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Chelsea FC’s Roman Abramovich buys Israel estate for record $64.5 million

Russian-Israeli billionaire Roman Abramovich has reportedly bought an estate in Israel worth $64.5 million, a record high real estate sale in the country, Globes reported, citing a “source close to the deal”. According to the report, the Herzliya estate is comprised of four lots covering 9.5 dunams (2.37 acres) and two buildings which have been merged as one property. The …

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UK politicians call for sanctions against Israel over West Bank annexation plans

Letter signed by 127 current and former officials urge British government to ‘take a lead’ in upholding international law Dozens of British politicians from across the political spectrum have urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose sanctions on Israel if it goes ahead with plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. In a letter released on Friday, 127 …

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Greater Israel is the objective as Netanyahu plans to wipe Palestine off the map

When it comes to Palestinians and peace in the Middle East, world leaders and Western journalists have taken their eye off the ball due to the coronavirus pandemic. The increasingly bizarre views of US President Donald Trump and his disastrous handling of Covid-19 have gripped everyone’s attention. As has happened before, Israel has turned a disaster into an opportunity to …

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NGO: Israel settlers exploit coronavirus to increase violence against Palestinians

  Israeli rights group B’Tselem has revealed the exploitation of Israeli settlers of the coronavirus to increase their violence against Palestinians, noting that this violence is protected by Israeli occupation forces. “Since the start of the corona crisis, Israeli settlers have ramped up attacks against Palestinians throughout the West Bank, with full state backing,” a report posted on B’Tselem’s website …

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Russia rejects Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank

Russia has confirmed its rejection of Israel’s plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, stressing that this would undermine the settlement of the conflict on the basis of a two-state solution, and especially the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement yesterday that Moscow and other countries that support …

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Israel settlers spitting on Palestinian cars raises concern over attempt to spread coronavirus

Israeli settlers have been accused of trying to spread the coronavirus in Palestinian neighbourhoods by spitting on cars in a West Bank village. Residents of the village of Beit Iksa, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, reported the shocking incident last week of Israeli settlers spitting on vehicles travelling into and out of the village which is surrounded by illegal Israeli settlements. Speaking …

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Israeli settlements are ‘epicentres’ of coronavirus outbreak

The Palestine Liberation Organisation has warned that Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem have become epicentres of the coronavirus pandemic, threatening nearby Palestinian cities, towns and villages. The PLO’s National Office for the Defence of Land and Resistance of Settlement added in its weekly report that the Palestinian Authority has called on Palestinian labourers who work in …

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Israel settlements turn Palestinian house into cage

Palestinian Saadat Sabri Gharib, 38, had never imagined that his house, which was built by his father in 1979, would be turned into a very narrow cage surrounded by barbed wire and surveillance cameras. Gharib’s house is located in the Biet Ijza neighbourhood, west of occupied Jerusalem. It was surrounded by about 100 dunams of land owned by Gharib’s father. …

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Land Day report reveals sharp rise in illegal settlement building in West Bank

Newly-released statistics show a sharp rise in the building and expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Quds Press reported on Sunday. According to a report issued to mark Palestine Land Day today, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistic (PCBS) said that the number of Jewish settlements and outposts now stands at 448. This …

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