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State: Postpone Amona eviction because of new gov`tAviel Mengazi - Ynet - After securing extension on deadline for eviction of illegal outpost, State motions for additional delay to allow `new political echelon to learn petition` 25/3/2013
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Palestinians Reject ‘Partial’ Settlement FreezeJason Ditz - AntiWar - Officials Say Full Freeze Still Needed for Peace Talks25/3/2013
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Israel’s government of settlers Sergio Yahni - AIC - "The Israeli government is not anymore a pro-settlement government, but a government of settlers. This reality leaves the Palestinians with few alternatives: either to accept it or to rise against it. Yet this reality also puts a new responsibility on the shoulders of the international community: Israel’s cards are clear now; settlers and settlements are not anymore a rotten apple in an otherwise normal country, but they are the Israeli government itself"25/3/2013
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Obama downplays settlements as main obstacle to peaceMa`an News Agency - "President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking directly after Obama, responded defiantly that the Palestinian position on settlements had not changed."It isn`t just our perception that settlements are illegal. It is a global perspective. Everybody views settlements not only as a hurdle, but more than a hurdle to a two-state solution," he said."We are asking for nothing outside the international legitimacy. It is the responsibility of the Israeli government to halt settlement activities so we can at least speak."He added: "We hope that the Israeli government understands this. We hope they listen to the many opinions inside Israel itself speaking of the illegality of settlements." ca 22/3/2013
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Obama Urges Young Israelis to Lead the Push for PeaceMARK LANDLER - New York Times "Addressing an enthusiastic crowd of more than 2,000, Mr. Obama offered a fervent, unsparing case for why a peace agreement was both morally just and in Israel’s self-interest. Younger Israelis, Mr. Obama said, should empathize with their Palestinian neighbors living under occupation — or, as he put it, “look at the world through their eyes.” ca22/3/2013
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The lie of `state lands`: Whitewashing the confiscation of Palestinian land Yossi Gurvitz - +972 - "Among the residents of the outpost you may note settler legend and convicted felon Ze’ev Hever (under his original name, Ze’ev Friedman, he was convicted of planting a bomb under the car of a Palestinian leader)." - id 27/3/2013
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Israeli Government Seeks to Approve Largest Outpost in West Bank Although it is Built on Private Palestinian LandVolunteers for Human Rights - Yesh Din - "“Not only is the state reconciling itself to the breaking of the law, but it is also ultimately granting the usurped land to the lawbreakers."" - id20/3/2013
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Photos: Israel arrests 3 Palestinian children in South Hebron HillsAIC - "Israeli police Friday detained three Palestinian children near the South Hebron Hills village of At-Tuwane in the southern West Bank. The boys arrested are 14, 15 and 16 years old"18/3/2013
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Settler security officer beats unarmed Palestinian shepherdSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - A security guard from the settler outpost called `Avigail`, illegal even under Israeli law, beat, punched, kicked and shoved the shepherd, Na`al Abu Aram, and then ran after his flock of sheep to scare them. This area, the South Hebron Hills, is notorious for frequent settler attacks on the inhabitants of small and marginlized Palestinian communities. (ak)12/3/2013
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Really `understanding the settlements`: Why Gaza is still centralMark LeVine - Aljazeera - It seems the Israeli Right-wing has a two-state plan, and not a one-state plan it says it`s offering. It`s just that the two states have very different borders than most people imagined they would - namely Israel and the West Bank as one state, and Gaza as another. (ak) 12/3/2013
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Settlers: It’s we who suffer from apartheid - not Palestinians!Ami Kaufman - +972 - "The word `apartheid` is slowly seeping more and more into mainstream discourse on the occupation. Yet I recently came across two cases in which, how to say, the usage of the word was a bit surprising"11/3/2013
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Settlers block Nablus road, throw stones at carsMa`an News Agency - "A group of settlers blocked a main road linking Nablus and Jenin on Monday, preventing Palestinian cars from passing"11/3/2013
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Settlers Hurl Stones at a Palestinian Car near Hebron 11/3/2013
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Blocking Peace: The Myth of Israeli Settlement BlocsPLO Negotiations Affairs Department - The term “settlement blocs” is used in an attempt to legitimize construction in these areas of the West Bank, unilaterally defined by Israel, and eventually annex all settlements there and including all land between them, thus maximizing the land available for illegal settlement expansion. Palestinians see no difference between construction in such "blocks" and in any other part of the West Bank. (ak) 9/3/2013
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Netherlands calls on stores to label products from Israeli settlementsBarak Ravid - Haaretz - The Netherlands are considered one of Israel’s key supporters in the EU. Thus, it is believed that the Dutch move will push many other EU countries to take similar steps. The concern is that as early as the coming weeks a wave of such moves will be seen, leading to a dramatic increase in the monitoring of products from the settlements in the EU. bz9/3/2013
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PHOTO: Why is a Border Policeman shaking hands with a masked settler?Mairav Zonszein - +972 - "Why is a Border Police officer shaking hands with a citizen whose face is covered? And more importantly, why is that settler’s face covered in the first place? A picture is worth a thousands words. In this specific case, the single snapshot captures daily reality in the West Bank"4/3/2013
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`PM to renew settlement freeze after gov`t formed`Jpost.com staff - Ch. 2: Likud Beytenu tells Bayit Yehudi in coalition talks that building outside blocs to be frozen as "payback" to settlers. bz2/3/2013
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Video: Israeli settler lecturing Palestinian farmers — ‘You’ll all be our slaves, if you’re worthy, if you behave well’Video - Annie Robbins "This is privately owned agricultural land belonging to villagers of Yasuf, located in the Salfit region in the heart of the West Bank. Yasuf land is almost completely surrounded by illegal settlements and outposts, including the radical settlement of Tapuach, site of a Kahanist yeshiva. Yasuf villagers have suffered violent attacks for years and the farmers have been denied access to thousands of dunams of their land since 2001." ca1/3/2013
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Settlers Cut 60 Olive Trees Near BethlehemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Owner of orchard, Taha Fannoun, told PNN that settlers of the nearby Beit Ayin illegal settlement carried out the attack." - id 6/3/2013
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