Source : Agencies | 20 Nov 2013
Israeli bulldozers on Wednesday destroyed the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in the Negev Desert for the 61st time in the last three years.
On Wednesday morning, seven bulldozers – backed by a large contingent of Israeli police – entered the village and began demolishing homes and other structures, Ibrahim al-Wakili, who heads the regional council of unrecognized Bedouin communities in the Negev, told Anadolu Agency.
"We will start rebuilding our village immediately," al-Wakili said. "We will not leave our land."
Source : Agencies | 13 Nov 2013
Israel is making plans to build nearly 24,000 more settler homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, an anti-settlement group said on Tuesday, questioning the government's commitment to peace talks with the Palestinians.
Peace Now, which monitors settlement activity on occupied land Palestinians seek for a state, said the Housing Ministry had issued tenders late last month for drawing up construction plans, but that no building work was imminent.
Source : Agencies | 25 Oct 2013
Israel said on Thursday it would press ahead with plans to build in existing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in an apparent bid to appease hardliners opposed to peace talks with the Palestinians.
Local media said new building tenders could be announced next week, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in particular seeks to douse opposition from right-wingers in his government to a planned release of Palestinian prisoners.
By Jacob Chamberlain | Agencies | 28 Feb 2013
Illegal settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem poses the greatest threat to peace between Israel and Palestine, the European Union said in a report that urges all EU states to end all financial investments or transactions that could directly or indirectly aid the settlement-building process.
Source Agencies | 27 Feb 2013
Israel’s settlement construction in annexed east Jerusalem is part of a strategy aimed at preventing the Holy City from becoming the capital of two states, an internal EU report found on Wednesday.
In its Jerusalem Report 2012, a copy of which was seen by AFP, the European Union said Jewish settlement construction posed “the biggest single threat to the two-state solution.”
By Jon Queally | Agencies | 15 Jan 2013
Under cover of darkness early Sunday morning, Israel forces raided and forcefully evicted Palestinian and other multi-national activists from a hilltop protest camp they set up in the occupied-West Bank in an area recently slated for illegal Jewish settlement.
By AFP | 10 Jan 2013
Israel has quietly ‘legalized’ an unauthorized settlement outpost in the West Bank, the Peace Now settlement watchdog said on Wednesday, in the sixth such move within a year.
Peace Now’s Hagit Ofran said the move to legalize the Nofei Nehemia outpost, south of the Palestinian city of Nablus, was taken “a few days ago” in contravention of Israel’s commitments under the Middle East peace roadmap.
“Nofei Nehemia is an outpost established after March 2001, and under the roadmap Israel was supposed to remove it,” she said.
By Associated Press | 28 Dec 2012
Israel is planning its biggest construction surge in east Jerusalem in decades in a move that critics argue would cement its grip on the contested territory, further complicate any prospects for peace with the Palestinians, and badly rattle Israel’s already rocky relations with the rest of the world.