Israeli officials threaten return to Intifada-era policy of demolishing suspects’ homes

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A bulldozer demolishes a Palestinian home in Jerusalem in February 2012. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

A bulldozer demolishes a Palestinian home in Jerusalem in February 2012. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

The Israeli army’s rampage across the West Bank is the largest operation since the second Palestinian uprising, and has brought to mind Intifada-era images of Israeli soldiers waging battle on the streets of Palestinian cities.  The return to Intifada-era policies may soon get worse for Palestinians.

Since the reported abduction of three Israeli youths from the Gush Etzion settlement bloc on June 12th, Israel has stepped up raids and arrests during an operation that human rights groups are calling “collective punishment.”  Israeli officials are threatening to escalate that collective punishment by destroying the homes of the families of Palestinian militants.

Earlier this week, the Jerusalem Post‘s Herb Keinon and Yonah Jeremy Bob reported that unnamed sources told the paper that the once-abandoned policy of destroying the homes of alleged militants involved in attacks–and thus harming suspects’ families–would return. An official told the paper that the policy “levels the playing field somewhat.”

This was a hallmark of Israeli policy during the Second Intifada–a measure that, as +972 Magazine’s Michael Omer-Man points out, violates the Geneva Conventions, which only allows demolitions that are necessary for military operations.  According to Israeli rights group B’Tselem, Israeli soldiers demolished 664 Palestinian homes as punishment for crimes against soldiers or civilians from 2001-2005.  Those destroyed homes were in addition to other homes destroyed across other areas–notably Jerusalem–for building without a permit (which is hard to come by for Palestinians).

Israel stopped using home demolitions for punitive purposes in 2005, though there was one case of the army doing so in 2009, according to B’Tselem.  But Israel is reportedly looking for a court to approve their desire to destroy the family homes of two Palestinians convicted of killing police officer Baruch Mizrahi near Hebron in April.  In a statement, B’Tselem criticized Israel’s intention of harming family members, who are not guilty of any crime. The planned demolitions would impact 13 people, including 8 children.

“Years ago, the army concluded that punitive home demolitions are not an effective measure to deter attacks against Israelis, and there are even indications that they achieve the opposite effect,” the human rights group said. “It seems therefore that the motives are reaping revenge and politically capitalizing on the current public mood in Israel, in light of the abduction.”

In a separate development, Israeli news outlets reported last week that the Attorney General had given permission to the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, to use abusive interrogation tactics on the detainees picked up during recent raids meant to strike a blow at Hamas and gather intelligence on the reported abduction.

In 1999, the Israeli High Court outlawed the torture regime the Shin Bet used for years, though human rights groups have said Israel has continued to torture some detainees. The court decision also allowed for abusive means–“moderate physical pressure” (MPP) in the court’s words–to be used on “ticking time bombs,” which refers to detainees who had information on imminent threats to Israel life. These abusive means have included the “shabach” position–tying a prisoner’s arms and legs to chairs–beatings and sleep deprivation.

In response to the reports that Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein had authorized tactics that constitute ill-treatement of prisoners, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Adalah, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel released a statement criticizing the decision:

MPP is a euphemistic term for practices that constitute torture or ill-treatment, which are strictly prohibited by international law. The sweeping designation of the new detainees as ticking bombs therefore means that MPP can be used during their interrogations by Israeli security authorities…

In light of these developments, the human rights organizations reassert that there is never an acceptable reason for the use of torture or ill-treatment, and that force-feeding and “enhanced interrogations” are nothing less than a guise for the use of torture.

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  1. just
    June 27, 2014, 10:08 am

    “Israel stopped using home demolitions for punitive purposes in 2005,….”

    I can’t see that they’ve ever stopped the practice! Ok– so they stopped destroying “suspects” families’ homes, but all one needs to do is replace “Palestinian” with “suspects”…it’s an ongoing practice.

    I see all of this as an escalation of the war crimes that Israel routinely practices on a daily basis.

    • amigo
      June 27, 2014, 10:40 am

      Imagine destroying the homes of Jewish terrorists.imagine seeing images of Jewish parents out on the street with their few belongings around them.

      Now tell me it is excusable,even for zionist apologists.

  2. seafoid
    June 27, 2014, 10:12 am

    Judaism, o Judaism
    Where are you going ?

