Settlements

Settlers hand out chametz to Arabs

By Ben Hartman, April 4, 2013

For a third consecutive year, last week Israeli settlers gave their chametz to their Arab neighbours as part of an effort to build bridges between Israelis and Palestinians.

Settlers from seven West Bank settlements gave their leavened bread to a group that distributed the food to Palestinian families. The bread would otherwise have been burned ahead of Passover, in keeping with tradition.

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Price tag attack staged by Palestinians say police

By Anna Sheinman, March 1, 2013

Israeli police announced on Thursday that an alleged settler “price tag” attack in the Arab village of Kusra in the West Bank last week was in fact staged by Palestinians.

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UK envoy signs ‘darkest’ report on settlements

February 28, 2013

The British envoy to East Jerusalem, Sir Vincent Fean, has joined 27 European Union heads of mission in signing a damning report on Israeli settlement activities.

A British official told the Telegraph this week that this was “the darkest” report that the EU has ever produced on the conflict.

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East Jerusalem EU consul recommends settlements divestment

By Anna Sheinman, February 27, 2013

European Union officials based in East Jerusalem and Ramallah have recommended that the EU limit trade with settlements and block investment in them.

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Supermarkets dismiss ‘global boycott’ drive

By Marcus Dysch, February 15, 2013

Leading supermarkets have rejected calls to boycott companies and suppliers that source products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign claimed 3,500 supporters had written to Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda, as part of a global campaign launched last weekend.

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Security fence plan would block Palestinians from E1

By Sandy Rashty, January 21, 2013

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has announced last-minute changes to the part of the security barrier that runs near to the contested E1 corridor, where Israel plans to build thousands of new settlement homes.

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Israel’s settlement policy is ‘destroying’ the country

By Simon Rocker, January 18, 2013

A London audience this week voted decisively in favour of a motion that Israel was “destroying itself with its settlement policy”.

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Report: Obama ‘inured’ to Israel’s ‘self-defeating policies’

By Anna Sheinman, January 15, 2013

President Obama reportedly said after Israel’s announcement on the E-1 area that he has become “inured” to Israel’s “self-defeating policies” and that “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are,” Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg has reported.

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Deep fissures appear at the top over Israel’s settlement policy

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 3, 2013

Ron Prosor, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, provoked fury at a gathering of the country’s envoys on Monday when he questioned the timing of the government’s announcement last month that it would push for construction to begin in the controversial E1 corridor east of Jerusalem.

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Alistair Burt attacks Israeli settlement plans

By Sandy Rashty, December 27, 2012

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Alistair Burt attacked Israel’s plans to build new settlements beyond the Green Line in a statement released today.

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