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Euro-Med to EU: Stop funds for project serving Israeli settlementsMa`an News Agency - According to a Euro-Med press release, the EU has been labeled as one of the financiers and supporters of the project that nurtures and strengthens settlements built illegally on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and Jerusalem, a move that shows sheer disregard for international law and amounts to complicity in Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity. Audrey Ferdinand, Euro-Med’s legal researcher, said, “The EU must adhere to its legal obligations under international law, including by not violating its own long-held commitment to a two-state solution.” Audrey Ferdinand, Euro-Med’s legal researcher, said, “The EU must adhere to its legal obligations under international law, including by not violating its own long-held commitment to a two-state solution.”- rh agency16/4/2019
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To Build 2 New Settlement Roads, Israeli Authorities Seize 1191 Dunams of Agricultural LandsIMEMC - "Thus, PCHR reiterates its call upon the international community to break its silence and hold legal and moral responsibilities in taking a serious stand to curb the Israeli Government’s settlement policies in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)." - id11/4/2019
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Netanyahu vows to annex Jewish settlements in occupied West BankOliver Holmes - The Guardian - Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has pledged to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories if he wins his country’s election on Tuesday, a dramatic last-minute rallying call to his nationalist base. In interviews with domestic media ahead of the polls, Netanyahu repeated his promise and said he would prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state by “controlling the entire area”.-rh9/4/2019
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Israel approves thousands of new West Bank housing unitsMarcy Oster - JTA - The prime minister and the defense minister must approve the plans; Benjamin Netanyahu currently holds both positions. “The construction of the settlements only makes it harder to end the occupation and to get to a two states peace agreement and is bad for the Israeli interest to remain a democratic and secured state,” Peace Now said in a statement, which noted that Netanyahu announced that he will annex the West Bank if he is re-elected. [bz] 9/4/2019
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Netanyahu Rules Out Palestinian State, Says He’ll Annex West BankJason Ditz - AntiWar - Says any Palestinian state would `endanger our existence` [ry] 8/4/2019
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US blasted at UN for recognising Israeli sovereignty over GolanAljazeera - "The United States came under sharp criticism from 14 other United Nations Security Council nations for its decision to recognise Israel`s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in violation of international law."..."The US defended its decision, arguing the recognition bolstered Israel`s security and could contribute to the stability of the entire Middle East by keeping Syria and its Iranian ally in check." - id28/3/2019
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Israeli soldiers forcibly seize 9-year-old Yazan Idris at his elementary school, HebronB`Tselem - On 19 March 2019, at around 12:30 P.M., after school had let out, Yazan Idris (9) and his brother Tayyem (7) came running back to Ziyad Jaber Elementary School, Hebron. They reached the door to the principal’s office and stood there crying. Seconds later, a military officer and a soldier ran into the school and reached the principal’s office, saying they had come to arrest the boys for allegedly throwing stones. The officer grabbed Yazan by the hand; a teacher took Tayyem into the principal’s office and shut the door to keep the child safe. The officer responded by threatening to arrest the teachers if they kept him from taking the boys. The officer opened the door and an argument ensued between the teachers and the soldiers, four more of whom had arrived as reinforcements, with the teachers trying to extricate Yazan. The soldiers would not relent, and ultimately took him from the school by force, pushing the teachers away. After leaving the school grounds, the soldiers threw a stun grenade in the street. They then took Yazan Idris to the Worshipers’ Road Checkpoint, which the military had installed about ten meters away from the school. After an hour or so of verbal arguments with the school staff who followed them there, and with Yazan’s mother who came to the checkpoint, Yazan was let go.-rh26/3/2019
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AIPAC annual conference to feature Israeli settler leader discussing the future of the West BankYumna Patel - Mondoweiss - For the first time in AIPAC’s history, the lobby group has invited a senior leader of the Yesha Council, an umbrella organization of municipal councils of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, to speak at its annual convention in Washington, D.C. this month. According to the Israel Hayom newspaper, AIPAC invited Oded Ravevi, Mayor of the illegal Efrat settlement and the Yesha Council’s foreign envoy, to take part in a panel discussion on “the future of Judea and Samaria.”-rh26/3/2019
