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Settlements

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Activists demand settlers leave Palestinian home in Hebron following court orderMa’an News Agency - "The home, which belongs to the Abu Rajab family, has been embroiled in a legal battle with Israeli settlers who claim that they purchased the rights to the home, though the Palestinian homeowners and the Israeli state have maintained that the settlers forged the documents. Despite several court orders preventing the settlers from moving into the home, they forcibly took over the home in late July" [ry]23/10/2017
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Japan Declares Disgust with New West Bank Settlement ApprovalIMEMC News & Agencies - "The government of Japan deeply deplores Israel’s approval of plans for the construction of some 3,000 housing units in West Bank settlements, despite repeated calls from the international community, including Japan, for freezing such activities, foreign Press Secretary Norio Maruyama said, in a press release" [ry]23/10/2017
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Settler violence on the rise as olive harvest begins in West BankOrly Noy - +972 - Since the beginning of the olive harvest two weeks ago, Israeli human rights organizations have documented 10 cases of settler violence and theft against Palestinians and their property. For now, it seems like the police are doing their job [ry]23/10/2017
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Upscale Tokyo Department Store Withdraws Products from Illegal Israeli SettlementsIMEMC News & Agencies - "The upscale Mitsukoshi department store in the Ginza district of Tokyo has withdrawn Israeli settlement products.Earlier this month, the store was scheduled to host an event featuring Israeli wines, including wines made in illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen land. But after Japanese civil society raised concerns, Mitsukoshi shortened the event and removed all wines which Japanese BDS activists indicated were made in Israeli settlements." ca 20/10/2017
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Israeli settlers steal olive harvest from Nablus-area villagesMa`an - "Daghlas added that the Palestinians were shocked after arriving to their lands -- only after receiving permits from Israeli authorities to access the land and harvest the olives -- that their pickings had been stolen by settlers." - id 18/10/2017
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PLO Condemns Israeli Plans to Build 4,000 Illegal Settlement UnitsIMEMC News & Agencies - "We strongly condemn Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval of the construction of 3,829 illegal settlement units in the Occupied West Bank,” said Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the PLO’s Executive Committee. Reports said, according to WAFA, that Netanyahu is bent on approving, next week, the construction of 300 units in the settlement of Beit El, 206 in Tekoa, 158 in Kfar Etzion, 129 in Avnei Hefetz, 102 in Negohot, 97 in Rehelim, 48 housing units in Ma’ale Mikhmas, and 30 units in Jewish settlement in Hebron." ca 11/10/2017
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Women for human rights and against the occupationArea C - Machsomwatch "The main effect of the occupation on civilians living in the C area is a violation of human rights in all spheres of life.Restriction of movement, limiting the amount of water per capita, preventing the development of infrastructure, preventing construction in accordance with natural growth of population, the army breaking the entry into private properties without warning, and the lack of protection of the Palestinians when settlers attacked Palestinian civilians." ca 11/10/2017
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Israel announces new settlement homes will be built in West BankAnshel Pfeffer - The Jewish Chronicle - Netanyahu has bowed to intense pressure from settler leaders and announced he would authorise over 3,800 new homes in West Bank settlements. Move comes amid confusion over Donald Trump`s plans for Middle East peace and the US Embassy [bz]10/10/2017
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Ashrawi: `Netanyahu more committed to settlement expansion than to peace`Ma`an News Agency - "Netanyahu’s speech in which he declared that the illegal settlements will not be removed attests to his intransigence and willful refusal to abide by international law and conventions, standing UN resolutions, and global consensus,” Ashrawi said, calling Netanyahu arrogant and accusing him “turning such international norms into a mockery.” ca29/9/2017
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You are here UN takes first step to end Israel’s impunityAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "On Wednesday, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that the UN’s human rights office began sending letters to some 150 companies around the world warning them that they may be added to a database of firms doing business with Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem." ca29/9/2017
