Settlements in Focus: Vol. 1, Issue 4 - "East Jerusalem Land Grab?"

 According to recent news reports, the Jerusalem Municipality wants to demolish a large number of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem. Is this true? Yes. In November 2004, the Jerusalem town planner reportedly sent instructions to the building enforcement department to aggressively enforce building laws in a Palestinian neighborhood on the southern edge of the Old City, called ...


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Settlements in Focus: Vol. 1, Issue 3 - "The Bush-Abbas Meeting"

Discussions from the Bush-Abbas Meeting, and answers on settlement construction, Israeli Government approval and funding, "natural" growth, outposts, and more...

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Settlements in Focus: Vol. 1, Issue 2 - "Ariel & the Ariel Bloc"

Ariel & the Ariel Bloc

When was Ariel established?

Ariel was established in 1978.

Where is Ariel and how big is it?

Ariel is located in the heart of the West Bank, running east-west along the top of a 3.1 mile-long ridge (1,805-2,231 feet above sea level). The settlement forms a long, narrow strip along the ridge; the western tip of the settlement (i.e., the part closest to Israel) is about 10 miles from the Green Line, and the eastern edge of the settlement is more than 13 miles from the Green Line. Ariel is located about 25 miles from Tel Aviv, 31 miles from Jerusalem, and about 18 miles from the Jordanian border.

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Settlements in Focus: Vol. 1, Issue 1 - "E-1 & Ma'ale Adumim"

E-1 & Ma'ale Adumim

What is E-1? Is it the same as reported plans to expand Ma'ale Adumim?

E-1 is short for "East 1," the administrative name given to the stretch of land northeast of Jerusalem, to the west of the settlement of Ma'ale Adumim. When people talk about E-1 today, they are referring to a longstanding Israeli plan - never implemented - to build a large new Israeli neighborhood in this area.

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