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WATCH: Settler attacks during olive harvest not just random fanaticismMoriel Rothman - +972 - Notes and Stories from the Olive Harvest: Palestinian farmers tell stories of intimidation, vandalism and violence from settler neighbors, as they attempt to harvest their olives31/10/2011
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Israeli bid to legalize West Bank outposts hits AG objectionsChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Netanyahu`s decision to appoint panel of jurists that do not work in the Attorney General`s Office apparently prompted by pressure from right-wing cabinet ministers and Knesset members31/10/2011
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Hebron teachers protest measures that keep them from schoolBen Lorber - +972 Magazine - The IDF has suddenly decided to force Hebron school teachers to go through checkpoint metal detectors that place the health of preganant women and people with heart devices at risk. The teachers refuse and schoolchilrern join their protest, meeting army violence. In the background hover the Hebron settlers, who have long since targeted the Qurtuba School. 25/10/2011
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Netanyahu agrees to freeze West Bank construction in bid to resume talksBarak Ravid - Haaretz "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he`s willing to freeze government construction in West Bank settlements as well as all construction on government land there. In return, he needs an agreement by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to resume direct peace talks. According to a senior Israeli official, Abbas has not yet responded, but he has been threatening to resign if there is no diplomatic progress in the next three months." ca 21/10/2011
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Tales of Sexual Humilitation at Anatot: Israeli EyewitnessRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam "Stavit Sinai, an Israeli graduate student in European history and peace activist, participated in the Anatot protest several days ago. She was savagely beaten and stripped naked by the settler-police counter-demonstrators. She’s just published her eyewitness testimony, which I’ve translated below" ca21/10/2011
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UN High Commission for Human Rights Begins Informal Inquiry into Anatot PogromRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam "Unfortunately, in cases such as this there is no way to get Israeli authorities to investigate the wild hooliganism of its citizens who are de facto acting on behalf of the interests of the state. Sometimes, unwelcome attention from a respected international body or outside pressure is the only tool that gets Israel to observe the rule of law." ca21/10/2011
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Netanyahu Creates Task Force To Legalise Settler Outposts In The West BankWilliam Gibson - IMEMC & Agencies - Former member of the Israeli Knesset, Zehava Galon, said that Attorney-General Yehuda Weistein “must make it clear to Netanyahu that the robbery and theft of private lands cannot be legalised, since it constitutes a criminal offense.” She also claimed that “Netanyahu’s entire move is meant to further establish Israeli authority over the [Palestinian] territories, and deepen the occupation. “ 13/10/2011
The Price of Torching Mosques JONATHAN COOK - Counterpunch - None of the recent attacks against Palestinians has led to prosecutions. The so-called “Jewish division” of the Shin Bet secret police, which is charged with solving such crimes, is known to be more than half-hearted about pursuing investigations. Like many state institutions, including the army, its ranks are filled with settlers 12/10/2011
Israel Urged To “Protect Palestinian Civilians” By UN Human Rights ChiefWilliam Gibson - IMEMC - "Colville claims that the emboldened attacks, which started in the beginning of September, were “emblematic of the phenomenon of settler violence throughout the West Bank.”" - id 12/10/2011
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Governor of Ramallah`s car stoned by settlersMa`an - "A group of extreme activists living in the vicinity of Yitzhar have been, for the past two years, involved in leading, directing and executing violent and clandestine activity targeting Palestinian residents," according to an army statement [emphasis-OM]. 11/10/2011
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Settlers Attack Farmers Harvesting Olives In Nablus AreaMais Azza - IMEMC - In many cases the settlers have even harvested Palestinian olive trees and stolen the produce.11/10/2011
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Netanyahu seeks to legalize outposts built on private Palestinian landChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Ever since 1979, when the High Court overturned an attempt to use the pretext of "security reasons" to expropriate private Palestinian land for settlements, successive attorney generals have all ruled that there is no legal way to build houses for settlers on private Palestinian land. The settlers, however, claim that there are solutions. 11/10/2011
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Israeli Military Takes Precautions To Prevent Leaks Regarding Removal Of Minor OutpostsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "According to Israeli sources, the military has taken a number of measures to prevent leaks by soldiers about when minor settlement outposts will be dismantled. This is due to recent occurrences of soldiers sharing information with settlers in order to obstruct the Israeli procedures"10/10/2011
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Israeli Government Responds to Settler “Price Tag” Violence with Words, No Actions Mikaela Levin - AIC - "Over the last two decades, Israeli authorities have armed and sometimes trained West Bank settlers whilst granting them all possible freedom to move around, harass and even kill Palestinians. A week after the torching of the Galilee’s mosque, the Israeli authorities announced they have arrested a suspect, the first time such an announcement is made following the recent series of price-tags attacks"10/10/2011
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Settlers surround, assault IDF troops during West Bank patrol Chaim Levinson and Anshel Pfeffer - Haaretz "The incident near Shiloh began at about 9 P.M. Wednesday, as soldiers were deploying roadblocks along the main road from Jerusalem to Nablus in preparation for a mass visit by Jewish worshippers to Joseph`s Tomb in Nablus.The deployment sparked rumors among local settlers that the soldiers were planning to evacuate Givat Gal Yosef, an illegal outpost near Shiloh that was established around six months ago." ca7/10/2011
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Army Closes Ibrahimi Mosque for Muslims, Opens It to Israeli SettlersMajd Qumsieh - IMEMC & Agencies - The director of Hebron Endowments, Zayd Al-Ja‘bari, reported to WAFA that the Israeli military forces closed the Ibrahim Mosque to Muslim worshipers this morning and opened all its corridors and courtyards to Israeli settlers, ostensibly to enable their celebration of the Jewish Yom Kippur ,or Holiday of Repentance. 6/10/2011
Israel Settlers Nearly Lynch-Mob Activists with Police Looking onThe Only Democracy - What happened Friday afternoon at the entrance to the settlement of Anatot was a pogrom, a lynching. There’s no other way to describe an event in which hundreds of large men are wildly beating and pursuing a nonviolent group of male and female activists for an extended period of time. There’s no way to convey to those who weren’t there the threatening sense of the approaching dark – not in words, not in pictures, not even in video. rh 5/10/2011
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Israel Builds Settlements and Wants TalksPierre Klochendler - Antiwar - "Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israel’s staunchest ally in Europe, let it be known to the German media on Friday that she was “furious” with Netanyahu and that she “doesn’t believe a word [he] says.”" - id 5/10/2011
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Leader of Israeli settler movement diesReuters - Yahoo News - "Followers believe God promised the West Bank to the Jewish people, and they set out to cement Israeli sovereignty there by creating a large-scale civilian presence." - id 5/10/2011
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