  3. The Hasbara Buster
    June 27, 2014, 10:20 am

    @Alex

    In 1999, the Israeli High Court outlawed the torture regime the Shin Bet used for years, though human rights groups have said Israel has continued to torture some detainees. The court decision also allowed for abusive means–”moderate physical pressure” (MPP) in the court’s words–to be used on “ticking time bombs,” which refers to detainees who had information on imminent threats to Israel life.

    I don’t believe it makes much sense to give any credibility to the High Court’s “outlawing” of torture in as much as it came with a caveat that rendered it meaningless. After 1999, all the Shin Bet has to do is label its prisoners as ticking time bombs et voilà, business as usual.

    I’m not saying other countries don’t use torture. But at least they don’t pompously claim to have outlawed the repugnant practice while employing it whenever they see it fit.

    • piotr
      June 28, 2014, 4:18 am

      I recall that after Abu Ghraib scandal, Iranian parliament outlawed the use of torture, perhaps less pompously than Israel, but the progress is more limited: fewer people are beaten to death than before. But they do not use the “ticking bomb” excuse.

      In both cases it is actually debatable if the countries are proud of outlawing torture. I did not notice it on achievement lists that frequently appear in the press. On one hand, it does not sound glorious at all. On the other, a substantial part of government supporters wishes the use of torture to continue.

  4. Woody Tanaka
    June 27, 2014, 10:22 am

    Well, then I guess we’ll hear no more about “innocent” Israelis being killed by so-called “terrorists.” The Israelis, by this policy, have made every single Israeli a legitimate target.

  5. seafoid
    June 27, 2014, 10:32 am

    “Israel stopped using home demolitions for punitive purposes in 2005″

    It still demolishes homes for punitive purposes. Those who are not Jewish in Yehuda and Shomghon are not allowed have a building permit and must be punished for being uppity

    link to icahd.org

  6. seafoid
    June 27, 2014, 11:39 am

    They are back to their 1990s behavior but what’s different this time is their concern about the world “apartheid”.
    Here’s a ham fisted attempt to say everything is hunky dory in Erez Israel by using the time honoured Zionist methodology of comparing Israel with the neighbours.

    I wonder if this line of logic is permissible in Israel courts.

    – How do you plead to this charge of murder , Mr Klein ?
    – Far more people are killed in Syria, your honour .

    3.28 is funny
    “Gaza is not free. The West Bank is not free”. Laysh ?

    • Woody Tanaka
      June 27, 2014, 11:47 am

      Yup. That seems to be the national moral pathology of Israel: We can be evil if we can find someone who’s more evil.

      • seafoid
        June 27, 2014, 12:55 pm

        It’s pathetic.

        Revised Zionist 10 commandments

        I am the LORD thy God unless the Saudis do something
        Thou shalt have no other gods unless the Lebanese have
        No graven images or likenesses – check with the Libyans first
        Do not take the LORD’s name in vain unless the Egyptians do it
        Remember the sabbath day unless shops are open in Oman
        Honour thy father and thy mother unless the Moroccans don’t
        Thou shalt not kill except for the land
        Thou shalt not commit adultery unless Kuwaitis are addicted to porn
        Thou shalt not steal unless it’s for the land
        Thou shalt not bear false witness unless it’s signed off by Shin Bet
        Thou shalt not covet – it’s all Jewish land anyway

      • RoHa
        June 27, 2014, 7:17 pm

        Walid, when your wife gives you stick about your 19 year old mistress, tell her about someone you know who has two 18 year old mistresses.

      • RoHa
        June 27, 2014, 11:53 pm

        Woody, not Walid. Or seafood seafoid, you can try it. Let me know how you get on.

      • Walid
        June 28, 2014, 12:33 am

        How did you know? Anyway that should have been addressed to Woody.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      June 27, 2014, 12:42 pm

      And the irony is that in so many ways, Israel wants to be considered European – an oasis of civilisation among the heaving Arab masses.

      If so, why are they comparing their human rights records to that of Iran or Syria rather than, say, Sweden or Holland?

  7. just
    June 27, 2014, 11:44 am

    Boycott JCB!

  8. seafoid
    June 27, 2014, 4:26 pm

    Demolishing the home of a family who have nothing to do with whatever a family member may have done.
    Sounds very like Pharoah to me

    What could a Palestinian in such a sitaution do? Learn A bit of Hebrew and chant some Jewish psalms at the hypocrites in uniform .

