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Settlers illegally expand West Bank race track in IDF firing zoneEdo Konrad - +972 - "Since +972 Magazine visited the site earlier this year, the track has been paved — despite an Israeli army order to stop construction. The Israeli military often uses firing zones to displace Palestinians." - id 23/8/2017
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Advocate defending illegal settlement houses on behalf of the state lives himself in an illegal settlement houseJacob Magid and Alexander Fulbright - Times of Israel - Attorney General Mandelblit refused to defend at the Supreme Court the "Regulation Law" enacted by the Knesset, under which some 4,000 settler houses built illegally on privately-owned Palestinian land would be retroactively legalized. In an unprecedented move, Mandelblit intends to actually present to court arguments against that law. The government secured instead the services of a private attorney, Harel Arnon, who crafted a 156-page brief arguing that there is only "a minor infringement of property rights" involved and that there is an overriding "national interest". He went on to claim that it would actually be "good for the Palestinian owners themselves" to have their land confiscated. In fact, Adv. Arnon is also arguing on his own personal behalf; he himself lives at an illgal house at the settlement of Elazar. [ak]22/8/2017
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Abbas: I Met Trump`s Envoys 20 Times and Still Don`t Understand Their Peace PlanDemocratic Underground/Source: Haaretz - "I have met with Trump envoys about 20 times since the beginning of his term as president of the United States" Abbas said. "Every time they repeatedly stressed to me how much they believe and are committed to a two-state solution and a halt to construction in the settlements. I have pleaded with them to say the same thing to Netanyahu, but they refrained. They said they would consider it but then they didn`t get back to me." The Palestinian president said he doesn`t know to what extent this will be reflected in the results of the upcoming visit of an American delegation which is supposed to be involved in an effort to restart the peace process. [ak]22/8/2017
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Israeli court suspends eviction of Shamasna family in East JerusalemMa`an - The court ruled to suspend the eviction order, after challenges were presented by the family’s lawyer Said Ghaliyeh on the lack of documentation of the plots of lands in the neighborhood on the municipal level. The Israeli judge transferred lawyers for the family and the settlers to the execution department of Israel’s Enforcement and Collection Authority to begin procedures of marking the land to determine how much of the home was built on so-called Jewish property. [bz]20/8/2017
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Video: Under protection from Israeli forces, settlers take over Palestinian home in Hebron’s Old CitySheren Khalel, Yumna Patel and Akram Al-Wa`ra - Mondoweiss "Mohammed, 27, grew up in the Hebron’s Old City, surrounded by illegal Israeli settlers. Settlers taking over homes in Hebron is not uncommon, so it came to no surprise to the family when they were delivered a notice in 2012 informing them their family home had been sold to settlers, and they would have to leave.The Abu Rajab’s took the notice to the Civil Administration, the Israeli body in charge of the occupied West Bank, claiming that the home sale was a forgery." ca 18/8/2017
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Israeli settlers attack Palestinian bus driverPNN/ Bethlehem - "Two Israeli settlers attacked on Thursday attacked a Palestinian bus driver near the Bat Ayin settlement in Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of Bethlehem.Israel’s Channel 7 said the settlers assaulted the Palestinian driver, sprayed him with pepper spray, beat him and tried to damage his car after they confirmed he was an Arab." ca 18/8/2017
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Settlers install caravans near Bethlehem  WAFA - "...the settlers aim with this act to eventually push the fence further into Nahalin land in order to expand the area of their settlement at the expense of Nahalin." - id 16/8/2017
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Former Israeli attorney-general: eviction of Sheikh Jarrah family will be unjustMaan - Israel’s former Attorney-General, Michael Ben Yair, denounced the double standard built into Israeli law, whereby Jews can reclaim property lost to them in 1948 while Palestinians are denied this option. He spoke to a crowd of Palestinians and Israeli activists who had gathered in solidarity in front of the home of the Shamasna family in East Jerusalem`s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. “My own family and the family of my cousin lived in Sheikh Jarrah and were forced to leave the neighborhood in January 1948. They got properties of Palestinians refugees on Jaffa Road and in the Katamon neighborhood in west Jerusalem. Ben Yair said also, if Israel conducts land registration in Sheikh Jarrah, “he would demand that the ownership of the building that his family had would go to the Palestinians who live in it today.” [ak] 15/8/2017
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Jewish National Fund Renews Land Purchases from Palestinians in the Occupied TerritoriesPeace Now - It is unfortunate that JNF decided to return to the highly fraudulent business of West Bank land purchases, which stains all of its other activities. Its land purchases from Palestinians, a practice of its subsidiary, Himanuta, was stopped in recent years. Past purchases of Himanuta were proven to have been based on forgery, fraud and extortion. [bz]15/8/2017
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Israel would use nuclear weapons to keep refugees from returning — Noam ChomskyPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - "BDS tactics in the Israel Palestine case, were actually initiated in 1997 by an Israeli group, Gush Shalom, Uri Avnery’s group, a militantly anti-occupation group which played a significant role. They proposed boycott of the settlements and divestment from anything involving the settlements. And I myself have been involved in– it’s really BD activities, there are no real sanctions, that’s a state matter. But I’ve been involved in these things since the late ’90s, when it took off, aimed at the settlements. The BDS movement, which developed in 2005, has a different approach. That’s the movement, not the tactics. [bz]12/8/2017
