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Israeli Press Review of 16.03.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 16.03.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israel reclassifies areas in Jordan Valley as state land

The United Nations has called on Israel to rescind its reclassification as state land of 2,342 dunams (578 acres) in the Jordan Valley near the Palestinian city of Jericho, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The property in Area C of the West Bank is located within the boundaries of the Megilot Regional Council and borders both sides of Route 1 as it heads down to the Dead Sea.

In a sharply worded statement United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman said on Tuesday that the reclassification was an “an impediment to the two state solution.”

“Such actions appear to point toward an increase in settlement activity and demonstrate that Israel is continuing to push forward in the consolidation of its control of the West Bank,” Ban said in a statement.

“Settlements are illegal under international law and the secretary general urges the government of Israel to halt and reverse such actions in the interest of a just and comprehensive peace and a just and final status agreement,” the spokesman said. 

The large tract of mostly empty dessert terrain includes 1,500 dunams (371 acres) whose reclassification was first reported in January.

“In accordance with the decision of the political level and the examining of the professional authorities, 2,342 dunam [578 acres] have been declared as State lands,” a spokesman for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said on Tuesday.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Settlers demand West Bank routes should be closed to Palestinians

Hundreds of Israelis, led by settler leaders, participated in a protest march along Route 60 in the West Bank on Tuesday, demanding the closure of roads in the area to Palestinian movement during and after terror attacks in order to create deterrence and increase security, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The protesters marched along a road that saw several terror attacks, walking from Karmei Tzur to the Gush Etzion Junction.

They carried Israeli flags and called out "Am Israel Chai" (The people of Israel live) and "The eternal nation is not afraid of a long path."

Marchers were joined by Bayit Yehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich, who endorsed their demand from the government in which he himself serves.

Large numbers of police and IDF troops secured the march, while vehicle movement on the main road was blocked.

IDF soldiers had to use crowd dispersal measures near Beit Ummar and near the Al-Arroub camp to deter Palestinians who were throwing stones at troops.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israel celebrates 10th annual Good Deeds Day

More than 1.3 million Israelis took part on Tuesday in more than 14,000 projects throughout the country to mark the tenth annual Good Deeds Day, a project encouraging people to volunteer and give back to the community, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The day, initiated by Ruach Tova (‘Good Spirit’), a non-profit organisation that is part of the Ted Arison Family Foundation, saw schools and youth groups, businesses, soldiers and students give back some four million hours of volunteering. 

"Every year we are amazed at the creativity and ideas people have, and the goal here is to create a critical mass of goodness that will bring about positive change in the world. Our experience shows that many of those who join Good Deeds Day continue to volunteer all year-round, embracing volunteering as part of their lives," businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison said.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


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