    Psalm 121: “I shall raise my eyes to the mountains, from where will my help come?”
    Psalm 130: “From the depths I have called You, O Lord.”
    Psalm 20: “May the Lord answer you on a day of distress … These trust in chariots and these in horses, but we mention the name of the Lord our God.”
    Psalm 143, “… For an enemy pursued my soul; he crushed my soul to the earth; he has made me dwell in dark places like those who are long dead. And my spirit enwrapped itself upon me; within me my heart is appalled.”

    How is Zionism Jewish ?
    Surely it has morphed into 97% Cossack , 3 % palm oil ?

  9. just
    June 27, 2014, 4:31 pm

    Amira Hass:

    “From the beginning of the second intifada, which broke out on September 29, 2000, through April 30, 2013, Israel, the occupying power in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, killed 1,373 Palestinian children up to age 18. How many soldiers, commanders, pilots, drone operators, high-tech geniuses, Shin Bet agents and makers and sellers of weapons – government and private – were needed to kill 1,373 children?

    Human rights group B’Tselem doesn’t provide this figure. But all the figures and analyses below are taken from the meticulous website of B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.

    First a comment on the word “children.” I’m not talking about the somewhat clinical definition of a minor , and certainly not about the distinction the Israeli language makes between child and youth when tallying the Palestinian dead and wounded. Here the inspiration is the Israeli discourse that sees a child as a child until the day he or she passes through the gates of the IDF Induction Center, and even after.

    …..

    Regarding the Palestinians who killed the 129 Israeli children, their names and the names of those who sent them are public knowledge, and most of them have been killed – in suicide attacks or by the IDF. Or they are serving life sentences in Israeli prisons. The soldiers who killed 1,373 Palestinian children remain nameless. They – like those who sent them – continue to live among us as free citizens who have fulfilled their national duty.”

    link to haaretz.com

  10. just
    June 27, 2014, 7:10 pm

    Uri Avnery:

    “”Analysis: Israel, an armed ghetto”

    …During these two weeks, Israeli society showed itself in the worst possible light — as an armed ghetto, devoid of compassion for others and incapable of rational thinking.

    True, the first reaction was not uniform. I have heard several people in the street cursing the three missing young settlers for their stupid arrogance, standing in the dark of the night in the middle of the occupied territory and climbing into a strange car. But such impious sentiments were soon washed away by a huge wave of brainwashing, which was well-nigh inescapable.

    It is a universal trend for peoples to unite in a national emergency. In Israel, this is amplified by the ghetto reflex, formed by centuries of persecution, for Jews to stand together against the evil goyim.

    The Shalit family, ordinary secular Israelis, were acutely aware of this danger to their son. Not so the families of the three missing settler-boys, all of them settlers belonging to the extreme Right.

    They have become willing agents of government propaganda, calling for mass prayers and support for the settler movement. Their rabbi explained that the capture of the youngsters was God’s punishment for recent efforts to compel religious youths to serve in the army.

    The government is obviously far more interested in a political propaganda victory than in securing the release of the hostages.

    Before it all started, the number of Palestinians, including children, killed by live fire during demonstrations had steadily increased. Apparently, the rules of engagement, as understood by the soldiers, have made this easier. Since the present operation started, more than five non-combatant Palestinians have been killed by the army, some of them children.

    In the Israeli edition of the New York Times, a large part of the front page was taken up by the picture of a Palestinian mother grieving for her child, not by the hostages.

    But when the three mothers, who were sent for propaganda purposes to the UN human rights commission in Geneva, were accorded a chilly reception, the Israeli government was astonished. Delegates were more interested in human rights violations by Israel than in the hostages — for many Israelis another glaring example of the anti-Semitism of the UN.

    More than anything else, this episode shows again how desperately we need peace. The inter-Palestinian reconciliation could bring peace nearer — and therefore the Israeli Right, and especially the settlers, wants to destroy it.”

    More here: link to maannews.net

    • just
      June 27, 2014, 7:35 pm

      Avnery seems absolutely sure that the families are settlers………all of them.

      He brings up a point that I still cannot come to terms with. Why on earth would any parent allow their kids to hitch in the OPT? The entire accepted practice is INSANE.

