Recent News Related to Settlements
Settlers have broken ground on nearly 550 West Bank homes since end of freeze, survey shows
Ha'aretz, Oct. 21, 2010
The Associated Press reported the construction of 550 units, most of which would be in Palestine under all the informal plans developed over the years to resolve the conflict on the basis of a two state solution.
Settlers start 600 new homes after ban ends - report
BBC, Oct. 21, 2010
The Israeli government is demonstrating that it is not interested in rsolving the conflict on the basis of a two-state sollution by supporting the the construction of more than 600 more housing units in the occupied Palestinian Territory.
Palestinian school set on fire, vandalized with 'regards from the hills' graffiti
Ha'aretz, Oct. 20, 2010
The Judeofascist settlers continue expressing their Jewish identity by destroying a warehouse of a Palestinian school near Nablus. This is only one of the violent actions by the settlers during the past few days. The number of incidents is numbing.
Palestinians: Netanyahu harming chance for peace by approving East Jerusalem construction
Nir Hasson, Has'aretz, Oct. 15, 2010
While Israeli ambassador Michael Oren attempts in the New York Times to distract attention from the poisonous
effect Israeli settlements have on the peace process and the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by
raising the spurious issue of Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish State, Israel is proceeding to construct
an additional 238 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem.
Ha'aretz, Oct. 15, 2010
Egypt's foreign minister suggested that the Arab League may ask the United Nations to recognize Palestine if Israel continues to violate international law and its previous agreement under the Road Map to freeze all settlement activity.
Jews seek to reclaim houses in Shiekh Jarrah
Yair Altman, YNet, Oct. 14, 2010
While Israel refuses to recognize the Palestinian right of return, it hypocritically and inconsistently supports Jews who claim a right of return in order to expell Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem. The latest case occurred in Sheikh Jarrah.
Smothered by Settlements
Mustafa Barchouthi, NY Times, Oct. 14, 2010
opinion piece in the New York Times analyzes the detrimental impact the settlements have on the peace process.
In West Bank, olive groves are on the front line in struggle over land
Joel Greenberg, Washington Post, Oct. 13, 2010
Judeofascists residing in the occupied Palestinian Territory are destroying olive trees owned by
Palestinians. These acts are met with silence by American Jewish leaders such as Abe Foxman.
The tragicomedy of Obama’s peace effort
Lara Friedman, Foreign Policy, Oct. 12, 2010
a persuasive piece on the consequences of the failure of Obama to take the tough actions on Israel
that were necessary to get Israel to freeze the settlements. As a result of his failure, Obama was
criticized for being tough on Israel when he wasn't, and then took a hit for laying out a goal he was
not prepared to meet.
Netanyahu: Israel, U.S. working quietly to resolve peace talks deadlock
Barak Ravid, Ha'aretz, Oct. 4, 2010
Netanyahu is reported to have agreed to a meaningless two month extension of the partial construction moratorium in exchange for significant diplomatic concessions by the United States
Korans Burnt In West Bank Mosque Attack
Reuters, NY Times , Oct. 4, 2010
settlers who are more religious than those in Ariel, are burning a mosque and the Quran in a village near Bethlehem.
Future of vast Jewish enclave in West Bank far from settled
Edmund Sanders, LA Times, Oct. 3, 2010
report on the settlement of Ariel, noting it is deep in the occupied Palestinian Territory, it is settled largely by secular Jews, and the population is stagnant
Peace talks come and go, but a settlement grows
Matti Friedman, Statesman.com, Oct. 2, 2010
Profile of the settlement of Revava, near Nablus.
With freeze over, West Bank settlements ready to dive into construction
Barak Ravid, Chaim Levinson, Jonathan Lis, & Avi Issacharoff , Ha'aretz<, Sept. 27, 2010
Though Israel ended the construction moratorium, Abbas will attempt to continue negotiations by seeking
support and approval from the Arab League. The Palestinians also will not walk away from negotiations
if Israel will simply agree to negotiate that the borders will be based on the 1949 Armistice line.
