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Gates Foundation begins to divest from occupation profiteer G4SAnnie Robbins - Mondoweiss "After campaigning pressure, the Gates Foundation has sold the bulk of its shares in the world’s largest private military and security company, G4S. Over 100 Palestinian and international organisations, including War on Want, launched a campaign calling on the Gates Foundation to divest its £110m ($167m USD) stake from the company." ca30/5/2014
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A new illegal settlement is under constructionInternational Solidarity Movement - ISM - "When the first farmer arrived on his land at 06:00, the area had already been declared a closed military zone. When he asked why there where machines at work, and why he was not allowed to access his land, he was told that the area was closed for “security reasons”. He was later handcuffed and detained for almost two hours when he attempted to access his land." - id 28/5/2014
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State to hinder removal of settlers from private landChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Despite the Netanyahu government’s public reluctance to adopt the controversial 2012 Levy Committee Report, which recommended ways to ease the settlement of Jews in the West Bank, some of these recommendations are being put into practice. According to the report, written under the supervision of the late Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy "it would be proper to adopt a policy whereby prior to any determination by the state regarding petitions for eviction or demolition, a thorough examination of conflicting claims be conducted by a judicial tribunal dealing specifically with land issues. Pending such determination, state authorities should be instructed to avoid taking any position in land conflicts.” [bz]27/5/2014
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Netanyahu explains how he stood up to the U.S., kept building settlementsNoam Sheizaf - +972 - ‘Peace talks? What peace talks,’ the Israeli prime minister jokes with supporters from his party [ry]26/5/2014
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VIDEO: Crops set on fire in South Hebron Hills AIC - "The farmers reached their fields at around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday morning to discover the wheat burning on their property, close to the Israeli-only road 316 and the nearby settler outpost of Mitzpe Yair, the Italian group Operation Dove said in a statement. The wheat had been harvested only the day before and was collected in a pile on the field" [ry]26/5/2014
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Bedouins around Ma’ale AdumimB’Tselem - "The establishment of Ma’ale Adumim had a markedly deleterious effect on the members of the Jahalin tribe. As far back as the 1980s, during development work for the first neighborhoods in the settlement, Israeli authorities demolished tent encampments and at least two permanent structures in which members of the tribe lived. In 1994, the Civil Administration relocated dozens of Jahalin families from land that had been allocated to a new neighborhood in the developing settlement to a site near the Jerusalem municipal garbage dump, on Abu Dis land that Israel had declared state land" [ry]19/5/2014
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Israeli hardliner predicts rapid settlement growth in West BankPeter Beaumont in Jerusalem--Construction minister Uri Ariel, blamed by some for peace talks impasse, says settler numbers could grow by 50% by 2019. dn18/5/2014
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Right-wing minister predicts explosive growth in settler populationReuters - Ynet - Housing Minister, who published settlement construction tenders cited by Abbas for dooming talks, sees 50 percent increase in West Bank`s Jewish population by 2019. [bz]17/5/2014
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IDF prepares to evacuate 3 illegal settlement outpostsYoav Zitun - Ynet - "The deadline for vacating the structures, which include a synagogue and a mikveh, is May 18. But since the IDF does not evacuate settlers on Friday or Saturday, the operation is expected to happen by Thursday night, though there are concerns that the settlers may resist with violence." - id 14/5/2014
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Settlers Beat up Palestinian Shepherd with Clubs near Ramallah Wafa - Witnesses said at least seven masked settlers assaulted shepherd Sulaiman Kaabeneh, 50, and beat him up with clubs while he was grazing his sheep near the village. [bz]13/5/2014
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Settlers Uproot Dozens Of Olive Saplings Near RamallahSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Israeli settlers invaded a Palestinian olive orchard, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and uprooted more than 51 olive saplings. The attack is the second against the same orchard in two weeks" [ry]5/5/2014
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Israel`s creative dispossession tactics Nora Lester Murad - AlJazeera - Even Palestinians can`t help but be impressed by Israeli ingenuity in circumventing the law in their colonial quest [ry] 5/5/2014
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