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Peace Now`s Annual Settlement Construction Report 2016# Over 26% (474 housing units) of the new construction was in areas that are east of the route of the separation barrier. # Nearly 70% (1,263 housing units) of the new construction was in settlements east of the proposed Geneva Initiative border. # At least 10% (183 housing units) of the construction was illegal according to the Israeli laws applied in the occupied territories. [bz]23/5/2017
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Israeli Settler Kills A Palestinian Near NablusIMEMC News - "The incident took place after Israeli soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians, marching in solidarity with the detainees, ongoing with the hunger strike they started on April 17th.The soldiers fired gas bombs, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, two of them, including a man, 49, were hospitalized." ca 19/5/2017
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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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FIFA boss rigs vote for Israel at last minute - after phonecall from NetanyahuAli Abunimah - EI - Earlier this week, the FIFA Council had already capitulated to Israeli pressure and ruled out a vote sanctioning Israel for allowing its league to include teams based in West Bank settlements. But there remained on the agenda a motion calling for “official recognition of the Palestinian Football Association’s entitlements to all of its rights as described in the FIFA Statutes.” FIFA rules bar national associations from holding matches on the territory of another member without permission – as Israel does in the West Bank without Palestinian permission – so this motion would still have highlighted the Israel Football Association’s complicity in the military occupation of the West Bank. [bz]13/5/2017
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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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Jewish settler mistaken for Palestinian and shot dead. Incident viewed by Palestinians as revealing double standards.Bethan McKernan - Independent - It is rare for the IDF to use deadly force on Israeli citizens. Rights groups and other observers, however, have long accused Israel of using “disproportinate force” and implementing a “shoot-to-kill” policy on alleged Palestinian attackers. [bz] 6/5/2017
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Jerusalem municipality to confiscate Palestinian land for ‘tourist center’ Molly Mae - Alternative Information Center "On April 24, 2017, the West Jerusalem municipality published a plan to confiscate 1,300 square meters of land in Ras al-Amoud, an area adjacent to the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem...Haaretz adds that despite the fact that the plans have yet to be approved, the city has already started working at the site. The public has 60 days to file objections to the plan as of Monday. Israeli settlement monitoring group Peace Now adds that the municipality used a “highly unusual” procedure to expedite the land confiscation." ca 27/4/2017
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Israel Accepts Chinese Demand Not to Employ Chinese Laborers in Settlements Barak Ravid and Yotam Berger - Haaretz - The official reason given by the Chinese was concern for the workers` personal safety, but officials at the Israeli Foreign Ministry expressed the view that the real reason was political, relating to the fact that China and the rest of the international community view the settlements as illegal and their locations as occupied territory. [bz]25/4/2017
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Settler attack showcases impunity of Jewish extremistsGuy Hircefeld - +972 - In all my years as of activism, I have never seen or experienced such hatred as I did last Friday, when masked settlers attacked a group of Ta’ayush volunteers with clubs and stones [ry]24/4/2017
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Israeli settlers attack peace activists in West BankThe New Arab - One settler can be seen striking prominent Israeli peace activist Rabbi Arik Ashcerman on the back of the head with a stick. At least five activists from the grassroots movement Ta`ayush were injured in the attack, including one with a broken arm. The incident took place in the Jordan Valley. [bz for dn] 23/4/2017
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Israeli settlers hold barbecue party outside Ofer prisonPNN - Palestine News Network - "A group of Israeli settlers on Thursday noon have held a barbecue party outside Ofer prison, west of Ramallah, in response to the collective hunger strike lead by 1,500 Palestinian prisoners." - id 21/4/2017
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Turmus Aya`s Palestinians threatened by settlement planLizzie Porter - Aljazeera - At the entrance of the Palestinian village Turmus Aya, in the occupied West Bank, a large sign, written in Hebrew, Arabic and English, warns visitors that "this road leads to Palestinian areas [sic]. It is dangerous for Israeli citizens to enter". Contrary to the sign`s warning, it is the Palestinian residents of this seemingly tranquil area who are more nervous, specifically about the recent encroachment from the Israeli settlements that surround their village. Turmus Aya, home to around 4,000 people, lies in the shadow of a string of such settlers` communities, which are illegal under international law. On a bump in the land directly to the north sits Shilo, a well-developed example, built in 1979 and home to around 3,000 illegal settlers.-rh 12/4/2017
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Lands Leveled by Soldiers for Road near TulkaremIMEMC - "Land owners and others living adjacent to the checkpoint expressed concern over the possible confiscation of their land for the benefit of Israeli settlement expansion.| - id12/4/2017
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Soldiers uproot 18 olive trees in Deir BalloutIMEMC - Several Israeli military vehicles, accompanied by a bulldozer, invaded Palestinian orchards in Deir Ballout (Salfit Governorate) and uprooted 18 olive trees. The reason given was the installing of new water pipelines to nearby Israeli settlements. [Left without explanation is why this was considered so urgent as to be carried out during the Passover Holiday... ak] 11/4/2017
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The Dangerous Liaisons of French Banks with the Israeli OccupationExecutive Summary - "Five major French financial groups – BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Société Générale, [the state-owned] Banque Populaire Caisse d’Epargne, AXA – manage financial holdings or hold shares in Israeli banks or businesses involved in financing settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and which furnish services vital to the maintenance and development of the settlements – such as housing or factory construction, the provision of telecommunications connections or of surveillance equipment." בש7/4/2017
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Israeli guidelines point to largely unconstrained settlement expansionPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - Israel has indicated it will pursue a unilateral policy of largely unconstrained settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories, as it announced the first new settlement in two decades. While Israel’s new settlement construction guidelines were presented as evidence of restraint and a “goodwill gesture” to the administration of US President Donald Trump – who has asked Israel to slow construction – the details seem to indicate the opposite.-rh 5/4/2017
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UN slams Israel over Emek Shilo settlementAl Jl Jazeera - UN chief calls decision to build another illegal settlement on occupied Palestinian land an `obstacle to peace` [ry]3/4/2017
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