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Israel to build 400 settler homes in retaliation to stabbing


By Myriam Purtscher - July 30, 2018
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The Israeli government has retaliated after a fatal attack on an Israeli by announcing the only way to combat “terrorism”, is to build more settlements.

Israel has announced they will build 400 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank after an Israeli settler was killed and two were injured in a stabbing attack by a Palestinian teenager on July 27.
 
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a Tweet on Friday the expansion of settlements is the “best answer” to the killing of 31-year-old Yotam Ovadia in the Geva Binyamin (Adam) settlement the night before.
 
The identified assailant was 17-year-old was Ahmad Tareq Youssef Abu Ayyush from the Palestinian village of Kobar, who snuck into the Israeli settlement on Thursday evening and stabbed three people.
 
Abu Ayyush was later shot and killed at the scene.
 
Retaliation
 
Clashes between the IDF and Palestinians broke out after the Israeli army conducted raids on Kobar village the day after the stabbing, questioning Abu Ayyush’s family and suspending their work permits.
 
According to AFP the Israeli army stated, "the rioters hurled large rocks and fire bombs and rolled burning tyres at (Israeli) troops, who responded with riot dispersal means”. The army added they will be “reinforcing the defence” of Adam and other settlements.
 
President Trump’s special envoy, Jason Greenblatt has called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to denounce the attack.
 
"Yet another barbaric attack tonight. When will President Abbas and Palestinian leaders condemn the violence?," Greenblatt wrote on Twitter.
 
The Palestinian Authority is yet to condemn the stabbing.
 
According to Reuters, Hamas has issued a statement praising the attack but has not claimed responsibility for it.  
 
Spokesman for Hamas, Fawzi Barhoum said Abu Ayyush's actions represented "a brave operation that responds to the daily ugly crimes the occupation commits against our people".
 
Israel’s Illegal Settlements
 
Israel’s continued settlement construction in the occupied West Bank is illegal under international law, and Israel rejects the view that settlement expansion is one of the greatest obstacles to peace with the Palestinians.
 
According to Israeli organisation Peace Now, 14,545 Israeli settlement units for the West Bank have been approved under US President Trump’s administration, representing a three-fold increase of approvals compared to the 18 month period before his inauguration.
 
Peace Now have condemned Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu’s government for the free rein they have given the Trump administration in approving these settlements.
 
"It is well-known that for a two-state solution to be feasible, Israel will have to withdraw from most of the West Bank. Yet the government keeps raising the political cost of this redeployment and the evictions it will entail," the organisation stated.
 
Since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank during the Six-Day war, between 500,000 to 600,000 Israeli settlers have moved to occupied Palestinian land in violation of the Geneva Convention, displacing over 600,000 Palestinians.
 

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