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Israel boosts settlers’ powers, ‘formalizing apartheid’

Israel boosts settlers’ powers, ‘formalizing apartheid’

Israel has increased the powers of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) by giving them the formal authority to manage their own “municipal” affairs. The Israeli army said in a statement issued late Thursday that it had signed an order to allow a council to provide services to the 1,000 settlers in the occupied city. …

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Israeli settlements almost tripled in 1st half of 2017: Report

Israeli settlements almost tripled in 1st half of 2017

A newly published report shows that the scale of the Israeli settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories has increased by almost three times in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period last year. The Palestinian national office for the defense of land and resistance of settlement released the figure in its weekly report on Saturday. The …

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Amnesty urges UK to ban imports from illegal Israeli settlements

Amnesty urges UK to ban imports from illegal Israeli settlements

.’All settlement goods and its revenue belongs to Palestinians, but the cash goes into Israelis pockets. This is a sheer daylight robbery. Amnesty International has urged the UK to boycott the import of all goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements which were once Palestinian lands. This leverage must be used to stop human rights abuses against Palestinians which include displacing hundreds of thousands …

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Israel has ignored resolution to stop settlements in Palestinian territories, UN says

Israel has ignored resolution to stop settlements in Palestinian territories, UN says

.Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov also accuses groups including Hamas of continuing to incite ‘unacceptable’ violence against Jews Israel has ignored a demand by the UN Security Council to stop building settlements in the Palestinian West Bank, the UN has warned. In the first report on the implementation of a UN resolution, which called on Israel “to cease all settlement …

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Israel passes bill retroactively legalising Jewish settlements

Israel passes bill retroactively legalising Jewish settlements

.The bill was supported by Benjamin Netanyahu, but opponents said the law ‘makes theft an official Israeli policy’ Israel’s parliament has approved a controversial bill to retroactively “legalise” illegal Jewish outposts built on privately owned Palestinian land, setting up an inevitable confrontation with the international community. The so-called regulation bill paves the way for Israel to recognise thousands of illegally …

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Kerry says settlements endanger peace, Israel hits back

Kerry says settlements endanger peace, Israel hits back

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Wednesday that Israel’s building of settlements was endangering Middle East peace, expressing unusually frank frustration with the long-time American ally. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shot back at Kerry and accused him of showing bias against the Jewish state. In a 70-minute speech just weeks before the Obama administration hands over to …

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Israel should stop settlements, denying Palestinian development – Quartet report

Israel should stop settlements, denying Palestinian development - Quartet report

Israel should stop building settlements and the Palestinians should cease incitement to violence, the Middle East diplomatic quartet said in a much-awaited report Friday aimed at reviving peace talks. The United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations — which comprise the quartet — said settlements, demolition of Palestinian homes and Israeli confiscation of land were “steadily eroding …

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