Settlements

Settlements

Israel’s settlement enterprise has had a devastating effect on the lives of ordinary Palestinians living in the occupied territories. Private Palestinian land is frequently expropriated for the building of settlements. Settlements also separate and isolate Palestinian population centers from one another and from the outside world. The presence of settlements, along with Israeli policies implemented under the guise of protecting them, severely restrict the movement of Palestinians, affecting employment, education, access to health care, and the economy.

Defeated in Court, Lifta’s Last Families to Leave Their Jerusalem-area Homes News Roundup
Nir Hasson, The Electronic Intifada

Defeated in Court, Lifta’s Last Families to Leave Their Jerusalem-area Homes

The last of the families living in the Lifta neighborhood at the entrance to Jerusalem will leave their homes this week. The evacuation will allow the construction of a new, expanded western entrance to the capital. After a long legal battle, the families have agreed to leave voluntarily.

about 4 days ago
Soldiers Unscathed In “Attack” That Leaves Palestinian Dead News Roundup
Maureen Clare Murphy, The Electronic Intifada

Soldiers Unscathed In “Attack” That Leaves Palestinian Dead

The family of a Palestinian man shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday are rejecting the military’s claim that Bahaa al-Hirbawi, 23, was attempting a stabbing attack when he was slain. Al-Hirbawi was slain at the Jabaa military checkpoint near the occupied West Bank city...

about 4 days ago
After 70 Years of Dispersion: Number of Palestinian Refugees Multiplied by Six Times News Roundup
Palestinian News Network (PNN)

After 70 Years of Dispersion: Number of Palestinian Refugees Multiplied by Six Times

Almost 70 years since the Nakba, the Palestinian uprooting and forceful expulsion from their home and country following the creation of Israel, the number of displaced Palestinians who became refugees has increased by six times, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS)...

about 5 days ago
Israel Starts Work on New West Bank Settlement News Roundup
Al Jazeera

Israel Starts Work on New West Bank Settlement

Israel has begun construction of the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in 25 years, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it an "honour" to build the illegal outpost in defiance of international law.

about 5 days ago
Israel Resists US Push for Opening Palestinian Economy News Roundup
John Reed, Financial Times

Israel Resists US Push for Opening Palestinian Economy

The US is facing strong resistance as it presses Israel to ease its controls on the Palestinian economy as part of Washington’s efforts to revive the moribund peace process, according to Palestinian and US officials.

about 6 days ago
The Peace Process Industry Keeps the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Running Op-Eds & Analysis
Ben White, Middle East Eye

The Peace Process Industry Keeps the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Running

At an April conference in Washington DC held by the Middle East Policy Council, University of Pennsylvania-based political scientist Professor Ian Lustick had some strong criticism for what he described as “the continuous merry-go-round of American-orchestrated negotiations".

about 6 days ago
Can Young Palestinians Outgrow the Burden of Occupation? Op-Eds & Analysis
Mariam Barghouti, TRT World

Can Young Palestinians Outgrow the Burden of Occupation?

December 2013 echoed with the wailing of women, as they mourned the killing of 15 year old Wajih al-Ramahi by Israeli forces in Jalazon refugee camp. His young face, lifeless and underground, was printed on posters as young children decorated the narrow alleyways with them.

about 2 weeks ago
All Palestinian Prisoners Need Is Dry Bread, a Glass of Water– and a Bullet to the Head News Roundup
Jonathan Ofir, Mondoweiss

All Palestinian Prisoners Need Is Dry Bread, a Glass of Water– and a Bullet to the Head

Sometimes you just can’t believe it. These words don’t come from the rabble in the streets of Tel-Aviv or Jerusalem. They come straight from the mouths of Israel’s leaders in a Knesset committee meeting. Last month, the Israeli Knesset’s Internal Affairs Committee discussed...

about 2 weeks ago
Gazans Being Held Hostage by Israeli, PA Gamesmanship Op-Eds & Analysis
Orly Noy, +972 Mag

Gazans Being Held Hostage by Israeli, PA Gamesmanship

Who says there is no coordination between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority? On Sunday evening, Israel gladly accepted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas request to cut the already-dilapidated electricity supply to Gaza, in order to make life for its residents that much more difficult. Think about the significance of cutting electricity by 40 percent in the middle of a blazing summer.

about 2 weeks ago