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Israel legalizes unsanctioned settler enclave

By Karin Laub / AP SHVUT RACHEL: Israel has legalized one of the oldest and largest of the unsanctioned settler enclaves dotting the West Bank, a step denounced by the Palestinians and Israeli activists as a show of bad faith ahead of talks next week between the Israeli leader and President Barack Obama. The dispute over …

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UN chief urges Israel to halt settlements

JERUSALEM: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has asked Israel to halt settlement construction in the West Bank as a way to restart Mideast peace efforts. At a news conference Wednesday, Ban told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that settlements are "not helpful." He urged Israel to refrain from further construction as a goodwill gesture. He also …

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Israel ‘to legalize outposts on private Palestinian land’

JERUSALEM: Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has capitulated to heavy pressure from the settler lobby to find ways of legalizing settlement outposts built on private Palestinian land, Haaretz newspaper said on Tuesday. According to the paper, he has ordered Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman to set up a task force to explore ways of legalizing such construction, contradicting …

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Jewish settlers clash with Palestinian farmers

AWARTA: Jewish settlers clashed with Palestinian farmers on Sunday as they tried to pick olives from land owned by the family of two men convicted of killing a young settler family in March. At least three Palestinians were injured when dozens of settlers armed with sticks and stones attacked the group of about 50 workers …

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Pressure mounts on Israel over settler homes

JERUSALEM: International pressure was mounting on Israel on Thursday over its plans to add another 1,100 homes to the east Jerusalem settlement neighborhood of Gilo. The Palestinian leadership has said the move effectively rebuffs a proposal from the Middle East Quartet for fresh peace talks, though senior Israeli politicians have given the Quartet’s plan a …

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Egypt condemns Israeli plan to expand settlements

CAIRO: Egypt on Wednesday condemned an Israeli decision to construct 1,100 Jewish settlers homes in East Jerusalem and called the move "provocative". Egypt, which has a peace treaty with Israel, has always condemned Israeli settlements but relations have grown more tense since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, a strategic ally of Israel and its …

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New Israeli settler homes ‘major obstacle’: Egypt

BERLIN: Egypt on Friday blasted Israel’s approval of 1,600 new homes in an east Jerusalem settlement as a "major obstacle" to the start of new peace talks with the Palestinians. "We cannot accept this, we condemn it categorically," Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr said in Berlin during his first European visit since taking office last month, …

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New Israeli settler homes ‘major obstacle’ to talks, says Egypt FM

BERLIN: Egypt on Friday blasted Israel’s approval of 1,600 new homes in an east Jerusalem settlement as a "major obstacle" to the start of new peace talks with the Palestinians. "We cannot accept this, we condemn it categorically," Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr said in Berlin during his first European visit since taking office last month, …

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EU expresses ‘deep regret’ on new E. Jerusalem settlement

BRUSSELS: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Friday expressed her "deep regret" over Israel’s approval of more new settler homes in east Jerusalem. The European Union "has repeatedly called on Israel to end all settlement activity, including natural growth, and to dismantle outposts erected since March 2001," Ashton said in a statement. "Settlement activity …

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Israel okays 1,600 E. Jerusalem settler homes

JERUSALEM: Israel’s interior minister has given final approval for the construction of 1,600 new settler homes in east Jerusalem, his spokesman said Thursday, prompting a furious reaction from Palestinian officials. Spokesman Roei Lachmanovich said Interior Minister Eli Yishai had endorsed the construction of 1,600 units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood and would shortly approve 2,700 …

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HRW urges US to link aid to Israeli settlements

JERUSALEM: Israel systematically stifles the development of Palestinian communities in the West Bank and east Jerusalem while fostering the growth of Jewish settlements on those lands, the New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report Sunday, urging the US to slash aid to Israel because of "blatantly discriminatory" practices. Human Rights Watch urged Israel …

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Abbas conditions peace talks on settlement freeze

CAIRO: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas Thursday stood firm on his demand for a halt to settlement building before talks with Israel can resume, as US officials scrambled to rescue the collapsing peace process. "We will not accept negotiations as long as settlements continue," Abbas told reporters in Cairo after more than one hour of talks …

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US says failed to secure new settlement freeze, say Palestinians

RAMALLAH: The US has admitted it failed to secure a new Israeli settlement freeze, a Palestinian official said Thursday, dealing a potential knockout blow to renewed peace efforts. "The US administration has informed us that the Israeli government did not agree to a new settlement freeze," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. …

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Interview: Budrus ‘built a model of civil resistance’

By Jody McIntyre BUDRUS: This Sunday, 7 November, will mark exactly seven years since Ayed Morrar first saw Israeli bulldozers arrive to destroy the land of his village, Budrus, in the occupied West Bank. Day by day, and night by night, the people of Budrus faced down the bulldozers, not realising they would give birth to …

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In Jerusalem settlement suburb, Israelis reject global stir

JERUSALEM: The approval of more than 1,000 new homes in Har Homa, a settlement suburb in occupied east Jerusalem, has prompted a wave of international condemnation, but residents here can’t understand all the fuss. A quiet suburb, with steep, winding roads, Har Homa’s white stone buildings command a spectacular view of the nearby town of …

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Palestinian children face increasing settler violence, says study

JERUSALEM: Palestinian children are coming under increasing attack by a handful of violent, extremist Jewish settlers, a rights group said Monday in a report on the human cost of settlement expansion. The study, which was compiled over two years by Defence for Children International-Palestine (DCI), investigated 38 separate incidents of settler violence towards minors, which …

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