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More settler homes announced in 100 days since Trump became president than ever beforeBethan McKernan - Independent - The Israeli government announced more than 11,000 new settler homes in the West Bank, as well as the retroactive legalisation of 4,000 goutposth Jewish homes built on private Palestinian land. A further 15,000 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem were announced by Israelfs housing minister in April. The bold moves are believed to have been encouraged by Mr Trump`s election victory.-rh Bethan McKernan - Independent - While the international community views all Israeli construction over the 1967 Green Line as illegal, Mr Trump has blown hot and cold over the subject. During his campaign, the president had said the Israeli government should gkeep goingh with the construction of new settlements, but walked back some of that language after entering office, calling new construction gnot good for peaceh.-rh 17/5/2017
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PLO: Israeli Pressure on FIFA ‘Unprecedented’ IMEMC News - "Palestinian Football Association president, Jibril Rjoub, told Voice of Palestine, on Tuesday, that the Palestinian bid for ousting or suspending the Israeli football league is in conformity with FIFA’s statutes." - id He reaffirmed the Palestinians’ right to suspend all sports activities of Israeli settlements inside the West Bank for violating FIFA rules bans members from playing in occupied land without the permission of the local authorities. 10/5/2017
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Israeli-Palestinian FIFA war nearing the decisive point Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - PM Netanyahu is making an intensive personal to avert the impending vote by FIFA, the International Soccer Federation, on the issue of six soccer teams based at West Bank settlements being enrolled in the Israeli soccer federation? Should it come to a vote, the FIFA bylaws are very clear - one national federation (in this case the Israeli one) is not allowed to set up soccer clubs in the territory of another federation (in this case, the Palestinian federation). Should the matter come to a vote, FIFA would have no choice but to to demand that Israel stop the participation of settler teams. Non-compliance potentially leading to Israel being altogether banned from international soccer. There is already a precedent - soccer teams from the Crimea were not allowed to play in the Russian soccer league. [ak]. 9/5/2017
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Israeli soldiers assault Palestinian farmers protesting illegal settlement roadMa’an News Agency - "Despite an order from the Israeli Civil Administration to stop building the road, Israeli settlers continued to pave the road, according to the Israeli organization Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR). A video published by RHR showed Israeli soldiers assaulting the Palestinian residents, while enabling settlers to carry out the roadwork" [ry]8/5/2017
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