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Dozens of Settlers Intrude on Al-Aqsa MosqueIMEMCnews - Extremist Israeli settlers, backed by Israeli special forces and rapid intervention troops, continued on Wednesday morning with ritual intrusions into the courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque compound, via the Moroccan gate. Jerusalemite sources reported, according to Al Ray, that Israeli police opened the gate at 7:30 am, in preparation for the settlers’ arrival.-rh21/2/2018
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Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017Associated Press - Ynet - Noting population in West Bank settlements grew at almost double the rate of the rest of the country in 2017, Yaakov Katz predicted even faster growth in the coming years. With Trump, Netanyahu is less afraid of what the US president will say. [bz]20/2/2018
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Motorcycle racing star refuses to appear in occupied territory - race movedEdo Konrad - +972 - A Honda-sponsored racing event is moved from a settlement into Israel proper. Organizers admit they didn’t inform the headliner that it was in occupied territory, and the racer says he wouldn’t have participated if he had been told. [ak] 20/2/2018
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How international performers are unwittingly brought to Israeli settlementsEdo Konrad - +972 - A Honda-sponsored racing event is moved from a settlement into Israel proper. Organizers admit they didn’t inform the headliner that it was in occupied territory, and the racer says he wouldn’t have participated if he had known [ry]19/2/2018
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Trump White House charges Netanyahu with spreading `false reports`Sputniknews - Faced with the pressure of hardliners within his own Likud party, who demand annexation of Israeli settlements on the West Bank (while keeping Palestinian cities as non-annexed enclaves), Netanyahu sought to deflect the pressure by asserting that he is in the process of discussing the matter with Trump, and asking the hardliners to wait for the outcome of these discussions. This earned Netanyahu a public rebuff from the normally-friendly Trump White House: "Reports that the United States discussed with Israel an annexation plan for the West Bank are false” said White House spokesman Josh Raffel. [ak] 13/2/2018
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Worldwide campaign in solidarity with Hebron 13/2/2018
“Dismantle the Ghetto, settlers out of Hebron”Hisham Sharabati - Hebron Defense Committee - On November 1, 2015, the Tel Rumeida neighborhood was declared a closed military zone, in order to "protect" Israeli settlers who established themselves there. Palestinians who are not residents have been denied access to this part of the city. Palestinian residents were forced to register with the army, or else risk being barred from their homes.(...) Thousands have been expelled from their homes, thousands of shops were closed. The occupation and its illegal settlers have turned the lives of 200,000 native Palestinians into a living hell. We call for a world wide campaign of solidarity with Hebron towards the anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre of Nov. 25th 1994, when an Israeli settler killed 29 people and wounded more than a hundred. [ak]13/2/2018
Video: Another NakbaEI - “In all cases, the expulsion orders targeted entire communities. These collective expulsion orders had until relatively recently not been used against Palestinian communities. Rather, Israel issued orders to individual households” [ry]12/2/2018
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Israel legalises outpost after settler shot deadAl Jazeera - “The move to retroactively authorise the outpost will grant it the necessary building permits and access to the state`s budget. […] The anti- settlement group Peace Now called the effort to legalise the outpost a ‘cynical exploitation of the murder’" [ry]5/2/2018
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Israeli settlers attack Palestinians protesting in solidarity with child prisonersMa’an News Agency - "Israeli settlers reportedly assaulted Palestinians and journalists during a sit-in protest in solidarity with child prisoners in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, according to official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency" [ry]5/2/2018
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Upcoming Settler Tour in Nablus Set to Spark TensionsPress Release - ISM - "Whilst the advert claims that the intention of the meeting and excursion is to learn about the impact of the 1927 earthquake on Nablus’ development, the reality is that these events are excuses to incite violence and increase tension in the community." - id31/1/2018
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Israeli Security Pays Price for SettlementsMolad the center for the renewal of Israeli democracy - The greatest challenge to Israel’s security is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Inasmuch as the conflict revolves around land, it is inextricably intertwined with the settlements in the West Bank. Yet for many years, Israel has lacked responsible public debate over the settlements’ impact on national security. Molad’s new study analyses this issue in depth, based on facts, figures and input from Israel’s top defense experts.-rh 24/1/2018
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Holy City of Sterile StreetsRoger Cohen - New York Times - The Israeli soldier stands at the entrance to Shuhada Street. The street is deserted, its stores shuttered, doors welded shut. The old center of Hebron has been a ghost town for many years. The Israel Defense Forces refer to “tzir sterili,” or sterile roads, because no Palestinian is allowed on them, whether in a car or on foot.The soldier at the checkpoint is a young man with a ready smile. He tells me he’s visited New York. He asks where I bought my watch. I ask him what he’s done to merit the punishment of Hebron. He laughs, a little uneasily. He’s clearly uncomfortable with his mission, enforcing segregation, and wants to connect. No doubt he’d rather be on the beach in Tel Aviv enjoying a beer.[ak] 23/1/2018
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PALESTINE PULSE The Palestinian village with only three residents Ibrahim Abdelhadi - Al-Monitor - To the southwest of the town of al- Khader, 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the city of Bethlehem, lies Shoshahla village located at the foot of a mountain surrounded by five Israeli settlements: Sidi Bouaz, Eliezer, Efrat, Neve Daniel and Kfar Etzion. Only three people — a man, his wife and their daughter — live in Shoshahla and continue to cling to a land they inherited from their ancestors. This small family, which was forced to migrate decades ago under Israeli threats, chose to return to Shoshahla in the early 1990s and is refusing to leave again despite the primitive life they lead.- rh 17/1/2018
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Netanyahu’s shortsighted Mideast policyAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Israel prefers to ignore the changes surrounding it, such as threats by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to cancel the Oslo Accords and Iran’s change of stance on the Arab Peace Initiative." - id17/1/2018
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PA warns of Israeli plan to Judaise Ibrahimi Mosque in HebronPNN - Palestine News Network - "In a statement, the ministry said that a group of Jewish Israeli settlers had published a short film showing the mosque flooded with rainwater, stressing that this has never happened. The statement noted that this film also included calls to build a roof to protect it in summer and winter, adding that “this is false information”. According to the ministry, the only way to protect the mosque is to allow maintenance work to be carried out to parts that have been damaged by the settlers themselves." - id 17/1/2018
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Peace Now: Israel to approve more than 1,329 illegal settlement unitsMa`an - According to the group, two-thirds of the 1,329 units (883 housing units) “will be located in isolated settlements that Israel would probably have to evacuate under any two-state agreement.” Peace Now said that a total of 361 housing units will receive approval for validation, while another 986 will be approved for deposit. [bz]9/1/2018
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