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  • Israel approves 184 new settlement homes

    March 19, 2014 | 8:33 am

    Israel's Jerusalem municipality approved building plans on Wednesday for 184 new homes in two Jewish settlements in the West Bank, drawing anger from Palestinians engaged in faltering statehood talks.

    A municipality spokeswoman said the local planning committee had approved...

  • Eden Memorial Park settles lawsuit in $80.5 million deal

    By Jared Sichel

    February 27, 2014 | 5:17 pm

    A massive four-year, 25,000-person class action lawsuit against Eden Memorial Park came to an end on Feb. 27, when the Jewish cemetery in Mission Hills agreed to a settlement worth an estimated $80.5 million, according to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

    The legal...

  • Israel frees Palestinian prisoners, pushes settlement plan

    December 30, 2013 | 5:49 pm

    Israel set free 26 Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday as part of U.S.-brokered peace efforts, after pledging to press ahead with plans to build more homes in Jewish settlements.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, whose shuttle diplomacy led to a resumption of the negotiations in...

  • The Bedouin, human rights, and ‘legitimacy’: A final word to Gerald Steinberg

    December 19, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    Gerald Steinberg has asked that I respond to the specific charges he levies against human rights organizations, my colleague Rabbi John Rosove, and me regarding our involvement in protecting the rights of some 30-40,000 Bedouin to avoid forced expulsion from their homes. At the...

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  • Israeli government shelves controversial Bedouin resettlement plan

    December 12, 2013 | 11:22 am

    The Israeli government is shelving a proposal to resettle tens of thousands of Bedouin residents of the Negev that had drawn fierce criticism.

    One of the proposal’s main architects, Benny Begin, told reporters on Thursday that the so-called Prawer-Begin Plan would be revised. He...

  • German trade union leader opposes West Bank boycott

    November 11, 2013 | 10:13 am

    German trade union leader Michael Sommer vowed to stand up to unionists who want to boycott goods made in West Bank Jewish settlements.

    “As long as I am head of this organization, there will never be a resolution that says ‘Don’t buy from Jews,’ ” said Sommer, 61, chair of the...

  • Two injured in West Bank firebomb attack

    November 8, 2013 | 9:43 am

    Two people sustained minor injuries when a firebomb hit their car near the West Bank settlement of Efrat.

    The car was completely burnt in the attack Thursday night, Army Radio reported. The two victims had burns and were taken by ambulance to a hospital in Jerusalem.

    The attack...

  • Grappling with troubled peace process, Kerry urges Israeli settlement limits

    November 6, 2013 | 9:36 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel on Wednesday to limit settlement building in the West Bank to help push peace talks with the Palestinians back on track.

    Faced with grim Israeli and Palestinian assessments of progress in the talks, Kerry also appeared to slap down...

  • Israel says it will announce more settlement building

    October 24, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    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...

  • Holland opposes banning any Israeli product, Dutch premier says

    September 23, 2013 | 4:49 pm

    The Netherlands opposes any kind of import ban on Israeli products, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, though it must enforce European Union legislation on labeling settlement goods.

    “I would like to stress that the Netherlands opposes any type of import ban or the boycott of...

  • Most Israelis support peace deal; Bennett vows settlement expansion

    July 24, 2013 | 7:42 am

    With Israeli-Palestinian talks set to begin, a poll has shown that a majority of Israelis would support a final-status agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

    Conducted by Tel Aviv University and the Dialog Institute, the poll showed that 39 percent of Israelis would vote for a...

  • As Kerry meets with Abbas, new West Bank housing advances

    July 17, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    An Israeli committee approved the construction of West Bank housing on the same day that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Jordan with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    The settlement subcommittee of the Higher Planning Council of the Civil Administration,...

  • Israeli court orders halt to construction in West Bank settlement

    June 28, 2013 | 6:44 am

    Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the state to halt construction of 40 homes in the West Bank settlement of Nokdim.

    The court issued the injunction Thursday in reviewing a petition filed by Palestinian residents near the settlement, Army Radio reported.

    Israeli Deputy Foreign...

  • Now, business leaders oppose settlements

    June 26, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    “We come from the field, and we’re feeling the pressure; if we don’t make progress toward a two-state solution, there will be negative developments for the Israeli economy. We’re already noticing initial signs of this. The future of the Israeli economy will be in danger.” This,...

  • New eastern Jerusalem housing approved on eve of Kerry visit

    June 26, 2013 | 5:51 pm

    The Jerusalem municipality issued construction permits to build 69 new housing units in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa.

    Wednesday’s approval comes a day before the planned arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as he attempts to bring Israel and the...

