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Catholic church in Israel badly damaged by suspected arson attackAssociated Press in Tabgha - The Guardian - In recent years, mosques and churches have been targeted by vandals in similar attacks. They are often attributed to extremist Jews from West Bank settlements. Such attacks have been widely condemned across the political spectrum in Israel, though few arrests have been made.-rh24/6/2015
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Israeli settlers chop down 70 olive trees in Salfit, NablusMa`an - According to the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem, in addition to confiscating Palestinian land in Yasuf in northern Salfit, "Israeli settlers have also carried out a series of attacks against Palestinian landowners in an attempt to intimidate them and deter them from returning to their land." [bz]23/6/2015
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Israel minister to turn spring near West Bank attack into tourist siteMa`an News Agency – “If Minister Ariel`s pledge to mark Gonen`s final hiking destination as an Israeli tourist destination materializes, it will join swathes of other areas throughout the occupied West Bank barred from use by Palestinian locals” [ry]22/6/2015
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High Court to debate demolition of homes in West Bank outpost Tovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - The High Court of Justice is slated on Monday to debate the demolition of 17 homes on private Palestinian property in the Derech Ha’avot outpost located in the Etzion region of the West Bank [ry]22/6/2015
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Hebron: Open shops or Israeli propaganda?Ahmad Jaradat - AIC - Israel`s decision to allow 70 shops to reopen in Hebron is nothing more than an exercise in public relations, say residents of the city [ry]22/6/2015
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Defense minister okays work on West Bank church compound bought for settlersChaim Levinson--Renovation aimed at establishing new settlement between Hebron and Gush Etzion; compound bought by non-profit controlled by U.S. billionaire Moskowitz, earmarked for settlers. dn21/6/2015
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For one Palestinian village: A judge, settler and demolisherDror Etkes - +972 "The Israeli army’s Civil Administration has issued 70 demolition orders in the Jewish West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut, and 70 demolition orders in the Palestinian village of Khirbet Susya over the years.Beyond that coincidental number, the two towns don’t have much else in common. Located in Gush Etzion, just south of Jerusalem, Alon Shvut is one of the most prosperous and well-established settlements in the West Bank. Its 3,200 residents enjoy top-notch community services and a highly desirable quality of life not only in relation to their Palestinian neighbors, but also to the general Israeli population. Khirbet Susya, on the other hand, is a collection of tents, sheds and shacks that lack the most basic civil infrastructure. Its 350 residents are scattered on a few hilltops known only to a small number of people. It turns out that the man who decided the fate of Khirbet Susya,... is Supreme Court Justice Noam Sohlberg, a resident of Alon Shvut." ca19/6/2015
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Welcome to nowhere: Homesh and Sa-Nur, 10 years after Israeli pulloutElior Levy - Ynet - ""Once every two weeks, settlers come here. They go into the buildings and make noise. Occasionally, there are clashes and yelling with the Palestinians, but it doesn`t get out of control," he says, complaining that the Palestinians cannot live in either of the former settlements, even though Israel evacuated them."" - id 17/6/2015
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Lieberman to `seriously consider` joining gov`t if construction continues in Ma`ale AdumimMoran Azulay - YnetNews - Israel`s current government may yet be expanded according to a Facebook post on Tuesday by Israel Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman saying that he would consider joining Prime Minister Benjmanin Netanyahu`s government if construction was allowed to continue in Ma`ale Adumim, just East of Jerusalem.-rh 17/6/2015
The Green Line: serving Israel`s racist policies since 1967Neve Gordon - al-Araby - The Green Line offered the fictive promise of two states. In reality, it sustains a racist regime and the judaisation of the West Bank.-rh17/6/2015
EU diplomats unite in support of demolition-threatened Palestinian village : European envoys visit West Bank village in show of solidarity after Israeli court rules it can be demolished and its residents evicted Robert Tait - The Telegraph - Envoys from all 28 European Union member states` Jerusalem consulates - including Britain - arrived en masse at Khirbet Susiya in the South Hebron Hills to send a sharp message to Israel not to implement an eviction order that some said would damage the chances of resolving the decades-old conflict with the Palestinians.-rh 11/6/2015
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Swedish officials condemn sale of West Bank church to settlersMa`an News Agency - "Swedish officials have condemned the sale of a West Bank church compound to an Israeli settler organization that apparently used a Swedish company to conceal their identity, the Palestinian ambassador to Sweden told Ma`an on Monday.Ambassador Hala Husni Fariz said that Swedish officials viewed the sale as a "crime" and the Swedish government remains completely opposed to Israeli settlement activity across the occupied Palestinian territories." ca 10/6/2015
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Anti-boycott call rings hollow as village awaits demolitionAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Susiya is located in desert terrain, part of which still retains a biblical character. Its Palestinian agricultural communities, which maintain a traditional way of life, live in caves and tents. The village has been inhabited for hundreds of years. Documentation of habitation in the region dates back to 1839, and the village is included on 1917 maps, from the British Mandate. Even Plia Albeck, the “Mother of the Settlements,” wrote from the state prosecutor’s office in 1982 that the village lands are the residents’ private property. None of this, however, has made a difference.-rh 10/6/2015
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Diplomats, activists rally to save Palestinian village from `forced transfer`Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Officials from the EU and the UN joined the Palestinian prime minister in the West Bank village of Susya, where 340 Palestinians are at risk of being pushed out of their homes. ak 9/6/2015
