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Report: Israeli gov’t reduces conditions for bearing machine guns by settlersMadeeha Araj - PNN - "In another context, the Kafr El-Deek village, buldozing works is being made to expand the settlement of Eli Zahav, which is experiencing unprecedented settlement growth. The Planning Council of the Civil Administration has also approved the construction of 1500 new settlement units including number of units in the settlement of “Eli Zahav. On the other hand, the Israeli government tends to reduce the conditions for obtaining guns for settlers living around the separation wall, bringing the number of settlers, who hold machine guns to about 200,000 settlers." 0 id18/7/2018
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Birthright walk-offs get a taste of settler violence in HebronMairav Zonszein - +972 - "Eight Birthright participants who walked off of their trip earlier this week to learn about the occupation were on a tour with Breaking the Silence when settlers began harassing them, culminating with paint thrown on their guide’s head." - id 18/7/2018
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July 5, 2018: Susya. Post by David ShulmanMARGARET OLIN - Touching Photographs - So there is the Big Destruction, the one everyone in Susya and in al-Khan al-Ahmar knows will happen, the one everyone fears, and there are the Little Destructions along the way, the tremors that presage what is to come, as if the army were testing the water. ‘Azzam Nawajeh, whose home is on the demolition list, says he wishes they would do the big one already; waiting day after day, for many months, in the certainty that they will come, is torture enough. This morning we thought it was happening, but in the end what we saw were two Little Destructions. They were awful.-rh11/7/2018
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Speaker at Israeli gov’t conference promotes genocide against Arabs and non-JewsJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - On the stage was an aging terrorist, Moshe Zar, a former founding member of the Jewish-terrorist movement “Jewish Underground” (in 1980’s), who said the following: “I am known for saying ‘Build a house, it’s like you wiped out a hundred Arabs. Build a settlement, it’s like you wiped out tens of thousands of goyim [‘non-Jews’]’. That’s the truth”. His words were applauded by a considerable number of the public, including the settler standing beside him, Yael Shevach, the widow of rabbi Raziel Shevach, who was murdered in January on a road in the occupied West Bank outside the settlement he lived in. Israeli journalist David Sheen has provided the video with subtitles here. -The immediate context within the conference was about settlement in “Judea, Samaria and Gaza”. After a video was screened, Zar told about an attack that had occurred in a settlement and said that construction of the settlements is “our sweet revenge”. “Our revenge, the revenge of all of us, will be only in the settlement of Eretz Israel” [the land of Israel]. -rh11/7/2018
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Bulldozing Palestine, one village at a time : Israel wants the village of Khan al-Ahmar razed to the ground to cut off Jerusalem from the West Bank.Mariam Barghouti - Aljazeera - Khan al-Ahmar, a village of 180 people, is about 15km northeast of Jerusalem and falls within what is known as Area C of the occupied West Bank, as defined by the Oslo Accords. The area has been inundated with more than 300,000 Israelis living in 125 illegal settlements and is under Israeli administrative control. Under the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authorities was supposed to take over administering the area, but, of course, Israel never let that happen.-rh11/7/2018
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Obama was shocked — shocked — to find that settlements were eating the West Bank!Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - So maybe it really is time for simple people, those who do view ‘disappearing Palestine’ maps, to take action where politicians fail to act and fail to see. Palestine is really disappearing. It’s a genocidal pattern, and you’re seeing it happen in real time.-rh11/7/2018
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Settler Attacks on the Rise in Hebron’s Tel RumeidaAlternative Information Center - IMEMC - "On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, the well-known extremist settler Baroch Marzel set up a tent in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of downtown of Hebron. The tent was next to the home of Radi Abu Aysha. Other settlers came to the tent in support of Marzel, causing nearby Palestinians to be unable to leave their houses. Israeli forces removed the tents and the settlers left the area that night. That same day in Tel Rumeida, settlers physically assaulted resident Abed Nidal al-Fakhouri. Israeli forces arrived at the scene of the attack and assaulted al-Fakhouri and then detained him." - id 11/7/2018
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Jerusalem demo against the destruction of Khan Al-Ahmar 10/7/2018
`Wherever soldiers march no wild weeds ever grow again`
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Daphne Banai/Machsomwatch - Don`t Say We Didn`t Know - "Every time we were evicted, the soldiers drove behind us, leading us as if we were sheep, without a drop of human compassion. We were in such a hurry that we forgot to take along any food and drink. I am a mother of seven small children. I have a child suffering from Downs Syndrome and a baby under one-month of age. Outdoors here it is either extremely cold or extremely hot, what are we supposed to do? [bz] 3/7/2018
Colonialist Settlers Install Outpost On Palestinian Lands In HebronIMEMC - "Locals said the colonizers installed four mobile homes on the Palestinian lands, owned by several families, including Jweihan, Eada and Abu al-Halawa. They added that the Israeli assailants are trying to illegally occupy 70 Dunams of Palestinian lands, to build a new colony on top of a mountain that overlooks many neighborhoods in Hebron city." - id 27/6/2018
