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Settler Takes Over Palestinian Land, Fences ItSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "WAFA said that last week, the settler, Known as Eli, fenced off a land that belongs to Abdul-Raouf Barry and some of his relatives, and claimed that he `rented the land from the Israeli government.` The land is privately owned by the Barry family"31/1/2012
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Settlers who went too far - even for NetanyahuDonald Macintyre and Catrina Stewart--Itai Harel gazed across at the rocky wilderness of the Judaean Mountains and urged us to "look at all this wonderful, empty land all the way from Jerusalem, waiting for its sons to come to build and live in it". It was one of the few moments that Mr Harel, a 38-year-old social worker, turned lyrical in helping to explain why he, his wife and six children are living with 50 other families in a fenced outpost on a remote hilltop east of the West Bank city of Ramallah. dn28/1/2012
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Where is Leftist Machsom Watch When We `Need Them`?Rochel Sylvetsky & David Lev - Arutz 7 "However, the citizens of Karnei Shomron, Emanuel, Kedumim and the other communities in Samaria have a more serious problem.Arutz Sheva has received a wave of complaints from residents of the above towns about what goes on at this checkpost. The writers complain about visitors from abroad and caretakers for the elderly being taken off buses and being addressed rudely by the guards, about insults and coarse behavior. Confirmation was given by the regional and municipal offices contacted by Arutz Sheva.Thursday afternoon, a citizen`s demonstration is planned at the checkpoint: "We, loyal citizens of the State of Israel, will not be treated as if we are terrorists, having our time wasted and our honor insulted as if we are on the other side of a border", say the local ads.Machsom Watch is not expected." ca20/1/2012
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European envoys: Blacklist Israeli settlers Elior Levy - Ynet - "...hope that the document will encourage the EU to undertake substantive steps in order to put an end to settlement expansion, including legislation that would outlaw financial transactions that allow for settlement construction." - id 18/1/2012
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Senior IDF officer: Migron outpost demolition would harm stability Ophir Bar-Zohar and Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - "Rivlin visited Migron Thursday, and said that if the cabinet can`t find a way to legalize the outpost - the Knesset will." - id 18/1/2012
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Weekend of settler violence: more than 100 olive trees destroyedUri Yacobi Keller - AIC - Settler violence over the weekend in West Bank: 100 trees cut down. Car burned. Two additional cars damaged. Two Palestinians attacked. The Israeli army`s answer: to arrest the very Palestinians who were beaten just moments before16/1/2012
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Operation Dove: Israeli army fails to protect Palestinian children Operation Dove - AIC - "According to a new report released by Operation Dove, Israeli authorities have been increasingly intransigent in their obligation to protect Palestinian children from settler violence in the South Hebron Hills this school year. The mandatory Israeli military escort that is supposed to ensure that Palestinian children arrive to school safely failed to walk with the children 95% of the time since the school year began in September. Soldiers and police also behaved aggressively towards Palestinians, forcing a pregnant women to spend 30 minutes at a flying checkpoint, for example, and aided settler harassment of Palestinians"23/1/2012
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EU on verge of abandoning hope for a viable Palestinian stateDonald Macintyre - The Independent - EU support is now needed to protect the rights of "ever more isolated" Palestinians in "Area C", a sector that includes all 124 settlements – illegal in international law – and which is under direct Israeli control. It comprises 62 per cent of the West Bank, including the "most fertile and resource rich land" says an internal EU report, approved by top Brussels officials.14/1/2012
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Soldier suspected of abetting rightists released from detention Gili Cohen and Chaim Levinson - Haaretz "One of two soldiers arrested this week on suspicion of passing military information to right-wing activists in the West Bank was released from detention yesterday. Paratrooper Amichai Zoaretz, of Paratrooper Battalion 890, was arrested earlier this week by military police on suspicion of disclosing information to rightist extremists who organized riots at the Ephraim Brigade headquarters in the West Bank last month." ca 13/1/2012
