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Settlements

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Could settlers stay in a future Palestinian state?Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "It pains me to see good people, with whom we enjoy such good neighborly ties, depicted as monsters because some radical `hilltop youths` [nickname for radical-right youth settlers] entered their home with the sole intention of setting off war." - id6/12/2017
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December 2, 2017 Umm al-Amad, Ma‘inDavid Shulman - Touching Photographs - On the way to Umm al-Khair we stop at Ma‘in and climb the hill to where the owners were digging shallow pits for planting baby olive trees, a few days back. The settlers of Avigail, across the highway, must have summoned the soldiers. This time they arrested ten Palestinians, accusing them of digging in an “archaeological site.” There is no square meter in Palestine-Israel that is not an archaeological site. A new and ominous pretext, potentially useful for stealing land. They kept their prisoners all day and released them in the evening. This story, like Umm al-Amad’s, isn’t over yet. One thing I can say. Things are getting worse.-rh6/12/2017
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Made in Israel: Exploiting Palestinian Land for Treatment of Israeli WasteB’Tselem - Abusing its status as an occupying power, Israel has set out less stringent environmental regulations in industrial zones in settlements than in Israel`s own territory, and even offers the polluters financial incentives such as tax breaks and government subsidies. There are at least fifteen Israeli waste treatment facilities in the West Bank. Most of the waste they process is produced in Israel. Six of the facilities handle hazardous waste, including infectious medical waste, used oils and solvents, metals, batteries and electronic industry byproducts – and one which processes sewage sludge. International standards in this field address the transfer of waste from the territory of one sovereign state to another. However, transferring waste into an occupied territory is a far graver issue, as residents of an occupied territory cannot oppose the decisions of the occupying power, and are entirely at its mercy. [ak]5/12/2017
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Ethnical cleansing in the Jordan ValleyTeam Nablus - International Solidarity Movement - " “They have been using the same strategy for years to get the Palestinians out of here. But before the Oslo agreement there were more military bases here and soldiers. Then the soldiers went away and the Israeli settlers arrived.”" - id 29/11/2017
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Susiya under renewed threat of demolition by IsraelMa’an News Agency - "Susiya’s attorney, Quamar Mishriqi-Assad, co-director of Haqel: In Defense of Human Rights, said that `the demolition of one-fifth of the village is an extreme step that will damage the most basic humanitarian needs and the very humanity of those involved, without it even having been proved that they have violated the law.` Assad pointed out that the demolition will leave 100 people, half of them children, without shelter just as winter weather has begun to settle in" [ry]27/11/2017
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‘Invisible Walls Of Occupation’ Shows A Different Side Of Palestinian Life Daniel Witkin - Forward - However, “Invisible Walls” is not about the settlers, the military, or the Israeli state, but rather about Burqah and its residents. The occupation registers predominately in the ways it makes life worse — in daily anxieties, lowered expectations, and a shared degradation. Yet for all the bleakness it depicts, the project is not without a constitutive modicum of hope. It may not deliver the residents from their invisible prison, but it represents a modest step towards an eventual escape from invisibility itself.-rh 22/11/2017
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Israel sets the stage for further division of the West BankDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - "The Israeli government appears to be setting the stage for approving the E1 settlement, one of the most dangerous settlement initiatives yet, aimed at breaking up the West Bank and expanding the Israeli borders of Jerusalem. E1 is a sparsely populated area that stretches between Ma`ale Adumim and Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives. By settling this strategic area, the West Bank would physically be cut off from the north and the south." - id 22/11/2017
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Israel detains Bil’in non-violence activistWAFA - An army unit raided the village and detained Abdallah Abu Rahmeh and two others from the same family identified as Mohammad Adib Abu Rahmeh and Ahmad Mohammad Abu Rahmeh. Abdullah Abu Rahmeh is an internationally recognized peace activist and coordinator of the Bil’in popular committee against the wall and settlements. He was detained several times in the past for his non-violence activities in his village against Israel’s seizure of Bil’in land for the construction and expansion of its illegal settlements and the construction of the apartheid barrier that has separated the village from most of its agricultural land. [bz] 21/11/2017
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More Palestinian Land to be Seized for Settlement ExpansionIMEMC - "The Israeli military informed the Palestinian liaison office that it intends to open roads and build playgrounds and other recreational facilities for the benefit of the illegal Avnei Hefetz settlement." id 15/11/2017
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Israeli right’s anti-democratic laws penetrate everywhereAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - The takeover of the corporation of the State of Israel is being executed in incremental fashion, using legislation and sanctions, making it a little less democratic, a little more Jewish. The plethora of laws and sanctions make a mockery of Israeli democracy. Viewed separately, each of these initiatives is a yawn; taken together, this accumulation of legislation should make every Israeli lose sleep.-rh 15/11/2017
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Israel to evacuate 200 Palestinians in Jordan Valley for settlement expansionMa`an News Agency - "Israeli authorities are reportedly planning to evacuate some 200 Palestinians from their homes and agricultural lands in the Jordan Valley are of the northern occupied West Bank, according to local sources...He added that the notices were signed by an Israeli army chief in the West Bank, and that the notices mentioned that the lands would be used for illegal Israeli settlement construction." ca 10/11/2017
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Remembering Balfour under Apartheidal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement "An aggressive Zionist settler from a nearby settlement, who had previously intimidated ISM activists during the day showed up at the event. His attempted intimidation failed to disrupt the colourful and joyful celebration of the Palestinian resistance of the occupation." - id9/11/2017
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Settler delusions of securityMazal Mualem - Al Monitor - "One thing is certain. Security is a bottomless pit. There is no end to the defenses, wall and bypass roads to pave. No less important to personal security, however, is knowing the truth. None of these security measures will prevent terrorism." - id 9/11/2017
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Jerusalem Municipality Announces Construction of New Israeli Settlement IMEMC - "Barakat explained that the center includes the establishment of a high-tech village, with surprising residential and recreational entertainment in a central location above the highway, in Jerusalem." - id 1/11/2017
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