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Op-Ed: US claims legality of Israeli settlements up to Israeli courts

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US now repudiates the 1978 State Department legal opinion that the Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine violate international law.

Israel told New Zealand UN anti-settlement resolution meant 'war'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned New Zealand's foreign minister that his nation's co-sponsorship of a United Nations resolution asking Israel to stop settlement construction in illegally occupied Palestine was a "declaration of war."

Op-Ed: Since Quartet report settlement construction surges in Israel

Jerusalem - Israeli settlement expansion has surged in the two months since a diplomatic Quartet report called for a halt to the construction of Jewish settlements on land claimed by Palestine.

Israel to build 770 new housing units in settlements

Jerusalem - Israel's Jerusalem Municipality local planning and construction committee has presented the plans for 770 new settlement housing units according to an Israeli news website.

E.U. 'settlement product' labeling requirement enrages Israel

Brussels - The European Union has issued new guidelines requiring the labeling of many products made in unlawful Israeli settlements in the illegally-occupied Palestinian territories.

Israeli Arabs, Palestinians slam Israel land-swap deal

Tel Aviv - An informal and highly controversial land swap deal by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has infuriated Palestinians and Israeli Arabs alike, and they are all out to nip the proposal in the bud.

South Africa blasts Israeli settler colonization of Palestine

Pretoria - South Africa's foreign minister slammed Israel's ongoing illegal settler colonization of occupied Palestinian territory on Friday, saying the Jewish state's actions "kept her awake" nights.

Israel approves new settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem

Jerusalem - Hours after releasing 26 Palestinian prisoners, Israeli authorities approved the construction of more than 1,500 new settler homes in illegally-occupied East Jerusalem.

Palestinian shepherd attacked near former Israeli settlement

A Palestinian shepherd was viciously attacked by masked men allegedly armed with iron rods near an evacuated illegal Israeli settler outpost in the occupied West Bank on Sunday.

Op-Ed: Israel gives initial approval for 800 plus new homes on West Bank

Jerusalem - Even after Israeli Palestinian peace talks have just resumed, Israel has given preliminary approval for construction of more than 800 new homes in Israeli settlements on the occupied West Bank

Op-Ed: EU's new Israel settlement policy — A step in the right direction

Brussels - The European Union announced today that future agreements with Israel must include explicit language acknowledging that illegal Zionist settler colonies are not part of the Jewish state's territory.

EU to forbid states from doing business with Israeli settlements

A new European Union decree has prevented E.U. member states from funding, doing business with or providing grants to any Israeli entity that exists beyond the pre-1967 Israeli boundaries.

Op-Ed: No agreement but Kerry positive on Israel-Palestine peace talks

Jerusalem - John Kerry ended four days of diplomacy aimed at restarting long-stalled peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. Although there was no breakthrough, Kerry said that there was real progress but that a few things needed to be worked on.

US refuses to take part in UN debate on Israeli settlements

Geneva - The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council discussed a January report by a panel of UN investigators. The debate is taking place just two days before president Obama begins a visit to Israel.

When Carter went to Israel

As Obama is scheduled to make a 'historic' trip to the State of Israel we have access to new documents that reveal more about Jimmy Carters visit to Israel as POTUS 34-years-ago.

Video: Israeli police arrest Palestinian mother and infant

At least 15 Palestinians accompanied by Israeli activists were arrested trying to access Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank on Saturday.

Netanyahu: Settlements not world's concern, focus on Iran nukes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a hard line with US senators over the weekend, saying that settlements in Jerusalem were not the world's problem and that a nuclear Iran should instead be the world's focus.

Op-Ed: Israel evicts Palestinians from protest camp

Jerusalem - A tent camp set up in the E-1 area east of Jerusalem, Bab a-Shams, was cleared out by 500 Israeli police and IDF officers, even though a High Court order was issued that seemed to prevent the state from evicting them for six days.

Op-Ed: Stephen Harper finally condemns Israeli settlement expansion

Ottawa - In a sudden reversal of Canada's unqualified support for Israel, Stephen Harper warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Canada does not support the expansion of settlements planned by Israel.

Op-Ed: Canada refuses explicit criticism of Israeli settlement expansion

Ottawa - While other strong allies of Israel, even the United States, have strongly condemned the Israeli plan to build 3,000 settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, Canada refused to directly criticize the plan.

Israel to expand illegal settlements in occupied Palestine

Israel will allow more than 1,200 new settler homes to be built in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, flouting international law and continuing a process described by critical international observers as a form of ethnic cleansing.

Israeli spending on settlements grows 38% since 2010

Jerusalem - The Jewish newspaper Haaretz reports that spending on settlements has soared 38 per cent since 2010. The number of settlers on Palestinian territory tripled from 1993 to 342,000 in 2011. Even this total excludes 200,000 Jews living in East Jerusalem.

Controversy over Israeli settlement university

Israeli officials have in a highly controversial move decided to create the country's first university in one of its settlements in the West Bank.

Court ruling qualifies settlement products as not Made in Israel

Products from Israeli settlements on occupied territory do not qualify for preferential trade treatment under Israel's trade agreement with the European Community, says European Court of Justice.

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The illegal Israeli settler colony of Ramat Shlomo
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An American-made Israeli bulldozer destroys an  illegal  Palestinian home in illegally-occupied Pale...
An American-made Israeli bulldozer destroys an "illegal" Palestinian home in illegally-occupied Palestine.
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