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Close to seven hundred IDF soldiers and border policemen secure the extremist settlements in Hebron today. As soldiers who served in the city, we know that the establishment of a new settlement there will require more troops dedicated to the blocking of roads, the closing of shops, and the development of a “sense of being pursued” among the local Palestinian inhabitants.
Today, on March 11th, 2014, after seven years of litigation in various courts, the Supreme Court ruled that the rights to Hebron’s Rajabi House (also known as the “brown house” or the “house of contention”) will be given to the settlers. The court also held that the transfer of ownership and permission to enter the property requires approval from the political echelon – specifically, the Minister of Defense.
We call on the Minister of Defense not to surrender to the settlers at our expense, as IDF soldiers.
The significance of the decision is a legal opportunity to establish a new settlement in Hebron:
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Working with BTS and other local Palestinian and Israeli activists, Chabon and Waldman invited two dozen acclaimed writers from around the world to visit the West Bank and Gaza to share what they saw with the world.
Over the past six months we have found ourselves the targets of incessant attacks and harassment, through phone calls, e-mails, and messages threatening both us and our families. That you already know. What you probably don't know is that behind the scenes, our website has received unprecedented cyber attacks in size and scope.
mongst other topics, the testimonies shed light on the extremely close relations and strategic partnership between the IDF and the settlers. The testimonies demonstrate the way in which settlers take part in - alongside and in coordination with security forces - the enforcement of control over Palestinians.