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Israeli West Bank settlers increase by 4.7 percent in 2012

The number of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank grew by 4.7% in 2012, according to figures obtained by AFP Wednesday from a settler organisation. The settler population stood at 360,000 at beginning of January 2013 compared to 343,000 in January 2012, according to the Yesha Council, the largest…

U.S. ‘deeply troubled’ by new Israeli settlements

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday that Israel’s decision to build nearly 300 new homes in the occupied West Bank is “deeply troubling,” and contradict efforts to revive peace talks with the Palestinians. “We have seen… reports of this approval for apartments in the West Bank. We consider it…

West Bank home demolitions up ‘alarmingly’: UN

Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank rose “alarmingly” in the first half of 2011, in some cases threatening entire communities, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday. The UN Relief and Works Agency, which looks after Palestinian refugees, said 356 structures had been demolished in the…

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