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As Israel Pushes to Build, Bedouin Homes and School Face DemolitionDavid M. Halbfinger and Rami Nazzal - NYT - With the Trump administration providing diplomatic cover, right-wing ministers in Israel pressing to exploit that while it lasts and international support for the Palestinians focused for the moment on Gaza, a new ruling by a settler-majority panel of Israel’s Supreme Court appears to have freed the government to proceed with the removal of entire Bedouin communities on the West Bank. Advocates of the Bedouins say this would be a war crime: the forced transfer of a population under the protection of the military occupation. [bz]26/6/2018
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Building Seizure Foiled by Palestinians in Sheik JarrahIMEMC/WAFA - Israeli police attempted to evict Palestinians from two buildings in the Um Haroun area of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in order to give them over to Israeli settlers. However, the Palestinian inhabitants demanded to see a judicial eviction order, which the police could not provide. Thereupon, police withdrew. Already for ten years, Israeli settlers have been actively taking over Sheikh Jarrah houses, asserting a pre-1948 Jewish ownership (an argument which Israeli law does not recognize with regard to pre- 1948 Palestinian ownership). For the present, the latest attempt had been blocked, though the settlers are likely to try again. [ak] 26/6/2018
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Israeli settlers burn 300 Palestinian olive trees in Nablus districtMa`an - Earlier this year, the Shin Bet, Israel`s internal intelligence agency, reported a spike in Israeli hate crimes against Palestinians in 2018. According to the April report, there were 13 attacks in the first four months of this year - more than in the whole of 2017, when the agency recorded only eight attacks -- though Palestinians report the number to be much higher. Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israelis committing violent acts against Palestinians. [bz]26/6/2018
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BREAKING: Shin Bet Torture Transcript PublishedRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The entire settler movement is up in arms about the alleged use of torture against Amiram ben Uliel, the suspected ringleader in the infamous murder of the Dawabsheh family in an arson attack in 2015. It has secured the transcript of the alleged interrogations of the four suspects in the case and distributed 20,000 copies in synagogues throughout the Occupied Territories." - id20/6/2018
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U.N. could update settlement blacklist prior to SeptemberTovah-Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - The Trump administration has warned that it could quit the UNHRC if the list is published. But on Monday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said his office would “continue its work on the database of business enterprises engaged in specific activities related to Israeli settlements.” The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) had mandated the creation of such a list in 2016 and has warned that business activity with Israeli entities over the pre-1967 lines can be considered criminal activity under international law. [bz]19/6/2018
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Why Israel refuses to complete West Bank security fence Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - The waning of the second intifada was attributed in large measure to construction of the barrier, which resulted in a significant decline of terror attacks within Israel. Nonetheless, despite the barrier’s successful results, opposition by Jewish settlers has prevented completion of the project in some sections. The settlers argue that completion of the barrier promotes the left wing’s “separation idea” to create a permanent border with the West Bank.The settlers are not the barrier’s only opponents. Palestinian residents of the West Bank and environmental groups are also opposed for different reasons, and a number of petitions have been submitted against the project to the Supreme Court over the years. The Palestinians argue that the proposed route of the barrier annexes some of their lands to Israel, while green groups claim the construction causes grave environmental damage. The tangled array of interests and political pressure has prevented the completion of the barrier up to now.-rh 13/6/2018
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The Colonization of Palestine: Rethinking the Term ‘Israeli Occupation’Ramzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "The unsurprising death of the ‘peace process’ and the inevitable demise of the ‘two-state solution’ has shifted the focus from ending the Occupation per se, to the larger and more encompassing problem of Israel’s colonialism throughout Palestine. The grassroot mobilization in Gaza and the West Bank, and among Palestinian Bedouin communities in the Naqab Desert are, once more, widening the Palestinian people’s sense of national aspirations. Thanks to the limited vision of the Palestinian leadership, those aspirations have, for decades, been confined to Gaza and West Bank." - id 13/6/2018
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Settler teens clash with police during evacuation of illegal outpostElisha Ben Kimon, Yishai Porat - Ynet - The settlement outpost of Netiv Ha’avot, built illegally on privately-owned Palestinian land, was today evacuated after the Supreme Court accepted the appeal by Peace Now. Four police officers got wounded. The occupation authority made clear that after the settler houses will be demolished, the land would be declared "a military zone" for "security reasons" and would remain empty, and the Palestinian owners would be denied access. Government ministers promised the settlers that an effort would be made to "regularize the situation" so that they could come back in two years. [ak] 12/6/2018
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Israel`s top court meets on contentious settlement lawAFP - Yahoo! News - "The petition against the act, seen by AFP, argues that by giving preference to Jewish settlers over the rights of Palestinian landowners it breaches an international convention on Apartheid" [ry]4/6/2018
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