|7 leftists arrested after clash with West Bank settlers ||Haaretz -
Zonszein said the soldiers` actions contradict a High Court ruling from 2006 stating that soldiers must protect Palestinians while they work their land.
"The army consciously helps the settlers," Zonszein said. "It does not arrest them and allows them to flee."
|West Bank wine leaves sour taste for some||BBC News Video -
Tim Franks discovers how vineyards are blossoming across the West Bank as Jewish settlers seek to dig in on occupied land||19/6/2009|
|Village sues Canada companies cashing in on occupation ||Deborah Guterman - The Electronic Intifada - Bilin has charged Green Park International and Green Mount International with illegally constructing residential buildings and other settlement infrastructure on village territory, and marketing such structures to the civilian population of the State of Israel. The condominiums in question are located in a settlement neighborhood known as Matityahu East.
|Right-wing group plans 30 new outposts||TOVAH LAZAROFF -
J-lem Post -
"Former Kedumim mayor Daniella Weiss, one of the leaders of the Land of Israel Faithful, told The Jerusalem Post late Monday that her group was recruiting activists for this summer`s outpost building."
|Obama sees `positive movement` in Netanyahu speech - but reminds that settlements are illegal ||Paula Wolfson - Associated Press/Voice of America - In the first personal reaction to Netanyhau`s speech, President Obama welcomed the PM`s willingness to accept a Palestinian state - but stated that Netanyhau`s numerous conditions be discussed in negotiations rather than be preconditions to talks. And Obama stated that "In past agreements, settlements have been categorized as illegal" - a term which had been avoided by several of Obama`s predecessors who preferred much milder terms such as "settlements are unhelpful" and the like. [Ed.]. ||16/6/2009|
|Israel`s settlement setback||Seth Freedman -
"The separation wall, the maze of checkpoints, the economic blockades, and all the other restrictions imposed on the Palestinian populace deny the original residents of the West Bank any chance of natural growth." ||10/6/2009|
|Israel tells Mitchell it won`t halt natural growth in settlements||HERB KEINON -
J-lem Post -
"It was likely that Netanyahu would nod toward the notion of a Palestinian state in his speech, he was unlikely to say "two states for two peoples." ||10/6/2009|
|Rights group warns of growing settler violence||Efrat Weiss -
"Yesh Din has repeatedly warned the law enforcement authorities in the West Bank of "systematic, organized and large-scale terrorist actions" taken by Jewish groups." ||10/6/2009|
|Prosecution drops indictment against settler filmed shooting Palestinians ||Tomer Zarchin, Jonathan Lis, Ofra Edelman and Avi Issacharoff - Haaretz ||9/6/2009|
|Susya and Khirbet Safa - Report||David Shulman - "…the soldiers have turned up with the standard document declaring Khirbet Safa a Closed Military Zone (CMZ) from now until June 21st. The order is illegal—the Israeli Supreme Court recently ruled that the army has no right to use this device in a blanket fashion, to keep farmers from their lands; and the army`s own legal advisor adopted this ruling as binding and issued orders to that effect. But out here in the hills, the Court`s writ has little purchase. The local commander does what he sees fit, and you can`t do much about it—except defy his order and get arrested, as we often do"||8/6/2009|
|Running For Their Lives||Samuel Nichols, CPT - IMEMC - "It`s not a new story, something similar happens every week in this village, but it still grips you with the force of something novel. Masked settlers had come charging out of the bushes. Running towards the Palestinian shepherds and sheep, they smacked the sheep with large sticks and threw large stones at the sheep. The Palestinians, two brothers under the age of 13, literally ran for their live"||8/6/2009|
|Israeli ministry wages settlement war against U.S. ||Mazal Mualem - Haaretz - "Haaretz has learned that [Interior Minister Eli] Yishai has instructed officials at the Interior Ministry to come up with ways to help the settlers, by allowing continued construction within the major West Bank settlement blocs where building has stopped as a result of American pressure"||8/6/2009|
| 3.6.09: Security forces must prepare for settler revenge||B`Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories - "B`Tselem called on the defense minister, OC Central Command, and the commander of SHAI Police District to prepare for acts of violence by settlers following evacuation of outposts.
