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Attacks by Jews against Palestinians in the West Bank tripled in 2018: ReportMiddle East Eye and agencies - Haaretz says 482 incidents, including damaging homes, cars and farmers` trees, reported by mid-December, compared to 140 for 2017 [ry] 7/1/2019
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Did the PA play a role in Jerusalem home sale to settlers?Mersiha Gadzo - Al Jazeera - A home in the Old City sold to settlers has raised questions about possible involvement of the Palestinian Authority [ry] 7/1/2019
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Detained Jewish teens suspected in murder of Palestinian womanYoav Zitun, Ittai Shickman - Ynet - Five youths recently arrested as part of investigation into Jewish terrorism thought to have pelted Palestinian car with rocks three months ago, with one hitting Aisha al-Rawbi in the head and killing her [ry] 7/1/2019
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Israel seizes 1,200 dunams of Palestinian land for new settlementMa`an - According to settlement watchdog Peace Now, in the two years since United States President Trump took office some 14,454 unites in the West Bank has been approved, which is more then three times the amount that was approved in the year and a half before his inauguration (4,476 units). [bz]1/1/2019
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Israeli youths arrested in West Bank crackdown on Jewish terrorismElisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - Details of case largely under gag order; security services have carried out numerous raids ongoing battle against Jewish hate crimes in the territories [ry] 31/12/2018
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1,200 Dunams of Palestinian Land Taken for New Settlement near BethlehemIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee filed an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court, on Sunday, denouncing the Israeli government’s seizure of 1,200 dunams (297 acres) of Palestinian-owned land to south of Bethlehem" [ry] 31/12/2018
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Israel Approves Hundreds Of Colonialist Units In West BankIMEMC - "The sources added that an approval includes 150 new units in colonies in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, 300 in Givat Ze’ev colony north of Jerusalem, and 300 in Nave Daniel and Karmie Tzur, in Gush Etzion colonialist bloc, south of Bethlehem. Israel also intends to deliberate for the approval of 129 units in Avnei Hefetz illegal colony, 121 in Yitzhar, 82 in Ofra, near Nablus, 55 units in Tzofim and 42 in Alfei Menashe, near Qalqilia in northern West Bank." - id 27/12/2018
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Huwwara Residents Foil An Attack By Colonialist SettlersIMEMCnews - Members of the popular Local Guards Committee, an unarmed group of residents in Huwwara town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, managed to foil an infiltration attack, carried out by extremist illegal Israeli colonialist settlers into their town.-rh25/12/2018
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In the West Bank, the Israeli Army Works for the SettlersAmira Hass - Haaretz - On Tuesday morning the activists accompanied shepherds Ayman and Diab, who come from the small village of Samra and were grazing their sheep and goats on the western side of Route 5788. A resident of the outpost drove his van past two activists who were standing on the road near the entrance to the reserve. He stopped, photographed something, was seen phoning someone, then drove away (...) “A military Hummer passed us by,” Banai told Haaretz, “and drove towards [a settler outpost,‘Uri’s Farm,’ illegal according to Israeli law]. About 10 minutes later the Hummer returned and stopped next to us. A masked male soldier and a female soldier got out. The female soldier waved several papers at us and said: ‘You’re not allowed to be here, this is Uri’s territory and you aren’t allowed to enter here without permission from him.’” [bz]25/12/2018
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APN urges Trump block “Legalization” of West Bank SettlementsRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Americans for Peace Now is urging President Donald Trump to stop impending wholesale “Legalization” of West Bank Settlement & Outposts Washington, DC The government of Israel seems to be on the verge of legalizing scores of illegal settlement-outposts in the West Bank and making it dramatically easier for Israeli settlers to construct more such outposts on privately-owned Palestinian land." - id 20/12/2018
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Israel says Airbnb walking back settlement boycott; company denies itJacob Magid - Times of Israel - A spokeswoman for the Tourism Ministry said that its statement had been issued in response to one that she had received from Yuval Lidor, a representative of Airbnb in Israel. But while Lidor had indeed issued a statement saying that the settlement boycott “would not be implemented in practice,” he later appeared to walk back that announcement, asking The Times of Israel to refer exclusively to the English press release from Papas — one that appeared to deny that Airbnb had changed its mind (...) [but] suggesting that it has yet to establish a mechanism for its site to differentiate between Israeli and Palestinian listings in the West Bank. [bz]18/12/2018
