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Documentary About ‘The Settlers’ Shows Them as Israeli Left Wants To See ThemYitz Landes - Forward - Shimon Dotan’s recent documentary, “The Settlers,” currently attracting a lot of attention in Israel, is painfully beautiful. Dotan’s shots capture both the beauty of the West Bank and the complexity of the geopolitics that are tragically tearing it apart. Along with the fantastic production, Dotan’s skills as an interviewer present the settlers, an often-misunderstood segment of Israeli society, to a wide audience. Yet the film has much more to teach us about the dogma of left-wing Israelis than it does about settlers.-rh 29/6/2016
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Under pressure from Presbyterians, RE/MAX announces it will no longer profit from sales of Jewish settlementsMondoweiss - During its General Assembly this week the Presbyterian Church called on real estate company RE/MAX to stop selling properties in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land. In response, RE/MAX CEO Dave Liniger informed the Presbyterians that "RE/MAX will no longer receive any income from the sale of Jewish settlement properties in the West Bank.” The Church cautiously welcomed the statement, while "waiting to see what this means in practical terms". Hitherto, the Israeli branch of RE/MAX conducted real estate sales in no less than 18 locations in West Bank settlements and Israeli neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem. [ak]28/6/2016
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Slicing the salami of settlement costsMerav Betito - Ynet - West Bank settlements continually receive budget items, monetary diversions, and transfers of funds; their pupils receive more money than other Israelis, and their hand remains outstretched; how much are the settlements actually costing us? [ry] 27/6/2016
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Palestinians ‘living in hell’ as Israel grabs more land in West BankKate Shuttleworth - The National - "The Israeli army’s head of Central Command, Roni Numa, who signed the eviction notices, said `certain steps were needed to prevent terror attacks`. He said the land was being confiscated for `security reasons`" [ry] 27/6/2016
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Settlers crowd-fund construction of illegal outpost on Palestinian landNoam Rotem and John Brown - +972 "Asked about its decision to host the crowd-funding campaign to build an illegal settlement on private Palestinian land, a spokesperson for Headstart told +972’s Hebrew-language sister site, Local Call: “We don’t take a political/religious/ideological stand when it comes to approving projects on the site. The matter was sent to the project’s initiator and we are waiting to receive from him materials clarifying the legality of the fundraising.” ca24/6/2016
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Settler Group Asks High Court to Cover Up Its Ties to Israeli Justice Minister Nir Hasson - Haaretz "The right-wing NGO Elad has petitioned the High Court of Justice to prevent the disclosure of the group’s contacts with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and the ministry’s director general Emi Palmor. The information is expected to shed light on how an Elad project was approved.The left wing NGO Ir Amim submitted a freedom of information request a few weeks ago about the ties between Elad and top Justice Ministry officials." ca 24/6/2016
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Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian agricultural lands near NablusMa`an News Agency - "Israeli settlers set fire to dozens of dunams of Palestinian agricultural lands on Thursday afternoon near the Qablan junction south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank.Abd al-Khaliq Salih, a resident of the nearby al-Sawiya village told Ma`an that several settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Rachalim near the village set fire to dozens of dunams of farmlands in the al-Tulma area which is owned by people from al-Sawiya, and is located near Qablan junction. " ca24/6/2016
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Settlement patron Irving Moskowitz dies at 88 JTA/The Times of Israel - Dr. Irving Moskowitz, the Jewish American multi-millionaire who stirred controversy by donating millions of dollars to Jewish settlement efforts in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, has died at 88. Among other things, Moskowitz provided great sums to El’ad and Ateret Cohanim, two settler organizations involved in penetrating into predominantly Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem; funded the One Israel Fund, which “supports the welfare and safety of the men, women and children of Judea and Samaria"; and endowed the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism, granted yearly to prominent settlers and extreme rightists, and itself given to the winners at a settlement enclave in East Jerusalem`s Silwan Village. [ak] 21/6/2016
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Activists indicted for attacks on police demolishing West Bank outpostYonah Jeremy Bob - The Jerusalem Post - Prosecutors close file on Netanel Furkowitz, held over Duma deaths [ry] 20/6/2016
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Israel Approves Yet More Funding for West Bank SettlementsJason Ditz - AntiWar - Livni: Settlers` Council Dictates Government`s Agenda [ry] 20/6/2016
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The Settlement Industry Jonah Walters - Jacobin magazine - While residential settlements proliferate in the West Bank, encroaching on Palestinian land and violating international law, this is only part of the story. Far more essential to the settlement project are the “settlement industrial zones” — business districts where Israeli factories and farming enterprises exploit Palestinian land and labor to produce billions of dollars of goods each year. Israel operates about twenty such zones in the occupied West Bank, officially called “industrial zones under Israeli administration.” [bz]14/6/2016
