Settlements

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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EcoStream beats boycotters

By Sandy Rashty, July 19, 2013

An Israeli-owned shop in Brighton has reported growth in its business of 40 per cent despite being targeted by boycott activists.

EcoStream, which sells SodaStream recyclable bottles made in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim, is picketed every Saturday afternoon by anti-Israel activists.

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Israeli baby dies after parent leaves her in car

By Zoe Winograd, July 16, 2013

Another Israeli child has died as a result of being left in a car under the sun, the third incident of its kind this month.

An 18-month old girl was left for five hours in a car in the West Bank settlement of Dolev on Monday. After a passer-by found the baby unconscious, paramedics rushed the girl to hospital where she later died.

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EU issues new guidelines on deals with Israel

By Zoe Winograd, July 16, 2013

The European Union has come up with a new policy on giving “funding, co-operation, and the granting of scholarships, research grants and prizes” to groups and individuals in the West Bank or East Jerusalem.

The guidelines, which were released on June 30 and take effect this Friday, say that any such agreements between EU countries and Israel must exclude the settlements.

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Minister: Israel has lost support in UK

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2013

Israel has lost support from politicians and the British public because of its occupation of the Palestinian territories, according to Middle East Minister Alistair Burt.

He said Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians meant it had given up the “moral high ground” it had held when neighbouring states threatened to destroy the country.

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British minister condemns settlement expansion plan

By Zoe Winograd, June 28, 2013

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has condemned the expansion of an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

Authorities in Jerusalem gave final approval to 69 new housing units in Har Homa on Wednesday.

Mr Burt said: "The UK’s position on settlements has long been clear - they are illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace.

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