Apparently, Israel won't even do that.
Netanyahu to settlers: Keep low profile as building freeze expires
Avi Issacharoff & Barak Ravid, Ha'aretz<, Sept. 26, 2010
Meanwhile, Netanyahu urged the settlers to show restraint. The article also reports that Ehud Barak told the BBC that there is a 50% chance a compromise will be reached on the settlements, and negotiations will proceed
Despite Netanyahu's plea for restraint, thousands of settlers celebrate end of building freeze
Jonathan Lis & Chaim Levenson, Ha'aretz<, Sept. 26, 2010
With the end of the construction moratorium, thousands of settlers celebrated
Settlers prepare to mark freeze expiration with construction surge
Jonathan Lis, Ha'aretz, Sept. 26, 2010
With the end of the settlement moratorium, the settlers are planning to mark the occasion
with a joyful celebration that will begin construction of 2,000 housing units. The refusal of
Netanyahu to continue the moratorium shows that he is too politically weak to make the
tough decisions that will result in an agreement with the Palestinians and he is insincere in
Settlers break freeze with 20 mobile homes
Ma'an, Sept. 25, 2010
Even before the moratorium ends, settlers have moved 20 mobil homes into the northern occupied Palestinian Territory
Israel plays down scope of future settler projects
Dan Williams, Reuters, Sept. 24, 2010
Israel has apparently informed the Palestinians and the United States that future settlement projects will be limited in number.
Settlers outraged by Obama's call to continue freeze
AUTHOR , SOURCE , Sept. 23, 2010
In response to Obama's speech, Gershon Mesika, Shomron Regional Council head called our president "an arrogant and racist politician." Needless to say, the settlers were not pleased by Obama's speech
Obama addresses U.N. General Assembly
AUTHOR , UPI, Sept. 23, 2010
President Obama called for a continuation of the settlement construction moratorium in his speech before the U.N. General Assembly
Hopes and fears as settlement freeze due to expire
Yolande Knell, BBC, Sept. 22, 2010
report on the hopes of the settlers and the fears of the Palestinians as the settlement moratorium is set to expire. Hagit Ofran, from Peace Now, is quoted as saying the settlement moratorium has resulted in an unprecedented slowdown in construction and demonstrates what can be done.
Be a man, freeze the settlements
Aluf Benn, Ha'aretz, Sept. 22, 2010
Argues that Netanyahu should be a man, stand up to the right, and freeze the settlements
The Guards of the Settlers Just Shoot
Hagit Ofran, Huffington Post, Sept. 22, 2010
Hagit Ofran from Peace Now, posted a blog on the Huffington Post about the settler guard killing a Palestinian in the village of Silwan.
The Other West Bank Construction Freeze
Mohammad Mustafa Op-Ed, NY Times, Sept. 22, 2010
Points out that Israel prevents Palestinians from building in Area C, which constitute 60% of the occupied Palestinian territory, while granting permits to build an average of 1000 housing units each year in the area. This ban on Palestinian construction constitutes a decades long construction freeze for Palestinians.
L.A. donors play role in Israeli settlement
Jonah Lowen feld, Jewish Journal, Sept. 21, 2010
article about Ariel, its future in a peace agreement, and the role Los Angeles philanthropists play in funding projects in the settlement.
Not Settling For Less
David Kenner, Foreign Policy, Sept. 21, 2010
an interview with Daniel Dayan, the fanatical leader of the settler movement. Dayan argues that the settlements are necessary for Israeli security.
Facts on the Ground
APN, Sept. 20, 2010
A new on-line tool with a map organized by layers of different kinds of data. The website also has data on individual settlements, and news articles on the settlements. This promises to be an important reference tool for information about the settlement project.
Notye - this tool did not work with Internet Explorer for JLW. It works fine using the Google Chrome browser.
