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.

Why a Leading Palestinian Activist Isn’t Fixated on a Palestinian State News Roundup
Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post

Why a Leading Palestinian Activist Isn’t Fixated on a Palestinian State

"We are not in the time to talk about solutions," said Issa Amro, a leading Palestinian activist who spoke to Today's WorldView while on a visit to Washington this week. "We are in the time to protect ourselves from settlements, from settler violence, from attacks on our cities and villages."

about 2 weeks ago
Netanyahu Backs Annexation of 19 West Bank Settlements News Roundup
Peter Beaumont, The Guardian

Netanyahu Backs Annexation of 19 West Bank Settlements

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has backed legislation that would in effect annex settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories that are home to between 125,000 and 150,000 Jewish people. In comments made at a meeting of his Likud party at the large settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, Netanyahu said he would support the “Greater Jerusalem” bill.

about 3 weeks ago
Israel Has Created A Palestinian Ghetto In Hebron Op-Eds & Analysis
Issa Amro, Forward

Israel Has Created A Palestinian Ghetto In Hebron

A small group of children stand behind the fence in the early morning. They are waiting for the gate to be unlocked. In their hands are empty plastic jugs their mothers have given them to fill for the day’s cooking needs.

on September 27, 2017
Israel Planning War Crime Against Khan Al-Ahmar Families News Roundup
Tamara Nassar, The Electronic Intifada

Israel Planning War Crime Against Khan Al-Ahmar Families

Israel’s planned expulsion of the residents of Khan al-Ahmar and the destruction of their village in the occupied West Bank is a war crime, human rights groups are warning. Earlier this month, Israeli occupation authorities informed members of the community that they would be relocated...

on September 27, 2017
Israel Refuses to Stop Arms Sales to Myanmar, Despite Its Campaign of Rape, Torture and Massacres… News Roundup
Chaim Levinson, Haaretz

Israel Refuses to Stop Arms Sales to Myanmar, Despite Its Campaign of Rape, Torture and Massacres…

The state has not said that it will stop selling weapons to the military junta in Myanmar, despite recent reports and United Nations data on massacres the country’s military has perpetrated against the Rohingya minority, as well as systematic rape and expulsions.

on September 27, 2017
Court Rules: Upscale Jewish Country Club Allowed to Restrict Arab Neighbors’ Membership News Roundup
Or Kashti, Haaretz

Court Rules: Upscale Jewish Country Club Allowed to Restrict Arab Neighbors’ Membership

A court has approved a municipality’s decision to reserve 90 percent of the subscriptions to its country club for town residents, while leaving the remainder available to Jewish and Arab residents of neighboring towns.

on September 26, 2017
Israel Builds Settlements ‘at High Rate’: UN News Roundup
AFP

Israel Builds Settlements ‘at High Rate’: UN

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Israel continues to build settlements "at a high rate," the UN envoy for the Middle East said Monday, in defiance of Security Council demands for an end to the expansion of Jewish outposts.

on September 26, 2017
Israel Set to Advance Plans Next Week for Some 2,000 New Homes in West Bank Settlements News Roundup
Barak Ravid, Haaretz

Israel Set to Advance Plans Next Week for Some 2,000 New Homes in West Bank Settlements

Israel’s Civil Administration is expected to advance plans as early as next week for up to 2,000 new homes in West Bank settlements, a senior government official said on Sunday. Most of the plans in question will simply be moving onto another stage of the planning process, the official said, with only a few tenders for immediate construction slated to be approved. If the plans aren’t advanced next week...

on September 25, 2017
Palestine’s Struggling Palm Sector News Roundup
Hana Salah, Al-Monitor

Palestine’s Struggling Palm Sector

The Palestinian territories produce fresh and dried dates that are popular in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, but this promising sector is facing many challenges due to Israeli constraints on exports and Israel’s control of water resources in the West Bank. In addition, the palm sector does not have a strong council of representatives to support farmers and teach them how to fight the red palm weevil (RPW)...

on September 25, 2017