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Abbas threatens to dismantle Palestinian AuthorityElior Levy - Ynet - The era of the two-state solution may soon be rocked by a decision that could signal its demise. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is mulling the merits of a proposal to dismantle the Palestinian Authority, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday morning. [bz]20/4/2014
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Clashes break as Israeli troops escort settlers to Joseph`s TombMa`an - Israeli forces clashed with local Palestinians near Joseph`s Tomb east of Nablus on Sunday morning, locals and Palestinian security sources told Ma`an. The clashes broke after hundreds of Jewish Israelis arrived at Joseph`s Tomb around midnight and performed religious rituals at the site, escorted by dozens of Israeli military vehicles. [bz]20/4/2014
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On using `emergency measures` against `price tag` vandalsNoam Sheizaf - +972 - The Israeli defense minister has raised the idea of using administrative detention against violent settlers. But there are more interests at play than meets the eye [ry]15/4/2014
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Israel Seizes Private Palestinian Land to Legalize West Bank SettlementJason Ditz - AntiWar - Nearly a Square Kilometer of West Bank Declared `State Land` [ry]14/4/2014
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A rebellious communityRon Ben-Yishai - Ynet - "The police and IDF need to put Yitzhar on curfew – those residents who want to leave and go about their business are welcome to, but any person the IDF thinks is planning to set Palestinian fields on fire should be stopped." - id 9/4/2014
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Settlers confront IDF soldiers, and `price tag` finally makes newsNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "It is easy to rally public opinion against the settlers – sometimes unfairly, as most of them oppose price tag attacks – but the truth is that the occupation is first and foremost an Israeli project." - id 9/4/2014
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Ya`alon: We will not tolerate violence against security forcesYoav Zitun, Itay Blumenthal - Ynet - Defense Minister speaks out over attack on Border Police officers, IDF post at Yitzhar settlement after illegal buildings demolished [ry]8/4/2014
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Asserting Israeli Control through National Parks in East JerusalemYonathan Mizrachi - Emek Shaveh - Parks as well as antiquity sites and archaeological excavations serve as tools in the struggle over public awareness – and as ways to seize Palestinian-owned land. Emek Shaveh will follow the report with a tour on the ground during Passover, on Sunday April 20 at 10 am. [ak]7/4/2014
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Protecting the secrets of Israel`s settlement enterpriseMichael Omer-Man - +972 - When asked by opposition MKs Zehava Galon and Ahmed Tibi, the chairman of the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee David Rotem made no effort to hide his agenda: “I want to stop you from getting information to use in [petitions to the High Court] aimed at preventing building in Judea and Samaria.” [bz]7/4/2014
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Breaking the Silence founder detained in Hebron, banned from city for 14 daysNoam Sheizaf - +972 "According to the organization’s spokesperson, Avner Gvaryahu, Shaul was confronted by an IDF company commander, who prevented him from continuing on his way, despite the fact that the area is considered public space and that Jewish groups use those streets frequently. Shaul was detained after arguing with the officer." ca4/4/2014
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Demonstration against settlement expansion in HebronInternational Solidarity Movement - ISM - "A court decision earlier in March is forcing the owner of the building to sell it to settlers." - id 2/4/2014
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`Price Tag` vandals target Christian Monastery in JerusalemIMEMC - During the night Israeli extremists wrote racist graffiti on the walls of the Rafat Latin Monetary in West Jerusalem. The graffiti included insults against the Virgin Mary and threats to "make the Palestinians pay the price for the peace process”, as well as descriptions of the United States as “Nazi Germany”. The Islamic- Christian Committee for protecting Holy Sites warned that the fanatics` attacks on mosques, churches and the graveyards of both religions are on the rise. While more mainstream Israeli right-wingers are trying to cultivate Evangelists and Christian Zionists, more fanatic groups regard all Christians as "idolators" and "enemies of the Jewish people". ak 1/4/2014
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Israel Illegally Confiscates 300 Dunams For Settlement Construction Near NablusIMEMC & Agencies - " The Israeli government decided to illegally confiscate nearly 300 Dunams of Palestinian lands south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, in order to build a new settlement" [ry]31/3/2014