Abbas: Peace talks won't continue 'a single day' if settlement freeze ends
Ha'aretz, Sept. 20, 2010
In an interview with AFP, Palestinian President Abbas said the negotiations will end if the settlement moratorium is not continued.
Netherlands nixes visit by Israeli mayors
JTA, Sept. 19, 2010
The Netherlands canceled a visit by Israeli mayors because it included representatives from the settlements of Kiryat Arba, Oranit, Beit El, Elkana, and Efrat
U.S. envoy: Israel, Palestinians tackling tough issues up front
Barak Ravid, Ha'aretz, Sept. 15, 2010
Netanyahu informed Abbas that the settlement moratorium will not continue
Sources: No compromise on settlements
Ma'an, Sept. 15, 2010
Washington may present a proposal to resolve the settlement issue
The freeze as a test
Editorial Ha'aretz, Sept. 15, 2010
Supports continuing the settlement freeze that Netanyahu must recognize that construction in the settlements in incompatible to a two-state solution, and if he cannot continue the freeze because of political pressure now, he will not have the political strength later to confront the right when tough decisions are made to resolve the conflict.
Analysis: PA knows must keep talking even if freeze ends
Khaled Abu Toameh, Jerusalem Post, Sept. 15, 2010
analysis concludes that the Palestinian Authority must remain in the direct talks even if the settlement freeze ends
Statements Examining Israeli Settlements
Roll of Shame
NGO and U.N. Reports
"BARACK OBAMA LOSESTHE BATTLE FOR A SETTLEMENT FREEZE"
Human Rights Watch report:
"Separate and Unequal."
Israeli policies in the West Bank harshly discriminate against Palestinian residents, depriving them of basic
necessities while providing lavish amenities for Jewish settlements, Human Rights Watch said in a report
released today. The report identifies discriminatory practices that have no legitimate security or other justification
and calls on Israel, in addition to abiding by its international legal obligation to withdraw the settlements, to end
these violations of Palestinians' rights.
December 19, 2010.
"BARACK OBAMA LOSESTHE BATTLE FOR A SETTLEMENT FREEZE"
From The Foundation for Middle East Peace series:
"Report on Israeli Settlement in the occupied Territories."
"MOVING BEYOND A SETTLEMENT FREEZE— THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LOOKS FOR A
NEW COURSE" From The Foundation for Middle East Peace series:
"Report on Israeli Settlement in the occupied Territories."
"By Hook and by Crook: Israeli Settlement Policy in the West Bank"
B'Tselem updated their 2002 report, "Land Grab: Israel's Settlement Policy in the West Bank." Reports
that 42% of the West Bank land is controlled by over 200 settlements and several
East Jerusalem neighborhoods, and a large fraction of that land is privately
owned by Palestinians and taken by hook and by crook. Reports concludes, "Given the illegality of the settlements from the outset, and in light of the ensuing violations of
human rights, B’Tselem again demands that the government of Israel remove all the settlements.
This must be done in a manner that respects the settlers’ human rights, including payment of
compensation." July 2010.
"Historical Political and Economic Impact of Jewish Settlements in the Occupied Territories"
Macro Center for Political Economics in Israel report outlines the history of the settlements
and analyzes the value of the settlement buildings and inftrastructure, their budgets and demographics.
The Settlements from a European Perspective
Macro Center for Political Economics in Israel report outlines the challenges the settlements poss to
European interests. June 2009.
Settlement Database and Suitability Assessment from the Foundation for Middle East Peace.
a database on the settlements and the suitability of the housing units for Palestinian use in the event of evacuation by Israel. The database has a wealth of information about all the settlements.
Are the Settlements Illegal? by Nicholas Rostow.
Summary of legal arguments made to justify and opposethe settlements. Implies that the arguments
are equal in weight and are a source of serious dispute in the international legal community. [But article
fails to mention that the international legal community overwhelmingly has concluded that settlements
are illegal under international law.] Concludes from his analysis that since legality is disputed,
the United States, as a matter of policy, should not press the issue. March-April 2010.
