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Settlers set fire to villagers’ fields and orchards. Sarit Michaeli - B`Tselem - In one incident I witnessed and documented, Settlers from Yitzar’s emergency squad shot and severely wounded a villager, Najeh Ass’ad Najeh a-Safdi, aged 21, in his stomach.-rh31/5/2012
Case dropped against authors, endorsers of gentile-killing manualYossi Gurvitz - +972 - "It is worth noting that all four rabbis are state employees and belong to a state-funded yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar." - id 30/5/2012
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No prosecution for Rabbis approving of the killing of civilians Jeremy Sharon - After years of deliberations, Attorney Genral Weinbstein decided not to proseucte rabbis who published the highly controversial book "Torat Hamelech" (literally, "The King`s Teachings" , "The King" being God.). The book sets out specific situations where, under Jewish religious law as the writers understand it, it it "permissable" and even "praiseworthy" and "pleasing to God" to kill unarmed civilians. Various Human Rights groups regard this as plain incitement to murder. However, the Attorney General ruled there was no clear evidence that the rabbis who published the book actually intended anybody to actually act accordly, and that it might have been meant it as a theoretcial exercise. 29/5/2012
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Settlers` fire `spreads` into Palestinian landSarah Snobar - IMEMC - In the latest of several West Bank fire and arson incidents, Palestinian fire fighters arrived at the scene they found hundreds of acres full of forest trees and olive trees being consumed by fire. Residents of the nearby Homesh settlement claimed they had started the fire to clear their land "but the fire had spread". 29/5/2012
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British diplomacy: Lieberman welcomed, settlements condemned British Foreign Ministry/IMEMC - "I was pleased to welcome Foreign Minister Lieberman to the UK yesterday. We had a positive, wide-ranging meeting [in which] I expressed the UK`s firm view that continued illegal Israeli settlement expansion in East Jerusalem and the West Bank is harming Israel`s international standing and endangering the two state solution.". (The official British statement did not mention Lieberman`s response, if any - A.K.)27/5/2012
Israeli settler shoots Palestinian in West BankReuters - Haaretz - Residents said about 25 settlers, some of them carrying guns, set fire to wheat fields in the village of Orif, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.27/5/2012
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WATCH: Settlers set fire to Palestinian olive grove, man shotNoam Sheizaf - +972 Magazine - Throughout the day, there were reports of settlers from Yitzhar trying to set fire to Palestinian olive groves near the village of Urif, south of Nablus. A team from B?Tselem who arrived at the spot caught one of the attacks on camera. A Palestinian who tried to put out a fire started by settlers in Urif was shot and injured. 27/5/2012
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Boycotting the settlements is justifiedGideon Levy - Haaretz "Yes, the new South Africa can teach Israel a lesson in the war against racism; and yes, Israel can teach the world a lesson in racism. It has once again been proven that Israel`s chutzpah knows no bounds: Israel, of all countries, accuses South Africa, of all countries, of being racist. Is there anything more ridiculous?" ca25/5/2012
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Latest Attempt at Legalization of Ulpana Settlement Neighborhood.Sean Mohan - IMEMC News - Despite an Israeli High Court ruling that the Ulpana settlement neighborhood must be vacated and demolished because it is illegal, a Knesset bill that had been proposed to circumvent the court’s ruling has been stalled to allow more time for the government to settle the issue. Meanwhile Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed his own Defense Minister to disobey the High Court and stall any demolitions.-rh 24/5/2012
Why Israeli Settlers Shot an Unarmed PalestinianRobert Wright - The Atlantic - "The essential mission of Israeli soldiers stationed in the West Bank is to protect settlers against Palestinians." - id23/5/2012
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DFLP Member Calls for Punitive Measures Against Israel at International LevelSarah Snobar - IMEMC - "As part of the new law, contributing to public institutions that work on encouraging settlements will be recognized through tax credit grants." - id 23/5/2012
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Two injured as settlers attack Nablus Area villageSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - Dozens of settlers invaded the eastern area of the Aseera Al-Qibliyya village, south of Nablus, and hurled homes at Palestinian homes. In the following clashes, two Palestinians were injured. The village`s being located close to the Yitzhar illegal settlement makes such incident frequent. 20/5/2012
