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…

January 26, 2017: Israeli soldiers harass Palestinian farmers planting olive trees and tilling soil in the village of Asira Al-Qibliya, near Nablus, to protest the recent Israeli military order that would confiscate about three dunams of privately owned Palestinian lands for "security reasons" for the nearby Israeli settlement of Yitzhar.

Israel Approves 3,000 New Settler Homes in Occupied West Bank

The Israeli cabinet approved on Tuesday, January 31, the construction of more than 3,000 new illegal settlement homes across the occupied West Bank, just hours after the widely condemned outpost “Legalization Bill” – which would retroactively legalize dozens of illegal Israeli outposts – passed its final committee vote in Israel’s parliament. The Israeli daily Haaretz…

Racially inciting graffiti in Hebron nearby to Israel’s Kiryat Arba settlement

Palestinian Officials Condemn Plans for Settlement Expansion

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned on Wednesday evening, January 25, that Israel’s governmental plans to build 2,500 housing units in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank would have “major and dangerous consequences.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman approved plans for the construction on Tuesday, with Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoting…

The Security Council adopted resolution 2334 (2016), last week, reiterating its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem. The vote on the resolution was 14 in favor, with one member, the United States, abstaining.

Palestinians Urge Security Council to Take Steps to Follow Up 2334

Palestine’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, called Friday, December 30, on the Security Council to take immediate follow-up steps to insure tangible results from its anti-settlement resolution 2334. The resolution, which condemns Israeli settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and calls upon Israel to halt all such activities, was adopted…