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Clashes Ensue over Beit El PropertyIMEMC News & Agencies - "On Wednesday afternoon, clashes erupted between Israeli forces and young Palestinians who entered the demolition site in the Beit El settlement, as it is originally private Palestinian property taken over by Israeli authorities... The demolition of these buildings followed a High Court of Justice rejection of an appeal from the Beit El seeking to prevent the demolition...In response to the order, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced approval for immediate construction of 300 more housing units in Beit El." CA31/7/2015
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Palestinian baby burned to death after settlers set fire to homeJack Khoury,Chaim Levinson,Gili Cohen - Haaretz "According to Ghassan Douglas, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, several settlers threw firebombs into the house and spraypainted graffiti reading "revenge" and "long live the Messiah" before fleeing. Witnesses say the whole house caught fire soon after." ca31/7/2015
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No financial, judicial control over Israeli settlement enterpriseAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Not only is the government not supervising the implementation of its commitment under the 2003 Road Map to freeze construction in the settlements and dismantle outposts, last week elected Israeli officials promoted a bill legalizing the lawlessness in its backyard." - id29/7/2015
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No, Jesus would not be a settler — he’d practice solidarityRyan Rodrick Beiler - +972 - "East Jerusalem is not Israel. That’s why Israel does not grant the Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank the same civil rights as the Jewish Israelis who live in these same areas." - id 29/7/2015
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Settlers try to recreate Sa-Nur settlement, dismantled in 2005 Itay Blumenthal - Y-Net - Some 250 settlers, accompanied by extreme right Knesset Members, barricaded themselves in a massive structure left at the site of Sa-Nur, a settlement in the north West Bank evacuated during 2005 "Disengagement". Security officials demanded that they leave or be removed by force. ak 28/7/2015
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Go ahead, tear down the High Court — watch the occupation crumbleNoam Sheizaf - +972 - In response to the High Court order to demolish the two settlement buildings Wednesday morning, ruling coalition MK Moti Yogev of the Jewish Home party said the government should send a military bulldozer to demolish the highest court of the land. Be my guest, Mr. Yogev. The High Court is the cornerstone of the occupation and each brick removed from its walls brings us one step closer to ending Israel’s military rule over the Palestinians.-rh 29/7/2015
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Netanyahu green lights construction of 300 homes in Beit ElItamar Eichner, Itay Blumenthal - YnetNews - Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, also of Bayit Yehudi, said following the court`s decision to demolish the homes that "We are living under the rule of law, and we must accept the ruling of the High Court and with that harsh verdict. The homes in Beit El will be destroyed, and immediately rebuilt after. This is the Jewish way. We don`t lose hope."-rh29/7/2015
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Netanyahu scrambles to calm seething coalition after settlement evacuationElie Leshem - Times of Israel - Settler demonstrators had barricaded themselves in an attempt to prevent the implementation of a High Court of Justice decision ordering the demolition of the structures, and some 50 were detained after scuffles with police. [bz]28/7/2015
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Khirbet Susiya: The Palestinian village backed by Britain that Israel plans to tear down Ben Lynfield - The Independent - Israel says buildings were constructed illegally, but residents claim it is so difficult to secure permits they are forced to do so [ry]20/7/2015
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Netanyahu`s so-called `settlement freeze`Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "...the current complaints of the settlers are “connected to what’s going on with [President Barack] Obama. It’s part of the whining syndrome vis-a-vis the United States. Netanyahu supposedly tells Obama, ‘I’m freezing construction and that is causing me political problems, you are pushing us into a corner.’ As far as the settlers are concerned, they know that if they would say, ‘What a wonderful government, we are building on every hilltop’ — that would raise the ire of the press, the human rights organizations and the Americans. Their technique in the 48 years of occupation is to say, ‘They are all against us.’ This is their strategy, and it is very shrewd.” ca 17/7/2015
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Civil Administration Cover Up on Settlement AllocationIMEMC - "Despite orders by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2013 to cancel planning tenders for housing units in the settlement of Givat Eitam, planning continued as the land reportedly belonged to a subsidiary of the Jewish National Fund, Israeli watchdog Peace Now reported." - id 15/7/2015
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PM angers settlement officials with construction freeze commentItai Blumenthal, Moran Azulay - Ynet - Netanyahu allegedly says `we cannot develop the settlements further, but rather need to preserve what we have,` angering settlement leaders; Likud denies freezing of construction in West Bank. [bz]14/7/2015
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Israel “Offers” Susiya Residents To RelocateIMEMC & Agencies - "Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Sunday, the village of Susiya, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and `offered` the villages to leave their village and lands, and to relocate to different areas allocated by the `Civil Administration Office.` Army to demolish structures in the village" [ry]13/7/2015
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