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Trump’s Stance on the Golan will allow Israel to Operate with Impunity ElsewhereJonathan Cook - Dissident Voice - When President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem last year, effectively sabotaging any hope of establishing a viable Palestinian state, he tore up the international rulebook. Last week, he trampled all over its remaining tattered pages. He did so, of course, via Twitter. Referring to a large piece of territory Israel seized from Syria in 1967, Mr Trump wrote: “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability.” Israel expelled 130,000 Syrians from the Golan Heights in 1967, under cover of the Six Day War, and then annexed the territory 14 years later – in violation of international law. A small population of Syrian Druze are the only survivors of that ethnic cleansing operation.-rh26/3/2019
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Palestinians sue settlers over stolen property listed on AirbnbAli Abunimah - EI - “Two Palestinians in the United States are suing Israeli settlers for profiting from property stolen from their families in the occupied West Bank, by listing them on the home rental website Airbnb. The lawsuit is in the form of a counterclaim against the settlers, who themselves filed a lawsuit against Airbnb over its decision last year to remove listings of settlement properties” [ry] 25/3/2019
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Illegal Israeli Colonists Attack Palestinian Homes in HebronIMEMC - "A group of illegal extremist Israeli colonists attacked, on Friday evening, Palestinian homes near Keryat Arba’ colony, built on Palestinian lands east of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.Media sources in Hebron said the colonists hurled stones at many homes, causing damage to the attacked properties and the windshield of one car.They added that many children in the attacked homes suffered anxiety attacks." ca 23/3/2019
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`The entire world knows the settlers have declared war on us`Rami Younis and Oren Ziv - +972 - In the occupied West Bank, Palestinians living near extremist settlements have been seeing a drastic increase in violence. Israeli authorities refuse to take responsibility, while the villagers are left to fend for themselves [ry] 18/3/2019
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Israeli settlers set up tent near SalfitMa’an News Agency - "Israeli forces had sealed off all the entrances of Haris, Kifl Haris and Deir Istiya villages in search of a Palestinian suspected of carrying out a shooting attack, near the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel, leaving two Israelis killed and others injured" [ry] 18/3/2019
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Israeli court rules against demolition of Bethlehem schoolMa`an News Agency - " An Israeli court rejected an appeal by Israeli settlement organization "Regavim" to demolish of a Palestinian school in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, upon efforts by Palestinian activists from the Anti Wall and Settlement Committee in Bethlehem." ca16/3/2019
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Racism on the railsRod Such - Electronic Intifada "Many people outside of Canada are unfamiliar with Bombardier, but the Montreal-based aerospace and rail transportation behemoth is a global corporation with more than 65,000 employees in 28 countries.It is also a violator of international law participating in settler-colony projects that dispossess indigenous people, according to David P. Thomas, an associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada." ca16/3/2019
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700 More Settlements Housing Units Planned for West BankIMEMC - "...the building plans have been green lighted early, adding that the process of marketing these units will start when approved by the Israeli political levels." - id14/3/2019
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How the Israeli Army Takes Palestinian Land and Hands It to SettlersAmira Hass - Haaretz - Dror Etkes, a researcher of Israel’s settlement policy, wants, as usual, to put things in order. In a new study he will be publishing this week, he focuses on the history of orders to seize Palestinian land, issued by generations of army commanders in the West Bank (not including the part that was annexed to Jerusalem). More than 1,150 seizure orders have been issued from 1969 to the present. After subtracting those that were revoked or that overlap, it turns out that this particular trick enabled Israel to take over more than 100,000 dunams (25,000 acres) of Palestinian land. More millions of dunams of Palestinian land have been stolen in other ways, which Etkes has been researching too.-rh12/3/2019
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