“Can you live as we do?” Sayeed asked me.

We were standing on the rooftop of his family home in Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank. The house, in the Old City, is several stories of lovely stone, its narrow rooms tucked away up spiral staircases. Less picturesque is the watchtower installed by the Israel Defense Forces on an adjoining section of roof.

The army does not permit the 25-year-old to lock his doors, and when soldiers use the watchtower during the day, they lock Sayeed’s family in their rooms. His home, like many others in the area, is subject to frequent night raids in the name of securityin other words, investigation accusations of rock-throwing or other terroristic actions. (Throwing a stone at a moving vehicle is now punishable by up to 20 years in prison thanks to a new law that has been derided by its critics as racist against Palestinians.) Sayeed told me he’d been arrested many times; he lifted up his pant leg to show me scars he said came form beatings at the hands of the authorities.

Then there are the settlers, Jews who have moved onto land in the West BankPalestinian land, land that Israel does not have a recognized right to. These settlers have been consistently supported by the Israeli government, despite condemnations from other nations, and despite the settlers frequently committing acts of violence against the Palestinians whose land they occupy. Some settlers are drawn by the lower tax rates and government subsidies enjoyed by those living outside of Israel’s 1967 borders. But others, like many of those in Hebron, subscribe to a belief that God granted all of Eretz Israela geographic area including the West Bankto the Jews.

The Israelis who have encamped in the Old City have gone so far to build atop existing structures, so that the modern architecture crushes the past. In Sayeed’s case, settlers built a new wing fused onto his home. According to Sayeed, they cross over the adjoined rooftop and sometimes throw trash in his water tanks. In 2007, he claimed, they broke into one of his rooms and threw in a Molotov cocktail, an apparent attempt to drive the family from their home. Sayeed’s kid brother took me down to the room, where the floor and walls were still scorched black.

On the roof I paused, considering Sayeed’s question. “No,” I answered, honestly.

I visited Hebron in early June, two months before yet another alleged arson attack by settlers burned alive an 18-month-old infant named Ali Dawabsheh in the West Bank village of Duma. Days later, Ali’s father Saad succumbed to the burns that covered 80 percent of his body.

Following Ali’s murder, Israeli politicians, like Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu, have scrambled to separate the extraordinary violence committed by settlers from the daily violence of the occupation. But the distinction is impossible to make. Settlers are an intrinsic, state-supported part of Israel’s occupation. In their attacks, settlers serve as the occupation’s shock troops. Their security serves as its excuse.

Nowhere is this more visually apparent than in Hebron’s Old City.

The Oslo Accords divides Hebron into two zonesH2, run by the Israeli military, and H1, run by the Palestinian Authority (PA). Old Hebron lies in H2, which is home to 30,000 Palestinians and approximately 500 Israeli settlers.

Old Hebron is honey-stoned and blue-dooredthe sort of charming Mediterranean labyrinth that, in another universe, would be full of obnoxious tour groups. But thanks to the occupation, it’s scarred by gates, concrete barriers, barbed wire, and checkpoints. A souk where gold was once sold lies empty, the doors of its many shops welded shut by the IDF, its merchandise still inside.

In Hebron, apartheid is imposed upon the architecture. Palestinians navigate a maze of barriers, fences, and settler-only roads, trapped in discursive loops that can take them kilometers out of their way. Soldiers, most of them bored Mizrahi teenagers, often leave Palestinians languishing at Hebron’s checkpoints for hours. Long waits are the least of the problems created by this network of restrictionsevery interaction between soldier and Palestinian civilian can lead to a beating, an arrest, or even a shooting at the hands of the army.

Of course, no such restrictions on movement apply to settlers.

The former main drag, Shuhada Street, is as silent as a corpse. Most Palestinian families have been driven out of Shuhada, either by the settlers or the army. Obscene graffiti joins the stars of David settlers have scrawled across its abandoned storefront.

Checkpoints on either end warn in misspelled Arabic that this road is pedestrian-onlyfor Palestinians, who can only walk until the last 600 feet. Israelis are welcome to drive.

Settlers have moved into apartments overlooking the shop-lined streets of Hebron’s Old City. From their windows, they habitually throw down rocks, glass, piss, and dirty diapers at the Palestinian merchants beneath them. Merchants have hung nets to catch some of the refuse, but liquids still get through. One vendor showed me his shawls, which have been ruined by rotten eggs. Business is slow here, but shopkeepers persist, out of stubbornness, or pride, or just a desire for something to do.

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Many stores are bolted shut. Others are without doors, filled with trash, hidden and closed behind barricades. A playground for Arab kids has been turned into a settlers-only parking lot. According to a 2013 report the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 1,000 Palestinian homes adjacent to settlements have been abandoned, and 512 Palestinian businesses have been closed on Israeli military orders. An additional 1,100 businesses have have shut down due to restricted access for customers and suppliers.

Israel rationalizes its policy of separating Palestinians and settlers as a way to keep the peace between the two groups. However, the policy penalizes Palestinians alone, displacing them and restricting their freedom of movement in the name of counteracting “terrorism.”

“We are not the terrorists that they are calling us. We just want nobody to kill us, and to live like anyone else,” Ghassan Jabari, 19, told me.

A year ago Ghassan opened a small pottery shop across from the Ibrahimi Mosque. Despite the tour buses, business is slow. Ghassan, who has no allegiance to any political faction, told me that many Israeli tour operators warn their charges against shopping with him, claiming the money goes to Hamas.

The authorities also harass him. One YouTube video from November 2014 shows soldiers stopping Ghassan at a checkpoint just outside his shop. He did not have his ID, which was inside the shop. Rather than letting his retrieve it, the soldiers detained him, shoving him and twisting his arm behind his back. Another time, Ghassan said, four soldiers entered his shop and began throwing merchandise into the street. They handcuffed and blindfolded him, took his ID, and warned him to say goodbye to his shop, only releasing him when his family paid a 1,500-shekel (almost $400) fine. According to Ghassan, the soldiers dislike him having a shop in such a viable location. But these instances were also power trips, the mundane and humiliating fabric of life under military occupation.

About 650,000 Israelis live in West Bank settlements, including 300,000 who live in East Jerusalem. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, they attacked Palestinians and their property 399 times in 2013. Hebron settlers account for a disproportionate amount of violence. In one week in February 2015, settlers in Hebron governorate committed four out of five of the assaults logged by the UNbeating a ten-year-old boy with an iron bar, cutting down 40 olive trees, uprooting 550 saplings, and beating a 55-year-old shepherd while he was grazing his sheep.

The violence might be traced to the the man behind Hebron’s settlement. A believer in the divine right of Jews to rule “Greater Israel,” Rabbi Moshe Levinger rented rooms at a Hebron hotel under false pretenses in 1968. He and his followers then refused to leave. The Israeli army eventually moved the squatters to the base of Kiryat Arba, overlooking Hebron, where they established a settlement. In 1979, Levinger’s wife Miriam led the illegal takeover of a Shuhada Street building she renamed Beit Hadassah. It is still occupied by Levinger’s followers today, and its wall bears a plaque commemorating the 1929 massacre of 69 Jews in Hebron by Arabs from surrounding villages. The plaque also claims, falsely, that no Jews are allowed to enter the Arab part of Hebron.