The demand is made following a wave of violent attacks by Palestinians the previous day, and on the backdrop of experience in recent years regarding what the settlers refer to as their "price tag" policy."
| News Analysis: Obama Pins Mideast Hope on Limiting Settlements|| Andrea Kannapell and Ethan Bronner on Jewish Settlements as Seen by the Israeli and United States Governments - New York Times
|Settler Violence and Police Indifference||Jesse Hochheiser - Across the Borderline - When the settlers reached us, I was immediately struck in the face, and they tried to pull my camera from my hands. Other settlers were throwing rocks at the women as they fled. Settlers continued to hit me and another Taayush activist and they managed to take my camera, with which they then used to hit the other ||4/6/2009|
|Israel plays down blunt criticism from Obama||AFP -
Daily Star -
"Obama`s administration has taken a harsher tone with Israel, demanding that it freeze all settlement activity, including so-called "natural growth" construction to accommodate population increases."
|Report by Hebron Youth Against Settlements from May 10 -- May 23 2009||Issa Amro & Badia Dwaik - On the Lag Baâ€™omer holyday settlers had their bonfire on Palestinian land in Tell-Rumeida, the wood they had stolen from Palestinians and Palestinian children were attacked by them||2/6/2009|
|[The settlers`] Yesha Council: US using political terror against Israel||Efrat Weiss - Ynet - If Israel will not refuse to freeze the settlements this "will snowball and then we won`t be able to stop (Obama) on the division of Jerusalem either," according to the settlers` "Yesha Council" chairman Danny Dayan.||2/6/2009|
|Israel and U.S. Canâ€™t Close Split on Settlements ||Isabel Kershner - NYT - According to the newly disclosed data, about 58,800 housing units have been built with government approval in the West Bank settlements over the past 40 years. An additional 46,500 have already obtained Defense Ministry approval within the existing master plans, awaiting nothing more than a government decision to build.
|Palestinians injured by veiled settlers ||Ali Waked - YNET - Dozens of settlers hurl stones at Palestinian vehicles near West Bank settlements of Kedumim, Karnei Shomron early Monday. Palestinians report four drivers wounded after being assaulted. Police: One person lightly hurt; no suspects arrested||1/6/2009|
|Where Are The Missing Settlers?||Jonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Israel’s attempt to differentiate between the status of the West Bank and that of East Jerusalem, even though these adjacent territories are equally Palestinian and were both captured by Israel in 1967, lies at the heart of the conflict and its resolution.
|U.S. could yield on settlement freeze, says government source ||Barak Ravid - Haaretz - Netanyahu government officials claim that the Americans might agree that existing construction projects be completed since "the government has no legal power to stop them, once contracts were already signed". Meanwhile, despite Lieberman`s efforts the upgrading of Israel`s relations with the EU remains deadlocked. ||16/6/2009|
|A guide to Israeli settlements||Gershom Gorenberg - Los Angeles Times - How and when did they start, why are they spreading, what are the concerns and should anything be done about them?||29/6/2009|
|Israel to expand unsanctioned settlement enclaves||Amy Teibel - AP News/ Antiwar - Israel advancing plans to expand unsanctioned West Bank settler enclaves||29/6/2009|
|Settlers assualt Palestinians; Palestinians appeal to Supreme Court against settler land theft ||Katherine Orwell/Aviad Glickman/Efrat Weiss - IMEMC/Y-Net - At least two Palestinians got injured by settler gunfire when crowds of Israeli settlers attacked Asira Al-Qibliya and Far`ata, southwest of Nablus. Villagers of Qadum, with the help of the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din, filed a petition to the Supreme Court against the army`s legitimising the theft of their land by settlers.
| G8 to Israel: end settlement construction, including natural growth, open border crossings||Nicole Winfield - Associated Press/G8 News and Analysis - The Israeli Netanyahu Government in 2009, like the Hamas-led Palestinian Haniya Government in 2006, is now in open defiance of a clearly formulated directive from the Quartet. It remain to be seen whether continued defiance will result in anything similar to the severe penalties imposed at the time on the Hamas Government [ed.]. ||27/6/2009|
|Africa-Israel under scrutiny for settlement construction ||Adri Nieuwhof - The Electronic Intifada - As corporations that abet or profit from Israel`s human rights violations come under further scrutiny, financial institutions and their investors face increasing pressure to drop these companies from their portfolios. Most recently, the Swedish pension fund AP7 excluded the French transportation compny Alstom because of its involvement in the Israeli tramway project that runs on Palestinian land, and the Belgian-French financial group Dexia announced it will no longer finance illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
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