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Prize-winning Harvard essay urges relocating settlers en masse to new Israeli townsAri Ben Goldberg - Times of Israel - It’s a ‘more compassionate solution’ than the Gaza evictions, says Joel Braunold, a UK-born ex-yeshiva student. 20/5/2012
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Annexing IsraelZvi Bar`el - Haaretz - First the settlers annexed the slogan "appropriate Zionist response" to means that for every terror attack and every person killed in one, a new settlement or neighborhood should be built. Not in the State of Israel, since Israel is already a foreign, Tel Avivan state that does not know what genuine Zionism is. The "Zionist response" must be provided in the only Zionist state, the state of the settlers.-rh17/5/2012
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Settlements to get NIS 44MZvi Lavi - Ynet - ""The radical Right is behaving as if the State`s only role is to fund their messianic delusions beyond the Green Line, and we are paying for the Netanyahu administration`s capitulation in education, health and police positions."" id 16/5/2012
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A brief history of land robbers, judges and slippery lawyersAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "Quite simply, the General in Command signed a decree stating that in his expert opinion as a high ranking military officer, the land located at area X of village Y was required for security purposes." id 16/5/2012
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Apprehension of war crimes prosecutions moves Netanyahu to confront settlers Chaim Levinson - Ha`aretz - Last month, PM Netahyahu ordered the evacuation of a Hebron house taken over by settlers. This week, he vetoed a bill which would have legitimised the takeover of private Palestinian land in the notorious Ulpana Hill settler "neighborhood". In both cases, his decision seems to have been grealy influenced by Attroney General Weinstein giving a warning that outright violation of Palestinian property rights could lead to Israeli generals and political leaders facing war crimes prosecution at the Hague. 14/5/2012
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In debate on West Bank outpost, Israel`s AG has proven unfit for the jobEditorial - Haaretz - "Weinstein, as the petitioners’ attorney, Michael Sfard, aptly noted, did not represent the public interest in this case, but the politicians’ interests." - id 11/5/2012
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For the sake of settlersKhaled Amayreh - Al-Ahram - "Nonetheless, such protestations from Haaretz and other remnants of liberal centres of influence are unlikely to have any meaningful impact on a society and government thoroughly gripped by jingoism and a virulent fascism." - id 11/5/2012
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Meridor: “Palestinian State Will Never Be Established On 1967 Lines”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Talking to the “Times Of Israel”, Meridor stated that “Israel should not be building settlements all over the place”, as such a move harms Israel’s stance in the international arena." - id 11/5/2012
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`Ulpana to serve as unity government`s first test`Moran Azulay - Ynet - "Controversy over impending eviction, razing of contested Beit El neighborhood to become new, extended Coalition`s first true obstacle." - id 9/5/2012
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Settlers Spray Toxic Substance on West Bank VineyardsAhmad Jaradat - AIC - "According to local sources in Beit Ummar, Israeli soldiers and settlement security officials prevented the Palestinian farmers and journalists from entering the area and photographing the damaged trees. Soldiers ordered the farmers and journalists to leave, claiming the area was a closed military zone"7/5/2012
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IDF hands over former West Bank base to Israeli settlersGili Cohen - Haaretz "Structure to be used by South Hebron Hills regional council as emergency center; leading left-wing activist: Foundation of new outpost shows settlers can use system for their needs."ca4/5/2012
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The Dark Facade Behind the Green Gardens Julie Holm - MIFTAH - As we drove out of the parking lot after our hike, a car with four young Israeli settlers pulled in. They stepped out of the car and I noticed that they were armed with machine guns, an almost daily sight I should be used to by now. Yet I thought to myself, just like the settlements, the checkpoints and the wall cutting through the landscape, I will never get used to this sight for the simple reason that this just isn’t the way things should be.-rh 2/5/2012
Rejecting state request, High Court orders demolition of West Bank outpost to go forwardTomer Zarchin - Haaretz - Justices criticize government for wishing to reopen closed cases over changed policy, adding that the state had not provided the kind of extraordinary circumstances that would force revisiting a court verdict. bz8/5/2012
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