Over the years, Levinger has been accused multiple times of committing violence against the Palestinians he lives alongside. In 1988, angry that his car had been stoned, he randomly fired bullets into a crowded marketplace, killing a Palestinian shopkeeper, an act for which he served 92 days in jail.

In 1994, American-born settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire in Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque, killing 29 Palestinians before survivors were able to beat him to death. Al Jazeera reported that, according to locals, the IDF killed an additional Palestinians protesting the massacre outside the mosque.

The settlers turned Goldstein’s grave into a shrine. Though Palestinians were the victims, the Israeli army responded by issuing a 30-day curfew (that did not apply to settlers), partitioning the Ibrahimi Mosque, and closing Shuhada Street to Palestinian traffic. Later, during the Second Intifada, the army welded shut the doors of shops and homes.

The street remains closed today. Some families can only enter their homes by crossing over rooftops. Grates cover windows, to guard against tear gas canisters and rocks.

Under the occupation, an Arab can be arrested for carrying a knife. Israeli settlers, including teenagers, swagger around with assault rifles.

Outside Ghassan’s shop, local kids slouch around, trading quips and selling the occasional Palestine flag bracelet to foreigners. One boy, a 14-year-old with a scarred face, told me about attacks by both IDF soldiers and gangs of settler teens; often, Palestinian kids are arrested on accusations of of rock-throwing. Soldiers then threaten to keep them locked up for months if they don’t sign confessions. According to multiple Palestinians I spoke to in Hebron, to secure their children’s release parents must pay 2,000 shekels (about $500) in fines, even though their children had never been brought before a judge.

Palestinians in the West Bank are usually tried in military court, where, according to human rights NGO B’Tselem, they are “as good as convicted”; settlers, meanwhile, are tried in civilian courts inside Israel. According to a report by human rights organization Yesh Din, only 7.4 percent of felony complaints from Palestinians against Israelis turn into indictmentsand in nearly a quarter of those cases, the Israeli defendant is not convicted of any crime despite being found guilty.

I only witnessed the aftermath of one incidence of stone-throwing in Hebron. Every Friday, settlers, under heavy military escort, visit Ibrahimi Mosque (which Jews call the Cave of the Patriarchs) to pray. When I left the Old City, I saw settlers gathered, preparing to enter. Rows of identically dressed young Orthodox men stood behind Israeli soldiers, who were weighted with body armor and assault rifles. Meanwhile, Palestinians vendors manned stalls selling fruit. Kids ran back and forth. Volunteers from different violence-prevention NGOs stood around, some taking photos, others making notes, others just serving as physical barriers between the settlers and the Palestinians.

By the time I came upon the crowd, it was electric with tension. The settlers, behind their military guard, pointed at the Palestinians, shouting angrily in Hebrew. A man wearing a T-shirt bearing the logo of the faith-based organization Christian Peacemaker Team gestured me over and showed me his camera. On the viewer, he pointed to a picture of one his colleagues holding his bleeding head and being loaded into an ambulance.

In English, the man told me that the photo had been taken moments ago. As for the wound, that was courtesy of a stone hurled by a settler at his colleague’s head.

Though rock-throwing is often treated as a serious crime when done by Palestinians, no settlers had been arrested. The soldiers stood idly by until, jostling the crowd aside, they cleared the settlers’ path into the Old City.

The closed streets, the abandoned homes, the cut-up citythis is all for the safety of 600 settlers who live there in defiance of international law.

That moment shows how impossible it is to untangle the violence committed by settlers from the mechanisms of the state: The settler throws a rock; the army protects him. The closed streets, the abandoned homes, the cut-up citythis is all for the safety of 600 settlers who live there in defiance of international law. So it is that Sayeed’s house has been taken over by both the settlers and the IDF; so it is that Ghassan’s shop struggles, that Ali Dawabsheh burned to death.

The most extreme expressions of this system make headlines, but it permeates every moment of existence in the West Bank. Near the end of my stay in Hebron, I had to go to the government press office in Jerusalem’s Malha neighborhood, to get the accreditation that would let me visit Gaza. A Palestinian friend offered to get me on the right bus. We walked down the Palestinian side of one of Hebron’s divided streets, a downhill scramble made sharp by rocks (the Jewish side, of course, was neatly paved). In the distance hills shone green, topped by Rabbi Levinger’s settlement of Kiryat Arba.

We walked farther downhill, beneath Beit Shalom, a cultural center for settlers with banners touting its warm welcome of the IDF. “We call that the terrorist house,” smirked my friend.

He pointed out my bus, on the schedule at the Jewish-only bus stop. But he had stood too close. The soldiers manning a nearby checkpoint came over, shouted at us, and took his ID. We waited, sweating in the sun. They called him over to tell him he was a terrorist, waiting for his terrorist friends. Then they called me.

“What are you doing here?” one demanded.

“You took my friend’s ID for no reason. Give it back,” I said. “I’m a journalist.”

As soon as he heard this, one solider began to justify his actions. He grinned, falsely, and told me that he treated all people equally. That he said hello to my friend every day. That he didn’t start trouble. That he never wanted this. His partner snickered. The settlers laughed at us from the shade of their bus stop. I demanded my friend’s ID again.

He finally handed it back. I gave it to my friend, who looked at me with the sort of pure anger that conceals a deep humiliation.

“Why did he give it to you?” he demanded. “Why did you take it?”

“I’m so sorry,” I told him, not knowing what I had done wrong.

It was only later, on the luxurious, empty, Isreali-only bus back to Jerusalem that I realized the source of his shame and rage. I had been in Hebron for two days, yet as an American journalist, I could get his ID back in five minutes. I’d underscored how helpless he was in the city where he was born.

Update: An earlier version of this article referred to Israel’s 1987 borders rather than its 1967 borders.

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Israeli security services issued restraining orders to at least seven right-wing Jewish activists overnight Saturday, bringing the total number of alleged extremists temporarily banned from entering the West Bank or Jerusalem in recent days to 10.

The wave of restraining orders came as authorities attempted to crack down on Jewish extremists in the wake of the July killing of Saad Dawabsha and his 18-month-old son, Ali, in a firebombing attack on their home in the Palestinian village of Duma in the West Bank. The attack, coupled with a fatal stabbing spree by an extremist Jew at Jerusalems gay pride parade a day earlier, sparked an international and domestic outcry over Israels failure to come to grips with violence by Jewish terrorists and extremists.

In a statement, the Shin Bet said the measures were taken against individuals in the agencys uncompromising effort to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure that carried out the attacks, and prevent additional activity that endangers public security.

Shin Bet and police early Sunday morning issued restraining orders to two students enrolled at the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in the hardline West Bank settlement of Yitzhar. The students were banned from the West Bank for six months and ordered to remain under house arrest at night. In addition, one of the students was banned from Jerusalem and was told to refrain from making contact with a number of his friends.

Police also issued issued restraining orders barring two minors from entering Jerusalem for a six-month period. Both teens, one from Maale Adumim and one from central Israel, were ordered to remain under house arrest at night. A third minor from the settlement of Amona, north of Jerusalem, was sentenced to full house arrest for the next six months.

Similar orders were distributed by police to right-wing activists in the Hebron-area settlement of Kiryat Arba, as well the northern West Bank outposts of Givat Habaladim and Geulat Zion.

The Shin Bet statement described the illegal outpost of Givat Habaladim as a hotbed of extremist activity, and said a number of known attackers had fled there in the past.

