands, where ownership can be proven;
-b- however, collectively the Palestinian people NEVER "owned a state", so
-c- PALESTINIAN COLLECTIVE CLAIMS to lands that were conquered and occupied by Jordan or Egypt from 1948 to 1967 HAVE NO LEGAL BASIS, and
-d- a UNGA resolution can NOT give lands to a state that never owned them !!!

7 ) Martina / Canada
09/01/2013 20:08
Israel unilaterally annexed Palestinian land since1948. The colonisation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories has continued under all Israeli governments, left or right, under the pretext of security. Even a compliant PA in the occupied West Bank cannot show any "rewards" for the security coordination with the occupation forces. Israelis act like typical colonizers- they want all the land without the indigenous population. Canada, South Africa, Palestine. Apartheid in different versions.

8 ) Lilith / The World
10/01/2013 00:44
@7 Martina. 1948 Judea and Samaria were in Arabs hands, as per the Mandate for Palestine. which was taken from them in war by Jordan. That's how come it became known as the West Bank of Jordan. It was Jordanian until 1967, when it was taken from them by Israel. The only part of the so-called West Bank under Israeli control is Area C. A & B are under the control of the PA

9 ) Reader / from Edmonton
10/01/2013 01:09
To Bias, what makes this part of Palestine attainable by Israel? Israel is a signator of the Geneva Conventions which says Israel can not transport its citizens here. Show us the legal document that says Israel can: wave it in our faces: have at validated by the ICJ. Far better Israel does that than invade this land and wave guns in our faces. The UNGA gave lands to Israel: go home and stop waving your guns in our faces.

10 ) ian / australia
10/01/2013 03:24
#3 "Palestine's government acted first with the UNGA Statehood Bid, so - Israel's government can follow it with approving Area C settlements !!" Jesus. The logic of the schoolyard with the school bully exacting revenge for some imagined slight or challenge to his authority. Tiny problem. One's perfectly legal (going to the UN) while the other (land theft, ethnic cleansing etc.) breaks every rule in the book (and technically a war crime). Do you MEAN this nifty stuff you dream up (or someone

11 ) ian / australia
10/01/2013 11:47
(contd.) dreams up for you) or just say it irregardless?

12 ) @ Martina-7 & Reader-9 / USA
10/01/2013 15:27
#7- "The colonization" took place on territory, that was:
- NEITHER PART OF a State of PALESTINE (that did NOT exist),
- NOR with a UN recognition as being PART OF JORDAN, and

#9 the Geneva Conventions never envisioned territory, that was NOT part
of any existing state, so it Palestinians that must "show the legal document,
that says Israel can" NOT colonize territories, what were both:
- Part of Israel, during the Biblical Era, and
- NOT part of any other existing state !!

13 ) Reader / from Edmonton
11/01/2013 06:46
Once upon a time a group of immigrants from Europe were extended citizenship anywhere in a ancient land called Palestine. But as they wanted to live together under their own rules they chose to live within a portion of the land offered. And the world agreed. To insure that they would have a majority within these Israeli borders they drove a portion of the indigenous population from their homes and land. "That worked well! We have the power in our guns to chase people before us."

14 ) Reader / from Edmonton
11/01/2013 06:47
Now this the world agreed was not allowed. But they kept doing it, waving their guns before them and chasing people away even beyond their legal borders. Sometimes the others would attack them for their violent acts, but always theirs were the better weapons and the better tactics.
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