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100 Homes and a Bypass Road Approved in Beit Arye - a West Bank SettlementHagit Ofran - Peace Now - For construction of a section of the "Separation Fence" which will in effect annex the Beit Arye settlement to Israel, it is needed to demolish eight settler houses. The settlers appealed to the Supreme Court. In return for their agreeing to withdraw the appeals, the Ministry of Defense agreed, not only to give generous compensation to these eight settler families, but also greatly exapand the Beit Arye settlement by permits to erect a hundred new houses. 30/8/2011
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IDF training Israeli settlers ahead of `mass disorder` expected in SeptemberChaim Levinson - Haaretz - The IDF has conducted detailed work to determine a “red line” for each settlement in the West Bank, which will determine when soldiers will be ordered to shoot at the feet of Palestinian protesters if the line is crossed. It is also planning to provide settlers with tear gas and stun grenades to prepare for what the army terms "Operation Summer Seeds". 30/8/2011
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Leaked Document: Israeli Forces Train And Arm Settlers To Attack Palestinian ProtestersSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - According to an internal Israeli government document leaked to the Israeli newspaper Ha`aretz, Israeli troops distributed maps with red lines drawn on them around Israeli settlements in the West Bank, with instructions to soldiers that if Palestinian protesters get too close to the settlements, they should be shot in the legs. 31/8/2011
Israel Intensifies Training of Settler Security TeamsISABEL KERSHNER - NYT - "There are more than 100 settlements in the West Bank, only some of which are fenced. Each has its own rapid response team armed with military-issued M-16 automatic rifles." - id 31/8/2011
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Israel approves 227 Units In Ariel SettlementSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The Ariel illegal settlement is considered the biggest settlement in the occupied West Bank; it also contains a university and an industrial zone." - id 17/8/2011
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White House joins Palestinian criticism of Israel`s plan to construct 277 homes in the West Bank settlement of Ariel.Reuters - Haaretz - (...) deeply troubling and counterproductive to the U.S. effort to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. 16/8/2011
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Settlements versus the Interests of IsraelisPaul Pillar - The National Interest - Much of the lack of affordable housing in Israel is due to policies that have essentially taken resources away from remedying that shortage and used them instead to subsidize settlements in the occupied territories. As the writers put it, “Israel today is facing the consequences of a policy that favors sustaining the occupation and expanding settlements over protecting the interests of the broader population.” 11/8/2011
Settlements or Peace? Meg Walsh - MIFTAH - Judging from these instances, it can be assumed that Israel has chosen settlements over peace. The religious and nationalist claims, as well as an armed civilian presence that is used to control the Palestinians within the West Bank have been chosen over a lasting peace and an end to hostilities in the region. 11/8/2011
Right-Wing Settlers Barred From West Bank For Terrorist ActivitiesKatie Child - IMEMC - "“What’s happening in the field is terrorism, the burning of mosques, the destruction of olive groves or the injuring of people.”" - id 3/8/2011
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After Defense Minister Ehud Barak appeals deadline, Supreme Court postpones Migron eviction to March 2012Aviad Glickman - Ynet - "We urge the government not to provide these law violators with private homes. All this while an entire population is on the verge of collapse due to the housing crisis", says Peace Now Secretary General Yariv Oppenheimer. 2/8/2011
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Otherwise Occupied / The spirit of sacrificeAmira Hass - Haaretz - Ilana Dayan told her listeners last week that the tent protesters can learn a lot from the settlers; a disturbing new report about dwindling Palestinian population in Area C confirms her remarks, though probably not in the way she intended. rh 8/8/2011
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EU slams Israel’s decision to build new East Jerusalem housing projectAkiva Eldar and AFP - Haaretz - "The European Union has repeatedly urged the government of Israel to immediately end all settlement activities in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem. All settlement activities are illegal under international law,” AFP quoted Ashton as saying in a statement. bz 6/8/2011
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