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High Court justice removed from panel hearing petition against his West Bank settlement Amira Hass - Haaretz "Supreme Court Justice Noam Sohlberg, whose appointment to the court stirred up a public storm because of his residence in a West Bank settlement, almost adjudicated on Wednesday on a petition filed against his settlement, Alon Shvut, but was replaced on the bench before the deliberations began by Supreme Court President Asher Grunis." ca31/5/2013
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Erekat: New settler homes `destroying` Kerry`s efforts Ma`an News Agency - Danny Seidemann, director of Jerusalem settlement watchdog Terrestrial Jerusalem, told AFP that contracts for 300 homes in the northeastern settlement of Ramot were signed and another 797 plots were to be offered for sale in the southern Jerusalem settlement of Gilo, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem.-rh 30/5/2013
Companies in Israeli settlement challenge fee for employing PalestiniansNir Hasson - Haaretz - Palestinian workers who have authorization to work in Israel and are subject to the fee will be issued with magnetic cards. "These cards only give them permission to work within the confines of the building they are employed in. The security guards will carry out the necessary enforcement in order to ensure that the workers only spend time in authorized areas, and will not allow workers to wander around the city without specific approval." [The protest of the companies is only against the fee, which also hurts employers.-bz]25/5/2013
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Settlers demand IDF ease rules of engagement in West BankChaim Levinson - Haaretz "Over the last six months, the settlers have balked at applying pressure on the Israel Defense Forces. However, since the murder of Yitzhar settlement resident Eviatar Borovzky at the end of April, settlers, with the backing of right-wing politicians, have been demanding that the IDF restore deterrence in the occupied territories by easing its rules of engagement.The demonstrations are planned to take place next to the Palestinian refugee camps of Al-Arroub in the Hebron area, Jalazone near Beit El and near the Palestinian village of Kafr Kadum in Samaria." ca 24/5/2013
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The Israeli army`s default position: Supporting the outlawsYossi Gurvitz /Yesh Din - +972 - The following day, everything went back to normal: the farmers went to their lands after coordinating it with the army; hoodlums who were seen coming from Kfar Tapuach or Tapuach Ma’arav prevented them from accessing the land with the use of violence and firearms; and IDF troops ordered the Palestinians to return home. So it goes. The IDF’s default action in the West Bank is collaboration with criminals. It is not the IDF’s fault alone; its policy is the result the entire government’s policy, and all of its branches. bz19/5/2013
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Settlers attack West Bank farmer twice a weekJillian Kestler-D`Amours - The Electronic Intifada - Makhlouf’s home sits on the outskirts of the West Bank village of Asira al-Qibliya, only 500 meters from the illegal Israeli settlement outpost of Shalhevet Farm, an offshoot of the equally illegal settlement of Yitzhar. Makhlouf said that his house has been vandalized by Israeli settlers more than 100 times. The windows on Makhlouf’s two-story home all have bars on the outside to prevent them from shattering when settlers throw stones. Since the Shalhevet Farm outpost was established in 1999, Makhlouf has been barred from accessing some 16 dunums of his family’s land which was traditionally used to plant figs, grapes, olives and other trees, and from using a freshwater spring. bz 18/5/2013
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Porto Alegre is Palestine’s friend, so why has it embraced Israel’s war industry?Jamal Juma` - EI "Tarso Genro, governor of Rio Grande do Sol in Brazil, concluded a deal to develop a huge Israeli military technology center in Porto Alegre over the past few weeks. One day before signing the contract with the arms company Elbit, Genro was in the occupied West Bank, where he witnessed first-hand the oppression on which Israel’s weapons industry thrives." ca 17/5/2013
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Israel`s only real state secret. No, it`s not an atom bomb. Bradley Burston - Haaretz "A report this week by Army Radio showed that cabinet ministers themselves do not know how much of their own budgets will go toward subsidizing, fostering, enlarging, protecting, and retroactively legalizing settlements, as well as finding fresh financial inducements to entice thousands of new residents into homes beyond the 1967 Green Line border." ca17/5/2013
