Palestinians hold the weekly demonstration against the occupation near an Israeli settlement adjacent to the village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank, May 2017.

Palestinians Condemn Plans to Build 4,000 New Units in W. Bank

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi condemned Israel’s plans to build nearly 4,000 new illegal settlement units across the occupied West Bank, during a meeting with Norwegian Representative Hilde Haraldstad on Monday, October 9. Ashrawi’s comments came after Israeli media reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to approve…

Protests in Sheikh Jarrah Resume; Demonstration Next Friday, Sept. 8

The Shamasne family, which resides in occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, recently received an eviction order from the Execution Office of Israel’s Enforcement and Collection Authority. The order states that the family must evict its home by August 9, 2017, or else it will be forcibly removed by authorities. This order follows a Supreme Court verdict from August…

The Jerusalem Post has learned that Mandelblit said the database would be illegal unless the Knesset passes a law that properly balances civil rights concerns while giving the Strategic Affairs Ministry the authority to collect such information. In cases where an Israeli citizen is believed to pose a security threat, the Shin Bet security services are responsible for monitoring the citizen, Mandelblit said. Joint List MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) responded to Erdan's plan on Twitter stating, "The thing that frightens this government the most (except for free media) is a nonviolent struggle against the occupation – we promise to continue the struggle." These revelations of Erdan’s intent come follow the passage of a law earlier this month which allows the Interior Ministry to refuse entrance or residency visas to non-Israelis if they have "issued a public call to boycott Israel – including settlements in the West Bank" – or have stated their intention to participate in a boycott. In December, Erdan, who is also the Public Security Minister, proposed new legislation that sought to blacklist companies who advocate a boycott of Israel or Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Last weekend, more than 800 Israelis signed a petition which opens "Gilad Erdan Note: We Boycott the Settlements!" The petition continues: "We, who wish the best for the State of Israel, are highly concerned by the deterioration into subjugation and oppression of minorities and dissenters. It has just become known that the Minister of Public Security, Mr. Gilad Erdan, seeks to compile a database of Israelis who call for the boycott of settlements. This move comes on the heels of an Israeli Government decision to block the entry to Israel of non-Israelis who support the boycott of settlements. UN Security Council Resolution 2334 calls upon UN member states to differentiate between Israel proper and the occupied territories. Settlements create a reality of apartheid, are responsible for extensive human rights violations against Palestinians, and lead to actions of ethnic cleansing." The petition concludes: "Our response to those actions [the law blocking entrance of BDS supporters] is to call upon all decent persons, in Israel and abroad, to ANNOUNCE A TOTAL BOYCOTT OF THE SETTLEMENTS -- ECONOMIC, CULTURAL, AND ACADEMIC -- and will do our utmost to convince others that such a boycott is essential for the preservation of Israeli democracy."

Minister Seeks Database of Israeli Activists; Petition – “Erdan Note, We’re Boycotting the Settlements”

Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan plans to compile a database of Israelis involved in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel or Israeli settlements in the Palestinian occupied West Bank. The database would center on “the main boycott activists working with the BDS movement in order to prevent their attacks” Erdan wrote…