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Israeli Military Raids Hebron Area; Settlers Attack PalestiniansKelly Joiner - IMEMC "In Hebron, Tamer Jabarin, 22, and Mo’tasem al-Natsheh had their homes ransacked and were arrested by the Israeli military while Israeli settlers attacked several others.Israeli settlers from Susiya also attacked several Palestinians from the nearby village, also named Susiya.In the Tal al-Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron, six Palestinians were detained by Israeli soldiers after the army fired sound and light bombs..."ca27/7/2012
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Settlers Setup Mobile Houses Near Bethlehem VillageGeorge Rishmawi - IMEMC News "A number of Israeli settlers setup mobile houses in the village of al-Khader near the southern Palestinian city of Bethlehem.Salah added that settlers setup the electric poles and did some other infrastructure work an Ein al-Qassis area, where settlers have taken over control this area and setup and outpost in 2002. The Israeli military has provided security for the settlers there since then." ca27/7/2012
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UPDATED: Four Palestinian farmers injured in a settlers’ attackWordpress - "The incident occurred this morning (July 25) near Sinjil, north of Ramallah, when a group of settlers, accompanied by IOF, arrived to an area newly cultivated by local farmers in an effort to reclaim lands taken over by settlers, located in area C. The assailants, presumably from the settlement Giv’at Harel, attacked the farmers, stabbing them with knives and beating them. One farmer, Muhammad Marwah Rafghi was hit in the head with the butt of a gun and is currently in a coma. Another farmer suffers stab wounds. All four injured were taken to a hospital in Ramallah." ca27/7/2012
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``Security Buffer Zone`` Melkam Lidet - MIFTAH - The argument from the settlers as I later learned was that they want a “security buffer zone” for their settlement even though there’s an understanding that the land where the sheep were grazing is Palestinian.-rh25/7/2012
The EU, Israel and occupied territories William Bell - Guardian - "Any consolidation or strengthening of ties should be conditional upon an end to settlement expansion." - id 25/7/2012
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The bias in Israeli courts Ira Glunts - Salon "A Jerusalem teenager, identified only as “A,” was given a perplexingly short 8- year sentence after a plea bargain for the stabbing death of a Palestinian, Hussam Rawidi, following a brutal and apparently unprovoked attack. The charge was reduced from “murder” to “killing (manslaughter),” which enabled the court to impose the lenient sentence. The crime occurred on Feb. 11, 2011. Rawidi was 24 years old when he was killed."ca20/7/2012
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A Divide Over the Settlements in the West BankGILEAD SHER - NYT - "Like the proverbial ostrich, it would avoid this reality: Israel cannot remain a secure Jewish democracy without disengaging from the Palestinians." - id 19/7/2012
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Expansion of illegal outposts continuesJack Muir - IMEMC - "19/7/2012
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Don`t make legalizing settlements Israel`s graveAmi Ayalon, Orni Petruschka and Gilead Sher - Haaretz - "Nobody but its own people and government will save Israel from going down a suicidal path." - id19/7/2012
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Ministers endorse motion to postpone Migron evacuationItamar Fleishman - Ynet - "The Ministerial Committee includes ministers Barak, Lieberman, Mofaz, Yishai, Ya`alon, Begin, Hershkovitz, Edelstein and Erdan." - id 18/7/2012
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University accreditation for West Bank college Dahlia Scheindlin - +972 - "Earlier this year one thousand professors signed a letter opposing the move, concerned about the inability to fund Israel’s seven existing, cash-starved universities." - id 18/7/2012
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Israel retreats from pledge to deny subsidies to West Bank settlements The Associated Press - denverpost - The country`s political leaders have already approved subsidies for a project of 24 homes in the settlement of Efrat. And nearly 500 other homes in Efrat and two other settlements, Beitar Illit and Ariel, are in the pipeline to receive the incentives. 17/7/2012
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Defense Ministry hires architect to resume construction of illegal West Bank outpostChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Peace Now director general Yariv Oppenheimer said that "the government`s priorities remain loyal only to the settlements. Not to public housing, not to assistance to the homeless. bz17/7/2012
