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…

Israeli Border Police in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem

Israel Approves Construction of New Settlement Building in Silwan

Hours after Israel’s Jerusalem municipality cancelled plans to vote on approving construction of hundreds of new Israeli settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem, Jerusalem’s city planning commission approved a plan to build a three-story building for Jewish settlers in the neighborhood of Batan al-Hawa, in the heart of the occupied Palestinian village of Silwan, just south of…