Israeli Illegal Settlements: The Facts

Israel has demanded that the 14 nations who voted against the illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank “explain themselves”—for daring to oppose the Jewish ethnostate’s breach of international law.

In reality, the Jewish settlements are illegal in terms of the Geneva Convention and the Hague Regulations, and if undertaken by any other state, would have resulted in international military intervention.

According to “Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War” of the Geneva Convention, an occupier is forbidden from transferring its own civilians into the territory it occupies.

“Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive. (12 August 1949. “Deportations, Transfers, Evacuations, Article 49.)

In addition, Article 55 of the Hague Regulations states that an occupying power’s role is to safeguard occupied properties and maintain the status quo:

Art. 55. The occupying State shall be regarded only as administrator and usufructuary of public buildings, real estate, forests, and agricultural estates belonging to the hostile State, and situated in the occupied country. It must safeguard the capital of these properties, and administer them in accordance with the rules of usufruct. (Annex To The Convention: Regulations Respecting The Laws And Customs Of War On Land – Section III : Military Authority Over The Territory Of The Hostile State – Regulations: Art. 55.)

The construction of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank are clear violations of both these international treaties, and for Israel to demand that nations who uphold this law “explain themselves” is merely an indication of the chutzpah and hypocrisy which underpins that state.

These then, are the facts about the occupied West Bank:

The West Bank—including East Jerusalem—and the Gaza Strip together constitute the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), which have been under Israeli military occupation since June 1967.

Prior to Israeli occupation, the West Bank was controlled by Jordan, and the Gaza Strip by Egypt.

Before the State of Israel was established in 1948, the West Bank and Gaza Strip were simply parts of Mandate Palestine; their “borders” are the result of Israeli expansion and armistice lines.

More than 300,000 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip became refugees during Israel’s conquest in June 1967; the vast majority were unable to return.

In 1967, Israeli forces ethnically cleansed and destroyed a number of Palestinian villages in the OPT, including Imwas, Beit Nuba, and others.

One of the first acts of the Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem was to demolish the Mughrabi Quarter, expelling 600 residents and destroying 135 homes. In place of the 800-year-old Mughrabi Quarter, Israel created the Western Wall Plaza.

The first West Bank settlement was established in September 1967, supported by the then “left-wing Zionist” Labor-led government.

By 1972, there were some 10,000 Israelis living in illegal settlements in the OPT.

In 1974/75, Israel established Ma’ale Adumim, located in the West Bank to the east of Jerusalem. It is now the largest Israeli settlement in terms of area.

There are now 125 government-sanctioned settlements in the OPT, plus another 100 or so unauthorized settler “outposts.”

There are at least 600,000 Jews now living in illegal settlements the Occupied West Bank, including 200,000 in East Jerusalem.

By the mid-1980s, Palestinian cultivated land in the West Bank had dropped by 40 percent.

In 2003, in response to increasing violent resistance from Palestinians over their dispossession of land and homes, Israel began work on the massive concrete wall to supposedly seal off the West Bank.

In reality, 85 percent of the total length of this wall lies inside Palestinian territory, and not on the “border” at all.

The territory enclosed by the wall “coincidentally” includes all but 100,000 of the 600,000 Jews living illegally on settlements on Palestinian territory.

In 2004, the International Court of Justice in The Hague issued an advisory opinion that the construction of the Wall in the OPT is “contrary to international law.”

In 1967, Israel expanded Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries to include newly-occupied territory; this act of annexation has never been recognized by the international community. A third of the annexed territory was expropriated; by 2001, some 47,000 settlement housing units had been built on this expropriated land.

Palestinian homes are routinely demolished by Israeli forces for “lacking the right permit;” yet more than 95 percent of Palestinian permit applications are rejected by Israeli military courts which are enforced in the occupied West Bank.

Sixty percent of the West Bank remains under full Israeli military and civil control. In the rest of the West Bank, the Israeli military conducts raids at will.

It is clear that if any other nation had behaved in such a manner toward any other people, the international community would have intervened militarily by now.

It is only the presence of the Jewish lobby within the governments of many Western nations which has, until now, shielded Israel from criticism such as that which was seen at last week’s historic United Nations Security Council vote.

The power of that lobby has however been severely impacted by the vote, and Israel will now have to rely on the incoming Donald Trump administration in order to be able to continue its ethnic cleansing of the West Bank without further repercussions.

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  1. We`ve played “deaf dumb and blind “to satisfy the Jews for so long that they`re furious when the “and thick as pigsh*t” bit goes missing.

    1. You are too broad in declaring all Jews to be partners in this crime, not all Jews support Palestinian Ethnic cleansing, Illegal Israeli Settlements, or even Zionism. Some actively oppose these atrocities, I love those Jews that speak up against this, they are my brothers just as much as the Palestinians.

  2. It is truly outrageous that the majority of the world is virtually being held to ransom by a minority of Jews and Muslims in the Middle East and their unacceptable behaviour. In many ways they are alike, both convinced of their superiority and utterly determined to get their own way. The expression “two sides of the same coin” springs to mind.

