The majority of Israelis are against ending the 50-year occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, a poll released Tuesday showed, which also found that most Israelis want full control over the city of Jerusalem, while Palestinians want its east side as their capital.
“Most of these people had taken shelter in this building from the fighting and the planes. They were hiding for their lives,” said one witness.
Reports emerged Wednesday that U.S. planes bombed a school sheltering displaced civilians just west of the Syrian town of Raqqa, killing an estimated 33 civilians.
Under the plan, Israel continues to tightly control the materials that are being used to build vital infrastructure in Gaza.
The United Nations-backed strategy for the reconstruction of Gaza following the 2014 offensive by Israel has been dubbed a failure by the international charity Oxfam. An investigation released Wednesday revealed that the strategy “is failing to meet the needs of 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza” and instead is worsening Gaza’s already dire water and sanitation crisis.
Palestinian leaders have expressed support for Rima Khalaf, a senior U.N. official who resigned Friday over the withdrawal of her agency’s report accusing Israel of creating an apartheid state, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas awarding her his government’s highest honor.
Abbas spoke to Khalaf by phone, local media reported Saturday, and had given her Palestine’s Medal of the Highest Honor in recognition of her “courage and support” for Palestinians.
A statement by the Palestinian presidency said Abbas “stressed to Dr. Khalaf that our people appreciate her humanitarian and national position”.
The leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement denounced the United Nations on Saturday as weak after the withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians.
The next war Israel will launch against Lebanon must take the country back to the “Middle Ages” and should target civilians in the country, far-right Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett said over the weekend expressing concern over the rise of Hezbollah within the political scene in Lebanon.
According to a BBC World report there are currently over 600,000 Israelis living in some 140 settlements since Zionist occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem began, an area where Palestinians wish to build their future state
To recap: On December 23, 2016 the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved, save for the United States which abstained, a resolution representing a written condemnation of Israel’s policy of establishing settlements on Palestinian land.
Shortly before, the Barack Obama administration had signed an over 30 billion dollar military aid package with Israel, the largest in its history.
An Israeli soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian in an execution-style killing that a court deemed revenge was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in jail for manslaughter, sparking outrage among Palestinians and rights groups over Israel’s lenient treatment of soldiers’ excessive use of force in occupied Palestinian territories.