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Israel Vows to Build in West Bank Site After Evicting Protesters

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Israel’s prime minister has vowed to move ahead with settlement building in a Palestinian-claimed area near Jerusalem after Israeli security forces evicted more than 100 Palestinian protesters from the site. In an interview on Israeli radio Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu said “there will construction” in the disputed E-1 zone between Israeli occupied East Jerusalem and the […]

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Israel Evicts Palestinian Protesters from Settlement Area

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 10:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli police have evicted Palestinian protesters from a site in the occupied West Bank where Israelis plan to build a settlement. Palestinian activists erected tents in the area known as E-1 Friday saying they wanted to stop Israeli construction in the West Bank. The activists ignored orders to leave the area until Israeli police backed […]

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Fatah Holds First Rally in Gaza Since 2007

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of Palestinians from the Fatah faction held a mass rally in Gaza Friday for the first time since the rival Islamic militant group Hamas seized control of the territory in a brief civil war in 2007. The more moderate Fatah rules the West Bank, but as peace talks with Israel have deadlocked, […]

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Fatah Holds Giant Rally in Gaza

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Palestinians have jammed into main squares of Gaza City for the first rally marking the founding of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah political group since 2007. Fatah supporters chanted and waved yellow and black flags, on Friday, as they marked the party’s 48th anniversary. The group was founded by the late Palestinian leader […]

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Israel Allows Building Materials into Gaza

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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Israel has eased its five-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, allowing truckloads of building materials for private use to cross into the Palestinian territory in recent days. The materials purchased in Egypt are part of $400 million in projects Qatar has pledged for Gaza. Israel imposed the blockade in 2007 after the militant group Hamas […]

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Israel Approves Construction of More Than 1,200 New Apartments

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli officials have approved the construction of more than 1,200 apartments in a Jerusalem neighborhood outside the pre-1967 Israeli borders. The Interior Ministry’s Jerusalem Building Committee gave final approval to the plan late Monday. The project includes 930 apartments for immediate construction and around 300 that may be built at a later time in Gilo, […]

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Netanyahu: The World Has Double Standards

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has challenged international opposition to his plans to build settlements on occupied land east of Jerusalem. Speaking to foreign reporters Monday, Mr. Netanyahu accused the international community of having double standards for condemning not-yet-built settlements in the West Bank while remaining silent during a historic visit to the Gaza Strip […]

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US Joins EU Nations in Pressuring Israel to Reverse Settlement Plans

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration has joined European nations in trying to pressure Israel to reverse plans to build thousands of homes in the occupied areas of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, claimed by the Palestinians as part of an independent state. White House spokesman Jay Carney Monday said Israeli leaders should “exercise restraint” and “reconsider” […]

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Israel Says No Retreat on Settlement Plans

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel says it will not backtrack on a settlement expansion plan that has drawn strong international condemnation. An official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Monday “Israel will continue to stand by its vital interests, even in the face of international pressure.” He said “there will be no change in the decision that […]

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Britain, France Summon Israeli Envoys Over Settlement Plan

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Britain and France have summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their countries to express disapproval for Israel’s decision to develop a disputed area near East Jerusalem. Israel has authorized planning for the potential construction of 3,000 Jewish homes in a barren area that would involve linking East Jerusalem with Israel’s main West Bank settlement. The moves […]

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