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Ya`alon to declare the El-Matan outpost `a legal settlement`Ido Ben Porat, Cynthia Blank - Arutz 7 (settler radio) - West bank settlers noted with satisfaction today`s statement by Defense Minister Ya`alon that the settlement outpost El-Matan, in the northern West Bank, is to be given a legal status. The outpost was established in 2001 without any authorization and was considered illegal even under the Israeli military government`s rules - though no move was made to remove it. Following last week`s Molotov cocktail attack in which a girl from El-Matan was severely burned, settlers started a (quickly successful) campaign to have the outpost legalized as a "consolation to the settlers and deterrance to the Palestinians". [ak] 30/12/2014
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Naftali Bennett’s annexation plan: A report cardJoel Braunold - +972 "Many folks were surprised by the strength of Bennett’s performance during the Saban Conference in Washington earlier this month. Bennett’s main calling card is that he fully rejects the two-state solution and wants to shift the conversation in a different direction. The cornerstone of his plan is the annexation of Area C and some sort of self-rule in Areas A and B. Gaza isn’t worthy of inclusion in his plan. The more he can get people to agree that the two-state solution is dead, the more he can claim that he is the only person with a path forward." ca28/12/2014
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Razing the Amona outpost: Returning what was stolenEditorial - Haaretz "Even now, after the High Court ruling, the settler leaders are adamant: “We swear today to fight this with all our might,” Amona spokesman Avihai Boaron said. This is nothing but a continuation of the settlers’ common view that the state and its institutions are their servants, and when they do not fulfill their mission they must be fought." ca28/12/2014
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High Court orders demolition of largest West Bank outpost within two yearsChaim Levinson - Haaretz "Supreme Court President Asher Grunis has ordered the evacuation and complete demolition of Amona, the largest unauthorized settlement outpost on the West Bank, within two years. Amona was built in 1997, on privately owned land near the settlement of Ofra, and now numbers some 50 families." ca26/12/2014
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Israeli Settler Alleges Palestinians Tried To Kidnap Him - large IDF search campaignIMEMC - The settler phoned the police and alleged that a Palestinian car transporting two Palestinians “stopped near him”, and that the two tried to force him into their car. He said that, after the two failed to abduct him, they drove away, heading towards the southern part of Hebron city. The settler was unharmed; a large number of Israeli soldiers and police officers arrived at the scene of the alleged abduction attempt, and initiated a large search campaign in the area. [This incident did further only get publicity on the Arutz Sheva settler site-bz]19/12/2014
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Settlers cut off electricity, attack homes near NablusMa`an - Burin is a frequent site of settler violence and Palestinian clashes with Israeli forces as it is located beside the notoriously violent Israeli settlements of Yitzhar and Bracha. [bz]19/12/2014
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Israel pushing to legalize West Bank outpost slated for demolitionAmira Hass - Haaretz "The gradual expansion of the settlements’ residential and agricultural areas has been accompanied by regular, well-documented efforts by settlers to block the access of Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the area to increasing portions of their land. The numerous closure orders issued by the IDF for the area also limit Palestinian access to their land. The IDF says the closures are designed to prevent friction and conflict between the populations." ca12/12/2014
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WATCH: Israeli police let stone-throwing settlers walk awayMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "Israeli soldiers don’t arrest settlers. We know that. But what about Israeli police?" - id 10/12/2014
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IDF earmarking West Bank firing zones for settler expansion, figures showChaim Levinson - Haaretz - The state’s official position is that the firing zones are used for operational purposes only, in keeping with international law, but are actually being used to keep the Palestinians out. Dror Etkes has analyzed the extensive geographical information in the hands of the Civil Administration and says it shows that the administration has been surveying and mapping the old state lands recently, although these are firing zones, and (...) in 2012, 900 dunams were taken from a firing zone and given to the settlement of Sha’arei Tikva, additional uses being planned including construction of an industrial zone. [bz]9/12/2014
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Hebron: Settlers Vandalize Property, Israeli Police Let Them Go FreeSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - “There is a nearby military roadblock, regularly manned by the soldiers, and about 200 meters away is a police station. A settler from Kiryat Arba settlement, who also works as a security officer in the settlement, a police car and an army vehicle are visible in the video.” In its report, B`Tselem added that neither the police, the soldiers nor the security officer, bothered to stop the assailing settlers, or even ask for their ID cards. “Two settlers responsible for destroying property were never detained or questioned, they were just allowed to drive away without any delay,” B’Tselem said, “Later on, the Palestinians filed a complaint with the Israeli Police in Hebron.” A recent report by another Israeli human rights organization found that over 95% of complaints filed by Palestinians against Israeli settlers go uninvestigated. In addition, Palestinians who file complaints against settlers often face reprisals and further assaults. [bz] 9/12/2014
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