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Education minister: Turn Ariel center into universityTomer Velmer - Ynet - Gideon Sa`ar increasing pressure over status of Ariel University Center following finance minister`s announcement stating that he would increase university budgets 16/7/2012
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American citizens are detained in Hebron for wearing hijab on a ‘Jewish street’Brandon Davis - Mondoweiss "The settlers and soldiers did not take kindly to her statement or her hijab, and the scene quickly turned chaotic. The settlers - many of them armed - attempted to block our path. The soldiers targeted the women in the hijabs, leaving two other non-Muslim American women, two Palestinian-American men, and myself - a white U.S. citizen - alone. The three women were detained for disturbing the peace in a Jewish neighborhood. " ca13/7/2012
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Israeli report on settlements condemnedVita Bekker - The National - "Ghassan Khatib said the report "hurts international efforts to establish a solution based on two states"." - id 11/7/2012
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Peres: West Bank settlements put Israel`s Jewish majority at risk Israel News - Ynet - ""A Jewish state without a Jewish majority is unlikely to remain Jewish."" -id 11/7/2012
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US displeased with Levy Report Yitzhak Benhorin - Ynet - "Obviously, we`ve seen the reports that an Israeli Government appointed panel has recommended legalizing dozens of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, but we do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity and we oppose any effort to legalize settlement outposts...We’re concerned about it, obviously." 10/7/2012
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`Government must legalize settlements`Itamar Fleishman - Ynet - Committee headed by Justice Edmond Levy says `Israel not occupation force`; State must `ease land acquisition for Jews residing in Judea and Samaria`9/7/2012
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UNHRC to probe Israeli settlementsNews agencies - Ynet - On Monday Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, said that the acceleration of settlement building had "closed the book" on the feasibility of a two-state solution. "The Palestinian position gets weaker and weaker through time and the Israelis get more and more of a fait accompli through their unlawful activities," he said. 7/7/2012
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Five Dunams Confiscated in al-Khader : A Primer on Settler ColonialismJIMMY JOHNSON - Counterpunch -Settler colonialism is the transformation of Palestine into Israel, the process of the settler eliminating the indigenous, and it is why Palestinians resist—as they have since the beginning—continued Israeli settlement construction. Israeli settlement construction is literally Palestinian destruction (see Walid Khalidi’s All That Remains and Raja Shehadeh’s Palestinian Walks, amongst other works for this narrative).-rh 5/7/2012
Justifying the highest crime Editorial - Haaretz - "The goal is to circumvent the official Israeli land registry (Tabu ) and prevent Palestinians with claims to the property from challenging the validity of the ownership registration." -id 4/7/2012
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Settlers destroy olive trees in a Nablus villageMa`an - Residents of Havat Gilad settler outpost entered a private field owned by Nayif Raihan, from Tell village south of Nablus, and chopped down 41 trees. Havat Gilad has a long a record of violence against its Palestinian neighbors. It was one of the outposts declared illegal under Israeli as well as International law, but its continued existence assured by a "deal" with the government. 3/7/2012
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Israel to begin recording settler land claims, deny Palestinians` right of appealChaim Levinson - Haaretz - The registry process is supported by deputy attorney general Mike Blass, along with Defense Ministry legal adviser Ahaz Ben-Ari, Civil Administration head Brig. Gen. Moti Almoz and Defense Ministry settlement adviser Eitan Broshi. The registry process is expected to receive Defense Minister Ehud Barak`s approval later in the month. The need for such a land registry process grows out of Israel`s continued control of the West Bank. In 1967, when IDF forces first occupied the territories, land ownership arrangements enforced by the Jordanians became void. To justify the lack of a formal land ownership registry process, Israel claimed that the occupation in the territories was temporary, whereas such a land registry is a permanent procedure.3/7/2012
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