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Yitzhar settlers assault residents of Palestinian village of ‘Urif; soldiers stand by, later fatally shoot a resident and injure a 14-year-old boyB`TSELEM - At about 5:30 P.M. on 10 March 2018, a group of some twenty to thirty settlers walked over from the settlement of Yitzhar to the Palestinian village of ‘Urif, which lies close to Nablus. They came to the easternmost of the village lands, which are located about one kilometer away from the settlement. Some of the settlers were masked, some carried wood or and metal clubs, and at least two carried guns. Three armed Israeli soldiers escorted the settlers.-rh18/4/2018
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Tensions rise due to settlers claiming major archaeological site IMEMC - Repeatedly, relgious-nationalist settlers try to stake a claim to the archaeological site of Sebastia, near the Palestinian village of the same name. As depicted in settler communiques, Sebastia or Samaria was "The Ancient Capital of Israel". This version glosses over the fact that the Bible refers to the place as a sinful, idolatrous city, eventually destroyed by God. Moreover, the impressive ruins to be seen there are much later - from a Roman city inaugurated by King Herod, whose own historical reputation is shady, to say the least. This week, the settlers demanded - and got - intensive military escort for a visit by a group of religious schoolgirls. The girls were conducted around the ruins by settler guides and told that they were seeing "a major site of Jewish historical heritage", while soldiers established an armed perimeter all around and shot heavy barrages of tear gas at Palestinian protesters. Mohammed Azem, Mayor of Sebastia, expressed protest and outrage at the settler incursion and announced that a Palestinian national festival, organized by the municipality, will be held on the same archaeological site next Friday. [ak] 17/4/2018
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New Settlement Plans in Jerusalem & Hustle Passover Celebrations Throughout The Occupied TerritoriesPNN - Palestine News Network - "The “Israeli Regional Committee for Organization and Building” approved the new structural plan of the settlement built on the Green Line near the Wadi Fokin village in Bethlehem that included 5700 housing units to house about 29,000 settlers." - id11/4/2018
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Settler winery, on stolen land, declared best Israeli winery of 2018 żDror Etkes - Kerem Navot ž - Psagot was declared by "World Finance" to be the best Israeli winery of 2018. We surely don`t regard ourselves as experts on the wine industry, but we do know a bit about the status of the land on which the grapes are grown for the Psagot winery. Psagot Winery`s business plan is based on serial property delinquency and systematic violence against Palestinian landowners. The Psagot Winery website details where the vineyards from which the grapes come are located. No less than four of their vineyards (Psagot, Elon Moreh, Kida - east of Shilo - and Har Bracha) are located in and around West Bank settlements populated by hard core religious extremists, who play a leading role in the trend of agricultural takeovers. At least 57% of the grapes were planted on privately-owned Palestinian land - an act of outright theft and robbery committed with the tacit connivance of the military authorities. [ak]10/4/2018
Settlers Flood Sewage into Hebron-area FarmlandIMEMC News & Agencies - "Israeli settlers, on Sunday, flooded their sewage into an orchard planted with grapes near the town of Beit Ummar, to the north of Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources" [ry]2/4/2018
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Israelis evacuated from Amona outpost move into new illegal settlementMa`an - A little over a year after the illegal Amona outpost was evacuated by the Israeli government, 25 Israeli settler families from Amona moved into their new homes in the illegal Amichai settlement -- the first official Israeli-government sanctioned settlement to be built in the occupied West Bank in 25 years. Israeli media reported on Monday that the settlers would inaugurate their homes in an official ceremony on Monday. The Amona outpost -- which, like other settlement outposts, are illegal both under international and Israeli law -- was slated for demolition following a 2008 Israeli Supreme Court decision, after eight Palestinians from neighboring villages successfully petitioned to remove the outpost on grounds that the construction was carried out on privately owned Palestinian land. Israeli news website Ynet reported that that the settlement is set to be home to 1,100 families in the future. [bz]27/3/2018
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Israeli monitor: Settlements grew under Trump presidencyJosef Federman, AP - Yahoo! - "Peace Now said that Israel began construction of 2,783 settlement homes in 2017. That was about 17 percent higher than the annual average since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office in 2009" [ry]26/3/2018
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Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech – interruptedJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - You were so happy about Israel’s ambassador to the US – oops, I mean US ambassador to Israel, the settlement-builder David Friedman. “The first ambassador to have the honor of working from that embassy in Jerusalem is a great American ambassador, David Friedman”. It’s all a one big family: “David, thank you for that terrific job that you’re doing”, you said. Of course, he’s doing a terrific job. He’s promoting the notion that the Israeli occupation is just make-believe – by him it’s just an “alleged” occupation, and he’s recently asked State Department officials to stop using the word “occupation”. What a great job. Before we know it, there will simply be no occupation, and it’s all thanks to David Friedman. In this great man all our wishes converge – even the leftists who want to stop the occupation, can get it from Friedman. A great man. Believe me.-rh 21/3/2018
