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British Parliament to hold debate on Israeli settlements - Feb. 9 Palestine Solidarity Campaign (UK) - On February 9, the British Parliament is due to hold a debate on Israeli settlement construction on the West Bank. Theresa May`s government had voted in the UN Security Council in favor of the anti-settlement Resolution 2334. But later on May - seeking to establish close ties with the incoming US President Trump - was manifestly lukewarm in her criticism of Israeli government policies. The PSC launced a petition, calling upon Britons to contact their MPs and urge them to "speak out about the stark impact of settlement building on Palestinian lives" and demand that the UK government "take concrete steps to cease all trade and financial ties with settlements". [ak] 31/1/2017
IDF tells Amona settlers to vacate within 48 hoursTova Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - The IDF ordered all residents of the illegal Amona outpost to get out within 48 hours - i.e.until February 2 - after which the area will become a Closed military zone". The settlers were taken by surprise by this order, which accelerates the timetable set by the Supreme Court. Declaring Amona to be located on privately owned Palestinian land, the judges gave February 8 as the deadline for evacuation. The Amona settlers at one stage agreed to move peacefully away, but have reneged on this promise and were reputed to be contemplating large-scale resistance by their supporters for the expected February 8 evacuation date. [ak] 31/1/2017
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Attorney general tells PM he won`t defend the Regulation Bill or Amona policyTova Tzimuki - Ynet - The Amona situation gets even more complex as the attorney general announces to the prime minister that he will not support the Regulation Bill or represent the state in its petition to the High Court of Justice in the case of the Amona evacuation [ry]30/1/2017
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Netanyahu advances settlement legalization billAIC - The Israeli Prime Minister encourages the Knesset to issue a final vote on the ‘formalization bill’ as early as tomorrow [ry] 30/1/2017
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Will settlement lawsuit set legal precedent?Charlotte Silver - Electronic Intifada "A lawsuit filed with Israel’s high court might open a new legal course for scores of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank who have had their land seized by the military over the last 50 years.Though Israel’s high court has a history of ruling favorably on expanding settlements, Dror Etkes, a longtime Israeli settlement researcher, promises the new lawsuit is a first of its kind that could trigger dozens more like it."ca 27/1/2017
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Israel approves 2,500 settlement units in West BankPNN - Palestine News Network - "The construction was okayed by Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Minister of Army, Avigdor Lieberman. According to Haaretz, most of the units are located in settlement blocs, and 100 of which are located in Beit El." - id 25/1/2017
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High Court freezes `Amona Deal`: setters will not be offered a new parcel of privately owned Palestinian landTovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - The High Court in Jerusalem effectively put an end to the "deal" which the government offered to residents of the West Bank settlement outpost of Amona. After the court earlier ruled that the Amona settlers were illegally occupying privately-owned Palestinian land and had to vacate it, the government suggested that they move to nearby parcels of land, considered "abandoned property" under Israeli occupation law. However, the Israeli legal aid center "Yesh Din" offered proof that the plots in question were not "abandoned" but the valid property of other Palestinian owners. Thus, the court spiked the "deal". With time running out until the evacuation deadline of February 8, Netanyahu faces an onslaught by the settlers and their political allies. [ak] 24/1/2017
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PHOTOS: Palestinians plant trees to defy Israeli land confiscationAhmad al-Bazz - Activestills.org "The activity was organized to protest against the recent Israeli military order to confiscate over half an acre of private Palestinian land for the nearby settlement of Yitzhar for “security reasons.” The order was issued on January 12, 2017, and a military watchtower was recently installed on the land.Yitzhar is known as one of the most radical West Bank settlements, and is home to Od Yosef Chai, considered the most extreme yeshiva in the occupied territories." ca 27/1/2017
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PHOTOS: How the state builds a road for West Bank settlersActivestills - +972 - "Israeli authorities uprooted dozens of olive trees in order to build a settler road near the West Bank city of Qalqilya on Monday morning. The Israeli army declared the area a closed military zone after the landowners, along with a number of Israeli activists, arrived in the area to protest and try to nonviolently stop the uprooting. Three of the demonstrators were arrested." - id 18/1/2017
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New Year, New Settlement Outpost, New DemolitionMadeeha Araj - Palestine News Network - "Recently, it has demolished 11 houses and an animal husbandry barn in Al-Khan Al-Ahmar area east of Jerusalem at “Wade Snisl” and “Be’er Al-Maskob, known as area “E1” where more than 200 people, most of them children and women were displaced." - id 11/1/2017
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