israeli settlements

Israeli Documents from Days After War Have Familiar Ring 50 Years On

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, May 31 – Within days of capturing East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war, Israel was examining options about their future ranging from Jewish settlement-building to the creation of a Palestinian state. As the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the war nears on June 5,

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Israel: EU’S Growing Concern

A two-state solution may be out of reach By Ben White On June 3, a few days before the 49th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, diplomats gathered in Paris for a conference framed as a preliminary step towards reviving official Israeli-Palestinian peace talks – though without the presence of either’s respective

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How The Settlers Won

50 years of unrelenting Jewish settlements in the West Bank have changed the landscape of the peace process. But the interlopers aren’t going anywhere. By Antony Loewenstein Har Bracha is a Jewish business situated near Nablus in the occupied West Bank. Established in 2004, its location offers spectacular views. With an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) jeep parked

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Palestine: Restricted Movement

Israel bans disabled Palestinian athletes from traveling. BY Sami Abu Salem A few Palestinian basketballers exercise at the Palestine Sports Club in the coastal city of Gaza. The game is intense and the players seem to be enjoying it, despite the extra physical effort they have to exert pushing their wheelchairs with one hand and

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Israel’s Settlement Drive is Becoming Irreversible, Diplomats Fear

By Luke Baker MITZPE YERICHO, West Bank, May 31 – In the hills east of Jerusalem, overlooking the Palestinian city of Jericho and the Jordan Valley, stands a religious Jewish settlement whose red-tile roofs, neat gardens and brightly coloured playgrounds give the sense of permanence. Mitzpe Yericho has stood on this escarpment, close to the

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U.S. ‘Concerned’ About Israel Destroying Palestinian Homes

WASHINGTON, April 1 – The United States is “concerned” about Israel‘s demolition of Arab buildings in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a State Department spokeswoman said on Friday, adding that it raised questions about Israel‘s commitment to a two-state political solution to the Palestinian conflict. Israeli forces bulldozed a school in the Bedouin village

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Gaza: No Way Out

Animals need food, but money is scarce and the borders are blocked By Sami Abu Salem In Khan Younis, south of Gaza, empty cages in the city’s sole zoo have been overtaken by untrimmed grass and dirt. An eerie silence fills the once bustling tourist attraction, home to a wide variety of wild animals, including

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Israel Backs Out of Spat with Brazil Over Settler Named as Envoy

JERUSALEM, March 28 – Israel reassigned its pick for ambassador to Brazil to a U.S. posting on Monday, backing off in a spat with Brasilia over the nominee’s links to Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Brazil’s left-leaning government, which has supported Palestinian statehood in recent years, had balked at accepting the appointment as

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Biden Says Israel Settlements Raise Questions About Commitment to Peace

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, March 21 – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Israel’s government on Sunday to demonstrate its commitment to a two-state solution to end the conflict with the Palestinians and said settlement expansion is weakening prospects for peace. “Israel’s government’s steady and systematic process of expanding settlements, legalizing outposts, seizing land,

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