|Elliot Abrams: Palestinians actually love Israeli settlements||Matt Eckel - Foreign Policy Watch - There`s something genuinely odd, if also perversely internally consistent, in the way certain right wingers look at Israeli-Palestinian interplay. For a reminder of this, I`d recommend Elliot Abrams` recent post at The Corner National Review Online in which he argues that freezing Israeli settlement growth would be bad for Palestinians||26/7/2009|
|Settlers annex 40 Dunams of Palestinian lands in Nablus||Saed Bannoura-
Dr. Ghassan Douglas, in charge of settlements file in the northern part of the West Bank said that dozens of settlers, driving vehicles carrying iron and wires, took over Palestinian lands and started fencing them.Israeli soldiers stationed at the nearby Huwwara military roadblock, did not interfere while the settlers illegally annexed the Palestinian orchards and installed the fence around them.
|MORE THAN A CUSTOMS DISPUTE - Will EU Penalize Exports from Israeli Settlements?||Ralf Beste and Christoph Schult -
"Given the country`s history, this is understandably a very sensitive issue in Germany. This makes it all the more surprising that the German government has been willing to openly comment on the Soda-Club affair." ||15/7/2009|
|Hebron youth wounded in settler assault - army bulldozers destroy Nablus village lands on behalf of settlers ||Maï¿½an News Agency - 14-year-old Hebron resident Jamil Abu Haykal was wounded in a settler rampage. At the village of Urif, south of Nablus, Israeli military bulldozers razed more than 18,000 square meters of farm land - acting on behalf of settlers from the nearby Yizhar, who did not need to show up in person.
|HeidelbergCement tries to sell West Bank mines as legal, boycott pressures grow ||Adri Nieuwhof - The Electronic Intifada - HeidelbergCement, one of the world`s largest manufacturers of building materials, owns Hanson Israel - a company which manufactures ready-made cement, aggregates and asphalt and operates a quarry in the occupied West Bank. Hanson has become the target of judicial proceedings by the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din, alleging that its activity violates International Law and constitutes plundering of natural resources. This seems to have made the German parent company anxious to cut off the embarrassing relationship. ||14/7/2009|
|Obama to American Jewish leaders: Making demands only on the Palestinians got Bush nowhere ||Associated Press/Y-Net/Ma`an - Some of the American Jewish leaders flatly told Obama that the United States should be in lockstep support of Israel. Obama replied that this is what George W. Bush had done and that it produced no advance of any kind. He asked the Jewish leaders to give him time to try his own tactics for a Middle East peace, calling upon both Israelis and Palestinians to make substantial concessions and sacrifices. ||14/7/2009|
|Settlers stepping up construction, attack Jewish Peace Now activists||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - One of the activists used to be a soldier with the Israeli army, and was shot by Palestinian fire in his head. It took him two and a half years of rehabilitation sessions to be able to speak again. He was hit by a bullet that shattered his jaw, took away part of his tongue and teeth.
|West Bank Settlers Send Obama Defiant Message ||ETHAN BRONNER - The New York Times - “We are rebuilding the land of Israel,” Rabbi Yigael Shandorfi, leader of a religious academy at the neighboring settlement outpost of Nahliel, said during the ceremony. “Our hope is that there will be roads, electricity and water.” The message to President Obama, he said, is that this is Jewish land. He did not use the president’s name, but an insulting Hebrew slang for a black man and the phrase “that Arab they call a president.”
|Demand that Quartet pressure Israeli Occupying Forces to revoke demolition order for electricity pylons||CPT Hebron - URGENT ACTION - Currently At-Tuwani receives only four hours electricity a day, supplied by a diesel generator operated and paid for by the villagers. The illegal Israeli settlement and outposts of Ma’on, Havat Ma’on, and Avigail, located within 2km of At-Tuwani, are supplied by electricity from the main Israeli power grid.||30/7/2009|
|`Occupation will destroy Third Temple`||Efrat Weiss -
""For this I mourn," the poster continues," for the settlements that were built in the heart of Palestinian territory and that keep peace and quiet from our land.""||29/7/2009|
|Israeli settler population crosses 300,000||The Jordan Times -
reflecting the challenge the US faces as it presses Israel to stop building new homes in its settlements...Quoting statistics compiled by the military, the Haaretz report said the number of West Bank settlers is currently at an all-time high of 304,569 - a 2.3 per cent increase since January.
|IDF stands aside as settlers build new outpost||
By Chaim Levinson -
Some 200 people, mostly children, arrived near the West Bank town of Tul Karm Monday to establish a new illegal outpost. The Israel Defense Forces did not stop them or interfere.The outpost, Tzur Ya, is one of 11 set up Monday and the day before by the militant Youth for Israel movement.
|Mitchell to Abbas: `Still a gap` on Israel settlement activity||Reuters -
During Ramallah meeting, Obama`s special Mideast envoy tells Palestinian president issue of West Bank construction being discussed, but no agreement with Jerusalem yet. Erekat: Israel shows no intention of stopping its illegal settlement activity.
