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Two Palestinians are killed near Gush Etzion settlement bloc in West Bank -Kate - Mondoweiss - Israeli forces opened fire at two Palestinians near the Gush Etzion Junction between Bethlehem and Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday evening, killing one. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma‘an that two Palestinians “were involved in a criminal incident” in the area, and one was shot by Israeli soldiers after he attempted to flee the area. The man was “injured seriously and died in the evening,” he told Ma‘an, adding that the other was arrested.-rh21/1/2015
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IDF detains a child and destroys four structures Operation Dove - PRESS RELEASE - At about 9.00 a.m. IDF bulldozers started to tear down two houses and two animal shelters, belonged to the Palestinian Rabai family in Ar-Rifa`iyya. The demolitions affected a total of twenty-five people, included ten children. The Municipality placed two tents to let the people involved have a place to stay at least during the night. 21/1/2015
Japanese and Israeli PMs see different hurdles to peaceBarbara Opall-Rome - Defence News - Japanese PM Shinzo Abe addressed Israeli public opinion directly, in an op-ed published in Yediot Ahronot, Israel`s largest Hebrew daily. After paying many compliments and mentioning the part Japanese diplomats played in saving European Jews during WWII, Abe wrote: "As a true friend, I want to offer advice on the matter of building in the settlements, which is considered in the world as a violation of international law. I understand that this involves ideology on the Israeli side, but I reckon it would be worthwhile for Israel to carefully consider this policy in order to create a positive climate for dialogue". [ak] 20/1/2015
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SEE! Settlers damage 200 treesAhmad Jaradat - AIC - Settlers damaged some 200 Palestinian-owned olive and almond trees Thursday [8.1.15] night in the South Hebron Hills area in the southern West Bank [ry]12/1/2015
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In picures: Living illegally in the West Bank Jonathan Brown - AlJazeera - `We trust the universe, we trust the earth, we trust God, that whoever needs to be here will be here,` resident says [ry]12/1/2015
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Zionist settlers poison 13 sheep near AqrabaNablus team - International Solidarity Movement - "Thirteen sheep lay dead there, foaming at the nose and mouth, one with green vomit visible – a clear case of poisoning." - id 7/1/2015
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Israel to Divert Military Budget to Settlement ExpansionJason Ditz - AntiWar - US Military Aid Being Redirected to Illegal Settlement Construction [ry]5/1/2015
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US ‘deeply concerned’ by settler attack on consulate staffAFP, AP AND TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF - "Jerusalem consulate personnel were attacked Friday when they visited the West Bank to investigate a complaint by Palestinian farmers over vandalism of olive trees. Light damage was caused to consulate cars.“Our personnel were in the area looking into reports that settlers had uprooted some 5,000 olive tree saplings in that area in recent days,” he said, adding that the visit had been cancelled after the attack." ca 3/1/2015
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Ya`alon to declare the El-Matan outpost `a legal settlement`Ido Ben Porat, Cynthia Blank - Arutz 7 (settler radio) - West bank settlers noted with satisfaction today`s statement by Defense Minister Ya`alon that the settlement outpost El-Matan, in the northern West Bank, is to be given a legal status. The outpost was established in 2001 without any authorization and was considered illegal even under the Israeli military government`s rules - though no move was made to remove it. Following last week`s Molotov cocktail attack in which a girl from El-Matan was severely burned, settlers started a (quickly successful) campaign to have the outpost legalized as a "consolation to the settlers and deterrance to the Palestinians". [ak] 30/12/2014
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US finds Israel fourth most `unacceptable` countryYitzhak Benhorin - Y-Net/Foreign Policy - The US State Department described Israeli actions as "unacceptable" 87 times in 2014, with only three countries being more "unacceptable". In the "unacceptable" list Israel ranked between North Korea and Pakistan. However, when Israel went ahead with the act which the US deemed "unacceptable" (mostly settlement construction) the US did not do very much about it. [ak]30/12/2014
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Stop distribution of Ahava settler products in the Netherlands 28/12/2014
Naftali Bennett’s annexation plan: A report cardJoel Braunold - +972 "Many folks were surprised by the strength of Bennett’s performance during the Saban Conference in Washington earlier this month. Bennett’s main calling card is that he fully rejects the two-state solution and wants to shift the conversation in a different direction. The cornerstone of his plan is the annexation of Area C and some sort of self-rule in Areas A and B. Gaza isn’t worthy of inclusion in his plan. The more he can get people to agree that the two-state solution is dead, the more he can claim that he is the only person with a path forward." ca28/12/2014
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Razing the Amona outpost: Returning what was stolenEditorial - Haaretz "Even now, after the High Court ruling, the settler leaders are adamant: “We swear today to fight this with all our might,” Amona spokesman Avihai Boaron said. This is nothing but a continuation of the settlers’ common view that the state and its institutions are their servants, and when they do not fulfill their mission they must be fought." ca28/12/2014
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High Court orders demolition of largest West Bank outpost within two yearsChaim Levinson - Haaretz "Supreme Court President Asher Grunis has ordered the evacuation and complete demolition of Amona, the largest unauthorized settlement outpost on the West Bank, within two years. Amona was built in 1997, on privately owned land near the settlement of Ofra, and now numbers some 50 families." ca26/12/2014
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Settlers cut off electricity, attack homes near NablusMa`an - Burin is a frequent site of settler violence and Palestinian clashes with Israeli forces as it is located beside the notoriously violent Israeli settlements of Yitzhar and Bracha. [bz]19/12/2014
