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Jews expand presence in Hebron, naming buildings after biblical matriarchs
A group of 15 Jewish families in Hebron took up residence in two buildings situated near the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, which they have named the House of Rachel and the House of Leah.
First officially sanctioned settlement in 25 years, Amichai becomes home to Amona evacuees
The construction of permanent homes will begin in the coming months and is slated to reach 102 houses. Yet roughly a third of them will have to pass legal hurdles, as new petitions have been filed by Palestinians who claim the land demarcated for the homes belongs to them.
At AIPAC, 400 attend event in support of Judea and Samaria
Israeli dignitaries addressed a crowd that opposes the BDS movement and came to hear an update on the contentious area.
Residents of Judea neighborhood bemoan continued Israeli government preparations to destroy homes
Residents of the Netiv Ha’avot neighborhood in northern Judea expressed dismay over the continuation of plans to destroy 16 homes that were found to have been built on unauthorized land,
U.N. publishes partial ‘blacklist’ of companies working with Israeli settlements
UNHRC published an interim report on companies engaging in business with Israeli settlements, but stopped short of naming the companies, citing the complexity of the issue.
Ireland postpones controversial bill banning trade with settlements after Israel issues protest
The Irish Senate postponed a vote on a controversial bill that would criminalize trade with Israeli settlements just hours after the Israeli government protested the measure.
In synagogue talk, Obama defends 2016 US refusal to veto UN measure condemning Israeli settlements
Former President Barack Obama this week defended his decision to allow a December 2016 United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements to pass in the waning days of his administration, blaming the “skyrocketing” pace of settlement construction.
New York Times accuses Israel of ‘annexation’ and ‘apartheid’ over political moves
At the start of 2018, a purportedly emboldened Israeli right initiated political measures that seemingly enhance Israel’s sovereignty in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. While the mainstream press, led by The New York Times, branded the moves as “annexation” and “apartheid,” legal expert Avi Bell told JNS that the Israeli initiatives are almost entirely symbolic and have “no meaningful legal consequences.”