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Settlements

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Settlers turning West Bank church compound into new outpostChaim Levinson - Haaretz "The site, situated near a Palestinian refugee camp on a major route linking Bethlehem and Hebron, was purchased by right-wing activist Aryeh King three years ago, Haaretz has learned...Massive reconstruction of the compound, which can house 20 families, has been going on for the last few months to ready it for settlers to move in. There are several security guards on the site posing as workers." ca 22/5/2015
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Judge, settler and demolisherDror Etkes - +972 - The High Court justice who gave the army a green light to expel an entire Palestinian village just happens to live in a nearby settlement, one that thrives on their dispossession. [bz]19/5/2015
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AG: Bayit Yehudi coalition deal contradicts legal opinion on Settlement DivisionAviel Magnezi - Ynet - "Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein challenged Bayit Yehudi`s coalition agreement on Thursday, determining a clause committing to increase the Settlement Division`s budget by NIS 50 million contradicted the Justice Ministry`s legal opinion." - id 15/5/2015
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WATCH: Racism-filled march curbs Palestinian movement in JerusalemMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - High Court dismisses petition to re-route the ‘Jerusalem Day’ march away from the Muslim Quarter, but tells police it expects them to act against the type of racist incitement for which the ‘March of the Flags’ is notorious.-rh13/5/2015
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Analysis Finds 50 Percent of All Fox News Statements Are FALSEAmanda Froelich - Nation of Change "What might be most intriguing is that despite the blatant spin doctoring of the show, Fox News still captivates a large portion of the news watching audience. Programs like “The O’Reilly Factor” and “The Kelly File” cause a staggering amount of viewers to tune in on a regular basis, and given what we know about the content Fox shares, such is concerning." ca13/5/2015
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"She did not realize the consequences of moving to the Occupied Territories"Jerusalem Post - The EU`s ongoing confrontation with Israel`s settlement policy touched a sensitive spot: a 90-year-old Dutch woman Holocaust survivor, moved to Israel to be with her children - and it turned out that her children are living in a West Bank settlement. Thereupon, she was informed by the Dutch government that her pension will be slashed by 35%. Following a media uproar, a Dutch ministry spokesman said: "This very unfortunate incident should have been prevented. Since the woman could not have known the consequences of moving to the Occupied Territories, her pension will not be reduced.". As to how other cases would be treated, where Dutch citizens move knowingly to a settlement, "Comprehensive guidelines would be formulated and published". ak 12/5/2015
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Govt. to legalise settlement outpostsConnie Hackbarth - AIC - Israel`s new government is planning to “legalise” West Bank settlement construction conducted in contravention of Israeli law, according to the coalition agreement between Linkud and the Jewish Home. This stands in stark contrast to the demolition policy implemented by Israel against Palestinian-owned homes built without permits [ry]11/5/2015
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Israeli Forces Set up Mobile Homes on Seized Land in Bethlehem areaWAFA - Head of Kisan Village Council Hussein Ghazzal told WAFA that forces set up early morning 12 mobile homes on large previously bulldozed tracts of land belonging to the Palestinian villagers of Kisan and Hebron town of Sa‘ir. The land occupied about 650 dunums; which had been leveled by Israel for the purpose of settlement construction and setting up stone-cutting factories. [bz] 5/5/2015
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Settlers farming land Israeli army has closed off to its Palestinian ownersChaim Levinson - Haaretz - The state will have to decide whether the land belongs to the people registered as its owners in the Land Registry, or to those who received it from WZO. In the meantime, the state is trying to reach compensation agreements with the Palestinian owners. Last week, Supreme Court President Miriam Naor and justices Daphne Barak-Erez and Menachem Mazuz, who heard the petition, criticized the state. “Someone decided to ignore [state] decisions and took rights in private land,” said Mazuz, while Naor noted, “I don’t understand how this can happen.” [bz]28/4/2015
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Israel Mocks Europe Labels for Settlement Products as `Yellow Star`JTA - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman suggested stamping settlement goods with yellow stars to condemn demands for special labeling in Europe. Liberman sarcastically suggested the move in an interview Friday with Israel Radio about a letter sent out earlier this week by foreign ministers of 16 of the European Union’s 28 member states, in which they asked E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to promote such labeling in store chains throughout Europe.-rh 23/4/2015
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Settlers steal rich soil from Palestinian lands near Salfit Ma`an - The Kafr ad Dik red soil which is of an extremely high quality would now be used in settlers` gardens [on earlier confiscated ad-Dik lands-bz]21/4/2015
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Video: Ice Cream at Hebron checkpointVIDEO - B`Tselem "The painstaking search took a long time, and in the meantime the ice cream melted. After a delay of about one hour, Maswdeh asked B`Tselem volunteer Raed Abu a-Rmeileh to come to the scene. A-Rmeileh filmed the search of the boxes and the ensuing argument between Maswdeh and the Border Police officer. Eventually, some two hours after the merchandise arrived, Maswdeh had no choice but to abandon the melted ice cream. He sent the shipment back to the factory, but suffered NIS 1,200 in losses." ca17/4/2015
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" Boycott of cottage cheese is allowed, but not if it settler-made cottage cheese”Gush Shalom - "This is a deplorable ruling with far-reaching implications” said Adv. Gaby Lasky, who represented Gush Shalom in this appeal. “The Justices effectively changed the basic Israeli constitutional law as we had known them, giving the interest of maintaining settlements in the Occupied Territories a precedence over the fundamental right of all citizens to Freedom of Political Expression. In fact, the Supreme Court has been captured by the political precepts of anti-democratic right wingers, giving its stamp of approval to a piece of legislation designed to gag one side of the political spectrum." ak16/4/2015
HRW: Settlement agriculture using Palestinian child laborMa`an News - The 74-page report, "Ripe for Abuse: Palestinian Child Labor in Israeli Agricultural Settlements in the West Bank," documents that children as young as 11 are working on settlement farms. The children carry heavy loads, are exposed to high temperatures and hazardous pesticides, and in some cases have to pay themselves for medical treatment for work-related injuries or illness.-rh15/4/2015
`Israeli cellular companies paid to squat on Palestinian land`Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +The companies never even received permits to build antenna towers in the illegal West Bank settlement outpost of Migron, are now asking the courts to let them stay even after the settlement itself was demolished, Walla reports." - id 972 - " 15/4/2015
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IDF soldier arrested for espionage, passing information to far-right settlersItay Blumenthal - Ynet - "Eldad Sela allegedly used his position in intelligence to alert activists to upcoming arrests following attack on local mosque." - id 15/4/2015
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Around 150 Trees Cut Near BethlehemIMEMC - "“This if the fifth attack in a row, they are waging a war not only on us, but on our daily bread, our livelihood,” Masha’la said, “They repeatedly attack our lands and orchards." - id8/4/2015
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