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Why residents of Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah face eviction Ahmad Melhem -Al-Monitor - The Execution Office, which is the competent authority to implement court decisions, notified Jan. 3 five families of the Sabbagh family that they had until Jan. 23 to vacate their homes. The family’s lawyer, Husni Abu Hussein, however, managed Jan. 14 to obtain a freeze order until Feb. 16, since the Central Court and Supreme Court have yet to rule on the land ownership in the neighborhood. The case goes back to 2012 when the family’s lawyers resorted to the Israeli Central Court to file a lawsuit against Nahalat Shimon, an organization that represents settlers, claiming that the neighborhood’s lands, including the houses of the Sabbagh families, belong to settlers.-rh 19/2/2019
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OCHA: Israeli settler violence continues to rise in occupied PalestineMa’an News Agency - "The uptrend in Israeli settler violence against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied West Bank recorded in recent years has continued since the beginning of 2019, with a weekly average of seven attacks resulting in injuries or property damage, compared with an average of five in 2018 and three in 2017, according to OCHA’s report" [ry] 18/2/2019
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In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of TerrorJONATHAN COOK - CounterPunch - "You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians, in a city under occupation, would provoke condemnation from European and US politicians. But you would be wrong. The leaking in December of the report on conditions in the city of Hebron, home to 200,000 Palestinians, barely caused a ripple." - id 17/2/2019
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Settlers to Palestinian laborers: `Work with human rights groups and lose your job`Edo Konrad - +972 - Settlers in the southern West Bank posted flyers warning Palestinian labourers not to cooperate with Israeli human rights activists or organizations if they want to keep their jobs. Tazpit News Agency, a settler-aligned English-language news outlet, reported earlier this week that Israeli settlers in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc have been posting these intimidating flyers around Palestinian villages nearby. The flyers threaten to ban Palestinians who cooperate with human rights groups from working in settlements there.-rh12/2/2019
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Israeli settlers attack, injure Palestinian shepherd in Jordan ValleyMa`an - Locals told Ma`an that Israeli forces prevented ambulances, which belong to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), from reaching Barakat for an entire hour. [NB: This happens on the same day as the evacuation orders mentioned right underneath-bz]12/2/2019
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Israeli settlers vandalize West Bank mosqueTamara Nassar - EI - Rights and Accountability - "Among the anti-Palestinian slogans were, “Here they incite to murder Jews” and “The Jewish nation lives,” as well as the Star of David symbol." - id7/2/2019
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After expulsion of West Bank observer force, Israel’s commitment to Oslo under fireMary McAuliffe - i24NEWS - For 22 years, Palestinians have welcomed the presence of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) as a necessary force for safeguarding their well-being in a city gripped by tension and whose adversaries are protected by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Jewish settlers in Hebron, however, spent years lobbying for their removal having long reviled the international force which they see as a nuisance. (...) Both Jews and Arabs in Hebron say they expect a significant shift in the lives of residents following TIPH’s exit. [bz]5/2/2019
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Settlers post threats to Palestinian farmers: "stop contact with Human Rights organizations, or else..." Celine Hagbard - IMEMC - The residents of Tekoa were shocked to find that settlers had posted placards around their village, threatening their livelihoods if they associated with members of Israeli and international peace groups or with Palestinian activists. The placards included a ‘hit list’ of photos of some of the leaders of the organizations in question, which include Rabbis for Human Rights, and the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements. The statement also included a caveat that if residents worked with or talked to lawyers to secure their legal rights to their land, they would be targeted by the settlers. Among the photos on the settler placards was that of Sheikh Dawood al-Zair, member of the National Council of Fatah, who had told village residents that they could and should go to their farmland for plowing and planting, despit settler attmpts tyo take it over. [ak]5/2/2019
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After Israel suspends Hebron observers, Palestinians call for permanent UN forceMichael Bachner - Times of Israel - Stating "We will no longer accept a force which is against us", PM Netanyahu declared the expulsion the TIPH (Temporary International Presence in Hebron) observers. Since the 1994 massacre perpetrated by settler Barcuh Goldstein, the TIPH observers - from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, and Turkey - were tasked with “monitoring and reporting efforts to maintain normal life in the city of Hebron, thus creating a sense of security among the Palestinians”. Settlers have long since loathed TIPH and demanded its removal. [ak] 29/1/2019
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Israeli settlers claim another Palestinian life: Father of four shot and killed in West Bank villageYumna Patel - Mondoweiss - Israeli settlers shot and killed a Palestinian father of four during a raid on the al-Mughayyir village in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Saturday night.Israeli settlers raided the village under the protection of armed Israeli soldiers — a common occurrence in areas of the West Bank located close to settlements — causing clashes to erupt with Palestinian residents of the village, who tried to fend off the settlers-rh 29/1/2019
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March together against evictions of Palestinian families and settler takeover of Sheikh Jarrah. Free Jerusalem - Forty members of the Sabagh family received eviction notices from their home in Sheikh Jarrah. Last week, over 150 activists from marched together from West Jerusalem to the family’s house in Sheikh Jarrah, to stand in solidarity and support the family’s and the broader neighborhood’s struggle. This week we will meet at 14:00 in Sheikh Jarrah. [ak] 29/1/2019
Can the Shin Bet stop hilltop youths` march to Armageddon? Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor - While the security source did not say as much, everyone in Israel is aware of the fear shared by every leader on the right, both secular and religious — that they could lose the support of settlers, particularly in an election season. The only person who has dared to express an opinion on this phenomenon, and who did so vocally, is former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. He has already been marginalized, paying a steep political price for his views. One can only hope that Israel`s leadership wakes up before these lawless settlers succeed in setting the West Bank on fire.-rh 29/1/2019
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Killing of Palestinian by Israeli settlers `shocking`: UN envoyAl Jazeera - Nikolay Mladenov calls on Israel to bring killers of Palestinian man Hamdi Naasan to justice [ry] 28/1/2019
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FestivityAmos Gvirtz - Don`t Say We Didn`t Know - On Thursday night, January 10, 2019, praying Jews came to the Palestinian village Awarta (west of the Jewish settler-colony Itamar) to hold the "festivity of the seventy elders and the sons of Aharon the Priest, Elazar and Itamar". The Israeli army closed off the village and escorted the observants. The next day, Awarta villagers discovered that three of their cemetery`s gravestones had been desecrated.[bz]22/1/2019
Detained Jewish teens suspected in murder of Palestinian womanYoav Zitun, Ittai Shickman - Ynet - Five youths recently arrested as part of investigation into Jewish terrorism thought to have pelted Palestinian car with rocks three months ago, with one hitting Aisha al-Rawbi in the head and killing her [ry] 7/1/2019
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Attacks by Jews against Palestinians in the West Bank tripled in 2018: ReportMiddle East Eye and agencies - Haaretz says 482 incidents, including damaging homes, cars and farmers` trees, reported by mid-December, compared to 140 for 2017 [ry] 7/1/2019
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Did the PA play a role in Jerusalem home sale to settlers?Mersiha Gadzo - Al Jazeera - A home in the Old City sold to settlers has raised questions about possible involvement of the Palestinian Authority [ry] 7/1/2019
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Israel seizes 1,200 dunams of Palestinian land for new settlementMa`an - According to settlement watchdog Peace Now, in the two years since United States President Trump took office some 14,454 unites in the West Bank has been approved, which is more then three times the amount that was approved in the year and a half before his inauguration (4,476 units). [bz]1/1/2019
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