» 08/05/2013, 00.00
ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Peace negotiations do not stop Israeli West Bank settlements
The enthusiasm for renewed talks between Israel and Palestine is dampened by a vote of the Israeli cabinet in favour of new settlements. For Christian Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi, "Israel wants [. . .] to destroy the objective of the process". More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank.
(AsiaNews/Agencies) - A week after agreeing to talks with the Palestinians, Israeli
government on Sunday added 20 West Bank settlements to a list some 600 Jewish
communities prioritised for aid. For Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi, such a
move would have a "destructive impact" on peace talks.
Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas met in Washington on 29 July to resume talks frozen
since September 2010. The two leaders and their respective delegations also met
at an iftar organised by US Secretary
of State John Kerry. The iftar is the
meal Muslims have to break their fast during Ramadan,
The issue of
Israeli settlements in the occupied territories remains one of the main issues
between the two sides.
In the recent
update to the National Priority Area List, Israel added 91 new settlements, 89
on the Palestinian side of the separation barrier.
government, who last week approved the release of more than 100 Palestinian
prisoners as an incentive to resume talks with the first group due to be freed
on 13 August, announced that funding for the territories was allocated for
Jews live in the settlements built by Israel since its1967 occupation of the
West Bank and East Jerusalem.
illegal by the international community, the settlements established by Israel have
always been one of the main stumbling blocks for peace.
For Israeli peace
group Peace Now, the National Priority List is an explicit attempt to encourage
Israelis to set up new settlements in the territories. However, they are
illegal under international law, and raise serious questions about Israel's
commitment to negotiations.
abstained from the cabinet vote, including Environment minister Amir Peretz who
said that funding Jewish settlements in the Occupied Territories "goes
against efforts to promote peace".
In 20 years of violence, 7398 Palestinians and 1483 Israelis killed
The data revealed by an Israeli human rights organisation. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs calls on Israel to revoke the permit system, which in practice prevents Palestinians the use of 60% of their territory.
27/09/2010 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Construction resumes on West Bank settlements. Peace talks at risk
From tomorrow building to resume in Shavei Shomron, Adam, Oranit, Sha'arei Tikva, Yakir, Revava, Kokhav Hashahar, Kedumim and Karmei Tzur. Netanyahu (and U.S.) call on Palestinians to continue the dialogue despite move . For Abbas, without the freeze on settlements dialogue is "a waste of time."
01/09/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Israel confiscates 400 acres of West Bank land for settlements
The motive: revenge for the killing of three young Israelis. But the plans for Gevaot settlement date back to the 2000s. Abu Mazen: After Gaza war, this decision will lead to greater instability.
23/04/2010 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – US
Uncertainty surrounds Mitchell’s mission
The US Mideast envoy has a difficult job ahead. He is in Jerusalem to jumpstart peace talks. The Palestinians demand a settlement freeze; Netanyahu responds that they will not stop in Jerusalem; the State Department notes, “We don't go to meet just to meet.”
15/01/2005 PALESTINE ISRAEL
New administration, old fears
The new president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is sworn in today. Israel halts contacts at every level after the Gaza attack.
Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan
During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium
The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.
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