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15-year-old Palestinian violently arrested by Israeli forcesInternational Solidarity Movement,Khalil Team - International Solidarity Movement - Three YAS (Youth Against Settlements) members arrived at the scene, and tried to document the incident. While filming they were harassed by several settlers from nearby illegal settlements, this led to the YAS volunteers being detained by Israeli forces for over one hour.-rh30/4/2014
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Israel occupied by the settlement lobbyNahum Barnea - Ynet - "The pro-settlement political lobby represents a small minority. It is radical and reckless, not just in the eyes of most Israelis, but in the eyes of a large proportion of the Israelis living beyond the Green Line as well. Nonetheless, it controls the government, which it extorts financially and neutralizes politically. It has the right to veto every move and every initiative." - id 30/4/2014
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Israel Designates 28.000 Dunams Of Palestinian Lands As State LandIMEMC - Most of the lands, recently declared as “belonging to the state”, hold a strategic value to the settlers, and could lead settlements close to the Green Line, the line between historic Palestine and the West Bank, to be linked to Israeli towns. [However,] Dror Etkes of Rabbis for Human Rights said the Israeli decision is another indication that Tel Aviv is not interested in peace talks with the Palestinians. [bz]29/4/2014
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Peace Now: Israel issued tenders for thousands of settler homes during talks Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - Peace Now noted only 27% of the plans advanced for new settler homes were in the settlement blocs, which Israel believes would remain part of its state in any final status agreement with the Palestinians. The bulk of the plans, 73%, were for Jewish communities outside those areas, Peace Now said. [bz]29/4/2014
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On using `emergency measures` against `price tag` vandalsNoam Sheizaf - +972 - The Israeli defense minister has raised the idea of using administrative detention against violent settlers. But there are more interests at play than meets the eye [ry]15/4/2014
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Israel Seizes Private Palestinian Land to Legalize West Bank SettlementJason Ditz - AntiWar - Nearly a Square Kilometer of West Bank Declared `State Land` [ry]14/4/2014
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A rebellious communityRon Ben-Yishai - Ynet - "The police and IDF need to put Yitzhar on curfew – those residents who want to leave and go about their business are welcome to, but any person the IDF thinks is planning to set Palestinian fields on fire should be stopped." - id 9/4/2014
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Settlers confront IDF soldiers, and `price tag` finally makes newsNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "It is easy to rally public opinion against the settlers – sometimes unfairly, as most of them oppose price tag attacks – but the truth is that the occupation is first and foremost an Israeli project." - id 9/4/2014
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Ya`alon: We will not tolerate violence against security forcesYoav Zitun, Itay Blumenthal - Ynet - Defense Minister speaks out over attack on Border Police officers, IDF post at Yitzhar settlement after illegal buildings demolished [ry]8/4/2014
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Protecting the secrets of Israel`s settlement enterpriseMichael Omer-Man - +972 - When asked by opposition MKs Zehava Galon and Ahmed Tibi, the chairman of the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee David Rotem made no effort to hide his agenda: “I want to stop you from getting information to use in [petitions to the High Court] aimed at preventing building in Judea and Samaria.” [bz]7/4/2014
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Demonstration against settlement expansion in HebronInternational Solidarity Movement - ISM - "A court decision earlier in March is forcing the owner of the building to sell it to settlers." - id 2/4/2014
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Clashes break as Israeli troops escort settlers to Joseph`s TombMa`an - Israeli forces clashed with local Palestinians near Joseph`s Tomb east of Nablus on Sunday morning, locals and Palestinian security sources told Ma`an. The clashes broke after hundreds of Jewish Israelis arrived at Joseph`s Tomb around midnight and performed religious rituals at the site, escorted by dozens of Israeli military vehicles. [bz]20/4/2014
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