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Israel plans for 24,000 more settler homes

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.

Israel to approve four West Bank settlements

Source : Aljazeera | 18 May 2013

Palestinian Authority Calls on Int'l Community to Pressure Israel Over Financial Stranglehood

By Jacob Chamberlain | Agencies | 20 Mar 2013

Warning of possible "political collapse," the Palestinian Authority has issued a report calling on the international community for help to ease its financial crisis, to pressure Israel to release Palestinian-owned revenues held hostage since its bid for UN status, and for a life without checkpoints in the occupied West Bank.

Israel ‘legalizes’ wildcat settler outpost: Peace Now

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.

Pressure mounts on Israel to reverse on settlement activity

Source : Agencies | 04 De 2012

Australia on Tuesday became the latest country to summon its Israeli ambassador to convey concerns over plans to build new settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Australia joined Britain and France in opposing Israeli settlement activity.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the Israeli proposal, and plans to withhold tax revenue from the Palestinian Authority, “enormously complicate the prospects for resuming negotiations between the two sides.”

“Australia has long opposed all settlement activity,” he added.

Israeli settlement bid a ‘fatal blow’ to peace: Ban

By AFP | 03 Dec 2012

U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon warned Sunday that if Israel implemented its latest plan for new settlements it would deal an “almost fatal blow” to any prospects for peace with the Palestinians.

Israel’s announcement about the 3,000 Jewish settler homes, whose planned location was not revealed, came in the wake of a historic vote by the United Nations General Assembly to upgrade Palestine’s diplomatic status.

Israel hits back with 3,000 new settler homes after Palestine wins U.N. vote

By AFP | 01 Dec 2012

Israel begins new West Bank settlements

Source : Anadolu Agency | 25 Sep 2012

Israel has begun construction work for 300 new settlements in south Bethlehem, a Palestinian activist told The Anadolu Agency on Monday.

Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements, Ahmad Salah, said the new Israeli settlement effort in the town of al-Khader covered an area of 460 hectares, and it was part of a wider Israeli decision to transform 40 Israeli military camps on several areas in the West Bank into civilian settlements.

Palestinian leaders seek solutions after protests

Source : Agencies | 11 Sep 2012

Palestinian ministers met on Tuesday to discuss ways of easing economic hardships, which have provoked growing protests across the occupied West Bank, challenging the Palestinian Authority.

In the cities of Hebron and Nablus, on Monday thousands of angry youths burned tyres, blocked streets and hurled stones at armed police, raising pressure on Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Population of Jewish settlements in West Bank up 15,000 in a year

Source : The Guardian | 27 Jul 2012

The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew by more than 15,000 in the past year to reach a total that exceeds 350,000 for the first time and has almost doubled in the past 12 years.

Figures from Israel's population registry show a 4.5% increase in the past 12 months. Most of the newcomers moved into settlements that many observers expect to be evacuated in any peace deal leading to a Palestinian state.

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