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Ministers to vote on bill legalizing 66 outposts deep in West Bank Jacob Magid - Times of Israel "Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit refused to defend the law on the state’s behalf, arguing that it violated the rights of Palestinians. A group of left-wing NGOs and Palestinian local councils petitioned the High Court against the law, arguing that the Knesset does not have the authority to pass laws regarding property in the West Bank which is under the jurisdiction of the military. The top legal body subsequently stalled the implementation of the legislation pending hearings that have been ongoing. Most analysts predict that the court will strike the legislation, or limit its scope, at the very least." ca16/12/2018
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Israel to Approve Thousands of Unauthorized West Bank Settler HomesJason Ditz - AntiWar.com "While the Israeli government authorizes, and often heavily subsidizes, the construction of settler houses in the occupied West Bank, there are still thousands of homes built by settlers on other people’s land that are, even by Israeli reckoning, totally unauthorized and illegal.But there are soon to be less of those, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that thousands of these unauthorized homes are about to be retroactively legalized, including some built decades ago. The Justice Ministry estimated this around 2,000 homes." ca 15/12/2018
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The olive and the resistanceAnne Paq and Ahmad Al-Bazz - The Electronic Intifada - "“There is a connection between the Palestinian family and their olive trees. You see that and you hear that whenever Israeli bulldozers come and destroy olives groves. So you ask a Palestinian family: ‘How does it feel?’ And they will say: ‘It’s like butchering my family’ or ‘It feels like cutting my arm off.’ There is a biological connection between you and that olive tree that produces for you, that gives you a means of livelihood.”" - id 13/12/2018
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Insidious colonial strategyNablus Team - International Solidarity Movement - "In the area of Salfit, harassment by settlers is a regular occurrence. They come to the villages, often late at night, to graffiti messages of hatred, and also vandalize cars and property. New settlements are being established frequently and are rapidly expanding." - id13/12/2018
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Israeli bill to end Civil Administration part of annexation schemeShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - "According to the proposed law, powers now held by the Civil Administration will be transferred to the relevant government ministries, but only for the Jewish residents (West Bank settlers). “Government services for residents of the region who are not Israeli citizens will be granted via the various Regional Liaison administrations,” states Clause 5 of the proposed law." - id 6/12/2018
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Settlers v. AirbnbNicola Perugini and Neve Gordon - London Review of Books - The timing of Airbnb’s announcement probably wasn’t coincidental. The next day, Human Rights Watch released a report, Bed and Breakfast on Stolen Land, in which Palestinians testify that dozens of properties listed on Airbnb and Booking.com were built on their expropriated land. The human rights group concludes that by making settlements profitable and thus facilitating the unlawful transfer of Israel’s citizens to colonised land, the companies are complicit in war crimes.-rh5/12/2018
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Israel’s new war of attrition on Jerusalem’s PalestiniansJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss - Last week dozens of Palestinians were arrested in Jerusalem, accused of working for the PA to stop house sales to the settlers. It is a quiet campaign of attrition, designed to wear down Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents. The hope is that they will eventually despair and relocate to the city’s distant suburbs outside the wall or into the West Bank. What Palestinians in Jerusalem urgently need is a reason for hope – and a clear signal that other countries will not join the US in abandoning them.-rh4/12/2018
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After a decade, evictions set to return in Sheikh JarrahOren Ziv - +972 - Residents of Sheikh Jarrah are bracing for a new wave of evictions, ten years after Israeli settlers attempted to take over Palestinian homes in the embattled East Jerusalem neighbourhood.-rh4/12/2018
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Israeli court grants ownership of Palestinian lands to settlersMa`an News Agency - "Hebrew-language news outlets reported that the Israeli Supreme Court’s ruling grants Israeli settlers from JNF ownership rights to 522 dunams (129 acres) of Palestinian land surrounding the illegal Gush Etzion settlement.The ruling allows Israeli settlers to build settlements and confiscate more Palestinian-owned lands “legally.” Sources also reported that Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed by Palestinian owners of the confiscated land against a previous decision ordered by the District Court in Jerusalem, stating that JNF has ownership of the land in question." ca1/12/2018
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Chilean Congress Votes to Ban Products from Illegal Israeli SettlementsIMEMC - With an overwhelming majority, the National Congress of Chile approved a resolution demanding the government “forbid the entry of products manufactured and coming from Israeli colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory.” The resolution had 99 votes in favor and only 7 against.[ak]1/12/2018
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