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166 Homes In Eli Settlement Built On Private Palestinian LandSaed Bannoura - IMEMC (quoting a Haaretz article by Chaim Levinson] - A map signed in November of last year by the Central Command of the Israeli army, shows that 166 houses in the settlement are built on [private] Palestinian lands. The Eli settlement is located between the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and the northern city of Nablus. It is built on nine hilltops, imposing control over thousands of Dunams of Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank. bz29/1/2013
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Israel to urge court: Drop Palestinian farmers` complaint against settler attacksAmira Hass - Haaretz - The State Prosecutor`s Office will try to convince the Supreme Court justices not to be overly shocked by the descriptions by Rabbis for Human Rights attorneys Quamar Mishirqi-Assad and Avital Sharon. At issue are the attacks on brothers Hammad and Mohammed al-Sleibi, age 78 and 70, from the village of Safa southwest of Bethlehem. One of the arguments being that "to totally prevent damage to the petitioners` property, [the army would have to] deploy a large number of soldiers in the area at any given moment [which] would seriously impede the fulfillment of other tasks imposed on the military forces in the region [such as] the protection of Israeli settlements (...)." bz29/1/2013
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For Palestinian tree planters, regards from a nearby Israeli settlement are anything but warm Amira Hass - Haaretz - Israeli prosecutors will explain to the High Court of Justice Monday why it`s hard to protect two elderly people from attacks by young Jews28/1/2013
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The situation in Khan al-Luban deterioratesInternational Solidarity Movement - "In recent weeks attacks have been again on the rise, an ISM activist and Khaled Darragmah have both been threatened with guns in separate circumstances." - id23/1/2013
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Settlers Uproot Olive Saplings In Al-KhaderIMEMC - The settlers uprooted more than 50 saplings that belong to resident Khaled Saleh Salah, and prepared the land for a road they intend to pave on his land. bz22/1/2013
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Settlements and the Netanyahu GovernmentPeace Now - The current government, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, took office on March 31, 2009. In the period since, its policies and actions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem disclose a clear intention to use settlements to systematically undermine and render impossible a realistic, viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.rh 17/1/2013
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Peace Now: Settlement Construction Increased in 2012PNN - "Peace Now also revealed that Israel`s government approved more than 1,400 new construction plans and more than 6,000 housing units beyond the Green Line in 2012." - id 16/1/2013
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Israel Publishes Plans For New Settlement Units in West BankSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "The Israeli government published plans for the construction of additional 170 units, and 84 `guestroom`, for Jewish settlers in Rotem illegal settlement, in the Jordan valley, Hagit Ofran of Israel’s Peace Now movement said"14/1/2013
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Settlers destroy over 200 olive trees in NablusMa`an - Dozens of settlers from the illegal outpost of Esh Kodesh raided the village of Qusra early Friday and uprooted at least 210 olive trees, settlement monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma`an. Qusra has been subject to several violent attacks in recent weeks. bz< Official: Settlers destroy over 200 olive trees in Nablus>12/1/2013
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Peace Now: Israeli Gov`t Secretly Approved Settler OutpostMa`an News Agency - "After the Israeli government gave official sanction to three settler outposts last year, a fourth illegal community has been included in the boundaries, an Israeli peace group said Tuesday.This authorization marks the government’s 10th authorization of illegal outposts, being the only government to ever authorize outposts" ca 11/1/2013
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Farmlands bordering on settlements - troubles day and night Amos Gvirtz - "Don’t say we did not know" - On 1st January, 2013, in the morning, farmers from Julud village went with tractors to plough their land. The action had been co-ordinated with the IDF. [A drama chronicled in Gvirtz` sober style-bz]10/1/2013
Construction of Gush Etzion separation fence delayed due to settler objectionsHaggai Matar - +972 - "The Gush Etzion settlement bloc is the location of one of the biggest gaps in the wall in Israel-Palestine, dozens of miles of the planned route of this project remain unbuilt with construction at a full halt for nearly five years." - id9/1/2013
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Settlers removing illegal structures near Nabi Saleh YONAH JEREMY BOB - The Jerusalem Post - According to Yesh Din, the controversy started about three years ago, when Jewish settlers from the West Bank settlement of Halamish attempted to take over the well by turning it into a tourist and recreational site and by building illegal structures around it.-rh 7/1/2013
Israel finalises “legalisation” of Rechalim outpostConnie Hackbarth - AIC - "Finalising a promise made by Prime Minister Netanyahu in April, Israeli Central Command General Nitzan Alon provided the final signature necessary to retroactively “legalise” the West Bank settlement outpost of Rechalim last week"7/1/2013
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Supreme Court orders state to evacuate West Bank outpost of Amona by end of AprilChaim Levinson- Haaretz - "Currently about 50 homes remain there, in addition to a religious boys` school, a winery and other buildings. In 2008, most of the Palestinian landowners joined the Israeli group Yesh Din to demand that the entire outpost be demolished." - id 2/1/2013
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Likud Politicians Call on Israel to Annex Area CPalestine News Network - PNN - "Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein and MK Ze`ev Elkin, were among a lineup of speakers at a Jerusalem conference organized by Women in Green, on the "Application of Israeli Sovereignty over Judea and Samaria." - id 2/1/2013
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Settlers burn cars and tractors, uproot olive trees, write "A good Arab is a dead Arab" Ma`an - In two simultaneous raids, Israeli settlers attacked the Palestinian villages of Qusra (Nablus area) and Beit Ummar (Hebron area). Altogether, some 190 olive trees were uprooted, a car and a tractor were burned and graffiti sprayed reading: "A good Arab is a dead Arab". At Qusra Palestinian security guards chased the settlers and detained four of them - but Israeli forces soon arrived and set the settlers free.1/1/2013
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Israeli ambassadors protest settlement policies Itamar Eichner - Y-net - At the Ambassdors` Conference in Jerusalem, bringing together all of Israel`s 160 diplomatic representatives worldwide, Ron Prosor - Ambassador to the UN - asked National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror about the rationale for the recent decisions on massive new settlement constuction. He got a sharp rebuke: "If you do not agree with government policy, resign or go into politics". Prosor`s fellow diplomats left the conference feeling highly displeased. "It was a completely legitimate question. Our job is to represent the country, but we do have to understand the logic behind its decisions". 1/1/2013
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UN probe says Israel must remove settlersFinancial Times - “Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions. It must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the OPT (occupied Palestinian territories),” said a report by the inquiry led by French judge Christine Chanet.-rh 31/1/2013
Israel to boycott UNHRC reviewAP and Reuters - Ynet - "A diplomatic crisis in the making? In an unprecedented move, Israel announced that it will boycott a regular review by the UN`s Human Rights Council." - id 30/1/2013
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