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Settler tourists given weekly armed escort through the streets of Al KhalilFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "These guided tours usually last for about an hour, and settlers are always accompanied by armed Israeli forces, intimidating local Palestinians who are trying to make a living by selling their goods in the market."..."At the moment they are usually made up of 50 or more settlers, accompanied by around 30 armed soldiers and border police." - id 23/5/2018
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Hamas and Fatah: Why the two groups are failingJonathan Cook - Al-Jazeera "The Palestinian national movement has moved beyond crisis to the point of bankruptcy," said Ghassan Khatib, a former cabinet minister in the Palestinian Authority (PA), and now a lecturer at Bir Zeit University, near Ramallah."Neither the armed resistance of Hamas nor the diplomacy of Fatah has made any gains," he told Al Jazeera. "They are failed governments, and the public is deeply dissatisfied." ca 18/5/2018
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Netanyahu, ensure safe passage to Palestinian school children! 8/5/2018
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International campaign: Ensure safe passage to Palestinian school children!Rabbis for Human Rights / The Action Network - In the highly vulnerable Palestinian communities pf the the South Hebron Hills, poverty levels are high and there is no access to basic services including clean water, sewage and electricity. Children from the small villages of Tuba and Maghiyir al Abeed attend school at the nearby village Tuwani. However, the road to the school — forbidden for Palestinians except for the schoolchildren — traverses closely to the illegal Israeli outpost "Havat Maon," known for harboring a number of ideologically extreme and sometimes violent Israeli settlers. For over ten years these extremists have physically attacked and verbally intimidated these schoolchildren as they attempted to walk to school in neighboring Tuwani. Although the state has clearly acknowledged the ongoing danger to the children, it has refused to act against the criminal perpetrators. No arrests, to our knowledge, have ever been made despite clear documentation of the abuse (see videos). [ak]8/5/2018
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Settlers Bulldoze Salfit Lands to Expand SettlementIMEMC News & Agencies - "Eyewitnesses confirmed that the bulldozers leveled lands west of Kafr El Deek, west of Salfit, in order to expand the settlement of “Aleh Zahav”, adding that they were used for herding poultry and had olive trees...He pointed out that 25 settlements in Salfit have been expanding in different directions, starting from the Za’tara checkpoint to south of Nablus, and ending at Kafr Qasim, to separate the northern West Bank from its south and center, thus ending the dream of a Palestinian state." ca4/5/2018
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Young Jews won’t cry over the end of the Zionist dream, Beinart saysPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Peter Beinart has been doing great work lately. Last Friday he had a long piece in the Forward on Gaza that step by step took apart every rationalization for the brutal collective punishment of 2 million people and said American Jews are responsible. “Our community’s complicity in the human nightmare in Gaza should fill every American Jew with shame.” And two weeks ago at J Street, Beinart ran down the American Jewish establishment for its support for the settlement project that has destroyed the two-state solution, for its Islamophobia, for its destruction of American political dissent on Israel. And he called for Democrats to demand that the next presidential nominee state, Not a penny for your illegal settlements.-rh2/5/2018
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Cops and Robbers : Distribution of Israel Police stations throughout the West Bank/ April 2018Kerem Navot - On June 14, 1967, a week after the onset of the occupation of the West Bank, Uzi Narkiss, former IDF commander of the Central Command, signed an order allowing the Israel Police to operate in the West Bank, despite the fact that it was not part of the sovereign territory of the State of Israel. As such, the Israel Police were not authorized to operate there to begin with.This report we’re releasing today is devoted to surveying the geographical distribution of dozens of police stations, all of which are located within settlements or areas subject to full Israeli control in Area C.-rh2/5/2018
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Report: Settler gangs escalate aggression against Palestinians under full US bias Madeeha Araj - PNN - "In the West Bank, settlement and terrorist activities are continued against the Palestinian and their properties by “Pay the Price Groups, the most recent of which is attacking the towns of Ramon, Burin, Barqa and Beit Iksa, as well as the destruction of hundreds of olive trees and writing of racist slogans against the Arabs, including: “either killing or expulsion, death to the Arabs,” where the occupation authorities provide full political, legal and security protection." - id 2/5/2018
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Steady Rise in Settler Attacks against PalestiniansIMEMC News & Agencies - "OCHA documented, in a report, that Israeli violence has increased since the beginning of 2018; the weekly average of settler attacks that resulted in injuries among Palestinians or damage to Palestinian property is five, compared with an average of three attacks in 2017 and two attacks in 2016" [ry]30/4/2018
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Settler rail line to Israel latest land grab, Palestinians sayJaclynn Ashly - Al Jazeera - Residents in Salfit district expect 300 hectares of land to be confiscated for an Israeli settler railway [ry]30/4/2018
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Settlement Investment Top Israeli PriorityIMEMC - "Facts on the ground show that Israel’s investment in the occupied West Bank is much more than the one inside the occupied 1948 borders. Within this context, the Israeli government allocated NIS 417,000,000 for developing settlements, in the Dead Sea area, in order to attract more settlers, expand the settlements outside the Green Line and Judaize it." - id 25/4/2018