|Ghettos, Demolitions and Housing Shortages - The Reality of Israel`s "Open" Jerusalem ||Jonathan Cook - CounterPunch - “’Our policy is that Jerusalem residents can purchase apartments anywhere in the city,’ [Netanyahu] said. ‘There is no ban on Arabs buying apartments in the west of the city, and there is no ban on Jews building or buying in the city`s east’ […] Daniel Seidemann, a Jerualem lawyer, says that in his 20 years of handling residency rights cases for Palestinians he has never heard of a Palestinian with a Jerusalem ID living in West Jerusalem”||27/7/2009|
|More heat on Israel over settlements||AFP -
Herald Sun -
"Israel`s ambassador in Washington, Michael Oren, was summoned to the State Department earlier this month to be told the project should be halted."
|Settlers expand in West Bank ||Mel Frykberg -
"...the shrinking land available to Palestinians as settlement expansion in the West Bank accelerates."
|Report: `Gov`t spent 22.3% more on settlements`||TOVAH LAZAROFF -
J-lem Post -
"The Finance Ministry could not be reached for comment."
|Israel weighs confiscation of more Palestinian land ||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - The government is considering confiscating privately-owned Palestinian land near the West Bank settlement of Ofra, contrary to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s pledge during his Bar-Ilan speech not to take such actions. This announcement was made by the state prosecutor, in response to a High Court petition filed by a resident of the West Bank town Ein Yabrud and the human rights association Yesh Din.
|MORE THAN A CUSTOMS DISPUTE Will EU Penalize Exports from Israeli Settlements?||Ralf Beste and Christoph Schult -
The Hamburg Finance Court must now decide whether Soda-Club devices made in Maale Adumim can be imported into the European Union duty-free, like all other Israeli industrial products. Brussels doesn`t want the company`s products to fall into this category because they are manufactured in Israeli settlements located in the occupied territories.||19/7/2009|
|Palestinians appeal again for US plan for speedy solution to conflict||Jordan Times-
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad made a fresh appeal on Saturday to the United States for a plan and a timetable aimed at resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
|The Settlements and the Quartet ||CONN HALLINAN -
"The question is whether the Quartet is willing to make the settlements a “make or break” issue? If they do, they might find it is possible to bring this long running tragedy to a close." ||12/7/2009|
|Israel has `no knowledge` of US deadline for settlement freeze||HAVIV RETTIG GUR -
J-lem Post -
"Israel`s "stubbornness, intentional foot-dragging and acquiescence to the Israel lobby" would convince the Americans to pull out of peace discussions altogether."
|Settlers are encountering their first real opponent - Obama||Amos Harel-
Behind every settlement action there is a planning and thinking mind that has access to the state`s database and maps, and help from sympathetic officers serving in key positions in the IDF and the Civil Administration. The story is not in the settlers` uncontrolled behavior, though there is evidence of this on some of the hilltops, but rather in conscious choices by the state to enforce very little of the law.
|Peace Now: Probe settler youth movements||Efrat Weiss -
Yariv Oppenheimer of Peace Now demands Attorney General Menachem Mazuz investigate activities of two right-wing youth movements involved in starting illegal outposts: `Their activities cost the taxpayers thousands of shekels`
|What lies behind the Israeli motion to turn 139000 dunums to State lands at the Dead Sea Shores? ||ARIJ -
"...how Israel plans to counter the International pressure to halt settlements` construction."
|Israel reprimands EU envoy over settlements remark||Roni Sofer -
"According to the EU, expropriation of fertile land for Israeli settlements, roads that serve only settlers, and West Bank checkpoints help constrain Palestinian economic growth and make the Palestinian government more dependent on aid."
|The blue velvet hills of my youth have been destroyed||Raja Shehadeh - The Guardian - Palestinians will never be able to undo the damage caused by these massive, illegal and politically motivated settlements||6/7/2009|
|Nearly billionNIS in the 2009 budget are explicitly designated for the settlements each year||Hagit Ofran -
Peace Now -
An examination by Peace Now of the 2009-2010 state budget shows that nearly 1 billion shekels are explicitly designated for the settlements each year.
This includes only special budget items for the settlements, without the general items where budgetary expenses involving the settlements are hidden.
|Colonizers Bulldoze 40 Dunums in Nahalin||WAFA -
The move is part of plan to extend high-voltage power lines between the three colonies of Betar, Neve Daniyel, and Geva`ot. This project will lead to further seizure of land from this village, which has seen over 15,000 dunums seized since 1967.Nahalin is a village that is completely surrounded by colonies. When the Apartheid Wall is completed, the village will be cut off from Bethlehem and other parts of the West Bank.
|Review of Israeli papers||Ori Nir - Americans for Peace Now - Sweeteners for a Settlement Freeze // Follow the money (on a newly approved subsidy helping people move to settlements) // The other settler lobby // Time for a freeze // Bibi`s first 100 days // Implications on a strike on Iran ||7/7/2009|
|Why Israel won`t evacuate West Bank outposts ||Amos Harel - Haaretz - On Monday, the justices held yet another discussion on the petition filed by human rights group Peace Now and Arab land owners. Meanwhile, Defense Minister Ehud Barak was meeting with Mitchell in another time zone. ||7/7/2009|
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