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Israeli Settler Alleges Palestinians Tried To Kidnap Him - large IDF search campaignIMEMC - The settler phoned the police and alleged that a Palestinian car transporting two Palestinians “stopped near him”, and that the two tried to force him into their car. He said that, after the two failed to abduct him, they drove away, heading towards the southern part of Hebron city. The settler was unharmed; a large number of Israeli soldiers and police officers arrived at the scene of the alleged abduction attempt, and initiated a large search campaign in the area. [This incident did further only get publicity on the Arutz Sheva settler site-bz]19/12/2014
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Official: Gush Etzion stab suspect was harassed by settlerMa`an - "Is it reasonable that 46 surveillance cameras in Gush Etzion settlement bloc have failed to document what really happened between Amal Taqatqa, 22, from Beit Fajjar and an Israeli settler who claimed that she attempted to stab him?" Khalid Qaddura said. Amal Jamal Taqatqa, 22, was shot and critically wounded by soldiers near Gush Etzion on Dec. 1 after allegedly stabbing an Israeli settler. [bz]16/12/2014
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Israel pushing to legalize West Bank outpost slated for demolitionAmira Hass - Haaretz "The gradual expansion of the settlements’ residential and agricultural areas has been accompanied by regular, well-documented efforts by settlers to block the access of Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the area to increasing portions of their land. The numerous closure orders issued by the IDF for the area also limit Palestinian access to their land. The IDF says the closures are designed to prevent friction and conflict between the populations." ca12/12/2014
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Two Palestinians Kidnapped Near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "...the soldiers broke into, violently searched and ransacked several homes in areas close to the military tower, installed near the main entrance of the town.In related news, a number of extremist Israeli settlers closed a Palestinian agricultural road leading to farmlands belonging to residents of the al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem." ca12/12/2014
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PHOTOS: In West Bank village, Palestinian farmers go against the grainAhmad al-Bazz, Activestills - +972 - Farmers who own lands located near Israeli settlements, military camps or settler bypass roads are barred from accessing their land throughout most of the year. In these areas, Israeli authorities allow farmers to reach their lands only two times a year: once in April, during which they till the soil around olive trees, and again in October for the olive harvest. Because this process is limited to such a short time, it is usually not long enough to finish the work.-rh11/12/2014
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WATCH: Israeli police let stone-throwing settlers walk awayMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "Israeli soldiers don’t arrest settlers. We know that. But what about Israeli police?" - id 10/12/2014
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Friday 12.12. Marching against the Wall, Occupation, and Settlements in Nabi Saleh , Kufr Qaddum, Al Ma`asara , Ni`lin and Bil`inRegister for Transportation9/12/2014
Palestinian stabbed by a settler and injured east of HebronIMEMC - An Israeli settler attacked the 18-year old Moath Noah ar- Rajabi near Bani Neim town, east of Hebron, stabbing him in the shoulder and thigh. The young Palestinian, moderately wounded, was moved to the Hebron Governmental Hospital. Israeli soldiers who arrived at the scene did not attempt to locate the assailant. ak9/12/2014
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IDF earmarking West Bank firing zones for settler expansion, figures showChaim Levinson - Haaretz - The state’s official position is that the firing zones are used for operational purposes only, in keeping with international law, but are actually being used to keep the Palestinians out. Dror Etkes has analyzed the extensive geographical information in the hands of the Civil Administration and says it shows that the administration has been surveying and mapping the old state lands recently, although these are firing zones, and (...) in 2012, 900 dunams were taken from a firing zone and given to the settlement of Sha’arei Tikva, additional uses being planned including construction of an industrial zone. [bz]9/12/2014
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Hebron: Settlers Vandalize Property, Israeli Police Let Them Go FreeSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - “There is a nearby military roadblock, regularly manned by the soldiers, and about 200 meters away is a police station. A settler from Kiryat Arba settlement, who also works as a security officer in the settlement, a police car and an army vehicle are visible in the video.” In its report, B`Tselem added that neither the police, the soldiers nor the security officer, bothered to stop the assailing settlers, or even ask for their ID cards. “Two settlers responsible for destroying property were never detained or questioned, they were just allowed to drive away without any delay,” B’Tselem said, “Later on, the Palestinians filed a complaint with the Israeli Police in Hebron.” A recent report by another Israeli human rights organization found that over 95% of complaints filed by Palestinians against Israeli settlers go uninvestigated. In addition, Palestinians who file complaints against settlers often face reprisals and further assaults. [bz] 9/12/2014
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Major BDS Win: Elbit Loses Brazil DealPalestinian BDS National Committee - IMEMC "Rio Grande do Sul governor Tarso Genro had signed a research cooperation deal making Elbit the first Israeli military companyto lead Brazilian military projects in April 2013. Elbit was to be provided access to public funding and technologies produced by four local universities. Ongoing protests and lack of federal support had weakened the project. In his open letter, Genro declared the memorandum of understanding to be “void of meaning. A $17m plan to build a military satellite is among the projects cancelled by Tuesday’s announcement." ca5/12/2014
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