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Halamish settlers raid Kobar village, Israeli forces intervene, injure 1 Palestinian, escorting the fleeing settlersMa`an - Some 200 Israeli settlers from the nearby illegal Halamish settlement -- where last month, a Palestinian teen from Kobar stabbed and killed three Halamish settlers -- raided the Kobar village overnight between Thursday and Friday and “attempted to attack locals, who resisted them, leading the settlers to exit the village.” According to locals, the settlers entered through the southern part of Kobar, and when locals resisted them, they fled towards the Jibiya village, only to be surrounded by youths from the two villages. Israeli forces then arrived to the Jibiya village to protect the settlers, opening live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades, injuring one youth with live fire. Israeli forces then escorted the settlers back to the Halamish settlement. [bz]5/8/2017
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Israeli court finds settler homes built on West Bank plots controlled by the Palestinian AuthorityKate, former ISM volunteer in the West Bank - Mondoweiss "Houses in Shaarei Tikva were constructed after signing of Oslo Accords, which gave the Palestinian Authority control over the land — Five homes in the Shaarei Tikva settlement in the northern West Bank were reportedly built on land allocated to the Palestinians under the Oslo agreements. While a construction permit for one of the houses was given prior to the signing of the 1995 Oslo II Accords, work on the structure began only afterward, according to a report Monday by the Walla news site. The other four homes, however, were all approved and developed after the bilateral agreement signed by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization that divided the West Bank into three administrative categories." ca 4/8/2017
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Israeli forces close entrance to Wadi Fukin for settlement groundbreaking ceremonyMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces closed the entrance of a Bethlehem-area village on Thursday in preparation for the arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was arriving to the southern occupied West Bank to break ground on 1,100 new illegal settlement units in the area. Ahmad Sukar, head of the Wadi Fukin village council, told Ma’an that Israeli forces closed off the entrance of the village with dirt mounds, preventing Palestinian residents from passing through, in preparation for Netanyahu’s arrival." ca4/8/2017
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Israeli settlers occupy Palestinian home in Hebron for sixth day in a rowMa’an News Agency - "Prime Minister Netanyahu: To house and to populate the house of patriarchs. He who tries to uproot us from the city of our ancestors will find the opposite. We will continue to fight terrorism and strike terrorists in one hand, and in the other hand, we will strengthen settlements" [ry]31/7/2017
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IDF to demolish home of teen terrorist who called for more violence before attackElior Levy, Yoav Zitun, Shar Hay & AP - Ynet - New security measures were set up at the entry gates to the Temple Mount by Israel, following the deadly terrorist attack that took the lives of two Israeli police officers last week. The added security measures caused a wave of backlash in the Muslim community, with Friday night`s deadly terrorist attack carried out by al-Abed, earlier clashes with Israel Police in which three Palestinian protestors were killed, as well as wide scale protest prayers and riots around Jerusalem. [bz]22/7/2017
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How defeating BDS is closer, literally, than we thinkReuven Weiss - Ynet - “Europe is a huge challenge,” explains David Siegel of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. “It is a super important continent for Israel’s future, and it cannot be ignored. Eighty-five percent of American congressmen have visited Israel at some stage but only a little over 10% of the European Parliament members have visited. That says it all." Head of the Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan, 36, agrees with this assessment. “Ignorance”, he says “is the main enemy on the settlement enterprise. The majority of the public has never even been here, but it doesn’t bother people to form negative opinions on the building of communities.” [bz]18/7/2017
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Canada backtracks on labeling wine from the West BankAP/Ynet - The agency had ruled that because the federal government did not recognize Israel`s control over several territories it captured in 1967, vendors should stop selling and importing wines from the Psagot Winery and Shiloh Winery labeled `Product of Israel.` Yaakov Berg, CEO for Psagot Winery in the West Bank, was angered by the move. `We have returned home to our homeland, the place where our ancestors made wine` Berg said. `Canada, of all places, a country founded and expanded as it conquered and destroyed the homeland of another people, a country with no roots or historical validity of its existence there, questions the right of Jews to live and grow vineyards in the land of our forefathers.` [bz] 14/7/2017
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Issa Amro, activist from Hebron: I am headed to court 9/7/2017
New Settlement in Sheikh Jarrah, 1,800 Housing Units in East Jerusalem to Be Discussed by Regional Committee 03.7.17Peace Now - The government is brutally attempting to destroy the possibility of the two-state solution, and this time it is by establishing a new settlement at the heart of a Palestinian neighbourhood in East Jerusalem and promoting nearly 1,800 housing units beyond the Green Line. The eviction of 5 Palestinian families, which are protected tenants, in order to establish a new settlement in Sheikh Jarrah shows that nothing will get in the way of settler groups and a pro-settler government from preventing a future compromise in Jerusalem.-rh5/7/2017
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5 Palestinian families face expulsion as hundreds of new settlement units promotedMa`an - The plans will include two new buildings -- respectively three and five stories tall -- in the heart of the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah that will require the expulsion of five Palestinian families, up for discussion at Israel’s Jerusalem Regional Committee on July 16. [bz]4/7/2017
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