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Israeli bill to end Civil Administration part of annexation schemeShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - "According to the proposed law, powers now held by the Civil Administration will be transferred to the relevant government ministries, but only for the Jewish residents (West Bank settlers). “Government services for residents of the region who are not Israeli citizens will be granted via the various Regional Liaison administrations,” states Clause 5 of the proposed law." - id 6/12/2018
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Settlers v. AirbnbNicola Perugini and Neve Gordon - London Review of Books - The timing of Airbnb’s announcement probably wasn’t coincidental. The next day, Human Rights Watch released a report, Bed and Breakfast on Stolen Land, in which Palestinians testify that dozens of properties listed on Airbnb and Booking.com were built on their expropriated land. The human rights group concludes that by making settlements profitable and thus facilitating the unlawful transfer of Israel’s citizens to colonised land, the companies are complicit in war crimes.-rh5/12/2018
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Israel’s new war of attrition on Jerusalem’s PalestiniansJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss - Last week dozens of Palestinians were arrested in Jerusalem, accused of working for the PA to stop house sales to the settlers. It is a quiet campaign of attrition, designed to wear down Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents. The hope is that they will eventually despair and relocate to the city’s distant suburbs outside the wall or into the West Bank. What Palestinians in Jerusalem urgently need is a reason for hope – and a clear signal that other countries will not join the US in abandoning them.-rh4/12/2018
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After a decade, evictions set to return in Sheikh JarrahOren Ziv - +972 - Residents of Sheikh Jarrah are bracing for a new wave of evictions, ten years after Israeli settlers attempted to take over Palestinian homes in the embattled East Jerusalem neighbourhood.-rh4/12/2018
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Chilean Congress Votes to Ban Products from Illegal Israeli SettlementsIMEMC - With an overwhelming majority, the National Congress of Chile approved a resolution demanding the government “forbid the entry of products manufactured and coming from Israeli colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory.” The resolution had 99 votes in favor and only 7 against.[ak]1/12/2018
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Israeli court grants ownership of Palestinian lands to settlersMa`an News Agency - "Hebrew-language news outlets reported that the Israeli Supreme Court’s ruling grants Israeli settlers from JNF ownership rights to 522 dunams (129 acres) of Palestinian land surrounding the illegal Gush Etzion settlement.The ruling allows Israeli settlers to build settlements and confiscate more Palestinian-owned lands “legally.” Sources also reported that Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed by Palestinian owners of the confiscated land against a previous decision ordered by the District Court in Jerusalem, stating that JNF has ownership of the land in question." ca1/12/2018
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Settler attacks increase at Al MughayyirRamallah team - International Solidarity Movement - " “In the last three days they have cut the olive trees, which are very important for Palestinian people.” He also reported the destruction of their property, car tires slashed, graffiti on the walls, much of it reading in Hebrew ‘Price Tag’ and ‘Revenge’." - id29/11/2018
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Report: Israel Continues with Ethnic Cleansing Policies in Occupied Jerusalem IMEMC - Within the Israeli plans to complete the settlement belt around Jerusalem in general, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, the Israeli High Court has approved the largest settlement projects in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem, using the Absentee Property Law, which stipulates that Palestinian properties before 1948 were extracted away forever, unlike Jewish property, and there is no right of return according to Israeli law. The project paves the way for the construction of an 8-storey settlement, each of which consists of 12 stories. This is the largest displacement that the city has witnessed since 1948. [The report also includes data about settlement policy in the West Bank-bz]27/11/2018
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Some saplings are more equalAmos Gvirtz - Don`t Say We Didn`t Know - On Monday, November 19, 2018, Israeli soldiers came to Deir Hajle (south of Jericho) and uproted 170 date palm saplings that a Palestinian farmer planted in land he had leased from the Muslim Waqf. The soldiers also proceeded to confiscate the farmer`s irrigation system. A year ago the Israeli army uprooted 150 saplings of that same Palestinian farmer. Nearby, Jewish settler-colonists took over Waqf land and planted 3000 date palms. Needless to say these were never uprooted by the army. [bz] 27/11/2018
Settlers Raid and Vandalize Ramallah VillageIMEMCnews - Israeli settlers, last night, punctured the tires of three Palestinian-owned vehicles and spray-painted racist graffiti on walls after raiding the village of al-Mughayyer, to the north of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank. Local witnesses told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Adei-Ad punctured the tires of three vehicles and sprayed anti-Arab and other racist slogans on other vehicles and on wallsIsraeli settlers, last night, punctured the tires of three Palestinian-owned vehicles and spray-painted racist graffiti on walls after raiding the village of al-Mughayyer, to the north of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank. Local witnesses told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Adei-Ad punctured the tires of three vehicles and sprayed anti-Arab and other racist slogans on other vehicles and on walls.-rh27/11/2018
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Israel `moving rapidly` towards annexation: UN envoyMersiha Gadzo - Al Jazeera - New settlement in Hebron seen as reaffirmation of Israel`s intent to remain permanently in occupied West Bank [ry]26/11/2018
