Annexations in the West Bank: Europeans Need to Step Up

May 25, 2020

In the coming weeks, crucial decisions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are likely to be made. After three rounds of elections and difficult tactical maneuvers, a coalition government under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was recently sworn in. The coalition agreement between the...

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...

History Provides Lessons for Jerusalem’s Future

July 09, 2015

In solving the Jerusalem issue, history presents obstacles and opportunities. On April 15, the Israeli Supreme Court affirmed the application of the Absentee Property Law in Occupied East Jerusalem, therefore, allowing the unlawful confiscation of property and assets in the area from their...

The West Bank May Be On the Verge of Exploding

August 20, 2014

Is an explosion of the West Bank closer than we think? I have just returned from a work visit to Ramallah. I am very concerned and disturbed by what I heard from friends and colleagues there. The calm appearance of the city hides the sizzling bubbling under the surface. The West Bank is on...

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...

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....

Jordanian Women: Marrying Beyond the Border

February 09, 2014

If Jordanian women marry non-Jordanians, they are only granted "services rights." Last December, the spokesman for the Jordanian government, Mohammed al-Moumani, announced that the government will not grant civil rights to Jordanian women married to non-Jordanian citizens. Instead, he...

Top 10 Ways Ariel Sharon Ruined Israel and the Middle East

January 16, 2014

Ariel Sharon probably helped doom the whole enterprise of Israel. Arik Scheinerman, who became Ariel Sharon, was from a Russian family that emigrated to Palestine at a time when Palestinians had been deprived of the right to set immigration policy into their own country. He would go on powerfully...

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