Settlements

Shaked move towards 'settlements annex'

By Nathan Jeffay, May 5, 2016

Ayelet Shaked, Israel's Justice Minister, has said that she is working to apply full Israeli civil law to West Bank settlements within a year.

Ms Shaked's party, Jewish Home, wants parts of the West Bank to become sovereign Israeli territory, and her plan is widely being seen as a step towards this end.

The Israeli left is furious, and Zehava Gal-On, chairwoman of the left-wing Meretz party,

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‘It would be terrible to have no Arab representatives in the Knesset’

By Orlando Radice, March 4, 2016

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has hit out at an ongoing legislative push to suspend three Arab members of parliament, a move that could result in the resignation of the other 10 Arab MKs.

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EU politicians hit out at settlements, NGO bill

By Naomi Firsht, February 11, 2016

The European Union has called on Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes, some of which are EU-funded, and re-stated its opposition to the expansion of settlements.

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Experts divided over settlement building

By Simon Rocker, December 27, 2015

Israel should be building more settlements – just not in the Occupied Territories.

That was the view of Oxford University Israel studies academic Sara Hirschhorn who opened a panel debate before a large audience at the Limmud conference on Sunday on the pros and cons of settlement construction.

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Critics are wrong about our survey

By Steve Miller, Margaret Harris and Colin Shindler, December 10, 2015

We Jews invented cognitive dissonance. The American Jewish psychologist, Leon Festinger, was the first to coin the phrase and to use it to describe people's responses to information which conflicts with their own understandings of reality.

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Anti-Israel group claims discrimination after Co-op Bank closes its account

By Marcus Dysch, November 25, 2015

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign claims it has launched a legal case against the Co-operative Bank after its account was suddenly closed.

The anti-Israel campaign group said the move amounted to discrimination.

The PSC said the bank had cited its own “risk appetite” as the only stated reason behind the decision.

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Settlements authorised after 18-month freeze

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 19, 2015

After an 18-month settlement freeze, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a group of right-wing politicians this week that he would authorise 454 new flats in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ramat Shlomo, which lies beyond the Green Line.

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Israel in last-minute fight to ward off EU labelling

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 5, 2015

Israel is waging a diplomatic battle to try to prevent the publication next week of Europe-wide guidelines on labelling goods made in the settlements.

While the precise wording of the guidelines is still not clear and may not be completed until hours before the document is published, Israeli politicians and diplomats see any new directive as a setback.

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A model solution

By Simon Johnson, September 16, 2015

So-called academic conferences on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict have been a constant thorn in the side of our community.

They are not only an affront to us by questioning the legitimacy of Israel but they have also sought to undermine the position of our community by “weaponising” academic discourse to advance a political cause.

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This is a way forward others can follow

By Sir Steve Smith, September 16, 2015

It is a primary duty of universities to uphold the fundamental principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech within the law.

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