Illegal Israeli Settlements
Everyone has more or less heard of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
What has never been emphasized is that what are these settlements and why are they illegal.
We have to keep in mind that the whole of Palestine is illegally occupied including what is referred to as Israel. So this brings us back to the question of what are illegal settlements.
Illegal settlements are properties built on stolen Palestinian land. This land has been agreed by both sides as part of the Palestinian territories.
Israel has got a long history of violating agreements and stealing Palestinian land.Everytime Israel has launched false flag military operations against the Palestinians they have always ended up grabbing more land.
The whole world recognises that these are illegal settlements including the UN
Despite international condemnation Israel continues to steal more land and build more illegal settlements. The truth is that Israel has never been made to face any consequences for these illegal settlements.
The illegal Israeli settlers are well known for harassing, abusing and even attacking Palestinians. The Israeli army patrols these settlements to protect the illegal settlers.
There have been times when Israeli soldiers have even joined the settlers in order to harass and abuse the Palestinians.
Most of the world is not aware about the fact of how radical and aggressive these illegal Israeli settlers are.
Israel uses any excuse to bulldoze Palestinian homes.
How is this justified where you have Palestinian homes bulldozed and on top of that have their land stolen to build homes for illegal Israeli settlers.
While Palestinians end up losing their homes you have the occupiers rewarded with newly built homes on stolen land.
Make no mistake about it these illegal settlements have the full backing of the Israeli government.
The one thing that is worth mentioning is that the illegal settlers are governed by civil Israeli law while the Palestinians live under military rule.
Under military rule the Palestinians are subjected to humiliating checkpoints, curfews, detentions without charge and many other oppressing and humiliating standards.
So when you hear of peace negotiations breaking down do take these illegal Israeli settlements into consideration.
These illegal Israeli settlements are not the only obstacle blocking the peace process but is a core issue of this conflict.
We always hear of the rhetoric that both sides need to sit together and find a peaceful solution. What is never mentioned is that one side is not really interested in resolving this issue.
There is one more fact that Israel has never declared it’s borders. This means that their main goal has always been to expand.
So people who is not interested in peace?
Imagine someone coming into your home and claim that it belongs to them under the pretext that their ancestors lived there before.
How would you feel being forced out of your home, what would your reaction be?
“We should demand recognition that Israel is occupied Palestine, that all Israeli towns and cities are illegal settlements, and that it is time to free Palestine and its people from the illegitimate colonialist regime known as Israel.”
By Miko Peled