Settlements

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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Security Council members blast Israel on settlement plan

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

Four Security Council members, including the United Kingdom, issued a joint statement on Wednesday attacking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to proceed with the E1 settlement plan.

The UK, France, Germany and Portugal said they “strongly oppose” the decision to build 2,612 housing units in East Jerusalem.

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Bibi needs America, not the Europeans

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, December 6, 2012

Israel has a problem. The E-1 corridor building decision is actually long overdue. Under any future agreement, Maale Adumim would have to remain under Israeli sovereignty – this is a consensus issue in Israel and no prime minister can evict its approximately 40,000 residents without facing a national upheaval.

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E-1: The facts on the ground

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2012

For two decades, the parcel of land known as E-1 has become a symbol for all sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For the Israeli right, E-1 is a vital neighbourhood in Greater Jerusalem that must be built to stop illegal Arab building around the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

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Not statesmanship

December 6, 2012

Israeli settlement building provokes a red mist that wipes out any prospect of rational discourse. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the potential development of the “E-1” corridor, in a rational world it would have no bearing on the ability of the Israelis and the Palestinians to sit down and agree on two states. But the irrationality is not confined to one side.

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