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Ulpana, high drama in the wild wild West (Bank)Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss "Political intrigue ensues, for the threatened demolition had endangered Netanyahu`s Likud-coalition government, attracted international outrage and condemnation, gathered a cast of unsavory characters, and driven Haaretz editorial staff to reference Netanyahu and most of his ministers as "career criminals..undaunted by condemnation or punishment" and call for him to dissolve the government." ca27/4/2012
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Hebron and Metzudat Yehuda checkpointYehudit Keshet and Natanya Ginsburg - Machsomwatch - we saw a field of wheat with about 20 little boys with their kippot bouncing running around and some settler men guarding them with their rifles…….they were tearing up the crops of the Palestinians. When they saw our car stopping and especially when they thought they saw cameras they all ran away back to their settlement of Susiya. They ran back carrying sheaves of wheat. The laurels of the victors.-rh26/4/2012
Netanyahu says backs `contiguous` Palestinian stateJeffrey Heller - Yahoo News - ""Not as a Swiss cheese? No," Netanyahu added, addressing a key Palestinian concern, that the state they seek would be comprised of pockets of villages and towns surrounded by Israeli settlements." - id 25/4/2012
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P.A. Demands Israel To Stop Unilateral MovesSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Hagit Ofran of Peace Now stated that the Israeli government is just “deluding the public with its smoke screens” regarding what is really taking place on the ground." - id 25/4/2012
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Outposts 2012: Not what you imaginedGideon Levy - Haaretz - "...this is the typical construction method: Quickly build the exterior of the structures and move people into the ground floor, so that it becomes hard to evacuate them." - id 25/4/2012
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Jordan condemns Israeli settlement decisionAFP/Y-net - During talks with US envoy David Hale, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh denounced Israel’s decision to legalize three settler outposts in the West Bank,`as well as all other unilateral measures`. 24/4/2012
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Gov’t committed to preserving illegal West Bank neighborhoodDahlia Scheindlin - +972 Magazine - In September 2011, the Court found that Givat Ha’ulpana was built on privately-owned Palestinian lands – in simple terms, this is property theft. The state at the time agreed to demolish the neighborhood. Now eight ministers have asked the State Prosecutor’s office to find a way to delay the evacuation. 24/4/2012
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Israel To Build New 217 Units In JerusalemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "The Civil Coalition for Palestinian Rights In Jerusalem reported that the Israeli government decided to expand the illegal Nof Zion settlement outpost in Jabal Al-Mokabber, in occupied East Jerusalem, by approving the construction of additional 217 units"23/4/2012
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20 New Homes Built In Illegal Settlement OutpostSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Despite orders from the Civil Administration of the Israeli Defence Ministry issued in 2011 to stop construction in the Miztpeh Cramim outpost, homes have been completed and are now occupied by Israeli settlers, reported Haaretz. The settlers ignored the order; the Israeli army ignored the ongoing construction, and the defence establishment took no positive action to stop the construction.-rh 19/4/2012
Settlers Twice Attack People, Trees on Friday in South Hebron Hills Operation Dove - AIC - Settlers twice attacked internationals, Palestinians and Palestinian property on Friday in the South Hebron Hills region, making this the 24th settler attack in the area since the beginning of 201216/4/2012
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Record number of Israelis holiday in West Bank settlement areas Connie Hackbarth - Alternative Information Center (AIC) "Tens of thousands of Israelis are reported to have visited West Bank settlement areas during this week’s Passover holiday. The northern West Bank settlement municipality of Samaria reports over 70,000 visitors to its various tourist attractions, while the West Bank settlement municipality of Binyamin notes that some 50,000 people visited the area on Wednesday alone. A record 10,000 people are reported to have toured around the Bethlehem area Gush Etzion settlement bloc while thousands of Israelis visited Hebron throughout the week." ca13/4/2012
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Settlers Establish New Outpost East of RamallahThe Palestinian Information Center - "RAMALLAH,(PIC)-- Dozens of Jewish settlers erected a new outpost near the “Hashmonaim” settlement east of the West Bank city of Ramallah under the name “Or Hadash" (new light)." CA 13/4/2012
