This has been going on for years but it doesn’t make it more acceptable:
More than 3,000 Jewish settlement housing units are being built in the occupied West Bank where the Jewish population is growing steadily, Israel’s anti-settlement watchdog Peace Now said Wednesday.
In its annual report on settlements — considered illegal under international law — the organisation said the largest sites of construction were in Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem, Modiin Illit and Beitar Illit.
In addition, another 90 caravans were added to wildcat outposts — which unlike full settlements are not authorised by Israel — and of which permanent construction is taking place in 30, Peace Now said.
The existing 102 outposts are home to 2,000 settlers. Last year, one unpopulated outpost was dismantled.
Over the past year, the number of settlements remained the same at 121 and no new outposts were established, the report added. (Agence France Presse)
The increase in size of the settlement blocs — a quarter of a million Israelis now illegally occupy Palestinian land — and their deeper penetration into the territory of another nation is not just a breach of international law, it is a major source of conflict and violence in the area. The settler population is growing at an annual rate of 5.8%, in effect doubling every decade, despite the continued assurances Israel has given the US it will dismantle illegal outposts and bring illegal settlement under control. It has done neither. It doesn’t care what the US thinks because the US is powerless to oppose Israel in any meaningful way.
Whenever I put up a post critical of Israel I get a vigorous reaction from those for whom Israel must never be criticized. I expect the same this time. Defending the indefensible is its own condemnation. This is not a suicide bombing, but it will just as foreseeably be the cause of violent death.