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At Qalandia checkpoint Palestinian activists cross separation wall in protest actionMa`an - Activists used makeshift ramparts, ladders and cut through barbed wire to climb over the separation wall near Qalandia military checkpoint, which is at least six-eight meters in height. The action was part of a campaign organized by the Popular Resistance Committees. [bz] 15/11/2014
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Struggle of Abu Khdeir Family: Pulling Down a Boy’s PhotoTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - The explosive reality that formed following the murder of Muhammad in Jerusalem and its surroundings and especially on the border line between the two nations, which some see as a beginning of an Intifada, led to a sequence of incidents in which the authorities harassed the members of the Abu Khdeir family, who only want to find comfort for their souls and commemorate their child in their own modest way.-rh12/11/2014
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Israeli settlers burn mosque in West Bank : Mosque in occupied region set on fire amid soaring tensions between Palestinians and Israeli settlers.Aljazeera - The attack on the mosque just before dawn on Wednesday, near the Jewish settlement of Shilo, came after separate Palestinian knife attacks on Monday killed a settler in the southern West Bank, and an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv.-rh 12/11/2014
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Settlers Damage 30 Palestinian Cars as Military Intensifies West Bank UnitsAgencies - IMEMC - "An Israeli army officer said that the West Bank has never witnessed this rate of violence, either from Palestinian attackers or Israeli extremists." - id 12/11/2014
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Israeli government votes to support annexing West Bank settlementsMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Whether or not the proposal becomes law, the vote itself broadcasts to the world that this government opposes a negotiated two-state solution [ry]10/11/2014
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Israel demolishes 3 Palestinian homes near NablusMa`an - The area around Aqraba has been subject to multiple demolitions over the past few months, with Israeli soldiers destroying over 80 electricity pylons and wires in September and four houses in August. On Oct. 21, settlers set up two new outposts near Aqraba after confiscating hundreds of dunams of land. [bz] 4/11/2014
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UN Report: Israeli settlements have doubled in the last four yearsMiddle East Monitor - The number of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land have doubled in the last 54 months, UN Commission on Human Rights member Cees Flinterman said at a press conference held at the UN Geneva headquarters, presenting a new report. ak 4/11/2014
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House Demolition in Umm al-Kheir October 27 2014Erella and Ehud - These last actions are part of an ongoing wave of house demolitions carried out by the Israeli Civil Administration and Army that seek to drive out the inhabitants of the western parts of Umm al Kheir that have been living there for more than sixty years. The main cause for these actions is the proximity of Um Al Kheir to Karmel, the Israeli settlement that was built some thirty years ago.-rh 29/10/2014
Netanyahu goes toe-to-toe with US, EU over criticism of Jerusalem construction Herb Keinon - Jpost - “I heard the claim that our building in Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem makes peace more distant, but it is the criticism itself that makes peace more distant.” [bz]28/10/2014
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1,060 East Jerusalem Settlement Units Ordered by NetanyahuIMEMC - Earlier this month, the Israeli government already approved the building of 2,600 new settlement units in East Jerusalem, a move criticized by US officials in that the plan would ‘poison the atmosphere’. [bz]28/10/2014
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Major Israeli construction company pulls out of settlement industryHaggai Matar - +972 - Lev Leviev, one of the most prominent tycoons in Israel, did not wake up one morning and understand, by chance, that the occupation is a terrible injustice. No. Leviev discovered that he could not continue building in the settlements while enjoying legitimacy in the international business world. This comes after years of protests, pressure on the British government to cut business ties with Leviev, and divestment from his company. [bz]28/10/2014
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Rising tensions in SilwanElior Levy - Ynet - "While the amount of settlers here increases, so is Hamas` popularity," K. explains. "The Hamas men come to children and tell them: `Look at the Israelis taking our lands,` and that`s how they convince them that violent resistance against Israel is the best solution. Israel`s giving terrorism a reason to grow." [bz] 28/10/2014
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Report: Netanyahu may increase settlement activity to gain political calm Tovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - Channel 2 reports that an agreement on West Bank construction was under discussion so that Netanyahu could pacify the right-wing members of his coalition [ry]27/10/2014
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British photographer Nick Waplington captures the lives of Jewish settlers in the Occupied Territories Michael Hodges - The Independent - In 2008, Nick Waplington began documenting the Occupied Territories` Jewish settlers and the landscape they have illegally made their own. He was embraced by some, but feared and attacked by others. Here, the British photographer shares his rare insights into one of the world`s most closed communities [ry]27/10/2014
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Segregating the evening commute to the West BankMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Jews and Palestinians who commute from the West Bank to work in central Israel each day will soon ride separate buses home. Let’s not give too much credit to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, however. The decision to segregate the evening commute wasn’t all that creative. He only completed his predecessors’ decision to segregate the morning commute [ry]27/10/2014
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Israeli settlers criticised for overnight move into hotly disputed East JerusalemBEN LYNFIELD - The Independent - Last month Jewish settlers took over six properties in another area of Silwan, in the biggest settler acquisition in the neighbourhood since Jews began moving there two decades ago. The White House called the move a provocation, but the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the settlement is just a question of Jews being able to buy property in Israel’s capital.-rh23/10/2014
