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Israel security cabinet to 'mull response to settler attacks'

Israel's security cabinet was to meet Wednesday to discuss a response to attacks by hardline Jewish settlers on soldiers in the occupied West Bank after calls for tough action, public radio said. The meeting comes after settlers attacked soldiers for the second night in a row, despite a warning from the defence minister of a tough response. "Border guards and soldiers were attacked by stone throwing during their night patrols" near the Yitzhar settlement in the northern West Bank, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP earlier Wednesday.

8 wounded as Israeli forces clash with settlers

Clashes between Jewish settlers and Israeli police wounded eight people in the West Bank overnight prompting the defence minister to warn on Tuesday that such violence would not be tolerated. "Police came to help soldiers to demolish five illegal constructions near Yitzhar," a settlement in the northern West Bank, police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP. "After they'd finished, several dozen settlers began throwing stones, injuring six border policemen," she said.

Vandals spray hate graffiti on convent in Israel

Vandals sprayed anti-Christian graffiti on the walls of a convent west of Jerusalem overnight and damaged vehicles parked nearby, Israeli police said on Tuesday. Slogans including "Mary is a cow," "price tag" and "America (is) Nazi Germany" were sprayed in Hebrew on the walls of the Roman Catholic sanctuary, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. The Our Lady, Queen of Palestine convent, which was founded before the creation of Israel in 1948, is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The vandals also slashed the tyres of five vehicles parked in the compound, Samri added.

Jewish extremists damage 30 Palestinian cars in E. Jerusalem

Suspected Jewish extremists slashed the tyres of some 30 Palestinian cars and sprayed racist slogans in Hebrew in a neighbourhood of annexed east Jerusalem, police said on Wednesday. The attack took place in Sharafat, a Palestinian neighbourhood in the southern sector of east Jerusalem, with the attackers spraying "No coexistence" and "Arabs = thieves" on walls.

Settlers charged with anti-Palestinian attacks

Three Israeli settlers have been charged with carrying out so-called "price tag" attacks against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, the justice ministry said on Thursday. It was the first time that charges have been pressed over acts of vandalism by Jewish extremists which were not directly related to government demolition of rogue settler outposts, local media said.

Israel's finance minister halts funds to West Bank settlements

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's finance minister halted the transfer of government funds to West Bank Jewish settlements on Saturday and ordered a probe into allegations that money meant to support municipalities had been funneled to a pro-settler political group. The money in question had been earmarked to cover security and building maintenance fees that were incurred when Israel froze settlement building for 10 months during 2009 and 2010, the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

Palestinians occupy abandoned houses near Jericho

Some 300 Palestinians accompanied by Israeli activists occupied around a dozen abandoned houses Friday near Jericho in the occupied West Bank, an AFP journalist said. The protest was aimed at denouncing the repeated refusal of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to dismantle Jewish settlements and agree to a pullout from the Jordan Valley. The protesters arrived by bus and car and paraded a banner proclaiming "No peace with settlements", signed by the Youth Against Settlements group.

Radical Jewish settlers seek image makeover with sushi

Radical Jewish settlers from a West Bank outpost with a reputation for violence have set up a sushi business in a bid to revamp their image, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The culinary venture is being run out of Esh Kodesh, a small unauthorised outpost in the northern West Bank populated by settlers who have frequently attacked local Palestinians. But residents are seeking to add a different flag to their cap -- making sushi to order for a string of settlements and outposts in the area, the top-selling Yediot Aharonot reported.

Suspected Jewish vandals torch West Bank mosque

Suspected Jewish extremists torched the entrance to a mosque in the West Bank early on Wednesday, in an apparent revenge attack for Palestinians beating and detaining Israeli settlers last week. The attackers scrawled "Arabs out" and "Revenge for blood spilled in Qusra" in Hebrew on the walls of the mosque in Deir Istiya village, which lies next to the sprawling Ariel settlement in the northern West Bank, an AFP correspondent said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement the attacks were "nationalistically" motivated.

West Bank mosque partly torched in suspected settler attack

DEIR ISTIYA, West Bank (Reuters) - A mosque in the Israeli-occupied West Bank was partly set on fire on Wednesday in what Palestinian residents said was an attack by Jewish settlers living nearby. The main gate of the mosque in Deir Istiya village and some of the carpeting inside were charred by the flames. Graffiti in Hebrew, reading "Revenge for spilled blood" and "Arabs Out", was scrawled on an outside wall and a door.
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