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There's a new twist in Israeli state-settler complicity against the indigenous Palestinians

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In another example of collaboration between the government of Israel and its illegal settlers, the Israeli Settlements' Council has started to issue eviction orders to Palestinians setting up vegetable stalls in the occupied Jordan Valley, an action that was previously only associated with the Israeli occupation security forces. Seven Palestinians have been handed such orders, with Wafa news agency reporting a Palestinian claiming that he had been threatened at gunpoint.

In January this year, the Times of Israel reported that the Council was to be granted $6 million "to monitor illegal Palestinian construction in Area C". According to Settlement Affairs Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, "With Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu's approval, we are going in with full momentum to the campaign against the hostile takeover [sic] of Area C." That was the kind of routine Israeli over-exaggeration used to justify crackdowns on the Palestinians.

Back then, it was reported that the council would not be authorised to take action, but to report upon the so-called "illegal" construction. Palestinian applications for building permits are routinely rejected, leaving little option but to defy a........

© Middle East Monitor

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