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Soldiers Expel Palestinians from Pool in Area A to Enable Settlers to Bathe UndisturbedB’Tselem - "[...] at about 2:00 P.M., hundreds of settlers arrived at the pool accompanied by dozens of soldiers, Border Police, and representatives of the Civil Administration [...]. The security forces ordered the Palestinian bathers to leave the pool and remain on the edge of the park. They allowed the settlers, however, free and exclusive use of the rest of the park. At about 5:30 P.M., the settlers and the security forces left the area" [ry]8/6/2015
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In shadow of settlement, Susiya villagers vow to fight displacementMa`an News Agency - "Originally displaced during the Nakba from Tel Arad -- located just 10 kilometers south but now on the other side of the Green Line -- the 25 families of Susiya were forcibly displaced again by Israel`s military in 1986 after archaeological evidence of an ancient Jewish synagogue was found in the area.The Jewish-only settlement of Susya, built in 1983 and with all the infrastructure and comforts of the modern Israeli state, stands a mere 100 meters from where Palestinians wait day and night for their fate to be decided from the stifling heat of makeshift tents." ca5/6/2015
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No to segregated buses; yes to segregated courtsMilitary Court Watch - Although segregated buses provide a clear and obvious picture of discrimination, applying different laws, with different rights and protections, to individuals living side by side based on nothing more than their race, may prove to have far greater legal, ethical and strategic consequences for Israel.-rh 3/6/2015
Lawyer: Abandoned West Bank church compound was not sold to settlersMa`an News Agency - Israeli news source Haaretz reported Friday that right-wing Israeli Aryeh King had purchased the abandoned church compound from the church`s owners three years ago in order to build a settlement outpost. However, local sources refuted the report, saying that such a sale had not been made and that the current owners are in fact carrying out refurbishments to turn the compound into a hostel.-rh27/5/2015
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Another violent attack on Palestinian familyInternational Solidarity Movement - These are just examples from an endless series of attacks, where the Israeli army and the settlers [living in illegal settlements under international law], work hand in hand to continue this silent form of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. Hashem has tried to go to court many times to seek justice for his family, but he hasn’t even been able to come close to anything resembling this term.-rh27/5/2015
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Israel To Confiscate 820 Dunams For New Settlements’ Dumping GroundSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "The Israeli Authorities have decided to confiscate around 820 Dunams (202 acres) of privately owned Palestinian lands to establish new dumping grounds for its illegal colonies, in the central West Bank, in the Ramallah district" [ry]25/5/2015
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Settlers turning West Bank church compound into new outpostChaim Levinson - Haaretz "The site, situated near a Palestinian refugee camp on a major route linking Bethlehem and Hebron, was purchased by right-wing activist Aryeh King three years ago, Haaretz has learned...Massive reconstruction of the compound, which can house 20 families, has been going on for the last few months to ready it for settlers to move in. There are several security guards on the site posing as workers." ca 22/5/2015
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Judge, settler and demolisherDror Etkes - +972 - The High Court justice who gave the army a green light to expel an entire Palestinian village just happens to live in a nearby settlement, one that thrives on their dispossession. [bz]19/5/2015
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AG: Bayit Yehudi coalition deal contradicts legal opinion on Settlement DivisionAviel Magnezi - Ynet - "Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein challenged Bayit Yehudi`s coalition agreement on Thursday, determining a clause committing to increase the Settlement Division`s budget by NIS 50 million contradicted the Justice Ministry`s legal opinion." - id 15/5/2015
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WATCH: Racism-filled march curbs Palestinian movement in JerusalemMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - High Court dismisses petition to re-route the ‘Jerusalem Day’ march away from the Muslim Quarter, but tells police it expects them to act against the type of racist incitement for which the ‘March of the Flags’ is notorious.-rh13/5/2015
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Analysis Finds 50 Percent of All Fox News Statements Are FALSEAmanda Froelich - Nation of Change "What might be most intriguing is that despite the blatant spin doctoring of the show, Fox News still captivates a large portion of the news watching audience. Programs like “The O’Reilly Factor” and “The Kelly File” cause a staggering amount of viewers to tune in on a regular basis, and given what we know about the content Fox shares, such is concerning." ca13/5/2015
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"She did not realize the consequences of moving to the Occupied Territories"Jerusalem Post - The EU`s ongoing confrontation with Israel`s settlement policy touched a sensitive spot: a 90-year-old Dutch woman Holocaust survivor, moved to Israel to be with her children - and it turned out that her children are living in a West Bank settlement. Thereupon, she was informed by the Dutch government that her pension will be slashed by 35%. Following a media uproar, a Dutch ministry spokesman said: "This very unfortunate incident should have been prevented. Since the woman could not have known the consequences of moving to the Occupied Territories, her pension will not be reduced.". As to how other cases would be treated, where Dutch citizens move knowingly to a settlement, "Comprehensive guidelines would be formulated and published". ak 12/5/2015
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Govt. to legalise settlement outpostsConnie Hackbarth - AIC - Israel`s new government is planning to “legalise” West Bank settlement construction conducted in contravention of Israeli law, according to the coalition agreement between Linkud and the Jewish Home. This stands in stark contrast to the demolition policy implemented by Israel against Palestinian-owned homes built without permits [ry]11/5/2015
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Israeli Forces Set up Mobile Homes on Seized Land in Bethlehem areaWAFA - Head of Kisan Village Council Hussein Ghazzal told WAFA that forces set up early morning 12 mobile homes on large previously bulldozed tracts of land belonging to the Palestinian villagers of Kisan and Hebron town of Sa‘ir. The land occupied about 650 dunums; which had been leveled by Israel for the purpose of settlement construction and setting up stone-cutting factories. [bz] 5/5/2015
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