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Settlements

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Palestinians pay the price for Israel`s illegal settlementsThe Independent - As Benjamin Netanyahu is pressed by the US to halt the construction of settlements, Donald Macintyre exposes the reality of surviving in the West Bank31/8/2009
Netanyahu: We didn`t agree on settlement freezeby Saed Bannoura Source:IMEMC & Agencies " Israeli Prime Minister denied on Thursday that Israel agreed on a settlement freeze during talks with the U.S. administration."28/8/2009
Obama`s reported deal: Settlement freeze for sanctions on IranEwen MacAskill and Julian Borger - The Guardian - The deal reportedly worked out by the Americans will include Netanyahu agreeing to "a partial settlement freeze" in return for the US and Europe imposing "crippling sanctions" on Iran. "Partial" means East Jerusalem will not be included in the freeze and that Israel will "complete construction of housing units which were already began" (2400 of them). The Palestinians, however, will accept nothing but a complete settlement freeze. 26/8/2009
Pro-Israel groups accuse Obama of promoting `ethnic cleansing` Chris McGreal - The Guardian - But the pressure has drawn criticism from other Jewish groups in the US in an unusual public split over Israel policy.25/8/2009
Peace Now activists, Knesset Members and one minister tour settlement outposts Efrat Weiss/Chaim Levinson- Y-net/Haaretz/Peace Now website - Responding to last week`s supportive tour of illegal settlement outposts, Peace Now today held a tour calling for their dismantlement. Labour Party minister Daniel Ben Simon, who took part, claimed to have a pledge from Defence Minster Barak that the outposts will be evacuated "within two months" and that otherwise the Labour Party "would consider" leaving the Netanyahu government.[ed].25/8/2009
Settlers taped attacking Palestinians evade arrestChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Despite the video footage and the international public outcry it generated, the Judea and Samaria police are closing the case of a severe beating of three Palestinians by masked settlers, without having managed to produce even a single suspect, according to the complete investigation file obtained by Haaretz. 23/8/2009
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Settlements: An Obstacle to PeaceMIFTAH - " “The establishment of settlements results in the violation of the rights of Palestinians as enshrined in international human rights law. Among other violations, the settlements infringe the right to self-determination, equality, property, an adequate standard of living, and freedom of movement.The illegality of the settlements under international humanitarian law does not affect the status of the settlers. The settlers constitute a civilian population by any standard, and include children, who are entitled to special protection. Although some of the settlers are part of the security forces, this fact has absolutely no bearing on the status of the other residents of the settlements.” 23/8/2009
Settlement Freeze - The facts on the ground Peace Now - "According to news released this morning, August, 18, 2009 in the Israeli media, Netanyahu and Barak have agreed to freeze construction in the settlements until early 2010.Peace Now Research Shows the Following:"21/8/2009
Settler leader presses outpost residents to leave Chaim Levinson- Haaretz- "Residents of an unauthorized outpost in the West Bank are expected to evacuate their caravans voluntarily, after a settlement council leader threatened to quit supplying them with gas for their generator. The residents of Bnei Adam had agreed last week to voluntarily evacuate the three caravans, following advice of leading rabbis of the national religious movement." 21/8/2009
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Settlers flock to new outpost on Shabbat eveEfrat Weiss - Ynet - " Some 30 right-wing activists set up illegal outpost near West Bank settlement of Kedumim. Most of settlers evacuated, but Border Guard remains in area to guard several others till end of Shabbat . "1/8/2009
We’ve Got Your Back on a Complete Settlement Freeze, Mr. President Brit Tzedek v`Shalom - A settlement freeze is critical to progress in the peace process. It is clear that many settlements will need to be evacuated to make way for an eventual Palestinian State. A complete settlement freeze would send a strong signal to the Palestinians and to the Arab world that Israel is committed to a two-state solution to the conflict and encourages Arab leaders to be more forthcoming with regard to President Obama`s request for confidence-building measures toward Israel. 19/8/2009
