Posts Tagged ‘israeli settlers’

Israeli settlers protest ahead of vote on outpost

June 6th, 2012 Comments off

Ulpana outpostHundreds of settlers demonstrated outside Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday evening, on the eve of a crucial vote in the nearby parliament.

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Israeli settlers shoot West Bank Palestinian

May 26th, 2012 Comments off

Palestinian men carry a wounded protester on a stretcher after clashes with settlers in the West BankA Palestinian was shot and wounded on Saturday in clashes with Jewish settlers from the hardline Yitzhar settlement in the northern West Bank, witnesses and an AFP journalist said.

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Jordan condemns Israeli settlers' breaking into Al-Aqsa mosque

February 19th, 2012 Comments off

Jordan Sunday condemned breaking into Al-Aqsa mosque by Israeli settlers, calling on Arabs and Muslims to intervene to halt such violations, media reports said.
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Settlers clash with Israeli troops in West Bank (AP)

December 13th, 2011 Comments off

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2009 file photo, Jewish settlers build a cement foundation for a synagogue as a symbolic act of protest against the Israeli government's decision to freeze construction of private homes in settlements, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat south of Jerusalem. Israel's government has approved 40 new houses to replace trailers at a West Bank settlement, the settlement's mayor said Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 drawing criticism from Palestinians. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)AP – Dozens of Israeli settlers entered an army base in the West Bank early Tuesday and lit fires, damaged vehicles and threw stones at a senior officer, the military said, in a sign of growing animosity between Jewish extremists and soldiers guarding the settlements.

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Palestinian ‘freedom riders’ board Israeli buses in protest (The Christian Science Monitor)

November 16th, 2011 Comments off

The Christian Science Monitor – Decked-out in T-shirts bearing slogans such as “dignity,” “freedom,” and “justice,” and wearing the symbolic black and white Palestinian kaffiyeh scarves, six Palestinian activists waited at a bus stop this afternoon with a group of Israeli settlers.
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Israeli settlers said to cut Palestinians’ trees (AP)

September 20th, 2011 Comments off

Palestinians march during a rally to support the Palestinian statehood bid in the United Nations, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. The Palestinians brushed aside heated Israeli objections and a promised U.S. veto Monday, vowing to submit a letter formally requesting full U.N. membership when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the General Assembly. Number 194 represents the Palestinian hope to become 194th member of the UN. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)AP – Palestinian villagers say Israeli settlers in the West Bank have set fire to dozens of acres of agricultural land and cut down about 500 olive, fig and almond trees.

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A letter from Palestine

September 7th, 2011 Comments off

6 September 2011
Bethlehem, Palestine
Dear Alumni and Friends of Bethlehem University,
Generally, I am delighted to write to you with some encouraging news about happenings at Bethlehem University. Today, however, I have some disturbing and unfortunate news to share with you.
In the early morning hours of Monday, 5 September 2011, while travelling in the West Bank between the Palestinian villages of Al-Lubban and Turmos Aya and near the Israeli settlements of Ofarim and Bet Ariye along the Nablus-Ramallah, Dr. Adwan Adwan, a faculty member in the Arabic Department at Bethlehem University, was the victim of a violent attack by some 20 Israeli settlers who threw rocks in his face, injuring his head, shoulder, and stomach. His car was blocked by a pile of burning tires when he quickly came under what he said felt like a well-orchestrated ambush. Dr. Adwan eventually was able to speed away from the scene and get himself to a hospital for treatment. “I felt lucky to escape with my life,” he says.
On the same day and further along the same road, near the settlement of Shiloh in the Palestinian Territories, Miss Yara Odeh, a Bethlehem University masters degree student, was the victim of a violent attack by some Israeli settlers. Yara found herself stuck in what appeared to be a traffic jam caused by Israeli settlers pelting cars with rocks. With the road blocked, she escaped from her car through the passenger door and ran toward nearby Israeli soldiers, calling for help. She reports being refused help and being told to return to her car. “The settlers seemed not so much interested in damaging the car as they were in harming me,” she says of the incident.
The Bethlehem University administration is extremely disturbed by these attacks on members of the academic community. “We value the lives of our faculty and students,” says Dr. Michael Sansur, Executive Vice President at Bethlehem University. “Each and every day our faculty engage our students in promoting democracy, peace, and justice. We are fortunate to have a campus atmosphere that is known to be an oasis of peace. These violent and aggressive attacks on our students and faculty from Israeli settlers in the Palestinian territories are horrifying and unjust. We are grateful for the well-being of Dr. Adwan and Yara in surviving these traumatic events and pledge to continue in our efforts to prepare our graduates to take their place as ethical leaders in fostering shared values, moral principles and dedication to serving the common good.”
As reported in the media and by the United Nations, there appears to be an increase in the number of Palestinians who are being attacked by groups of Israeli settlers. The United Nations and other international human rights and aid organizations report that more than 500,000 Israeli settlers, many of whom are armed, occupy the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers.  
Blessings to you,

Brother Jack Curran, FSC, PhD
Vice President for Development
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
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Israelis set a mosque on fire and that is how it is (un)covered in passing in the New York Times

September 6th, 2011 Comments off
Can you imagine if this was about Muslims setting a synagogue on fire? Can you imagine the international uproar? I can imagine the text of a US Congressional resolution and the text of a UNSC presidential statement.  “Earlier in the day, Israeli settlers in the West Bank tried to set a fire inside a disused mosque to protest the Israeli military’s destruction of three settler houses at an illegal outpost.”  Bronner even gives their “attempt” justification.  (thanks Yahya)

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Settlers protest as army hunts killers near Nablus (AFP)

March 14th, 2011 Comments off

Israeli relatives and friends carry the body of three-month-old Hadas Fogel on March 13. Israeli settlers on Monday stoned Palestinian homes at a West Bank village where troops hunted those behind a grisly attack on a settler family, Palestinian officials said.(AFP/File/Jack Guez)AFP – Israeli settlers on Monday stoned Palestinian homes at a West Bank village where troops hunted those behind a grisly attack on a settler family, Palestinian officials said.

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Countries won’t line up to extinguish these fires

December 29th, 2010 Comments off

Local officials in Madama village, south of Nablus, said Monday that dozens Israeli settlers from the nearby Yitzhar settlement were behind the torching of agricultural lands and an attack on a farmer.” (thanks Olivia)

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