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Israeli attacks on Palestinian olive groves kept top secret by stateAmira Hass - Haaretz - Olive orchards are being destroyed in the West Bank, but defense and media officials have agreed yet again that everything should be done to respect the public`s right not to know28/10/2013
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For Israel`s police, settler violence is but a fantasyYossi Gurvitz, Yesh Din - +972 - The Israeli right-wing likes to claim that Palestinians fabricate the destruction of their olive trees. The police disagrees. Not that they are any good at catching the terrorists28/10/2013
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Christian Zionists help settler-farmers take over Palestinian landsAllison Deger - Mondoweiss - " A report published the Israeli NGO Kerem Navot […] explains `that behind the widespread takeover of land throughout the West Bank for agricultural purposes stands a distinctive territorial rationale: in comparison with the construction of buildings in the West Bank settlements, staking a claim to agricultural areas requires few resources and little time.` […] Christian Zionist volunteers are making possible the rapid expansion of settler-controlled fields. Hayoval, an organization founded by the Wallers, a messianic American family […] brings in hundreds to reinforce outposts in the South Hebron Hills"28/10/2013
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Instead of evacuating West Bank outpost, state continues to humiliate itselfYossi Gurvitz - +972 - One year after it was ordered to remove the illegal outpost of Amona, the government is now claiming that the evacuation has to be postponed, since it ‘may harm the interests of the state.’ We are, after all, negotiating with the Palestinians.-rh 23/10/2013
Israel To Issue Tenders For New Settlement UnitsIMEMC & Agencies - "Haaretz said that the official claimed that the understandings, mediated by the United States, leading to the resumption of direct peace talks with the Palestinians, “did not include any commitment from Tel Aviv to freeze settlement construction activities”. ca25/10/2013
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WATCH: Masked settler beats Palestinian with metal pipeMichael Omer-Man - +972 - "“What is surprising to us is that masked men succeeded in descending the not insignificant distance from Yitzhar to attack, when the IDF knew that the olive harvest was taking place there today, that the area is notorious for violence, and that farmers and our volunteers were attacked at the same place last week,” Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president of Rabbis for Human Rights said." - id 23/10/2013
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Jordan Valley shepherds harrassed by settlers and soldiersMaan - Israeli settlers from Maskiyyot in the Jordan Valley chased Palestinian shepherds who were pasturing their sheep in the Ein al- Hilweh area, to which the settlers lay claim. Soldiers, called in by the settlers, arrested two young shepeherds - Jasir Qadri and Jilal Adel. Soldiers also chased after other shepherds, threatening to arrest them and open fire at their sheep if any of them came near the boundaries of the land claimed by the Maskiyyot settlers. Ein al-Hilweh means "The Sweet Spring" but the spring to which the name refers is now reserved for settlers` use. Inhabitants of Ein al-Hilweh, like those of other samll Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley, suffer ongoing harassment by soldiers and settlers. ak 22/10/2013
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Peace Now: “Settlement Construction Rises By %70”Peace Now - IMEMC News - Peace Now said that all of these tenders and plans mean that when Israel declared a temporary freeze of settlement activities, until July 2013, it did not implement a general freeze or moratorium on settlement constructions, but only part of the constructions in the settlements.-rh 17/10/2013
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Armed settlers attack mosque, burn cars in West Bank villageDylan Collins and Patrick O. Strickland - Electronic Intifada - Desperate as a result of the frequent attacks, Nitham said that he “went to the Israeli police station four or five times. It’s pointless — there are no results.” bz15/10/2013
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Large-scale fraud halts land deals in West Bank settlement of Beit El Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - The World Zionist Organization is involved in funneling lands to settlers according to the agreement made between the WZO`s Settlement Division and the administration for abandoned government property in the West Bank.[sic!] (...) The WZO decided not to report [the years-long forging of documents] to the police but instead alerted the head of the Beit El local council. Earlier this year, yeshiva officials went to court with a request that it determine the maximum amount of reparations that could be paid to the Palestinian families who owned the land. bz15/10/2013