Right-wing activist and attorney Itamar Ben Gvir, who is representing a number of the detained, said his clients intend to appeal the orders.

The defense minister is behaving like a bull in a china shop. His actions send the message to young people that there is no democratic process and encourages them to break the law since no indictment was given or due process was followed, Ben Gvir said, according to the Hebrew-language news site NRG.

Meir Ettinger, the head of a Jewish extremist group, stands at the Israeli justice court in Nazareth Illit on August 4, 2015, a day after his arrest (AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ)

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon approved the use of detention without charges known as administrative detention and other means in an effort to track down the killers of the Dawabshas earlier this month.

Meir Ettinger, the 23-year-old grandson of assassinated extremist rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the outlawed anti-Arab Kach organization, was arrested earlier this month in connection with alleged extremist activity. Yaalon approved the order authorizing for Ettinger to be held in administrative detention.

Yaalon said the use of administrative detention for a number of Jewish terror suspects has proved effective in preventing additional violence against Arabs by hardline Jews.

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Ochsner Medical Center on the West Bank is a 180-bed general medical and surgical acute care facility, located on the mighty Mississippi River.

The Medical Center offers comprehensive medical services provided by a multi-disciplinary team including more than 500 board-certified or board-eligible physicians, a highly-trained nursing staff and other skilled allied-health professionals.

Since becoming a member of the Ochsner family in October 2006, the Medical Center has made great strides in bringing more comprehensive and technologically-advanced services to the community. A robust electronic Medical record was implemented, which can follow a patient anywhere in the Ochsner System. It also gives the patient access to their own records at their leisure. A six-bed outpatient chemotherapy administration area was likewise outfitted to meet the needs of West Bank residents requiring chemotherapy, blood transfusions, injections and other cancer-related drug therapy. Advanced Wound Care services with a multi-discplinary approach to healing is a unique service for the West Bank.

Additionally, several established services such as the Family Unit, NICU, Bariatrics and Emergency Department are continuing to grow, becoming leaders for the West Bank.

Each day, Ochsner Medical Center’s West Bank campus is opening doors to new West Bank residents and others from the wider region. We are a community resource for the West Bank and beyond, promoting health and wellness for all of our citizens.

As a nationally recognized top 100 hospital through U.S. News and World Report, Ochsner Medical Center is working to improve patient care, patient outcomes and safety in ways that can be documented and adopted as daily practice. As the metropolitan area continues to feel the impact from the shortage of acute care hospital beds, we are proud to be able to offer the advanced care so many seek.

Whether you come to Ochsner Medical Center on the West Bank to receive emergency care, deliver a baby, take an outpatient test or attend a seminar, rest assured that health care with peace of mind can be yours.

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West Bank Country Facts

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Background: The Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements (“the DOP”), signed in Washington on 13 September 1993, provides for a transitional period not exceeding five years of Palestinian interim self-government in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Permanent status negotiations began on 5 May 1996, but have not resumed since the initial meeting. Under the DOP, Israel agreed to transfer certain powers and responsibilities to the Palestinian Authority, which includes a Palestinian Legislative Council elected in January 1996, as part of interim self-governing arrangements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. A transfer of powers and responsibilities for the Gaza Strip and Jericho took place pursuant to the Israel-PLO 4 May 1994 Cairo Agreement on the Gaza Strip and the Jericho Area and in additional areas of the West Bank pursuant to the Israel-PLO 28 September 1995 Interim Agreement, the Israel-PLO 15 January 1997 Protocol Concerning Redeployment in Hebron, and the Israel-PLO 23 October 1998 Wye River Memorandum. The DOP provides that Israel will retain responsibility during the transitional period for external security and for internal security and public order of settlements and Israelis. Permanent status is to be determined through direct negotiations.

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Location: Middle East, west of Jordan

Geographic coordinates: 32 00 N, 35 15 E

Map references: Middle East

Area: total: 5,860 sq km land: 5,640 sq km water: 220 sq km note: includes West Bank, Latrun Salient, and the northwest quarter of the Dead Sea, but excludes Mt. Scopus; East Jerusalem and Jerusalem No Man’s Land are also included only as a means of depicting the entire area occupied by Israel in 1967

Area – comparative: slightly smaller than Delaware

Land boundaries: total: 404 km border countries: Israel 307 km, Jordan 97 km

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Maritime claims: none (landlocked)

Climate: temperate, temperature and precipitation vary with altitude, warm to hot summers, cool to mild winters

Terrain: mostly rugged dissected upland, some vegetation in west, but barren in east

Elevation extremes: lowest point: Dead Sea -408 m highest point: Tall Asur 1,022 m

Natural resources: NEGL

Land use: arable land: 27% permanent crops: 0% permanent pastures: 32% forests and woodland: 1% other: 40%

Irrigated land: NA sq km

Natural hazards: NA

Environment – current issues: adequacy of fresh water supply; sewage treatment

Environment – international agreements: party to: none of the selected agreements signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography – note: landlocked; highlands are main recharge area for Israel’s coastal aquifers; there are 216 Israeli settlements and civilian land use sites in the West Bank and 29 in East Jerusalem (August 1998 est.)

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Population: 1,611,109 (July 1999 est.) note: in addition, there are some 166,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank and about 176,000 in East Jerusalem (August 1998 est.)

Age structure: 0-14 years: 45% (male 370,770; female 352,803) 15-64 years: 52% (male 422,209; female 411,597) 65 years and over: 3% (male 22,376; female 31,354) (1999 est.)

Population growth rate: 3.14% (1999 est.)

Birth rate: 35.59 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

Death rate: 4.2 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female 15-64 years: 1.03 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 0.71 male(s)/female total population: 1.02 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

Infant mortality rate: 25.22 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 72.83 years male: 70.96 years female: 74.79 years (1999 est.)

Total fertility rate: 4.78 children born/woman (1999 est.)

Nationality: noun: NA adjective: NA

Ethnic groups: Palestinian Arab and other 83%, Jewish 17%

Religions: Muslim 75% (predominantly Sunni), Jewish 17%, Christian and other 8%

Languages: Arabic, Hebrew (spoken by Israeli settlers and many Palestinians), English (widely understood)

Literacy: NA

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Country name: conventional long form: none conventional short form: West Bank

Data code: WE

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Economy – overview: Economic conditions in the West Bank – where economic activity is governed by the Paris Economic Protocol of April 1994 between Israel and the Palestinian Authority – have deteriorated since the early 1990s. Real per capita GDP for the West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS) declined 36.1% between 1992 and 1996 owing to the combined effect of falling aggregate incomes and robust population growth. The downturn in economic activity was largely the result of Israeli closure policies – the imposition of generalized border closures in response to security incidents in Israel – which disrupted previously established labor and commodity market relationships between Israel and the WBGS. The most serious negative social effect of this downturn has been the emergence of chronic unemployment; average unemployment rates in the WBGS during the 1980s were generally under 5%, by the mid-1990s this level had risen to over 20%. Since 1997 Israel’s use of comprehensive closures has decreased and, in 1998, Israel implemented new policies to reduce the impact of closures and other security procedures on the movement of Palestinian goods and labor. These positive changes to the conduct of economic activity, combined with international donor pledges of over $3 billion made to the Palestinian Authority in November, may fuel a moderate economic recovery in 1999.

