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Palestinian villager and two Israeli activists detained when clinging to olive treesYa`akov Manor- Olive Harvest Coalition - Massive Israeli military forces and numerous bulldozers arrived at the Palestinian olive groves of farmers from Nabi Elias, Azun and Izbat Tabib, and embarked on mass uprooting of olive trees. Dozens of residents, as well as Israeli volunteers, scattered through the groves, clinging to olive trees in an effort to protect them from being uprooted. The army began expelling the protesters. A Palestinian villager and two Israelis were detained. [ak]17/1/2017
Yesh Din group submits Palestinian objections over AmonaElisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - The process of building new homes for the evicted Amona residents began last week. Once the plots were announced, land owners had just 96 hours to petition the location of the designated land in the case that also these plots were on private Palestinian land. With Yesh Din involvement the Palestinian owners were able to petition the construction of the structures. [bz]17/1/2017
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Israeli settlers attack Palestinian videographer of Hebron shooting in attempt to ‘silence documentation and resistance’ Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - Emad Abu Shamsiyah first started receiving death threats in March, after a video he filmed for Israeli rights group B’Tselem, which captured Israeli soldier Elor Azaria shooting dead Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif, 21, was released to the public. The video sparked a media frenzy surrounding the incident, and directly led to the initial indictment of Azaria. Shamsiyah has not had a good night’s rest since.-rh 12/1/2017
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Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would destroy Palestine’s hopes of justice Nur Arafeh - The Guardian - By moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, the Trump administration would not only be violating international law, it would also be denying the Palestinian right to self-determination and freedom. Since 1967, Israel has been transforming Jerusalem from a multi-religious and multicultural city into a “reunified” Jewish city under its exclusive control. It has accelerated Jerusalem’s “Judaisation” through policies that specifically aim to minimise the number of Palestinians. Such policies have included the revocation of the residency of Palestinian Jerusalemites under the pretext of “breach of allegiance”, restrictions on family unification, discriminatory urban and zoning policies, the construction of the wall that slices through Jerusalem and the West Bank, starting in 2002, and the closure of major Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem.-rh12/1/2017
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January 7, 2017 Asael, Susya, Twaneh, Umm al-KhairDavid Shulman, Margaret Olin - Touching Photographs - Asael, possibly the ugliest of all the illegal outposts in the southern West Bank—and the competition is fierce—is rapidly expanding. Yellow bulldozers, parked at the perimeter fence of the settlement, have carved out a huge swathe of intermeshed, criss-crossing gashes in the hill and valley just below. This wide, deep wound in the soil has been sliced, needless to say, through privately owned Palestinian land. We know the families. We’ve plowed here, on the edge of the outpost. There have been many bad moments with the Asael settlers, the ones we can see this Shabbat morning walking their dogs over the hill or praying to their rapacious god or swinging their children on the swings in the painted park just under their pre-fab caravans.-rh11/1/2017
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New Year, New Settlement Outpost, New DemolitionMadeeha Araj - Palestine News Network - "Recently, it has demolished 11 houses and an animal husbandry barn in Al-Khan Al-Ahmar area east of Jerusalem at “Wade Snisl” and “Be’er Al-Maskob, known as area “E1” where more than 200 people, most of them children and women were displaced." - id 11/1/2017
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`Israel must build and build in Judea and Samaria after Trump takes office` says Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked Jeremy Sharon - Jerusalem Post - Two senior figures in the coalition, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and senior Likud MK Tzachi Hanegbi objected however saying that unilateral steps without coordination with the Trump administration could be diplomatically dangerous. Liberman also referred to the Settlements Arrangements Law. Its approval in its first Knesset reading had been “one of the straws that broke the back of the US president [Barack Obama].” - “Because of this law we were attacked in the UN Security Council." [bz]10/1/2017
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Soldiers use force on non-violent protest against illegal West Bank outpostsHaggai Matar - +972 "Dozens of Palestinian and Israeli activists gathered in the Jordan Valley, West Bank, on Thursday morning in order to protest the establishment of new illegal outposts in the area. The demonstrators, from joint Arab Jewish activist group Ta’ayush, were forcefully dispersed by Israeli soldiers, who fired tear gas at them. The outposts remained where they were." ca6/1/2017
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Israel`s other army expanding illegal settlementsEmily Mulder - Aljazeera - Rights group cites abuses of power by Israel`s Civilian Security Coordinators in the occupied West Bank [ry]26/12/2016
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UN Security Council urges end to Israeli settlementsAl Jazeera - The passage of the resolution changes nothing on the ground between Israel and the Palestinians, and likely will be all but ignored by the incoming Trump administration. But it was more than merely symbolic. The resolution formally enshrined the international community`s disapproval of Israeli settlement building and could spur further Palestinian moves against Israel in international forums. [bz]24/12/2016
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Palestinian mayor says land set aside for Amona evacuees also privately ownedMa`an - Israeli authorities have notified the municipal council of the occupied West Bank town of Silwad of plans to confiscate privately-owned land in the town`s outskirts, to be used to house residents of the illegal Israeli outpost of Amona, which is slated for imminent demolition. After the Israeli Supreme Court ruled for the outpost to be demolished on the grounds that it was built on privately-owned Palestinians land, an eleventh hour agreement was reached Sunday between the Israeli government and Amona’s settlers to relocate the majority of them to a nearby hilltop. However, as Mayor of Silwad Abd al-Rahman Salih pointed out, the new land in question is also privately owned by Palestinians.20/12/2016
