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Palestinian family wins Supreme Court ruling evicting settlers from Hebron homeIMEMC - Israel`s Supreme court accepted an appeal by the Hebron Reconstruction Committee and ordered the removal of settlers illegally occupying Abu Rajab family home in Hebron, after the family proved its legal ownership of the property. The settlers claimed to have bought the house, but the person who supposedly "sold" it was not the owner. The state authorities told the court that they will try for a week to persuade the settlers to vacate the house, failing which they will be removed by force. After moving into the house, the settlers had assaulted a 55-year-old woman from Abu Rajab family, causing cuts and bruises. They also harassed Palestinians living on the upper floors of the building, trying to make them leave. [ak]29/8/2017
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Eight-year-old Palestinian girl dies after being struck by settler carLinah Alsaafin - Al Jazeera - Aseel`s father witnessed his daughter being run over when she was leaving a supermarket, and with the help of other men, managed to stop the car from speeding away. Police said they opened an investigation. However, members of Aseel`s family don`t expect much of it. "We are used to the Israeli police and their ways of dealing with settler attacks on Palestinians." The family had just Friday been notified that their home would be seized...[bz]29/8/2017
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Settlers illegally expand West Bank race track in IDF firing zoneEdo Konrad - +972 - "Since +972 Magazine visited the site earlier this year, the track has been paved — despite an Israeli army order to stop construction. The Israeli military often uses firing zones to displace Palestinians." - id 23/8/2017
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Advocate defending illegal settlement houses on behalf of the state lives himself in an illegal settlement houseJacob Magid and Alexander Fulbright - Times of Israel - Attorney General Mandelblit refused to defend at the Supreme Court the "Regulation Law" enacted by the Knesset, under which some 4,000 settler houses built illegally on privately-owned Palestinian land would be retroactively legalized. In an unprecedented move, Mandelblit intends to actually present to court arguments against that law. The government secured instead the services of a private attorney, Harel Arnon, who crafted a 156-page brief arguing that there is only "a minor infringement of property rights" involved and that there is an overriding "national interest". He went on to claim that it would actually be "good for the Palestinian owners themselves" to have their land confiscated. In fact, Adv. Arnon is also arguing on his own personal behalf; he himself lives at an illgal house at the settlement of Elazar. [ak]22/8/2017
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Settlers install caravans near Bethlehem  WAFA - "...the settlers aim with this act to eventually push the fence further into Nahalin land in order to expand the area of their settlement at the expense of Nahalin." - id 16/8/2017
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Jewish National Fund Renews Land Purchases from Palestinians in the Occupied TerritoriesPeace Now - It is unfortunate that JNF decided to return to the highly fraudulent business of West Bank land purchases, which stains all of its other activities. Its land purchases from Palestinians, a practice of its subsidiary, Himanuta, was stopped in recent years. Past purchases of Himanuta were proven to have been based on forgery, fraud and extortion. [bz]15/8/2017
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Halamish settlers raid Kobar village, Israeli forces intervene, injure 1 Palestinian, escorting the fleeing settlersMa`an - Some 200 Israeli settlers from the nearby illegal Halamish settlement -- where last month, a Palestinian teen from Kobar stabbed and killed three Halamish settlers -- raided the Kobar village overnight between Thursday and Friday and “attempted to attack locals, who resisted them, leading the settlers to exit the village.” According to locals, the settlers entered through the southern part of Kobar, and when locals resisted them, they fled towards the Jibiya village, only to be surrounded by youths from the two villages. Israeli forces then arrived to the Jibiya village to protect the settlers, opening live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades, injuring one youth with live fire. Israeli forces then escorted the settlers back to the Halamish settlement. [bz]5/8/2017
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Israeli forces close entrance to Wadi Fukin for settlement groundbreaking ceremonyMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces closed the entrance of a Bethlehem-area village on Thursday in preparation for the arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was arriving to the southern occupied West Bank to break ground on 1,100 new illegal settlement units in the area. Ahmad Sukar, head of the Wadi Fukin village council, told Ma’an that Israeli forces closed off the entrance of the village with dirt mounds, preventing Palestinian residents from passing through, in preparation for Netanyahu’s arrival." ca4/8/2017
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Israeli court finds settler homes built on West Bank plots controlled by the Palestinian AuthorityKate, former ISM volunteer in the West Bank - Mondoweiss "Houses in Shaarei Tikva were constructed after signing of Oslo Accords, which gave the Palestinian Authority control over the land — Five homes in the Shaarei Tikva settlement in the northern West Bank were reportedly built on land allocated to the Palestinians under the Oslo agreements. While a construction permit for one of the houses was given prior to the signing of the 1995 Oslo II Accords, work on the structure began only afterward, according to a report Monday by the Walla news site. The other four homes, however, were all approved and developed after the bilateral agreement signed by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization that divided the West Bank into three administrative categories." ca 4/8/2017
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Video: Under protection from Israeli forces, settlers take over Palestinian home in Hebron’s Old CitySheren Khalel, Yumna Patel and Akram Al-Wa`ra - Mondoweiss "Mohammed, 27, grew up in the Hebron’s Old City, surrounded by illegal Israeli settlers. Settlers taking over homes in Hebron is not uncommon, so it came to no surprise to the family when they were delivered a notice in 2012 informing them their family home had been sold to settlers, and they would have to leave.The Abu Rajab’s took the notice to the Civil Administration, the Israeli body in charge of the occupied West Bank, claiming that the home sale was a forgery." ca 18/8/2017
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Israeli settlers attack Palestinian bus driverPNN/ Bethlehem - "Two Israeli settlers attacked on Thursday attacked a Palestinian bus driver near the Bat Ayin settlement in Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of Bethlehem.Israel’s Channel 7 said the settlers assaulted the Palestinian driver, sprayed him with pepper spray, beat him and tried to damage his car after they confirmed he was an Arab." ca 18/8/2017
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