GDP: purchasing power parity – $3.1 billion (1998 est.)

GDP – real growth rate: 2.2% (1998 est.)

GDP – per capita: purchasing power parity – $2,000 (1998 est.)

GDP – composition by sector: agriculture: 33% industry: 25% services: 42% (1995 est., includes Gaza Strip)

Population below poverty line: NA%

Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: NA% highest 10%: NA%

Inflation rate (consumer prices): 7.6% (1997 est.)

Labor force: NA note: excluding Israeli settlers

Labor force – by occupation: agriculture 13%, industry 13%, commerce, restaurants, and hotels 12%, construction 8%, other services 54% (1996)

Unemployment rate: 17.3% (1997 est.)

Budget: revenues: $816 million expenditures: $866 million, including capital expenditures of $NA (1997 est.) note: includes Gaza Strip

Industries: generally small family businesses that produce cement, textiles, soap, olive-wood carvings, and mother-of-pearl souvenirs; the Israelis have established some small-scale, modern industries in the settlements and industrial centers

Industrial production growth rate: NA%

Electricity – production: NA kWh note: most electricity imported from Israel; East Jerusalem Electric Company buys and distributes electricity to Palestinians in East Jerusalem and its concession in the West Bank; the Israel Electric Company directly supplies electricity to most Jewish residents and military facilities; at the same time, some Palestinian municipalities, such as Nabulus and Janin, generate their own electricity from small power plants

Electricity – production by source: fossil fuel: NA% hydro: NA% nuclear: NA% other: NA%

Electricity – consumption: NA kWh

Electricity – exports: NA kWh

Electricity – imports: NA kWh

Agriculture – products: olives, citrus, vegetables; beef, dairy products

Exports: $781 million (f.o.b., 1997 est.) (includes Gaza Strip)

Exports – commodities: olives, fruit, vegetables, limestone

Exports – partners: Israel, Jordan

Imports: $2.1 billion (c.i.f., 1997 est.) (includes Gaza Strip)

Imports – commodities: food, consumer goods, construction materials

Imports – partners: Israel, Jordan

Debt – external: $108 million (1997 est.)

Economic aid – recipient: $NA

Currency: 1 new Israeli shekel (NIS) = 100 new agorot; 1 Jordanian dinar (JD) = 1,000 fils

Exchange rates: new Israeli shekels (NIS) per US$1 – 4.2260 (November 1998), 3.4494 (1997), 3.1917 (1996), 3.0113 (1995), 3.0111 (1994); Jordanian dinars (JD) per US$1 – 0.7090 (January 1999), 0.7090 (1998), 0.7090 (1997), 0.7090 (1996), 0.7005 (1995), 0.6987 (1994)

Fiscal year: calendar year (since 1 January 1992)

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Telephones: NA; 3.1% of Palestinian households have telephones

Telephone system: domestic: NA international: NA note: Israeli company BEZEK and the Palestinian company PALTEL are responsible for communication services in the West Bank

Radio broadcast stations: AM 1, FM 0, shortwave 0

Radios: NA; note – 82% of Palestinian households have radios (1992 est.)

Television broadcast stations: NA

Televisions: NA; note – 54% of Palestinian households have televisions (1992 est.)

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Railways: 0 km

Highways: total: 4,500 km paved: 2,700 km unpaved: 1,800 km (1997 est.) note: Israelis have developed many highways to service Jewish settlements

Ports and harbors: none

Airports: 2 (1998 est.)

Airports – with paved runways: total: 2 1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 under 914 m: 1 (1998 est.)

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Military branches: NA

Military expenditures – dollar figure: $NA

Military expenditures – percent of GDP: NA%

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Disputes – international: West Bank and Gaza Strip are Israeli-occupied with current status subject to the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement – permanent status to be determined through further negotiation

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Updated July 31, 2015 7:17 p.m. ET

JERUSALEMSuspected Jewish extremists fire-bombed two Palestinian homes in a West Bank village early Friday, killing a toddler and prompting the Israeli army to deploy fresh forces to the territory to prevent unrest.

Assailants torched two houses about 4 a.m., according to Israeli emergency response personnel and witnesses. One home was apparently empty and the family was sleeping in the other. An 18-month-old boy was killed immediately, Israeli doctors told Israeli radio and television stations, while his father, mother and 5-year-old brother survived the blaze with critical burns.

Neighbors said the parents emerged from their home in flames as two masked men fled the site in Duma, is a small village near Nablus, the only West Bank city ruled by Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls Gaza.

A neighbor and relative of the victims said he tried unsuccessfully to enter the burning building to save the boy. A huge fire stopped me and I saw there was a cupboard that had fallen on the baby, he said in an interview.

Late on Friday, Israeli troops shot a teen who was part of a group demonstrating against the fire-bombing. Palestinian media said the teen died. The Israel Defense Forces said troops shot the suspect after he approached a security fence and ignored repeated warning shots. The IDF confirmed the teens death.

The firebombing followed another extremist attack on Thursday, when an ultra-Orthodox Jew who was convicted a decade ago of stabbing people at a gay pride parade here repeated the crime on Thursday, this time wounding six people at the same event.

On Friday, the suspect, Yishai Schlissel, appeared in court, where his arrest was extended for 12 days as the investigation against him continued, the Associated Press reported.

Referring to Fridays assault, Palestinian leaders blamed Israel for a failure to crack down on violent attacks from Israels West Bank settlers.

We hold the Israeli government fully responsible for the brutal assassination of the toddler, said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, emerging from an emergency meeting. Mr. Abbas said the Palestinian leadership intended to take the case to the International Criminal Court.

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1 This offer is valid for new or existing BancWest Investment Services, Inc. (“BWIS”) customers, and is limited to one “Eligible Account” (as defined below) per customer. The maximum cash bonus allowable for an Eligible Account is $2,500 within a six-month period. “Qualifying Assets,” for purposes of this offer, shall mean assets (i.e., cash, securities, fixed and variable annuities, and real estate investments trusts) deposited or transferred into the Eligible Account from outside BWIS or any BWIS affiliate within 60 days of enrollment, minus assets withdrawn or transferred out of Eligible Accounts within such 60-day period. Life insurance holdings and other assets not listed above are not “Qualifying Assets” and are not eligible for this offer. Qualifying Assets will be valued at the time BWIS receives such assets. An “Eligible Account” is a BWIS account that holds Qualifying Assets, and that has been enrolled to receive this offer prior to depositing or transferring any Qualifying Assets. Eligible Accounts do not include any account the inclusion of which is prohibited by law or may result in a breach of any fiduciary duty, law or regulation, including, but not limited to, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”). Customers with Qualifying Assets of $50,000-$74,999.99 may receive a bonus in the amount of $200; customers with Qualifying Assets of $75,000-$249,999.99 may receive $300; customers with Qualifying Assets of $250,000-$499,999.99 may receive $700; customers with Qualifying Assets of $500,000-$999,999.99 may receive $1,250; customers with Qualifying Assets of $1,000,000 or more, may receive $2,500. If all requirements for this offer are met, Qualifying Assets will be calculated as of the 60th day after enrollment and the cash bonus will be credited to the Eligible Account within six weeks. The minimum Qualifying Assets for the applicable bonus amount must be maintained in the Eligible Account for one year from the date on which BWIS receives such assets or BWIS may charge the account the amount of the bonus. Any applicable taxes associated with the cash bonus are the responsibility of the BWIS account holder. To the extent required by law, BWIS will report the total value of this bonus to the IRS on Form 1099-INT for the applicable tax year in which the bonus was paid. Customers should consult a tax professional to determine the appropriate tax treatment for this bonus offer. Employees or associated persons of FINRA, any FINRA member firm (other than BWIS), or a U.S. exchange are not eligible for this offer. Employees, associated persons, and customers of First Hawaiian Bank and First Hawaiian Investment Services are not eligible for this offer. Offer is non-transferrable and only valid in the United States. BWIS reserves the right to modify or cancel this offer at any time. Void where prohibited.