Netanyahu reportedly agrees to settlement freeze `until early 2010` / Peace Now says: not reallyRoni Sofer and Efrat Weiss - Y-Net - Settlers and their supporters are up in arms against the Prime Minister`s "capitulation to American pressure". However, Obama is reported to insist on at least a whole year of settlement freeze. 18/8/2009
U.S. group invests tax-free millions in East Jerusalem land Uri Blau _ Haaretz - "American Friends of Ateret Cohanim, a nonprofit organization that sends millions of shekels worth of donations to Israel every year for clearly political purposes, such as buying Arab properties in East Jerusalem, is registered in the United States as an organization that funds educational institutes in Israel"17/8/2009
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Settlers upcoming takeoverSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - " Fundamental extremist Israeli settlers say that they are ‘tired of waiting’ and decided to make their move which aims at occupying a plot of land northeast of Jerusalem to build their settlement. "16/8/2009
Jerusalem, Washington debate: Is Ariel a settlement bloc?HERB KEINON AND TOVAH LAZAROFF - J-lem Post - "Ariel Mayor Ran Nachman, said he knew nothing of any plans to stop existing building projects in his city." 12/8/2009
Settlers attack a Palestinian man near NablusIMEMC - Yousef Obeidat, a 45-year-old man from Awarta village, was attacked by settlers and moved to Rafidia Hospital, suffering from neck wounds and bruises. The attack was part of the settler strategy to retaliate against random Palestinian targets every time the army attempts to remove one of the "settlement outposts", considered illegal even under Israeli occupation law. 11/8/2009
Outpost residents won`t deal with IDFTOVAH LAZAROFF - J-lem Post - ""If I do not live here, then [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad will," Elad said." 12/8/2009
Backed by their army, settlers bid for expansion in three locations Ma’an - " settlers began planting Palestinian-owned land under military guard in an apparent takeover attempt. Settlers from the illegal Israeli colony of Kiryat Arba moved on to land belonging to Muhammad Mustafa Jaber, in the Al-Beqa’a area, outside of Hebron...In a separate incident dozens of Israeli military vehicles closed the village of Kfil Haris, north of the West Bank town of Salfit, Thursday as they escorted a group of settlers through the area, locals reported. " 8/8/2009
The ugly reality of Israel`s settlement-made beauty productsAdri Nieuwhof - EI - "Ahava CEO Ellis told the BBC that his company can circumvent the rule that products from the Occupied Palestinian Territories are excluded from the duty-free import to Europe, because Ahava maintains its offices near Tel Aviv, in Israel."5/8/2009
US complains to Oren over evictionHERB KEINON - J-lem Post - "Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem stressed Wednesday that the call was not a reprimand."5/8/2009
Israeli Settlements: Obama Should Know BetterMairav Zonszein - The Nation - "In addition to Israel`s foot-dragging on the evacuation of outposts, the Obama administration faces another obstacle in its effort to put a freeze on Israeli settlement growth: American citizens moving to the West Bank. If Obama aims to crack down on Israel`s blatant expansion of settlements, he should start from within his own borders"3/8/2009
Irving Moskowitz`s bingo madnessRichard Silverstein - The Guardian - How an American gambling mogul is forcing a showdown between the Obama administration and Israel over settlements10/8/2009
Barak brings Torah to synagogue in Muslim Quarter Roni Sofer - YNET - Defense minister takes part in ceremony welcoming new scroll of Torah at synagogue renovated with funds donated by Jewish-American millionaire Erwin Moskowitz. Barak`s office: We didn`t know it was not part of Western Wal10/8/2009
Rightist MKs scuffle with Arab families in East Jerusalem Nir Hasson - Haaretz -"Right-wing activist Aryeh King, who escorted the MKs through the neighborhood, pointed out a number of houses that had been acquired by the Nahalat Shimon organization or that were subject to documents saying they belonged to Jews. King vowed that in another year, the number of Jewish families in the area will increase from 28 to 40"10/8/2009
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