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Not just Amona: Thousands of settlement homes face possible evacuationOded Shalom, Elisha Ben-Kimon - Ynet - "Many buildings it turns out were built on private rather than state- owned lands, making them illegal; project shows how complicated settling West Bank settlement issue is." - id|28/9/2016
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So Let the Settlers Stay. They Won`t.Gershom Gorenberg - The American Prospect - Netanyahu`s "ethnic cleansing" bluff should be called. Like other residents of newly independent Palestine, settlers who decide to stay put will become Palestinian citizens, their position the mirror image of that of Israel`s Arab citizens. The former settlers will live under Palestinian law and the authority of Palestinian courts. They should be prepared for lawsuits by Palestinians with very strong claims to ownership of the land on which large parts of the settlements stand. Where they don`t have such legal problems, they should know that Palestinians will be moving in next door, into homes that belonged to Israelis who chose to return to Israel.The number of settlers who would stay under those conditions could meet in a small cafe in Ramallah, perhaps at one table. All the rest would do the Zionist thing and move to the state of Israel.[ak]20/9/2016
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Kerry `concerned by surge in settlement activity, violence`Jerusalem Post - Following Secretary of State Kerry`s meeting with President Abbas, the State Department announced that the two "Discussed regional challenges and constructive ideas for the way forward", reiterated their "Shared goal of a two state solution" and “Agreed on the importance of continuing to work with key partners". Israeli media immediately seized on one key phrase, where Kerry combined "violence and settlement activity" as the two factors undermining the chances of the Two-State Solution. [ak] 20/9/2016
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Likud ministers, MKs urge legalization of illegal outpostsThe Times of Israel - 25 legislators call on Netanyahu to push bill resolving status of Amona, other settlements, despite objections of attorney general [ry]19/9/2016
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Lieberman Orders Israeli Defense, Military Officials to Boycott UN EnvoyMa`an News Agency - "Haaretz reported that the defense minister’s call to boycott the UN official came in response to Mladenov’s recent criticisms of Israeli policies of illegal settlement expansion across the occupied West Bank, the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians, as well as criticism of Lieberman himself. At a UN Security Council briefing last month, Mladenov condemned Israel, saying: “How will advancing the construction of over 1,700 housing units bring the parties closer to negotiated peace, how will it uphold the two-state solution, how will it create hope for the Palestinian people, or how will it bring security to Israelis?” ca16/9/2016
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Home Front reveals most threatened settlements list, calls for higher defense budgetElisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - "Home Front Command Settlement Security Branch Head Lt. Col. Or Ohayon mentioned that “over the past year, the Security Ministry allotted us NIS 9 million to invest in technological measures, which is enough to cover (the needs of) three settlements. In 2016, we managed to increase this budget by 25%, which is good, but still not enough.” - id14/9/2016
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Netanyahu is right: Settlements aren`t the biggest obstacle to peaceDahlia Scheindlin--Almost as if for sport, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu released an English video on Friday. It is just two minutes long but packed with chatter-rich material: the Palestinians are guilty of ethnic cleansing. The world is complicit. Nobody stands up for the Jewish victims of this crime except for Netanyahu. Therefore, settlements are no obstacle to peace. dn11/9/2016
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Supreme Court orders outpost demolished, Justice minister tries to bypass itTelem Yahav, Moran Azulay and Tova Tzimuki - Ynet - Supreme Court President Miriam Naor decreed Thursday that the structures in the Way of the Patriarchs outpost, set up on private Palestinian land, be torn down by March 2018; amid much criticism from the right, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked promises to work with the Ministry of Defense to stop the houses’ demolition [ry] 5/9/2016
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Court orders demolition of 17 settler homes in Derech Ha’avot outpostJerusalem Post - "News of court decision set off a political firestorm among right-wing ministers and parliamentarians. " ca2/9/2016
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Palestinian Injured by Settler Dogs IMEMC - "Tawfiq Khaled, aged 66, was picking figs on his land in Deir Istiya...the settler stood by watching as the dogs attacked Khaled." - id 31/8/2016
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Israel lashes back after UN envoy`s comments on settlementsAssociated Press - Ynet- "Following comments that West Bank settlements are one of the biggest obstacles to peace, the PM`s spokesman has stated that this `distorts history.`" - id 31/8/2016
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French Jewish families make aliyah—to Samaria French Jewish families make aliyah—to Samaria - Ynet - "12 families left the comforts of Paris to settle in trailer homes in Brukhin." - id 24/8/2016
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Israel to expand colonial settlement in Hebron IMEMC - "The new houses will be constructed on an Israeli military base inside the city of Hebron along al-Shuhada Street in the central city. They will expand the Israeli settlement of Beit Romano, which houses a yeshiva school. It was previously a Palestinian boy’s school."24/8/2016
