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The cost of peace, the price of boycottGiora Eiland - Ynet - "The "usual" reasons why we should reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians have been joined recently by the economic argument." - id for rh30/1/2014
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Yacimovich: Abbas agreed to Jewish settlers in a future Palestinian stateJerusalem Post - Shelly Yacimovich claimed on Tuesday morning that she had discussed the possibility of Jewish settlers who did not wish to leave their West Bank communities, staying in a Palestinian state as citizens. Yacimovich stated on Israel Radio that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had accepted the proposal in a meeting between herself - then Labor leader - and Abbas in May, 2013. bz28/1/2014
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Settlers attack Palestinian farmers in Beit UmmarMa`an News Agency - "The soldiers watched as settlers vandalized olive trees and instead of stopping them, the soldiers inspected the identity cards of the Palestinian farmers and prevented them from taking photos with their mobile phones" [ry]27/1/2014
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Israeli settlers uproot, steal 800 olive trees near RamallahCeline Hagbard - IMEMC - "The trees had been donated by the International Committee of the Red Cross, as part of a project to restore hundreds of acres of Palestinian farmland that had previously been damaged by Israeli settlers." - id for rh 23/1/2014
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Israeli Settlers Use the Web to Push Back on BoycottJODI RUDOREN - NYT - "Like many settlers, the Blums think Israel should annex the West Bank." - id 22/1/2014
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Soldiers deny farmers access to their landWafa - Two Palestinian farmers from Husan, west of Bethlehem, were blocked by soldiers and settlers and denied access to their plot of farmland which is located in the middle of the Beitar Illit settlement. Soldiers assaulted Mahmoud Ellayan, a photojournalist with al-Quds newspaper, when he tried to take pictures of the incident. It is the common settler practice, when expanding into what are defined as "state lands" and encountering a plot to which a private Palestinian has impeccable credentials, to go around such plots and leave them as enclaves within the settlement. In theory the owner retains ownership and should be granted free access, but in practice the settlers often place considerable obstacles with the aim of eventually taking over such lands. ak21/1/2014
Villagers, settlers clash in village east of Nablus Ma`an - According to Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, dozens of Israeli settlers raided the eastern neighborhood of Beit Furik village east of Nablus. Settlers threw stones at Palestinian houses and attempted to break into them. Villagers then rushed to fend them off, which led to clashes in the area. ak 21/1/2014
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Sharon`s legacy: Only death is irreversibleAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "“You’re probably asking yourself, what’s the point of scattering small settlements on every hilltop, instead of concentrating all of them in one settlement?” Sharon thundered in his unique voice and explained, “This dispersion is intended to prevent any government established in Israel from returning to the borders of the Green Line and enabling the creation of a Palestinian state.”" - id 15/1/2014
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Suspected `price tag`: `Arabs out` sprayed on West Bank mosqueYoav Zitun - Ynet - "The front door of a mosque was set ablaze Wednesday, in what could be an additional hate crime in the West Bank." - id 15/1/2014
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WATCH: Settlers hurl rocks at Palestinians in the presence of IDF soldiersMairav Zonszein - +972 - "They do not use of tear gas or other crowd control means to disperse the settlers, which is almost always the case when dealing with Palestinian stone throwers." - id 15/1/2014
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Settlers Chop Down Olive Trees to the East of Yatta (Hebron area)K.F./M.S. - WAFA – Israeli settlers from the settlement outposts of Ma`on and Abigail Monday chopped down olive trees in an area east of Yatta, located to the south of Hebron, according to a local activist. Rateb Jbour, of the national committee against the wall and settlements, said settlers chopped down over 50 olive trees in an area of Yatta that recently witnessed several attacks by settlers in order to force the Palestinians who live there out of it for the purpose of settlement expansion. bz13/1/2014
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Israeli-Dutch tensions rise over pension fund divestementHerb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - For the second time in the last month and a half, the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned the Dutch ambassador to protest against a large Dutch company’s decision to sever ties with Israel. PGGM, one of the Netherlands’ largest pension funds, cut off all contact with Israeli banks because of their involvement in settlement construction. Its dealing with Israeli banks is relatively minor, amounting to tens of millions of euros, but sets a dangerous precedent should other financial institutions follow suit. Raffi Schutz, the Israeli ministry’s deputy director-general for European affairs, told the ambassador that the decision of PGGM pension fund to divest from Israel is "unacceptable and relies on false pretexts". PGGM had cited in its decision the 2004 Advisory Opinion of the International Court, stating that Israeli West Bank settlements are illegal under International Law. ak 13/1/2014
