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Spain & Italy warns citizens: Don’t invest in E. Jerusalem, Jewish settlements or Golan Heights

Italy and Spain join Germany, U.K. & France in advising against possible legal and financial risks for those investing in Israel.


The Spanish and Italian governments issued a warning to their citizens on Friday against doing business with Israeli settlements in the West Bank, in East Jerusalem, and in the Golan Heights. The foreign ministries of both countries announced that companies engaging in economic activity in the settlements would be making themselves vulnerable to a series of risks.

מעלה אדומים, משרד החוץ דורש לשנות את הכיתוב  (צילום: באדיבות Lowshot)

Ma’ale Adumim in Judea and Samaria – Photo: Lowshot

According to the announcements made by Spain and Italy, the European Union and its member states do not recognize Israeli rule in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, which were conquered in 1967, and regard the settlements as illegal in international law.

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Ministers to decide on Palestinian prisoner release list


Palestinians officials outraged at planned announcement of new Israeli settlement constructions plans, alongside the release of jailed Palestinian terrorists.



The ministerial committee tasked with selecting the list of Palestinian security prisoners to be released is scheduled to meet on Saturday night to decide on those to be freed late Monday night, in the third out of four such releases.

A released Palestinian prisoner at the Erez crossing between Israel and the northern Gaza Strip.

A released Palestinian prisoner at the Erez crossing between Israel and the northern Gaza Strip. – Photo: REUTERS

Soon after the prisoner release, Israel is expected to announce plans for construction beyond the Green Line. Continue Reading »

Israeli Official: PM Netanyahu plans announcing new settlement construction


Israeli official says the Prime Minister, contrary to EU demands, is likely to announce plans for new settlement construction next week, coinciding with expected release of 3rd group of imprisoned Palestinian terrorists.


Israel likely will announce new plans for construction in Jewish settlements next week, an official said Wednesday, a move that is likely to trigger an international uproar and threaten peace talks with the Palestinians.

Settlements in the Samarian mountains (Photo:Tamar Lavmor Shlomovitz)

Settlements in the Samarian mountains – Photo:Tamar Lavmor Shlomovitz

The timing of the announcement would coincide with the expected release of a group of Palestinian prisoners. The government has announced new settlement construction plans during previous prisoner releases to blunt domestic criticism. Continue Reading »

Official figures report increased settlement construction

Central Bureau of Statistics’ report detailing overall construction starts, shows West Bank building at highest level since last year as compared to other regions throughout Israel.

Associated Press

Official Israeli figures show housing starts in West Bank settlements rose significantly in the first three months of 2013 compared to the same period last year – numbers that are likely to cast a shadow on the upcoming visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Settlement construction (Archive photo: Reuters)

Settlement construction – Archive photo: Reuters

A document on housing starts released by the Central Bureau of Statistics showed that building in the West Bank jumped from 313 housing starts between January and March last year to 865 the same period this year. Continue Reading »

EU preparing guidelines for labeling West Bank products

EU pursuing efforts to ensure labeling of settlement goods.

Israeli postal codes placed on exported products already alert European custom officials that products originate over the 1967 line.



The European Union is working on legal guidelines for any member states that might choose to clearly label products produced in West Bank settlements, according to diplomatic sources.

Activists march through  Modi'in Illit supermarket

Activists march through Modi’in Illit supermarket – Photo: REUTERS

“We are pursuing efforts to ensure correct labeling of settlement goods as tasked by the council,” an EU spokesperson told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

The work now underway in Brussels to create guidelines for the sale of West Bank settlement products follows a December 2012 conclusion by an EU meeting of foreign ministers that all agreements with Israel “must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, namely the Golan Heights; the West Bank, including east Jerusalem; and the Gaza Strip.”

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Elderly Arab shepherd severely beaten; settlers offer assistance

Hassan Barhoush, 80, severely beaten & left for dead while tending his sheep.
Shocked Avnei Hefetz residents visit him in hospital, seek

By Itamar Fleishman


Hassan Barhoush, an 80-year-old Palestinian shepherd from Kafr al-Labad in the West Bank, remains hospitalized at the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv after being severely beaten a week-and-a-half ago by two unknown assailants with rods.

