The portable bathroom, which was installed for the use of a handicapped man, violated an order against illegal construction by settlers, the Civil Administration said.
Chaim Levinson – Ha’aretz – Jun.23, 2013
The Civil Administration last week confiscated a portable toilet that was serving a handicapped person in a Bedouin village in the West Bank, claiming that it violated the order forbidding the movement of mobile structures without a permit.
The incident occurred in Um al-Kheir in the South Hebron Hills, which is near the settlement of Carmel. Last month, one of the village residents decided to set up a toilet for his brother, who had suffered head trauma and until now has been urinating and defecating in a nearby stream bed. The man dug a cesspit and placed a tin structure with a toilet on top of it. The structure was donated by ACF International, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency food, water and sanitation aid.
Ha’aretz, 14.01.2013, Amira Hass
The Palestinian Popular Committees are facing a contradiction: They won the attention of the world, but failed to spark a mass movement against the occupation.
The idea of setting up a protest tent village in E-1 gained momentum over the past few weeks among members of the Palestinian Popular Committees – the same committees that for 10 years have been organizing weekly demonstrations in the West Bank against the Israeli occupation in general, and against the separation fence and settlements in particular.
Ha’aretz, 12.01.2013, Barak Ravid and Chaim Levinson
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday ordered Israel’s security forces to evacuate a tent camp set up by hundreds of Palestinians in the E1 area, east of Jerusalem.
Netanyahu’s decision contradicted a temporary injunction ordered by Israel’s High Court on Saturday preventing the state from evicting the Palestinians from the outpost.
The Prime Minister’s Bureau said in a statement released on Saturday that the state would submit a request to the High Court on Saturday night asking it to cancel the injunction.
According to the statement, Netanyahu has ordered that the site be declared a closed military zone and that all access roads leading to the site of the tent camp be closed by security forces until the High Court decides on the matter, in order to prevent additional people from gathering at the site.
Some 200 Palestinians and international peace activists set up the tent camp on Friday morning, giving it the name “Bab al-Shams.”
On Saturday, Israel Police kept additional activists from reaching the site. Police also prevented senior Palestinian officials Saeb Erakat and Hanan Ashrawi from visiting the area.
Ha’aretz, 03.01.2013 – Ari Shavit
The old occupation was the occupation of Palestine. It started with the military occupation of the West Bank and continued with the settlement occupation of the West Bank, and has reached the point where some 360,000 Israelis live today in the West Bank. At the same time that the smaller occupation of the Gaza Strip failed, the large occupation of the West Bank has done quite well.
In the past it prevented a peace agreement with Jordan, interfered with the interim agreement with the Palestinians and prevented a unilateral withdrawal. The old occupation succeeded in causing a Palestinian state not to be founded, the Land of Israel not to be divided and a single governmental entity to sprawl from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Even though the old occupation was anachronistic and disadvantageous from the very beginning, it showed impressive vitality and achieved most of its goals. This surprising success allowed it to continue on and mount an attack on the democratic Jewish state next to the West Bank.