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Netanyahu: Settlement construction plans led by Uri ArielItamar Eichner - Ynet - The Prime Minister`s Office on Tuesday released a statement to foreign media insisting it was former construction minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) who transferred millions of shekels to the planning of over 8,300 new settler homes in the contentious E1 area in the West Bank, between Ma`ale Adumim and Jerusalem. Ariel, who currently serves as the minister of agriculture, “did so of his own initiative and without the required authorization." Peace Now had claimed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s government continues to secretly promote massive construction in the settlements, half of them far beyond the separation fence, which seriously endangers the two-state solution. [bz]30/12/2015
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Knesset passes dangerous settlement funding law — without a hitchDahlia Scheindlin - +972 - While Israeli society has been busy with incitement against human rights workers, a baby-killing celebration, and legislation attacking civil society, the Knesset quietly approved a new law last week formalizing the status of the notorious Settlement Division of World Zionist Organization (WZO). The Settlement Division is the vehicle for Israeli government funding and development of “rural settlement” ... for Jewish-only communities beyond the urban settlement blocs. [bz]29/12/2015
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Father of Jewish Arson Suspect Claims Son Only Confessed Due to Israeli Torture Ben Sales - The Forward "The father of Elisha Odess, the American-Israeli Jewish teen held by Israel’s internal security service, says his son is innocent and that he confessed to terrorism under torture. “We are sure he didn’t commit this crime,” Rabbi Moshe Odess told JTA in a telephone interview. “When they put him through the most aggressive interrogation of Jews in the history of Israel, when we heard that they were blaming him for Duma, we were in shock.” ca 25/12/2015
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“Pay The Price” settlers attack home near Ramallah, spray hate slogansPNN - Palestine News Network - "Israeli Occupation Authorities claim to start an investigation, but often fail to hold the attackers accountable for their crimes, as in the Dawabsheh case, where Israel said that the evidence against the Jewish suspects was “not enough” to try them." - id 24/12/2015
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Settlers protest alleged torture of Jewish teens in Tel AvivEdo Konrad - +972 - "The group repeatedly blindfolded one of the protesters, placed him down on a metal bed frame and mock tortured him — while he screamed and flailed — until he ultimately confessed to some unknown crime." - id 24/12/2015
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Palestinian home targeted in suspected revenge attack by settlersMa`an - Suspected Israeli settlers early Tuesday attacked a Palestinian home in a Ramallah-area village in the occupied West Bank in what appeared to be a revenge attack for the arrest of Jewish extremists who carried out a deadly attack last summer. Hussein al-Najjar, 30, told Ma`an that settlers arrived to his home in the village of Beitillu around 1:30 a.m. and vandalized the exterior walls of the house before smashing in a window and throwing three tear gas bombs inside. Al-Najjar said that he and his wife as well as their 9-month-old son Karam suffered from severe tear gas inhalation. "The family survived death thanks to the intervention of neighbors who broke open the main door and evacuated the family, who were found unconscious." [bz]22/12/2015
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WATCH: Settler repeatedly slaps foreign human rights activist in HebronElisha Ben Kimon, Yoav Zitun - Ynet news "A woman living in the Jewish settlement in Hebron was caught on camera assaulting a foreign human rights activist who was trying to document IDF soldiers and settlers in the city.In a video of the incident that happened a month and a half ago, the settler, Anat Cohen, is seen confronting the human rights activist near the staircase that leads to Beit Hadassah." ca18/12/2015
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The long road to labeling settlement productsDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - According to Shamas, the labeling guidelines attempt to correct the EU’s failure to effectively implement its own legislation after numerous complaints by consumers and parliamentarians about products that they knew were made in Israeli settlements but were labeled “Made in Israel.” “As the problem festered, the pressure to fix it mounted. The labeling notice itself stated the notice does not create any new legislative rules,” said Shamas.- rh 16/12/2015
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Danish Pension Divests From West Bank SettlementsIMEMC - "Under The Hague Convention and the Fourth Geneva Convention, which define the “laws of occupation,” it is forbidden to use the natural resources of an occupied area if the profits from this benefit the occupiers and not the residents of the area." - id 16/12/2015
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Meir Ettinger: The face of Jewish terrorismOded Shalom, Yifat Erlich - Ynet - "Rabbi Meir Kahane`s grandson has formed a radical and anti-Zionist ideology." - id 16/12/2015
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Father of arrested Jewish terror suspect: `Israel the most anti-Semitic state in the world" Roi Yanovsky, Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet News "Following the partial lifting of the gag order on the Duma arson investigation, the father of one of the arrestee`s speaks with Ynet and claims that his son was nowhere near the scene of the crime on the night in question. He also fiercely criticizes the state, comparing it to the Third Reich." ca11/12/2015
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Shabak Closes Case Involving Possible Murder of Settler-SoldierRICHARD SILVERSTEIN - Tikun Olam - "...there may be something to the claim that he was killed as a result of the fight: “If we would say we have serious doubts about his death being an accident, then we would surely have another ‘Duma’ as a revenge. So we decided to close the file.” - id 9/12/2015
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