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Settlers attack Palestinian homes in Hebron

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on September 5, 2009

A group of fundamental Israeli settlers attacked on Friday evening a number of Palestinian homes in Tal Romedia neighborhood, in the southern West bank city of Hebron.

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Palestinian child suspected of hurling firebombs shot and killed near Ramallah

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on September 1, 2009

The child, Mohammad Riyadh Nayef, 15, from Al Jalazoun refugee camp, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, was seriously wounded after the army claimed that he and other youths hurled stones at military jeeps.

The army also fired rounds of live ammunition, gas bombs, and concussion grenades, at several residents and medics who rushed to evacuate the wounded; two medics were wounded and were moved to Sheikh Zayed hospital in Ramallah.

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Israel Defense Forces troops early Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian youth suspected of hurling firebombs near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Channel 10 reported. 

The youth was shot during clashes with troops, who were searching the area for Palestinians who had earlier thrown Molotov cocktails at the fence bordering the settlement of Beit El.

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A teenage terrorist, son of a senior member of the Al Aqsa Brigades terrorist branch of the Fatah party, was killed and two others were wounded in an attack near Beit El in Samaria late Monday night. No Israelis were wounded.

Border Police spotted the trio approaching the David neighborhood in Beit El, located north of Jerusalem, with firebombs. The policemen opened fire, killing the young terrorist and wounding the other two, who escaped.

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U.S. drops demand for Israel building freeze in East Jerusalem

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 27, 2009

According to both Israeli officials and Western diplomats, U.S. envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell has recognized the fact that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cannot announce a settlement freeze in East Jerusalem. The officials said the U.S. will not endorse new construction there, but would not demand Jerusalem publicly announce a freeze.

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Dilemma of Palestinian settlement builders

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 26, 2009

“It’s hard to describe the feeling, it’s a very bad feeling – you can see how we’re losing our land, bit by bit,” says Hossam Hussein, 26, as he mixes mortar to put the finishing touches to a home with sweeping views from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea hills.

All the workers I spoke to said they wanted a settlement freeze, even if it meant losing their jobs, although none seemed to have a clear alternative plan.

But most did not believe it would happen.

“We should go on strike,” said Mr Rabbaye.

But an older labourer quickly interjected: “And then what are you going to live on?”

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Rory McCarthy: How settlements in the West Bank are creating a new reality, brick by brick

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 24, 2009

In March 1975 there was no Ma’ale Adumim. After Israel captured and occupied the West Bank in the 1967 war the site was earmarked as a an industrial park. A group of activist settlers from the Gush Emunim — the Bloc of the Faithful — arrived one morning and built a water tower and simple concrete hut. They were removed that day by soldiers, but in December that year the first settler families moved in for good. The city then grew exponentially.

The site is a compelling example of how infrastructure is used to extend Israel’s reach around and well beyond the settlement. Ma’ale Adumim’s buildings seem to cover one main hilltop, but the municipal area of the settlement is nearly 20 square miles, the size of Tel Aviv. Then there are the Israeli-built roads connecting Ma’ale Adumim with nearby smaller, satellite settlements, as well as a major highway running further east past Jericho and cutting across the West Bank until it reaches the Jordanian border. Israel is now building its steel and concrete West Bank barrier around Ma’ale Adumim and the other smaller settlements, effectively incorporating them on the “Israeli” side and by doing so taking another 24 square miles of the West Bank.

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‘Israel won’t give up J’lem sovereignty’

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 24, 2009

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will make it clear in his discussions with US and European officials abroad that Israel will not accept any limitations on its sovereignty in Jerusalem, sources at the Prime Minister’s Office said, immediately before his plane took off from Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon.

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Plans for largest East Jerusalem settlement filed for approval

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 22, 2009

A plan for the building of a new settlement, Ma’aleh David, in the middle of an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem was filed for approval by the relevant municipal committee at the Jerusalem Municipality. The plan calls for the construction of 104 housing units on the land where the former headquarters of the Judea and Samaria police was housed in the neighborhood of Ras al-Amud.

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Quiet slicing of the West Bank makes abstract prayers for peace obscene

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 18, 2009

The conclusion is obvious: while paying lip-service to the two-state solution, Israel is busy creating a situation on the ground that will render such a solution impossible. The dream underlying Israel’s plans is encapsulated by a wall that separates a settler’s town from the Palestinian town on a nearby West Bank hill. The Israeli side of the wall is painted with the image of the countryside beyond the wall – but without the Palestinian town, depicting just nature, grass and trees. Is this not ethnic cleansing at its purest, imagining the outside beyond the wall as empty, virginal and waiting to be settled?

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Hilltop Youth push to settle West Bank

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 18, 2009


Mr Slonam says the only law he heeds is the law of God.

“God gave us all of Israel, it all belongs to the Jews.”

“It’s not like I’m going to Egypt and claiming land there. This is Israel,” he says of the land Israel has occupied since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

“It’s the land of the Israeli people, the Jewish people, so we’re allowed to be here.”

Raised in a religious home in the Tzofim settlement, he studies in a seminary for much of the year, and says he is not at all interested in girls or alcohol and his parents support his activism.

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US urges quick return to Mid-East talks

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 10, 2009

“We all share an obligation to create the conditions for the prompt resumption and early conclusion of negotiations,” he said in Jerusalem.US relations with Israel are said to be tense since President Barack Obama’s speech to Muslims in Cairo last week.Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure to back a two-state solution.

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