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For Israel, Khan al-Ahmar residents lack “good faith” displayed by settlersSharona Weiss - +972 - "As far as Israel is concerned, the demolition and displacement of Palestinian communities cannot be prevented, because they lack the good intentions that seemingly only Jewish settlers have." - id 12/9/2018
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B`Tselem to EU: Clarify to Israel demolition of Khan al-Ahmar will have consequences Hagai El-Ad - B’Tselem - Israel is trampling the shared values that are at the core of its relationship with the EU. The European Union must act urgently to prevent the destruction of the Khan al-Ahmar community, after Israel’s High Court gave the demolition plan the go-ahead. According to the ruling, the state may demolish all the structures in the community, including a school attended by some 180 children. Back in July, the EU`s Federica Mogherini warned Israel that destroying this community would have serious consequences. Now, we have reached the juncture where it appears that these serious consequences must be spelled out, if the EU is to credibly back its own positions. [ak] 11/9/2018
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Israel legalizes theft of Christian, Muslim lands for illegal Jewish-only settlementsRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "This means that according to the ruling (which is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court), the Palestinian landowners have no right to demand the eviction of the settlers from their land, but rather to demand compensation." - id 5/9/2018
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Report: Israel Using Judicial System to Facilitate Settlement ProjectIMEMC - "The central court in Jerusalem’s decision came to ground the settlement outposts of “Mitzpe Kramim”, to reveal once again the reality of the political maneuvers that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu stands behind, to gradually legitimize settlement outposts, recalling the deliberations conducted by the Israeli Supreme Court, several years ago, that revealed the truth of the leadership position which, by all means, intends to plunder Palestinian land. These deliberations have repeatedly confirmed that this is a settlers’ government." - id5/9/2018
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Israeli court drops mask on support of occupation Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - “A strategically important decision” was how Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked categorized the Aug. 28 decision by Jerusalem District Court Judge Arnon Darel. The court barred the Israel Defense Forces from evacuating several homes at the West Bank settlement of Mitzpe Kramim, even though these houses were built on private Palestinian lands, thus legalizing the outpost. Darel ruled that under Israeli law, even legally questionable transactions could be valid if conducted in "good faith," accepting the argument by the settlers and the state that when the land was allocated to build Mitzpe Kramim in the late 1990s, neither of them was aware that it was private. “Working together intensively we have wrought a change in the state’s policy,” Shaked said, patting herself on the back and praising Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit for overturning his predecessor’s stand on the issue.-rh 5/9/2018
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Israeli settlers puncture, vandalize vehicles in Palestinian villageMAAN News Agency - "Better known as "price tag" attacks, extremist Israeli settlers use violent acts of retribution on Palestinians and their property to demonstrate their opposition to Israeli restrictions on settlements and their outposts in the occupied West Bank.The Israeli NGO B`Tselem reported that Israeli settlers` vandalism in the occupied West Bank is a daily routine and is fully backed by Israeli authorities." - id29/8/2018
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Settlers and government officials seize land in Sheikh JarrahMa`an - Israeli armed forces entered the western part of Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood in East Jerusalem, surrounded a piece of land and prevented access to it. Bulldozers began to raze the land and uproot several planted trees. The land belongs to a Palestinian resident Palestinian resident, Abed al-Razzaq al-Sheikh, and is located directly in front of his house. The operation, intended to extend the Israeli settler enclave in Sheikh Jarrah, was overseen by members of the Israeli Custodian of Absentees` Property. They claim the land on the basis that that Sheikh Jarrah was once the site of a 19th century Jewish community. However, Israeli law does not permit Palestinians who lost their land in 1948 to claim it back. Even for claiming a former Jewish property, Israeli law required a specific court order - which was not provided in this case. Thus, the action by the settlers and the "Custodian" is illegal even under the manifestly discriminatory Israeli law. [ak]28/8/2018
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`Spilling enemy blood is allowed`: After settler attack, Israeli activists speak outOrly Noy - +972 - Four left-wing Israeli activists were taken to a hospital after being violently attacked by settlers in the West Bank on Saturday. Violence by settlers against activists has grown more common over the past few months, yet it seems the authorities are doing very little to stop it [ry]27/8/2018
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More Than Half the Invited Speakers Withdraw From Scientific Workshop at Israeli Settlement UniversityIMEMC - "Six of the eleven invited speakers have confirmed their withdrawal from a physics workshop at Ariel University, which is built on occupied Palestinian land in an illegal Israeli settlement. Palestinian academics urge remaining speakers to withdraw from the workshop." - id22/8/2018
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Settlers Inaugurate ‘Tourist Center’ in SilwanAIC/IMEMC - Amalya Dubrovsky - At the inaugural event Israel`s Minister of Culture, Miri Regev, said: “Look around. We are surrounded by Jewish heritage. The archaeologists won’t find a single Palestinian coin here! We have come home.” “The State of Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people alone. Only the Jewish people are entitled to national rights between the river and the sea,” she added. The building was confiscated from the Abu Nab family, which had lived there since 1948, when they were expelled from West Jerusalem. [bz]14/8/2018
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Israel officially recognizes colonial settlement outpost built on stolen Palestinian landCeline Hagbard - IMEMC "After initially seizing Palestinian land from four villages “for military purposes” last year, Israeli military authorities transferred the seized land to Israeli civilians in direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and is now recognizing the illegal colony ‘Adei Ad’." ca 10/8/2018
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Israel to confiscate Palestinian land near NablusMa`an - Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma`an that the Israeli authorities delivered notices to confiscate about 25 dunams (6.1 acres) of Palestinian-owned land. The land belongs to Hamed Muhammad Hamdan and Moussa Amer Abu Shaib, residents of the village. [bz]7/8/2018
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Journalist Shot during Nablus ConfrontationsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Violent confrontations erupted as hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed, on Wednesday night, the northern West Bank city of Nablus, guarded by the Israeli forces and for the purpose of performing Talmudic rituals." ca3/8/2018
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A rotten system, not just rotten applesLibby Lenkinski - +972 - "Settler violence against human rights activists is not the work of a few ‘rotten apples,’ but rather a government-backed strategy that could have dangerous consequences. We should be taking it deathly seriously." - id 2/8/2018
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Israeli Army To Demolish Eight Homes In Bethlehem|IMEMC - "...in the al-Walaja village. Local nonviolent activist Ibrahim Awad said dozens of soldiers, accompanied by personnel of the Jerusalem City Council and the “Civil Administration Office,” invaded the Ein Jweiza area, north of the village, and handed the demolition orders to six families. He added that the soldiers also summoned the owners of the homes for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, south of Bethlehem." - id2/8/2018
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