Securities and variable annuities are offered through BancWest Investment Services, a registered broker/dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Financial Advisors are Registered Representatives of BancWest Investment Services. Fixed annuities/insurance products are offered through BancWest Insurance Agency in California, (License #0C52321), through BancWest Insurance Agency in Utah and through BancWest Investment Services, Inc. in AZ, CO, IA, ID, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, WA, WI, WY, HI, GUAM and CNMI. Bank of the West and its various affiliates and subsidiaries are not tax or legal advisors.

BancWest Investment Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of the West and a part of the Wealth Management Group. BancWest Corporation is the holding company for Bank of the West. BancWest Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas.

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0 2240 Bank Of The West 180 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 January 01, 1874 Full Service Brick and Mortar 1 200851 Campbell Branch 2395 Winchester Boulevard, Campbell, CA 95008 November 18, 1963 Full Service Brick and Mortar 2 200852 Gilroy Branch 7865 Monterey Street, Gilroy, CA 95020 April 17, 1964 Full Service Brick and Mortar 4 200854 Los Gatos Branch 308 North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95030 Febuary 15, 1954 Full Service Brick and Mortar 5 200855 Mountain View Branch 501 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041 December 20, 1954 Full Service Brick and Mortar 6 200856 Palo Alto Branch 414 California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306 October 12, 1954 Full Service Brick and Mortar 7 200857 Bascom-San Carlos Branch 2210 Business Circle, San Jose, CA 95128 May 03, 1948 Full Service Brick and Mortar 8 200858 First Willow Branch 1010 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95110 May 07, 1951 Full Service Brick and Mortar 9 200859 Civic Center Branch 890 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95112 June 17, 1957 Full Service Brick and Mortar 10 200860 Mayfair Branch 987 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95116 January 12, 1950 Full Service Brick and Mortar 11 200861 Stevens Creek – Saratoga Branch 3888 Stevens Creek Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95117 May 03, 1963 Full Service Brick and Mortar 13 200863 Cambrian Branch 14948 Camden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124 March 25, 1965 Full Service Brick and Mortar 15 200865 Santa Clara Branch 1705 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050 March 01, 1955 Full Service Brick and Mortar 16 200866 Hamilton-Meridian Branch 1590 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125 January 06, 1961 Full Service Brick and Mortar 17 200867 Saratoga Branch 18860 Cox Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 May 25, 1959 Full Service Brick and Mortar 18 200868 Sunnyvale Branch 380 South Mathilda Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 Febuary 21, 1963 Full Service Brick and Mortar 19 200869 Cupertino Branch 10765 North Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA 95014 November 15, 1967 Full Service Brick and Mortar 20 200870 Milpitas Branch 1360 East Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035 December 30, 1968 Full Service Brick and Mortar 22 200872 Santa Teresa-Cottle Branch 6213 Santa Teresa Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95119 May 24, 1971 Full Service Brick and Mortar 23 200873 Menlo Park Branch 701 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025 December 13, 1971 Full Service Brick and Mortar 24 13134 San Leandro Branch 1601 Washington Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94577 December 18, 1964 Full Service Brick and Mortar 25 247930 San Lorenzo Branch 17833 Hesperian Boulevard, San Lorenzo, CA 94580 November 22, 1968 Full Service Brick and Mortar 27 200875 Oakridge Branch 908 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA 95123 Febuary 16, 1973 Full Service Brick and Mortar 29 200877 Pruneyard Towers Branch 1999 South Bascom Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008 October 15, 1973 Full Service Brick and Mortar 33 12980 Hayward Branch 1058 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541 June 26, 1964 Full Service Brick and Mortar 36 200883 Scott Boulevard Branch 3233 Scott Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95054 March 29, 1978 Full Service Brick and Mortar 37 200884 Bollinger Road Branch 965 South De Anza Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95129 May 15, 1979 Full Service Brick and Mortar 39 200886 San Jose Main Branch 50 West San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95113 March 18, 1980 Full Service Brick and Mortar 45 200888 Fremont Branch 5120 Mowry Avenue, Fremont, CA 94538 May 05, 1981 Full Service Brick and Mortar 46 200889 Morgan Hill Branch 206 Tennant Station, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 October 15, 1981 Full Service Brick and Mortar 50 200892 Capitola Branch 3820 Capitola Road, Capitola, CA 95010 December 14, 1987 Full Service Brick and Mortar 55 200897 Pleasanton Branch 5452 Sunol Boulevard, Pleasanton, CA 94566 October 10, 1989 Full Service Brick and Mortar 59 189330 Woodland Branch 186 Main Street, Woodland, CA 95695 July 05, 1956 Full Service Brick and Mortar 61 189332 El Cerrito Branch 11100 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530 October 29, 1949 Full Service Brick and Mortar 62 189333 Escalon Branch 1633 First Street, Escalon, CA 95320 September 01, 1949 Full Service Brick and Mortar 64 189335 Gridley Branch 34 East Gridley Road, Gridley, CA 95948 January 01, 1892 Full Service Brick and Mortar 65 189336 Hughson Branch 6800 Hughson Avenue, Hughson, CA 95326 September 01, 1949 Full Service Brick and Mortar 69 189340 Newark Branch 35125 Newark Boulevard, Newark, CA 94560 January 06, 1953 Full Service Brick and Mortar 70 189341 Novato Branch 1313 Grant Avenue, Novato, CA 94945 November 20, 1950 Full Service Brick and Mortar 71 189343 Medical Center Hill Branch 3305 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611 September 27, 1960 Full Service Brick and Mortar 72 189344 Lakeshore Branch 3400 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 August 22, 1958 Full Service Brick and Mortar 73 189345 Oakley Branch 2195 Main Street, Suite D, Oakley, CA 94561 September 01, 1949 Full Service Brick and Mortar 74 189346 Orinda Branch 21 Moraga Way, Orinda, CA 94563 March 31, 1958 Full Service Brick and Mortar 76 189348 Oroville Branch 2626 Oro Dam Boulevard, Oroville, CA 95966 August 05, 1964 Full Service Brick and Mortar 77 189349 Parlier Branch 510 J Street, Parlier, CA 93648 November 18, 1950 Full Service Brick and Mortar 79 189352 Loehmann’s Plaza Branch 2581 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95825 November 24, 1958 Full Service Brick and Mortar 81 189354 Washington Manor Branch 15075 Farnsworth Street, San Leandro, CA 94579 November 26, 1956 Full Service Brick and Mortar 83 189356 Weberstown Branch 4932 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95207 March 21, 1963 Full Service Brick and Mortar 84 189357 Waterford Branch 12710 Bentley Street, Waterford, CA 95386 July 19, 1966 Full Service Brick and Mortar 87 189362 Antioch Branch 2507 Somersville Road, Antioch, CA 94509 September 18, 1969 Full Service Brick and Mortar 90 189365 Walnut Creek Branch 2050 North California Boulevard, Walnut Creek, CA 94597 May 14, 1973 Full Service Brick and Mortar 91 189366 Paradise Branch 6405 Clark Road, Paradise, CA 95969 January 02, 1974 Full Service Brick and Mortar 92 12934 Burlingame Branch 149 Park Road, Burlingame, CA 94010 May 01, 1964 Full Service Brick and Mortar 94 245812 Fashion Fair Branch 515 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710 March 12, 1971 Full Service Brick and Mortar 95 245814 Clovis Branch 200 Shaw Avenue, Clovis, CA 93612 March 26, 1976 Full Service Brick and Mortar 96 12927 Livermore Branch 2287 Second Street, Livermore, CA 94550 April 16, 1964 Full Service Brick and Mortar 98 246971 South Tahoe Branch 2161 