APN/Peace Now in the News: August 29 – September 2, 2016

AFP (published in i24 News) – September 1
Top Israeli court orders demolition of rogue outpost in West Bank settlement bloc,” The court order followed the petition by Peace Now and Palestinian residents of Al Khader who claimed the outpost was constructed illegally on Palestinian-owned land.


Jerusalem Post – September 1
Court orders demolition of 17 settler homes in Derech Ha’avot outpost,” Israel’s High Court of Justice orders demolition of settler homes in response to Peace Now’s petition


France24 – August 31
Israel approves more than 400 new West Bank settlement homes,” Peace Now quoted that Israeli Authorities approved 466 settlement homes in the Occupied West Bank despite growing international criticism.


Reuters – August 31
Israel approves 284 new West Bank housing units, draws US ire,” Peace Now quoted saying the Civil Administration approved a 234-unit nursing home in Elkana,  30 houses in Beit Arye, and 20 houses in Givat Zeev.


AFP (published in Ynet News) – August 31
Additional West Bank construction approved and retroactively sanctioned,” Peace Now quoted saying Netanyahu’s government “continues to plan and build all over the West Bank, while also giving settlers the message that any construction done without planning will be retroactively legalized."


Jerusalem Post – August 31
Peace Now: Netanyahu abetting illegal settler building,” Peace Now charged that the Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria has advanced plans to retroactively authorize 384 settler homes and to legalize another 372 such structures, as well as to advance plans for 1,531 new settler homes this year.


New York Times – August 30
Israel Quietly legalizes pirate outposts in the West Bank,” Isabel Kershner quotes Hagit Ofran and uses Peace Now’s aerial photographs in her major feature on Israel’s efforts to legalize outposts in the West Bank, such as Mitzpe Danny.


Al-Monitor – August 29
Will Israel hold referendum over two-state solution?” Ben Caspit reports on the “Deciding at 50” referendum initiative, which will be launched on September 5. He attributes the idea behind to initiative to Peace Now’s Tzali Reshef.