      (I wouldn’t “let” my kids hitch at all in any place, much less the OPT or Israel!)

      • seafoid
        June 27, 2014, 11:39 pm

        Why on earth would any parent allow their kids to hitch in the OPT?

        link to haaretz.com
        “A Jew is by the nature of his creation a purer being. Similarly with the holiness of the land: The soil of Israel is essentially holier, the stones are holier because the land was destined by God to serve as the place of the Children of Israel”

        Hitchhiking the land is Jewish destiny.

        Possibly.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        June 28, 2014, 5:13 am

        From what I’ve read, two of the families come from ‘israel proper’ and only one is a ‘settler’. Not that it really matters imho as I don’t buy into the comforting libzio argument that only the settlers are bad and that Israelis within the Green Line are innocent. Practically all Jewish Israelis support the ‘settlements’ by voting for the governments that build them, serving in the army that protects them, supporting businesses that work in the OPT, visiting friends and families there etc.

        In any case, even if only 1 of these families were ‘settlers’, all 3 of them send their sons to study there, so all are guilty. Plus, as Avnery said, all the families are far-right ideologues who seem more than happy to allow their missing kids to be political footballs. So while I hope the teens are found safe, I have nothing but contempt for their parents.

        And as I’ve said before – imagine that instead of 3 ‘nice Jewish boys’, this was 3 bearded Muslim boys, of military age or close to it, hiking home from a right-wing madrasa late at night, in a place they had no business being. You can be certain the story would be subjected to way more scrutiny that the banal acceptance of the kidnapping of 3 young innocents. Questions would be asked as to just what they were doing there late at night, and what sort of parents would allow them to do so. And if the parents followed up on their children’s disappearance by jetting off to another continent, bankrolled by a right-wing pressure group, and setting up photo-ops with politicians, grinning from ear to ear, the cynicism would be sky-high.

        And yet Israelis whine because the world hasn’t stopped turning just because 3 boys go missing, as they do everything in the world? I’m glad the little farce at the UN was a damp squib. Maybe – though I doubt it – Israelis will start to accept that they’re no more precious or important than anyone else.

    • a blah chick
      June 27, 2014, 10:23 pm

      I just don’t understand the parents. Can’t they see how they are being used or don’t they care? For them the world is a very simple place of friends and haters. If the world didn’t stop in its tracks and give their plight undivided attention it must be because of anti-Jewish feeling. It would never occur to this coterie of true believers that people were turned off by their self absorption and lack of pity for Palestinians suffering as a direct result of their children’s disappearence. As one of the commentators in Haaretz put it if you want empathy you have to be prepared to give it.

      • seafoid
        June 27, 2014, 11:17 pm

        The 3 mothers at the UN were all wearing the Jewish hijab. I guess they are ideological. The whole think stinks of political theatre. YESHA needs media presence 24/7 because they don’t want Yossi Israeli asking WTF are we doing in the West Bank already .

        link to haaretz.com

        “Terror remains inexcusable. But we can ask ourselves whether exposing our children to terrorists is justifiable or if it is just another price Israel is being forced to pay by persisting with occupation and settlement. Not to ask these questions would be remiss of us. Those who accuse the questioners of callousness should ask themselves whether they are not doing the same by cynically trying to use this event, which has naturally brought Israelis together, to continue to blur the line between the settlements and Israel proper — risking all of us. Natural sympathy for the families must not obscure our view of the national interest.
        Ultimately — when the mystery of the three teenagers’ fates is solved or, as horrible as the prospect is, when no news emerges and other issues gradually push their plight to the sidelines of news bulletins — the question marks over the occupation will remain. The settler camp continues to lose the support of the Israeli mainstream as the latest poll indicated again only this week. A slow-burning anger over the price of occupation is growing, and that does not contradict the fact that nearly all Israelis feel for the three families. Pointing out the contributing factors to the kidnapping is not tantamount to letting the terrorists off the hook. ”

        More thoughtful Israelis will note the flop at the UN and the latest EU warnings – the international context is changing for Israel.

      • Walid
        June 28, 2014, 5:18 am

        “The 3 mothers at the UN were all wearing the Jewish hijab.”

