Fact-checking Ethan Bronner on Israel’s Settlements

In today’s New York Times, Ethan Bronner states that “built up areas” of Israeli settlements–which have become the key issue surrounding the so-called “peace talks”–“make up only 2 percent to 3 percent of the West Bank.”

That’s true, but out of context and misleading.  In July 2010, B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights group, published a comprehensive report on Israel’s settlement enterprise.  Here’s what the relevant section of the report, which is titled “By Hook and By Crook: Israel’s Settlement Policy in the West Bank” says about “built-up” areas and how much of the West Bank Israeli settlements actually control:

-The percentage of “total builtup areas in settlements” in the West Bank is 0.99 percent.

-But the total area controlled by the settlements in the West Bank is 42.8 percent.

5 responses to “Fact-checking Ethan Bronner on Israel’s Settlements

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  2. Perhaps this 43% includes the Jordan Valley which whether or not “controlled by the settlements” is (as I understand the matter) certainly controlled by Israeli armed forces and forbidden by them to Palestinians much as the Israelis-only roads are forbidden to Palestinians even if not themselves (strictly) part of any settlement.

    The land occupied by the WALL and cut off from easy use by the wall is also of importance.

    The amount of land forbidden TODAY to Palestinian use (or significantly restricted in use) is a far more important fact than the (possibly sneakily incomplete) measure of land “controlled by the settlements”.


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