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Settlers cut off electricity, attack homes near NablusMa`an - Burin is a frequent site of settler violence and Palestinian clashes with Israeli forces as it is located beside the notoriously violent Israeli settlements of Yitzhar and Bracha. [bz]19/12/2014
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Israeli Settler Alleges Palestinians Tried To Kidnap Him - large IDF search campaignIMEMC - The settler phoned the police and alleged that a Palestinian car transporting two Palestinians “stopped near him”, and that the two tried to force him into their car. He said that, after the two failed to abduct him, they drove away, heading towards the southern part of Hebron city. The settler was unharmed; a large number of Israeli soldiers and police officers arrived at the scene of the alleged abduction attempt, and initiated a large search campaign in the area. [This incident did further only get publicity on the Arutz Sheva settler site-bz]19/12/2014
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Official: Gush Etzion stab suspect was harassed by settlerMa`an - "Is it reasonable that 46 surveillance cameras in Gush Etzion settlement bloc have failed to document what really happened between Amal Taqatqa, 22, from Beit Fajjar and an Israeli settler who claimed that she attempted to stab him?" Khalid Qaddura said. Amal Jamal Taqatqa, 22, was shot and critically wounded by soldiers near Gush Etzion on Dec. 1 after allegedly stabbing an Israeli settler. [bz]16/12/2014
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Israel pushing to legalize West Bank outpost slated for demolitionAmira Hass - Haaretz "The gradual expansion of the settlements’ residential and agricultural areas has been accompanied by regular, well-documented efforts by settlers to block the access of Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the area to increasing portions of their land. The numerous closure orders issued by the IDF for the area also limit Palestinian access to their land. The IDF says the closures are designed to prevent friction and conflict between the populations." ca12/12/2014
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Two Palestinians Kidnapped Near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "...the soldiers broke into, violently searched and ransacked several homes in areas close to the military tower, installed near the main entrance of the town.In related news, a number of extremist Israeli settlers closed a Palestinian agricultural road leading to farmlands belonging to residents of the al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem." ca12/12/2014
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PHOTOS: In West Bank village, Palestinian farmers go against the grainAhmad al-Bazz, Activestills - +972 - Farmers who own lands located near Israeli settlements, military camps or settler bypass roads are barred from accessing their land throughout most of the year. In these areas, Israeli authorities allow farmers to reach their lands only two times a year: once in April, during which they till the soil around olive trees, and again in October for the olive harvest. Because this process is limited to such a short time, it is usually not long enough to finish the work.-rh11/12/2014
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WATCH: Israeli police let stone-throwing settlers walk awayMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "Israeli soldiers don’t arrest settlers. We know that. But what about Israeli police?" - id 10/12/2014
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Hebron: Settlers Vandalize Property, Israeli Police Let Them Go FreeSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - “There is a nearby military roadblock, regularly manned by the soldiers, and about 200 meters away is a police station. A settler from Kiryat Arba settlement, who also works as a security officer in the settlement, a police car and an army vehicle are visible in the video.” In its report, B`Tselem added that neither the police, the soldiers nor the security officer, bothered to stop the assailing settlers, or even ask for their ID cards. “Two settlers responsible for destroying property were never detained or questioned, they were just allowed to drive away without any delay,” B’Tselem said, “Later on, the Palestinians filed a complaint with the Israeli Police in Hebron.” A recent report by another Israeli human rights organization found that over 95% of complaints filed by Palestinians against Israeli settlers go uninvestigated. In addition, Palestinians who file complaints against settlers often face reprisals and further assaults. [bz] 9/12/2014
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Friday 12.12. Marching against the Wall, Occupation, and Settlements in Nabi Saleh , Kufr Qaddum, Al Ma`asara , Ni`lin and Bil`inRegister for Transportation9/12/2014
