Bearing Witness

B’Tselem: 33-year-old settlement as illegal as any outpost

The Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem released a report on Monday concluding that the legal status of the 33-year-old Israeli settlement Ofra is identical to that of any so-called “unauthorized outpost” in the West Bank.

Using data obtained from the Civil Administration, a branch of the Israeli force occupying the West Bank, B’Tselem found that 58% of Ofra is built on land owned privately by Palestinans.

The Israeli state differentiates between more than 130 sanctioned settlements, including Ofra, and dozens of “outposts.” B’Tselems argument is that all such settlements are illegal under international law, and even violate Israel’s own criteria.

Israeli government decisions and high court resolutions prohibit building settlements on private Palestinian land.

* This article was taken from Maan News Agency website @

December 23, 2008 - Posted by | Media | , , ,

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