Settlements

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.

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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.

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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.

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Tourists swap pool for security barrier

By Nathan Jeffay, August 11, 2011

Brits holidaying in Israel are being urged to leave the hotel and take a dip into politics with a day trip to the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Yachad, the left-wing pro-Israel group, has started running excursions to these areas.

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'Make Big Brother Orthodox-friendly'

By Nathan Jeffay, August 11, 2011

Usually, when settler activists cry foul over housing, it is because they cannot get permits to build in the West Bank. But in the latest saga on Israel's far right, the bone of contention is the opportunity to live in a luxury mansion close to Israel's centre.

The mansion that Itamar Ben-Gvir leader of the Jewish National Front, hoped to move in to is the set of Israeli Big Brother.

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Israeli judge calls for West Bank outpost demolition

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

The president of Israel's Supreme Court has called for residents of a West Bank outpost to evacuate it within the next nine months.

Dorit Beinisch also criticised the Israeli government for not keeping to an earlier promise to force the dismantling of the Migron outpost.

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BBC Today programme complaint upheld

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

The BBC Trust has upheld a complaint of inaccuracy against Radio 4's Today programme over Israeli settlements.

On the programme of September 27 last year, presenter John Humphrys stated: "At midnight last night, the moratorium on Israelis building new settlements in the West Bank came to an end.

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Hague criticises West Bank building plan

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011

Britain's Foreign Secretary has expressed his disappointment with Israel following the announcement on Tuesday that tenders would be issued for housing development in the West Bank.

William Hague said that the construction of more than 300 housing units for the areas of Beitar Ilit and Karnei Shomron would "create further obstacles on the difficult path to peace".

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Netanyahu: some settlements will end up outside Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has told US congressmen that Israel both wants and needs peace and a two-state solution, but that he would not accept a "return to the indefensible boundaries of 1967".

Echoing Ronald Reagan's famous speech in Berlin in 1987, the Israeli Prime Minister called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to "tear up your pact with Hamas and make peace with the Jewish state".

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Help Jews in Yemen asks MP

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

The government has been asked to look at what steps can be taken to help Yemeni Jews escape the Middle East and settle in Britain.

Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green, raised the plight of around 70 Jews in the Arabian peninsula during Home Office questions in the Commons.

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