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Jewish Home MK says jailed Palestinian teen ‘deserved a bullet’ in the kneecapTAMAR PILEGGI - Times of Israel - Jewish Home lawmaker Bezalel Smotrich on Sunday said he was “very sad” that a Palestinian teen protester who was filmed slapping Israeli soldiers was jailed and not shot, saying Ahed Tamimi deserved a bullet to the kneecap, “at the very least.” Responding to a tweet from ex-Jewish Home MK Yinon Magal, Smotrich lamented that IDF troops did not maim the 17-year-old in the December 2017 incident.-rh25/4/2018
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All in one week - FMEP Settlement Report, April 20, 2018Kristin McCarthy - Foundation for Middle East Peace - 1.Israeli Police Assist Settlers in Taking Over Three Palestinian Apartments in East Jerusalem 2.Palestinians Petition Civil Administration to Evacuate Squatting Settlers from Hebron Compound 4.IDF Aids Settlers in Closing Off Key Road to Palestinians 5.$120 Million Investment into Jordan Valley Communities, Including Settlements 6.Settlers Assault IDF & Terrorize Palestinians in Nablus Area [bz]24/4/2018
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The curse of being a not-wanted Palestinian village near JerusalemIMEMC - A group of settlers invaded, on Monday at dawn, Beit Iksa village, surrounded by the Wall northwest of occupied Jerusalem, punctured tires of more than 20 Palestinian cars and wrote racist graffiti. The village is inhabited by 1800 Palestinians, and is also subject to constant military invasions. Most of its residents had to leave due to the Wall and settlements. [bz] 24/4/2018
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Settlers attack two homes in HebronM.N. - WAFA - Israeli settlers on Saturday attacked with stones two homes belonging to Jaber and Qfesheh families in the Old City neighborhood in Hebron. Aref Jaber, an anti-Israeli settlements activist, told WAFA that the settlers were escorted by soldiers and smashed some of the windows of the two homes, and terrorized their residents, shouting racist slogans and threatening to take over their homes by force. [bz]24/4/2018
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Za’tari Family in Hebron Implores Defense Minister to Evict Settler SquattersPeace Now - In his letter Attorney Samer Shehadeh stated that the settlers’ claim of purchase “has no basis in reality, since my clients and/or their representatives never sold their ownership rights in their homes.” Peace Now`s comment: "Instead of protecting the landowner’s rights, the government is helping robbers (...)" [bz]24/4/2018
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Israeli settlers attack Palestinian families, attempt to take over homes in HebronMa’an News Agency - "A group of Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian family and attempted to take over two homes on Saturday in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron" [ry]23/4/2018
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Yitzhar settlers assault residents of Palestinian village of ‘Urif; soldiers stand by, later fatally shoot a resident and injure a 14-year-old boyB`TSELEM - At about 5:30 P.M. on 10 March 2018, a group of some twenty to thirty settlers walked over from the settlement of Yitzhar to the Palestinian village of ‘Urif, which lies close to Nablus. They came to the easternmost of the village lands, which are located about one kilometer away from the settlement. Some of the settlers were masked, some carried wood or and metal clubs, and at least two carried guns. Three armed Israeli soldiers escorted the settlers.-rh18/4/2018
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Tensions rise due to settlers claiming major archaeological site IMEMC - Repeatedly, relgious-nationalist settlers try to stake a claim to the archaeological site of Sebastia, near the Palestinian village of the same name. As depicted in settler communiques, Sebastia or Samaria was "The Ancient Capital of Israel". This version glosses over the fact that the Bible refers to the place as a sinful, idolatrous city, eventually destroyed by God. Moreover, the impressive ruins to be seen there are much later - from a Roman city inaugurated by King Herod, whose own historical reputation is shady, to say the least. This week, the settlers demanded - and got - intensive military escort for a visit by a group of religious schoolgirls. The girls were conducted around the ruins by settler guides and told that they were seeing "a major site of Jewish historical heritage", while soldiers established an armed perimeter all around and shot heavy barrages of tear gas at Palestinian protesters. Mohammed Azem, Mayor of Sebastia, expressed protest and outrage at the settler incursion and announced that a Palestinian national festival, organized by the municipality, will be held on the same archaeological site next Friday. [ak] 17/4/2018
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New Settlement Plans in Jerusalem & Hustle Passover Celebrations Throughout The Occupied TerritoriesPNN - Palestine News Network - "The “Israeli Regional Committee for Organization and Building” approved the new structural plan of the settlement built on the Green Line near the Wadi Fokin village in Bethlehem that included 5700 housing units to house about 29,000 settlers." - id11/4/2018
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Settler winery, on stolen land, declared best Israeli winery of 2018 ýDror Etkes - Kerem Navot þ - Psagot was declared by "World Finance" to be the best Israeli winery of 2018. We surely don`t regard ourselves as experts on the wine industry, but we do know a bit about the status of the land on which the grapes are grown for the Psagot winery. Psagot Winery`s business plan is based on serial property delinquency and systematic violence against Palestinian landowners. The Psagot Winery website details where the vineyards from which the grapes come are located. No less than four of their vineyards (Psagot, Elon Moreh, Kida - east of Shilo - and Har Bracha) are located in and around West Bank settlements populated by hard core religious extremists, who play a leading role in the trend of agricultural takeovers. At least 57% of the grapes were planted on privately-owned Palestinian land - an act of outright theft and robbery committed with the tacit connivance of the military authorities. [ak]10/4/2018
Settlers Flood Sewage into Hebron-area FarmlandIMEMC News & Agencies - "Israeli settlers, on Sunday, flooded their sewage into an orchard planted with grapes near the town of Beit Ummar, to the north of Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources" [ry]2/4/2018
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