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The Legacy of the Ariel SettlementDaniel Ben Simon - Al-Monitor - "Nachman appealed to secular Israelis. Instead of establishing Jewish educational institutions such as yeshivas, cheders or kollels, he built schools and community centers and a swimming pool and a country club and a culture hall and sports centers and cafes." - id 6/10/2013
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Israel to attend UN Human Rights CouncilAlJazeera - Israel cut ties with UN body when it wanted to probe how illegal settlements may be infringing Palestinian rights28/10/2013
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Resource: Unlawful discrimination: Two boys, two laws+972 - "Technically speaking, Israeli military law applies to all persons in the West Bank, whether they be Palestinian or Israeli, but in practice civilian law is applied to the settlers, whereas military law, with far fewer rights and protections, is reserved for Palestinians, giving rise to a situation of unlawful discrimination.The following report, prepared by Military Court Watch, showcases the Israeli occupation’s legal discrimination, as it affects Palestinian and Israeli settler children." ca 4/10/2013
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Negligence of the Israeli soldiers exposes Palestinian children at risk on the way to school, South Hebron HillsOperation Dove - PRESS RELEASE "At Tuwani - In the afternoon of October 1, the Israeli military escort left ten Palestinian children from Tuba and Magayir Al-Abeed alone on their way back from school.Every day the escort accompanies to school the children on the road that passes between the settlement of Ma`on and the outpost of Havat Ma`on.After school the children had to wait near the Israeli outpost of Havat Ma`on (Hill 833) for over 1 hour and 40 minutes, but the army did not arrive. Therefore, the children start to walk through a longer way (more than one hour instead of 20 minutes) accompanied by some internationals. This path is dangerous because it runs beside the outpost and along this way the children were repeatedly attacked and chased by the settlers. Operation Dove volunteers and Israeli associations called several times the Israeli army; since the first call the army officer kept declaring that the escort was on its way." ca4/10/2013
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Settlers Burn A Grapevine In HebronIMEMC & Agencies Report post "Thursday [October 3, 2013] A number of fundamentalist Israeli settles burnt a Palestinian grapevine in the Al-Bweira area, near the Kharseena illegal settlement, in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.Local sources have reported that the settlers burnt four Dunams (0.98 Acres) planted with grapes, that belong to resident Mousa Abdul-Mon’em Jaber, and that the fire completely consumed them." ca 4/10/2013
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Settlers burn cars, attack mosque, cut down trees IMEMC - A group of Israeli settlers burnt two Palestinian cars in Beit Iksa village, northwest of occupied Jerusalem.They then turned to the local mosque, writing its front exterior wall graffiti insulting Islam and the Prophet Mohammad, as well as the words "Price Tag" - which in the vocabulary of such groups means that they have the "right" to take revenge on any randomly chosen Arabs for any act committed bu any other Arab(s). The settlers tried to smash the mosque’s main door, but a number of residents who were inside noticed them and chased them away. In a separate incident, the same or other settlers also cut olive trees west of Ramallah.ak7/10/2013
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Israeli occupation plans to build new settlement in the heart of occupied HebronMiddle East Monitor - Israel`s Peace Now movement revealed on Monday that the Israeli authorities are planning to build a new settlement in the heart of the occupied Palestinian city of Hebron. It warned that this move might undermine all peace efforts in the region.-rh 3/10/2013
SodaStream: the settler-run shop dividing BrightonThe Guardian - For over a year, the EcoStream store has been a center of controversy in Brighton, England. The shop prides itself on dispensing "ethically sourced food, drink and cleaning products" - but it belongs to SodaStream, an Israeli company based at the West Bank settlment of Mishor Adumim. Demonstrtators picketing the shop assert that taking part in military occupation and violation of International Law are far from ethical practices. Counter-demonstators give the standard counter-argument of settlement-based industries, i.e. that they provide jobs to Palestinians. Which is factually true - econmic conditions under the occupation do indeed force a considerable number of Palestinians to work at the settlement. In any case, the controversial Brighton shop does not seem to be doing well. ak 1/10/2013
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