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Settlements

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In the shadow of an Israeli settlement Martin Asser - BBC - "...although the underpass undoubtedly made life easier, it also made it easier for Israel to lock down the whole area with a very small military deployment." 30/9/2009
Dividing war spoilsBy: Salman Abu Sitta Source: Al Ahram Weekly "Israel`s robbery of Palestinian property reaches new heights with Likud`s latest illegal laws and subterfuges"25/9/2009
PCHR Strongly Condemns New Israeli Settlement Plans in the West BankPress Releases Palestinian Centre for Human Rights "The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns new Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank. PCHR reiterates that settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) constitute a war crime, and calls upon the international community to fulfill their obligations stipulated in Article 1 of the Fourth Geneva Convention to ensure Israel’s respect to the Convention and to ensure the application of the Convention in the OPT." 25/9/2009
Israeli FM: Summit a victory for settlement standAP - Washinton Post - "Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the meeting showed Israel`s firm stand against a settlement freeze was effective."23/9/2009
Settlements benefitting from US tax exempt fundraising Jonathan Cook - The Electronic Intifada - Keller said: "It`s the height of chutzpah for the foreign ministry to be hounding Breaking the Silence, which is doing something entirely legal and transparent, while keeping quiet about the settler organizations` dependence on foreign income for their illegal activities." 17/9/2009
Settler rabbi faces trial for not naming suspected attackers Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - "I don`t want to harm their reputations, their clean records and their ability to contribute to this country. I`m acting on the clear knowledge they didn`t do anything." 16/9/2009
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Resolve of West Bank Settlers May Have Limits Ethan Bronner and Isabel Kershner - NYT - When the bulldozers would actually be there settlers are not really expected to use violence against Israeli soldiers, rather "exacting a price from Palestinians", by burning Palestinian fields and orchards or by blocking roads.15/9/2009
An infrastructure of Jewish terror Roi Maor and Dror Etkes - Haaretz - "The systematic land seizures and violations of the law happen because the legal authorities look the other way and allow such incidents to take place." 11/9/2009
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Israeli settlers hold `groundbreaking ceremony` for major new settlement in East JerusalemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "In fact, the Israeli government has invested some 200 million NIS ($50 million USD) into infrastructure and planning of the settlement in question as part of the so-called `E1 corridor`, beginning in 1999." 9/9/2009
Why stop with Elbit? Amira Hass - Haaretz - "From the outset, instead of rebuking the Norwegian ambassador, the Foreign Ministry and Defense Minister Ehud Barak should have actually praised the citizens of Norway." 9/9/2009
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Peace Now infiltrate settler `new neighborhood` celebrationEfrat Weiss - Ynet - Activists arrived at the E1 sector in the middle of the ceremony, attended by KMs and ministers: "BIBI AND BARAK, THIS IS NOT A GAME," and "BI-NATIONAL STATE UNDER CONSTRUCTION." 8/9/2009
President Obama, Please Be Different Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - Funny, how what Israel calls a "diplomatic effort" is illegal settlement expansion to everyone else. Frankly speaking, even a freeze of settlement construction is a joke, especially since it is temporary. The 500 new houses slated for construction are in key areas which Israel knows will severely hamper any future establishment of a viable Palestinian state, including in the E-1 area that severs the West Bank from Jerusalem. 10/9/2009
Settlers: Barak move a mockeryEfrat Weiss - YNET - For smaller settlement blocs, Barak`s decision to green light 500 housing units does not come as good news. Yesha Council Director General Pinchas Wallerstein, `No new tenders will be issued.` Corner-stone laying ceremony will be held Monday in E1 area 7/9/2009
Israel rushes to approve new settlement homes before US-brokered freezeRory McCarthy - The Guardian - Ministers back Netanyahu stance on West Bank expansion • PM wins `strategic delay` deal to appease rightwingers7/9/2009
US slams plan for construction followed by settlement freezeHerb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - White House press secretary Robert Gibbs reacted strongly, with a bluntly worded statement condemning the move. "As the president has said before, the United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement expansion and we urge that it stop." 5/9/2009
Israel opts for low-key response to Norway divestment Barak Ravid, Amira Hass and Yossi Melman - Haaretz - "The finance minister said Norway is not interested in funding a company so "blatantly involved in violating international humanitarian law."" 4/9/2009
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Settlement housing starts drop by a third in first half of yearTovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - Peace Now says that no new settlement projects have been approved since November. But using previously issued permits, settlers were able to start work on 672 apartments in the first half of 20091/9/2009
Tell the settlers the truth Editorial - Haaretz - If the prime minister really wants to resume talks with the Palestinians, he must tell the settlers boldly that negotiations on the future of the occupied territories are not reconcilable with creating facts in those territories. 3/9/2009
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Terrorist" targets popular at West Bank gun rangeErika Solomon - Reuters -"I think it`s important for every Jew to know how to use a weapon and protect themselves," says Gat, and Israeli reservist. "And I won`t lie or be a hypocrite, it`s good money for me too." Gat`s company normally specializes in counter-terrorism and defense training for private security firms and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The two-hour course for security-conscious tourists is a recent addition to its product line. 3/9/2009
Minister Peled: No agreement on settlement freezeAttila Somfalvi - Ynet - "...at a conference labeled `Preserving Jerusalem and the Golan Heights`."2/9/2009
Aide: PM to approve constructionAP - Ynet - "Netanyahu tried to send a calming message to top right-wing officials, and said they would be "pleasantly surprised.""4/9/2009
Pipe dream or biggest West Bank city?TOVAH LAZAROFF - J-lem Post - "Goldstein is working on a 5,000-unit plan, which he said would help ease the housing crunch in nearby Jerusalem." 23/9/2009
Settlers say waiting for PM`s actions Efrat Weiss - Ynet - "Yesha Council is already planning the next step: During the coming Sukkot holiday, the council will arrange for bus trips to the settlements, for anyone wishing to visit the area." 23/9/2009
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