        Those Jewish hijabs are still more agreeable that the wig-hijab they also wear. Here’s more on it from Haaretz when Sara met Rachel at the Israeli White House, from Haaretz:

        …What is there to say about this encounter? That the head covering worn by Rachel Fraenkel, mother of Naftali, who was abducted, poses a visual contrast to the bleached hair plastered to the skull of Sara Netanyahu. And this is not a hairstyle critique, but a comment on the way the head covering of the mother whose son is missing connotes social affiliation (“religious settlers”), no less than a hairdo achieved thanks to the toil of image consultants.

        Here, too, is the prime minister with his silver-gray dyed hair, explaining something with a gesture to the silent father, who listens with bowed head, a pen stuck into his shirt pocket; and here is the prime minister’s wife, looking with head tilted and filled with intention, holding the hands of the highly articulate mother. Fraenkel is illuminated in her faith or, rather burning with it. “Hashem [God] doesn’t work for us,” Fraenkel told children at the Western Wall the day before. Read Amos Oz’s short stories about bereaved mothers on kibbutz – that particular ideology of Hannah and her sons that was secular then, but similar in its convictions – and recognize this tone. Mothers who were praised for their proud sacrifice.

        But woe betide anyone who would, for example, look at a photograph of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his wife with the parents of the youngsters who were shot from afar by soldiers, murdered in Beitunia last month, and would say something in his praise. What would be said?

        link to haaretz.com

      • seafoid
        June 28, 2014, 4:29 pm

        Netanyahu’s combover (in UK parlance “Bobby Charlton” ) is like a physical representation on his body of the emptiness of hasbara. The long side hair covers over something that is not there – real hair and hides something- baldness – in the way hasbara is used to hide Israel’s lack of interest in peace and cover over Israel’s contempt for the human rights of the Palestinians.

    • Walid
      June 28, 2014, 5:37 am

      “But when the three mothers, who were sent for propaganda purposes to the UN human rights commission in Geneva, were accorded a chilly reception, the Israeli government was astonished. Delegates were more interested in human rights violations by Israel than in the hostages — for many Israelis another glaring example of the anti-Semitism of the UN.”

      A totally stupid tactical move by Israel. It got the chilly reception it deserved.

      • Shmuel
        June 28, 2014, 5:54 am

        A totally stupid tactical move by Israel. It got the chilly reception it deserved.

        It’s all part of the Lieberman Doctrine (with apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson): Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die.

        On a related note, I was struck by the expression “the world is silent” (העולם שותק), used by one of the mothers. In Israel, in Hebrew, this has clear Holocaust connotations (especially in Zionist ideology), and I asked myself (with all due respect to a mother’s fears and pain) whether this is really the association she wants to make.

      • Walid
        June 28, 2014, 9:44 am

        “(with all due respect to a mother’s fears and pain) whether this is really the association she wants to make.”

        Most probably yes, Shmuel. When you see the well-dressed and coiffed women with never a run of mascara down their faces from all the weeping and you hear all the eloquent speeches they are making, you have to start wondering if the whole thing isn’t choreographed. I don’t see any fear or pain. It’s a shame to the memory of the Holocaust to have it bandied about for political capital at every opportunity by the Zionists.

        Ah, the “Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die” I fell in love with the story from the 1939 black and white movie long before I knew who Tennyson was. Must have seen that movie as well as Flynn’s other movies at least 10 times each.

  11. just
    June 27, 2014, 11:17 pm

    Empathy certainly is lacking among people in Israel, as it is with other nuke- powered states and their affiliates. If I never hear of “collateral damage” again, I will be eternally grateful. I continue to be amazed at the sheer audacity to expect the entire world to mourn when there is no PROOF. Kids are kidnapped, abused, and killed every single day all over the world– for no reason it seems. I find all of them tragic, and many preventable by good people and present parents/teachers/friends.

    As for hitching a ride in any place on the planet, I would have told my kid to call me, call the yeshiva, call a friend to give a ride… It’s seriously unbelievable! It brings to mind the disgusting comment that Meir crazily said about the indigenous Palestinians:

    “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”
    IF these kids were indeed “kidnapped”, then I will throw that right back at those parents and the state of Israel.

    All I have seen in my lifetime is that Israel does not value any life that is not in their realm.

    Not one.

  12. Walid
    June 28, 2014, 1:55 am

    Other distressing Palestinian news but on the religious front: We discussed here the Greek-Orthodox priest that had been campaigning to have Palestinian Christians join the IDF that was bounced out of the church and his job. Greek-Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III, a friend of Israel, has just reinstated the expelled priest and given him back his parish.

