ISRAEL LEGALIZES STATUS OF 3 SETTLEMENT OUTPOSTS IN WEST BANK
- Israel has legalized the status of three settlement outposts in the West Bank, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement issued on Tuesday, April 24.
According to AFP, at a meeting late Monday, a ministerial committee "decided to formalize the status of three communities which were established in the 1990s following the decisions of past governments," said the statement.
The three outposts - Bruchin, Rechelim and Sansana - had no Israeli legal status since being established.
Bruchin has around 350 residents and is located in the northern West Bank, along with Rechelim, which is home to around 240 people. Sansana, home to 240 people, is in the southern West Bank, near Hebron.
The Israeli government had committed to the Supreme Court it would regulate the status of the outposts, and Netanyahu on Sunday formed a new four-man ministerial committee to seek legal solutions to the contested projects.
An Israeli official stressed on Tuesday that the committee's "decision does not change the reality on the ground" nor does it "establish new settlements or expand existing settlements."
But Hagit Ofran of Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now slammed the government for establishing new settlements in a deceitful way.
"The Israeli government is proving its true policy, that instead of going to peace it is building new settlements," she told AFP on Tuesday.
"This is the first time since 1990 that the government of Israel decides on establishing new settlements, and the government's maneuver, of establishing a committee to establish the settlements, is a trick aimed at hiding the true policy from the public."
Ofran stressed the decision changes the reality on the ground.
"All the years these outposts weren't legal, the state said they aren't for real, and now they suddenly are," she said.
Israel considers settler outposts built without government approval to be illegal, but the international community views all settlements as unlawful, whether approved by the government or not.
- 775 Battle of Ardzni (Bagrevand).
- 1877 Tsar Alexander the Second starts the Russian-Turkish War in the Balkans and on the territory of ancient Armenia. The war ended with the victory of Russia.
- 1910 Death of Armenian writer Victoria Azanoor (Pompili). She wrote in Italian. Her books were translated into Armenian by Father Arsen Ghazikian.
- 1915 The arrest, exile and murder of the Armenian intellectuals (about 800) of Constantinople. The Turks start the implementation of their state plan for the Armenian Genocide. About one million Armenians are killed.
- 1937 The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia decides to dissolve the Committee of the Transcaucasian Countries.
- 1965 The Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide took place in about 25 countries out of respect for the memory of the innocent victims. A monument was unveiled in the Main Cathedral of Echmiadsin. The monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide in Montebello, California.
- 1968 The World Congress of Peace Movements, with the participation of organizations from 64 countries and of 16 international organizations, commemorated the Armenian Genocide.
- 1973 A monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide is unveiled in Marseilles, France.
- 1975 Opening of monuments commemorating the memory of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. They were in Bikfaya (Lebanon), Athens (Greece) and Milan (Italy).
- 1978 A monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide is unveiled in Lyon, France.
- 1984 A monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide was placed in Alfortville, near Paris.
- 1987 An Armenian stone-cross dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide is unveiled in Stuttgart, Germany.
- 1989 A monument dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide was unveiled in Sydney, Australia.
- 1990 President Bush issued a news release calling on all Americans to join with Armenians on April 24 in commemorating "the more than a million Armenian people who were victims".
- 1994 President Clinton issued a news release on April 24, to commemorate the "tragedy" that befell the Armenians in 1915.