Sunday, September 26, 2010

End of What Settlement Moratorium?

Today is the last day of Israel's alleged moratorium on settlement expansion in the West Bank, and everybody is wondering whether the renewed peace talks will break down if Israel fails to extend the settlement freeze.

Meanwhile, I still ask myself what settlement freeze we're talking about? They call it partial, I know, but this is because Israel has excluded East Jerusalem from the construction ban, and not because in reality construction in many settlements around the West Bank has continued throughout this 10-month "ban".

Only yesterday, we took this picture on our way to Nablus. The white barracks are temporary dwellings; the gray concrete constructions are new houses being built on occupied Palestinian territory.

Just so you know.

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