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Israeli settlers set up tent near SalfitMa’an News Agency - "Israeli forces had sealed off all the entrances of Haris, Kifl Haris and Deir Istiya villages in search of a Palestinian suspected of carrying out a shooting attack, near the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel, leaving two Israelis killed and others injured" [ry] 18/3/2019
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`The entire world knows the settlers have declared war on us`Rami Younis and Oren Ziv - +972 - In the occupied West Bank, Palestinians living near extremist settlements have been seeing a drastic increase in violence. Israeli authorities refuse to take responsibility, while the villagers are left to fend for themselves [ry] 18/3/2019
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Israeli court rules against demolition of Bethlehem schoolMa`an News Agency - " An Israeli court rejected an appeal by Israeli settlement organization "Regavim" to demolish of a Palestinian school in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, upon efforts by Palestinian activists from the Anti Wall and Settlement Committee in Bethlehem." ca16/3/2019
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Racism on the railsRod Such - Electronic Intifada "Many people outside of Canada are unfamiliar with Bombardier, but the Montreal-based aerospace and rail transportation behemoth is a global corporation with more than 65,000 employees in 28 countries.It is also a violator of international law participating in settler-colony projects that dispossess indigenous people, according to David P. Thomas, an associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada." ca16/3/2019
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700 More Settlements Housing Units Planned for West BankIMEMC - "...the building plans have been green lighted early, adding that the process of marketing these units will start when approved by the Israeli political levels." - id14/3/2019
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How the Israeli Army Takes Palestinian Land and Hands It to SettlersAmira Hass - Haaretz - Dror Etkes, a researcher of Israel’s settlement policy, wants, as usual, to put things in order. In a new study he will be publishing this week, he focuses on the history of orders to seize Palestinian land, issued by generations of army commanders in the West Bank (not including the part that was annexed to Jerusalem). More than 1,150 seizure orders have been issued from 1969 to the present. After subtracting those that were revoked or that overlap, it turns out that this particular trick enabled Israel to take over more than 100,000 dunams (25,000 acres) of Palestinian land. More millions of dunams of Palestinian land have been stolen in other ways, which Etkes has been researching too.-rh12/3/2019
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Prominent rabbi likens vote for Otzma Yehudit to backing Nuremberg LawsTOI STAFF - A prominent national-religious rabbi on Saturday sharply criticized the extremist Otzma Yehudit party, saying a vote for it in Israel’s upcoming parliamentary elections was akin to backing Nazi Germany’s anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws. The criticism from Benny Lau came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brokered a merger between Otzma Yehudit and the pro-settlement Jewish Home party, arguing that right-wing votes would be “wasted” if the two parties ran alone and failed to enter clear the 3.25% threshold for Knesset representation.- rh26/2/2019
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Israeli ministers pledge to settle ‘2 million Jews’ in West Bank as gov’t approves 1000s more units in the heart of Palestinian communitiesYumna Patel - Mondoweis - "The movement’s declaration reads: `I hereby commit to be loyal to the land of Israel, not to cede one inch of our inheritance from our forefathers[...] I commit to act to cancel the declaration of two states for two peoples and replace it with the stately declaration: ‘The land of Israel: One country for one people’" [ry] 25/2/2019
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Why residents of Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah face eviction Ahmad Melhem -Al-Monitor - The Execution Office, which is the competent authority to implement court decisions, notified Jan. 3 five families of the Sabbagh family that they had until Jan. 23 to vacate their homes. The family’s lawyer, Husni Abu Hussein, however, managed Jan. 14 to obtain a freeze order until Feb. 16, since the Central Court and Supreme Court have yet to rule on the land ownership in the neighborhood. The case goes back to 2012 when the family’s lawyers resorted to the Israeli Central Court to file a lawsuit against Nahalat Shimon, an organization that represents settlers, claiming that the neighborhood’s lands, including the houses of the Sabbagh families, belong to settlers.-rh 19/2/2019
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OCHA: Israeli settler violence continues to rise in occupied PalestineMa’an News Agency - "The uptrend in Israeli settler violence against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied West Bank recorded in recent years has continued since the beginning of 2019, with a weekly average of seven attacks resulting in injuries or property damage, compared with an average of five in 2018 and three in 2017, according to OCHA’s report" [ry] 18/2/2019
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In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of TerrorJONATHAN COOK - CounterPunch - "You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians, in a city under occupation, would provoke condemnation from European and US politicians. But you would be wrong. The leaking in December of the report on conditions in the city of Hebron, home to 200,000 Palestinians, barely caused a ripple." - id 17/2/2019
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Settlers to Palestinian laborers: `Work with human rights groups and lose your job`Edo Konrad - +972 - Settlers in the southern West Bank posted flyers warning Palestinian labourers not to cooperate with Israeli human rights activists or organizations if they want to keep their jobs. Tazpit News Agency, a settler-aligned English-language news outlet, reported earlier this week that Israeli settlers in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc have been posting these intimidating flyers around Palestinian villages nearby. The flyers threaten to ban Palestinians who cooperate with human rights groups from working in settlements there.-rh12/2/2019
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Israeli settlers attack, injure Palestinian shepherd in Jordan ValleyMa`an - Locals told Ma`an that Israeli forces prevented ambulances, which belong to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), from reaching Barakat for an entire hour. [NB: This happens on the same day as the evacuation orders mentioned right underneath-bz]12/2/2019
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Israeli settlers vandalize West Bank mosqueTamara Nassar - EI - Rights and Accountability - "Among the anti-Palestinian slogans were, “Here they incite to murder Jews” and “The Jewish nation lives,” as well as the Star of David symbol." - id7/2/2019
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Settlers post threats to Palestinian farmers: "stop contact with Human Rights organizations, or else..." Celine Hagbard - IMEMC - The residents of Tekoa were shocked to find that settlers had posted placards around their village, threatening their livelihoods if they associated with members of Israeli and international peace groups or with Palestinian activists. The placards included a ‘hit list’ of photos of some of the leaders of the organizations in question, which include Rabbis for Human Rights, and the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements. The statement also included a caveat that if residents worked with or talked to lawyers to secure their legal rights to their land, they would be targeted by the settlers. Among the photos on the settler placards was that of Sheikh Dawood al-Zair, member of the National Council of Fatah, who had told village residents that they could and should go to their farmland for plowing and planting, despit settler attmpts tyo take it over. [ak]5/2/2019
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After expulsion of West Bank observer force, Israel’s commitment to Oslo under fireMary McAuliffe - i24NEWS - For 22 years, Palestinians have welcomed the presence of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) as a necessary force for safeguarding their well-being in a city gripped by tension and whose adversaries are protected by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Jewish settlers in Hebron, however, spent years lobbying for their removal having long reviled the international force which they see as a nuisance. (...) Both Jews and Arabs in Hebron say they expect a significant shift in the lives of residents following TIPH’s exit. [bz]5/2/2019
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