[Marxism] Reuters: Israel's settlement drive is becoming irreversible, diplomats fear

Shalva Eliava shalva.eliava at outlook.com
Fri Jun 3 18:16:29 MDT 2016

Not bad, Reuters!

Barely a month goes by without a fresh announcement from the government or one of its ministries about West Bank territory being declared "state land", a precursor to settlement building, or a decision to allow new construction to proceed.

At the same time, Palestinians living in a part of the West Bank known as Area C, which accounts for 60 percent of the total and is where most settlements are located, are being uprooted from the land in increasing numbers.

..."It starts to look irreversible," said one official, a view separately supported by half a dozen foreign diplomats. 

Under the Oslo accords of the mid-1990s, Israel retains full control over Area C, where large tracts have been declared closed military areas. As a result, Israeli courts tend to approve the removal of Palestinians from the area and the demolition of their homes, even though the accords did not change the illegal status of settlements there.

"Settlements are the vehicle for taking control of the land," said Catherine Cook, an official with the U.N. office for the coordination of humanitarian assistance and an authority on settlements, speaking last month.


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