Settlements

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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Israeli settlers: ‘If we have to live in a Palestinian state, so be it’

By Noga Godein, February 6, 2014

Many on the Israeli right reacted with outrage at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent suggestion that, under a peace agreement, Israelis living in West Bank settlements could choose to remain under Palestinian sovereignty. But, among settlers themselves, it seems that all options are on the table.

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Oxfam unhappy over Scarlett Johansson connection to Israeli firm

By Rosa Doherty, January 24, 2014

A British charity supported by Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson says it objects to her new role as a spokesperson for the Israeli firm SodaStream.

Oxfam says it is concerned because the SodaStream factory operates in the West Bank.

Ms Johansson has been an ambassador for the charity since 2007.

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Canberra pro-settler stance makes waves

By Dan Goldberg, January 23, 2014

Britain called in Israel’s envoy last week to protest against Jerusalem’s intention to build more settlements in the West Bank. In stark contrast, Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, in Israel last week for Ariel Sharon’s funeral, urged the international community to refrain from branding the settlements “illegal”.

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‘Settlements may not be illegal’

By JCReporter, January 16, 2014

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made waves during a visit to Israel this week.

She told the Times of Israel that, in her view, the settlements may not be illegal under international law and that the world should refrain from making that argument while the peace process is under way.

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Plan for settlers that's naive and dumb

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 3, 2014

Dr Alexander Yakobson teaches ancient history at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His specialities are democracy, politics and electioneering in the late Roman Republic. In common with other Israeli academics on the left he has, however, sought to broaden his areas of specialism in the light of contemporary peace-making (so-called) in the Middle East.

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EU warns Israel over settlement pledge

By Daniel Easterman, December 27, 2013

The EU has hit out at Israel after a Jerusalem official said that tenders for new settlements would be announced following the release of Palestinian prisoners on Sunday.

An EU diplomat told Israel’s Channel 10 news that Jerusalem should expect a “harsh response by the European governments if it intends to go in this direction”.

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Co-op stands firm on Israel settlements boycott

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2013

The Co-operative movement has confirmed there are no plans to alter its policy of boycotting companies which source produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

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Anger over Israeli government settlements plan for Galilee towns

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 5, 2013

A government programme to promote Jewish settlement in the Galilee has raised objections from Arab-Israeli politicians and environmentalists.

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