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No to settlements is yes to peace Eric Yoffie - Haaretz - We should not demonize the settlers. They have done what Israeli governments, of both the right and the left, have permitted them to do. With strong government leadership, I believe that most will be prepared to relocate. But to those who will not - those who embrace an ugly fundamentalism and misread the Torah for their own purposes - we must be prepared to say: maspik. Enough. No more messianic dreams that have held Israel hostage and put the destiny of the Jewish people in their hands. It would be pragmatic for the government of Israel to offer generous incentives to the settlers to leave so that the process can begin now. And if need be, let military installations be put in place to deal with security issues. 30/10/2009
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Palestinians in Ma`aleh Adumim employed by Israel but on Jordanian terms Nir Hasson - Haaretz - Eighty Palestinian employees, members of the Jahleen Bedouin tribe living on the city`s edge in the West Bank, have served the citizens of Ma`aleh Adumim for decades, mostly in gardening and sanitation jobs. (...) Even amendments over the past 45 years that have made Jordanian legislation more progressive in terms of labor rights are not applied. 30/10/2009
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Settlers disrupt olive harvest near NablusEfrat Weiss, Ali Waked - Y-Net/Ma’an - Dozens of Israeli settlers assaulted farmers who were harvesting olives near the Israeli settlement of Shavout Rachel. After this initial attack, both soldiers and settlers stormed the village, clashing with Palestinian residents who threw stones back. Soldiers fired bullets and tear gas, residents said. 27/10/2009
West Bank settlers ramping up construction By Amos Harel- Ha`aretz "The defense establishment confirmed that in recent weeks West Bank settlers have been making a noticeable effort to expedite construction, in an attempt to maximize the "facts on the ground" before the United States and Israel reach an agreement on a settlement freeze." 23/10/2009
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Ministers set up task force to facilitate West Bank construction Mazal Mualem - Haaretz - "Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Interior Minister Eli Yishai made the decision...The two also agreed to give the team a NIS 3 million budget for the coming year." 20/10/2009
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Israeli banks entrenched in settlement building Adri Nieuwhof - EI - "Bank Hapoalim provides mortgages throughout the country, including in the occupied West Bank. The newspaper also revealed that a Jerusalem branch of Bank Leumi offered mortgages to purchase homes in Israeli settlements without any issues."28/10/2009
B`Tselem: Israeli Army Opens Investigation into Vandalism in Southern Hebron Hills Date B`Tselem Source WAFA 15/10/2009 16/10/2009
Despite promises to Obama, construction continues in dozens of W. Bank settlements By Akiva Eldar and Chaim Levinson Source Ha`aretz "Human rights activists monitoring the West Bank report that despite commitments Israel made to President Barack Obama`s administration last month, widespread building activity commenced three weeks ago in at least 12 settlements"16/10/2009
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Israel’s Religious Right and the Peace Process Nicolas Pelham - Merip - But what is disturbing about the settlers in Amona is not how distant they are from other Israelis, whether geographically or politically, but how connected. They are national-religious; that is to say, they are devout in their Judaism, but unlike many other religious Jews they believe equally fervently in the secular Zionist project. The national-religious fly Israeli flags from their lampposts and serve in front-line units in the army. Six months after the confrontation at Amona, half of the outpost’s men joined the draft for the 2006 Lebanon war, and a resident was one of the nine Israeli soldiers killed in the Gaza offensive of 2008-2009. 15/10/2009
Foundation laid for expanded East Jerusalem settlementMa`an - ""Nof Zion is in the Arab town of Jabel Mukaber, but it remains a Jewish neighborhood of Jerusalem." 8/10/2009
Israel`s Ofra Settlement On Unauthorized Palestinian LandStephen Lendman - Countercurrents - Called a flagship settlement, it was established in 1975 by the fundamentalist Gush Emunim (Bloc of the Faithful) movement that began seizing West Bank land for itself - modestly at first in abandoned Jordanian Ein Yabrud army camp houses. Then later, more aggressively after the Rabin government recognized it as a community even though 58% of its area lies on land registered to Palestinians in Israel`s Land Registry. Settlement construction there is forbidden. Yet in 1977 under Menachem Begin, recognition became official. 1/10/2009
Israeli settlements in the West Bank - the big pictureBoston.com - 37 dramatic photos of settlements25/10/2009
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