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Settlements

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Jerusalem municipality to confiscate Palestinian land for ‘tourist center’ Molly Mae - Alternative Information Center "On April 24, 2017, the West Jerusalem municipality published a plan to confiscate 1,300 square meters of land in Ras al-Amoud, an area adjacent to the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem...Haaretz adds that despite the fact that the plans have yet to be approved, the city has already started working at the site. The public has 60 days to file objections to the plan as of Monday. Israeli settlement monitoring group Peace Now adds that the municipality used a “highly unusual” procedure to expedite the land confiscation." ca 27/4/2017
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Israel Accepts Chinese Demand Not to Employ Chinese Laborers in Settlements Barak Ravid and Yotam Berger - Haaretz - The official reason given by the Chinese was concern for the workers` personal safety, but officials at the Israeli Foreign Ministry expressed the view that the real reason was political, relating to the fact that China and the rest of the international community view the settlements as illegal and their locations as occupied territory. [bz]25/4/2017
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Settler attack showcases impunity of Jewish extremistsGuy Hircefeld - +972 - In all my years as of activism, I have never seen or experienced such hatred as I did last Friday, when masked settlers attacked a group of Ta’ayush volunteers with clubs and stones [ry]24/4/2017
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Israeli settlers attack peace activists in West BankThe New Arab - One settler can be seen striking prominent Israeli peace activist Rabbi Arik Ashcerman on the back of the head with a stick. At least five activists from the grassroots movement Ta`ayush were injured in the attack, including one with a broken arm. The incident took place in the Jordan Valley. [bz for dn] 23/4/2017
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Israeli settlers hold barbecue party outside Ofer prisonPNN - Palestine News Network - "A group of Israeli settlers on Thursday noon have held a barbecue party outside Ofer prison, west of Ramallah, in response to the collective hunger strike lead by 1,500 Palestinian prisoners." - id 21/4/2017
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Turmus Aya`s Palestinians threatened by settlement planLizzie Porter - Aljazeera - At the entrance of the Palestinian village Turmus Aya, in the occupied West Bank, a large sign, written in Hebrew, Arabic and English, warns visitors that "this road leads to Palestinian areas [sic]. It is dangerous for Israeli citizens to enter". Contrary to the sign`s warning, it is the Palestinian residents of this seemingly tranquil area who are more nervous, specifically about the recent encroachment from the Israeli settlements that surround their village. Turmus Aya, home to around 4,000 people, lies in the shadow of a string of such settlers` communities, which are illegal under international law. On a bump in the land directly to the north sits Shilo, a well-developed example, built in 1979 and home to around 3,000 illegal settlers.-rh 12/4/2017
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Lands Leveled by Soldiers for Road near TulkaremIMEMC - "Land owners and others living adjacent to the checkpoint expressed concern over the possible confiscation of their land for the benefit of Israeli settlement expansion.| - id12/4/2017
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Soldiers uproot 18 olive trees in Deir BalloutIMEMC - Several Israeli military vehicles, accompanied by a bulldozer, invaded Palestinian orchards in Deir Ballout (Salfit Governorate) and uprooted 18 olive trees. The reason given was the installing of new water pipelines to nearby Israeli settlements. [Left without explanation is why this was considered so urgent as to be carried out during the Passover Holiday... ak] 11/4/2017
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The Dangerous Liaisons of French Banks with the Israeli OccupationExecutive Summary - "Five major French financial groups – BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Société Générale, [the state-owned] Banque Populaire Caisse d’Epargne, AXA – manage financial holdings or hold shares in Israeli banks or businesses involved in financing settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and which furnish services vital to the maintenance and development of the settlements – such as housing or factory construction, the provision of telecommunications connections or of surveillance equipment." בש7/4/2017
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Israeli guidelines point to largely unconstrained settlement expansionPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - Israel has indicated it will pursue a unilateral policy of largely unconstrained settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories, as it announced the first new settlement in two decades. While Israel’s new settlement construction guidelines were presented as evidence of restraint and a “goodwill gesture” to the administration of US President Donald Trump – who has asked Israel to slow construction – the details seem to indicate the opposite.-rh 5/4/2017
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UN slams Israel over Emek Shilo settlementAl Jl Jazeera - UN chief calls decision to build another illegal settlement on occupied Palestinian land an `obstacle to peace` [ry]3/4/2017
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Yesha Council: `Despite the limitations, we can continue building settlements`Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet News "Despite the limitations, the understandings reached between Israel`s and the US governments allow the continued building of settlements in all areas in the West Bank, as well as the establishment of the new settlement for Amona`s former residents. "The real test is going to be the immediate continuation of the planning, building and development (of settlements). We will stand guard and work with the Israeli government to make sure that this plan comes to fruition." ca31/3/2017
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The little NGO that managed to move an Israeli settlementRuth Eglash - The Washington Post - “In legal terms, the Amona case was simple. Someone had invaded private land and built structures on the property. But ultimately we were dealing with the Israeli government with all its power, not just the trespassers,” said Michael Sfard, Yesh Din’s legal adviser and a key figure in the fight against Amona for nearly a decade. -rh29/3/2017
