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Claims of Israeli settlement freeze an `attempt to fool the public`Ma’an News Agency - “Hagit Ofran, the spokesperson for the settlement watch team of the Israeli NGO Peace Now, told Ma’an that ‘The alleged promise by Netanyahu, if it truly happened, is another spin of the Netanyahu government trying to fool the public.’ Pointing to information gathered by Peace Now from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (ICBS), Ofran highlighted that this year, the Israeli government had already issued tenders for the construction of 2,858 settlement units in the West Bank” [ry]26/6/2017
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After Abbas and Kushner Meet, Palestinians Disappointed With Trump Over Settlements Jack Khoury - Haaretz "President Trump spoke about establishing a joint committee of five [representatives from each side] and we want to make progress on it. But first of all we need to understand from the administration what is its position concerning the issue of the settlements, if they see the settlements as the main and most serious obstacle to progress in any negotiations, so there is a serious problem making progress," said the senior Palestinian official." ca23/6/2017
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I’m a 90-year-old woman who has lived in Israel for 50 years – here is what I think about Israeli settlementsRuth Kedar - Independent - Since I witnessed its beginnings half a century ago, the occupation has only got worse. The size and scale of settlements is something I can’t get over. I know every little road and every little village of the West Bank and it is frightening to see them swallowed up piece by piece by indistinguishable rows of red roofs that multiply across Palestinian land. It is robbery that is devoid of shame.-rh 21/6/2017
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PA slams new settlement as effort to thwart Trump’s peace driveDov Lieber - Times of Israel - Abbas’s spokesperson says it’s no coincidence that ground is broken on the eve of a visit to the region by Jared Kushner. [bz]21/6/2017
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Settlers pressure Netanyahu to reject Palestinian building planMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - In Liberman’s plan, Palestinian towns were grouped into two categories: those included on the “red list,” from which terrorist attacks emerged; and a “green list” of 15 cities and villages from which terrorists hadn’t come. Liberman allotted benefits for those towns on the green list, which included the expansion of their master plan. The city of Qalqilya was one of them. [bz] 21/6/2017
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Jewish terrorism is rearing its head again Alex Fishman - Ynet - After two relatively quiet years, a collaboration between radical Yitzhar settlers and groups of teens living in outposts in the Binyamin region has led to the renewal of violent attacks against Palestinians, left-wing activists and members of the security forces. If the political echelon and settler leadership fail to act soon, Shin Bet officials warn, a second Duma murder is only a matter of time. [bz]17/6/2017
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Netanyahu vows to occupy the West Bank foreverMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "If Israel is not willing to relinquish military control over the West Bank, then it is saying that there can be no two-state solution." - id 14/6/2017
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Amnesty International: ban all settlement goods, prevent foreign companies from operating in settlementsEdith Garwood - Amnesty International USA - Amnesty International has launched the ‘Occupation @ 50’ campaign - calling on all states to abide by their legal obligations under international law to not recognize or assist illegal situations, and therefore to: 1) Stop helping to sustain the settlements (illegal activity) by banning all settlement goods from their markets; and 2) Prevent companies domiciled in their countries from operating in settlements or trading in settlement goods. [ak] 13/6/2017
Lieberman: Israel Plans Most Settlement Homes Since 1992Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Expresses Annoyance at Settlers` Demands for More [ry]12/6/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Attack The Weekly Protest In Kufur QaddoumIMEMC News - "Morad Eshteiwy, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers fired many gas bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the nonviolent protesters. He added that the Israeli attack did not lead to injuries or any arrests.For the past fourteen years, Kufur Qaddoum residents have been protesting, demanding the army to reopen the main town’s road, which was blockaded to enable easy access to the illegal colonist Israeli settlers, driving to and from Kedumim colony, built on privately-owned Palestinian lands." ca 10/6/2017
