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Settlers 'expanding illegal outpost' near Hebron
Published Tuesday 05/06/2012 (updated) 06/06/2012 19:10
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Jewish settlers march by the Ulpana outpost near Ramallah on June 4.
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Tuesday annexed privately-owned Palestinian land to expand an illegal outpost south of Hebron, a local official said.

Coordinator of the committee against settlements Ratib al-Jubour said in a statement that settlers from Avigayil outpost were digging up land belonging to the Jabarin and Muhammad families in Masafer Yatta, an area at the southern tip of the West Bank.

Settlers work at night preparing to construct new buildings, al-Jubour said. "They leave the area when land owners arrive in the morning."

Meanwhile, settlers from Maon settlement frequently harass Palestinian children on their way to school.

Children walk five kilometers from their homes to the al-Tuwani village elementary school. "The pupils are scared as settlers point their guns towards them," al-Jubour said.

All Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank are illegal under international law. Israel distinguishes between illegal settlements it has approved and illegal outposts which were never granted official authorization.
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1 ) Mel / USA
05/06/2012 16:21
It's time Ma'an used correct terminology here? These aren't "settlers",many are foreign-born COLONISTS! Just like we came to the America's &plundered/butchered the N/American Indian nations who welcomed OUR ANCESTORS! Shed the illusions re:acknowledging the same brutality in Zionism,on indigenous people,when they flooded in to loot &COLONIZE under the 'royal' protection of same imperialism. Absolutist Zionism in Palestine=Absolutist Puritan/Dominionism in colony America. EXCEPTIONALISM V PEACE!

2 ) Julie / USA
05/06/2012 17:26
Mel - these "settlers" are CRIMINAL TERRORISTS, period. the crimes they commit have cemented this as fact from the very beginning.

3 ) davide / ITALY
05/06/2012 22:14
It is a shame that a renowned Jewish leader such Abraham Foxman, president of Anti Defamation League criticized Obama who was simply trying to halt Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and West Bank. I think Foxman dislikes the perspective of a peace deal requiring Israeli many sacrifices, giving up the STOLEN lands.So I really have the impression that the president of ADL doesn't say the truth about his willingness to accept a Palestinian state. What kind of state? one like Navajo reserve?

4 ) some one / some where
06/06/2012 01:33
I think this article is nothin but lie both #1 mel and #2 Julie should read thet if it is private land occupier (israel) suprime court will order to evacuate (one is in process) read the news and do not spread lie and hate it wont work

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
06/06/2012 08:13
To Mel #1 'It's time Ma'an used correct terminology here? These aren't "settlers",many are foreign-born COLONISTS! ' Not really. Depending on what you're referring to, 'colonists' generally assume the position of the land-owning class and/or drive the scattered remnants of populations decimated by disease away and use the land themselves. The Israeli settlement process is more akin to what the Nazis attempted in Western Poland: wholesale eviction of an intact native population.

6 ) mohamed / somalia
06/06/2012 11:41
and they said we are commited 2 state living by side while the helpless palestinian are suffering huge territorial plundering to the settlers.
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