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Settlements

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US government offers tax breaks for Jewish settlersSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The Fund advertised on their website, "Dozens of new families can now come live in Hebron." 28/8/2008
Israel Pushes Ahead with Settlement ExpansionMel Frykberg - Antiwar - "The principal tool used to take control of land is to declare it state land...Other methods employed by Israel to take control of land include seizure for military needs, declaration of land as "abandoned assets", and the expropriation of land for public needs." 28/8/2008
Israel settlement surge draws Rice criticismArshad Mohammed - IHT - "Palestinians say settlement building denies them land they want for a contiguous state." 27/8/2008
`Gush Etzion hilltop must not be handed to PA`TOVAH LAZAROFF - J-lem Post - "...land that overlooks the new Tekoa road between the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa and the Herodian archaeological site." 27/8/2008
IDF temporarily bans 3 rightists from West Bank Efrat Weiss - Ynet - "...the warrants were issued at this time despite the harvest being scheduled for October, since the army had accurate intelligence suggesting the men intend to hinder both the harvest and the preparations for it." 27/8/2008
Hebron: settlers assault Palestinians and TIPH monitorsIMEMC - Settlers threw stones and glass bottles at houses and at civilians and children passing on their way to school; and members of the TIPH monitoring team came themselves under attack, after they were called to document the aggression.26/8/2008
Eliminating The Green Line
peace now settlement watch report Aug. 2008
Hagit Ofran - Peace Now - In order to create a territorial connection between the settlements blocks and isolated settlements in the heart of the West Bank, intensified building activity in outposts and isolated settlements 26/8/2008
‘Illegal’ settlements squeeze bordersJonathan Cook - The National - “We are connected to the water grid, we have phone lines from the national company Bezeq, we have been hooked up by the electricity company and have street lighting. […] We also have a kindergarten paid for by the state and a group of soldiers stationed here to protect us. How can we be ‘illegal’?”25/8/2008
Evacuated settlement `reestablished` Efrat Weiss - Ynet - ""I wish the couple many celebrations – next year in the built-up Homesh," said Rabbi Yehoshua Schmidt." 20/8/2008
This land isn’t Israel Yair Lapid - Ynet - These people create a situation whereby, when the day comes, and the agreements are signed on the lawn in Washington, it will be easier to give up this land, which isn’t really ours [ in this article is expressed from a mainstream angle the growing isolation of the settlers-ed]19/8/2008
Israel`s front-line thugsSeth Freedman - The Guardian - The security forces are, of course, by no means scared to act when it suits them. Palestinian demonstrations are routinely put down with excessive force: rocks flung by pre-teens are countered with rubber bullets, tear gas, and – often – live and indiscriminate fire. But when it comes to clamping down on violence emanating from the settler community, a different set of rules apply, and the authorities` reeking hypocrisy is exposed as endemic to the way in which they view the different strands of Israeli society. 9/8/2008
`Keep settlers out of official events`JONNY PAUL - J-lem Post - "British Foreign Office minister Kim Howells has vowed to ensure that settlers will not be invited to future events hosted by the British embassy in Israel."6/8/2008
PCBS: 39 times more settlers in Palestine then in 1972Ma`an - "The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) released a report on the number of illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian areas for the year 2007 on Sunday. The number of occupation sites in the West Bank totaled 440. Of this, 144 were settlements, 96 were outposts inside settlement boundaries, 109 were outposts outside settlement boundaries, 43 were occupation Sites classified as Other, and 48 were military bases"4/8/2008
At-Tuwani: Urgent Action Update / At-Tuwani Children’s March to Tuba A Success: Palestinians Walk On Road Unused for 11 YearsCPT urges you to contact the Israeli police at Kiryat Arba and demand immediate action to prevent further settler attacks on Palestinian school children. Over the last two weeks settlers have attacked Palestinian children on their way to summer camp four times4/8/2008
Settlers attack a wedding in Hebron; throw a youth from the rooftopSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - " dozens of settlers attacked the wedding party, which was being held at the home of Abdul-Karim Al Ja’bary, close to the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba’, and hurled stones at the residents. The boy who was thrown from the rooftop by the settlers was identified as 15-year old Hamza Abu Hitta. "3/8/2008
Land grabs and lawsuits. A Palestinian village sues two Montreal-based companies over the construction of a West Bank settlementJESSE ROSENFELD - Montreal Mirror - The sister construction companies are being charged with violating both Canadian and international law, while also acting as agents of the Israeli state due to their construction of residences in Mattityahu East, a hilltop adjacent Modi’in Illit’s main settlement block. Calling the case unprecedented, Arnold cites the Fourth Geneva Convention and Canada’s Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act. 2/8/2008
Really living here Raja Shehadeh - Electronic Intifada - As the Israel-Palestine peace process flounders, aggressive behavior by Jewish settlers and their supporters in the Israeli army is making the countryside of the West Bank an increasingly dangerous place for Palestinians. Behind this development is the belief that there is no room in "Greater Israel" for the Palestinians. That it is either us or them. 1/8/2008
7 August `08: Increase in settler violenceB`Tselem - "As noted, the problem is not a sudden outbreak of settler violence but rather a peak in the steady escalation of recent weeks. Statistics of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs demonstrate a forty-six percent increase in reports of settler violence in July compared with the previous month"14/8/2008
HEBRON: Violence Increases in Wadi Nasara 11/8/2008
Israel `worry` at settler attacksBBC News - Israeli security officials are reported to have raised concerns about an increase in violence by Jewish settlers in the West Bank.16/8/2008
Don`t say we did not know - settlers from Havat Gilad attack farmers from ImatinOn Monday, 21/07/08, settlers from Havat Gilad attacked farmers from Imatin, when the latter worked their land. Soldiers arriving on the spot did not prevent the attack, even when a settler sprayed some chemical and wounded two Palestinians who stood near the soldiers8/8/2008
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