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Under pressure from Presbyterians, RE/MAX announces it will no longer profit from sales of Jewish settlementsMondoweiss - During its General Assembly this week the Presbyterian Church called on real estate company RE/MAX to stop selling properties in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land. In response, RE/MAX CEO Dave Liniger informed the Presbyterians that "RE/MAX will no longer receive any income from the sale of Jewish settlement properties in the West Bank.” The Church cautiously welcomed the statement, while "waiting to see what this means in practical terms". Hitherto, the Israeli branch of RE/MAX conducted real estate sales in no less than 18 locations in West Bank settlements and Israeli neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem. [ak]28/6/2016
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Slicing the salami of settlement costsMerav Betito - Ynet - West Bank settlements continually receive budget items, monetary diversions, and transfers of funds; their pupils receive more money than other Israelis, and their hand remains outstretched; how much are the settlements actually costing us? [ry] 27/6/2016
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Palestinians ‘living in hell’ as Israel grabs more land in West BankKate Shuttleworth - The National - "The Israeli army’s head of Central Command, Roni Numa, who signed the eviction notices, said `certain steps were needed to prevent terror attacks`. He said the land was being confiscated for `security reasons`" [ry] 27/6/2016
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Settlers crowd-fund construction of illegal outpost on Palestinian landNoam Rotem and John Brown - +972 "Asked about its decision to host the crowd-funding campaign to build an illegal settlement on private Palestinian land, a spokesperson for Headstart told +972’s Hebrew-language sister site, Local Call: “We don’t take a political/religious/ideological stand when it comes to approving projects on the site. The matter was sent to the project’s initiator and we are waiting to receive from him materials clarifying the legality of the fundraising.” ca24/6/2016
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Settler Group Asks High Court to Cover Up Its Ties to Israeli Justice Minister Nir Hasson - Haaretz "The right-wing NGO Elad has petitioned the High Court of Justice to prevent the disclosure of the group’s contacts with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and the ministry’s director general Emi Palmor. The information is expected to shed light on how an Elad project was approved.The left wing NGO Ir Amim submitted a freedom of information request a few weeks ago about the ties between Elad and top Justice Ministry officials." ca 24/6/2016
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Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian agricultural lands near NablusMa`an News Agency - "Israeli settlers set fire to dozens of dunams of Palestinian agricultural lands on Thursday afternoon near the Qablan junction south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank.Abd al-Khaliq Salih, a resident of the nearby al-Sawiya village told Ma`an that several settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Rachalim near the village set fire to dozens of dunams of farmlands in the al-Tulma area which is owned by people from al-Sawiya, and is located near Qablan junction. " ca24/6/2016
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Settlement patron Irving Moskowitz dies at 88 JTA/The Times of Israel - Dr. Irving Moskowitz, the Jewish American multi-millionaire who stirred controversy by donating millions of dollars to Jewish settlement efforts in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, has died at 88. Among other things, Moskowitz provided great sums to El’ad and Ateret Cohanim, two settler organizations involved in penetrating into predominantly Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem; funded the One Israel Fund, which “supports the welfare and safety of the men, women and children of Judea and Samaria"; and endowed the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism, granted yearly to prominent settlers and extreme rightists, and itself given to the winners at a settlement enclave in East Jerusalem`s Silwan Village. [ak] 21/6/2016
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Activists indicted for attacks on police demolishing West Bank outpostYonah Jeremy Bob - The Jerusalem Post - Prosecutors close file on Netanel Furkowitz, held over Duma deaths [ry] 20/6/2016
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Israel Approves Yet More Funding for West Bank SettlementsJason Ditz - AntiWar - Livni: Settlers` Council Dictates Government`s Agenda [ry] 20/6/2016
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Finance Committee approves bill boosting settler business and hotels Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - Meretz party head MK Zehava Gal-On attacked the new bill as tantamount to “creeping annexation,” because it was the application of an Israeli law onto the West Bank, which is under Israeli military and civilian rule. Industrial zones in Area C of the West Bank will now have the same legal status as those within the Green Line. [bz]14/6/2016
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Israeli Bill Would Retroactively Legalize Settlers’ Seizure of Palestinian LandJason Ditz - AntiWar - Netanyahu Had Resisted Previous Attempt at Bill [ry] 6/6/2016
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