Settlements

Benjamin Netanyahu and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis ‘clashed over settlements’

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reported to have clashed with British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis over the building of settlements.

A media report in Israel claimed the men had disagreed over the issue during a private meeting in London on Wednesday evening.

Mr Netanyahu met Jewish community leaders for talks at the start of his visit to Britain.

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EU votes to label settlement products

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2015

The European Parliament has expressed its support for putting special labels on consumer goods produced in West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights settlements. 

A total of 525 EU parliamentarians voted for the motion on Thursday; 70 voted against and 31 abstained.

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Across Israel, thousands protest over hate attacks

By JC Reporter, August 2, 2015

Thousands of people took to the streets across Israel this weekend to demonstrate their solidarity with the victims of the West Bank arson attack on Friday and the stabbings at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride march the day before.

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Palestinian baby burned to death in arson attack

By JC Reporter, July 31, 2015

A one-and-a-half year-old baby was burned to death and three of his family members were seriously hurt late last night after their house was firebombed by settlers in the village of Douma, near Nablus.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack as a “horrific, heinous” crime that is “a terror attack in every respect.”

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Israeli plan to demolish village sparks UK rage

By Charlotte Oliver, July 30, 2015

British Jewish groups have waded into an international row over the planned demolition of 37 Palestinian homes in the West Bank.

A group of 30 rabbis and UK-based advocacy group Yachad this week condemned a recent Israeli High Court order for the houses in Sussiya to be dismantled.

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'Sussiya has only been an Arab village for 20 years'

By Nathan Jeffay, July 30, 2015

As left-wing Israeli groups fight to avert demolitions at Sussiya, members of the Israeli right are arguing that there is no Arab heritage there and that Arab dwellings have only been in place for a decade or two.

"Arab Sussiya is a contradiction in terms, it's all a myth," claimed Nadia Matar, joint head of the women's pro-settlement movement Women in Green.

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Bibi stuck between settlers and international pressure

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 30, 2015

The dispute over Sussiya and other battles over land ownership involving Israeli settlers has raised the potential of right-wing split in the government.

Confrontations between security forces and settlers broke out on Tuesday following preparations by police to demolish the Dreinoff Houses on the settlement Bet El.

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Foreign Office urges Israel to end settlement building

By Charlotte Oliver, July 28, 2015

The Foreign Office has urged Israel to stop building settlements “on private Palestinian land”.

In a statement, Tobias Ellwood, Middle East Minister, said that “the UK is deeply concerned by reports that planning for 1,065 settlement units is being advanced, including possible retrospective approval of buildings without permits or on private Palestinian land.

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Looming crisis between Israel and Europe over settlements

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 23, 2015

The planned demolition of illegally built homes in the West Bank Palestinian village of Sussiya is causing the next diplomatic crisis between Israel and Europe.

Two months ago, the residents of Sussiya lost their petition requesting the High Court to block the planned demolition of the village.

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Is Netanyahu cracking down on settlements?

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 16, 2015

The diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians has long been dormant but, beneath the surface, there seem to be efforts if not to renew the negotiations, then at least to reduce tensions.

On Monday, leaders of Jewish local councils in the West Bank accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of having told them that he would not be authorising new buildings in the settlements.

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