  • EU envoy targets settlements

    June 12, 2013 | 5:32 pm

    Israel’s settlement building is increasingly isolating the country in Europe, leading to European Union policies that could reinforce Israel’s delegitimization, according to the top EU representative to the peace process.

    Andreas Reinicke, the EU’s special envoy for the Middle...

  • Kerry presses Netanyahu on Jerusalem building

    June 3, 2013 | 8:03 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised U.S. unhappiness with Israel’s announcement of new building in eastern Jerusalem.

    Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for Kerry, was asked about such a conversation during the daily briefing...

  • Israel to authorize four West Bank settler outposts

    May 16, 2013 | 1:36 pm

    Israel plans to declare legal four unauthorized West Bank settler outposts, a court document showed on Thursday, days before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returns to the region to try to restart peace talks.

    Israel has been sending mixed signals on its internationally...

  • Knesset panel advances plan regulating Bedouin settlements

    May 6, 2013 | 1:50 pm

    A Knesset committee advanced a plan that would require the resettlement of some 30,000 Bedouin.

    The draft ratified Monday by the Ministerial Legislation Committee regulates Bedouin settlements in the Negev Desert. Along with requiring the resettlement of the Bedouin, the Law of...

  • Murder of Jewish settler sparks West Bank clashes

    May 1, 2013 | 10:11 am

    Israeli settlers and Palestinians clashed in the West Bank more than a day after the murder of a Jewish man by a Palestinian attacker.

    Jewish settlers threw rocks at passing Palestinian cars, and settlers and Palestinians threw rocks at each other in the northern West Bank on...

  • Netanyahu responds to Obama: Israelis will determine country’s best interests

    January 17, 2013 | 8:03 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to comments attributed to President Obama, saying that Israelis will determine the country's best interests.

    "Only the Israeli people will determine who best represents the State of Israel's vital interests," Netanyahu...

  • Legal treatment of alleged ‘price tag’ vandals reportedly akin to terror suspects

    December 6, 2012 | 11:25 am

    Israel's Supreme Court upheld a police decision to prohibit three Jewish suspects in "price tag" attacks from meeting with their lawyer for three days after their arrest.

    Wednesday's decision reportedly places their Dec. 2 vandalism attacks on the same level as Palestinian acts...

  • State Dept. warns ‘E-1’ construction would damage two-state prospects

    December 3, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    Building in the E-1 area between eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim would be "especially damaging" to efforts to reach a two-state solution, the State Department said.

    "The United States opposes all unilateral actions, including West Bank settlement...

  • U.S. rejects call for boycott by UN Rapporteur Falk

    October 26, 2012 | 9:47 am

    The Obama administration slammed U.N. special rapporteur Richard Falk's call for a boycott of private companies that are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise.

    Susan E. Rice, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, in a statement Friday called Falk's...

  • Israel approves more expansion of settlement near Jerusalem

    October 18, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    Israel on Thursday issued a detailed plan for the building of some 800 new homes on annexed land in the West Bank that is certain to attract further international condemnation of its settlement policies.

    A planning committee issued a call for bids from contractors to start...

  • United Church of Canada poised to approve settlement boycott

    August 16, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Canada’s largest Protestant church stands poised to approve a boycott of products made in Israeli settlements.

    Meeting in Ottawa, members of the United Church of Canada’s General Council on Wednesday affirmed a resolution supporting a boycott of goods produced in the West Bank and...

  • Bank reaches $340 million settlement after hiding business with Iran

    August 15, 2012 | 10:32 am

    The British bank Standard Chartered has agreed to pay New York’s top banking regulator $340 million for covering up transactions with Iran in order to gain fees.

    Earlier this month, New York’s Department of Financial Services accused the bank of concealing 60,000 transactions...

  • EU includes central Israel city on list of settlements

    August 15, 2012 | 10:21 am

    The European Union has included parts of the central Israel municipality of Modi’in on its list of settlements.

    Several zip codes from the city of Modiin, or Modiin-Maccabim-Reut since its merger in 2003, which is located in central Israel about halfway between Jerusalem and Tel...

  • Palestian power issues: The night that the lights went out?

    August 14, 2012 | 5:05 pm

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) owes more than $170 million to the Israel Electric Company, and Israel is threatening to cut off the flow unless the debt is paid. Palestinian officials say that could cause widespread blackouts throughout the West Bank.

    “A week ago they gave us a...

  • New date set for Migron settlement evacuation

    July 27, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Israel’s Supreme Court said that the evacuation of an illegal West Bank settlement must take place by Aug. 21.

    The judges granted the government request Friday to postpone the eviction of the Migron, home to about 50 families, until Aug. 21, according to Haaretz. An earlier...

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