Political Crisis Brews Over Building in West Bank

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16 Jun 2017 (All day)
Political Crisis Brews Over Building in West Bank
Another political crisis was brewing as Israel headed into Shabbot on Friday, as Likud Ministers in the governing coalition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to bolt if a plan by the IDF to allow for the construction of 14,000 new homes in the Palestinian city of Kalkiliya goes forward. The new construction would abut into Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli military and civil control, despite the bulk of Kalkiliya being situated in Area A, which is under the administration of the Palestinian Authority.

"Construction in Beit El must come first," Likud MK Miri Regev said in a video statement she sent the press. "Only after that can we discuss the housing crisis in Kalkilya. Our rights over Judea and Samaria is not theoretical, and it must be expressed by building freely throughout Judea and Samaria. I expect that in our next meeting we will authorize marketing thousands of housing units in Judea and Samaria."

Al-Quds Day March in London Protested
A protest march scheduled to take place in London on Sunday to mark “Al-Quds Day” has garnered opposition from prominent public figures as well as the grass-roots, with an online petition calling for it to be cancelled gaining over 15,000 signatures.  “Previous Al-Quds Day marches have seen displays of support for Hezbollah, an illegal, proscribed, antisemitic terrorist organization,” reads the petition. “Al-Quds Day is an annual day chosen by the late Ayatollah Khomeini to call for Israel to be destroyed.”

NFL Hall of Famers Visit in Israel
18 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who landed in Israel on Thursday for a week long tour of the country organized by Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and the main sponsor of Israel’s tackle football league, along with Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker. “It is so special to bring the best of the best to ever play my favorite sport to my favorite country in the world,” Kraft told The Jerusalem Post. The players included Joe Montana, John Browning , Roger Staubach, Lem Barney, Jerome Bettis, Cris Carter, Dave Casper, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Joe Greene, Willie Lanier, Andre Reed, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith, John Stallworth, Andre Tippett, Aeneas Williams and Ron Yary.

“When the mainstream media speaks about Israel, it is usually brought up as a place not to visit,” said Faulk. “But so far, our experience in Tel Aviv has been nothing short of incredible.”

BDS Movement Suffers Another Defeat
The Modern Language Association (MLA) representing several thousands scholars and professors at American Universities voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to reject a proposal to join the international campaign to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel. The vote tally was 1,954 to 885 in favor of rejecting the proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel vowed to take punitive action against the MLA for the vote.

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