Israel makes a U-turn on rules relating to the West Bank

A draft of the rules was published in February and it faced harsh public backlash as well as legal challenges, which delayed their implementation.

One of the most controversial rules would require foreign passport holders to enter into formal relations with a Palestinian living in west bank To notify the Israeli authorities within 30 days of their engagement, marriage, or living together. Another regulation in the draft placed quotas on the number of foreign academics – lecturers and students – who are allowed in each year.

But those rules have been removed from the official guideline published on Sunday. At present, these rules will be effective from October 20.

Israel says the new ordinance is meant to codify already existing norms.

The document also said that the new rules would be part of a “two-year pilot period”, after which “the situation would be assessed and a decision would be taken on whether to continue the process.”

An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity and speaking more freely, told CNN that Israel wanted foreigners to declare romantic ties with West Bank Palestinians, simplifying the visa process for visitors. The official said that as an example, a student with a foreign passport who had fallen in love with a Palestinian – instead of needing to renew his student visa every year – simply register as a couple and have a spouse or Get the equivalent of wife’s visa.

But Palestinians and human rights groups said the rules were further undermining the fundamentals. Palestinian rights in the West Bank While such rules do not apply to Israeli settlements in the West Bank which are governed by Israeli civil law.
Most of the international community, including the United States, considers West Bank should be occupied area Israel occupied the region after the 1967 Arab–Israeli War. Israel controls all activities inside and outside the region.

The draft guidelines, published in February, were challenged in Israel’s Supreme Court by human rights groups and individuals.

in a statementUS Ambassador to Israel Tom Niedes said the embassy had been “aggressively engaged” with the Israeli government since the draft rule was published in February.

“I have concerns with published protocols, particularly regarding the role of COGAT in determining whether persons invited by Palestinian educational institutions are eligible to enter the West Bank, and the potential negative impact on family unity, Nides said. “It is important to ensure that all of these regulations are developed in coordination with key stakeholders, including the Palestinian Authority.

COGAT is the Israeli agency that administers Israel’s policy in the West Bank.

Nides is married to CNN executive Virginia Moseley, senior vice president of domestic news gathering.

Hamocade in a statementThe Israel-Palestinian Legal Aid Organization, which challenged the decision in Israel’s Supreme Court, said that the Israeli government had “removed some of the most abusive elements” of the draft rules but the core problem remains: it applies to foreign spouses. Extremely difficult. Palestinians to obtain legal West Bank residency.

,[The] The Israeli military takes the privilege of micro-management of Palestinian society – including interfering with the academic freedom of Palestinian universities. This process violates Israel’s international legal obligations, and HamoKed will continue to challenge it,” said Jessica Montel, executive director of HamoKed.


The Israeli military admitted that Shirin Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli fire, but would not charge the troops.

The Israel Defense Forces acknowledged there was a “high probability” that Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shirin Abu Akleh was shot dead by Israeli shelling The IDF made the announcement on Monday while covering an Israeli military operation in Jenin in May.
  • Background: Abu Akleh was fatally shot while covering an Israeli military operation in the West Bank in May. According to an autopsy conducted by the Palestinian Authority, he was struck by a single bullet in the back of the head. CNN. footage obtained by – Confirmed by the testimony of eight eyewitnesses, an audio forensic analyst and an explosives weapons expert – suggested that Abu Akleh was shot in a targeted attack by Israeli forces.
  • Why this matters: This is the first time the IDF has acknowledged that Abu Akleh’s death was probably caused by Israeli fire. A senior IDF official, who briefed reporters on the findings of the army’s investigation before being released, said the soldiers did not know they were shooting at the press, adding that Abu Aqleh’s back was “probably” the soldiers. was a contributing factor. In images from the shooting scene, Abu Akleh is wearing a protective vest with “PRESS” written on both the front and back.

Iran sentences two women to death for ‘corruption on earth’

Two women have been sentenced to death in Iran over the past few days on charges of “corruption on the earth” and human trafficking, Reuters reported on Monday, citing Iran’s official IRNA news agency.

  • Background: “Corruption on earth” is a term used by Iranian authorities to refer to a broad range of crimes, including crimes related to Islamic morality. “Contrary to news published online, sentenced young women and girls have been deceived by promising educational and work opportunities and trafficked out of the country, leading to the suicide of many of their victims,” ​​IRNA said.
  • Why this matters: Advocates and rights groups shared photos of the two women on social media, saying they are LGBT rights activists and are innocent. Reuters could not confirm the photos. In March, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described homosexuality as part of a “moral deprivation” widespread in Western civilization. Homosexual acts are punishable by death under Iran’s legal system.

Erdogan accuses Greece of ‘occupying’ civilian islands

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday accused Greece of occupying islands in the Aegean Sea, which have a demilitarized status, and said Turkey was ready to do “what is necessary” when the time came, Reuters reported.

  • Background: Ankara recently accused Athens of arming the demilitarized Aegean islands, which Athens denies, but Erdogan has not previously accused of occupying Greece. Erdogan said, “Your possession of the islands does not bind us. When the time comes, we will do what is necessary.” Greece responded by saying it would not follow Turkey in an “outrageous daily slide” of statements and threats.
  • Why this matters: NATO members Turkey and Greece have been on issues ranging from overflights and the status of the Aegean islands to maritime borders and hydrocarbon resources in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as ethnically divided Cyprus. Turkey has also recently been angered that its jets have been harassed by Greek forces.

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Abandoned for years on Istanbul’s Asian coast, the city’s famous “haunted mansion” was finally sold on Friday to Turkey’s lender bank for 449.3 million Turkish liras ($24.7 million).

The 116-year-old historic structure stands tall and majestic in Kadikoy, the city’s affluent neighborhood. It was built in 1906 by the Prussian architect August Karl Friedrich Jasmond. According to Turkish state mediaand was named ‘Ragip Pasha’ after the aide-de-camp of the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II.

Ragip Pasha lived in the mansion until his death in 1920, and the property has exchanged hands several times since then.

The three-storey building has a closed area of ​​2,700 square meters and is spread over a large garden space. In dire need of renovation, its 20th-century architecture and spectacular seaside view have made it an integral landmark for the Kadikoy neighborhood.

The abandoned building’s rough terrain and dilapidated features have led locals to refer to it as ‘haunted’.

The property was sold in a public tender, where the court initially priced the building at 449.4 million lira.

The bank bought the mansion for just 8 lira from the cost of the court, According to Turkish media,

by Nadine Ibrahim

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