    Theophilos III that doesn’t speak a word of Arabic then fired Greek-Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna, the only Arab among the Patriarchate’s 10 archbishops and the most vocal anti-Israel spokesperson in Jerusalem that has been exposing the Patriarchate’s under-the-table deals with Israel, including ones by Theophilos III.

    With Hanna out of the way, Theophilos III will most probably renew the church’s leases with Israel covering the land on which the Knesset, the PM’s residence, the museum and most government buildings are built that are set to expire in about 10 years. Israel has been refusing for years to renew the visa for 30 Palestinian Greek-Orthodox archmandrites that are now stuck outside Israel to keep the the majority of the church’s hierarchy Greek to keep it under its control. About the controversy from Wiki:

    … In 2005, a crisis occurred in the Church when Patriarch Irenaios was stripped of his authority as patriarch by the Holy Synod of Jerusalem after he had allegedly sold church property in a very sensitive area of East Jerusalem to Israeli investors. The locum tenens (steward) until the election of a new patriarch was Metropolitan Cornelius of Petra. On August 22, 2005, the Holy Synod of the Church of Jerusalem unanimously elected Theophilos, the former Archbishop of Tabor, as the 141st Patriarch of Jerusalem.

    The Patriarchate continues to be the subject of continuing allegations of political impropriety, from various political sources. Theophilos’s critics claim that he was favored by Israel owing to his ties with key United States officials, such as former CIA chief George Tenet (who is Theophilos’s cousin, whom he reportedly met through the Greek lobby in the United States. They note that, remarkably, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held a meeting with Theophilos at her request during a recent trip to Israel. On the other hand, it is also been reported that he, as then Superior of the Holy Sepulcher, merely showed Secretary Rice the holy sites, as he did for President Vladimir Putin of Russia and other dignitaries visiting the Holy Land.

    For some time the Israeli Government withheld recognition of Theophilos as the new Patriarch, and continued to only recognize Irenaios as Patriarch. This position has been criticized as defying the unanimous decision by representatives of all Orthodox Churches meeting at the Phanar at the call of the Ecumenical Patriarch withdrawing communion from Irineos and recognizing Theophilos’s canonical election.

    Israel’s refusal to recognise the Patriarch’s temporal role, had inhibited the Patriarch’s ability to take the Government to court and froze Patriarchal bank accounts. This in turn threatened the maintenance of the Holy Places and the Patriarchate school system with 40,000 students. It has been alleged that the origins of the dispute are part of a forty year attempt by Israeli settler organizations and politicians to open up the Patriarchate’s extensive land holdings worth estimated hundreds of millions of dollars. The Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported on February 4, 2007 that two Ministers in the Israeli Government offered to recognize Theophilos if he would give up control of several valuable properties. The Israeli press reports that senior officials of the Israeli government may have been involved in a fraudulent real estate transaction with the deposed Patriarch Irenaios and are afraid of the consequences of court action.

    In 2006, Israel refused to renew visas of many of the Greek clergy, which threatened to create to a serious crisis within the Church, as most of the monks are Greek citizens. Patriarch Theophilos applied to the Israeli Supreme Court in an effort to gain civil recognition. The Court was due to give a decision in mid-2006, but delayed giving a decision twice since then. A decision was due in January 2007, but the Israeli government again requested a further delay in the case.

    In May 2007, the Government of Jordan revoked its previous recognition of Theophilos III, but on 12 June 2007 the Jordanian cabinet reversed its decision and announced that it is once again officially recognising Theophilos as patriarch. Archbishop Theodosios (Hanna) of Sebastia has also called for a boycott of Theophilos.

    In December 2007, the Israeli government finally granted Theophilos full recognition. Irenaios appealed this decision to the Israeli Supreme Court, but that court ruled in favor of Theophilos.

    link to en.wikipedia.org

  13. Memphis
    June 28, 2014, 3:50 am

    It’s quite clear that Israel’s true intentions are to spark a 3rd Intifada; they will use that to try and finish the ethnic cleansing they started in 1947; or they will use it to try and portray the Palestinians as a violent people, not partners for peace, etc etc. The world is not going to buy into (Ihope)

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