Settlements

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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Settlement plans cause havoc in peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced this week to freeze plans to construct 24,000 new homes in the West Bank following American and Palestinian protests over the move.

The Housing Ministry, headed by Minister Uri Ariel from the Jewish Home party, had been on the point of publishing tenders for several building projects in the settlements.

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New Middle East minister attacks settlements

By Marcus Dysch, November 7, 2013

Britain’s new Middle East Minister has used his first visit to Israel to criticise settlement building and warn that it could hamper peace efforts.

Hugh Robertson said settlement announcements “erode public support” in Britain, and warned that building could “endanger the viability of a two-state solution and peace process”.

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World-famous writers campaign against destruction of Palestinian villages

By Sandy Rashty, September 2, 2013

International literary stars have signed an Israeli-led campaign to condemn the destruction of Palestinian villages in the southern Hebron hills.

The campaign was initiated by Israeli author David Grossman last June and has been backed by Nobel laureates, poets and playwrights around the world.

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Dom Joly’s brutal tweet

By Sandy Rashty, August 22, 2013

Comedian Dom Joly has described Israeli settlements on the West Bank as a form of “brutal repression”.

During a heated Twitter exchange with Israel-supporter Ben Myers, the Lebanese-born TV personality said: “Just watched 5 Broken Cameras — wonderful, powerful documentary about one village’s resistance to Israeli settlements in West Bank.

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Protests expected in Israel over Palestinian prisoner release

By Zoe Winograd, August 12, 2013

Tel Aviv is braced for angry demonstrations following the publication of the names of 26 Palestinian prisoners to be released by Israel on Wednesday as part of the build-up to peace negotiations.

Since the publication of the names on Sunday, the Israeli government has been flooded with protest letters written by families of terror victims. Members of the public have two days to appeal.

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UK condemns new Israeli settlements

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has condemned Israel's announcement of more than 1,000 new settlement units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Plans were announced on Wednesday to construct hundreds of homes for Israeli settlers in 11 areas, including Shilo, Almog and Alon Shevut.

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Israel ready to withdraw from EU deal worth millions over anti-settlement clause

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

A senior Israeli minister has said the country is prepared to pull out of a multi-million pound European Union research project over the EU's new guidelines on settlements.

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