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New Israeli excavation near Silwan tunnel in East Jerusalem - and plans to start digging in HebronMa`an - Israeli officials announced on Thursday that a new archaeological park would be constructed in Tel Rumeida, next to a Jewish settlement in the center of Hebron in the occupied West Bank -- on lands farmed by a Palestinian resident since 1949 as part of long term lease agreements with Jordanian and then Israeli authorities. bz13/1/2014
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Jordan Valley settlements hit by boycott campaignAP - Washington Post - An international campaign to boycott Israeli settlement products has rapidly turned from a distant nuisance into a harsh economic reality for Israeli farmers in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley. According to Finance Minister Yair Lapid “a continuation of the existing situation will hurt the pocketbook of each of us.” bz11/1/2014
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Israeli settler campaign mocks KerryShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor "The group behind this campaign titled, “John Kerry Solutions, Ltd.” is the My Israel movement, founded in 2010 by Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked, the Yesha Council (the settlers` umbrella organization), and the Benjamin Regional Council, a regional council covering 42 Israeli settlements of the West Bank...But not everyone was laughing." ca 10/1/2014
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Bulldozers move in on Hebron, preparing another settlementKate - "Israeli settlers began leveling a large tract of land in central Hebron in preparation for the construction of a new Jewish settlement outpost in the beleaguered southern West Bank city on Sunday.Israeli settlers escorted a bulldozer which uprooted fifty-year-old trees in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood near the city center, near an existing extremist right wing Israeli settlement." ca 10/1/2014
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WATCH: IDF soldiers escort masked settlers attacking Palestinian villageMichael Omer-Man - +972 - "...“the military backed the settlers in their assault on Palestinians and their property.”" - id for rh 9/1/2014
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Israel To Build 272 Units In West Bank SettlementsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "An Israeli official of the Ministry of Defense said that the announcement which came Sunday is only part of a four-stage plan before constructions can start, and that concluding all paperwork “could require several months.”" - id 8/1/2014
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Palestinians catch settlers allegedly attempting a `price tag` attackMichael Omer-Man - +972 - "A Palestinian Authority officer who was in the village, along with Palestinian human rights workers, put themselves in between the enraged villagers and the would-be Israeli attackers." - id 8/1/2014
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272 West Bank settler homes approved, settlement of Ofra gets `master plan` Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - The Civil Administration authorized 272 new homes for settlers, immediately upon the departure of Seceretary of State Kerry. Moreover, the settlement of Ofra was given a boost of legitimacy by getting its first-ever master plan approved, retroactively legalizes 53 already existing homes and another 35 that are under construction and against which there is a pending court case. Also authorized were 22 homes in the Karnei Shomron settlement. All this had not publicized by the government - rather, it was the indefatigable Peace Now Settlement Watch team which found out and published it. ak 7/1/2014
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Palestinian farmers clash with settlers in south Hebron hillsMa`an News Agency - "The clashes occurred after settlers attacked a group of farmers tending their land"6/1/2014
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Israel Places Cornerstone For New Settlement In Jordan ValleySaed Bannoura - IMEMC "Ze’ev Elkin stated that the new cornerstone comes in what he called “a great timing”, as U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, will be visiting Tel Aviv and Ramallah on the same day in an attempt to advance direct political talks." ca3/1/2014
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Despite prisoner release, any Israeli settlement construction may end talksShlomi Eldar- Al Monitor - "“There is no chance. Another declaration about construction in the settlements will bring about the end of the talks, and there will be nothing more to talk about.”" - id 1/1/2014
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Abbas threatens legal action against Israel settlementsElior Levy - Ynet - ""We will not remain patient as the settlement cancer spreads, especially in (east) Jerusalem, and we will use our right as a UN observer state by taking political, diplomatic and legal action to stop it," he said during a speech in Ramallah to mark the 49th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah party." - id 1/1/2014
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Settlers attacked member of the South Hebron Hills popular committeePress Release - ISM - "... five settlers, of whom four were children and one an adult, came out from the illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on (Hill 833) and attacked four Palestinians who were working their field, which borders the illegal outpost." - id1/1/2014
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Peace Now: Israel must dismantle settler outpostAFP - Ynet - "Israel must "enforce the law and remove Esh Kodesh, an illegal West Bank settlement established in violation of Israeli law."" - id for rh9/1/2014
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