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Merkel: Israeli settlement a 'grave concern'

Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed "grave concern" over Israel's continued settlement building on occupied Palestinian territory Tuesday, as she and her cabinet visited Jerusalem to meet their counterparts.

Israel approves release of Palestinian prisoners, new housing tenders expected

Israel has approved the release of a third group of Palestinian prisoners as part of US-brokered peace talks. However, Tel Aviv is expected to once again announce new housing tenders in West Bank settlements, despite international criticism.

Israel: Palestinian farmers to blame for settler attacks on their land

Responding to damage claim, the state claims 'price tag' victims at fault for failing to duly protect their land.

The state is claiming that Palestinians who were the recent target of a “price tag” attack are to blame for their misfortune - because they failed to adequately protect their plot of land.

UN condemns Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes

United Nations' Agency for Palestinian refugees condemns Israel's demolitions of Palestinian structures in West Bank, urging Israel to 'immediately halt' demolition, which displaced hundreds during 2013.

Israel to announce settlement plans

The Israeli regime will likely announce plans for construction of new settler units next week, an official says.

Human Rights Watch urges Israel to end demolitions of Palestinian homes

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Israeli forces to immediately end the “unlawful demolition” of homes belonging to Palestinians in the occupied territories.

Israeli law will strip many Arab ‘absentees’ of land

Israel is moving ahead with plans to apply a legal device that would enable it to seize of up to forty percent of Arab private property in annexed East Jerusalem, the area Palestinians envision as their future capital.

EU's decision on Israel like 'a bucket of cold water on the head of a drunk'

The European Union has at last lost patience with Israel's refusal to comply with international law over settlements.

Israel says ready to build 10,000 more illegal settler units

The Israeli regime says it is prepared to ‘immediately’ construct 10,000 illegal settler units in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in an attempt to lower housing costs.

Ireland to Use EU Presidency to Advance 'Settlement' Ban

Ireland is planning to utilize its upcoming term as President of the Council of EU to advance ban on products made in Judea and Samaria.

UN should hold Israel accountable

Canada has called on a UN special rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories Richard Falks to quit over his anti-Israel remarks, saying that the report he submitted to the UN General Assembly was disgraceful.

'UN should hold Israel accountable'

Gangster Israel disregards international law

Looking at Israeli human right violations in the occupied Palestinian territories and the Gaza strip, Israeli forces conducted 40 incursions into Palestinian communities and the occupied West Bank and 4 incursions in the Gaza strip for the period between October 18 and October 24th.

Gangster Israel disregards international law: Mark Glenn-News Analysis-10-25-2012

EU, France and UK condemn construction plan for southern Jerusalem

The European Union, Britain and France on Friday criticized Israel’s approval of a plan to construct hundreds of additional apartments in a Jerusalem neighborhood situated south of the 1967 Green Line.

Netanyahu pledges Israel will continue building in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo on Tuesday in a defiant prelude to talks with the European Union's top diplomat, who has condemned Gilo's expansion.

Israel's top diplomat scorns EU rebuke on Jerusalem settlement

Israel's foreign minister on Saturday dismissed criticism by the European Union of Jewish settlement on occupied land the Palestinians seek for a state, advising the 27-nation bloc to attend to its own problems instead.

Israel must end illegal settlement construction - Moscow

The Russian Foreign Ministry is concerned over Israeli plans to build more homes in East Jerusalem as an impediment to resuming Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, says a report posted on the ministry Web site.

OCHA: Israeli occupation destroys 13 houses weekly in West Bank

A UN report said that the occupation authority is continuing their attacks on Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank since the beginning of the current year.

Settlers pump wastewater on lands west of Bethlehem

A group of Jewish settlers pumped, on Thursday morning, wastewater from a settlement in the west of Bethlehem in southern West Bank, onto Palestinian agricultural land.

Movements restricted for Askar refugee camp

The main street from Askar Refugee Camp leading to Nablus is closed off three times every week by the Israeli army as around 1,000 illegal settlers make their way to “Joseph’s Tomb.” Each time, the street is closed for up to seven hours, leaving the camp essentially under curfew, unable to leave or enter the area.

Israel seeks court permission to expand 40 West Bank settlements

Government responds to Yesh Din petition, says old military expropriation orders allow for construction on privately owned Palestinian land.

Vandals spray 'Jesus is a monkey' on Latrun monastery

Suspected right-wing extremists spray anti-Christian graffiti, targeting Palestinian property in Migron evacuation rebuke.

Settlers vandalize property in Ramallah village

A group of settlers from Givat Ariel outpost wrote "Palestinians should die," and "Stay away from our lands," on a wall in the village, Sinjil mayor Ayoub Swaied said.

Canadian Protestants call for settlement boycott

Canada's largest Protestant denomination is calling for a boycott of goods produced in "illegal" Israeli settlements, including eastern Jerusalem.

Israel cuts contact with UN rights council, to protest settlements probe

Israel decided Monday to sever all contact with the United Nations human rights council and with its chief commissioner Navi Pillay, after the international body decided to establish an international investigative committee on the West Bank settlements.

EU on verge of abandoning hope for a viable Palestinian state

Israel's foreign ministry denied that Israeli settlers were taking water resources from the West Bank

Jews won't protest Palestinian bid

When Palestinians push their bid for recognition at the UN on 23 Sep 2011, small Jewish groups in New York will protest, but larger Jewish groups plan to stay away.

China announces support for Palestinian UN statehood bid

China says it supports a Palestinian plan to seek full membership in the United Nations next month.

Israeli Settlers Welcome Russian Neo-Nazi Holocaust Deniers to Knesset, Yad VaShem

It begins with a visit from a Russian neo-Nazi delegation to Israel.The two Russians have been photographed giving Nazi salutes, celebrating Der Fuhrer’s birthday, and they published songs of praise to Adoph Hitler on their website.One of the neo-Nazis told Israeli TV that the concept of Israel “excites me”.

Israel lays Gaza-like siege on West Bank village

In a move akin to the four-year-long economic blockade against the occupied Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers have closed the six entrances to the village of 17,000 inhabitants and have imposed a widespread prohibition policy against all major imports and exports from the village -- including gasoline, produce, raw industrial materials and basic supplies. Ambulances have also been prevented from entering or exiting the village.

ADL Urges US to Veto UN Resolution on Settlements

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the U.S. government to "unambiguously declare" that it would veto a United Nations Security Council Resolution on the issue of settlements if it is presented to the council for a vote.

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