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PA Report on Settler Violence Submitted to ICCIMEMC - "The Palestinian Authority filed a report on settler violence with the International Criminal Court on Monday, following an arson attack in the West Bank last week that killed an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler." - id 5/8/2015
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Demo: No to violence and incitement! 31/7/2015
Clashes Ensue over Beit El PropertyIMEMC News & Agencies - "On Wednesday afternoon, clashes erupted between Israeli forces and young Palestinians who entered the demolition site in the Beit El settlement, as it is originally private Palestinian property taken over by Israeli authorities... The demolition of these buildings followed a High Court of Justice rejection of an appeal from the Beit El seeking to prevent the demolition...In response to the order, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced approval for immediate construction of 300 more housing units in Beit El." CA31/7/2015
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Palestinian baby burned to death after settlers set fire to homeJack Khoury,Chaim Levinson,Gili Cohen - Haaretz "According to Ghassan Douglas, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, several settlers threw firebombs into the house and spraypainted graffiti reading "revenge" and "long live the Messiah" before fleeing. Witnesses say the whole house caught fire soon after." ca31/7/2015
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Why I am going to SusiyaRebecca Strober - Times of Israel - I am going to Susiya to stand in solidarity with the residents of the village, knowing that my voice will be one more in the masses that is against our policy in the occupied Palestinian Territory. Because, proper or not, I am an Israeli; I am an occupier.-rh 29/7/2015
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No financial, judicial control over Israeli settlement enterpriseAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Not only is the government not supervising the implementation of its commitment under the 2003 Road Map to freeze construction in the settlements and dismantle outposts, last week elected Israeli officials promoted a bill legalizing the lawlessness in its backyard." - id29/7/2015
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No, Jesus would not be a settler — he’d practice solidarityRyan Rodrick Beiler - +972 - "East Jerusalem is not Israel. That’s why Israel does not grant the Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank the same civil rights as the Jewish Israelis who live in these same areas." - id 29/7/2015
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Go ahead, tear down the High Court — watch the occupation crumbleNoam Sheizaf - +972 - In response to the High Court order to demolish the two settlement buildings Wednesday morning, ruling coalition MK Moti Yogev of the Jewish Home party said the government should send a military bulldozer to demolish the highest court of the land. Be my guest, Mr. Yogev. The High Court is the cornerstone of the occupation and each brick removed from its walls brings us one step closer to ending Israel’s military rule over the Palestinians.-rh 29/7/2015
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Netanyahu green lights construction of 300 homes in Beit ElItamar Eichner, Itay Blumenthal - YnetNews - Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, also of Bayit Yehudi, said following the court`s decision to demolish the homes that "We are living under the rule of law, and we must accept the ruling of the High Court and with that harsh verdict. The homes in Beit El will be destroyed, and immediately rebuilt after. This is the Jewish way. We don`t lose hope."-rh29/7/2015
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Netanyahu scrambles to calm seething coalition after settlement evacuationElie Leshem - Times of Israel - Settler demonstrators had barricaded themselves in an attempt to prevent the implementation of a High Court of Justice decision ordering the demolition of the structures, and some 50 were detained after scuffles with police. [bz]28/7/2015
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Settlers try to recreate Sa-Nur settlement, dismantled in 2005 Itay Blumenthal - Y-Net - Some 250 settlers, accompanied by extreme right Knesset Members, barricaded themselves in a massive structure left at the site of Sa-Nur, a settlement in the north West Bank evacuated during 2005 "Disengagement". Security officials demanded that they leave or be removed by force. ak 28/7/2015
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Justice Minister: Remove legal ambiguity from settlements Tova Tzimoki - YnetNews - Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of Bayit Yehudi has recently begun the process of establishing a committee to organize the legal status of land plots in the West Bank. According to Shaked, the committee`s establishment means residents of the West Bank will cease fearing the threat of land ownership disputes.-rh 22/7/2015
