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Revealed: Israeli Taxpayers Helped Bankroll Illegal West Bank Outposts for DecadesYotam Berger - Haaretz - Dror Etkes of the Kerem Navot group, which fights the dispossession of Palestinians of their West Bank land, said the Settlement Division’s methods have provided a means of providing large-scale financing for illegal outposts. “It’s been obvious for years that the division has adopted unlawful patterns of operation after assuming the role of contractor carrying out the dirty work that state authorities have tried to distance themselves from having direct responsibility for. The documents show systematic and continuous unlawful conduct intended to support the most extremist and violent elements among the settlers, people who are responsible for the expulsion and expropriation of Palestinian communities from wide areas of the West Bank.” [bz]30/10/2018
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They take everything,” explains Bruqin farmer during 2018 olive harvestFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "ISMers asked the name of the settlement looming over them as they worked. They were initially confused by his answer, because it sounded as though he were simply saying the name of his own village. Carefully re-iterating and exaggerating the slight difference in pronunciation between “Bruqin” and “Bruchin” for his international listeners, the farmer explained, “They take everything. They take our land, they take our freedom. Then they take our names.”" - id 24/10/2018
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Continuing scam at the Settlement Division Dror Etkes - Kerem Navot‎ - In December 2015, an extreme right Knesset Member named Bezalel Smotrich suceeded in getting the House to pass a law whose effect was to give the World Zionist Organization`s Settlement Division legal custody over vast West Bank lands, confiscated for the purposes of building and extending Israeli settlements. Smotrich neglected to mention that aside from his ideological commitment to the settlement enterprise he had a private ax to grind. Smotrich and his wife received a corrupt mortgage from the Settlement Division to buy a house that had been built illegally on private Palestinian-owned land that the Division had taken over. The Smotrich family`s private fraudulence is just the tip of the iceberg of a criminal management culture that flourishes in the Settlement Division, enabling many settlers to earn a living by blatantly breaking the law and getting public money into their private pockets. [ak] 23/10/2018
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Everything you need to know about Khan al-Ahmar+972 Magazine Staff - +972 - "Over the past few months, European diplomats have spent time shuttling back and forth to Khan al-Ahmar. In September, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning the impending demolition, warning that Israel would be committing a grave breach of international law if it destroyed the village. The demolition has also been called a war crime by rights groups such as B’Tselem." - id 17/10/2018
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Israeli settlers assault Palestinian farmer near NablusMa`an - Israeli settlers assaulted a Palestinian farmer, while he was harvesting olives, on Monday, in Deir al-Hatab village, east of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus. Abed al-Karim Hussein, head of the Deir al-Hatab village council, told Ma`an that a group of Israeli settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Elon Moreh assaulted a Palestinian farmer by repeatedly beating him. The farmer was identified as Amjad Khaled Odeh, 45, a resident from the Deir al-Hatab village. Hussein confirmed that Odeh was assaulted while harvesting olives in his land, that is adjacent to the Elon Moreh settlement, east of the village. Odeh suffered various bruises all over his body. The Israeli human rights group B`Tselem reported that "settler violence and vandalism takes place with full backing by the Israeli authorities. Sometimes soldiers take part in the assault; at other times, they stand idly by. The police makes no substantial effort to investigate the incidents, nor takes measures to prevent them or stop them in real time." [bz]16/10/2018
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Lieberman to approve 31 settlement housing units in Hebron CityMa`an News Agency - "He posted a tweet on his official Twitter account that the illegal settlement plan includes new housing units, kindergartens and public parks. "We continue to strengthen the Jewish settlement in the West Bank with actions, not words." The NGO settlement watchdog, Peace Now, and the Hebron municipality have issued an appeal to the Israeli Civil Administration against the plan." ca13/10/2018
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Israeli settlers stone to death Palestinian woman in West BankMonjed Jadou - PNN "Aisha Mohammed Aravi, 48, was driving in her vehicle along her husband near a West Bank checkpoint south of Nablus late on Friday when they came under attack by Israeli settlers who came onto the road and began throwing large stones at the couple’s car.The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced the killing of Aisha al- Rabi (48 years) from Badia village from Salfit governorate north of west bank following an attack by Israeli settlers threw stones at her husband car." ca 13/10/2018
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Israel Approves Eight New Units Near BethlehemIMEMC - "Construction in Migdal Oz illegal colony, which was built on Palestinian lands near Beit Fajjar town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the National Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Bethlehem, said the approved eight units are part of a bigger plan, which awaits approval, for the construction of additional 600 new units in the same illegal colony." 0 id10/10/2018
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We told ourselves we weren`t settlers. We were something differentOfer Matan - +972 - "They’ve been living in the city for 50 years, but they are still Haifa born and bred. They refer to the Jerusalemites as “them,” and laugh at the fact that they use plastic bags as a purse while running errands. Everyone who is like my parents has long moved to the suburbs of Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, only visiting the city for a little taste of culture. But my parents prefer Freij’s supermarket in Shuafat over the big malls, and for the past two years have been taking Arabic lessons. This is exactly why the Left is hypocritical, says my mother, people who love Arabs but are afraid to speak with them." - id 3/10/2018
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Israeli settlers flood Khan al-Ahmar with wastewaterMa`an - As Israel threatened to raid and demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar at any moment since the evacuation period ended, Israeli settlers stormed the village and flooded the area with wastewater, on Tuesday afternoon. Locals said that Israeli settlers from the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adummim stormed the village, and were confronted by international and local activists along with residents of Khan al-Ahmar. Israeli settlers managed to flood the area with wastewater before activists and residents were able to stop them. [bz]2/10/2018
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