Settlers hurl block at IDF colonel and attack base

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 15, 2011

The relationship between Jewish settlers in the West Bank and the IDF took another plunge this week after dozens of rioters attacked a brigade headquarters and a jeep in which two senior officers were travelling.

The attacks seem to have been part of a co-ordinated attempt to prevent the army from carrying out eviction orders against illegally-built outposts in Samaria.

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Hague raps Israel and UK sits on fence

By Martin Bright, November 10, 2011

Foreign Secretary William Hague has delivered a sharp rebuke to Israel over its decision to accelerate the construction of settlements and withhold tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority in a parliamentary statement on the Middle East.


This is Israel? Not the one I love

By Jonathan Freedland, November 7, 2011

All credit to Israel's friends in the British Jewish community: they are nothing if not energetic. A matter of months after they gathered for BICOM's We Believe in Israel rally in London, they are now erecting a Big Tent for Israel in Manchester. According to an ad for a spin-off event, once again the focus will be the "delegitimisation of Israel".


Outcry over settlement 'ring' plan

By Nathan Jeffay, October 19, 2011

To a barrage of international criticism, Israel has moved a step closer to building a new neighbourhood in East Jerusalem - the first since 1997.

As part of an attempt by Israel to send out a message that it is developing East Jerusalem for both Arabs and Jews, only two thirds of the 2,610 units in the development plan will be part of the new Jewish district, Givat Hamatos.


Fears over settler terror attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 11, 2011

Racist vandalism spread from the West Bank and the north into the centre of Israel over the past week.

Although the latest rash of attacks began last week when settlers set fire to a Galilee mosque, security services do not believe that this weekend's incidents, which took place in Jaffa and Bat-Yam, were carried out by settlers.


Israel's enemies

October 11, 2011

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the settlements, it is wrong to portray those who live in them in a political monochrome. Some settler collectives are at the forefront of reconciliation efforts.


Settler leader Porat was 'dedicated' to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

A leading figure of Israel's right-wing is being mourned today.

Hanan Porat, a former Knesset member and one of the founders of the settler movement, was 67 and was suffering from cancer.


Approval for new East Jerusalem construction

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

The Israeli Interior Ministry has approved the construction of new housing in East Jerusalem.

The 1,100 new housing units at Gilo will include public buildings, a school and homes for young couples, although the plan is subject to a 60-day discussion period.


Settlers go on revenge rampage

By Simon Griver, September 8, 2011

West Bank settlers have set fire to a mosque in the Palestinian village of Qusra, south of Nablus, and vandalised an IDF base.

The attacks are thought to be in retaliation for the Israeli government's destruction of three houses on Sunday in the illegal Jewish settlement of Migron. Settlers were seen placing burning tyres inside the mosque before dawn on Monday, badly burning its interior.


Extreme settlers banished

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 11, 2011

Israel's security forces have begun expelling extreme settlers from the West Bank in an effort to circumvent violent flare-ups next month, when the UN vote on a Palestinian state is expected to take place.

Twelve residents of Yitzhar were last week issued with orders limiting their movements. Three of them were ordered to remain on the settlement and not leave it.