Palestinian stabbed by a settler and injured east of HebronIMEMC - An Israeli settler attacked the 18-year old Moath Noah ar- Rajabi near Bani Neim town, east of Hebron, stabbing him in the shoulder and thigh. The young Palestinian, moderately wounded, was moved to the Hebron Governmental Hospital. Israeli soldiers who arrived at the scene did not attempt to locate the assailant. ak9/12/2014
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IDF earmarking West Bank firing zones for settler expansion, figures showChaim Levinson - Haaretz - The state’s official position is that the firing zones are used for operational purposes only, in keeping with international law, but are actually being used to keep the Palestinians out. Dror Etkes has analyzed the extensive geographical information in the hands of the Civil Administration and says it shows that the administration has been surveying and mapping the old state lands recently, although these are firing zones, and (...) in 2012, 900 dunams were taken from a firing zone and given to the settlement of Sha’arei Tikva, additional uses being planned including construction of an industrial zone. [bz]9/12/2014
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Major BDS Win: Elbit Loses Brazil DealPalestinian BDS National Committee - IMEMC "Rio Grande do Sul governor Tarso Genro had signed a research cooperation deal making Elbit the first Israeli military companyto lead Brazilian military projects in April 2013. Elbit was to be provided access to public funding and technologies produced by four local universities. Ongoing protests and lack of federal support had weakened the project. In his open letter, Genro declared the memorandum of understanding to be “void of meaning. A $17m plan to build a military satellite is among the projects cancelled by Tuesday’s announcement." ca5/12/2014
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SEE! Outpost expansion in Hebron hillsAIC - Settlement and settlement outpost expansion continue unimpeded in the South Hebron Hills area, as settlers continue expanding the Havat Ma`on settlement while Israeli officials do nothing to stop them [ry]24/11/2014
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At Qalandia checkpoint Palestinian activists cross separation wall in protest actionMa`an - Activists used makeshift ramparts, ladders and cut through barbed wire to climb over the separation wall near Qalandia military checkpoint, which is at least six-eight meters in height. The action was part of a campaign organized by the Popular Resistance Committees. [bz] 15/11/2014
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Struggle of Abu Khdeir Family: Pulling Down a Boy’s PhotoTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - The explosive reality that formed following the murder of Muhammad in Jerusalem and its surroundings and especially on the border line between the two nations, which some see as a beginning of an Intifada, led to a sequence of incidents in which the authorities harassed the members of the Abu Khdeir family, who only want to find comfort for their souls and commemorate their child in their own modest way.-rh12/11/2014
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Israeli settlers burn mosque in West Bank : Mosque in occupied region set on fire amid soaring tensions between Palestinians and Israeli settlers.Aljazeera - The attack on the mosque just before dawn on Wednesday, near the Jewish settlement of Shilo, came after separate Palestinian knife attacks on Monday killed a settler in the southern West Bank, and an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv.-rh 12/11/2014
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Settlers Damage 30 Palestinian Cars as Military Intensifies West Bank UnitsAgencies - IMEMC - "An Israeli army officer said that the West Bank has never witnessed this rate of violence, either from Palestinian attackers or Israeli extremists." - id 12/11/2014
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Israeli government votes to support annexing West Bank settlementsMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Whether or not the proposal becomes law, the vote itself broadcasts to the world that this government opposes a negotiated two-state solution [ry]10/11/2014
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UN Report: Israeli settlements have doubled in the last four yearsMiddle East Monitor - The number of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land have doubled in the last 54 months, UN Commission on Human Rights member Cees Flinterman said at a press conference held at the UN Geneva headquarters, presenting a new report. ak 4/11/2014
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Israel demolishes 3 Palestinian homes near NablusMa`an - The area around Aqraba has been subject to multiple demolitions over the past few months, with Israeli soldiers destroying over 80 electricity pylons and wires in September and four houses in August. On Oct. 21, settlers set up two new outposts near Aqraba after confiscating hundreds of dunams of land. [bz] 4/11/2014
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