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June 2, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
LONE PINE, Calif. - Oral histories of Native Americans and U.S. Cavalry records offer insights into a horrific massacre here in 1863: Thirty-five Paiute Indians were chased into Owens Lake by settlers and soldiers to drown or be gunned down. But the records are silent on one important point. Exactly where did the massacre occur on the moonlit night of March 19, 1863? An archaeological find in what is today a vast alkali playa has revealed a cache of bullets, musket balls, cavalry uniform buttons and Native American artifacts that Paiute tribal members and researchers believe are evidence of the grim chapter in Owens Valley history.
May 21, 1989 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
A day after Palestinians clashed with pursuing Israeli troops in a deadly shoot-out, the leadership of the Arab uprising in the West Bank and Gaza Strip called on its followers Saturday to take revenge on Israeli soldiers and settlers whenever Palestinians are killed by either. "From a position of self-defense and in order to make the enemy pay a high price for his crimes, we call on the strike forces to attack soldiers and settlers and to kill a soldier or settler for every martyr who falls," the latest leaflet of the underground leaders said Saturday.
April 6, 2005 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to defuse tensions over his plan to withdraw Israelis from the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Tuesday met for the first time in months with representatives of the Jewish settlements that are to be emptied. Among the topics was a new proposal by settlers that would allow them to move en masse to a coastal area north of Gaza. The fence-mending session ended without decisions, but with promises of further talks, Israeli media reported.
December 29, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
For months many Israelis shrugged off the mosque burnings, the uprooted Palestinian olive trees and even the death threats against Jewish leftists. But when young settlers this month vandalized army bases and stoned Israeli soldiers, the question of Jewish terrorism turned into a national emergency. The recent flare-up in settler violence has puzzled many because it comes when there are no peace talks that might lead to land concessions, Palestinian attacks in the West Bank have dropped to new lows, and Israel is led by a conservative government that is expanding settlement construction.
April 10, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Israel's government is scrambling to find ways to save some of the unauthorized West Bank settlements it once promised to dismantle, including some that are built partly on private Palestinian land. The new strategy seeks to retroactively legalize some outposts and, in other cases, relocate Jewish settlers to nearby land that is not privately owned, in effect creating what critics say would be the first new West Bank settlements in years. The approach by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition government appears designed to avoid the need to carry out high-profile military evictions of settlers in order to appease conservative lawmakers, who have accused Netanyahu of betraying the settlers' cause.
November 15, 2010 | By Hanan Ashrawi
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has reached a critical stage. For more than two decades, the two-state solution has been the basis of international efforts to make peace in the region. Yet the Israeli government's refusal to cease settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem will shortly render the creation of a territorially contiguous and viable Palestinian state impossible. A failure of the two-state solution will generate further instability in the region, strengthen rejectionist elements on both sides and likely mean that the conflict will drag on for generations.
October 17, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israeli construction in West Bank settlements has increased dramatically in 2013, according to a new report. According to the report by Peace Now, an anti-settlement advocacy group, construction of Jewish settlements in the West BankĀ  was up 70% from January to June this year, compared with the same period in 2012. The report offers a summary of the trends and numbers of Israeli settlements in the West Bank since the 1990s Oslo peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians, and the effects the settlements could have on the proposed two-state solution . To date, more than 340,000 settlers live in the West Bank, more than triple the number 20 years ago when the peace process began.
April 17, 1988
"In 1604, shortly before the first permanent settlers in America arrived at Jamestown": so Fox Butterfield begins his review (April 3) of the history of an ancient Chinese family. What arrogance! The first permanent settlers in America arrived, from Asia as it happens, across Bering Strait some time before 10,000 BC. DONALD GREENE LOS ANGELES
August 22, 2005
Re "Israeli Forces Pour In to Evict Settlers," Aug. 17 The modern state of Israel has no more right, as some of the protesting settlers say, to "control the Biblical Israel" than the modern state of Italy has to reestablish the Roman Empire. What I can't understand is why the settlers want to remain in fortified enclaves, surrounded by barbed wire, guard towers and hostile territory. I should think they would find that to be too reminiscent of concentration camps. RON SAMUELS Studio City
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