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State to Supreme Court: Will examine legalization of 4 outpostsItamar Fleishman - Ynet - "Peace Now: ‘Slap in face to efforts of John Kerry’" - id(for rh) 16/5/2013
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We need to review security for Jews in the West Bank, says Israel’s Economy Minister Naftali Bennett Alistair Dawber - The Independent - "The darling of the right in January’s general election, when his Jewish Home party finished third, Mr Bennett says his plan will deal with how the Israeli army and individuals deal with the, `significant downturn in security for the Jews living in Judea and Samaria.` Judea and Samaria are Biblical names for the Occupied West Bank"13/5/2013
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The Government Approves 296 Units in Beit El. The so-called restrain on settlements was only in tenders.Hagit Ofran - Peace Now Settlement Watch - It is true that since the establishment of the Government there were no new tenders published, but tenders are only a small part of the approvals of the construction. Only part of the construction in settlements needs to go through tenders, in most of the settlements, usually the smaller ones, such as Beit El, the construction may start directly after the approval of the plan with no need for a tender. bz12/5/2013
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EU`s Ashton `disturbed` by new Israeli settlement movesAFP - Ynet - Israel has signed off on plans for nearly 300 new settler homes near Ramallah, angering the Palestinians who accused the Israeli government Thursday of trying to "sabotage" US moves to rekindle peace talks. Thursday`s announcement came just days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly ordered a freeze on tenders for new West Bank settler homes to avoid harming efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry to bring both sides back to the negotiating table. bz11/5/2013
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Case closed: When felons roam free due to `lack of public interest`Yossi Gurvitz - Yesh Din - "One might have thought? Better think again. The police prosecution is not interested. And the public? It hasn’t an inkling what its servants are doing behind its back." - id 8/5/2013
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Video: Detention of Palestinians who complained of trespassing settlersB`Tselem - "Lt. Col. Sharon Rivlin, a military court justice at Ofer Camp, ordered the unconditional release from detention of three Palestinian residents of Hebron. The detainees–Shaker Zaro (Tamimi), his son Sh`hab a-Din Zaro (Tamimi), and Shukri Zaro (Tamimi)– had been arrested by soldiers summoned to deal with trespassing settlers. On Wednesday, 24 April 2013, the three Palestinians in question saw on their privately-owned land settlers from Giv’at Gal. Recently settlers from Giv’at Gal, an illegal settlement outpost that overlooks the Zaros’ land have been coming there frequently." ca3/5/2013
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WATCH: IDF detains Palestinian children and foreign citizen in HebronMairav Zonszein - +972 "According to sources from Youth Against Settlements and B’Tselem that I spoke with, the children were detained because settlers from the extremist Beit Hadassah settlement inside Hebron complained to the IDF that they had thrown stones. One of the children is only 10, the others 11 and 12 (the age of criminal responsibility is 12).(Footage of the arrest is below, and highly disturbing to watch)." ca3/5/2013
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Security forces fear settlers` revenge for Tapuach murderItamar Fleishman - Ynet - "West Bank riots persisted throughout Tuesday; Palestinians` property damaged by settlers, ten people arrested; defense establishment fears escalation into third intifada." - id1/5/2013
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Settlers set up a tent to block a Palestinian road WAFA - Settlers set up a tent on Palestinian-owned land in the South Hebron Hills, blocking the road between Mafqara and Tawani. Both villages are the long-standing target of attacks by settlers, soldiers, or both combined. In Zeef, another village in the same area, settlers set fire to five dunums of land planted with wheat and barley. ak28/5/2013
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PLO: Israel has built 16,000 settlement units over the past 3 yearsMondoweiss - Saeb Erekat of the PLO Executive Committee, stated that since Netanyahu came to power in 2009, over 16,000 new settlement housing units were built - an average of 11 new ones a day. Acts of settler violence against Palestinians increased by 315 per cent from 2009 to the end of 2012 - including killing of innocents and setting fire to trees, mosques, and churches. ak28/5/2013
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