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Distorting the facts of Occupation: Regavim’s attacks on the EUMichel Waelbroeck and Willem Aldershoff - +972 - "An Israeli settler NGO has accused the EU of illegal building in the West Bank. But the facts — and its understanding of international law — just don’t add up." - id for rh 26/3/2015
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School students use sewage channels to reach school in the western Ramallah district Ma`an - The al-Tira Beit Ur al-Fuqa high school is now enveloped by the Israeli separation wall on three sides at a point where the wall extends more than five kilometers inside the 1949 Armistice Line. The wall separates the villages from the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Horon as well as an Israeli military training camp. On the school`s fourth side, a road was opened exclusively for settlers going from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. [bz]24/3/2015
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Report: settler leader makes deal in corruption caseAIC - Israel`s television Channel Ten reports that Gershon Mesika, head of the regional council of northern West Bank settlements, is negotiating a deal with the state attorney`s office on corruption charges. Mesika is one of the most prominent settler leaders in using hasbara to legitimise the settlement enterprise on both the local and international levels [ry]30/3/2015
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Army Installs A Mobile Home On Kisan Village Land, near BethlehemIMEMC - ARIJ conducted a geopolitical research on the issue, also examining the Israeli plans, maps, and the lands the army is bulldozing, and found out that the Israeli plan aims at expanding the Gush Etzion settlement block to reach all the way to the Dead Sea shores, as part of the “Greater Jerusalem” plan. [This fits with Netanyahu`s pledge also of March 16, not to allow a Palestinian State-bz]17/3/2015
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Netanyahu and the SettlementsJODI RUDOREN and JEREMY ASHKENAS - NYT "Along the road from Eli to Ariel one recent afternoon, a Palestinian man grazed a few cows and sheep on a grassy hillside, and scores of teenagers in white Islamic head scarves walked home from school. Inside the settlement’s gate, where a new shopping complex opened last year, bulldozers were at work on construction of a $3.8 million, 300,000-square-foot community center. A sign at the entrance announced, “Eli: A Big Place to Grow.” ca13/3/2015
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Why is Israel still blind to settler violence against Palestinians?Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Despite resolutions by Israeli administrations to adopt the 2003 Road map for Peace and the Sason report on illegal West Bank outposts, settler violence against Palestinians continues unabated." - id 12/3/2015
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IDF cancels status of firing zone to enable expansion of nearby settlementChaim Levinson--GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon signed an order in January canceling the status of an army firing zone in the Jordan Valley, which will allow for the expansion of the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim. However, the army continues to demolish Palestinian homes in the Jordan Valley claiming they are in firing zones. The area in question is called Firing Zone 912, which was declared a firing zone more than 40 years ago. It extends from Ma’aleh Adumim (east of Jerusalem) to the Dead Sea in the east and Umm Daraj in the south, and is still used by the Israel Defense Forces for training, particularly by the Armored Corps. There are a number of army bases in the area, including the Nabi Musa base.dn 8/3/2015
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