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Israeli settlers puncture, vandalize vehicles in Palestinian villageMAAN News Agency - "Better known as "price tag" attacks, extremist Israeli settlers use violent acts of retribution on Palestinians and their property to demonstrate their opposition to Israeli restrictions on settlements and their outposts in the occupied West Bank.The Israeli NGO B`Tselem reported that Israeli settlers` vandalism in the occupied West Bank is a daily routine and is fully backed by Israeli authorities." - id29/8/2018
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Settlers and government officials seize land in Sheikh JarrahMa`an - Israeli armed forces entered the western part of Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood in East Jerusalem, surrounded a piece of land and prevented access to it. Bulldozers began to raze the land and uproot several planted trees. The land belongs to a Palestinian resident Palestinian resident, Abed al-Razzaq al-Sheikh, and is located directly in front of his house. The operation, intended to extend the Israeli settler enclave in Sheikh Jarrah, was overseen by members of the Israeli Custodian of Absentees` Property. They claim the land on the basis that that Sheikh Jarrah was once the site of a 19th century Jewish community. However, Israeli law does not permit Palestinians who lost their land in 1948 to claim it back. Even for claiming a former Jewish property, Israeli law required a specific court order - which was not provided in this case. Thus, the action by the settlers and the "Custodian" is illegal even under the manifestly discriminatory Israeli law. [ak]28/8/2018
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`Spilling enemy blood is allowed`: After settler attack, Israeli activists speak outOrly Noy - +972 - Four left-wing Israeli activists were taken to a hospital after being violently attacked by settlers in the West Bank on Saturday. Violence by settlers against activists has grown more common over the past few months, yet it seems the authorities are doing very little to stop it [ry]27/8/2018
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More Than Half the Invited Speakers Withdraw From Scientific Workshop at Israeli Settlement UniversityIMEMC - "Six of the eleven invited speakers have confirmed their withdrawal from a physics workshop at Ariel University, which is built on occupied Palestinian land in an illegal Israeli settlement. Palestinian academics urge remaining speakers to withdraw from the workshop." - id22/8/2018
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Settlers Inaugurate ‘Tourist Center’ in SilwanAIC/IMEMC - Amalya Dubrovsky - At the inaugural event Israel`s Minister of Culture, Miri Regev, said: “Look around. We are surrounded by Jewish heritage. The archaeologists won’t find a single Palestinian coin here! We have come home.” “The State of Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people alone. Only the Jewish people are entitled to national rights between the river and the sea,” she added. The building was confiscated from the Abu Nab family, which had lived there since 1948, when they were expelled from West Jerusalem. [bz]14/8/2018
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Israel officially recognizes colonial settlement outpost built on stolen Palestinian landCeline Hagbard - IMEMC "After initially seizing Palestinian land from four villages “for military purposes” last year, Israeli military authorities transferred the seized land to Israeli civilians in direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and is now recognizing the illegal colony ‘Adei Ad’." ca 10/8/2018
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Israeli Army To Demolish Eight Homes In Bethlehem|IMEMC - "...in the al-Walaja village. Local nonviolent activist Ibrahim Awad said dozens of soldiers, accompanied by personnel of the Jerusalem City Council and the “Civil Administration Office,” invaded the Ein Jweiza area, north of the village, and handed the demolition orders to six families. He added that the soldiers also summoned the owners of the homes for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, south of Bethlehem." - id2/8/2018
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A rotten system, not just rotten applesLibby Lenkinski - +972 - "Settler violence against human rights activists is not the work of a few ‘rotten apples,’ but rather a government-backed strategy that could have dangerous consequences. We should be taking it deathly seriously." - id 2/8/2018
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Journalist Shot during Nablus ConfrontationsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Violent confrontations erupted as hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed, on Wednesday night, the northern West Bank city of Nablus, guarded by the Israeli forces and for the purpose of performing Talmudic rituals." ca3/8/2018
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