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Settlements

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Distorting the facts of Occupation: Regavim’s attacks on the EUMichel Waelbroeck and Willem Aldershoff - +972 - "An Israeli settler NGO has accused the EU of illegal building in the West Bank. But the facts — and its understanding of international law — just don’t add up." - id for rh 26/3/2015
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Demonstration: Stop the Judiazation of East Jerusalem! 26/3/2015
Stop the Judaization of East Jerusalem! Breaking the ring of settlements - Friday, 27/3, 13:45, Damascus Gate 24/3/2015
School students use sewage channels to reach school in the western Ramallah district Ma`an - The al-Tira Beit Ur al-Fuqa high school is now enveloped by the Israeli separation wall on three sides at a point where the wall extends more than five kilometers inside the 1949 Armistice Line. The wall separates the villages from the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Horon as well as an Israeli military training camp. On the school`s fourth side, a road was opened exclusively for settlers going from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. [bz]24/3/2015
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Jerusalem family fights against all odds to prevent evictionMa`an - On a small alley in Jerusalem`s Old City, a Palestinian family is fighting both Israeli government and Jewish settler pressure to stay in a home they have lived in more than half a century (...) Their victory is short-lived. The court said only that the eviction will be frozen until after Tuesday`s parliamentary elections. [bz]17/3/2015
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Army Installs A Mobile Home On Kisan Village Land, near BethlehemIMEMC - ARIJ conducted a geopolitical research on the issue, also examining the Israeli plans, maps, and the lands the army is bulldozing, and found out that the Israeli plan aims at expanding the Gush Etzion settlement block to reach all the way to the Dead Sea shores, as part of the “Greater Jerusalem” plan. [This fits with Netanyahu`s pledge also of March 16, not to allow a Palestinian State-bz]17/3/2015
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Netanyahu and the SettlementsJODI RUDOREN and JEREMY ASHKENAS - NYT "Along the road from Eli to Ariel one recent afternoon, a Palestinian man grazed a few cows and sheep on a grassy hillside, and scores of teenagers in white Islamic head scarves walked home from school. Inside the settlement’s gate, where a new shopping complex opened last year, bulldozers were at work on construction of a $3.8 million, 300,000-square-foot community center. A sign at the entrance announced, “Eli: A Big Place to Grow.” ca13/3/2015
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Why is Israel still blind to settler violence against Palestinians?Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Despite resolutions by Israeli administrations to adopt the 2003 Road map for Peace and the Sason report on illegal West Bank outposts, settler violence against Palestinians continues unabated." - id 12/3/2015
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IDF cancels status of firing zone to enable expansion of nearby settlementChaim Levinson--GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon signed an order in January canceling the status of an army firing zone in the Jordan Valley, which will allow for the expansion of the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim. However, the army continues to demolish Palestinian homes in the Jordan Valley claiming they are in firing zones. The area in question is called Firing Zone 912, which was declared a firing zone more than 40 years ago. It extends from Ma’aleh Adumim (east of Jerusalem) to the Dead Sea in the east and Umm Daraj in the south, and is still used by the Israel Defense Forces for training, particularly by the Armored Corps. There are a number of army bases in the area, including the Nabi Musa base.dn 8/3/2015
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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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