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Israeli Press Review of 03.03.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 03.03.2016

Major Headlines
  • Two soldiers wounded in West Bank stabbing

Two Israeli soldiers were stabbed on Thursday in an attack on a settlement in the northern West Bank, Ha’aretz reports.

The two soldiers were stabbed while at a guard post at the Har Bracha settlement, located in the northern West Bank, near Nablus.

The Palestinian assailants fled the scene.

One of the two was taken to hospital in light-to-moderate condition. The other solider was treated at the scene by IDF medical staff.

Early on Wednesday, an Israeli resident of the West Bank settlement of Eli was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack. Two Palestinian suspects were shot and killed by Israeli soldiers after initially fleeing the scene.

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


  • Duma murder trial opens

The trial in one of the most high-profile recent cases of Jewish terrorism in Israel opened in the Lod District Court on Wednesday morning, the i24 news website reports.

Eighteen-month-old Ali Dawabshe was killed in an arson attack on the Dawabshe family home in July 2015, with his parents, Saad and Reham Dawabshe, later succumbing to their wounds in hospital. The suspects in the murders, Amiram Ben-Uliel and a minor who cannot be named, are both settlers who lived in illegal outposts at the time of the attack.

On Wednesday, friends and relatives of both the victims and the accused arrived at the courthouse in order to show their support. Clashes broke out between the two families as the suspects filed into the courtroom.

The investigation into the Duma arson attack appeared to stall for several months after the incident, with a number of known Jewish right-wing extremists put under administrative detention immediately after the attack without being charged or put on trial.

The sole survivor of the attack on the Dawabshe family home, five-year-old Ahmed, remains in hospital recovering from severe burns.

Click here to read the full article in i24


  • IDF returns over 1,700 dunams of land to Palestinians in Area C

The Israeli army returned some 1,700 dunams (420 acres) to Palestinian landowners by rescinding military seizure orders from the 1970s and 1980s, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The land was taken on the basis of four different seizure orders – two in 1978, one in 1980 and another in 1984.

But the military never used the land, except for two small bases that were built on the property. Those bases were abandoned in the 1990s.

The Palestinians, however, were not allowed to use the land, which belongs to the villages of Jalud, Duma, Kusra, Mikhmas and Deir Dobwan, all located in Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli military and civilian rule.

OC Central Command revoked the seizure orders in response to two separate petitions to the High Court of Justice. The Israeli non-governmental organisation Yesh Din filed the petitions last year on behalf of Palestinians in the villages who argued that the imperative to hold onto the land no longer existed.

After Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan in the Six Day War in 1967, land seizure orders were acceptable practice for the creation of military bases on private Palestinian property, which in many cases became settlements.

But the High Court of Justice in 1979 banned the creation of West Bank settlements on land that had been seized by the military from private Palestinians in a famous case that involved the community of Elon Moreh.

Since then, such land has been used only for what are termed “military necessities.” 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel to grant decorations of valour to civilians who died saving others

Israel intends to grant decorations of valour to citizens and soldiers who died saving lives during the current wave of terror, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Deputy Defence Minister Eli Ben Dahan conceived of the idea many months ago and discussed it with Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan.

Following the murder of Rabbi Nehemia Lavi last October, Ben Dahan wrote to Erdan: "His (Lavi's) family members recently asked me to give a badge of courage to honour his noble act, in which he sacrificed his life for the nation. This act is meant to do something positive for the family of the slain and strengthen the unity and spirit of the people."

Erdan was initially uncertain if it is possible to grant decorations of valour, but it later became clear that the 1972 Decorations Law allows decorations to be granted to police officers, guards, and "citizens who acted bravely and risked their lives or who carried out an irregular courageous act." According to the 1972 law, the police commissioner and minister of internal security are authorised to grant such a decoration.

Erdan told Yediot Aharonot, "Since the start of the current terror wave, many citizens and of course police, have acted with great courage and wisdom in many situations, risking and sacrificing their lives to prevent attacks and save human lives. My moral obligation is to act swiftly to grant them the appreciation and honor they deserve on behalf of Israel and its citizens. These people are examples for our youth and many citizens."

The committee will also consider granting badges of courage to citizens and police officers who foiled attacks and neutralised terrorists, but did not pay with their lives. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

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