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Supreme Court paves way for cleansing of Palestinians from SilwanAmit Gilutz - B`Tselem - Israeli High Court justices Barak-Erez, Baron and Elron rejected an appeal filed by 104 residents of Silwan to overturn a September 2002 decision by the Custodian of Absentee Property to "free" the land on which they have lived for decades. The land was "freed" by three people - all closely affiliated with Ateret Cohanim, a settler association that works to Judaize East Jerusalem. In the judgment, written by Justice Barak-Erez, the Court`s role is narrowed down to examining several questions relating to administrative law. In choosing this avenue, the Court sent the residents back to fight, against all odds, the civil proceedings that Ateret Cohanim has undertaken in order to evict them from their homes. Justice Barak-Erez ruled that the appellants were unable to counter the "presumption of regularity" that applies to the Custodian, and that there is no room for discretion on the Custodian`s part in exercising power on this matter. Acknowledging the implications, Justice Barak-Erez added that the decision "may give rise to real difficulty for those effectively in possession of the freed assets", yet her decision stands.[ak] 24/11/2018
Two years after +972 investigation, Airbnb to pull listings in West Bank settlementsEdo Konrad and Yael Marom - +972 - "Among the vacation properties available for rent on the site are a number in settlement outposts considered illegal even under Israeli law, some of which are situated on stolen, privately-owned Palestinian land. The 2016 investigation also found that many property owners were discriminating by refusing to rent to prospective Arab guests, which violates company policy." - id22/11/2018
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Campaign launched by +972 investigation leads Airbnb to pull out of West Bank settlementsEdo Konrad and Yael Marom - +972 Magazine - Airbnb announced that it would pull listings from settlements in the occupied West Bank, two years after +972 and Local Call revealed that the vacation rentals company included apartments, cottages, and caravans located on West Bank hilltops - some of them in "outposts" situated on stolen, privately-owned Palestinian land, considered illegal even under Israeli law. Activist groups and human rights organizations targeted Airbnb with an international campaign, #StolenHomes, which gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures. Finally, a statement on Airbnb’s website said: “We concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.” [ak] 20/11/2018
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Israeli Minister threatens AirbnbThe Jerusalem Post - Israel`s Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin reacted sharply to Airbnb`s decision to remove all listings in West Bank settlements, calling it "a racist discrimination" and asserting (without explanation) that "it is directed against all Jews, not only those living in Judea and Samaria". [The Minister seems unaware that, among the factors influencing Airbnb`s decision, was the fact that settlers offering vacation homes often refused to rent to prospective Arab guests - a discrimination violating the company`s rules.(ed.)] Minister Levin made a series of threats against Airbnb, unless the decision is rescinded: "We`ll encourage flat owners who suffer from this decision to sue Airbnb in the United States [and] in other places, so that the company will pay. Apart from that, we are going to restrict the ability of Airbnb to work here. We`ll probably put a very high tax here in Israel on the activity of Airbnb!". [ak] 20/11/2018
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#BDS has nearly wiped out grapes and peppers exports from the Jordan Valley to Europe *** Related Israeli Hasbara to Spanish state politicians and journalists *** Israeli dates still going strong *** Settlement products in Frankfurt this monthKippa magazine - Exports are down by around 80 percent since 2007, from 4018 ton to 715 as a result of the boycott.15/11/2018
Americans for Peace Now’s launches new “Settlement Map” AppRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "The app is a staple of our tours and is used by many of the journalists, public figures and diplomats who wish to quickly access Peace Now data when they are out in the field. We highly recommend you download this app and explore the wealth of information it features." - id15/11/2018
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Oslo is dead, Amichai is aliveOded Shalom - Ynet - 25 years after the Oslo Accords, the new settlement Amichai, being built for families evacuated from the illegal outpost Amona, and the nearby outposts that will be annexed to it and legalized, are helping create a Jewish corridor breaking up Palestinian territory in the West Bank and burying the agreements [ry]12/11/2018
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Settlement Group Files Suit to Re-demolish Bethlehem SchoolIMEMC - "The head of the office for the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee in Bethlehem, Hassan Brejiya, said that the lawyer of Saint Yves for defense of land, Emile Mashreqi, told the committee that the settlement institution has filed a racist claim in an Israeli court, against the school, in order to demolish it." - id 8/11/2018
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Israel settlers dump sewage on Palestinian school in QalqiliyaMiddle East Monitor - Israeli settlers dumped their sewage on a Palestinian school in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqilia yesterday. The Azzun Beit Amin School playground was flooded with sewage for the second time in two months as a result of the settlers’ actions. Principal Alaa Marabeh said it would take more than ten days for the sewage water to dry and this has caused a foul smell to spread across the school building and risks damaging the students’ health. The settlers live in the nearby illegal settlement of Sha’arei Tikva which is home to some 4,000 Jewish settlers.-rh6/11/2018
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Barkan terrorist still at large, but his house will be demolishedYoav Zitun, Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - This is an irregular procedure, since a demolition order was issued before the terrorist is apprehended. In most cases, suspects` confession and recreation of crime are an integral part of demolitions` due process especially in the face of the High Court of Justice, where families of terrorists usually object the demolition of their homes. bz] 6/11/2018
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Israeli Settlers Attack Olive Harvest in HebronIMEMC - "The majority of settler thefts committed against Palestinians are met with impunity, with Israelis rarely facing consequences for such thefts." - id1/11/2018
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