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Moving the Goalposts: Delaying Palestinian Football JusticeReports - ISM - "FIFA President Gianni Infantino says that a decision on Israeli settlement clubs is coming in October 2017." - id27/9/2017
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IDF Guard Post Placed in Area A to Protect Settlers Driving Illegally Through a Palestinian AreaPeace Now - Several weeks ago, the army placed a pillbox in the heart of the Palestinian village of Khursa, aimed at protecting vehicles of the Negohot settlers, who drive through the village. Khursa is defined as "Area A" where the army is not supposed to post soldiers and where Israeli citizens are (officially, at least) forbidden to enter by the army. But the settlers ignore the army`s order and take a shortcut through Khursa. Rather than enforce its order, the army now posted soldiers to safeguard the settlers. The settlements of Negohot itself was established illegally in 1999 - but rather than evict the settlers, the governemtn eventually granted them "retroactive legality". [ak]26/9/2017
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How Israel Tries to Get a Palestinian Family to Quit Their Home Amira Hass - Haaretz - Let me tell you what I think happened here. The Jabari family and its 25 dunams (five acres) of land, where the family has been living since long before the Gush Emunim settlement movement was founded, are obstructing Kiryat Arba’s expansion aspirations. Someone is using Israel’s sons and daughters in compulsory military service to harass the family until they leave. [bz]26/9/2017
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Gush Shalom: Har Adar killings should be a wake-up call to the governmentGush Shalom - The killings at Har Adar should serve as wake-up call to a government which intends to hold tomorrow a “celebration” to mark fifty years of Israeli occupation and settlement in “Judea and Samaria”. Fifty years of Israeli military occupation have not made the Palestinians give up their dream of being a free people in their homeland. Nor will another fifty years of occupation, or another hundred. Those who seek to perpetuate the occupation and intensify settlement activities would ensure many more years and generations of hatred and bloodshed, to Israelis and Palestinians alike.[ak]26/9/2017
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Right outraged as Supreme Court, MKs snub Judea and Samaria, Golan jubilee Lahav Harkov - Jerusalem Post - The Supreme Court and lawmakers from the Zionist Union and most of Yesh Atid do not plan to attend the official ceremony honoring 50 years of settlements in Judea, Samaria, the Jordan Valley and the Golan on Wednesday in Kfar Etzion settlement. Opposition leader Isaac Herzog and Labor leader Avi Gabbay were denied the opportunity to speak there, as first reported by Channel 1. [bz]26/9/2017
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Border Policeman, 2 security guards killed at entrance to Har Adar settlement Jerusalem Post - Israeli media identified the attacker as 37-year-old Nimer Mahmoud Ahmad Jamal a father of four. The man had a valid work permit allowing him to enter Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Israeli military enforces closure on Beit Surik, the village the assailant came from. [bz] 26/9/2017
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Israeli settlers torch olive trees after illegal outpost evacuated south of NablusMa’an News Agency - "Israeli settlers site fire to a grove of olive trees on privately-owned Palestinian land in the northern occupied West Bank on Sunday morning, shortly after Israeli forces evacuated an illegal settlement outpost in the area, according to an Israeli NGO" [ry]25/9/2017
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WATCH: Settler attacks left-wing activist, breaks his arm
Guess who was detained and taken in for questioning
Yael Marom - +972 - One of them attacked Ta’ayush activist Guy Butavia, hitting him in his chest with his weapon and pushing him to the ground. Butavia was treated by an IDF medic on the scene before being taken to a hospital. “I went to Carmel after more than two weeks of endless stone throwing on a nightly basis at Umm al-Kheir,” Butavia says. “Right after we entered the settlement the soldiers arrived and tried to block us. They did not present us with a closed military zone order, so we continued walking. Suddenly the armed settlers from Carmel appeared. They treated us as if we were ‘terrorists.’ [bz] 19/9/2017
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Palestinian landowners push to halt settlement buildingRania Zabaneh - Aljazeera - "They have been planting barley, chickpeas and sesame on it for generations. But over the last couple of decades, more than 90 percent of their land has been taken over by Israel.Now, they struggle to access the little land that remains because of the illegal Israeli settlements and outposts that dot the area." - id 15/9/2017
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Why is Human Rights Watch urging engagement with Israel’s banks?Ali Abunimah - Rights and Accountability - EI - "Israeli banks claim that Israel’s laws require them to be involved in the colonization of occupied Palestinian – and Syrian – land in violation of international law." - id13/9/2017
