Settlements

Ex-Tory minister Sir Alan Duncan launches stinging attack on ‘extremist’ Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2014

Former International Development Minister Alan Duncan has launched a blistering attack on the Israeli government’s settler policy, comparing it to Argentina’s invasion of the Falkland Islands and Saddam Hussein’s claim to Kuwait.

The situation in Hebron in the West Bank was akin to apartheid and supporters of settlements were “extremists”, he said.

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MPs' Palestine vote shows Israel has 'lost UK public'

By Marcus Dysch and Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

The vote by MPs to recognise a Palestinian state is a sign that public opinion is turning against Israel, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv has warned.

Matthew Gould told the JC: “Israel lost support after this summer’s conflict in Gaza, and after the series of announcements on settlements.

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Peace Now spoils Bibi's US party

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

The venerable Israeli left-wing organisation Peace Now has lost a lot of its steam in recent years.

The failure of the Oslo process and other diplomatic initiatives has led to public apathy over the group's efforts to push for a two-state solution.

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After the fires, the floods of fury

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

An Israeli government decision to designate nearly 1,000 acres in the West Bank as "state land" in order to expand a settlement in the Etzion bloc has led to a diplomatic furore.

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UK deplores Israel’s land grab on West Bank

By Rosa Doherty, September 1, 2014

The British government has crticised an Israeli decision to annex land on the West Bank.

It said the move would seriously damage Israel's international reputation.

Israel announced the annexation of land in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem, on Sunday.

Anti-settlement groups have called it the biggest such claim in 30 years.

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Stop hitchhiking? That would be giving in to the terrorists, say settlers

By Nathan Jeffay, June 19, 2014

As Israelis have repeatedly chewed over the haunting details of the abduction, one element has kept coming up for discussion - the fact that the boys were hitchhiking.

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Israeli forces search for missing West Bank students

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

The IDF has confirmed it is searching for three Jewish teenagers who have disappeared in the area surrounding Hebron in the West Bank.

It is believed the yeshivah students may have been kidnapped by a Palestinian group while hitchhiking.

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Amos Oz attacks extremist Jewish settlers as 'Hebrew neo-Nazis'

By Daniel Easterman, May 12, 2014

Amos Oz, one of Israel’s most famous novelists, has hit out at radical Jewish settlers, labelling them “Hebrew neo-Nazis”.

At an event celebrating his 75th birthday, Mr Oz said strong language should be used to describe extremist settlers who target Christian sites in so-called "price tag" attacks including vandalism, arson, graffiti, and even threats against leaders of other faiths.

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I stand by my SodaStream decision, says defiant Scarlett Johansson

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has mounted a strong defence of her decision to promote Israeli company SodaStream.

The actress resigned as an ambassador for Oxfam after the charity criticised her role advertising fizzy-drink products made in a West Bank factory.

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‘Third of settlers would relocate if compensated’

By Nathan Jeffay, March 20, 2014

Many residents in outlying settlements are prepared to relocate in return for compensation, according to a new survey.

Pollsters spoke to Israelis who live in the West Bank outside of the main settlement blocks, and found that around 30 per cent would relocate regardless of whether or not there is a peace deal.

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