Tag: Israeli Settlements

US Position on Legality of Israeli Settlements Not Good for Peace

US Position on Legality of Israeli Settlements Not Good for Peace

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...

The Other Palestine: How Long Can Occupation Be the Answer?

The Other Palestine: How Long Can Occupation Be the Answer?

Ordinary Palestinians say they understand Israel's security goals. But they feel these policies are applied with irrational, random vengeance against the innocent. After President Donald Trump's announcement on December 6, 2017, that the US embassy in Israel would be moved to Jerusalem, images...

Israeli Settlements Explained

Israeli Settlements Explained

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...

The Everydayness of Occupation in Jerusalem

The Everydayness of Occupation in Jerusalem

An American Jew’s take on the “eternally undivided capital.” I’ll never forget the man with the wooden rake. It was mid-afternoon on a Friday in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. A group of Israeli activists had gathered, along with local Palestinian residents, to protest the...

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

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

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,...

Clash of Old and New Complicates Middle East Peace

Clash of Old and New Complicates Middle East Peace

Settlements and recognizing Israel as a Jewish state are symbolic of the distrust between Israelis and Palestinians. The older of these two challenges resurfaced only recently in the now “suspended” negotiations between the two sides but, in fact, has been at the core of Israeli aspirations...

Jewish Settlements and the One-State Solution

Jewish Settlements and the One-State Solution

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...

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