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Finance Committee approves bill boosting settler business and hotels Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - Meretz party head MK Zehava Gal-On attacked the new bill as tantamount to “creeping annexation,” because it was the application of an Israeli law onto the West Bank, which is under Israeli military and civilian rule. Industrial zones in Area C of the West Bank will now have the same legal status as those within the Green Line. [bz]14/6/2016
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Israel announces 82 new settlement units in Jerusalem amid escalating angerPNN/ Jerusalem - "On Tuesday, Israeli Occupation Authorities announced plans to construct 82 units in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo and to build an illegal settlement outpost of 15,000 units in the Qalandia Airport area north of Jerusalem.The announcement comes a few days following the Paris Peace Summit, in the presence of 29 countries from four different continents around the world, in addition to the United Nations, European Union and the Arab League." ca10/6/2016
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Global protests target Airbnb over Israeli settlement rentalsJohn Brown - +972 - Over 150,000 sign petition calling on Airbnb to pull out of Israeli settlements as part of the #StolenHomes campaign, which was launched by a consortium of organizations following an investigative report by +972 and Local Call. The investigation also found that many property owners were discriminating by refusing to rent to prospective Arab guests, which violates company policy. [bz]7/6/2016
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Israeli Bill Would Retroactively Legalize Settlers’ Seizure of Palestinian LandJason Ditz - AntiWar - Netanyahu Had Resisted Previous Attempt at Bill [ry] 6/6/2016
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Palestinian family in Jerusalem Old City face eviction to make room for Jewish housingMa`an - Ateret Cohanim is an Israeli pro-settlement nonprofit -- receiving tax-deductible donations from the United States -- that focuses on “Judaizing” East Jerusalem. [bz]31/5/2016
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A Window Into the West Bank’s ‘Wildest, Most Violent’ AreasJAMES GLANZ - The New York Times - With shoulder-length hair tumbling from beneath his knit skullcap, Hanamel Dorfman, a radical young Israeli settler, explains matter-of-factly on camera how hilltop settlement outposts like his own will continue to proliferate across the West Bank. From there, he says bluntly, Israelis will cross the Jordan River and start building on the other side. Reminded that beyond the river there is another sovereign nation, Jordan, Mr. Dorfman says with an unwavering gaze, “Everything is temporary.”-rh 25/5/2016
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Sowing steadfastness, harvesting hopeClaire Thomas - Electronic Intifada “When my grandfather bought the land in 1916 he registered it, so we got papers from the Ottomans and we kept re-registering the land with the British, then the Jordanians, and finally the Israelis,” explained Daher’s brother, Daoud...The family has transformed their farm into what they call the Tent of Nations — a center for peace- building and nonviolent resistance. “We wanted to open the farm for people to come and see. This is the best way of education. Come, see, go and tell. We are asking people to go and tell not only what they have heard but what they have seen,” Daoud explained." ca 20/5/2016
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`We decided to throw a grenade at a Palestinian home` Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - "Excerpts from the interrogation of the Jewish terror cell from Nahliel in the West Bank shed light on their motives and how they planned their attacks." - id 18/5/2016
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Rampaging settlers use fake gun to sow panic among Palestinian commuters Edo Konrad- +972 - "Two acts of political violence committed by Jewish residents of the West Bank against Palestinians went almost completely unreported by the Israeli Hebrew media last week, even as the police responded with remarkable alacrity." - id 18/5/2016
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Israeli Colonialist Group Occupies A Building In Jerusalem’s Muslim QuarterIMEMC - Chief Rabbi of Safad, Shmuel Eliahu - known for his extreme anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian statements - went into the building and held prayers with the Israelis who occupied it. [bz]10/5/2016
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The Amana House: A New Settlement in Sheikh JarrahPeace Now Settlement Watch - Construction of the settlement is supported by a wide array of governmental institutions, headed by the Israel Land Authority (ILA). The ILA, in an illegal and misleading procedure, expropriated private Palestinian land and, handed it over to Amana, a right-wing pro-settler organization that is politically and ideologically affiliated with the right-wing government. [bz]10/5/2016
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Israel posts demolition orders in East Jerusalem neighborhood IssawiyaMa`an - “The neighborhood rarely enjoys a single day without an Israeli incursion, be it from Israeli forces, tax inspectors, or municipality inspectors -- not to mention the permanent Israeli checkpoints at neighborhood entrances where passengers are inspected and drivers are fined arbitrarily.” Issawiya is one of many Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem which are seeing an influx of Israeli settlers at the cost of home demolitions and the eviction of Palestinian families. [bz]3/5/2016
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