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Abbas awaiting US word on Israel settlementsAssociated Press - Ynet - "Abbas, who is to meet Trump in coming weeks, says there are "lots of questions from the American side at this stage, and we answered all of their questions."" - id29/3/2017
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Israeli soldiers drag shoeless Palestinian eight-year-old from house to house in shocking video from Hebron : Israel Defence Force troops force boy looking for lost toy to help them find other children believed to have thrown stones and a Molotov cocktailBethan McKernan - Independent - Eight-year-old Sufian Abu Hitah disobeyed his mother to sneak out from his grandparents’ house to look for a missing toy when he was seized by a group of around 15 soldiers who asked him in Arabic to give the names of children who had thrown stones and a Molotov cocktail at the nearby Kiryat Arba Israeli settlement. Crying, the boy told the soldiers he didn’t known anything. However, he was then grabbed by both arms and escorted to both the Kiryat Arba gate and into several houses, despite only wearing socks. Several women who witnessed the scene tried to intervene, eventually managing to free the boy more than an hour later.-rh 29/3/2017
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Israel`s false narrative on land swapsBen White - Al Jazeera - The idea of future land swaps has been used to justify expanding Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, analysts say. They also expect Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deflect pressure from the international community against illegal Israeli settlements by using the concept of blocs and swaps. [bz]28/3/2017
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Netanyahu denies deal to limit West Bank settlement constructionThe Times of Israel - PM dismisses ‘incorrect’ media reports of alleged agreement made with Washington, says negotiations continuing [ry]27/3/2017
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Palestinian families prevent Israeli settlers from breaking into Hebron kindergartenMa`an - Youth Against Settlement (YAS) coordinator Issa Amro said that a number of settlers and their children attempted to enter a kindergarten on al-Shuhada street in Hebron’s Old City, but that Palestinian locals were able to prevent them from crossing the fence surrounding the school. Israeli settlers in Hebron often gather in al-Shuhada street and the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida during the Jewish holiday of Purim. The Hebron settlers chanted a number of anti-Palestinian slogans on Sunday, including some hailing Baruch Goldstein, who killed 29 Palestinian Muslims in Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque in 1994. [bz for dn]19/3/2017
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Netanyahu Seeks Settlement Approval From Trump AideJason Ditz - AntiWar - Argues New Settlement Not Really `New` But a Replacement [ry]13/3/2017
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NABOTH’S VINEYARD : Israeli settler agriculture as a means of land takeover in the West BankKerem Naboth - Report - The goal of this report has been to add another layer to the discussion about the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. This debate about the settlements tends to focus on construction of new neighborhoods, establishment of outposts, demographic growth among the settlers, the benefits they receive, and settler violence. Israeli agriculture in the West Bank is usually discussed in connection with the monitoring and labeling of agricultural exports from the West Bank settlements, which is an important tool for advocacy work on the economic implications of settler agriculture. Little is known or discussed, however, about the far-reaching territorial implications of the phenomenon, its humanitarian repercussions, and the risk this poses to Palestinian the state building and for Palestinian civil society.-rh9/3/2017
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Who is the main culprit - settlers or government?Ben Ehrenreich - The Baffler - In making his documentary "The Settlers", Shimon Dotan got settlers to say the damnedest things on camera: “Arabs don’t belong in our country” /"The Land of Israel stretches virtually all the way to Iraq” / “Ultimately the Arabs are right, Zionism is the aggressor.” However, Dotan`s presentation is clearly slanted to place the full blame for Israel`s present situation on "the fanatic settlers" and distract attention from the willing complicity of all governments since 1967 - including Labor governments. [ak] 7/3/2017
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An intensive campaign to save Khan al AhmarDonna Baranski-Walker - Rebuilding Alliance - Khan al Ahmar in the West Bank is located between the Israeli settlement of Ma`ale Adumim and one of its elite suburbs, Kfar Adumim. All its 127 houses now got demolition orders. An intensive campaign has been going on in the US, calling upon US Senators and Representatives to take up this grave humanitarian issue, resulting so far in a visit to the threatened village by US Consular staff from East Jerusalem (not to be taken for granted under Trump). [ak] 7/3/2017
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Israeli soldiers stand by as settlers attack civilians in West Bank villageOren Ziv/Activestills - +972 - Because there hadn’t been protests of late in Nabi Saleh, it appeared the army was caught off on Friday, and the protesters managed to reach what had been their spring, waving a Palestinian flag. Within a matter of minutes, settlers from Halamish arrived, and began to attack the protesters. Soldiers arrived shortly thereafter. [bz]7/3/2017
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Settler leaders should have been put on trial, not AzariaAmnon Abramovich - Ynetnews - It’s not Elor Azaria who should have been put on trial, it’s all the leaders of the Jewish settlement in Hebron throughout the years. The trial should not have focused on morality in battle, but on the morality of their presence there. Some 900 settlers and yeshiva students have placed themselves among 250,000 Palestinians. Most of them are not preaching good neighborly relations and peace, they are agitators calling for a transfer.-rh 2/3/2017
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Elor Azarya’s ‘normative’ support for genocideJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss "Let us pay particular attention to the sentence “positive personality and his being a normative person until his current complication”. Below are two exchanges between Elor Azarya and his family – that is, his parents (Charlie and Oshra), on Facebook, July 2014. The first is from July 15th, with the background of a discussed ceasefire with Hamas in the midst of the 2014 Gaza onslaught. The second is from July 30th." ca1/3/2017
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