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Knesset Law Committee to debate transparency of funding for settlements Tovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - Meretz’s Gal-On sought further discussion on monitoring money earmarked for WZO division [ry]31/3/2014
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When Israeli settlers attack and steal, Palestinians now have a strategyDaniel Estrin - PRI - “If a problem erupts, we need to announce it through the mosque declaration system. The whole village will know about it,” Daghlas said. “Secondly, everyone should gather. We need numbers to combat such a situation." "Number three, we need to immediately to let a Palestinian coordination officer know — for contacting Israeli soldiers to evacuate the settlers and avoid Palestinians harming them. (...) Settler attacks can happen as frequently as every week, said Sarit Michaeli of the Israeli rights group Btselem. These spontaneous vigilante groups — neighborhood watch-style — are the only real way Palestinians can protect themselves from settler attacks, she said, because the Israeli security forces aren’t doing their job properly. [bz]29/3/2014
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Settlers from Havat Ma’on attacked Palestinian shepherds in two different places at the same time, in the South Hebron HillsInternational Solidarity Movement - ISM - "The policeman saw them going back to the outpost but did not try to stop them." - id26/3/2014
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Labor MK: Israel gave extra $172m to settlements in winter Knesset sessionJonathan Lis--`Instead of allocating tax money equitably and justly among all Israelis, one small group gets more than everyone under the table,’ charges Labor MK. [It`s about time that someone noted this! dn]23/3/2014
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Israel Approves Construction of 186 Housing Units in East JerusalemWafa - The Planning and Building Committee of the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem told AFP that final approval was given for the construction of 40 housing units in the settlement of Pisgat Ze`ev, in addition to 164 units in Har Homa (Abu Ghunaim) settlement. bz19/3/2014
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EU envoy to Israel: You shouldn’t have released prisonersDavid Horovitz - The Times of Israel "Robustly rejecting the notion that Europe was disproportionately critical of Israel, he said the EU had “basically only one quarrel with Israel as far as the peace process is concerned, and that is the settlements,” which he said were “particularly destructive for creating the kind of confidence and negotiating environment that is necessary to succeed.” The EU, he noted, considered settlements to be “illegal under international law and unhelpful on top of it.” ca 14/3/2014
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The Israeli drone and the Palestinian tent encampmentAmira Hass - Haaretz "A surveillance drone hovers leisurely above Jerusalem’s Old City. Helicopters in the service of the Civil Administration are an integral part of the footwork of demolition-happy inspectors. They hover above Palestinian communities in Area C...There is a direct relationship between Israel’s advanced technology and the denial of basic planning and housing rights. The more developed the technology, the more it succeeds in preventing the Palestinians from maintaining a shred of normalcy in their lives." ca14/3/2014
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Settlers stone AFP photographer`s carChris Carlson - IMEMC - Abbas Momani, a Palestinian photographer working for AFP, had been on the road leading to al-Jalazun Refugee Camp. He passed close to the Israeli settlement of Beit El, where about a hundred settlers were gathered at the roadside. Some of them threw stones at his car, cracking the windscreen and lightly injuring him in the face and hands. Israeli soldiers on the scene did not intervene. ak 10/3/2014
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Israeli rights group appeals decision to close case against illegal outpostChaim Levinson--While police took 3.5 years to investigate allegations, authorities determined the land in question- claimed by Palestinians - actually belonged to the state. dn9/3/2014
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Tuba, ShahinDavid Shulman - Ta`ayush - We find the shepherds from Tuba with their goats just over the hill from the chicken coup of Chavat Maon, of cursed memory and cursed present. They’re scared. In fact, I don’t remember ever seeing Palestinian shepherds so nervous.-rh5/3/2014
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Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics: Settlement constuction doubled in 2013Aljazeera - Settlement constuction on the West Bank more than doubled during 2013, according to official figures released by Israel`s Central Bureau of Statistics: work began on 2,534 new settlement housing units in 2013, compared to 1,133 in 2012. The announcement came just hours before Netanyahu`s meeting with President Obama. The Statistics Bureau asserted this was pure coincidence, and that the timing for publishing its report had been defined months in advance. ak 4/3/2014
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