Settlements in Focus


By suzanna
February 8, 2012
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The actual built-up area of West Bank settlements takes up only a little more than one percent of the West Bank. But the settlements' built-up area is just the tip of the settlements iceberg. The impact of the settlements goes far beyond this one percent.

Consider that almost 10 percent of the West Bank is included in the "municipal area," or the jurisdictional borders of the settlements. These borders are so large that they allow settlements to expand many times over onto land that is completely off-limits to Palestinians.

In addition, consider that almost 34 percent of the West Bank has been placed under the jurisdiction of the settlements' "Regional Councils." That is, more than an additional one-third of the West Bank has been placed under the control of the settlers, off-limits to Palestinians.

More than 40 percent of the West Bank is under the direct control of settlers or settlements and off-limits to Palestinians, regardless of the fact that only a small portion of this land has been built on by settlers.

But the settlements iceberg is even bigger. Israel has taken hundreds of kilometers of the West Bank to build roads that serve the settlements, connecting them to each other and to Israel. They crisscross the entire West Bank, dividing Palestinian cities and towns from each other, and imposing various barriers to Palestinian movement and access. These roads don't only deny Palestinians contiguity, they also, occupy a significant amount of land that is off-limits to Palestinians.

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Advis3r

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 15:24

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Your source for this farrago of lies and distortions is precisely what? It obviously is nothing you penned. When you cut and paste as we are so often reminded it would be courteous to give a link otherwise it's about as believable as a Grimm fairy tale - which are a lot more believable that the screed you have posted above.

For a start settlers do not control any land - the Government of Israel does under International Law but how would a bigot like you understand that.


happygoldfish

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 15:45

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suzanna, you just made all of this up!


Real Real Zionist

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 16:05

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She sure as hell did not make it up.


Advis3r

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:50

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She sure did so for example

"Consider that almost 10 percent of the West Bank is included in the "municipal area," ...land that is completely off-limits to Palestinians."

But the other 90% is off limits to Jews so who has the better deal? In Israel legally no land is off limits to Arabs in Arab countries including the PA (under pain of death) no land is on limits to Jews.

Let's see the proof for the 40% figure of land being under the control of the settlers. First she said it was 10% now it's 40% she contradicts herself within the space of two paragraphs.

Laughable.


happygoldfish

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 09:07

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suzanna certainly didn't get it from the internet

Real Real Zionist: She sure as hell did not make it up.

how do you know?

rrz, the only way you can be "sure as hell" is if you know who did make it up!


Real Real Zionist

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 10:57

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OK I try. Reflect on the fact that Area C is 60 per cent of the west bank Add in that no non Israeli is allowed anywhere near the river. Add in that non Israelis are being concentrated in a few Urban areas. Do the maths.


happygoldfish

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 11:20

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rrz, there's a great deal of detail in what suzanna wrote that simply can't be obtained from "do the maths"

suzanna made it up!

why do you so trustingly believe what suzanna (presumably a total stranger to you) says when you're on record as automaticaly disbelieving what the idf says, and also (if i'm not confusing you with someone else) honest reporting and camera)?

btw, what happened to your blog of yesterday evening (you seem to have deleted it!) in which you claimed …

Real Real Zionist: I am pro Israel …

… have you decided that you're not pro-israel, after all?


Real Real Zionist

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 12:12

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Nah I just thought it was unnecessarily aggressive and erm..... simplistically black and white ? The moral of the story ? Never blog in anger, or in a hurry.

Will address your other points later.


happygoldfish

Tue, 02/14/2012 - 17:38

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bump!


Advis3r

Tue, 02/14/2012 - 17:47

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He's obviously busy harrassing Jonathan Hoffman!

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