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`Occupation will not deprive our children of education!” - Jeb Al-Theeb school rebuilt and defendedIMEMC - Three weeks after it was demolished by the army, parents and activists completed reconstructing the school of Jeb Al-Theeb village, enabling 64 children in grades one to four to start at last their school year. At the inauguration, Palestinian Authority Minister Walid Assaf stated that "this occupation will not deprive our children of their right to education!”. Numerous Israeli soldiers were seen on the hills overlooking the rebuilt school, arousing apprehensions that the army intended to demolish it again. However, the village obtained a court injunction, temporaritly preventing a re-demolition. Later, thirty Israeli settlers attmpted to storm the rebuilt school and were held off by villagers and activists. [ak] 12/9/2017
Condemnations of Israeli Occupation Aren’t Enough Amira Hass - Haaretz - The evacuation of the Shamasneh family from their home in Jerusalem and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s plans to demolish Sussia and Khan al-Akhmar are the other side of the coin of settlement construction. This is how Israel carries out a gradual expulsion. Europeans, your denunciations are seen by Israel as lacking urgency. Without sanctions, it can take a deep breath and its faith in its ability to implement the plan is solid. [bz] 9/9/2017
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Marching against the Sheikh Jarrah evictions 8/9/2017
Israel to Destroy Sole Water Source of Nablus Area VillageIMEMC - "Ghassan Daghles, monitoring Israeli settlement activity in the north of the West Bank, said that forces handed residents notices informing them of their intention to remove the pipeline; the sole source of water for that area." - id 6/9/2017
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Stop settler harassment at Umm al-Kheir 5/9/2017
Every night, settlers harass the Umm al-Kheir villagers Li Lorian - Ta’ayush - In these hot summer nights, people often sleep outside. For the villagers of Umm al-Kheir in the South Hebron Hills, this has become a rather dangerous practice. In the past five nights, every hour on the hour a large stone is lobbed at the village from the nearby Israeli settlement of Carmel, with the sole aim of depriving the villagers of their sleep. Last night Ta’ayush activists spent the night with the people of Umm al-Kheir. When we called the police after the first stone was thrown, we were told they would call us back. They didn’t. [ak]5/9/2017
Israel delays evacuation of settlers from Palestinian-owned home in HebronMa`an - The Israeli Supreme Court has ordered to delay the evacuation based on an appeal submitted by the settlers. The appeal is based on the same erroneous ownership claims to the property that have already been debunked in previous legal proceedings. [bz]5/9/2017
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Sheikh Jarrah family expelled, home handed to settlersYael Friedson - Y-net - An Arab family was expelled from their home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Fahamiya Shamasna, 75, told AFP that police arrived before dawn ordering her, her sick husband Ayoub, 84, their son and his family out of the house in the upscale Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood where the couple lived for 53 years. "What greater injustice is there than this?" she said. "Maybe we will sleep in the street." Plans for the eviction had been criticized by the EU, UN and various Western governments, though NOT the United States. [The house is to be handed over to settlers, on the basis that it had been a Jewish property before 1948 - an obvious double standard since Palestinians can`t reclaim their pre-`48 properties. ak]5/9/2017
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Major Canadian union joins BDSItamar Eichner - Ynet - Unifor National, Canada`s largest private union, adopts proposal to boycott Israel "until such time as Israel implements a permanent ban on further settlement construction in the OPT, and enters into good faith negotiations with representatives of the Palestinian people for the purpose of establishing a viable, contiguous and truly sovereign Palestinian state.” [bz]5/9/2017
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The Writing On The Wall: Signs Of Occupation In Hebron Issa Amro - Forward "I was born in the ancient Palestinian city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank in a home around the corner from the entrance to Shuhada Street, the main thoroughfare and marketplace in the city. The name of our neighborhood was Bab el-Khan.Today, hanging on the stone walls of my old Bab el-Khan neighborhood is a sign in Hebrew and English reading “Emek Hebron.” The houses and streets are empty. Israeli soldiers stand guard to secure ease of movement for illegal Israeli settlers to travel from our confiscated Palestinians homes to the synagogue they created after taking over half of our mosque." ca 1/9/2017
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