Settlements

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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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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