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From 1967 through 2016, over 200 Israeli settlements were established in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem); their current population is almost 600,000. Settlements impinge on Palestinian human rights throughout the West Bank as their influence far exceeds the boundaries of the lands seized to build them: checkpoints that limit Palestinian movement are erected based on where there are settlements; Palestinian are denied access to farmland near settlements; the route of the Separation Barrier was placed inside the West Bank so as to leave as many settlements as possible to the west of it.


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Har Bracha settlers propel burning tires downhill, aiming at a Palestinian home, 5 February 2018

On 5 February 2018, at around 5:00 P.M, Basemah Ziben (59) noticed several settlers riding bicycles about 300 meters from her home. A few minutes later she heard stones hitting the walls of her home, whose windows are covered in metal bars to shield…

Reality check

The occupation is 49 years old. That’s 17,898 days. International law defines occupation as a temporary situation, but after nearly 50 years the reality in the West Bank and Gaza can no longer be considered temporary. It is unreasonable to keep…

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