Settlements

Hague warns of cost to academic ties as Israel backs West Bank college upgrade

By Jennifer Lipman, September 11, 2012

The British government has responded furiously to a decision by an Israeli committee to agree to grant university status to a college in the West Bank and called for the move to be reconsidered.

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Migron’s gone, but the outposts keep coming

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 6, 2012

The relatively peaceful evacuation of the Migron outpost on Sunday and the compromise reached between the government and the settlers has left no-one satisfied. Not the 50 settler families who left their homes for temporary housing, nor the Palestinian land-owners who will not be gaining access to their property following the evacuation (the site will remain under military control).

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Minister denounces anti-Arab violence as terrorism

By Jennifer Lipman, August 20, 2012

A senior Israeli politician has condemned attacks by extremist Jews on Palestinians as "terrorism".

On the weekend a group of Arab teenagers in Jerusalem were beaten by Jewish teenagers, with one of them left hospitalised, in a violent attack that was labelled a "hate crime" by vice premier Moshe Ya'alon.

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EU decides Modi'in is West Bank settlement

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2012

Israeli officials have launched a protest against the European Union’s decision to list a Jewish area as a West Bank settlement for the first time.

Modi'in, Maccabim and Reut are now considered "no man’s land" according to the latest list released by the EU.

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Settlement policy driving UK mainstream away from Israel, says ambassador

By Orlando Radice, August 3, 2012

Britain’s ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, said that Israel is losing the support of mainstream British society in an interview with Israel's Channel Ten last night.

Mr Gould argued that there has been a shift in opinion in the UK and negative views of Israel have moved from the margins to "the centre ground, the majority.

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West Bank's Ariel college gains university status

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2012

A West Bank group has ignored reservations by Israel's Council on Higher Education to give a college in the area university status.

Earlier this month the government-funded committee voted against plans to upgrade the status of Ariel College, arguing that Israel should not have another university given the shortages in funding for staff and infrastructure facing other institutions.

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Self-interest that hurts the state

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 16, 2012

Everything that infuriates me about Israeli politics and society was encapsulated in two decisions taken in Jerusalem last week. The first concerns the status of Ariel University Centre in the West Bank. The second relates to the arrangements by which Israel's so-called "ultra Orthodox" citizens are able to avoid military service.

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Church Synod vote in support of EAPPI motion

By Jenni Frazer, July 9, 2012

Backers of a resolution calling for support of a West Bank volunteer programme have scored an overwhelming victory at the General Synod of the Church of England.

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Israel blocks UN mission that singles out Jewish state

By Jennifer Lipman, July 9, 2012

Israel will not work with a UN mission on settlements that it said was "flawed and biased" and embodied "the inherent distortions" of the international body.

The UN Human Rights Council, a body with a controversial record when it comes to Israel, named three officials to look at the impact of the West Bank settlements on the Palestinians.

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Israel to resume West Bank security fence construction

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 5, 2012

After a five-year delay, Israel will resume constructing the West Bank security barrier in the next few weeks.

The barrier was originally erected in 2002 during the Second Intifada.

The objective - largely achieved - was to reduce terrorism and suicide bombings occurring in Israel.

It is constructed primarily of fencing, but part is also a concrete wall.

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