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Settlers attack rally against land annexationMa`an - "The escalation of settler attacks should not surprise anyone, for it is the inherent byproduct of the continuation of occupation and a government policy that deliberately fosters the settlements and settlers and deems their satisfaction to be an absolute priority," Abbas said in his speech to the UN General Assembly, on Thursday. bz29/9/2012
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BBC airs exposé on Hilltop YouthItamar Fleishman - Ynet - If the authorities set their minds to it, they could locate and punish [those seen in the documentary erecting illegal outposts and identifying with "price tag" acts], Peace Now commented.25/9/2012
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With settlers` help, Palestinians to get new homesAkiva Novick - Ynet - A rare case. [bz]25/9/2012
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Activist: Israel begins settlement construction near BethlehemMa`an - The Palestinian village of al-Khader is already for many years the target of the ever-expanding settlement-city of Efrat. Now, Israeli bulldozers started work on yet another Efrat housing project at Um al-Mohamadeen, a pacel of Khader land which was taken over twelve years ago on the pretext of "security". A month ago, Netanyahu asserted that Efrat is "an integral part of greater Jerusalem" and "will always be part of Israel". 24/9/2012
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Before Palestinians Act at U.N., Israeli Officials Urge Other StepsJODI RUDOREN - The New York Times - In an interview with the right-wing daily Israel Today, parts of which were published on Monday, Mr. Barak called for the annexation of three large settlement blocs — Gush Etzion, Maale Adumim and Ariel — where a vast majority of the 350,000 Jews in the West Bank live, and the removal of up to dozens of smaller settlements scattered across the area.-rh 26/9/2012
Call for ban on Israeli settlement importsKITTY HOLLAND - The Irish Times "All members of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade were supportive of a submission today from the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), a human rights observer organisation, calling for such a ban. Joe O’Brien, advocacy co-ordinator with EAPPI said the illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian West Bank had “long been recognised by the UN, the US and the EU as the biggest barrier to peace” in the region." ca21/9/2012
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Israeli settlement products are illegal, says European Parliament’s second biggest groupMichael Deas - Electronic Intifada "Quoted in an official press release after a new EU-Israel trade protocol was narrowly approved by the European Parliament’s international trade committee, S&D vice president Véronique de Keyser said that “products produced in the occupied territory cannot be considered ‘lawfully traded’ and therefore cannot be part of this trade agreement.” The S&D’s constituent parties include the UK’s Labor Party, France’s Socialist Party and German’s Social Democractic Party." ca21/9/2012
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Seven Lean Years of PeacemakingDANIEL LEVY - NYT - "The years from 2005 to 2012 have been seven decidedly lean ones for peacemaking and withdrawal and seven gluttonously fat ones for entrenching Israel’s occupation and settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem." - id 12/9/2012
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Migron evacuation proves Israel`s land policy is political, not legalMairav Zonszein - +972 - "The fact that Israeli law does differentiate between illegal and legal outposts is but a nonsense facade to provide a semblance of law and order in its takeover of the West Bank." - id5/9/2012
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Israel has yet to decide whether to demolish synagogue in vacated West Bank outpostChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Migron leader requests that the synagogue and mikveh ritual baths be either moved or left in place." - id5/9/2012
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Vandals desecrate Latrun MonasteryNoam (Dabul) Dvir - Ynet - Door of Christian holy site torched; `Jesus is a monkey`, names of West Bank outposts spray-painted on walls. `Whoever did this has no God,` says monastery guard. Police launch investigation4/9/2012
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Israeli official: Housing ministry invaded privately-owned Palestinian landAkiva Eldar--Col. Ofer Hindi tells Knesset committee that the Defense Ministry did not take the necessary steps to prevent a road near Givat Ze`ev from being expropriated from Palestinians. dn2/9/2012
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