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Settlements

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In the settlement of Kiryat Arba, the demand is to expandRuth Eglash - The Washington Post - “What is happening now with the Arabs is a war over inheritance. It did not start with Zionism or the settlements. It started with Ishmael and Isaac. This land was promised to Abraham” [ry] 25/7/2016
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Bill to legalize settler homes unconstitutional, but Amona residents refuse to leaveTovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - The High Court of Justice has ordered the homes razed by the end of December because they were built without permits on private Palestinian property [ry] 18/7/2016
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Israeli settlements: EU fails to act on its diplomats` report Donald Macintyre - The Guardian - The EU has sidelined a call from its most senior diplomats in Jerusalem to step up efforts to halt trade with Jewish settlements in occupied territory despite Brussels’ repeated public protests that the settlements are illegal and threaten the prospects for a two-state solution.-rh13/7/2016
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Israeli Settler State Created in West Bank, East Jerusalem: REPORT IMEMC - "Recent statistics have revealed that the number of demolitions and confiscations by Israel in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2016 have increased by 450%." - id 13/7/2016
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Presbyterian Church, real estate giant RE/MAX - and West Bank settlementsJudy Maltz - Haaretz - Ahead of the Presbyterian Church General Assembly two weeks ago, RE/MAX CEO and co-founder Dave Liniger sent a letter to church officials reassuring them that RE/MAX "will no longer receive any income from the sale of Jewish settlement properties in the West Bank. However, RE/MAX Israel CEO Bernard Raskin said that this "has zero impact on anything we are doing" and that the company will continue activity in the settlements as usual. Marita A. Mayer of the Presbyterian Church said that RE/MAX must follow up on its verbal statement with "concrete action to fully end its complicity in Israel’s occupation and theft of Palestinian land.” Adam Keller of Gush Shalom said “Again and again, Israeli companies discover that it is impossible to be involved in the settlement project and at the same time build business relationships and partnerships abroad”. [ak]12/7/2016
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Israel approves millions for West Bank settlementsAlJazeera - Israeli right-wing government pledges nearly $13m for Jewish-only settlements [ry] 11/7/2016
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`14 West Bank settler outposts to be legalized, 20 already approved`Tovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - According to Peace Now, in the first half of 2016, plans have been advanced to retroactively legalize 314 settler homes [ry] 11/7/2016
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Israel Announces Plans for 800 New Settler Homes in Occupied West Bank Jason Ditz - Antiwar.com - After days of talking up the idea of new construction to “punish terror,” Israel’s far-right government has announced plans to build another 800 housing units in settlements across the occupied West Bank, including 240 inside East Jerusalem. These settlement constructions are in addition to 42 units announced over the weekend.-rh6/7/2016
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This Airbnb Cottage Is ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Spacious.’ It’s Also in an Israeli Settlement.Issa Amro - The Nation "Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. So why does Airbnb offer listings in them? " ca for id6/7/2016
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Settler Attacks in Nablus and Hebron, Palestinians InjuredIMEMC - The Knesset passed an amendment to civil law, establishing minimum prison sentence of three years for people who throw rocks at Israeli troops, civilians or vehicles. However, settlers are not subjected to this law. [bz]5/7/2016
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Peace Now: Settlement expansion strengthens extremism, endangers IsraelisMa`an - “New housing units in the settlements will not prevent the next victims but rather strengthen the extremists on both sides." [bz]5/7/2016
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A Palestinian doctor was the first to help shooting attack victimsElior Levy - Y-Net - Palestinian attackers shot at the car of the Mark family from the Israeli settlement of Otniel, killing the father and wounding his wife and daughters. The assailants then escaped. Soon afterwards a Palestinian doctor, Dr. Ali abu Sharkh, passed there with his wife and brother. "When we saw the overturned car we immediately stopped. The first thing I saw was a teenage girl was in a state of shock. I began to speak to her in English and she didn`t understand me. Then my brother began to speak to her in Hebrew and said to her `don`t be afraid, this is my brother, and he`s a doctor. He wants to help you." [ak]5/7/2016
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Attacked by a soldier? Don`t expect to hear from the policeYossi Gurvitz, for Yesh Din - +972 - A Palestinian resident of Hebron is attacked for trying to protect a child from settler violence. It turns out his attackers were aided by an IDF soldier [ry] 4/7/2016
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Israeli forces close checkpoints near Nablus, settlers attack Palestinian carsMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces closed several checkpoints near the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus Saturday night, as Israeli settlers organized a protest on the road leading to the Huwwara checkpoint, one of the main entrances into Nablus, and threw rocks at Palestinian cars" [ry] 4/7/2016
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Plans for 560 settler homes in Ma’aleh Adumim advance after annexation callsTovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - Right-wing politicians call on Netanyahu to annex the West Bank Jewish city [ry] 4/7/2016
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Palestinian teen killed after stabbing Israeli girl to death in Hebron-area settlementMa`an News Agency - " A Palestinian teenager was killed on Thursday morning in an Israeli settlement in the southern occupied West Bank after carrying out an attack against a 13-year-old Israeli girl who later succumbed to her wounds, as one other Israeli was wounded in the case." ca1/7/2016
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Documentary About ‘The Settlers’ Shows Them as Israeli Left Wants To See ThemYitz Landes - Forward - Shimon Dotan’s recent documentary, “The Settlers,” currently attracting a lot of attention in Israel, is painfully beautiful. Dotan’s shots capture both the beauty of the West Bank and the complexity of the geopolitics that are tragically tearing it apart. Along with the fantastic production, Dotan’s skills as an interviewer present the settlers, an often-misunderstood segment of Israeli society, to a wide audience. Yet the film has much more to teach us about the dogma of left-wing Israelis than it does about settlers.-rh 29/6/2016
