Israel’s Settlements: 50 Years of Land Theft Explained
PALESTINE - ISRAEL, 4 Dec 2017
Zena Tahhan – Al Jazeera
Fifty years ago, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 242. The resolution is used as a framework for implementing the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But since its adoption in 1967, Israel has violated the resolution by entrenching its occupation of the Palestinian territories through illegal settlements.
- 600,000 – 750,000 Illegal settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories
- 150 Settlements
- 119 Outposts
- 42% of West Bank land controlled by settlements
- 86% of East Jerusalem for Israeli state and settler use
The majority of settlements have been built either entirely or partially on private Palestinian property.
21 Nov 2017 – To the casual visitor or tourist driving through the occupied West Bank or Jerusalem, Israeli settlements may appear as just another set of houses on a hill.
The middle-class suburban style townhouses, built fast and locked in a grid of uniform units, stand like fortified compounds, in direct contrast to the sprawling limestone Palestinian homes below.
Settlement homes, mostly constructed of cement with a cosmetic limestone cladding, tend to fashion a similar look: American-style villas topped by red-tiled roofs and surrounded by lush, neatly trimmed green lawns.
The largest settlement, Modi’in Illit, houses more than 64,000 Israeli Jews in the occupied West Bank. The mega-settlement has its own mayor, as well as schools, shopping malls and medical centres. Some settlements even have their own universities.
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