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Israel opens construction tenders for the expansion of illegal Maale Adumim settlementMa`an - Last week, the Israeli prime minister`s office decided to push for the closure and demolition of a Bedouin primary school located in the E1 area, while some 20 families of the village’s Jahalin Bedouin community were left homeless by demolitions last August, which community members said were carried out in order for Israel to expand Maale Adumim. Meanwhile, Israel has come under harsh criticism for a spike in illegal settlement activity in the occupied West Bank in recent weeks. [bz]20/8/2016
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Israel laying ground for new settlement near Bethlehem which would `cut West Bank in two`Ma`an News Agency - "Hamdallah slammed the move as further separating the city of Bethlehem -- which is already surrounded by settlements and Israeli- only roads on three sides -- from the rest of the southern West Bank and preventing any future Palestinian expansion in the area. “Israel’s move to build a new illegal settlement and bypass road next to Bethlehem is another step into cutting the West Bank in two, and annexing Area C,” said Hamdallah." ca19/8/2016
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Israeli settlement expansion `a war on the mind`Sheren Khalel - Al-Jazeera - "As parts of both the Har Gilo and Gilo settlements are built on Walaja`s land, residents believe that their further expansion solidifies the confiscation of land that previously belonged to the village, removing any hope that residents could one day get their land back." - id 17/8/2016
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Is Israel annexing West Bank Area C? Uri Savir - al-Monitor - "Israel is actively pursuing a strategy of economic expansionism in Area C, making the Oslo Accord’s plan for a future Palestinian state not feasible." - id 17/8/2016
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The Movement to Return to Gaza`s Gush Katif Oded Shalom, Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - "The evacuees of Gush Katif still long for the day they`ll return home."..."They know their chances are slim, but they won`t give up on their dream." - id 17/8/2016
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Crimea precedent might hasten “red card” to Israeli settlement teamsKwara Kekana - BDS South Africa - The next FIFA council meeting (October), is expected to deal will the six soccer clubs of Israeli settlements on the West Bank. A precedent is the decision of FIFA/UEFA, after the Russian occupation of Crimea in March 2014, to prohibit Crimean soccer clubs playing in the Russian league. [ak] 16/8/2016
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Israel laying ground for new settlement near Bethlehem which would `cut West Bank in two`Ma`an - The announcement by the Israeli government came after Peace Now petitioned to the Israeli Supreme Court, demanding more transparency from the state of Israel regarding the plans, so the group could appeal the decision ahead of time. [bz]16/8/2016
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Ahmad Dawabsha Transferred to Tel Hashomer Hospital after Severe Health DeteriorationIMEMC News & Agencies - "Five-year-old sole survivor of an arson attack in the village of Douma, in the occupied West Bank district of Nablus, last year, Ahmad Dawabsha, was taken to Israel’s Tel Hashomer hospital Wednesday night, after his health deteriorated... The young boy was severely injured in the high-profile attack which took place in the town of Douma, in the Nablus district, in July of 2015. He has undergone a series of complex surgeries since." ca12/8/2016
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Re/Max continues settlement real estate deals - Code Pink intensifies protests Code Pink - Ahead of the Presbyterian General Assembly in June, CEO Dave Liniger of the real estate giant RE/MAX told the Presbyterians that "RE/MAX would stop earning profits" from sales of properties at Israeli settlements on the West Bank. As soon turned out, however, the Israeli subsidiary of RE/MAX in no way feels bound to change its policies. RE/MAX Israel CEO Bernard Raskin told Judy Maltz of Haaretz that the promise to the Presbyterians has “zero impact on anything we are doing.” RE/MAX Israel currently operates in all of the large settlements and even has an office in the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumin! Therefore, the activists of Code Pink decided to intensify their campaign. There were protests outside RE/MAX offices in Los Angeles, California, and Syracuse, New York. Further protests are planned at cities across the country: from Chicago to Atlanta to Portland, Oregon. [ak] 9/8/2016
Fans call upon singer Gali Atari to cancel settlement performance Jerusalem Post - Singer Gali Atari, winner of the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest, is currently in the eye of the storm because left-wing fans want her to cancel her scheduled performance in the West Bank settlement of Shilo. The fans wrote on Atari`s Facebook page that if she sings in Occupied Territory, she will lose a lot of her following. Atari answered that "music was created as a bridge". [ak]9/8/2016
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Reports: Israel planning to build new settlement in East JerusalemMa`an - Israeli news website Walla reported [in Hebrew] that Israel’s Jerusalem municipality filed the plan for 2,500 housing units under the name “olive trees district,” due to the vast number of historic olive trees that span across the 280-dunam area. [bz]9/8/2016
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Kiryat Arba settler population is shrinkingDebra DeLee - Americans for Peace Now - A recent article in the Washington Post revealed the fact that Kiryat Arba – one of the most iconic and radical of the ideological settlements on the West Bank – is shrinking. Settlers there are given to lament that frequently-made statements of support from the Netanyhau government "mean nothing" because the government is constrained by "political considerations and outside pressure". [ak]2/8/2016
Secret 1970 document shows first Israeli settlements in West Bank were built under false pretencesLizzie Dearden - The Independent - Officials planned to build homes after claiming the land was needed for military use [ry] 1/8/2016
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