|Nicholas Kristof`s Video Report from South Mt. Hebron||Nicholas Kristof - The New York Times - "Here’s my latest video, from near the southern Hebron Hills, from my recent trip to the Middle East. I try to make the argument that while we can disagree about details, about history, about solutions, a starting point is simply an acknowledgment that Israel’s West Bank policy is profoundly unfair"||28/7/2010|
|Palestinian shepherd films settler stealing his sheep||Apartheid Watch - According to the shepherd, a resident of Tuba village, two Israeli settler vehicles stopped on the nearby settler bypass road. A settler exited from one of the vehicles, walked toward the shepherd’s flock, grabbed a sheep by the ear, and dragged the animal a few yards. He then loaded the sheep onto his sholders and walked back to the road, where two other settlers, one of them armed, were waiting. The settlers loaded the animal into a vehicle. During this time the shepherd remained at a distance filming the theft with a camera from the Israeli human rights association B’Tselem, given to Palestinians in the area to document attacks by settlers||28/7/2010|
|U.S. To Abbas: Go to direct talks to stop home demolitions and freeze settlements||George Rishmawi -
"Mitchell said an American support package can include an extension of the settlement freeze and stop of demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem."
|Settlers again launch `price tag` random attacks on Palestinians ||Brian Ennis/Tovah Lazaroff/Yaakov Katz - IMEMC/Jerusalem Post - Settlers in the northern West Bank continue their "price tag" policy, i.e. launching random attacks on Palestinians whenever the military destroys one of their illegal houses, in this case wounding four Palestinians and setting a field on fire. Settler leaders are angry at the Border Guard "unprecedented" use of a stun grenade against them (against Palestinians, this is considered the lightest of standard measures) (ed.)
|Law providing released soldiers with free higher education in settlements might damage Israeli academia ||Gush Shalom - As if it was not enough that Israeli youths are conscripted for military service often spent in daily oppression of the Palestinians, from now on they will be directed, also after discharge, towards an `academic` strengthening of the occupation, settlement and dispossession of Palestinians.
| Another Well and Another Goat||David Shulman - "The well belongs to the Palestinian shepherds of south Hebron, specifically to the Al-Murgh family, which has been chased off its lands here, in the tiny point called Al-Tawamin, by Israeli settlers and soldiers. Settlers from nearby Havat Yair or Sussya covet these lands and this well, as settlers covet every arid centimeter in south Hebron. We’re here, among other reasons, to see that this slope, this well, don’t fall victim to their greed"||26/7/2010|
|Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira suspected of incitement against non-Jews||Eli Senyor - Ynet - Yitzhar rabbi arrested on suspicion of incitement to violence against non-Jews after his book, `Torat Hamelech` says, `There`s no prohibition against killing gentile who violated Laws of Noah`||26/7/2010|
|IDF guarding Hebron vineyard of former Jewish militant||Anshel Pfeffer -
"He said he asked his commanders to reconsider because the plot was not inhabited at night and the owner could hire a private security service."
|Video - Israel dumps waste on Palestinians ||Nisreen El-Shamayleh - Al Jazeera - "The hazard posed is compounded by the dumping of toxic chemical waste on agricultural land, with villagers reporting a rash of skin diseases and respiratory problems.
The Israeli government has banned plans by the Palestinian Authority to build pipes and pumps to treat and divert wastewater away from the affected villages"||19/7/2010|
|Referendum bill passes in Knesset Committee||Zvi Lavi -
" A group of ministers, led by Isaac Herzog, Yaakov Ne`eman, and Dan Meridor, expressed their vehement opposition to the bill."
|Pisgat Zeev in the Headlines â€“ What does it mean?||Hagit Ofran & Lara Friedman - Peace Now - The government of Israel could have put permits for construction of 32 housing units in an East Jerusalem settlement on hold if it had chosen to do so. ||13/7/2010|
|Settler Violence Report, May-June 2010 ||Ahmad Jaradat and Anna Macchi - AIC - "On 15 May, Anisa Hasan El-Tous, 35 years old, and her daughters Rawa, 2 years old, and Nagham, 5 years old, from Aljaba’ village, south-west of Bethlehem district, were injured when a settler ran them over while they were walking on the main road near the junction of the village […] On 30 May, Fatima Sabarna, 55 years old, resident of the Beit Ommar town, north of Hebron district, died after a settler’s car ran over her. […] On 2 June, Mazen El-Jamal, 48 years old, died after a settler from Kiryat Arba ran him over"||12/7/2010|
|For Netanyahu, to Freeze or Not to Freeze is the Question ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - The question for Palestinians, however, is not really a question at all. It is more of an unfortunate reality and a realization that if the framework for discourse is not shifted altogether, whether Netanyahu declares an extension to the freeze or not is pretty much irrelevant. Facts and history prove this to be true. Let us start with the facts. Under international law, all settlements, including those in east Jerusalem are illegal given that they are built on occupied land. By default, that would mean that settlers are also illegally squatting on the land. If that is so, it seems absolutely ridiculous that any negotiations over settlements are conducted at all. The only discussion that should be conducted is on how to remove them and the sanctions to be imposed on Israel for violating the law.
|Settlements are a blockade to peace||Seth Freedman -
"There is little point in expecting the settlers themselves to up and leave their cushy, state-subsidised homes as long as there is no official pressure on them to do so."
|B`Tselem: One-fifth of settlements’ built-up area is private Palestinian land; Settlements control 42 percent of West Bank land area||Sarit Michaeli - B`Tselem - Using official data, B`Tselem researchers found that, although the built-up area of the settlements is about one percent of the land area of the West Bank, the municipal jurisdiction of the settlements and their regional councils cover more than 42 percent of the West Bank. Despite official claims that settlements are built only on state lands, cross-referencing Civil Administration data with aerial photos of the settlements led to the conclusion over one-fifth the settlements’ built-up areas lies on land recognized, also under occupation law, as private Palestinian land.
|US tax-exempt funds aid settlements in West Bank||Jim Rutenberg, Mike McIntire and Ethan Bronner - New York Times - The Capital Athletic Foundation, run by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, donated $140,000 to a "religious study organization". In practice, some of the funds financed a paramilitary operation in a West Bank settlement - including a camouflage sniper suit in a box labeled “Grandmother Tree Costume for the play Pocahontas.”
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