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Israeli settlers criticised for overnight move into hotly disputed East JerusalemBEN LYNFIELD - The Independent - Last month Jewish settlers took over six properties in another area of Silwan, in the biggest settler acquisition in the neighbourhood since Jews began moving there two decades ago. The White House called the move a provocation, but the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the settlement is just a question of Jews being able to buy property in Israel’s capital.-rh23/10/2014
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Israel Continues to Deny Palestinians Access to Land in Southern Hebron Wafa - For the third Saturday in a row Palestinians dismantled the tent built illegally by the settlers where they used to gather every afternoon to prevent owners from accessing their land and using the water well. Israeli army declared the area as ‘military closed’ and violently pushed away Palestinians and [Israeli and international] activists as they were peacefully resisting the evacuation of the area in Israeli settlers’ presence. [Based on an Operation Dove press release-bz] 21/10/2014
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Palestinians `throw Molotovs` at new Silwan settler homesMa`an - The building was one of two structures housing 10 apartments that were taken over by Jewish settlers before dawn on Monday. Ateret Cohanim, a right-wing Israeli organization aiming to increase the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem, said the acquisitions would double the number of Jews living in that part of Silwan. Earlier this week, President Reuven Rivlin spoke out against such deals conducted between Palestinian sellers and extreme right-wing groups: "Jerusalem cannot be a city in which building is done in secret or where moving into apartments is done in the dead of night." [bz]21/10/2014
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Palestine MFA Strongly condemns settlers burning mosque in `Aqraba`PNN - Palestine News Network - "Before burning, settlers invaded the mosque, broke its doors and windows, hostile and racist slogans were written on the walls of the Mosque: "pay the price" and "death to Arabs"." - id 15/10/2014
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Former UK Minister: a wicked cocktail of occupation and illegality akin to apartheid South Africa Nicholas Watt - The Guardian - Sir Alan Duncan, Former Tory minister, delivered one of the strongest attacks on the Netanyahu government by a front line UK politician: “Occupation, annexation, illegality, negligence, complicity: this is a wicked cocktail which brings shame to the government of Israel. It would appear that on the West Bank the rule of international law has been shelved. This illegal construction and habitation is theft, it is annexation, it is a land grab – it is any expression that accurately describes the encroachment which takes from someone else something that is not rightfully owned by the taker. As such it should be called what it is, and not by some euphemistic soft alternative." 14/10/2014
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EU mulls `blacklisting` settlers convicted of crimes Reuters/Y-net - European diplomats consider new measures in response to `high level of frustration` over West Bank settlement enterprise. A senior official said that a list of "Israeli settlers who have been convicted of crimes" has been drawn up and "all paperwork done", though the decision to ban them from entering the EU was not yet taken. Such a measure would only affect directly some 100 to 200 people, and be complicated to enforce since some of them have European passports themselves. However, "it would send a strong message that the EU means business". ak 14/10/2014
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Settlers torch mosque near NablusMa`an - A group of settlers broke the doors and windows of the Abu Baker al-Saddiq mosque and vandalized the interior with racist slogans. The settlers then set fire to part of the mosque before being chased away by Palestinian villagers. [bz]14/10/2014
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Extremist settler Moshe Feiglin, Likud MK, allowed to invade Al Aqsa CompoundSaeb Erakat - PLO Negotiations Aairs Department - As instructed by The Israeli Government, Israeli Police in Occupied East Jerusalem allowed settler Moshe Feiglin - Likud Knesset Member living in the illegal settlement of Karnei Shomron - to invade Al Aqsa compound, the third holiest site in Islam and a symbol for all Palestinians, in company with other Israeli extremists. This is an extremely provocative action, especially considering Feiglin`s inflammatory statements such as his call during the recent bombings to evict Palestinians from Gaza and settle Jews in their place, and such statements as "You can`t teach a monkey to speak and you can`t teach an Arab to be democratic. You`re dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers. Muhammad, their prophet, was a robber and a killer and a liar." ak14/10/2014
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EU Bans Israeli Dairy Products made in Occupied West Bank Settlements from JanuaryGianluca Mezzofiore - International Business Times - The EU ban on settlement-produced dairy products will take place from January 2015. The Israeli agricultural ministry informed dairy factories built beyond the pre-1967 Green Line, including in the unilaterally annexed Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, that "it will no longer be possible to export to Europe dairy products produced over the Green Line, either directly or indirectly". The ban on dairy products, along with all other animal products such as eggs and poultry, was announced in August and based on the EU`s refusal to recognize Israel`s claims to areas over the pre-1967 lines. Agriculture Ministry spokesman Amnon Lieberman said most settlement dairy products have been directed to the local Israeli market only a small part of it, mainly powdered milk, will be effected by the closing of the European exports. ak 14/10/2014
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Dozens of olive trees destroyed in West Bank in run-up to harvestElior Levy, Itay Blumenthal - Ynet - Trees destroyed in two locations in northern West Bankin suspected price tag attacks; Hebrew graffiti discovered at one site; settler leader: This is blood libel by far-left groups trying to frame us. A spokesperson from the Yesh Din organization said that, "the Palestinians were working there as part of their harvest, in full coordination with the army, when they discovered the destruction of the trees." [bz]6/10/2014
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Olive harvest in the West BankYesh Din - "Today was the first day of the olive harvest in the West Bank. Already this morning we received the first reports from Palestinian farmers on damage that was caused to tens of olive trees in the village of Yasuf and about 15 additional trees that were destroyed in the village of Burin" [ry]6/10/2014
In Silwan, the settlers are winning - big timeYonathan Mizrachi - +972 - Seven years of struggle and Silwan’s residents can’t claim even one tangible and clear victory. Not one home has been returned to its original residents, not one settler has left and the police and Israeli authorities continue to target Palestinian residents.-rh2/10/2014
