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November 17, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A group of Israeli soldiers disobeyed orders to help dismantle several structures that Jewish settlers had built without government authorization in the occupied West Bank. A military spokeswoman said two of the soldiers were immediately sent to prison for 30 days and permanently dismissed from command or combat positions. Several others were still under investigation. The mutiny at an outpost near the West Bank city of Hebron followed a similar incident last month that raised concern about rebellion in the ranks of soldiers opposed on religious or political grounds to any settler evacuation in a future peace deal with Palestinians.
October 26, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
Israeli police stormed the grounds of Al Aqsa mosque Sunday, using clubs and stun grenades to subdue hundreds of stone-throwing Palestinians in the worst clashes in a month of unrest in and around Jerusalem's Old City. The rioting, which caused no fatalities and subsided after a few hours, did not appear to portend a large-scale Palestinian uprising. But it sprang from increasing tensions stoked by Jewish and Islamic extremists that could keep Jerusalem and its contested holy sites on edge for weeks to come.
October 24, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
Embarrassed by what it called "a disgraceful disciplinary aberration," the Israeli military announced Friday that it would punish soldiers who staged a pro-settler demonstration during their swearing-in ceremony at Jerusalem's Western Wall. Thursday's protest reflected fears by right-wing nationalists that the conservative-led government would eventually yield to U.S. pressure to negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement and evict Jewish settlers from the West Bank. The young soldiers, who were being sworn in to an elite infantry unit, the Kfir Brigade, held up banners declaring their refusal to obey orders to enforce any such decision.
September 8, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
With a green light to build 455 homes for settlers in the West Bank, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have contained unrest among his right-wing supporters over a likely deal with the Obama administration to limit the growth of Jewish communities on land claimed by the Palestinians. The Defense Ministry announced the construction permits Monday, ignoring White House objections voiced Friday after Israel's intentions were first disclosed. Israeli officials insisted that the new housing units, along with 2,500 already under construction, will be exempt from any suspension of settlement growth, even though discussions with U.S. special envoy George J. Mitchell over the issue are still in the final stages.
August 2, 2009 | Elaine Woo
In the patch of paradise called Big Sur, Billy Post was the last cowboy. A direct descendant of one of the early settlers of El Sur Grande, the 19th-century name for the coastal wilderness south of Monterey, he herded cows, built roads, trapped bobcats and sold the fur.
July 4, 2009
Re "On rocky ground: Israel's settlements in occupied territory violate the rights of Palestinians, and international law says they must go," Opinion, June 28, and Yisrael Medad's article on Jewish settlements would be laughable if it weren't so tragic. Through specious logic and linguistic sleight of hand, he has attempted to make the Palestinians guilty of ethnic cleansing and denying the Jews the right of return. Does he really think we're that gullible? Paul McDermott Los Angeles -- An inspired choice to let Medad be the spokesman for the pro-settler position.
June 26, 2009 | Ann M. Simmons
Glen Settle, 97, knew he had to act fast. The concrete marker on the grave of his sister Aileen, who died in 1918 at just 3 days old, was worn and faded. It needed to be replaced. So earlier this month, a friend helped Settle erect a new gray granite stone engraved with a baby angel at the plot in the Historic Palmdale Cemetery.
June 5, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
Abdul Saafan, his wife and 51 children and grandchildren live on a fault line of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, squeezed into two modest homes smack up against a Jewish settlement in the West Bank city of Hebron. Six months ago an enraged settler wounded Abdul Saafan and his son Hosni, who were unarmed, in a shooting near their home. On Thursday, the family welcomed a powerful American guest to hear how he might relieve their fear.
April 26, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Jewish settlers, Israeli troops and Palestinian villagers clashed with guns, rocks and tear gas, leaving five Palestinians hospitalized, medical officials said. Israeli news reports said five settlers had light injuries. The confrontation erupted near the Jewish settlement of Yitzhar, one of the more militant in the West Bank, raising the prospect of further friction in the area. The incident began after Yitzhar residents saw several Palestinians walking toward the settlement and suspected they were trying to attack, the military said.
April 3, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
A Palestinian man slipped into a West Bank settlement with a pickax Thursday and killed an Israeli teenager, bringing Israel's new conservative government under pressure from the extreme right to react forcefully. On his second full day in office, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heard demands from inside and outside his government to tighten Israel's already stringent curbs on Palestinians in the West Bank.
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