Behind the Settlements An important background article on settlements by
Daniel Kurtzer, former United States ambassador to Israel,
recounts the Talya Sasson report that the outposts constitute wholesale vbiolations of
Israeli law. Notes that despite assurances by the Israeli government to
provide a timetable for the dismantling of outposts, one was never given. Also notes
that in 2009 Israel failed to deliver promised data to determine the built up areas of
settlements because the data showed "systematic violations of Israeli laws and regulations."
The Settlements Moratorium: A Three-Month Accounting Report by
Shalom Achshav (Israeli Peace Now) and American for Peace Now gives both good and bad
marks to the Israeli government's fidelity to the letter and spirit of the 10-month moritorium.
Some settlement planning and
construction has slowed down, but a constant stream of Israeli actions "call into question" the good-faith
commitment of Israel to the moratorium and to peace negotiations. March 1, 2010.
Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territory: life remains
hard for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank Report by the
International Committee of the Red Cross which observed that "Many Palestinians experienced violence at
the hands of settlers. The fear of being attacked kept many farmers awaya from their land, particularly in areas
surrounding settlements...Moreover, settlers have chopped down, burnt or uprooted about 10,000 olive trees over
the past three years, depriving Palestinian landowners of much-need income." Feb. 16, 2010.
- ISRAEL’S RELIGIOUS RIGHT AND THE QUESTION OF SETTLEMENTS by the International Crisis Group. Report N°89.
20 July 2009.
- THE HUMANITARIAN MONITOR, NOVEMBER 2009 by the Foundation for Middle East Peace . The leading article by Geoffrey Aronson is "Netanyahu Pledges to Restrain Settlement Expansion--Does it Matter?"
Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territories by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory. Among the items described are the incidents of violence settlers have directed against Palestinians, and the expulsion of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
- "Conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process," statement by the Council of the European Union Expresses deep concern "about the situtation in East Jerusalem." Reaffirmes that the European Union does not recognize the annexation of East Jerusalem, and "reiterates that settlements,
the separation barrier where built on occupied land, demolition of homes and evictions are illegal under international law, constitue an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible."
Nov. 8, 2009.
ISRAELI SETTLER VIOLENCE AND THE EVACUATION OF OUTPOSTS Scroll through reports summaries (listed chronologically).
Nov. 16, 2009.
February 20, 2010
The settlement enterprise has been the subject of entire books as well as sections of books.
Together, they provide essential reference material for knowing the history of the settlements,
their impact on Palestinians, the motivations of both the settlers and the Israeli leadership who
support it, and the consequences on Israeli society. The following books relate to the settlement
click here .
Statements Supporting Settlements
Although the settlements pose a security threat to the United States (by making it impossible to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of a two-state solution), and thereby undermine our country's abililty to advance its interests in the region, there are Americans who nevertheless support the settlement enterprise. Here are some defenders of Israeli settlements.
- "Israeli settlements are more than legitimate" a LA Times Op-Ed by CAMERA
Director Eric Rozenman, argues that international law not only supports Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian Territory, but encourages it. Of the 192 members of the United Nations, the only one that accepts his argument is Israel, the "belligerent occupier" itself. (Dec. 11, 2009)
- Ex-Alaskan Governor and 2008 Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin said in an interview with Barbara Walters broadcast on November 17, 2009:
"I disagree with the Obama administration on that. I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon, because that population of Israel is, is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead. And I don't think that the Obama administration has any right to tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand."
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Palin/sarah-palin-talks-barbara-walters-afghanistan-policy-economy/story?id=9109226 (from 2:10 to 2:35) (Nov. 2009)
"Settlements or Suburbs?" by Sheila Lampert says that settlements are really subrubs that act as a buffer zone for the rest of Israel. The result of establishing subrubs throughout the West Bank is that Mandated Palestine was converted into an Apartheid situation, in which the land has an Israeli component and a Palestinian component that are separated and disconnected from each other. (Nov. 4, 2009)