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Settlements

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Democracy firstEditorial - Jerusalem Post - ""Even if we are evacuated we`ll return the following day, and after Independence Day we`ll begin working on the political front."" 28/3/2007
Israeli army to allow hundreds of right-wing settlers to `visit` dismantled settlemenPolly Bangoriad -- IMEMC -- "Israeli forces have agreed to allow a right-wing settler remain at the site of the late illegal Homesh settlement in the northern West Bank, in order to conduct her son`s Brit Milah (circumcision) ceremony [...] and permitted two bus-loads of friends and relatives to attend"27/3/2007
Thousands of right-wing settlers try to re-occupy dismantled illegal settlement in West BankPolly Bangoriad -- IMEMC & Agencies -- "Under the protection of the Israeli army, scores of Israeli settlers entered the area of the illegal settlement of Homesh, which was evacuated in 2005 during the Israeli disengagement plan"26/3/2007
W. Bank settlers facing eviction petition court for compensation Nadav Shragai - Haaretz - They maintain the state has only recently changed its tone, leaning toward demolishing the settlement "now that times have changed." They also maintain that demolishing the settlement, in light of the government`s past support, would be illegal and unreasonable. Peace Now`s settlement monitoring coordinator, Dror Etkes, told Haaretz that the settlers` compensation claims were justified.24/3/2007
Arab MK urges world to boycott Israel Roee Nahmias - Ynet - ""The fact that the prime minister`s aide, MK Otniel Schneller, is involved is proof that we are not talking about a horde of people, but about an act backed by the government." 21/3/2007
Dozens of settlers take over building in Hebron, claiming they bought itBy Nadav Shragai and Amos Harel - Haaretz - "A Palestinian claiming to the be the owner of the building, Mohammed Al-Baradei (Abu Samir), told Haaretz however that all of the ownership documents are in his possession. "I handed all of the documents over to police after making copies," he said. "Anyone who claims otherwise is a lier." "20/3/2007
War and Irony in Hebron HilltopsAnna Baltzer - Electronic Intifada - "Unlike most settlers in the West Bank who move to the Occupied Territories because the Israeli government encourages them to do so with financial subsidies and other programs, the settlers in Hebron are here because they believe the city of 150,000 plus Palestinians belongs exclusively to the Jewish people." 16/3/2007
Settlers seek to rebuild evacuated W. Bank settlement Nadav Shragai - Haaretz - "Five extra-parliamentary groups have been engaged in recent weeks in putting together a group of activists, in order to re-inhabit the West Bank settlement of Homesh, evacuated during the disengagement from the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank in August 2005. The project is planned to take place in two weeks` time. "13/3/2007
Illegal construction approved in the Modi`in Illit settlement B`Tselem - "Research conducted by B`Tselem and Bimkom in December 2005 revealed that, in 1998, the Housing Ministry and the Civil Administration prepared a "master plan" for the area of Modi`in Illit. This plan attached to "Matityahu East" 600 dunams of privately-owned Palestinian land, which now lies between the settlement and the barrier, on which more than 1,000 housing units are planned. This plan has no official status, but clearly expresses the Israeli authorities` intention to continue their land grab." 1/3/2007
Peace Now: Official Data proves that Settlement are built on Private Palestinian LandDror Etkes - Peace Now - "In 2005, the Peace Now Settlement Watch team officially asked the Civil Administration to provide the information in a systematic manner. When the request was refused, Peace Now and the Movement for the Freedom of Information appealed to the Court, asking to receive the data. Two months after the publication of the above report, the Court ruled that the Civil Administration must immediately transmit the database to Peace Now. The present report is based upon data received pursuant to that ruling, from the spokesperson of the Civil Administration, and it reinforces the findings of Peace Now’s report, “One offense begets another”." 15/3/2007
Settlements in Focus : Olmert`s First Year Lara Friedman and Dror Etkes - Peace Now - "Olmert’s tenure in office has been characterized by two phenomena. First, there has been a complete halt to any actions by Israel -- or even plans for action – with respect to evacuating settlements or outposts. Second, construction in settlements and outposts has continued unabated." 7/3/2007
Settlers launch first drive in U.S. to sell homesDaphna Berman - Haaretz - "A campaign launched this week to convince American Jews to buy homes in the West Bank is the first organized sales effort of its kind, activists from both sides of the political spectrum said. "6/3/2007
IDF: Settlement on Hebron base is `in line with the army`s needs`Amos Harel -- Haaretz -- "A settler community on a military base in the West Bank city of Hebron is `in line with the army`s needs,` the Israel Defense Forces contends. The IDF says the settlers are living on the Plugat Hamitkanim base temporarily, but the community has been there for 16 years" 22/3/2007
Hebron settlers filmed throwing rocks at Palestinians Ali Waked - Ynet - "Just two months after shocking footage of settler cursing Palestinian in Hebron revealed, yet another video shows settler children throwing rocks at Palestinian homes. Muhammad Abu Aisha: `I yelled to the soldiers and policemen standing 70 feet away but they pretended they couldn`t see` " 8/3/2007
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