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Israeli settlements as a limitation to the two-state approachVerena J. Nitschke - This paper is going to focus on the humanitarian and political effects of the Israeli settlement policy, evaluating especially the impact it has on the two-state approach. Due to its effect on the two-state approach, the settlement policy of Israel is not only relevant for the Palestinians whose human rights are restricted, but also for the whole international community and especially the states in the Middle East. The situation in the Middle East and the inter-state relations have an immense impact on international security as well as on the living conditions under occupation in the Palestinian territories. A solution for the conflict between Israel and Palestine, and thus a peaceful co-existence, can only be achieved, if either the one-state approach or the two-state approach will be accepted, adopted and established. The one-state solution would result in both nationalities, Israelis and Palestinians, living peacefully together in one territory, whereas the two-state approach concludes in two separate states, existing independently but peacefully next to each other.-rh 4/2/2016
Nonviolent Resistance in the South Hebron HillsCassandra Dixon - Information Clearing House -The worst worries of a child’s school day should be homework. Maybe a lost book, or an argument with a friend. No child’s walk to school should routinely involve armed soldiers and fear of sometimes being chased and assaulted by angry adults. But for the Palestinian children who live with their families in the small rural villages that make up the South Hebron Hills, this is how the school day begins. Illegal settlements and outposts isolate and separate their villages and soldiers are a constant in their lives.-rh 3/2/2016
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Tell AirBnB not to rent vacation homes on stolen Palestinian land 2/2/2016
Interviews done at the weekly East Jerusalem Sheikh Jarrah vigilAbraham Weizfeld - The Struggle - In depth interviews with Sheikh Jarrah resident Mr. Jaffer and a Women in Black activist named Selie now transmitted on New England and NYC cable TV by `The Struggle`. The 2 interviews begin at 5:20. (NB: The preceding report on Syria is worth watching as well.) [bz] 2/2/2016
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The Obama Administration Is Right to Reject the “Settlements=Israel” ConflationLara Friedman - Lobelog - Congress, in both bills, has passed language explicitly defining actions “against Israel” to mean not only against the sovereign state of Israel, but also actions against “Israeli-controlled territories.” This is the very definition of conflating. President Obama stands on the firmest possible ground in rejecting the current congressional effort to use its legislative power to change U.S. policy on settlements. [bz] 2/2/2016
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The end of normalcy for Israeli settlements?Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - 972 - U.S. joins the chorus of countries taking steps to distinguish between Israel and its illegal settlements [bz]2/2/2016
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The profitable business of Israeli occupation Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "The settlement enterprise is not a diplomatic or defense necessity for Israel, but a business opportunity for a colonial capitalist regime." ca 29/1/2016
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Israel`s Logic of Dispossession Amira Hass - Haaretz "The invasion of two Palestinian houses in Hebron’s Old City last week by dozens of Israelis was an obvious, logical step. We still don’t know on what basis the settlers decided that the two houses on Al-Sahla Street were purchased legally. The Zaatari family of Hebron, which owns the houses, denied selling them. In a complaint to the Israel Police, which was submitted via the (Palestinian) Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, the family demanded their immediate eviction. The mystery remains..." ca 29/1/2016
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Among the settlersPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "The settlers told me that the great political development of the last year or two is that the Tel Aviv elite now concede that the settlers are never leaving. The elites give lip service to a Palestinian state because the world wants to hear that. But few in Jewish Israeli society even want that to happen; it would tear the country apart." ca29/1/2016
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Is storm over settlements in Bibi’s coalition a sign of things to come?Mazal Mualem - Al Monitor - "Instead of supporting Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon, who ordered the evacuation of two buildings illegally seized by settlers, most Likud ministers have sided with the settlers or kept silent." - id 27/1/2016
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Settlers evicted from Hebron homes – for nowSergio Yahni - AIC - Like many houses in the area, the buildings occupied by the settlers were not physically populated. The insecurity created by continuous settler attacks military harassment has led many of the 30 thousand residents of Hebron`s Old City to leave the area. Additionally, large parts of Hebron`s Old City were declared closed military zones in mid-November. According to military orders, local Palestinian residents must register with Israeli authorities to pass through the area`s 18 checkpoints. Palestinians fear that this new registration system helps the army and settlers to map empty properties in order to facilitate expropriation. [bz]25/1/2016
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Israel Approves New West Bank Homes, Marking End of Informal Building Freeze Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - Israeli planning authorities approved the construction of 153 new apartments in West Bank settlements last week, effectively putting an end to an informal construction freeze that has lasted about 18 months.
- For almost two years now, the government has largely refused to advance new building plans in the territories, due to fear that the U.S. administration would retaliate by refusing to veto anti-Israel resolutions in the UN Security Council.
