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Settlements

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Aida Refugee Camp flooded by excess settlement waterIMEMC - Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem city, was flooded after Israeli barrages at Gilo settlement were opened, diverting all excess rain and melted snow water onto the Palestinian camp. Similarly, the opening of Israeli dams near the Gaza border caused large streams of water to flow into inhabited areas on the Gazan side of the border. [ak]23/2/2015
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Settlers’ video accuses B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, Peace Now and New Israel Fund of collaborating with Nazi anti-Semites Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - This shocking cartoon, “The Eternal Jew,” was produced by a settlers’ group in the West Bank. It says that several Israeli human rights groups are collaborating with Nazis by reporting on Israeli human rights abuses and in doing so, parodies Nazi propaganda about Jews.-rh19/2/2015
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Settlers Under Guard Raid Joseph`s Tomb, East of NablusIMEMC - "According to PNN sources, some seven busloads of Israeli settlers forcibly entered Joseph`s Tomb, in order to practice religious rituals in a recognized Muslim holy site." - id 18/2/2015
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West Bank settlements target French immigrants AIC - The West Bank settlement council of Samaria is targeting potential Jewish immigrants from France, encouraging them to move to five specially selected settlements in the northern West Bank [ry]16/2/2015
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Israel`s top court orders 9 manifestly illegal settler homes razed - within two yearsMa`an - According to the ruling handed down late on Sunday, the authorities have until 2017 to carry out the demolitions in Ofra, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah. Still, Yesh Din`s lawyer Shlomi Zachary hailed the ruling as making "unequivocally clear that the law, human rights, and particularly the right to property must be respected in the Palestinian territories." [bz] 10/2/2015
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Three arrested for facilitating fraudulent sales of Palestinian land to Jewish groups Tovah Lazaroff - Jpost - Suspicions about the three were raised in land sale cases that appeared before the High Court of Justice. The question of property ownership is often at the heart of many High Court cases involving unauthorized construction. The State Attorney’s Office then instructed the police to investigate the matter. Yariv Oppenheimer (Peace Now) said “We hope that settlers now understand that they cannot bring fake documents to the High Court of Justice. This is the first time that we see a real action being taken on the issue of fake documents. “We will not give up until the police and the Justice Ministry make sure that the main settler leaders will also be investigated, as to whether or not they knew or took part in this scheme.” [bz]10/2/2015
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After Years Of Deliberations, Israeli High Court Orders Removal Of 9 Homes In Ofra Illegal ColonySaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "The Israeli High Court ordered, on Sunday, the removal of nine homes illegally built in the `Ofra` colony, built on privately owned Palestinian lands in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and gave the Israeli government two years to implement the ruling" [ry]9/2/2015
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Facebook ads for Israeli settlements promoted to PalestiniansDalia Hatuqa - The National - "“We were shocked to see ads for illegal Israeli settlements on Facebook. Settlements are a main cause of violence and discrimination in the region,” the petition reads." - id for rh 5/2/2015
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Settlers Bulldoze 50 Dunums East SalfitPNN - Palestine News Network - "... the unprecedented settlement activity to be electioneering campaign for Netanyahu in the upcoming elections on 17 March, by adding about 24 West Bank settlements to the occupied 1948 lands." - id 4/2/2015
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Settlement funding: Likud betrays the poorAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "The Likud Party has turned its back on the weaker sectors of society and on the residents of the periphery; those who brought it to power in 1977." - id28/1/2015
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Occupier’s justice: heads and tails you loseJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss - now that the settlers have a piece of paper with the court’s decision stating that the land belongs to Kiryat Arba, they can bill the Palestinian family for years of arrears on property taxes amounting to $22,000 – more than the family earns in several years. If they don’t pay, the settlers will seize the land and sell it.-rh28/1/2015
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The deep roots of the Palestine-Israel conflict Bethan Staton - AlJazeera - Palestinians have tended olive groves for decades, but Israelis are staking a claim by planting their own trees [ry]26/1/2015
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Two Palestinians are killed near Gush Etzion settlement bloc in West Bank -Kate - Mondoweiss - Israeli forces opened fire at two Palestinians near the Gush Etzion Junction between Bethlehem and Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday evening, killing one. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma‘an that two Palestinians “were involved in a criminal incident” in the area, and one was shot by Israeli soldiers after he attempted to flee the area. The man was “injured seriously and died in the evening,” he told Ma‘an, adding that the other was arrested.-rh21/1/2015
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IDF detains a child and destroys four structures Operation Dove - PRESS RELEASE - At about 9.00 a.m. IDF bulldozers started to tear down two houses and two animal shelters, belonged to the Palestinian Rabai family in Ar-Rifa`iyya. The demolitions affected a total of twenty-five people, included ten children. The Municipality placed two tents to let the people involved have a place to stay at least during the night. 21/1/2015
Japanese and Israeli PMs see different hurdles to peaceBarbara Opall-Rome - Defence News - Japanese PM Shinzo Abe addressed Israeli public opinion directly, in an op-ed published in Yediot Ahronot, Israel`s largest Hebrew daily. After paying many compliments and mentioning the part Japanese diplomats played in saving European Jews during WWII, Abe wrote: "As a true friend, I want to offer advice on the matter of building in the settlements, which is considered in the world as a violation of international law. I understand that this involves ideology on the Israeli side, but I reckon it would be worthwhile for Israel to carefully consider this policy in order to create a positive climate for dialogue". [ak] 20/1/2015
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SEE! Settlers damage 200 treesAhmad Jaradat - AIC - Settlers damaged some 200 Palestinian-owned olive and almond trees Thursday [8.1.15] night in the South Hebron Hills area in the southern West Bank [ry]12/1/2015
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In picures: Living illegally in the West Bank Jonathan Brown - AlJazeera - `We trust the universe, we trust the earth, we trust God, that whoever needs to be here will be here,` resident says [ry]12/1/2015
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Zionist settlers poison 13 sheep near AqrabaNablus team - International Solidarity Movement - "Thirteen sheep lay dead there, foaming at the nose and mouth, one with green vomit visible – a clear case of poisoning." - id 7/1/2015
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Israel to Divert Military Budget to Settlement ExpansionJason Ditz - AntiWar - US Military Aid Being Redirected to Illegal Settlement Construction [ry]5/1/2015
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US ‘deeply concerned’ by settler attack on consulate staffAFP, AP AND TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF - "Jerusalem consulate personnel were attacked Friday when they visited the West Bank to investigate a complaint by Palestinian farmers over vandalism of olive trees. Light damage was caused to consulate cars.“Our personnel were in the area looking into reports that settlers had uprooted some 5,000 olive tree saplings in that area in recent days,” he said, adding that the visit had been cancelled after the attack." ca 3/1/2015
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