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Palestinians, Israel soldiers clash in West Bank`s HebronAFP/Yahoo news - Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers Friday in the powderkeg West Bank city of Hebron on the anniversary of a 1994 massacre carried out by a far-right Jewish settler. Soldiers fired tear gas and sound grenades to disperse the crowd as cannons doused them with stinking water, an AFP correspondent said. There was no report of injuries. Jewish settlers, of whom 500 are entrenched in the centre of the city of around 200,000 Palestinians, hurled stones at the protesters who also pelted soldiers with stones. [bz]25/2/2017
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Palestinian Lands in Salfit Razed for Settlement ExpansionIMEMC - "Palestinian farmers in Qarawat Bani Hassan and Deir Istiya, to the west of Salift, said that Israeli bulldozers have been leveling their land lots in an attempt to expand the adjacent (and illegal) Hafat Yair settlement outpost.PNN reports that, according to the Palestine Information Center (PIC), Israeli forces and settlers declared the razed area a “nature reserve”, preventing Palestinians from growing crops or reclaiming their private lands." ca 24/2/2017
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Knesset Enacts Law That Would Force Labeling of Israeli Businesses That Refuse Service to Settlements Jonathan Lis - Haaretz - An article in the amendment specifies that its purpose is to help settlers address the refusal by many business owners to cross the border out of security concerns or ideology. “It cannot be that residents of Judea and Samaria, for example, will purchase a product but never receive services or shipping for it because they live beyond the Green Line, or they will be required to pay a ‘special charge,’” said KM Moalem-Refaeli, referring to the West Bank and Israel’s pre-1967 borders. [bz]21/2/2017
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Netanyahu says Trump’s settlement moratorium request may preclude Amona resettlementItamar Eichner - Ynet - Speaking at a Security Cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu said President Trump’s recent request to ‘hold back’ on construction in the West Bank may impede his ability to deliver a promise to found an alternative settlement for the evacuees on the land of their choosing; Likud members fear failure to fulfill pledge could precipitate Bayit Yehudi`s exit from the government, risking its demise [ry]20/2/2017
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In commemoration of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre: #DismantleTheGhetto take the settlers out of of HebronInternational Solidarity Movement - February 25th marks the 23rd commemoration of the Ibrahim Mosque Massacre in Hebron. This year’s commemoration coincides with Israel’s unprecedented escalation in seizing Palestinian land in the West Bank for settlement expansion. This has been accompanied with ideas from Israeli ministers to construct settlements and annex most of the C areas in the West Bank. The commemoration also coincides with Israel’s increasing campaigns to Judaize the Naqab, similar to what has happened in Um Al-Hiran recently, with a general rise in the policy of demolishing Palestinian houses whether in the occupied territories or within the Green Line.-rh16/2/2017
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The law to legalize settlements: Inching toward a one-state solutionYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "Naftali Bennett is in a hurry. Bennett`s position is crystal clear: He sees Trump`s election as a game changer, an opportunity to take a historic step toward annexing Area C of the West Bank to Israel. The Legalization Law is the key. Bennett wants Netanyahu to arrive in Washington “armed” with the law and to put Trump to the test." - id 15/2/2017
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Israel`s land theft law is just the tip of the settlement icebergHaggai Matar - +972 - "...the West Bank is home to Israeli citizens who live under the Israeli democracy and enjoy all the same rights as those who live inside Israel, and alongside them Palestinians who live under an Israeli military regime. The latter group lacks basic rights, cannot choose who governs them, and their lives are determined by military laws issued by Israeli army officers." - id 8/2/2017
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EU puts off summit with Israel over Settlement Regularization LawBarak Ravid - Haaretz/Palestine News Network - Passage of the Land Grab Law, added to the large-scale settlement construction plans announced last week, caused the cancellation of a summit between the European Union and Israel, which was due to take place on February 28 and which was to signal "a thaw" in EU-Israel relations. Following the Knesset vote, Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat said that if the EU would go on with plans to hold the summit it would be “rewarding Israel" and "helping to bury the two-state solution". Among the countries urging the EU to put off indefinitely the summit were France, Sweden, Ireland, The Netherlands and Finland. [ak]7/2/2017