"לא תהיה יותר מאנרכיה". חוסני ברהוש ואביו בבית החולים (צילום: ירון ברנר)

Barhoush and his son at the hospital – Photo: Yaron Brener

Both of Barhoush’s hands were broken in the attack, and he was left bleeding on the ground. Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

The elderly man’s son, Husni, told Ynet his father tends his sheep for two or three hours a day and then returns home. Continue Reading »

Settlers leave illegal outpost peacefully

Day after fighting with Border Police & soldiers, dozens of rightist activists depart quietly from illegal outpost of Oz-Zion

Yoav Zitun

Dozens of rightist activists who camped out at the illegal West Bank outpost of Oz Zion overnight left the area of their own accord on Saturday evening.

The activists grabbed their belongings minutes after the sun had set and continued on to the nearby outpost of Givat Asaf. IDF troops watched over their departure.

המתנחלים מתפנים מרצון מעוז ציון (צילום: אוהד צויגנברג)

Activists on way out of Oz Zion – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg

Only a day earlier the settlers clashed with the security forces that tried to remove them from the makeshift town. Continue Reading »

UK to Israel: Europe will consider further steps if you don’t reverse settlement expansion

UK Foreign Secretary Hague: Europe unlikely to open economic sanctions against Israel

Brazil, Ireland, Australia & Finland join other countries in summoning their Israeli ambassador

US State Department: Palestinian UN vote nor Israel response, brings us closer to 2-state solution.

By and Reuters


British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday that European sanctions against Israel in response to its latest plans to build more settlements on disputed land were not an option, but said further steps would need to be considered if the expansion plans were not rescinded.

William Hague speaking during a news conference

British Foreign Secretary William Hague speaking during a news conference on the continuing situation in Syria at the United Nations headquarters in New York, August 30, 2012.

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US ‘shocked’ by Israel’s new homes to be built in E. Jerusalem

NYT wrote: Israel gave U.S. only few hrs notice of their decision to pursue housing development that may actually prevent the creation a contiguous Palestinian state.

Former US Ambassador Kurtzer: ‘This is one of the most sensitive areas of territory,’

By Ynet


The Israeli approval of 3,000 new housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank came as a shock to the US administration, the New York Times reported Saturday.

US President Barack Obama (Archive photo: AFP/THE WHITE HOUSE / Pete Souza)

US President Barack Obama -Photo: AFP/THE WHITE HOUSE/Pete Souza

The Americans were particularly angry at the decision to pursue “preliminary zoning and planning preparations” for a development on the segment connecting the town of Ma’aleh Adumim to Jerusalem (known as area E1) that would separate Ramallah and Bethlehem from Jerusalem and could prevent the creation of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state. Continue Reading »

Approved! 3,000 more homes beyond Green Line to be built.

Less than 24 hrs after the UN General Assembly recognizes Palestine as non-member state, gov’t’s top 9 ministers respond by approving construction of new housing units in Jerusalem & West Bank.

Canada says they will review its whole relationship with the Palestinian Authority

Itamar Eichner


Israel responds to Palestinian move at UN:Israel decided Thursday to approve the construction of an additional 3,000 housing units in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

In addition, the planning procedures of thousands of additional housing units in Jerusalem and the settlement blocs will be furthered, including in the segment connecting Ma’ale Adumim with Jerusalem, known as the E1 project. Continue Reading »

British family claims they own Negev village land

Regavim group filed a complaint to stop building on private land near Beersheba & relocate 7,000 residents from Bedouin village.


Mark Ismailoff, who moved to Israel from the UK in 1979, lives in Jerusalem. But his sights are on the Negev, where he owns 6.25 percent of a 640,000-square meter plot of land southeast of Beersheba that he inherited from his grandfather – who bought it in 1935.

Beduin village of El-Zarnoug in the Negev - Photo: Courtesy Regavim

Beduin village of El-Zarnoug in the Negev – Photo: Courtesy Regavim

Standing on the plot today, however, is the unrecognized Beduin village El-Zarnoug. Ismailoff, aided by Regavim – a group which defines itself as having a “Zionist agenda to protect national lands” – is trying to force the state to stop building on the land, vacate a school and a kindergarten built there, and eventually relocate all of the residents.

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