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.

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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.

Source: PalestineRemembered.com

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