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Israel to relocate area c Bedouin school prior to demolition AIC - "The court petition, filed by an association based in the nearby settlement of Kfar Adumim, states that as the aforementioned school was built `illegally`, without the requisite building permits which Israel does not issue to Palestinians residing in Area C, the Ministry of Defence and Civil Administraiton should fulfill their duty to demolish the school. The petition further notes that the school is a ‘security threat’ to the Kfar Adumim settlement"30/4/2012
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UN OCHA: Settlements in Palestinian Residential Areas in East Jerusalem | April 2012 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Occupied Palestinian Territory - The establishment of settlements in the heart of Palestinian neighborhoods commonly entails the forced eviction and displacement of Palestinians. Beit Hanina, a Palestinian suburb in the northern part of East Jerusalem, has most recently become the target for such settlement activities, which include a plan to build around 60 new housing units for settlers. gm 29/4/2012
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Israel tries to save West Bank settlements it vowed to dismantleEdmund Sanders - Los Angeles Times - Israel`s government is scrambling to find ways to save some of the unauthorized West Bank settlements it once promised to dismantle, including some that are built partly on private Palestinian land.-rh 12/4/2012
On Video; Soldiers Abuse Elderly Shepherd, Sheep Near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - While the land in question belongs to the Palestinian village, it is an area where Israeli settlers are planning an expansion. 10/4/2012
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Migron outpost: playing field for right’s discontentAIC - Israeli right-wing anger over last week’s eviction of settlers from a building in downtown Hebron is currently being played out around the Migron outpost, set to be evacuated by order of the High Court by 1 August9/4/2012
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Shin Bet: Action against Jewish extremists has reduced attacks on Palestinians in West Bank Chaim Levinson - Haaretz "The speakers attributed the reduction in violence − which they labeled “terror” − to the restraining orders issued to 25 far-right activists, prohibiting them from entering the West Bank, as well as numerous indictments filed against the activists." ca6/4/2012
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Israel to spend NIS 25 million on temporary housing for Migron settlers Chaim Levinson - Haaretz "The state is set to spend NIS 25 million to build a temporary housing site for Migron`s settlers, who have been ordered to leave the West Bank outpost by August. A team headed by cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser is due to meet Sunday to find a source for the money from the budget." ca6/4/2012
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Israel evicts settlers from Hebron buildingMa`an News Agency - Israeli police evicted Jewish settlers Wednesday from a building they said they had bought from a Palestinian in the heart of the West Bank city of Hebron. The presence of the 15 settlers in the two-story structure had caused divisions within Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s mainly right-wing cabinet, where Defense Minister Ehud Barak, leader of a centrist party, has pushed for eviction.-rh 4/4/2012
Latest news: Police evacuate Machpelah house Itamar Fleishman - Ynet - Jewish settlers who took up residence in disputed Hebron house cleared from premises by special police forces. Barak: We`ll continue to uphold rule of law 4/4/2012
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Guardian discussion in the aftermath of the Habima controversyAdam Keller letter - Until and unless the international court rules otherwise, its 2004 ruling stands as the authoritative interpretation of international law, and British actors are quite justified in pointing this out to Israeli colleagues who choose to perform in settlements which the international court proclaimed to be illegal.4/4/2012
Settlers take over Hebron house in another round of political theaterNoam Sheizaf - +972 - Meanwhile you can watch a video of the forceful evacuation this same week in Hebron of the Palestinian group “Youth Against Settlements” from an empty property, which they feared was about to fall into the hands of the settlers. bz 4/4/2012
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Netanyahu delays eviction of West Bank settler houseDan Williams - Ma`an - According to Likud lawmaker Zeev Elkin, the Hebron settlers had bought the disputed building "for a great sum of money, and therefore it is their right to live there." Ramadan Awad, chief of Palestinian police in the city, denied the validity of any such deal, saying the building had more than 50 owners. 3/4/2012
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Israeli minister: State should encourage settler takeover of Hebron homeChaim Levinson and Barak Ravid - Haaretz - Comments by Likud`s Yisrael Katz come amid apparent disagreement between defense establishment, Netanyahu`s office as to the proper response to the structure`s capture3/4/2012
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