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 October 05, 1964 Full Service Brick and Mortar 100 13924 Fairfield Main Branch 800 Jefferson Street, Fairfield, CA 94533 August 31, 1970 Full Service Brick and Mortar 104 15525 Pittsburg Branch 2900 Railroad Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 August 16, 1976 Full Service Brick and Mortar 109 268104 Tulare Branch 333 East Tulare Avenue, Tulare, CA 93274 January 01, 1926 Full Service Brick and Mortar 110 268105 Hanford Branch 230 West Seventh Street, Hanford, CA 93230 January 01, 1926 Full Service Brick and Mortar 112 268107 Visalia Branch 2301 South Mooney Boulevard, Visalia, CA 93277 January 01, 1926 Full Service Brick and Mortar 113 268108 Dinuba Branch 345 East Tulare Street, Dinuba, CA 93618 January 01, 1926 Full Service Brick and Mortar 116 268118 Santa Rosa Branch 2801 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 January 01, 1926 Full Service Brick and Mortar 117 268119 Napa Branch 3300 Jefferson Street, Napa, CA 94558 January 01, 1926 Full Service Brick and Mortar 118 268120 Sebastopol Branch 100 South Main Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472 January 01, 1926 Full Service Brick and Mortar 123 268125 North Beach Branch 480 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133 January 01, 1926 Full Service Brick and Mortar 125 268127 Portola Branch 2675 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94134 January 01, 1926 Full Service Brick and Mortar 126 268128 Serramonte Branch 321 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015 January 01, 1926 Full Service Brick and Mortar 129 268131 Clement Street Branch 801 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 January 01, 1926 Full Service Brick and Mortar 130 268132 Lakeside Branch 2606 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 January 01, 1926 Full Service Brick and Mortar 135 200898 Mckee-White Branch 3081 Mckee Road, San Jose, CA 95127 April 19, 1991 Full Service Brick and Mortar 138 286923 Larkspur Branch 494 Magnolia Blvd, Larkspur, CA 94939 June 30, 1985 Full Service Brick and Mortar 147 265932 Calistoga Branch 1317 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515 January 01, 1921 Full Service Brick and Mortar 149 265937 St. Helena Branch 1451 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574 January 01, 1921 Full Service Brick and Mortar 151 265954 Lodi Branch 229 South Church Street, Lodi, CA 95240 January 01, 1921 Full Service Brick and Mortar 154 265974 Citrus Heights Branch 7381 Greenback Lane, Citrus Heights, CA 95621 January 01, 1921 Full Service Brick and Mortar 157 265991 Sonoma Branch 201 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 January 01, 1921 Full Service Brick and Mortar 160 266000 Brentwood Branch 4540 Balfour Road, Brentwood, CA 94513 January 01, 1921 Full Service Brick and Mortar 162 44317 Petaluma Main Branch 20 Petaluma Boulevard South, Petaluma, CA 94952 May 10, 1965 Full Service Brick and Mortar 163 285081 Healdsburg Branch 450 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448 May 10, 1965 Full Service Brick and Mortar 164 285082 Rohnert Park Branch 6301 State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 May 10, 1965 Full Service Brick and Mortar 165 285083 Forestville Branch 6661 Front Street, Forestville, CA 95436 May 10, 1965 Full Service Brick and Mortar 166 285084 Petaluma Plaza Branch 311 North Mcdowell Boulevard, Petaluma, CA 94954 May 10, 1965 Full Service Brick and Mortar 170 200900 Concord Branch 1969 Diamond Boulevard, Concord, CA 94520 Febuary 14, 1997 Full Service Brick and Mortar 171 200901 Danville Branch 307 Diablo Road, Danville, CA 94526 April 28, 1997 Full Service Brick and Mortar 172 284993 Pebble Beach Branch 17 Mile Drive At Cypress, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 May 05, 1965 Full Service Brick and Mortar 173 200902 Berkeley Branch 1480 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709 October 06, 1997 Full Service Brick and Mortar 175 197605 Clearlake Branch 15050 Olympic Drive, Clearlake, CA 95422 September 17, 1962 Full Service Brick and Mortar 219 200907 San Mateo Branch 195 East 4th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401 May 10, 1999 Full Service Brick and Mortar 220 200908 Coddingtown Branch 200 Coddingtown Mall, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 June 11, 1999 Full Service Brick and Mortar 222 256203 Tahoe City Branch 150 West Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA 96145 July 31, 1982 Full Service Brick and Mortar 224 256209 Truckee Gateway Branch 11202 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161 Febuary 14, 1983 Full Service Brick and Mortar 225 256210 Kings Beach Branch 200 Bear Street, Kings Beach, CA 96143 October 16, 1989 Full Service Brick and Mortar 226 256211 Grass Valley Branch 460 Brunswick Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945 January 22, 1991 Full Service Brick and Mortar 227 256213 South Grass Valley Branch 736d Taylorville Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949 April 17, 1995 Full Service Brick and Mortar 228 256214 Auburn Branch 13422 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603 April 17, 1995 Full Service Brick and Mortar 229 256215 Arden Branch 1651 Response Road, Sacramento, CA 95815 July 17, 1995 Full Service Brick and Mortar 233 17204 Vacaville Main Branch 330 Davis Street, Vacaville, CA 95688 November 14, 1983 Full Service Brick and Mortar 235 257663 Benicia Branch 1001 First Street, Benicia, CA 94510 March 18, 1987 Full Service Brick and Mortar 236 246237 Vallejo Downtown Branch 303 Sacramento Street, Vallejo, CA 94590 March 22, 1968 Full Service Brick and Mortar 237 257664 Park Place Branch 4300 Sonoma Boulevard Suite 300, Vallejo, CA 94589 August 14, 1990 Full Service Brick and Mortar 238 257665 Oliver Road Branch 1300 Oliver Road,, Fairfield, CA 94533 September 07, 1993 Full Service Brick and Mortar 239 257666 Power Plaza Branch 1011 Helen Power Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687 May 02, 1994 Full Service Brick and Mortar 273 14207 L.A. Main Branch 915 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90017 January 05, 1972 Full Service Brick and Mortar 274 12800 Culver City Branch 9735 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232 November 25, 1963 Full Service Brick and Mortar 275 246890 Redondo Beach Branch 3500 Aviation Boulevard, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 October 02, 1970 Full Service Brick and Mortar 277 251301 Oakland Main Branch 2127 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 July 01, 1975 Full Service Brick and Mortar 278 10715 Downey Branch 10230 South Paramount Boulevard, Downey, CA 90241 April 29, 1947 Full Service Brick and Mortar 279 238363 Bell Gardens Branch 7000 A Eastern Avenue, Bell Gardens, CA 90201 July 08, 1955 Full Service Brick and Mortar 280 238364 Santa Fe Springs Branch 11955 East Slauson Avenue, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 May 15, 1962 Full Service Brick and Mortar 281 238365 South Gate Branch 12135 South Garfield Avenue, South Gate, CA 90280 April 04, 1952 Full Service Brick and Mortar 282 238366 Pico Rivera Branch 9001 East Whittier Boulevard, Pico Rivera, CA 90660 July 18, 1966 Full Service Brick and Mortar 283 12815 West Covina Branch 401 South Glendora Avenue, West Covina, CA 91790 December 13, 1963 Full Service Brick and Mortar 284 238369 Baldwin Park Branch 14220 Ramona Boulevard, Baldwin Park, CA 91706 October 12, 1973 Full Service Brick and Mortar 285 238370 Anaheim Branch 619 South Brookhurst Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92804 May 03, 1974 Full Service Brick and Mortar 287 3842 Rosemead Branch 9000 East Valley Boulevard, Rosemead, CA 91770 January 01, 1929 Full Service Brick and Mortar 288 207940 South El Monte Branch 2041 Durfee Avenue, South El Monte, CA 91733 November 25, 1964 Full Service Brick and Mortar 289 207941 South Pasadena Branch 1833 North Atlantic Boulevard, South Pasadena, CA 91030 August 04, 1969 Full Service Brick and Mortar 290 251307 San Diego Branch 701 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101 January 21, 1982 Full Service Brick and Mortar 291 251308 