US Position on Legality of Israeli Settlements Not Good for Peace

November 25, 2019

On November 18, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US would no longer view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The decision breaks with a 1978 State Department finding that settlements were “inconsistent with international law.” The new policy is also...

Israeli Settlements Explained

January 04, 2017

A look at the history of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are considered illegal under international law. Several United Nations Security Council resolutions, as well as the International Court of Justice, have also found settlements...

UN Resolution on Israel Changes Nothing

December 26, 2016

The UN Security Council resolution is just one more fruitless international effort to address a conflict that refuses to end. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) vote on December 23 is a fitting end to the Obama administration and, of a different sort, to the term of Secretary General Ban...

Norman Finkelstein: Israel, Settlements and the ICC (Part 2/2)

With illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land, why has Israel not been held accountable? After wars in 2008-09 and in 2012, Israel has once again bombarded Gaza in a land, sea and air military campaign. Thousands of rockets from Hamas and other Palestinian factions...

Norman Finkelstein: Israel, Settlements and the ICC (Part 1/2)

With illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land, why has Israel not been held accountable? After wars in 2008-09 and in 2012, Israel has once again bombarded Gaza in a land, sea and air military campaign. Thousands of rockets from Hamas and other Palestinian factions have been fired at...

Jewish Settlements and the Peace Talks (Part 2/2)

June 12, 2014

In order to solve the issue of Jewish settlements, the primacy of the narrative has to be overcome. It is a central Palestinian argument that settlements are the main obstacle for peace. However, the factual record does not prove this point. Israel, by its own decision,...

The Banality of Colonization: The Metropolitanization of Israeli Settlements

June 08, 2014

Contrary to stereotypes, settlements in the West Bank are mainly suburban localities inhabited by “quality of life” settlers. The presence of Israeli settlements in the West Bank represents one of the main issues concerning Israeli-Palestinian relations. Still, perhaps because of their...

Jewish Settlements and the Peace Talks (Part 1/2)

May 25, 2014

In order to solve the issue of Jewish settlements, the primacy of the narrative has to be overcome. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a multi-faceted and historically protracted conflict, the origins of which can be traced back to the late 19th century. It can be argued that such a complicated...

Jewish Settlements and the One-State Solution

May 25, 2014

The one-state solution is the only way forward for Palestinians and Israelis. The metastasis of Jewish colonies in Palestine has reinforced the argument that there will never be a Palestinian state. Now, there are approximately 600,000 colonists in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the...

Israeli Settlements: Violation of International Law or Rightful Return?

May 25, 2014

Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory are one of the most crucial issues in the conflict. Background Immigration, population transfer and the control of land have been core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the arrival of the first Zionist settlers in the late 1800s....

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