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Boycott Israeli Wines campaign targets Vancouver Liquor StoreBoycott Israeli Wines - The manager of the store was made aware that the three brands of Israeli wines that are stocked here are all from stolen Arab and Palestinian land. One brand in particular, the Teperberg Vision Malbec, even openly brags on its website that the vineyard that contributes grapes for this wine is in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mevo Horon. [ak] 20/12/2016
PM orders crackdown on illegal Arab constructionTimes of Israel Staff and Raphael Ahren - Move comes day after Netanyahu tells residents of illegal Amona outpost, set for demolition, that he will destroy unlawful buildings ‘all over Israel’ [ry]19/12/2016
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Israeli settlers agree to leave illegal Amona outpostAljazeera - Government deal to avoid clash approved by Jewish families occupying private Palestinian land in occupied West Bank [ry] 19/12/2016
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Two-thirds of Palestinians believe Palestinian state is no longer possible Kate - Mondoweiss "Two-thirds of Palestinians believe a two-state solution to their conflict with Israel is no longer possible, a poll said Tuesday. The share of those who lost faith in such a deal rose from 56 percent in September to 65 percent now, probably due to an acceleration of settlement activity, said the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey research. Most in the international community still back the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, even though a deal appears to be increasingly complicated, in part because of the continued growth of settlements."ca16/12/2016
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Israeli Settlers Raid Al-Aqsa Mosque, Joseph’s Tomb IMEMC - "It is worth mentioning that Al-Aqsa Mosque is exposed to the such raids on a near daily basis, upon which settlers perform Talmudic rituals and desecrate the sanctity of the mosque." - id 14/12/2016
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Netanyahu in high stakes gamble with new settlement billMaayan Lubell - Reuters - As well as those settlements, which Israel fully supports, settlers have established more than 100 outposts, many on hilltops across the West Bank, often with tacit government support. Under the new bill, 55 of the outposts will have official sanction, according to Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now. Compensation would be offered to Palestinian land owners. The deeper the government becomes involved in backing settlement activity the worse it could be for Israel, said Aeyal Gross, a professor of international law at Tel Aviv University. Once the law is on the books, Gross said, it will "add a level of illegality to the existing illegality of the settlements". [bz]13/12/2016
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UN says Israeli bill to legalize settler homes ‘unequivocally illegal’AFP - Times of Israel - “Israel, as the occupying power, must respect the private property of Palestinians, regardless of whether or not compensation is provided.” (...) Israel differentiates between those it has authorized and those it has not. The bill would legalize nearly 4,000 settler homes built on private Palestinian land, according to settlement watchdog Peace Now. [bz]10/12/2016
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Vigil at Prime Minister’s Residence: “Say no to legalized land robbery!” 8/12/2016
Arab Bedouins expelled for second time to make way for new Jewish community Mersiha Gadzo - Mondoweiss - For the Abu al-Qi’an tribe, Umm al-Hiran has been home since 1956. They settled in the northern Negev after they were expelled under military order from their original village of Wadi Zubaleh where Kibbutz Shoval now stands. They now have to leave their homes for the second time. Nedal Abu al-Qi’an holds his daughter, one-month-old Jowan Abu al-Qi’an. “There’s no space for us. We have to go from one place to another,” 35-year-old Hassan Abu al-Qi’an said sitting in his living room with family members. They could receive orders to move out at any moment, he explained.-rh8/12/2016
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More than half of US aid ‘to entire world’ goes to Israel and it ignores our warnings on settlements Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - But back then in 1993 [when Oslo principles were signed], there were 110,000 settlers in the West Bank. Today there are 385,500 or so. There is an increase – there is about 90,000 settlers living outside of the barrier. And the barrier, I want to remind everybody here, was established by Israel. That’s a line that was drawn by Israel – not necessarily a border, but it’s a line. It’s a reflection of a security line. Outside of that line drawn by Israel there are now 90,000 Israelis living in these patchworks of settlements. There are 129 settlements. There are about 100 outposts, and outposts, as you all know, are illegal.-rh 8/12/2016
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Will Israel expand settlement to Jerusalem border?Akiva Eldar - al-Monitor - "Israeli plans to expand the Ma’ale Adumim settlement and achieve territorial continuity all the way to Jerusalem might spark international uproar." - id 7/12/2016
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4,000 illegal Israeli settlement homes could become legal The New Arab - The controversial bill which passed a preliminary Knesset vote could lead to the legalization of nearly 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank. The bill is sponsored by Education Minister Naftali Bennet of the Jewish Home Party. "With this law, the state of Israel has moved from the path leading to the creation of a Palestinian state to the path leading to Israeli sovereignty over most of Judea and Samaria (West Bank)" Bennett told army radio. [ak]6/12/2016
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Revised Settlement Regulation Bill passes preliminary Knesset vote Tova Tzimuki and Elisha Ben Kimon - Y-net - Despite the Attorney General’s warnings that the bill contains components contravening international and Israeli law, it passed its preliminary Knesset vote by 60-49. "This is a black day for the Knesset!" cried Labor Party leader Herzog. Under the agreement between PM Netanyahu and Naftali Bennet of the Jewish Home Party, if enacted the bill would not prevent evacuation of the Amona settlement, whose evacuation was ordered by the Supreme Count. It would, however, legitimize dozens of other settlements taking up private Palestinian land. [ak] 6/12/2016
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Zionism at Its Best Amira Hass - Haaretz "The land that Israel has designated for the joyous settlers is called Atir/Umm al-Hiran, and for 60 years it has been home to members of the Bedouin Al-Qi’an tribe...In other words, the homes and playgrounds for Jewish children that will be built there, and the gardens to be planted, will all be established on the ruins of the homes and lives of some 1,000 other people, who are also Israeli citizens (some of whom served in the army, for those who care)." ca2/12/2016
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