Settlements

Foreign Office to Taub: 'disappointed' at settlements development

By Anna Sheinman, December 3, 2012

The Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, was formally summoned to the Foreign Office on Monday and told that the UK was “disappointed” by Israel’s decision to plan new homes in the settlements in the West Bank.

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UK threatens to revisit EU trade agreements with Israel

By Sandy Rashty, December 3, 2012

Government sources have told Sky News that Britain has threatened to "revisit" EU trade agreements with Israel in the wake of Israel’s warning that it may build 3,000 new settlement homes east of Jerusalem.

Israel’s warning comes following the UN vote last week to upgrade the Palestinian Authority from ‘entity’ to ‘non-member observer’ status.

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EU considers blocking violent Israeli settlers from entering EU states

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

The European Union is considering a move to block violent Israeli settlers from entering European Union countries.

A report earlier this year by the consuls general in East Jerusalem and Ramallah asked officials in Brussels to draw up a blacklist of “known violent settlers” who could be forbidden to enter the 27 EU states.

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Israeli cabinet to ask Obama to reject Palestinian UN bid

By Hadas Haimov, November 7, 2012

The Israeli cabinet will ask re-elected US President Barack Obama to refuse the Palestinian request for a diplomatic UN upgrade.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly at the end of the month. Sources say he will ask the UN to upgrade Palestinian status to that of permanent observer-state.

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NGOs urge EU to ban imports from Israeli settlements

By Anna Sheinman, November 1, 2012

Twenty-two organisations, including Christian Aid, The Methodist Church of England and the Church of Sweden have released a report recommending that the EU stops importing goods made in Israeli settlements.

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NGOs urge EU ban on West Bank settlement products

By Anna Sheinman, October 30, 2012

Twenty-two organisations, including Christian Aid, The Methodist Church of England and the Church of Sweden, have released a report recommending that the EU stops importing goods made in Israeli settlements.

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UN Palestine expert criticised for settlement boycott call

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2012

The UN official who posted an antisemitic cartoon on his personal blog last year has urged the international community to boycott companies with links to settlements.

The US, the UK and Israel have criticised UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk over the boycott call, with the US envoy to the UN stating that such action would not further the progress of a peace deal.

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Shock findings of ‘apartheid’ poll questioned

By Jenni Frazer, October 25, 2012

A controversial poll suggesting that Israeli Jews would “support apartheid” if the West Bank were annexedhas been strongly criticised.

The poll, whose results were reported in Ha’aretz on Monday, was commissioned by the Yisraela Goldblum Fund, an independent family foundation in the name of the former senior news editor of Kol Israel, who died in 2006.

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UK may support labelling West Bank products in the EU

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 4, 2012

The Israeli government is concerned that Britain is planning to support a move to have West Bank settlement products labelled in the European Union.

The EU-Israel trade agreement, signed in 2005, exempts Israeli goods from certain tariffs but not those that come from beyond the Green Line.

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Ehud Barak: We must pull out of West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 27, 2012

In an interview with Israeli daily Yisrael Hayom on Monday, Defence Minister Ehud Barak called on the Israeli government to consider a pullback from “isolated” settlements in the West Bank as a step towards separating the Israeli and Palestinian populations.

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