Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
The evacuation of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories. These settlements are a major obstacle to peace, a tremendous financial burden to Israel and do little, if anything, to enhance Israel's security. The settlements constantly expose to danger the settlers themselves and the Israeli soldiers sent to defend them, and they bring grave harm to the Palestinians living under Occupation.
We call for bringing safely home to Israel the settlers from all settlements except those included as part of a negotiated and mutually agreed upon exchange of territories between Israel and Palestine in determining the final borders of both states.
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- The Cost of Israeli Settlements
Editorial, New York Times, October 3, 2003
The New York Times Editorial page sternly criticizes the decision of the Sharon government to build another 600 Israeli settlements in the West Bank. They argue for efforts to freeze and dismantle the settlements.
- The Price of Settlements
Ha'artez, September 26, 2003
This special New Year's section from Ha'aretz explores the cost of continued Israeli settlement expansion - which greatly exceed the NIS 800 million spent on them - to the Israeli economy and society. The section includes numerous maps and charts.
- Playing Hide and Seek around the Outposts
By Naomi Chazan, Jerusalem Post, August 1, 2003
Former Israeli Knesset Member and Brit Tzedek Advisory Committee member Naomi Chazan argues that thus far Sharon's actions around the settlements show he is not sincere about implementing President Bush's Road Map. She contends that if he really is sincere he would implement a full-fledged program of settler compensation and relocation.
Lawrence Summers original remarks. [read more]
- What threatens Israel's security: Saddam or Settlements?
by Yossi Alpher, Bitterlemmons.org, March 31, 2003
Alpher argues that Israel's continued expansion of settlements poses a much greater threat to Israeli security than Saddam Hussein.
- The Unsettlers
by Samantha M. Shapiro, New York Times Magazine, February 16, 2003
This fascinating magazine piece provides a great deal of detail on the radical Israeli settler youths who are grabbing hilltops all over the West Bank in an attempt to expand settlements and undermine the chance for a two-state solution.
- Settlement Removal
by David Newman, Jerusalem Post, February 11, 2003
Newman lays out some of the vital actions that the Israeli government must do to prepare Israel and the settler population for the ultimate inevitable evacuation of Israeli West Bank settlers.
- Test Mr. Sharon
Editorial, Washington Post, January 31, 2003
The Washington Post has endorsed the idea of conditioning US economic aid on full settlement freeze.
- Equivalent of Over Half of US Economic Aid to Israel Spent on Settlement Movement
Peace Now, January 23, 2003
A new report from Peace Now reports that Israel is spending over half a billion dollars a year on settlements - a sum equivalent to over half of the US economic aid.
- Aiding Israel in Ending the Settlements
by Debra DeLee, Washington Post, January 21, 2003
Debra DeLee, the President of Americans for Peace Now, explains her organizations campaign to support Israel's request for additional military aid, while simultaneously arguing that the US condition additional economic aid on a complete freeze on settlement expansion in the Occupied Territories.
- Guarantees to Perpetuate the Occupation
by Akiva Eldar, Ha'aretz, January 6, 2003
Eldar lays out how the US is perpetuating the Occupation by becoming the first US Administration to completely ignore the issue of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories. This is a sharp contrast to the first President Bush, who rejected loan guarantees in 1991-92 as long as Israel continued to build settlements.