Providing detailed background and comparison to the various types of illegal construction.

Acting Prime Minister Olmert is being accused by some of his opponents of using a double standard - demolishing illegal settler construction but ignoring illegal "Arab" construction. Is this accurate?

Opponents of the settlers both inside and outside the government - including Peace Now - have long been accused, usually by settlers and their supporters, of caring only about illegal construction being carried out in the settlements, and ignoring illegal construction by "Arabs." This accusation generally reflects efforts to divert the public's focus from the manifest illegality of settlers' actions.

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Settlements in Focus - Vol. 2, Issue 3: Amona Redux

Update on the first illegal outpost with permanent housing to be demolished as a result of Peace Now's petition to the Israeli court.

What is the timeline of legal decisions that led up to the recent demolitions at the illegal outpost of Amona?

The illegal outpost of Amona was first constructed in late 1995. Demolition orders for nine structures at Amona - all built illegally on land that is privately owned by (and appropriately registered to) Palestinians - were issued in October 2004 by the Civil Administration.

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To review, what exactly is an "outpost"?

An outpost is a new Jewish settlement - or a proto-settlement - built in the occupied territories without prior legal approval from the Israeli government. For years settlers have used the establishment of outposts as a mechanism to stake out new territory, expand settlement boundaries, create contiguity between veteran settlements, and establish facts on the ground that will make it more difficult to reach a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

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It recently came to light that one of the West Bank's largest ongoing construction projects - indeed, one of the largest construction projects in Israel - is illegal.

There have been recent press reports about a large illegal construction project in a West Bank settlement. What is the story?

It recently came to light that one of the West Bank's largest ongoing construction projects - indeed, one of the largest construction projects in Israel - is illegal.

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Settlements in Focus: Vol. 1, Issue 16 - "The Russians"

An estimated 10% of the West Bank population is from the former Soviet Union...

 


The Ariel Settlement is home to many immigrants from the former Soviet Union

 

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Settlements in Focus

Current Trends in Settlement Construction & Growth (Vol.1, Issue 15) - posted on 12/9/05
A publication of Americans for Peace Now


Is construction in settlements on the rise?

Yes. The most recent data published by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) indicate that settlement construction during the first half of 2005 was greater than during the same period in 2004.

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Settlements in Focus: Vol. 1, Issue 14 - Gush Etzion

The focus is on the group of settlements located south of Jerusalem, between Bethlehem and the present-day settlement of Kfar Etzion.

 


Settlements in Focus

Gush Etzion (Vol.1, Issue 14)
A publication of Americans for Peace Now


What is the Gush Etzion settlement bloc?

The term "Etzion" is rooted in the name of the early settlement of Kfar Etzion (see below for details). "Gush Etzion" (literally, "Etzion Bloc") refers to the group of settlements located south of Jerusalem, between Bethlehem and the present-day settlement of Kfar Etzion.

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Settlements in Focus - Vol. 1, Issue 12: Ultra Orthodox Jews in the West Bank

 


Settlements in Focus

The Ultra-Orthodox Jews in the West Bank (Vol.1, Issue 12)
A publication of Americans for Peace Now


What is the difference between the ultra-Orthodox and other religious Jews in the settlements?

The ultra-Orthodox settlers come from a political-religious faction of Judaism that is distinct from the one that gave birth to the religious-nationalist settlers who founded the settlement movement.

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Settlements in Focus - Vol. 1, Issue 13: HEBRON

Settlements in Focus

Hebron (Vol.1, Issue 13)
A publication of Americans for Peace Now


How is Hebron different than other cities in the West Bank with respect to settlements?

Hebron is the only Palestinian city that has Israeli settlers living in the heart of its built up area, side-by-side with Palestinians.

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Settlements in Focus: Vol.1, Issue 11 - Eastern Strip of the West Bank

Settlements in Focus

Eastern Strip of the West Bank (Vol.1, Issue 11)
A publication of Americans for Peace Now


What is the difference between the Jordan Valley and the "Eastern Strip"? Why is this important?

The Jordan Valley technically refers to a very specific area: the area at the bottom of the mountain ridge (the valley) abutting the Jordan River, which runs from the north to the south, connecting the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea.

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