Israeli troops evict Jewish settlers from West Bank buildings

JERUSALEM -- Israeli forces on Friday evicted dozens of Jewish settlers from two buildings they moved into the day before in the heart of the flashpoint city of Hebron, near an important shrine holy to both Jews and Muslims in the West Bank.

See Full Article

The troops removed 80 people who had moved into the empty buildings and then they closed access to the sites, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The buildings will remain shut until the courts determine who owns them, he said.

Supporters of the group said the settlers had entered houses that were bought legally. Selling property to Israelis is considered taboo in Palestinian society and is against Palestinian law. Some sellers have been killed by Palestinian gunmen. Those Palestinians that do sell fear for their lives and usually flee the territory. Real estate deals are often conducted confidentially to protect the sellers.

Hagit Ofran of Peace Now, an Israeli anti-settlement group, said the Palestinian owners are denying any purchase and are going to file legal documents to prove it. "Previous experience shows that some of these alleged deals are either forged, or only partial and then proven false," she said.

Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 war. Palestinians demand the territory as part of their future state. Most of the international community views Israeli settlements in the territory as illegal or illegitimate.

Israel says the fate of the settlements should be resolved in peace talks, along with other core issues like security and borders.

About 850 Israeli settlers in Hebron live in heavily-guarded enclaves, surrounded by tens of thousands of Palestinians. Much of the animosity in the biblical city is over a sensitive holy site known to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque.

Friday's eviction came as Israel is struggling to deal with months of near-daily Palestinian attacks on civilians and soldiers. Many Palestinian attackers over the past four months of bloodshed have been from Hebron.

Palestinian attackers have killed 25 Israelis and wounded dozens more since mid-September in stabbings, shootings and car ramming assaults. Some 146 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during that time, and over a hundred of them have been identified by Israel as attackers. The rest were killed in clashes with Israeli troops.

Zeev Elkin, a pro-settler lawmaker from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud party, was among several lawmakers who condemned the latest eviction.

"This is the time to fight terror and strengthen and support the settlements and not to fight the settlers," Elkin said in a twitter post. He also called on the Israeli defence minister to overturn the eviction order.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Donald Trump blasts conservatives on Twitter over health care bill failure

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law, as aides signalled a greater willingness to work with moderate Democrats on upcoming legislative battles from the budget and tax cuts to health care. Source
  • Hundreds arrested during protests across Russia, including Putin opponent [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    MOSCOW — Russia’s opposition, often written off by critics as a small and irrelevant coterie of privileged urbanites, put on an impressive nationwide show of strength Sunday with scores of protest rallies spanning the vast country. Hundreds were arrested, including Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic. Source
  • 'It was just crazy'; Deadly shooting at Cincinnati's Cameo club [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    CINCINNATI — A gunfight broke out inside a crowded Cincinnati nightclub early Sunday, leaving one man dead and 15 others wounded after a dispute among several patrons escalated into a shootout, authorities said. No suspects were in custody by late afternoon in the shooting at the Cameo club, which has a history of gun violence, and police said there was no indication of any terrorism link. Source
  • 'Swirl face' sex offender Christopher Neil to make home in Vancouver

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    VANCOUVER — High-risk sex offender Christopher Paul Neil, once known as 'Swirl face," has recently been released from prison and plans to live in Vancouver. According to a public notification Sunday by the Corrections Branch of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, the 42-year-old former teacher has a pattern of sexual offending behaviour against both pre and early pubescent boys. Source
  • 4 people found dead in home near Ashcroft, B.C.

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Police are investigating after four people were found dead inside a home in Venables Valley near Ashcroft on Friday afternoon. Ashcroft RCMP responded to a request for a well-being check at the home and discovered the bodies, said a police press release. Source
  • Republicans struggling to govern

    World News Toronto Sun
    The Republican Party of “no” for Democrat Barack Obama’s eight years is having a hard time getting to “yes” in the early Donald Trump era. The unmitigated failure of the GOP bill to replace Obamacare underscored that Republicans are a party of upstart firebrands, old-guard conservatives and moderates in Democratic-leaning districts. Source
  • Donald Trump faces obstacles building 'big, beautiful' border wall

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump has now laid out exactly what he wants in the “big, beautiful wall” that he’s promised to build on the U.S.-Mexico border. But his effort to build a huge hurdle to those entering the U.S. Source
  • Al-Qaida leader Qari Yasin killed in U.S. airstrike, Pentagon confirms

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said Saturday. Source
  • Trump's 'big, beautiful' border wall faces many roadblocks

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump has now laid out exactly what he wants in the "big, beautiful wall" that he's promised to build on the U.S.-Mexico border. But his effort to build a huge hurdle to those entering the U.S. Source
  • German minister 'speechless' over Erdogan rhetoric

    World News CTV News
    BERLIN -- A senior German official says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rhetoric in the standoff with European countries ahead of his country's April 16 referendum is causing damage that will take years to repair. Source