- In addition, Jerusalem’s local planning and building commission gave final approval last month for construction of 891 units in East Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood. The plan had received initial approval in late 2012, but was then put on hold. [bz]
25/1/2016
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Netanyahu supports ‘settlement at any time’ after Hebron incidentAFP - Al-Bushra - Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said the Jewish “squatters” were evicted because they had not followed legal procedures. But Netanyahu said Sunday that “as soon as the procedures regarding the purchase are approved, we will allow the two homes in Hebron to be populated, as indeed occurred in similar instances in the past.” Netanyahu heads a coalition with only a one-seat majority in parliament, making him especially vulnerable to the demands of religious nationalists in his cabinet. [bz]25/1/2016
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Palestinian girl tries to stab security guard in AnathothDanny Adino Ababa - Ynet - A 13-year-old Palestinian girl tried to stab a civilian security guard at the entrance to the settlement of Anathoth in the West Bank`s Binyamin region on Saturday morning. The security guard shot and killed her before she was able to hurt him. Her father went after her, but arrived at the scene shortly after the attempted stabbing - and was subsequently arrested. [bz]23/1/2016
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Israel to seize West Bank land; demolishes EU structuresAl Jazeera and Reuters - "Israel confirmed on Thursday it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate tensions with Western allies and already drawing international condemnation. In an email sent to Reuters, COGAT, a unit of Israel`s Defense Ministry, said the political decision to seize the Palestinian territory had been taken and "the lands are in the final stages of being declared state lands." ...U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denounced the move and Palestinian officials said they would push for a resolution at the United Nations against Israel`s settlement policies." ca22/1/2016
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When criticism of occupation becomes `subversion`Itay Mack +972 "The political arrests of anti-occupation activists is just the latest step in the Right’s war against political dissidents. The next stage is anybody’s guess." ca22/1/2016
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Tension grows with EU, US over settlementsSergio Yahni - Alternative Information "The European Union finalised its resolution on the Israeli- Palestinian peace process and Israeli settlements Monday, confirming that the EU considers Israel`s borders to be on the 1967 Green Line, and that any agreement made between Israel and member countries would accordingly not apply to settlements." ca22/1/2016
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Israeli Forces Evict Settlers a Day After They Illegally Move Into Hebron Homes Chaim Levinson and Barak Ravid - Haaretz "A few dozen of the Hebron settlement`s residents broke into the homes between the Cave of the Patriarchs and the neighborhood of Avraham Avinu on Thursday and announced that they had bought the buildings, which would in effect expand the settlement in the city. They called the homes "Beit Rachel" and "Beit Leah," after the biblical wives of Jacob.The settlers` move came as a surprise to authorities who were not informed or coordinated with in advance." ca 22/1/2016
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 Human Rights Watch Calls on Businesses to Withdraw From Israeli SettlementsAli Gharib - The Nation -  The new 162-page report, “Occupation, Inc.: How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights,” calls for businesses operating in and dealing directly with Israeli settlements to end their endeavors there. “In Human Rights Watch’s view, the context of human rights abuse to which settlement business activity contributes is so pervasive and severe that businesses should cease carrying out activities inside or for the benefit of settlements,” the report says.-rh20/1/2016
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Days before murder of Otniel mother of six: `Sometimes it feels like Russian Roulette`TOVAH LAZAROFF, YAAKOV LAPPIN - Jerusalem Post - "Lately, I have had a lot of objections in light of the security situation, thoughts about what is necessary and what is unnecessary to do, about fears, about my husband and children," she wrote. "The situation is not easy and sometimes it feels like Russian Roulette." The stabbing was the first time Palestinian terrorists have executed a fatal attack inside a settlement since March 2011. [bz]19/1/2016
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Occupation, Inc. - How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s Violations of Palestinian RightsHuman Rights Watch - HRW is not calling for a consumer boycott of settlement companies, but rather for businesses to comply with their own human rights responsibilities by ceasing settlement-related activities. Moreover, consumers should have the information they need, such as where products are from, to make informed decisions. [The 162-page report includes a revealing map-bz]19/1/2016
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The Radical New Face of the Jewish Settler MovementNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - The hilltop youth have always had power, which they wielded through violent acts, often under the cover of night. But for most Israelis, these were distant events perpetrated by extremists in the West Bank, a kind of Wild West they rarely think about or visit.-rh 13/1/2016
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Israel plans new West Bank settlement near volatile refugee camp that threatens to become new flashpointBen Lynfield - The Independent - The road from Bethlehem to Hebron is already beset by clashes. Now a new West Bank settlement close to a troubled refugee camp will add fuel to the fire, Palestinians warn. Ben Lynfield reports from al-Aroub refugee camp [ry]11/1/2016
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Jewish settlers bore into Palestinian children’s bedroomCharlotte Silver - EI - According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, the Sub Laban family called the police, who came to the house and asked the settlers to repair the damage, but took no further measures against them. [bz]9/1/2016
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Israel charges two Jewish extremist youths in Duma killings Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "Police named the lead suspect as 21-year old Amiram Ben Uliel, from Jerusalem. In a statement released today Israel’s Ministry of Justice said Ben Uliel is charged on multiple counts for “three acts of murder as well as attempted murder, arson, and criminal conspiracy with racist motives.” Prosecutors did not name his alleged accomplice, a 17-year-old settler. They indicted five others, who are accused of obstruction and carrying out a series of earlier attacks on Palestinians and their property." ca6/1/2016
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Document raises questions about Duma arson investigation Telem Yahav - Ynet - Records suggests whether main suspect may not have acted alone and that security forces may have had an opportunity to question suspicious individuals near the scene of the fire that killed three members of a Palestinian family [ry]4/1/2016
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The Ministry of Housing Plans ExposedPeace Now - "In November 2013, following international pressure, Prime Minister Netanyahu cancelled three tenders issued by the Ministry of Housing (MOH) calling for architects to bid for contracts to plan tens of thousands of housing units in settlements, including in E1. One year later, far from the public eye (without any public tender), the MOH hired architects to plan many of those plans. This planning, which contradicts any possible commitment to a two-state solution, continues through the present day" [ry]4/1/2016
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Two Israelis charged over West Bank arson attackAl Jazeera and agencies - The July attack killed a Palestinian baby and his parents and left another child badly injured [ry]4/1/2016
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