Secret Database Reveals Truth Of Israeli Settlement Agenda

Bottom line, 75% of settlements are illegal under Israeli laws, (and as Pulse points out Haaretz who reported this and the BBC who also cover it neglect to mention that 100% of settlements have been declared illegal by the World Court) and while publicly taking a stance against illegal settlements the government in fact is fully aware and complicit in their construction as this database reveals. The ‘Middle East conflict’ is an ongoing colonisation meeting resistance, until that is out in the open and challenged the ‘conflict ‘ will continue as Palestinians are killed in order to take their land and Israelis are killed for occupying the stolen land. Short excerpt of the Haaretz story

Just four years ago, the defense establishment decided to carry out a seemingly elementary task: establish a comprehensive database on the settlements. Brigadier General (res.) Baruch Spiegel, aide to then defense minister Shaul Mofaz, was put in charge of the project. For over two years, Spiegel and his staff, who all signed a special confidentiality agreement, went about systematically collecting data, primarily from the Civil Administration.

One of the main reasons for this effort was the need to have credible and accessible information at the ready to contend with legal actions brought by Palestinian residents, human rights organizations and leftist movements challenging the legality of construction in the settlements and the use of private lands to establish or expand them. The painstakingly amassed data was labeled political dynamite.

The defense establishment, led by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, steadfastly refused to publicize the figures, arguing, for one thing, that publication could endanger state security or harm Israel’s foreign relations.

The official database, the most comprehensive one of its kind ever compiled in Israel about the territories, was recently obtained by Haaretz. Here, for the first time, information the state has been hiding for years is revealed. An analysis of the data reveals that, in the vast majority of the settlements – about 75 percent – construction, sometimes on a large scale, has been carried out without the appropriate permits or contrary to the permits that were issued. The database also shows that, in more than 30 settlements, extensive construction of buildings and infrastructure (roads, schools, synagogues, yeshivas and even police stations) has been carried out on private lands belonging to Palestinian West Bank residents.

The information contained in the database does not conform to the state’s official position, as presented, for instance, on the Foreign Ministry Web site, which states: “Israel’s actions relating to the use and allocation of land under its administration are all taken with strict regard to the rules and norms of international law – Israel does not requisition private land for the establishment of settlements.” Since in many of the settlements, it was the government itself, primarily through the Ministry of Construction and Housing, that was responsible for construction, and since many of the building violations involve infrastructure, roads, public buildings and so on, the official data also demonstrate government responsibility for the unrestrained planning and lack of enforcement of regulations in the territories. The extent of building violations also attests to the poor functioning of the Civil Administration, the body in charge of permits and supervision of construction in the territories.

9 Responses to “Secret Database Reveals Truth Of Israeli Settlement Agenda”

  1. naj Says:

    I stole this for Stop the Second Holocaust

  2. ralfast Says:

    Theft by any other name….

  3. RickB Says:

    Naj- you should have just poked me and I would have crossposted it there!

    Rafael- What will be instructive is how far this gets out in Israel and the public reaction, if a majority is ok with this then clearly there will be no possibility of it ceasing, unless Obama steps up through Mitchell.

  4. naj Says:

    I poke you now 🙂
    i will remove that post 🙂

  5. RickB Says:

    Poked! Ok, I will add mine after you take your version down.

  6. libhomo Says:

    I am so tired of my government misusing its funds to support these illegal settlements.

  7. RickB Says:

    I think Juan Cole has a good point about a PAC that counters AIPAC etc (although America first is a crappy name)
    Also some nuance on this which suggests the leak is to offer up a bargaining chip without affecting underlying colonisation

    “This seems to be the intention of whoever leaked it. To create yet another distinction between fringe activities that the U.S. can demand “firmly” that they be stopped immediately, and “legal,” state sanctioned colonization that could go on undisturbed and even approved by the Obama administration.”

  8. opit Says:

    I thought creative stimulation of shame might be in order. Any ideas on how to incorporate this buzzword into articles ?

  9. RickB Says:

    Well the IDF get called the herenvolk army, so lebensraum would fit. Although ultimately comparisons are not so useful as just an open appraisal of the ongoing plan- colonisation. We get thrown a lot of tress, time to see the forest.

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