US, EU take strong stand against Israeli demolition planAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Kirby made clear that the consequences of Israel’s harassment of Susiya residents would extend beyond the demolitions’ impact on the villagers and their families. He noted that the planned expulsions and land appropriations in Susiya were particularly glaring given the settlement activity in that same region.-rh22/7/2015
Khirbet Susiya: The Palestinian village backed by Britain that Israel plans to tear down Ben Lynfield - The Independent - Israel says buildings were constructed illegally, but residents claim it is so difficult to secure permits they are forced to do so [ry]20/7/2015
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Israel orders half of Palestinian village demolished after RamadanMa`an News Agency - "Rabbis for Human Rights and B`Tselem said in a statement that pressure from Israeli settlers had led to the decision to carry out demolition orders in the village of Khirbet Susiya after Ramadan, although a high court hearing regarding the case is currently scheduled for August 3. The Israeli Civil Administration, the Israeli army, and the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) office announced the demolition order to the villagers in a meeting on Sunday." ca17/7/2015
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Netanyahu`s so-called `settlement freeze`Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "...the current complaints of the settlers are “connected to what’s going on with [President Barack] Obama. It’s part of the whining syndrome vis-a-vis the United States. Netanyahu supposedly tells Obama, ‘I’m freezing construction and that is causing me political problems, you are pushing us into a corner.’ As far as the settlers are concerned, they know that if they would say, ‘What a wonderful government, we are building on every hilltop’ — that would raise the ire of the press, the human rights organizations and the Americans. Their technique in the 48 years of occupation is to say, ‘They are all against us.’ This is their strategy, and it is very shrewd.” ca 17/7/2015
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Civil Administration Cover Up on Settlement AllocationIMEMC - "Despite orders by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2013 to cancel planning tenders for housing units in the settlement of Givat Eitam, planning continued as the land reportedly belonged to a subsidiary of the Jewish National Fund, Israeli watchdog Peace Now reported." - id 15/7/2015
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PM angers settlement officials with construction freeze commentItai Blumenthal, Moran Azulay - Ynet - Netanyahu allegedly says `we cannot develop the settlements further, but rather need to preserve what we have,` angering settlement leaders; Likud denies freezing of construction in West Bank. [bz]14/7/2015
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Israeli Teachers` Union signs anti-settlement document to prevent boycottMiddle East Monitor - Teachers` unions in Britain and South Africa announced they would call for boycott of Israel unless the Israeli teachers` union supports condemnation of settlements and calls for a two-state solution.The Head of the Israeli Teachers` Union, Ran Erez, informed the prime minister`s office and the Israeli Foreign Ministry of that and sought advice on how to address the issue but got no official response. ak14/7/2015
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Israel “Offers” Susiya Residents To RelocateIMEMC & Agencies - "Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Sunday, the village of Susiya, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and `offered` the villages to leave their village and lands, and to relocate to different areas allocated by the `Civil Administration Office.` Army to demolish structures in the village" [ry]13/7/2015
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In rebuke to Israel, State Dep’t says it has no objection to BDS aimed at occupation - Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Chemi Shalev of Haaretz says Israel led the effort: The U.S. State Department on Tuesday punched a big hole in Israel-led efforts to induce the Obama administration to regard boycotts of settlements as identical to boycott of Israel proper… The boycott of settlements, in effect, has now been officially stamped “kosher” by the State Department.Jewish Voice for Peace also celebrated the statement, having objected to the provision in the trade bill, but says that boycotting the settlements is not enough..." ca 3/7/2015
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Expelled for lifeJen Marlowe - Al-Ahram - Nasser was only four years old in June 1986 when, after the remains of an ancient synagogue were discovered in Old Susya, Israel’s Civil Administration, the military body through which it manages the Occupied Palestinian Territories, declared the village an archaeological site and expropriated it.-rh 1/7/2015
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A vicious cycle of lawlessness in the West BankEyal Hareuveni - +972 - For nearly 50 years the Israeli army has been treating settler violence against Palestinians as a decree of fate, some sort of force majeure that trumps it in the territories otherwise under its control and responsibility. In other words, the army has dealt with the phenomenon without actually dealing with it.-rh1/7/2015
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