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Video: Ice Cream at Hebron checkpointVIDEO - B`Tselem "The painstaking search took a long time, and in the meantime the ice cream melted. After a delay of about one hour, Maswdeh asked B`Tselem volunteer Raed Abu a-Rmeileh to come to the scene. A-Rmeileh filmed the search of the boxes and the ensuing argument between Maswdeh and the Border Police officer. Eventually, some two hours after the merchandise arrived, Maswdeh had no choice but to abandon the melted ice cream. He sent the shipment back to the factory, but suffered NIS 1,200 in losses." ca17/4/2015
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" Boycott of cottage cheese is allowed, but not if it settler-made cottage cheese”Gush Shalom - "This is a deplorable ruling with far-reaching implications” said Adv. Gaby Lasky, who represented Gush Shalom in this appeal. “The Justices effectively changed the basic Israeli constitutional law as we had known them, giving the interest of maintaining settlements in the Occupied Territories a precedence over the fundamental right of all citizens to Freedom of Political Expression. In fact, the Supreme Court has been captured by the political precepts of anti-democratic right wingers, giving its stamp of approval to a piece of legislation designed to gag one side of the political spectrum." ak16/4/2015
HRW: Settlement agriculture using Palestinian child laborMa`an News - The 74-page report, "Ripe for Abuse: Palestinian Child Labor in Israeli Agricultural Settlements in the West Bank," documents that children as young as 11 are working on settlement farms. The children carry heavy loads, are exposed to high temperatures and hazardous pesticides, and in some cases have to pay themselves for medical treatment for work-related injuries or illness.-rh15/4/2015
`Israeli cellular companies paid to squat on Palestinian land`Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +The companies never even received permits to build antenna towers in the illegal West Bank settlement outpost of Migron, are now asking the courts to let them stay even after the settlement itself was demolished, Walla reports." - id 972 - " 15/4/2015
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IDF soldier arrested for espionage, passing information to far-right settlersItay Blumenthal - Ynet - "Eldad Sela allegedly used his position in intelligence to alert activists to upcoming arrests following attack on local mosque." - id 15/4/2015
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Around 150 Trees Cut Near BethlehemIMEMC - "“This if the fifth attack in a row, they are waging a war not only on us, but on our daily bread, our livelihood,” Masha’la said, “They repeatedly attack our lands and orchards." - id8/4/2015
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Report: settler leader makes deal in corruption caseAIC - Israel`s television Channel Ten reports that Gershon Mesika, head of the regional council of northern West Bank settlements, is negotiating a deal with the state attorney`s office on corruption charges. Mesika is one of the most prominent settler leaders in using hasbara to legitimise the settlement enterprise on both the local and international levels [ry]30/3/2015
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Settlers destroy 1200 Palestinian olive trees near HebronMa`an - Al-Halayqa told Ma`an that the settlement of Asfar is located on land confiscated by Israeli authorities from Palestinian residents of al-Shuyukh, and now they hope to expand the land under their control by taking over the area where the olive trees were targeted. [bz]29/3/2015
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Israel seeks to demolish Palestinian village on ‘archaeological’ groundsChaim Levinson - Haaretz - “It’s incredible, but with the settlements, it was already ruled that Sussia land is privately owned by Palestinians. Despite this, for many years the army has prohibited residents from setting up their homes in the area, and has rejected any request for construction or planning permits, in order to keep them away from the Sussia settlement and to allow the settlers to continue seizing the agricultural lands, and expel the residents to Areas A and B. “Now, after residents made great efforts and prepared plans for their village, the army continues its policy while cynically relying on planning concerns,” the residents` attorney Kamal Mishraki-Asad added. “For years, the army has forbidden water, electricity and drainage infrastructure to be built, and now claims that expelling the residents is for their own good.” [bz]29/3/2015
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Demonstration: Stop the Judiazation of East Jerusalem! 26/3/2015
Distorting the facts of Occupation: Regavim’s attacks on the EUMichel Waelbroeck and Willem Aldershoff - +972 - "An Israeli settler NGO has accused the EU of illegal building in the West Bank. But the facts — and its understanding of international law — just don’t add up." - id for rh 26/3/2015
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School students use sewage channels to reach school in the western Ramallah district Ma`an - The al-Tira Beit Ur al-Fuqa high school is now enveloped by the Israeli separation wall on three sides at a point where the wall extends more than five kilometers inside the 1949 Armistice Line. The wall separates the villages from the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Horon as well as an Israeli military training camp. On the school`s fourth side, a road was opened exclusively for settlers going from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. [bz]24/3/2015
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Stop the Judaization of East Jerusalem! Breaking the ring of settlements - Friday, 27/3, 13:45, Damascus Gate 24/3/2015
Jerusalem family fights against all odds to prevent evictionMa`an - On a small alley in Jerusalem`s Old City, a Palestinian family is fighting both Israeli government and Jewish settler pressure to stay in a home they have lived in more than half a century (...) Their victory is short-lived. The court said only that the eviction will be frozen until after Tuesday`s parliamentary elections. [bz]17/3/2015
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Army Installs A Mobile Home On Kisan Village Land, near BethlehemIMEMC - ARIJ conducted a geopolitical research on the issue, also examining the Israeli plans, maps, and the lands the army is bulldozing, and found out that the Israeli plan aims at expanding the Gush Etzion settlement block to reach all the way to the Dead Sea shores, as part of the “Greater Jerusalem” plan. [This fits with Netanyahu`s pledge also of March 16, not to allow a Palestinian State-bz]17/3/2015
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Netanyahu and the SettlementsJODI RUDOREN and JEREMY ASHKENAS - NYT "Along the road from Eli to Ariel one recent afternoon, a Palestinian man grazed a few cows and sheep on a grassy hillside, and scores of teenagers in white Islamic head scarves walked home from school. Inside the settlement’s gate, where a new shopping complex opened last year, bulldozers were at work on construction of a $3.8 million, 300,000-square-foot community center. A sign at the entrance announced, “Eli: A Big Place to Grow.” ca13/3/2015
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Why is Israel still blind to settler violence against Palestinians?Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Despite resolutions by Israeli administrations to adopt the 2003 Road map for Peace and the Sason report on illegal West Bank outposts, settler violence against Palestinians continues unabated." - id 12/3/2015
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IDF cancels status of firing zone to enable expansion of nearby settlementChaim Levinson--GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon signed an order in January canceling the status of an army firing zone in the Jordan Valley, which will allow for the expansion of the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim. However, the army continues to demolish Palestinian homes in the Jordan Valley claiming they are in firing zones. The area in question is called Firing Zone 912, which was declared a firing zone more than 40 years ago. It extends from Ma’aleh Adumim (east of Jerusalem) to the Dead Sea in the east and Umm Daraj in the south, and is still used by the Israel Defense Forces for training, particularly by the Armored Corps. There are a number of army bases in the area, including the Nabi Musa base.dn 8/3/2015
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