Gardena Branch 1800 West Redondo Beach Boulevard, Gardena, CA 90247 July 18, 1984 Full Service Brick and Mortar 292 244993 Alhambra Branch 100 South Garfield Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91801 October 17, 1955 Full Service Brick and Mortar 293 244994 Ninth And Valley Branch 855 West Valley Boulevard, Alhambra, CA 91803 May 02, 1949 Full Service Brick and Mortar 294 244996 Arcadia Branch 1155 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91006 October 01, 1954 Full Service Brick and Mortar 295 244997 Westminster Branch 7751 Westminster Avenue, Westminster, CA 92683 Febuary 27, 1961 Full Service Brick and Mortar 296 244999 Bakersfield Branch 5201 California Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93309 March 22, 1957 Full Service Brick and Mortar 297 245001 Bellflower Branch 16824 South Bellflower Boulevard, Bellflower, CA 90706 December 01, 1954 Full Service Brick and Mortar 298 245002 Castro Valley Branch 3396 Castro Valley Boulevard, Castro Valley, CA 94546 June 28, 1957 Full Service Brick and Mortar 299 245003 City Of Commerce Branch 6055 East Washington Boulevard, City Of Commerce, CA 90040 June 05, 1964 Full Service Brick and Mortar 300 245004 Compton Branch 1701 North Long Beach Boulevard, Compton, CA 90221 June 12, 1959 Full Service Brick and Mortar 301 245005 Corcoran Branch 1045 Whitley Avenue, Corcoran, CA 93212 December 01, 1954 Full Service Brick and Mortar 302 245006 Covina Branch 770 South Citrus Avenue, Covina, CA 91723 December 14, 1956 Full Service Brick and Mortar 303 245007 Crockett Branch 891 Loring Avenue, Crockett, CA 94525 December 01, 1954 Full Service Brick and Mortar 305 245009 Westlake Branch 239 Westlake Center, Daly City, CA 94015 March 05, 1956 Full Service Brick and Mortar 307 245012 Paseo Padre Branch 39533 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94538 Febuary 27, 1961 Full Service Brick and Mortar 308 245015 Garden Grove Branch 12976 Main Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840 December 01, 1954 Full Service Brick and Mortar 309 245017 Lafayette Branch 3583 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA 94549 August 01, 1946 Full Service Brick and Mortar 310 245018 Lakewood Branch 5240 Clark Avenue, Lakewood, CA 90712 June 05, 1959 Full Service Brick and Mortar 311 245019 Long Beach City Place Branch 496 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802 December 01, 1954 Full Service Brick and Mortar 313 245021 Los Altos Branch 176 Main Street, Los Altos, CA 94022 December 01, 1954 Full Service Brick and Mortar 314 245027 Woodland Hills Branch 19858 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills, CA 91364 December 20, 1957 Full Service Brick and Mortar 315 245028 Westwood Branch 10929 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024 December 02, 1957 Full Service Brick and Mortar 316 245032 Newman Branch 945 Fresno Street, Newman, CA 95360 December 01, 1954 Full Service Brick and Mortar 317 245034 Montclair Branch 2023 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94611 April 21, 1947 Full Service Brick and Mortar 318 245035 Temescal Branch 4900 Telegraph, Oakland, CA 94609 Febuary 27, 1961 Full Service Brick and Mortar 319 245037 Orosi Branch 12790 Avenue 416, Orosi, CA 93647 May 07, 1956 Full Service Brick and Mortar 320 245039 Pasadena Main Branch 587 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101 Febuary 27, 1961 Full Service Brick and Mortar 321 245041 Pasadena East Branch 2500 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91107 August 14, 1944 Full Service Brick and Mortar 322 245042 Patterson Branch 5 Plaza, Patterson, CA 95363 Febuary 27, 1961 Full Service Brick and Mortar 323 245043 Pinole Branch 777 Tennent Avenue, Pinole, CA 94564 August 14, 1944 Full Service Brick and Mortar 324 245045 Riverdale Branch 3494 Mt. Whitney Avenue, Riverdale, CA 93656 April 01, 1955 Full Service Brick and Mortar 325 245046 Country Club Branch 3509 El Camino Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95821 August 29, 1959 Full Service Brick and Mortar 326 245047 Sacramento Main Branch 500 Capital Mall, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95814 June 20, 1955 Full Service Brick and Mortar 327 245050 S.F. Mission Branch 2812 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 Febuary 27, 1961 Full Service Brick and Mortar 328 245053 Sanger Branch 1321 Jensen Avenue, Sanger, CA 93657 May 10, 1957 Full Service Brick and Mortar 330 245055 San Marino Branch 2395 Huntington Drive, San Marino, CA 91108 April 05, 1952 Full Service Brick and Mortar 331 245058 Santa Ana Branch 103 East Memory Lane, Santa Ana, CA 92701 Febuary 02, 1953 Full Service Brick and Mortar 332 245059 Santa Barbara North Branch 3780 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 November 15, 1954 Full Service Brick and Mortar 333 245060 Santa Barbara Main Branch 1036 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 December 01, 1954 Full Service Brick and Mortar 334 245061 Sierra Madre Branch 100 West Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, CA 91024 April 09, 1956 Full Service Brick and Mortar 335 245062 Stanton Branch 11051 Beach Boulevard, Stanton, CA 90680 August 23, 1957 Full Service Brick and Mortar 336 245063 Tehachapi Branch 758 Tucker Road, Tehachapi, CA 93561 December 01, 1954 Full Service Brick and Mortar 338 245065 Torrance Branch 23865 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90505 October 04, 1957 Full Service Brick and Mortar 339 245066 Tustin Branch 701 East First Street, Tustin, CA 92780 November 02, 1959 Full Service Brick and Mortar 340 245067 Union City Branch 33301 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587 Febuary 27, 1961 Full Service Brick and Mortar 341 245069 Irvine Branch 18022 Culver Drive, Irvine, CA 92612 October 07, 1966 Full Service Brick and Mortar 342 245070 South Coast Branch 3931 South Bristol Street, Santa Ana, CA 92704 October 07, 1966 Full Service Brick and Mortar 343 245071 Fresno Branch 2035 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721 October 07, 1966 Full Service Brick and Mortar 344 245072 Shaw-West Branch 2110 West Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711 October 07, 1966 Full Service Brick and Mortar 345 245073 Glendale Branch 400 North Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA 91206 Febuary 03, 1967 Full Service Brick and Mortar 346 245075 Santa Monica Branch 407 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401 December 08, 1967 Full Service Brick and Mortar 347 245077 Wilshire Square Branch 3347 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010 March 22, 1968 Full Service Brick and Mortar 348 245079 Beverly Hills Branch 9401 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 December 02, 1968 Full Service Brick and Mortar 349 245080 Huntington Beach Branch 6881 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 May 02, 1969 Full Service Brick and Mortar 350 245082 La Mirada Branch 12709 Valley View Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90638 April 11, 1969 Full Service Brick and Mortar 351 245083 South San Francisco Branch 2288 Westborough Boulevard, South San Francisco, CA 94080 July 11, 1969 Full Service Brick and Mortar 352 245084 La Habra Branch 1330 S. 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Israeli settlements[1] are Israeli civilian communities[i] built on lands occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. Such settlements currently exist in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and in the Golan Heights. Settlements previously existed in the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip until Israel evacuated the Sinai settlements following the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace agreement and from the Gaza Strip in 2005 under Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan. Israel dismantled 18 settlements in the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, and all 21 in the Gaza Strip and 4 in the West Bank in 2005,[2] but continues to both expand its settlements and settle new areas in the West Bank,[3][4][5][6][7] despite pressure to desist from the international community.

