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Israeli forces disperse West Bank protests with rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades.Ma`an - **Nabi Saleh is the site of weekly protests against the Israeli occupation, with residents demanding that lands confiscated for settlement building be returned to them. **In Bilin Israeli forces fired at protesters as they neared Israel’s wall, raising Palestinian flags, chanting a song for unity and calling for the release of prisoners. **In Masara, near Bethlehem, Israeli forces blocked dozens of Palestinian and internationals marching in the village to protest against Israel`s confiscation of land in the area. [bz]20/9/2014
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All Israelis are implicated in the occupationDahlia Scheindlin - +972 "Ironically, the far right has said this repeatedly. They argue that settlers are unfairly demonized, when in fact all of Israel, people and government alike, supports settlements." ca19/9/2014
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Cabinet due to again approve controversial section of West Bank barrierNir Hasson - Haaretz "A legal battle over the construction of the barrier has been waged for the past seven years. Among the opponents of the barrier are the residents of Batir, who maintain that the barrier will destroy both the landscape and their unique traditional irrigation system, the residents of the Gush Etzion bloc, who are opposed to a fence in the area, the parks authority and the Friends of the Earth organization. " ca19/9/2014
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Israeli settlers attacked internationals and a Palestinian shepherdOperation Dove - ISM - "During the aggression, the settlers stole video cameras from the internationals and broke one of their phones. Israeli police detained the Palestinian shepherd and one of the internationals for six hours. There were no consequences for the settlers." - id 17/9/2014
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7500 New Settlers Moved Into West Bank And Jerusalem In Six MonthsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "...the biggest settlement is Beitar Illit, located southwest of occupied Jerusalem, with a population of 63087 Jewish settlers. There are more than 200.000 Israeli settlers living in various settlements in occupied East Jerusalem." - id 17/9/2014
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How much money goes to Israel`s settlements each year?Daniel Ben Simon - Al Monitor - "We have to be honest and admit that settlement allocations reflect the state`s priorities." - id 14/9/2014
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U.S. should not be a silent partner to Israeli settlement expansionJEREMY BEN-AMI - Los Angele Times - If the Obama administration were to go a step further and declare that it is the view of the United States that settlements are not merely "unhelpful" or "illegitimate" but illegal under international law as laid out in the Fourth Geneva Convention, ordinary Israelis would understand that their government`s determination to push on with settlements was causing real, serious damage to the U.S.-Israel relationship.-rh11/9/2014
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Expropriation of land reveals Netanyahu`s strategyAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "The expropriation of West Bank land, contrary to his commitment at his 2009 Bar-Ilan speech, reveals the true strategy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of dividing the Palestinians while stalling." - id 10/9/2014
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Settlements get significantly more government money than rest of Israeli communities, report findsYnet - Based on a report by the Adva Center - The West Bank settlements have for decades been receiving vastly preferential treatment, while residents of development towns only get a very small amount. [bz] 9/9/2014
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IDF demolished 9 structures in Rahwa Operation Dove - Israeli soldiers entered into the tiny Palestinian village of Rahwa, South Hebron Hills, and demolished three houses, three animal shelters and three toilets. All the demolished structures were built with simple materials. Ar-Rawha is located in area C and has no access to electricity, to the water pipeline and to any kind of facilities and services - which are plentifully provided to nearby Israeli settlements. 9/9/2014
PHOTOS: homes, animal shelters demolished in Hebron Hills AIC - Three tent-homes, three animal shelters and three toilets in the South Hebron Hills village of Khirbet ar-Rahwa were demolished on September 1 by Israeli military and civil administration forces [ry]8/9/2014
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Palestinians march across West Bank against Israeli occupationMa`an - In Wadi Fukin protesters headed toward lands in the eastern part of the village that are under threat of confiscation [under the latest 4000 dunam land grab] and started planting olive tree saplings, but were subsequently assaulted by Israeli soldiers. [bz]6/9/2014
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Israel seizes most West Bank land in 30 years Dalia Hatuqa - AlJazeera - Palestinians and US officials condemn move that will connect West Bank settlements to those in south Jerusalem [ry]2/9/2014
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Israel Claims Nearly 1,000 Acres of West Bank Land Near BethlehemIsabel Kershner - NYT - Yair Lapid, Israel’s finance minister, who has spoken out in favor of a new diplomatic process, told reporters on Sunday that he “was not aware of the decision” about the land around Gvaot and had instructed his team to look into it. “We are against any swift changes in the West Bank right now because we need to go back to some kind of process there,” he said. But Yariv Oppenheimer, general director of Peace Now, said that instead of strengthening the Palestinian moderates, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel “turns his back on the Palestinian Authority and sticks a political knife in the back” of Mr. Abbas. [bz]1/9/2014
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