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125 Palestinian Football Clubs to Adidas: End Sponsorship of Israeli Settlement TeamsBDS Movement News - 125 Palestinian football teams and sports associations call on Adidas to end its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association over inclusion of teams based in illegal Israeli settlements. There are six such Israeli football clubs located in such settlements, built on stolen Palestinian land, and Palestinians are not allowed to enter into them. By admitting clubs based in such settlements as full members, the Israel Football Association (IFA) has become deeply complicit in Israel’s violations of international law and Palestinian human rights. As the main international sponsor of the IFA, Adidas is lending its brand to cover up and whitewash Israel’s human rights abuses. Aside from the settlements issue, Palestinian footballers are denied the freedom of movement to attend matches, Palestinian stadiums have been bombed and destroyed, and Palestinian players are attacked and imprisoned, and some of them were killed by the Israeli army. Adidas’ sponsorship of the IFA legitimises and gives international cover to Israel’s illegal settlements and to human rights violations. Adidas already agreed to remove its sponsorship from the "Jerusalem Marathon", used by Israel to bolster the Israeli- ruled "UNited Jerusalem". [ak] 20/3/2018
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Weekly Procession Against The Annexation Wall, Colonies, Held In Bil’inIMEMC - "The Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Bil’in, also denounced the assassination attempt which targeted Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah, during his visit to Gaza, and called on all national and Islamic factions in Palestine to unite and end all internal divisions, to foil Israeli attempts aims at creating and escalating conflicts among them.It said that only national unity can protect and maintain the legitimate Palestinian struggle for independence and statehood and can counter the illegal Israeli and American policies regarding Palestine, its occupied capital, Jerusalem, and all internationally-guaranteed rights, including the Right of Return of all displaced refugees." ca 17/3/2018
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Blessed are the MapmakersKen Shulman - The New Yorker "The partners at SAYA told me that they weren’t selling structures; their product is an invitation for policy planners to think more like architects, and architects to think a little more like policy planners. There are probably more roadblocks than road before them— reciprocal fear, hatred, atrophy at home, and, in some other countries, a stigma and doubts about Israel and Israelis (and Israeli urban planners), even those who are committed to peace. Still, they want to push forward. “We have a professional responsibility here,” says Bar-Sinai. “An obligation to devote our skills to resolving these problems. We can’t close our eyes on them because they’re difficult.” Or, maybe, because she knows that while peacemakers are blessed, they might be doubly blessed if just a few more of them were mapmakers." ca16/3/2018
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Settler Attempts to Run Over Palestinian Human Rights DefenderIMEMC - "The human rights defender, Imad Abu Shamsiyya, said ‘the extremist Israeli settler Ofer Hanna, who regularly intimidates peaceful Palestinian demonstrations, attempted to run him over, however he managed to escape unharmed." - id7/3/2018
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Haim Hanegbi Bajayo, the Palestinian Hebronite Jew
--including the film `Hebron in my heart` by Eran Torbiner--
Ahmad Jaradat - AIC/IMEMC - Veteran Israeli activist Haim Hanegbi was buried at the Metropolitan Tel Aviv Cemetary, attended by numerous fellow activists who had known him at various parts of his life. But Palestinians - especially those of Hebron - mourned him not only as "true fighter for justice" but also and especially as a Palestinian Hebronite Jew, one of their own - which was, indeed, how he at various times defined himself. Haim Hanegbi Bajayo was a descendant of the old Jewish community of Hebron, and after 1967 strongly resisted the campaign of extreme-right Israeli settlers - none of them having any connection to that old community - to establish themselves by force in Hebron. He had formed a committee of old Hebronite Jews to oppose the settlers, asking the Hebron Municipality to take full sponsorship of Jewish properties and homes in the city, and emphasizing that the Hebronite Jews would not return to their homes until the Palestinian refugees return to their own lands, cities and homes. Walking the streets of Hebron, he once said: "I am sad - also for myself. The settlers occupied my home like they occupied the homes of the rest of the Palestinians." [ak] 6/3/2018
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New settlement outpost installed near Hebron, Palestinian inhabitants terrorized. AIC - The Aida family of Beit ‘Einun, northeast of the city of Hebron city, became the target of settlers wanting to build a new outpost on their land, with the active support of the army. On February 7, 2018, Israeli forces leveled about seven dunams of the family’s land - in preparation for the outpost. On February 7, 2018, Israeli forces leveled about seven dunams of the family’s land in preparation for the outpost. About two weeks later, on February 18, settlers attacked family members while they were planting olive trees on their land. Though the settlers were attackers, it was 12 members of the Aida family who were subsequently arrested by the arriving Israeli soldiers. After these preliminaries, on March 5 settlers arrived with a crane and trucks, to install four mobile homes on the land, plant a sign with the new settlement outpost`s Hebrew name - “Havat Mevasere” - and festoon everything with numerous Israeli national flags. Incidentally, the settlers destroyed all that were left of the Aida Family`s olive saplings. Dozens of fully armed Israeli soldiers and private security guards made sure that family members would not be able to intervene.[ak]6/3/2018
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