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Under pressure from Presbyterians, RE/MAX announces it will no longer profit from sales of Jewish settlementsMondoweiss - During its General Assembly this week the Presbyterian Church called on real estate company RE/MAX to stop selling properties in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land. In response, RE/MAX CEO Dave Liniger informed the Presbyterians that "RE/MAX will no longer receive any income from the sale of Jewish settlement properties in the West Bank.” The Church cautiously welcomed the statement, while "waiting to see what this means in practical terms". Hitherto, the Israeli branch of RE/MAX conducted real estate sales in no less than 18 locations in West Bank settlements and Israeli neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem. [ak]28/6/2016
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Slicing the salami of settlement costsMerav Betito - Ynet - West Bank settlements continually receive budget items, monetary diversions, and transfers of funds; their pupils receive more money than other Israelis, and their hand remains outstretched; how much are the settlements actually costing us? [ry] 27/6/2016
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Palestinians ‘living in hell’ as Israel grabs more land in West BankKate Shuttleworth - The National - "The Israeli army’s head of Central Command, Roni Numa, who signed the eviction notices, said `certain steps were needed to prevent terror attacks`. He said the land was being confiscated for `security reasons`" [ry] 27/6/2016
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Settlers crowd-fund construction of illegal outpost on Palestinian landNoam Rotem and John Brown - +972 "Asked about its decision to host the crowd-funding campaign to build an illegal settlement on private Palestinian land, a spokesperson for Headstart told +972’s Hebrew-language sister site, Local Call: “We don’t take a political/religious/ideological stand when it comes to approving projects on the site. The matter was sent to the project’s initiator and we are waiting to receive from him materials clarifying the legality of the fundraising.” ca24/6/2016
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Settler Group Asks High Court to Cover Up Its Ties to Israeli Justice Minister Nir Hasson - Haaretz "The right-wing NGO Elad has petitioned the High Court of Justice to prevent the disclosure of the group’s contacts with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and the ministry’s director general Emi Palmor. The information is expected to shed light on how an Elad project was approved.The left wing NGO Ir Amim submitted a freedom of information request a few weeks ago about the ties between Elad and top Justice Ministry officials." ca 24/6/2016
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Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian agricultural lands near NablusMa`an News Agency - "Israeli settlers set fire to dozens of dunams of Palestinian agricultural lands on Thursday afternoon near the Qablan junction south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank.Abd al-Khaliq Salih, a resident of the nearby al-Sawiya village told Ma`an that several settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Rachalim near the village set fire to dozens of dunams of farmlands in the al-Tulma area which is owned by people from al-Sawiya, and is located near Qablan junction. " ca24/6/2016
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Settlement patron Irving Moskowitz dies at 88 JTA/The Times of Israel - Dr. Irving Moskowitz, the Jewish American multi-millionaire who stirred controversy by donating millions of dollars to Jewish settlement efforts in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, has died at 88. Among other things, Moskowitz provided great sums to El’ad and Ateret Cohanim, two settler organizations involved in penetrating into predominantly Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem; funded the One Israel Fund, which “supports the welfare and safety of the men, women and children of Judea and Samaria"; and endowed the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism, granted yearly to prominent settlers and extreme rightists, and itself given to the winners at a settlement enclave in East Jerusalem`s Silwan Village. [ak] 21/6/2016
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Activists indicted for attacks on police demolishing West Bank outpostYonah Jeremy Bob - The Jerusalem Post - Prosecutors close file on Netanel Furkowitz, held over Duma deaths [ry] 20/6/2016
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Israel Approves Yet More Funding for West Bank SettlementsJason Ditz - AntiWar - Livni: Settlers` Council Dictates Government`s Agenda [ry] 20/6/2016
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Finance Committee approves bill boosting settler business and hotels Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - Meretz party head MK Zehava Gal-On attacked the new bill as tantamount to “creeping annexation,” because it was the application of an Israeli law onto the West Bank, which is under Israeli military and civilian rule. Industrial zones in Area C of the West Bank will now have the same legal status as those within the Green Line. [bz]14/6/2016
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The Settlement Industry Jonah Walters - Jacobin magazine - While residential settlements proliferate in the West Bank, encroaching on Palestinian land and violating international law, this is only part of the story. Far more essential to the settlement project are the “settlement industrial zones” — business districts where Israeli factories and farming enterprises exploit Palestinian land and labor to produce billions of dollars of goods each year. Israel operates about twenty such zones in the occupied West Bank, officially called “industrial zones under Israeli administration.” [bz]14/6/2016
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Israel announces 82 new settlement units in Jerusalem amid escalating angerPNN/ Jerusalem - "On Tuesday, Israeli Occupation Authorities announced plans to construct 82 units in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo and to build an illegal settlement outpost of 15,000 units in the Qalandia Airport area north of Jerusalem.The announcement comes a few days following the Paris Peace Summit, in the presence of 29 countries from four different continents around the world, in addition to the United Nations, European Union and the Arab League." ca10/6/2016
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Global protests target Airbnb over Israeli settlement rentalsJohn Brown - +972 - Over 150,000 sign petition calling on Airbnb to pull out of Israeli settlements as part of the #StolenHomes campaign, which was launched by a consortium of organizations following an investigative report by +972 and Local Call. The investigation also found that many property owners were discriminating by refusing to rent to prospective Arab guests, which violates company policy. [bz]7/6/2016
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Israeli Bill Would Retroactively Legalize Settlers’ Seizure of Palestinian LandJason Ditz - AntiWar - Netanyahu Had Resisted Previous Attempt at Bill [ry] 6/6/2016
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