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Israeli settlers `occupy 23 homes` in East Jerusalem neighborhoodMa`an - Israeli settlers early Tuesday occupied 23 houses in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan south of the Old City of Jerusalem, a local information center said. Wadi Hilweh Information Center said in a statement that "settlers of the Elad (Ir David) Association" stormed Silwan at 1:30 a.m. escorted by Israeli soldiers and forcibly evicted the residents (...). [bz]30/9/2014
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In Pictures: Seized land in PalestineVinciane Jacquet - AlJazeera - Residents of the Wadi Fukin village received eviction notices as Israel plans on further seizing 400 hectares of land [ry] 29/9/2014
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UN warns over Israeli plan to relocate West Bank BedouinAFP - Yahoo! News - "`If such a plan were implemented this would ... give rise to concerns that it amounts to a "forcible transfer" in contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention, banning involuntary population relocation in occupied territory`, UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl said" [ry]22/9/2014
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Israeli forces disperse West Bank protests with rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades.Ma`an - **Nabi Saleh is the site of weekly protests against the Israeli occupation, with residents demanding that lands confiscated for settlement building be returned to them. **In Bilin Israeli forces fired at protesters as they neared Israel’s wall, raising Palestinian flags, chanting a song for unity and calling for the release of prisoners. **In Masara, near Bethlehem, Israeli forces blocked dozens of Palestinian and internationals marching in the village to protest against Israel`s confiscation of land in the area. [bz]20/9/2014
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Cabinet due to again approve controversial section of West Bank barrierNir Hasson - Haaretz "A legal battle over the construction of the barrier has been waged for the past seven years. Among the opponents of the barrier are the residents of Batir, who maintain that the barrier will destroy both the landscape and their unique traditional irrigation system, the residents of the Gush Etzion bloc, who are opposed to a fence in the area, the parks authority and the Friends of the Earth organization. " ca19/9/2014
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All Israelis are implicated in the occupationDahlia Scheindlin - +972 "Ironically, the far right has said this repeatedly. They argue that settlers are unfairly demonized, when in fact all of Israel, people and government alike, supports settlements." ca19/9/2014
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7500 New Settlers Moved Into West Bank And Jerusalem In Six MonthsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "...the biggest settlement is Beitar Illit, located southwest of occupied Jerusalem, with a population of 63087 Jewish settlers. There are more than 200.000 Israeli settlers living in various settlements in occupied East Jerusalem." - id 17/9/2014
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Israeli settlers attacked internationals and a Palestinian shepherdOperation Dove - ISM - "During the aggression, the settlers stole video cameras from the internationals and broke one of their phones. Israeli police detained the Palestinian shepherd and one of the internationals for six hours. There were no consequences for the settlers." - id 17/9/2014
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How much money goes to Israel`s settlements each year?Daniel Ben Simon - Al Monitor - "We have to be honest and admit that settlement allocations reflect the state`s priorities." - id 14/9/2014
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U.S. should not be a silent partner to Israeli settlement expansionJEREMY BEN-AMI - Los Angele Times - If the Obama administration were to go a step further and declare that it is the view of the United States that settlements are not merely "unhelpful" or "illegitimate" but illegal under international law as laid out in the Fourth Geneva Convention, ordinary Israelis would understand that their government`s determination to push on with settlements was causing real, serious damage to the U.S.-Israel relationship.-rh11/9/2014
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Expropriation of land reveals Netanyahu`s strategyAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "The expropriation of West Bank land, contrary to his commitment at his 2009 Bar-Ilan speech, reveals the true strategy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of dividing the Palestinians while stalling." - id 10/9/2014
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IDF demolished 9 structures in Rahwa Operation Dove - Israeli soldiers entered into the tiny Palestinian village of Rahwa, South Hebron Hills, and demolished three houses, three animal shelters and three toilets. All the demolished structures were built with simple materials. Ar-Rawha is located in area C and has no access to electricity, to the water pipeline and to any kind of facilities and services - which are plentifully provided to nearby Israeli settlements. 9/9/2014
Settlements get significantly more government money than rest of Israeli communities, report findsYnet - Based on a report by the Adva Center - The West Bank settlements have for decades been receiving vastly preferential treatment, while residents of development towns only get a very small amount. [bz] 9/9/2014
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PHOTOS: homes, animal shelters demolished in Hebron Hills AIC - Three tent-homes, three animal shelters and three toilets in the South Hebron Hills village of Khirbet ar-Rahwa were demolished on September 1 by Israeli military and civil administration forces [ry]8/9/2014
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Palestinians march across West Bank against Israeli occupationMa`an - In Wadi Fukin protesters headed toward lands in the eastern part of the village that are under threat of confiscation [under the latest 4000 dunam land grab] and started planting olive tree saplings, but were subsequently assaulted by Israeli soldiers. [bz]6/9/2014
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Israel seizes most West Bank land in 30 years Dalia Hatuqa - AlJazeera - Palestinians and US officials condemn move that will connect West Bank settlements to those in south Jerusalem [ry]2/9/2014
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Israel Claims Nearly 1,000 Acres of West Bank Land Near BethlehemIsabel Kershner - NYT - Yair Lapid, Israel’s finance minister, who has spoken out in favor of a new diplomatic process, told reporters on Sunday that he “was not aware of the decision” about the land around Gvaot and had instructed his team to look into it. “We are against any swift changes in the West Bank right now because we need to go back to some kind of process there,” he said. But Yariv Oppenheimer, general director of Peace Now, said that instead of strengthening the Palestinian moderates, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel “turns his back on the Palestinian Authority and sticks a political knife in the back” of Mr. Abbas. [bz]1/9/2014
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