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Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian Children, Internationals in Hebron AreaCPT Hebron - "This coming Saturday, 2 August, the Christian Peacemakers Team will be conducting a walk from Twane to Tuba, `precisely to highlight the problem of settler violence [...] Palestinians, Israelis and internationals in the region are most encouraged to attend`"28/7/2008
U.S.: Israel`s new West Bank settlement plan not helpful Yangtze Yan - Xinhua - "We don`t believe that this contributes to the atmosphere that we are looking for in terms of proceeding forward with the Middle East peace process," State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said of the construction of 20 new housing units for Jewish settlers at a site named Maskiot in the Jordan Valley. The statement contained, however, no hint of any concrete act which the US intended to take. 26/7/2008
Israel plans new West Bank settlementRory McCarthy - The Guardian - A key planning committee at the ministry has approved a plan to build 20 homes in a new settlement in the Jordan valley to be called Maskiot. The defence minister, Ehud Barak, has not yet given his approval, although Israeli reports yesterday suggested the plan would go ahead soon. 25/7/2008
Collision course Daoud Kuttab - The Jordan Times - Without realising it, an American philanthropic organisation, planning to set up a $16.5 million children’s hospital in Palestine, is on a collision course with radical Jewish settlers at a time that American officials are constantly repeating calls for a contiguous and independent Palestinian state. One wonders how someone like Barack Obama, who is presently visiting the region, would respond to actions by Jewish settlers preventing the creation of a hospital.24/7/2008
Israeli Settlers Pursue Palestinian Children on Their Way to Summer Camp; Israeli Military Fails to Escort Childrencpthebron - Release - The children from the villages of Tuba and Maghaer Al-Abeed waited 30 minutes for the Israeli military escort that should have accompanied them on the most direct road between the villages of Tuba and At-Tuwani. When the military failed to arrive, the children began walking along a long path through the hills to At-Tuwani. When the children neared the illegal Israeli settlement outpost of Havot Ma`on, three settlers came out from the outpost and began walking in the direction of the children. The settlers had two dogs with them. 24/7/2008
Palestinian family fights settlersJonathan Cook - The National - It must be the smallest Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories: just half a house. But Palestinian officials and Israeli human rights groups are concerned that it represents the first stage of a plan to eradicate the historical neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem, cutting off one of the main routes by which Palestinians reach the Old City and its holy sites. 24/7/2008
Breaking the Silence`s Hebron tour disruptedAnne Paq - The Electronic Intifada (EI) - The visitors in this, as in many other tours of Hebron, did not see all that was on the scheduled route - but the settlers gave ample exhibition of their violent attitude and behaviour, and the police - of its inability and/or unwillingness to restrain them. This was, in fact, the main thing which the Israeli and international visitors came to see. 15/7/2008
Peace Now protests Ariel settlement`s 27 new factories Tovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - "Everyday, the Annapolis process is becoming more virtual than it was before," said Peace Now executive director Yariv Oppenheimer. "This is yet another surrender of the government to the demands of the settlement leadership," said Oppenheimer. 15/7/2008
Settler Violence Report: May and June 2008 Ahmad Jaradat and Sara Venturini - AIC - "On 30 May, settlers from Kiryat Arba engaged in new waves of attacks against Palestinian residential houses in Wadi Nassar, located to the south of the settlement. In Wadi Nassar, tens of armed young settlers attacked the house of Mosa Jaber in the middle of the day. Mosa’s two sons, 32 year old Thaer and Abed, were injured by the stone throwing settlers. On this same day, additional Palestinian homes near the Rjabi Building, which the settlers occupied on the 19th of March 2007, were stoned by settlers. The targeted houses belong to Ayman Mohammed Ja`bari, Bassem Fahed Ja`bari, Salah Aish Ja`bari and Mohammed Ayyoub Jaber. Palestinian residents reported that the Israeli soldiers on the spot took no serious action to stop the settler violence"14/7/2008
Palestinian villagers try to sue Canadian builders Rory McCarthy - The Guardian - The case, brought to the Quebec superior court in Montreal, alleges that the two Canadian firms are breaching international law by building and selling homes in part of the settlement of Modi`in Illit on land originally belonging to the Palestinian village of Bil`in. 10/7/2008
2 rockets fired from Bracha settlement at the village of BurinISM Media Alerts- Two more home-made rockets were launched from the illegal Israeli settlement of Bracha at the Palestinian village of Burin, near Nablus, on Tuesday 1st July. At 1pm, Jamal Najar, a resident of Burin, was sitting on his veranda when he saw a projectile launched from near the illegal settlement’s mobile phone tower. “It looked like a rocket,” he said. The projectile landed on his land, amongst his olive trees, just 150m from his house, 75m from his neighbour’s house. After two minutes a second one followed, coming from the same direction.3/7/2008
A chilly experience- Confronting the reality in Hebron through Breaking the Silence tourAnne Paq - IMEMC - "The Palestinian residents of the city have become the ghosts of the area at the luxury of the settlers` new way of life that is destroying the heart of a once vibrant town." 2/7/2008
Hebron settlers clash with left-wing activistsJerry Haber - Jerusalem Post/Peace Now website/The Magnes Zionist - Hebron settlers clashed with members of the left-wing movement "Breaking the Silence", who were on a visit to the West Bank city. The settlers shouted abuse at the group and threw eggs at them. 18/7/2008
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