|The Nightmare is Now Israel’s Too ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - Last week, the so-called Hilltop Youth raided the Jordan-Israel border in protest of what they thought was Jordan’s interference in matters concerning the “Temple Mount”, taking over churches there until the embarrassed Israeli military came and kicked them out. Earlier that day, settlers attacked an Israeli army base, pelting their own soldiers with rocks, in protest of a settlement outpost evacuation.
|Palestinians are heroes, braving Israeli dictatorship||Amira Hass - Haaretz - The thugs of the hills are only the icing on the cake. Most of the work is being done by thugs wearing kid gloves. Unlike the people who threw the stone at the deputy brigade commander, these are fan favorites in Israel. The flesh of our flesh. Officers and soldiers, military jurists, architects and contractors in the service of the army, Interior Ministry and National Insurance Institute clerks. rh||21/12/2011|
|State Attorney finds it difficult to defend "The Boycott Law" ||Gush Shalom - The State Attorney`s Office asked the Supreme Court judges for more time to answer the appeals against the "Boycott Law", under which anyone who calls for a boycott of the settlements and their products is liable to be prosecuted and heavily fined. The State Attorney`s staff themselves are known to be far from happy with that law, having tried their best to dissuade the right-wing majority in the Knesset from enacting it - which might help explain their difficulty in formulating its defense.
|Students from pre-military school in Ma`ale Adumim clean up hate graffiti from torched mosque||Ynet - "There are many opinions at the school, including very Right-leaning ones, but all oppose violence against IDF troops and vandalism. [A rare moment of division among the settler population coming into the open-bz] ||20/12/2011|
|The daily ordeal of getting to school in Hebron||Ben Lorber - EI - “Defence for Children International-Palestine Section (DCI-PS) stated in a 2008 report about the situation in Hebron that the area around the school and the settlements ‘is often the scene of violent confrontations’ between Israeli settlers and Palestinian schoolchildren. ‘Settler schoolchildren … routinely verbally harass, chase, hit and throw stones at Palestinian schoolchildren under the watchful eyes of Israeli soldiers. Their parents and other adults engage in similar behavior, blocking the school steps with their cars to make it difficult for students to pass or setting their dogs loose to chase and terrorize young children’”||19/12/2011|
|West Bank village steps up protests against Israel’s theft of land||Ben Lorber -
"For approximately five months, the residents of Kufr Qaddoum have united to demonstrate against the illegal Israeli settlement of Kedumim and the Israeli military’s closure of their village’s main road. Kufr Qaddoum, a West Bank village so old that, according to legend, Abraham was circumcised there with an axe, has since 1976 been plagued by Kedumim, a 3,000-inhabitant Israeli settlement that now surrounds the village on five hilltops. Kufr Qaddoum’s main road, which passes through Kedumim to link the village to Nablus, was closed by the Israeli military in 2003." ca||16/12/2011|
|Next time, Jewish extremists will meet a different IDF ||Avi Issacharoff and Amos Harel -
"Brig. Gen. Nitzan Alon`s is eminently qualified for the post, but there is also a special sting in the knowledge that in the current stormy atmosphere, the settler leaders will have to get along with the man whose attitude, they say, is "stacked against the settler movement." ca
|Settlers Torch A Mosque In Ramallah||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - The attack comes one day after a similar arson –attempt targeted Okasha historic mosque in Jerusalem. Before setting parts of the mosque ablaze, the settlers spray-painted racist graffiti targeting the Palestinians and the Muslim prophet.
|Hundreds of settlers attack Nablus village||Ma`an News Agency - "Witnesses told Ma`an that around midnight more than 200 settlers from the notorious Yitzhar settlement entered the village and threw rocks at Palestinian homes"||12/12/2011|
|Dozens of criminal cases closed due to Israel Police negligence in West Bank||Chaim Levinson -
"The police`s Shai District, which is responsible for the West Bank, consistently fails to conduct even the most basic investigatory actions, such as taking fingerprints, checking alibis, questioning witnesses and conducting identification line-ups. As a result, case after case - against settlers and Palestinians alike - is either closed without going to trial or thrown out of court, Haaretz has found." ca||9/12/2011|
|West Bank mosque set alight in suspected `price tag` attack||Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - Two months ago, the mosque in the Bedouin village of Tuba-Zangariyya was set on fire in a suspected "price tag" attack by settlers angry at Israeli policy. rh
|Legal opinion: No obligation to raze outposts||Moran Azulay -
""I am confident that a review of the opinion will force the State to inform the High Court that there is a solution and that there is no need for damage and destruction."" - id
|Israeli Forces Demolish House in Jerusalem, Seven Arrested in Bethlehem, Qalqiliya ||Palestine News Network -
"Giv’at Ze’ev settlement was built on the lands of al-Jeeb village. Now, Israeli authorities seek to move the village residents in order to join the settlements together." - id
|Israel to forcibly remove bedouin communities in settlements push ||Harriet Sherwood - Guardian - Relocation of 2,300 people in West Bank to site near Jerusalem garbage dump(!) would make contiguous Palestinian state impossible.
|IDF agrees to expansion of West Bank settlement||Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - Expansion of Gush Etzion settlement bloc with 40 single-family homes receives approval from Defense Minister Barak||12/12/2011|
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