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Peace Now`s Annual Settlement Construction Report 2016# Over 26% (474 housing units) of the new construction was in areas that are east of the route of the separation barrier. # Nearly 70% (1,263 housing units) of the new construction was in settlements east of the proposed Geneva Initiative border. # At least 10% (183 housing units) of the construction was illegal according to the Israeli laws applied in the occupied territories. [bz]23/5/2017
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Israeli Settler Kills A Palestinian Near NablusIMEMC News - "The incident took place after Israeli soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians, marching in solidarity with the detainees, ongoing with the hunger strike they started on April 17th.The soldiers fired gas bombs, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, two of them, including a man, 49, were hospitalized." ca 19/5/2017
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More settler homes announced in 100 days since Trump became president than ever beforeBethan McKernan - Independent - The Israeli government announced more than 11,000 new settler homes in the West Bank, as well as the retroactive legalisation of 4,000 goutposth Jewish homes built on private Palestinian land. A further 15,000 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem were announced by Israelfs housing minister in April. The bold moves are believed to have been encouraged by Mr Trump`s election victory.-rh Bethan McKernan - Independent - While the international community views all Israeli construction over the 1967 Green Line as illegal, Mr Trump has blown hot and cold over the subject. During his campaign, the president had said the Israeli government should gkeep goingh with the construction of new settlements, but walked back some of that language after entering office, calling new construction gnot good for peaceh.-rh 17/5/2017
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FIFA boss rigs vote for Israel at last minute - after phonecall from NetanyahuAli Abunimah - EI - Earlier this week, the FIFA Council had already capitulated to Israeli pressure and ruled out a vote sanctioning Israel for allowing its league to include teams based in West Bank settlements. But there remained on the agenda a motion calling for “official recognition of the Palestinian Football Association’s entitlements to all of its rights as described in the FIFA Statutes.” FIFA rules bar national associations from holding matches on the territory of another member without permission – as Israel does in the West Bank without Palestinian permission – so this motion would still have highlighted the Israel Football Association’s complicity in the military occupation of the West Bank. [bz]13/5/2017
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PLO: Israeli Pressure on FIFA ‘Unprecedented’ IMEMC News - "Palestinian Football Association president, Jibril Rjoub, told Voice of Palestine, on Tuesday, that the Palestinian bid for ousting or suspending the Israeli football league is in conformity with FIFA’s statutes." - id He reaffirmed the Palestinians’ right to suspend all sports activities of Israeli settlements inside the West Bank for violating FIFA rules bans members from playing in occupied land without the permission of the local authorities. 10/5/2017
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Israeli-Palestinian FIFA war nearing the decisive point Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - PM Netanyahu is making an intensive personal to avert the impending vote by FIFA, the International Soccer Federation, on the issue of six soccer teams based at West Bank settlements being enrolled in the Israeli soccer federation? Should it come to a vote, the FIFA bylaws are very clear - one national federation (in this case the Israeli one) is not allowed to set up soccer clubs in the territory of another federation (in this case, the Palestinian federation). Should the matter come to a vote, FIFA would have no choice but to to demand that Israel stop the participation of settler teams. Non-compliance potentially leading to Israel being altogether banned from international soccer. There is already a precedent - soccer teams from the Crimea were not allowed to play in the Russian soccer league. [ak]. 9/5/2017
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Israeli soldiers assault Palestinian farmers protesting illegal settlement roadMa’an News Agency - "Despite an order from the Israeli Civil Administration to stop building the road, Israeli settlers continued to pave the road, according to the Israeli organization Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR). A video published by RHR showed Israeli soldiers assaulting the Palestinian residents, while enabling settlers to carry out the roadwork" [ry]8/5/2017
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Jewish settler mistaken for Palestinian and shot dead. Incident viewed by Palestinians as revealing double standards.Bethan McKernan - Independent - It is rare for the IDF to use deadly force on Israeli citizens. Rights groups and other observers, however, have long accused Israel of using “disproportinate force” and implementing a “shoot-to-kill” policy on alleged Palestinian attackers. [bz] 6/5/2017
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