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Israel Passes Contentious Palestinian Land-grab Bill in Late Night Vote - opposition warns: bill will land Israel in The HagueJonathan Lis and Barak Ravid - Haaretz - B`Tselem condemned the bill`s passage, saying it "proves yet again that Israel has no intention of ending its control over the Palestinians or its theft of their land. Lending a semblance of legality to this ongoing act of plunder is a disgrace of the state and its legislature. Passing the bill mere weeks after UN Security Council Resolution 2334 is a slap in the face of the international community." [bz]7/2/2017
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Netanyahu calls for postponing Regulation BillYoni Ariel/TPS, Elisha Ben Kimon & Itamar Eichner - Ynet - After Regulation Bill has already been postponed once before, PM Benjamin Netanyahu calls to postpone the voting on it yet again, sparking objection by its supporters and a large protest by the residents of Ofra [ry]6/2/2017
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Israel’s Hard-Liners Want to ‘Go Big’: Annex a SettlementIAN FISHER - NYT - After eight years of little building, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just allotted 100 new building units to Ma’ale Adumim, part of 2,500 new proposed housing units around the West Bank settlements, and another 560 in East Jerusalem. Mr. Netanyanu has proclaimed this as just the beginning of a new wave of building. [bz]4/2/2017
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Last hard-liners evicted from illegal West Bank settlement Joe Dyke with Laurent Lozano - Arab News "AMONA, Palestine: Israeli police forced hard-line Jewish settlers from the barricaded synagogue of a wildcat outpost in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, completing an emotive battle to evict residents.The operation, by hundreds of police at the Amona outpost near Ramallah, was the final act of a drama which prompted the government to pledge building a new settlement for the first time in 25 years." ca3/2/2017
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PA challenges Israeli settlement expansion, official urges UN to interveneMa`an News Agency - "Walid Assaf, head of the PA Committee Against the Wall and Settlements said on Wednesday that a Palestinian government plan was being developed to “strengthen Palestinian determination” in Area C -- the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military and civil control -- and to counter Israeli attempts at annexation and settlement expansion." ca3/2/2017
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White House says new Israeli settlements `may not be helpful` AFP - "The White House on Thursday said it had not yet taken a position on the construction of new Israeli settlements, but suggested they "may not be helpful" in securing peace. "While we don`t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful," said... " ca 3/2/2017
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Israel’s Hard-Liners Want to ‘Go Big’: Annex a SettlementIAN FISHER - The New York Times - Ma’ale Adumim has become a flash point of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Right-wing politicians, emboldened by a more sympathetic Trump administration, want to annex it to Israel proper — the first formal annexation of a settlement. Supporters of the move argue that in the long absence of negotiations, Israel cannot stand still, and Ma’ale Adumim would likely be a part of Israel in any case.-rh 2/2/2017
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Israel evicts Amona settlers as 3,000 new homes approved elsewhere Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - "Bezalel Smotrich, a lawmaker from the Jewish Home party, who went to Amona to show support, added. “There is a great pain, a huge disappointment. They are uprooting a community in Israel. It is a terrible thing.”" - id 1/2/2017
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Israel Approves 3000 Colonialist Units, After One Illegal Outpost Was Scheduled For RemovalIMEMC - "The decision was officially announced by the office of Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, in which it confirmed the approval of the 3000 units, in direct coordination with Netanyahu." - id 1/2/2017
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Hundreds infiltrate security blocks outside AmonaElisha Ben Kimon & Moran Azulay - Ynet - "Hundreds of teenagers managed to infiltrate the Amona outpost Tuesday night in a last-ditch effort to hinder the evacuation which is supposed to take place under court order no later than next Wednesday, February 8." - id   1/2/2017
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