Chaim Levinson (Haaretz)


Israel Returns Just .7% of Seized 'Military' Land to Palestinians

By Chaim Levinson (Haaretz)

Israel Returns Just .7% of Seized 'Military' Land to Palestinians
Over the past 33 years the Civil Administration has allocated less than one percent of state land in the West Bank to Palestinians, compared to 39 percent to settlers, according to the agency’s own documents submitted to the High Court of Justice.Read More


Israel Supreme Court Orders State To Dismantle Illegal Settlement

By Chaim Levinson (Haaretz)

The Supreme Court issued an unprecedented ruling on Tuesday ordering the state to dismantle the largest illegal settlement outpost in the West Bank by March 2012.Read More


Cynthia Nixon, Mandy Patinkin Among Artists Backing Boycott of West Bank Theater

By Chaim Levinson (Haaretz)

More than 150 American actors, writers, directors and other artists signed a letter of support for the Israeli actors who declared they would not perform in the West Bank.Read More


Among Settlers, Pre-State Revisionist Movements Enjoy a Renaissance

By Chaim Levinson (Haaretz)

Dozens of people crowded into Tel Aviv’s Jabotinsky Museum last week to celebrate the 130th birthday of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, founder of the Revisionist Movement. The evening culminated with a ceremony in which prizes were awarded to high school and college students and academics for work in the spirit of JabotinskyRead More


How W. Bank Outpost Residents Are Turning to Facebook

By Chaim Levinson (Haaretz)

When Itai Zar, 34, the leader of Havat Gilad, was arrested last November, it was only natural that the footage documenting the arrest, which someone filmed on their cell phone, would be posted within minutes on the outpost’s Facebook page - to the delight of the group’s 2,234 members.Read More






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