The international community considers the settlements in occupied territory to be illegal,[8] and the United Nations has repeatedly upheld the view that Israel’s construction of settlements constitutes a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.[9][10] Israeli neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and communities in the Golan Heights, the latter of which has been annexed by Israel, are also considered settlements by the international community, which does not recognise Israel’s annexations of these territories.[11] The International Court of Justice also says these settlements are illegal in a 2004 advisory opinion.[12][13][14] In April 2012, UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, in response to moves by Israel to legalise Israeli outposts, reiterated that all settlement activity is illegal, and “runs contrary to Israel’s obligations under the Road Map and repeated Quartet calls for the parties to refrain from provocations.”[15] Similar criticism was advanced by the EU and the US.[16][17] Israel disputes the position of the international community and the legal arguments that were used to declare the settlements illegal.[18]

The presence and ongoing expansion of existing settlements by Israel and the construction of settlement outposts is frequently criticized as an obstacle to the peace process by the Palestinians,[19] and third parties such as the OIC,[20] the United Nations,[21]Russia,[22] the United Kingdom,[23]France,[24] the European Union,[25] and the United States have echoed those criticisms.[21]

Settlement has an economic dimension, much of it driven by the significantly lower costs of housing in Jewish settlements compared to the cost of housing and living in Israel.[26] Government subsidies to settlers are double those to Israelis in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, while settlers in isolated areas receive three times the Israeli national average.[27] On 30 June 2014, according to the Yesha Council, 382,031 Jewish settlers lived in the 121 officially recognised settlements in the West Bank, over 300,000 Israelis lived in settlements in East Jerusalem and over 20,000 lived in settlements in the Golan Heights.[28][29][30] In January 2015 the Israeli Interior Ministry gave figures of 389,250 Israelis living in the West Bank and a further 375,000 Israelis living in East Jerusalem.[31] Settlements range in character from farming communities and frontier villages to urban suburbs and neighborhoods. The four largest settlements, Modi’in Illit, Ma’ale Adumim, Beitar Illit and Ariel, have achieved city status. Ariel has 18,000 residents, while the rest have around 37,000 to 55,500 each.

The 1967 Six-Day War left Israel in control of [32]

As early as 1967, Israeli settlement policy was started by the Labor government of Levi Eshkol. The basis for Israeli settlement in the West Bank became the Allon Plan,[33] named after its inventor Yigal Allon. It implied Israeli annexation of major parts of the Israeli-occupied territories, especially East Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and the Jordan Valley.[34] Yigal Allon became Levi Eshkol’s successor as Prime Minister in 1969. The settlement policy of the next government, led by Yitzhak Rabin, was also derived from the Allon Plan.[35]

The first settlement was Kfar Etzion, in the southern West Bank,[33][36] although that location was outside the Allon Plan. Many settlements began as Nahal settlements. They were established as military outposts and later expanded and populated with civilian inhabitants.

The Likud government of Menahem Begin, from 1977, was more supportive to settlement in other parts of the West Bank, by organizations like Gush Emunim and the Jewish Agency/World Zionist Organization, and intensified the settlement activities.[35][37][38] In a government statement, Likud declared that the entire historic Land of Israel is the inalienable heritage of the Jewish people, and that no part of the West Bank should be handed over to foreign rule.[39] The government abrogated the prohibition from purchasing occupied land by Israelis; the “Drobles Plan”, a plan for large-scale settlement in the West Bank meant to prevent a Palestinian state under the pretext of security became the framework for its policy.[40][A] The “Drobles Plan” from the World Zionist Organization, dated October 1978 and named “Master Plan for the Development of Settlements in Judea and Samaria, 1979-1983″, was written by the Jewish Agency director and former Knesset member Matityahu Drobles. In January 1981, the government adopted a follow up-plan from Drobles, dated September 1980 and named “The current state of the settlements in Judea and Samaria”, with more details about settlement strategy and policy.[41][B]

Since 1967, government-funded settlement projects in the West Bank are implemented by the “Settlement Division” of the World Zionist Organization.[42] Though formally a non-governmental organization, it is funded by the Israeli government and leases lands from the Civil Administration to settle in the West Bank. It is authorized to create settlements in the West Bank on lands licensed to it by the Civil Administration.[33] Traditionally, the Settlement Division has been under the responsibility of the Agriculture Ministry. Since the Olso Accords, it was always housed within the Prime Ministers Office (PMO). In 2007, it was moved back to the Agriculture Ministry. In 2009, the Netanyahu Government decided to subject all settlement activities to additional approval of the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister. In 2011, Netanyahu sought to move the Settlement Division again under the direct control of (his own) PMO, and to curtail Defense Minister Ehud Baraks authority.[42]

At the presentation of the Oslo II Accord on 5 October 1995 in the Knesset, PM Yitzhak Rabin expounded the Israeli settlement policy in connection with the permanent solution to the conflict. Israel wanted “a Palestinian entity, less than a state, which will be a home to most of the Palestinian residents living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank”. It wanted to keep settlements beyond the Green Line including Ma’ale Adumim and Givat Ze’ev in East Jerusalem. Blocs of settlements should be established in the West Bank. Rabin promised not to return to the 4 June 1967 lines.[43]

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