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Palestinians `throw Molotovs` at new Silwan settler homesMa`an - The building was one of two structures housing 10 apartments that were taken over by Jewish settlers before dawn on Monday. Ateret Cohanim, a right-wing Israeli organization aiming to increase the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem, said the acquisitions would double the number of Jews living in that part of Silwan. Earlier this week, President Reuven Rivlin spoke out against such deals conducted between Palestinian sellers and extreme right-wing groups: "Jerusalem cannot be a city in which building is done in secret or where moving into apartments is done in the dead of night." [bz]21/10/2014
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Israel Continues to Deny Palestinians Access to Land in Southern Hebron Wafa - For the third Saturday in a row Palestinians dismantled the tent built illegally by the settlers where they used to gather every afternoon to prevent owners from accessing their land and using the water well. Israeli army declared the area as ‘military closed’ and violently pushed away Palestinians and [Israeli and international] activists as they were peacefully resisting the evacuation of the area in Israeli settlers’ presence. [Based on an Operation Dove press release-bz] 21/10/2014
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Palestine MFA Strongly condemns settlers burning mosque in `Aqraba`PNN - Palestine News Network - "Before burning, settlers invaded the mosque, broke its doors and windows, hostile and racist slogans were written on the walls of the Mosque: "pay the price" and "death to Arabs"." - id 15/10/2014
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Former UK Minister: a wicked cocktail of occupation and illegality akin to apartheid South Africa Nicholas Watt - The Guardian - Sir Alan Duncan, Former Tory minister, delivered one of the strongest attacks on the Netanyahu government by a front line UK politician: “Occupation, annexation, illegality, negligence, complicity: this is a wicked cocktail which brings shame to the government of Israel. It would appear that on the West Bank the rule of international law has been shelved. This illegal construction and habitation is theft, it is annexation, it is a land grab – it is any expression that accurately describes the encroachment which takes from someone else something that is not rightfully owned by the taker. As such it should be called what it is, and not by some euphemistic soft alternative." 14/10/2014
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EU mulls `blacklisting` settlers convicted of crimes Reuters/Y-net - European diplomats consider new measures in response to `high level of frustration` over West Bank settlement enterprise. A senior official said that a list of "Israeli settlers who have been convicted of crimes" has been drawn up and "all paperwork done", though the decision to ban them from entering the EU was not yet taken. Such a measure would only affect directly some 100 to 200 people, and be complicated to enforce since some of them have European passports themselves. However, "it would send a strong message that the EU means business". ak 14/10/2014
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Settlers torch mosque near NablusMa`an - A group of settlers broke the doors and windows of the Abu Baker al-Saddiq mosque and vandalized the interior with racist slogans. The settlers then set fire to part of the mosque before being chased away by Palestinian villagers. [bz]14/10/2014
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Extremist settler Moshe Feiglin, Likud MK, allowed to invade Al Aqsa CompoundSaeb Erakat - PLO Negotiations Aairs Department - As instructed by The Israeli Government, Israeli Police in Occupied East Jerusalem allowed settler Moshe Feiglin - Likud Knesset Member living in the illegal settlement of Karnei Shomron - to invade Al Aqsa compound, the third holiest site in Islam and a symbol for all Palestinians, in company with other Israeli extremists. This is an extremely provocative action, especially considering Feiglin`s inflammatory statements such as his call during the recent bombings to evict Palestinians from Gaza and settle Jews in their place, and such statements as "You can`t teach a monkey to speak and you can`t teach an Arab to be democratic. You`re dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers. Muhammad, their prophet, was a robber and a killer and a liar." ak14/10/2014
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EU Bans Israeli Dairy Products made in Occupied West Bank Settlements from JanuaryGianluca Mezzofiore - International Business Times - The EU ban on settlement-produced dairy products will take place from January 2015. The Israeli agricultural ministry informed dairy factories built beyond the pre-1967 Green Line, including in the unilaterally annexed Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, that "it will no longer be possible to export to Europe dairy products produced over the Green Line, either directly or indirectly". The ban on dairy products, along with all other animal products such as eggs and poultry, was announced in August and based on the EU`s refusal to recognize Israel`s claims to areas over the pre-1967 lines. Agriculture Ministry spokesman Amnon Lieberman said most settlement dairy products have been directed to the local Israeli market only a small part of it, mainly powdered milk, will be effected by the closing of the European exports. ak 14/10/2014
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Dozens of olive trees destroyed in West Bank in run-up to harvestElior Levy, Itay Blumenthal - Ynet - Trees destroyed in two locations in northern West Bankin suspected price tag attacks; Hebrew graffiti discovered at one site; settler leader: This is blood libel by far-left groups trying to frame us. A spokesperson from the Yesh Din organization said that, "the Palestinians were working there as part of their harvest, in full coordination with the army, when they discovered the destruction of the trees." [bz]6/10/2014
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Olive harvest in the West BankYesh Din - "Today was the first day of the olive harvest in the West Bank. Already this morning we received the first reports from Palestinian farmers on damage that was caused to tens of olive trees in the village of Yasuf and about 15 additional trees that were destroyed in the village of Burin" [ry]6/10/2014
In Silwan, the settlers are winning - big timeYonathan Mizrachi - +972 - Seven years of struggle and Silwan’s residents can’t claim even one tangible and clear victory. Not one home has been returned to its original residents, not one settler has left and the police and Israeli authorities continue to target Palestinian residents.-rh2/10/2014
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