  3. This is a great opportunity to show them up for what they are: selfish racist crybabies. Good time to cancel the $38Bn aid (cough) package too. They only use the money for expansion and to give themselves free everything (healthcare, housing, education) on the West’s taxpayer’s dime. We’ve been too damn nice for too damn long! Bibi has proof this UN vote was Obama’s doing? Really? There might be proof 9/11 was Bibi’s doing. Silence=Death as they say.

  4. Israel’s Hebrew terrorists, settlers illegally – stolen Palestinian land – is the world’s worst invaders and ethnic cleansers! This since 1948. Before the state of Israel was founded in 1948, the West Bank and Gaza Strip was simply part of Mandate Palestine; their “borders” is the result of Israeli expansion and downtime lines. By today’s war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu continues ethnic cleansing and theft of Palestinian land, despite the EU resolution on illegalities. WHEN WILL WE GET trade sanctions against Israel?

  5. Now that millions of Muslims have settled in the west, and now that Jews along with christians have been expelled from their lands, and now that Jews are leaving Europe now because it is no longer safe for them, Muslims have no ethical right to talk about illegal settlelments. Why is it right for Muslims to settle everywhere, and not right for non-Muslims to settle in the Christian and Jewish land which the Muslims Arabs,Turks and Kurds have occupied?

  6. Israel is not our “friend”…never has been…never will be…

    It is easy to see the pervasiveness of Israel’s Mossad (if one knows where to look), arguably the most effective spy agency on the planet, please read “By Way of Deception” by Viktor Ostrowsky.

    From the Lavon affair (a “false flag” operation (designed to draw the USA into a war with Egypt by making it look like Arabs bombed the U S interests section–a planted bomb exploded prematurely, exposing this as a Israeli planned and executed “incident”) to the deliberate attack on the USS Liberty (NOT “misidentification”, but another “false flag” attempt to draw the USA into a war with Egypt and to hide the deliberate massacre of civilians in an Egyptian city, Deir Yassin), to Jonathon Pollard and NSA spying utilizing a company named Amdocs (which handles all US telephone billing records), you will find that Israel looks out for Israel’s interests ONLY.

    Normally, there is nothing wrong with a country looking out after it’s own interests, BUT Israel has a nasty habit of spying on (and setting up) its “friends”.

    Who the hell died and appointed Israel the “master” of the middle east?? Iran (and all other middle-eastern countries) KNOWS that any nuclear “discharge” would affect the whole middle east… Any country that possesses nukes is not stupid…
    Israel has over a hundred nukes, manufactured with stolen American classified technology, refuses inspections of its nuclear facilities and is, in general, a “pain in the ass” to the rest of the world, along with (blackmailed) “big brother” United States of America.

    In fact, under current U S law, it is ILLEGAL for the U S to give “foreign aid” to any country that possesses nukes and has not agreed to IAEA inspections or controls–Israel being the only exception to this “rule”…

    It is no secret that the U S State Department is infested (infected?) with dual-nationality Israeli-Americans who form (and foment) the bulk of our neocon “foreign policy” straight from Tel Aviv. In fact there are 40 or so congressmen and senators with dual-nationality “ties” to Israel.

    Most people are unaware that Israel holds a “Damocles sword” over the world. Any attack on Israel will be met with a nuclear device being detonated in a city of Israel’s choosing. Israel calls this the “Samson option” and is very real.

    Israel refuses to abide by IAEA guidelines concerning its nukes as its nukes are distributed around the world. Israel would not be able to produce all of them. No delivery systems are needed as Israel’s nukes are already “in place”.

    Look for another “false flag” operation with the blame being put on Iran. You can bet that some Iranian passports will be found in the rubble.

    Israel also threatens to detonate nuclear devices in several US cities, thanks to Dolphin-Class submarines sold (or was it given?) to Israel by Germany. Talk about total INSANITY; the so-called “Samson Option” is it.

  7. Actually Islam and Judaism have much in common. Each “faith” professes an almost identical form of supremacism with punishments for transgressions against non-believers much less severe than those committed by non-believers against those of the “chosen”–both moslem and jew. One could safely argue that Islam is an arabicized form of Judaism. Both Islam and Judaism believe in Gods of vengeance, unlike the Christian God of Peace and redemption.
    Read the Jewish Talmud and Islamic Koran to see for yourself.
    One divergence from similarity is the way Jesus Christ is looked upon…Jews consider Jesus Christ a heretic that is “boiling in excrement for eternity”, conceived by his mother Mary, who is looked upon as a harlot, who consorted with a Roman soldier.
    Contrast that with the Islamic Koran, which regards, Jesus Christ as a great prophet…not the “Son of God”, but a great prophet nevertheless. His mother Mary is specifically mentioned in the Koran and is given a place of high honor.
    Now, which “belief system” is more hostile to Christianity?

  8. The fanatical support for Israel by Geert Wilders is also all-telling. You think his party is nationalist – ha? He is a complete Zionist, and he is running their agenda. Wilders telling the Israelis to just continue building over Palestine has lost him my vote. He’s a shill if ever there was.

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