The News From Israel

01.15.13

An Outpost For An Outpost

"Let a hundred Bab al-Shams bloom. An outpost for an outpost. A blind eye for a blind eye. A flout for a flout. It's what our people on the hilltops call an appropriate Zionist response."
--Haaretz's Bradley Burston writes why he supports the Palestinian outpost in E-1 and why the Israeli government was so scared of it.

  • Israeli military vehicles 'breach Gaza border' - Locals told Ma'an the vehicles were scanning agricultural land east of Khan Younis, in south Gaza. Farmers immediately evacuated their fields, fearing troops would open fire, they said. (Maan)
  • Official: Settlers destroy over 200 olive trees in Nablus - Dozens of settlers from the illegal outpost of Esh Kodesh raided the village of Qusra early Friday and uprooted at least 210 olive trees. The trees were owned by Gamal Abdel-Aziz, Abdul Hassan, Abdul Ahmed and Noman Abu. (Maan)
  • UN chief urges Israel to rescind E1 settlement - Ban Ki-Moon says Israeli settlements in West Bank are illegal, blasts decision to break up Palestinian protest. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Bedouin families in Israel's north are stuck in tin shacks while authorities quibble - Misgav Regional Council insists that Salah Swaed's home is located in Carmiel's municipal boundary, but Carmiel rejects that claim. 'Who do we belong to?' he asks. (Haaretz+)
  • Combat soldiers from elite IDF Duvdevan Unit to go on trial for beating a wanted Palestinian - Two soldiers to go on disciplinary trial for beating a detained Palestinian who the soldiers said was "dangerous and unrestrained." The incident was discovered from the cameras on the soldiers' helmets. The soldiers said if they don't get support of their commanders they will leave the unit. (Israel Hayom, p. 11)
  • Soldiers jailed for partying with officer's daughter? Three soldiers penalized for alcohol consumption at base claim their sentence was disproportionally severe since the punishing officer's daughter was with them. (Ynet)

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