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IDF to demolish home of teen terrorist who called for more violence before attackElior Levy, Yoav Zitun, Shar Hay & AP - Ynet - New security measures were set up at the entry gates to the Temple Mount by Israel, following the deadly terrorist attack that took the lives of two Israeli police officers last week. The added security measures caused a wave of backlash in the Muslim community, with Friday night`s deadly terrorist attack carried out by al-Abed, earlier clashes with Israel Police in which three Palestinian protestors were killed, as well as wide scale protest prayers and riots around Jerusalem. [bz]22/7/2017
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How defeating BDS is closer, literally, than we thinkReuven Weiss - Ynet - “Europe is a huge challenge,” explains David Siegel of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. “It is a super important continent for Israel’s future, and it cannot be ignored. Eighty-five percent of American congressmen have visited Israel at some stage but only a little over 10% of the European Parliament members have visited. That says it all." Head of the Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan, 36, agrees with this assessment. “Ignorance”, he says “is the main enemy on the settlement enterprise. The majority of the public has never even been here, but it doesn’t bother people to form negative opinions on the building of communities.” [bz]18/7/2017
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Canada backtracks on labeling wine from the West BankAP/Ynet - The agency had ruled that because the federal government did not recognize Israel`s control over several territories it captured in 1967, vendors should stop selling and importing wines from the Psagot Winery and Shiloh Winery labeled `Product of Israel.` Yaakov Berg, CEO for Psagot Winery in the West Bank, was angered by the move. `We have returned home to our homeland, the place where our ancestors made wine` Berg said. `Canada, of all places, a country founded and expanded as it conquered and destroyed the homeland of another people, a country with no roots or historical validity of its existence there, questions the right of Jews to live and grow vineyards in the land of our forefathers.` [bz] 14/7/2017
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Issa Amro, activist from Hebron: I am headed to court 9/7/2017
New Settlement in Sheikh Jarrah, 1,800 Housing Units in East Jerusalem to Be Discussed by Regional Committee 03.7.17Peace Now - The government is brutally attempting to destroy the possibility of the two-state solution, and this time it is by establishing a new settlement at the heart of a Palestinian neighbourhood in East Jerusalem and promoting nearly 1,800 housing units beyond the Green Line. The eviction of 5 Palestinian families, which are protected tenants, in order to establish a new settlement in Sheikh Jarrah shows that nothing will get in the way of settler groups and a pro-settler government from preventing a future compromise in Jerusalem.-rh5/7/2017
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5 Palestinian families face expulsion as hundreds of new settlement units promotedMa`an - The plans will include two new buildings -- respectively three and five stories tall -- in the heart of the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah that will require the expulsion of five Palestinian families, up for discussion at Israel’s Jerusalem Regional Committee on July 16. [bz]4/7/2017
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Settlements: The Real StoryGershom Gorenberg - Portside - The distinction between religious settlements and settlement blocs, then, repeats the error built into the Israeli political debate during the first years of the occupation. Back then, the self-deception was that Allon Plan settlements posed no impediment to peace. Jordan would just have to accept that Israel would keep parts of the West Bank. Now the myth is that Israel will be able to keep the blocs—which means annexing pieces of land outside its pre-1967 borders. In reality, no one knows which settlements, if any, Israel would be able to retain under a peace agreement. Judging from the brief periods of serious final-status talks over the years, the baseline for new Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will be the Green Line. Negotiations could lead to small exchanges, with Israel giving up bits of its pre-1967 territory in return for equal-sized bits of the West Bank. But even if that happens, the amount of land involved, and the number of settlements saved, is certain to fall far short of the expectations created by the talk of keeping the settlement blocs.- rh28/6/2017
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Claims of Israeli settlement freeze an `attempt to fool the public`Ma’an News Agency - “Hagit Ofran, the spokesperson for the settlement watch team of the Israeli NGO Peace Now, told Ma’an that ‘The alleged promise by Netanyahu, if it truly happened, is another spin of the Netanyahu government trying to fool the public.’ Pointing to information gathered by Peace Now from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (ICBS), Ofran highlighted that this year, the Israeli government had already issued tenders for the construction of 2,858 settlement units in the West Bank” [ry]26/6/2017
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After Abbas and Kushner Meet, Palestinians Disappointed With Trump Over Settlements Jack Khoury - Haaretz "President Trump spoke about establishing a joint committee of five [representatives from each side] and we want to make progress on it. But first of all we need to understand from the administration what is its position concerning the issue of the settlements, if they see the settlements as the main and most serious obstacle to progress in any negotiations, so there is a serious problem making progress," said the senior Palestinian official." ca23/6/2017
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PA slams new settlement as effort to thwart Trump’s peace driveDov Lieber - Times of Israel - Abbas’s spokesperson says it’s no coincidence that ground is broken on the eve of a visit to the region by Jared Kushner. [bz]21/6/2017
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Settlers pressure Netanyahu to reject Palestinian building planMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - In Liberman’s plan, Palestinian towns were grouped into two categories: those included on the “red list,” from which terrorist attacks emerged; and a “green list” of 15 cities and villages from which terrorists hadn’t come. Liberman allotted benefits for those towns on the green list, which included the expansion of their master plan. The city of Qalqilya was one of them. [bz] 21/6/2017
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I’m a 90-year-old woman who has lived in Israel for 50 years – here is what I think about Israeli settlementsRuth Kedar - Independent - Since I witnessed its beginnings half a century ago, the occupation has only got worse. The size and scale of settlements is something I can’t get over. I know every little road and every little village of the West Bank and it is frightening to see them swallowed up piece by piece by indistinguishable rows of red roofs that multiply across Palestinian land. It is robbery that is devoid of shame.-rh 21/6/2017
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Jewish terrorism is rearing its head again Alex Fishman - Ynet - After two relatively quiet years, a collaboration between radical Yitzhar settlers and groups of teens living in outposts in the Binyamin region has led to the renewal of violent attacks against Palestinians, left-wing activists and members of the security forces. If the political echelon and settler leadership fail to act soon, Shin Bet officials warn, a second Duma murder is only a matter of time. [bz]17/6/2017
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Netanyahu vows to occupy the West Bank foreverMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "If Israel is not willing to relinquish military control over the West Bank, then it is saying that there can be no two-state solution." - id 14/6/2017
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Amnesty International: ban all settlement goods, prevent foreign companies from operating in settlementsEdith Garwood - Amnesty International USA - Amnesty International has launched the ‘Occupation @ 50’ campaign - calling on all states to abide by their legal obligations under international law to not recognize or assist illegal situations, and therefore to: 1) Stop helping to sustain the settlements (illegal activity) by banning all settlement goods from their markets; and 2) Prevent companies domiciled in their countries from operating in settlements or trading in settlement goods. [ak] 13/6/2017
Lieberman: Israel Plans Most Settlement Homes Since 1992Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Expresses Annoyance at Settlers` Demands for More [ry]12/6/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Attack The Weekly Protest In Kufur QaddoumIMEMC News - "Morad Eshteiwy, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers fired many gas bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the nonviolent protesters. He added that the Israeli attack did not lead to injuries or any arrests.For the past fourteen years, Kufur Qaddoum residents have been protesting, demanding the army to reopen the main town’s road, which was blockaded to enable easy access to the illegal colonist Israeli settlers, driving to and from Kedumim colony, built on privately-owned Palestinian lands." ca 10/6/2017
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