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How I helped a rightist judge be elected to Supreme CourtB. Michael - Haaretz - "And the State of Israel no longer deserves a Supreme Court without Sohlberg. It deserves a court in its own image." - id 11/1/2012
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Settlers Attack Two Children In HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - At the Tel Romeida neighborhood of Hebron, Resident Mohammad Abu Aisha stated that settlers violently attacked, kicked and punched his sons Ibrahim, 12, and Waleed, 11. Israeli soldiers in the area did not intervene. Residents of Tel Romeida are the target of ongoing attacks, aimed at forcing them to move away and facilitate extension of the settlement enclave. 10/1/2012
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Settler leader: Israeli democracy has finished its historical role, and it must be dismantledYossi Gurvitz - +972 Magazine - The veteran settler leader Benni Katzover stated “I would say that today, Israeli democracy has one central mission, and that is to disappear. Israeli democracy has finished its historical role, and it must be dismantled and bow before Judaism" (sic}. 10/1/2012
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Israeli legislators admit to leaking info on army’s movements to right-wing settlersSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "No charges have been filed against the two legislators, and none are planned"9/1/2012
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Israel police denies provocateurs operating among settlers Chaim Levinson and Jonathan Lis - Haaretz "Police Commander tells Knesset committee there were 228 cases of Israelis attacking West Bank security forces in 2011, but all were at the initiative of the attackers.Last year, which saw a rash of reports of settler violence against Palestinians and Israeli forces, was the first time the police have kept separate numbers for attacks by Israelis." ca6/1/2012
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Israel gives restraining orders to 12 West Bank settlersMa`an News Agency - Israel has barred a dozen Jewish settlers from the occupied West Bank for a period of up to a year, a step Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had pledged to take to rein in violence against Palestinians, officials and Israeli media reports said. 5/1/2012
Year of the relocated illegal West Bank outpostZvi Bar`el - Haaretz - Creativity knows no bounds, as is reflected in the new idea that illegal West Bank outposts can be relocated from one illegal location to another. This would move them from privately-owned Palestinian land to Palestinian land "owned" by the government, from one space under occupation to another, as if this made it legal. 5/1/2012
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Sheikh Jarrah Settlers Let Attack Dogs Loose Against ProtestersRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - In a scene reminiscent of other times of historic Jewish tragedy in the last century, at last Friday’s weekly Sheikh Jarrah protest against Palestinian home theft, one of the most radical of the settlers, the Israeli-American Fauci, let loose a vicious attack dog (rather humorously named, if you’re a settler, Shiksa) against the Israeli and Palestinian demonstrators at the scene 5/1/2012
Israeli companies can profit from West Bank resources, court rules Harriet Sherwood - Guardian - "... make endless use of the variety of objects found in the occupied territory: to pump its water sources, to transfer its archeological artefacts to elsewhere outside the territory, to use areas within it for garbage disposal, to sell public real estate, and more."" - id 4/1/2012
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`State failing to meet its outpost commitments`Aviad Glickman - Ynet - "The court granted the State`s motion for an extension but noted that the matter could not be put off for ever." - id 4/1/2012
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Israeli authorities give ‘legal’ status to illegal settlement outpostSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - The government asked the Supreme Court to delay implementation of a demolition order under which the Ramat Gilad outpost should have been destroyed and the land restored to its owners. 3/1/2012
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Right-wing extremists` growing influence on the West Bank is worrisomeAmos Harel - Haaretz - That sensitive IDF information is available to settlers is known; but when sensitive data falls into the hands of extremists the problem seems more urgent9/1/2012
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Settlers ‘Help’ Soldiers Man RoadblocksSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Armed Israeli settlers, in civilian clothes, were seen helping Israeli soldiers in searching Palestinian vehicles and checking ID numbers of Palestinians at a number of military roadblocks leading to the Ramallah district, in the central West Bank"2/1/2012
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