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Settlements

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Israeli settlers take over large building in East Jerusalem; Palestinian protesters attackedCeline Hagbard - IMEMC - According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan, the settlers claim to be part of the Ateret Cohanim organization, which is an extreme right colonial-settler organization whose aim is to expel Palestinians from their land in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and then take over that land for Jewish-only settlements. The property occupied - with the assistance of soldiers - by settlers on Tuesday is directly adjacent to one that was taken over by around 60 settlers 4 days ago. [bz]1/9/2015
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Israel has failed to reform Jewish radicals, critics charge Daniel Estrin - AP - "The Israeli government initiative has a soothing biblical name, the Hebrew Shepherd, and a serious aim: to keep ultranationalist Jewish settler youths from turning to violence and attacking Palestinians and their property. But the program - which included plans for a summer camp and carpentry courses to keep the kids out of trouble - has foundered. Many settler youths have refused to cooperate after rumors spread that Israel`s domestic security agency, Shin Bet, which snoops on Jewish extremists, was involved" [ry]31/8/2015
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Israeli Drilling Endangers Bethlehem Area Village IMEMC News & Agencies - "Ongoing Israeli drilling works, including detonation of rocks, near the village of Wadi Fukin, to the west of Bethlehem, may put the lives of nearby Palestinians at risk, according to village mayor Ahmad Sukkar" [ry]31/8/2015
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Never enough evidence to convict `price tag` attackersYossi Gurvitz - Yesh Din "At the end of July, a judge in Be’er Sheva District Court acquitted Aharon Sadigorsky, Nethanel Klarman, and Yehiel Lex over the burning of Mahmoud Arnan’s car in the West Bank village of Al Asja near Hebron...Acquittals happen, but this one is particularly galling...What are the chances that the police get a conviction for an assault taking place in a field, or in the outskirts of a village ... Unfortunately, we know the answer: 1.9 percent." ca for id26/8/2015
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How global real estate giant RE/MAX profits from stolen Palestinian landBen Norton - EI - “Scores of properties in the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem) are currently listed as for sale on RE/MAX websites. Some of them are on the market for high prices. RE/MAX is trying to sell a three-bedroom house in Jerusalem’s Old City for $1.7 million. According to RE/MAX, the house was ‘built over 600 years ago by the Turks’” [ry]17/8/2015
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Israeli forces demolish Bedouin structures east of JerusalemMa`an News Agency - "Israeli bulldozers on Monday morning demolished structures belonging to more than 20 families of the Jahalin Bedouin community in eastern Jerusalem, locals said" [ry]17/8/2015
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Administrative revenge’ — settlers are believed responsible for arson targeting family on outskirts of Duma -Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "     A Bedouin tent was burned to the ground overnight in an apparent settler arson attack in Ein Samiya, a West Bank tent village on the outskirts of the village where a Palestinian baby and father were killed during a nationalist firebombing two weeks ago. The assailants spray painted “administrative revenge” on a rock near the enclosure, a reference to Israel’s recent announcement that it would jail Jewish terrorists without trail in a policy of “administrative detention.” ca 14/8/2015
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Israeli Banks flipping out over looming European boycott Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss "According to Ma’ariv there is “increasing evidence in recent weeks” that the European Union is considering recommendations published in a policy paper last month by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Heavily reported at the time (our coverage here), ECFR’s policy paper warned that transactions between European states and Israeli financial institutions are obligated to adhere to EU policies based on international law when providing loans and financing to Israeli businesses, institutions and individuals in transaction with the illegal Israeli settlements enterprise." ca 14/8/2015
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Europe`s contribution to Israeli colonialismHanine Hassan - AlJazeera "Although the International Court of Justice has ruled that Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory are illegal, Israel`s biggest trading partner, the EU, has failed to impose any trade restrictions to reprimand future settlement building... Israel settled more than 24,000 olim in 2014, whereas it received 17,000 olim in 2013. More than 50 percent originate from the UK, France, and Ukraine - all of which are European countries. All of these new immigrants in Israel are dual passport holders, and can settle anywhere in Israel or in settlements in the occupied West Bank." ca 14/8/2015
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New Illegal Colony Planned In Silwan, In Occupied JerusalemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Silwan, especially Batn al-Hawa neighborhood, is facing serious threats from Ateret Cohanim, an organization that is responsible for the construction of 71 illegal outposts in the Old City, in both the Muslim and Christian Quarters, since 1967." - id 12/8/2015
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Education Ministry invests more money in isolated settlementsRotem Elizera & Ofer Petersburg - Ynet - "The study found that Israel invests in a Jewish student in settlements outside of the main blocs some NIS 13,000 a year, almost double what it invests in a student in the periphery." - id 11/8/2015
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Arson Suspects Released by Israeli AuthoritiesIMEMC News & Agencies - "Israel has released all suspects detained in raids as part of a probe into the firebombing of a Palestinian home which killed an 18-month-old child and his father, Israeli authorities said Monday" [ry]11/8/2015
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Translating a Palestinian family`s grief for NetanyahuSamah Salaime - +972 "The least I could do was go to the hospital to support the Dawabshe family after their 18-month-old baby was burned alive by Israeli settlers. But before I knew it I became the Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Arabic translator." ca7/8/2015
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Following fatal settler attack, Israeli army raids Dawabshe family homes in the West Bank village of Duma - Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "†Ü †Ê …Y †Ô ‡ç While a man hunt is underway to apprehend the Israeli killers of 18-month old Ali Dawabshe, the Palestinian baby burned to death in a settler arson attack last Friday, for the past two nights more than one hundred Israeli soldiers and Shin Beit security officials have raided the homes of the Dawabshe family in the West Bank village of Duma near Nablus.Speaking to Mondoweiss via telephone, Nasser Dawabshe, an uncle of the deceased, said that at 2:00 am Wednesday morning 30 Israeli army Jeeps with approximately 150 soldiers arrived in Duma. He said they woke sleeping members of the Dawabshe family, removed them from their houses, and searched the buildings until around 4:30 am." ca 7/8/2015
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PA Report on Settler Violence Submitted to ICCIMEMC - "The Palestinian Authority filed a report on settler violence with the International Criminal Court on Monday, following an arson attack in the West Bank last week that killed an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler." - id 5/8/2015
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