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Settlements

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"Building on it" - settlement construction continues full steam aheadOded Shalom and Akiva Novick - Yedioth Ahronoth - We came [to Tekoa] on the day when the prisoners were released in advance of renewed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, and two days after the Ministry of Housing and Construction issued announced tenders for the construction of 1,187 new residential units across the Green Line. The Palestinians threatened to boycott to the talks because of the new construction and the Americans and the Europeans condemned it. But in Tekoa and the other settlements we visited we found no one under stress. No one here got excited about the condemnations. The world can continue to bark, as long as the heavy equipment keeps preparing the ground for new construction.31/8/2013
Supreme Court to rule on legality of settlement boycott ADAM KELLER - J-Post - "The appeal had been dragging on for the past two years. The state attorney’s bureau had tried various delaying tactics. It is well known that they were far from happy with this law to begin with, and had tried in vain to dissuade the right-wing MKs from enacting it." - id28/8/2013
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The cat on the cream - our housing minister Gush Shalom - With the winds of war blowing in our region, Housing Minister Uri Ariel pours more oil on the flames by establishing the new “Leshem” settlement on the West Bank. In the inflammatory speech which he delivered on that occasion he shows himself a dangerous extreme right provocateur.ak27/8/2013
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Israel Announces More Settlement ExpansionJason Ditz - AntiWar - Housing Minister: Two-State Solution Will Never Happen Anyhow26/8/2013
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Settlers Install Mobile Homes On Palestinian Lands In Al-KhaderSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Netanyahu also said that all of Israel’s settlements, and what he described as “new neighborhoods”, would always remain under Israeli sovereignty." - id 21/8/2013
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In West Bank, the logic of annexation supersedes the rule of lawYossi Gurvitz - +972 - "Sasson reached the conclusion that the existing legal tools do not provide the Palestinians with proper protection." - id 21/8/2013
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1187 new settlement homes announced AIC - "In making the announcement, Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) stated that `No country on earth would accept dictates from other countries regarding where it can and cannot build. We will continue to market apartments and to build throughout the country, in the Negev and Galilee and central Israel… It’s the right thing to do`”12/8/2013
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Israel Built Four New Settlements In 2012IMEMC & Agencies - As efforts to maintain direct peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, Israel still insists on constructing thousands of units of Jewish settlers in different settlements in the occupied West Bank, including in and around occupied East Jerusalem.-rh 15/8/2013
Israeli Army Seeks to Evict Villagers to Expand Firing ZoneDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - The villagers and their defenders point to a different reason for the attempts to evacuate the villages. A Christian Peace Team infographic shows a strong correlation throughout the West Bank between the more than a hundred outposts that Israeli settlers set up without permission from their own government, and the location of firing zones throughout the occupied territories.-rh 14/8/2013
When the IDF wants to protect Palestinians, it`s almost ableYossi Gurvitz - +972 - So what did we learn? First, that when the IDF really wants to, it can significantly reduce settler violence. It merely demands an allocation of troops. From that, we can deduce how criminally negligent the IDF’s daily routine is in the West Bank. When there’s no ambassador from a nation responsible for an impressive part of its budget breathing down the neck of senior officers, the IDF is not interested in its duty – by international law and HCJ rulings – to defend the occupied population.-rh 14/8/2013
It was all part of a planYousef Munayyer - Aljazeera - Regardless of what happens during the peace talks, Israel will continue to build illegal settlements.-rh14/8/2013
Any other ‘statesman’ who negotiated peace like John Kerry would be treated as a thiefRobert Fisk - The Independent - Then came the ultimate lie: that the “question of settlements” is “best resolved by solving the problem of security and borders”. Tosh. The colonies – or settlements, as Kerry goes on calling these acts of robbery – are not being taken by Israel because of “security” or “borders” but because the Israeli Right, which continues to dominate the Netanyahu administration, wants the land for itself.-rh14/8/2013
Columnist: Kerry warned Israel faces further isolation should talks failAFP - Ynet - "Bloomberg`s Jeffery Goldberg slams Netanyahu`s `self-destructive West Bank settlement program`." - id14/8/2013
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German cartoon depicts Netanyahu as toxic to peace processEldad Beck - Ynet - "Stuttgarter Zeitung published a caricature of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as he poisons the dove of Middle East peace." - id 7/8/2013
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230 new housing units at Ma`on settlement entail confiscation of 4000 Dunams of Palestinian land Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - The construction of 230 units in the Ma’on illegal settlement, east of Yatta in the South Hebron Hills, is to start in 60 days. According to Rateb Jabour, Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements, this entails plans to confiscate nearly 4000 Dunams of Palestinian lands that belong to the families of Ash-Sha’abeen, Roomy, Abu Sabha, Ash-Shawaheen, al- Hathaleen, and Shinraan. The lands in question are located in the local communities of Um Al-Kheir, Um Hatba, and Khalayel Az-Zattoun. Following last week`s relaunching of Israeli-Palestinian talks in Washington, PM Netanyhau promised settlers that he has no intention to "freeze" settlement contruction. ak6/8/2013
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Israel expands West Bank settlement subsidies : Cabinet approves funding for dozens of illegal settlements just days after resumption of talks with Palestinians.Al Jazeera - "This is exactly what Israel wants, have a process for its own sake, and at the same time have a free hand to destroy the objective of the process," she said. "This will have a destructive impact [on the talks]."-rh8/8/2013
Illegal Settlement Population Growing Rapidly in West Bank Ma`an - Palestine Chronicle - "“The government is offering land free of charge (to settlers)… and under such conditions it is no surprise that Israelis are moving into settlements,” said Peace Now head Yariv Oppenheimer." - id 7/8/2013
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Welcome to Hebron, where the rule of law is nonexistent Yesh Din (written by Yossi Gurvitz) - +972 - It took the police nearly three hours to reach a Palestinian’s home in Hebron after it had been fired on. When the police arrived, they asked the victim to do their job for them5/8/2013
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Livni to impose freedom of information act on WZO settlements division Tovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - Meretz head says division’s budget grew in 2011 from allocated NIS 62.35 million to NIS 373.3m5/8/2013
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Israel expands West Bank settlement subsidies AlJazeera - Cabinet approves funding for dozens of illegal settlements just days after resumption of talks with Palestinians5/8/2013
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A colonial addiction: The twisted logic of the Netanyahu governmentAmi Kaufman - +972 - "The colonial project is above all. Colonizing will continue at any cost." - id2/8/2013
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