Saturday, September 25, 2010

Mobile Phone Map of Israeli settlements

As of July 2009, approximately 304,569 Israelis live in the 121 officially-recognised settlements in the West Bank, a further 192,000 Israelis live in settlements in East Jerusalem and over 20,000 live in settlements in the Golan Heights

Facts on the Ground available on the App Store and the Android Market, maps Israeli development in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
It's developed by Americans for Peace Now

Zoom in on any particular settlement and learn when it was built; how many people it houses; how its population has grown, going back 20 years; how big it is; how ideologically committed its residents are to settling. There are links to news stories and videos about selected settlements and outposts.
Facts on the Ground "will update constantly to breaking events such as settlement/outpost construction, outpost removals, or settler violence," according to Ori Nir, a spokesman for Americans for Peace Now

The settlements absorb annually about 1000 new immigrants from outside Israel. In the '90s, the annual settler population growth was more than three times the annual population growth in Israel.

In 2010 Palestinian leaders announced a ban prohibiting Palestinian laborers from working in Israeli settlements.

The prospect of losing Palestinian labour at the end of 2010 has forced farms run by settlers in the Jordan valley to draw up plans to bring in more workers from East Asia. Israeli observers say it will not undermine the economic viability of the settlements. "Economically speaking, it is negligable," said Amotz Ass-El, a Jerusalem Post columist

Palestinian officials estimate that settlers sell goods worth some $500 million into the Palestinian market

The UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has suggested that products produced by the settlements for sale in UK markets be labeled as such.

The International Court of Justice concluded that Israel had breached its obligations under international law by establishing settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The Court held that Israel cannot rely on a right of self-defence or on a state of necessity to preclude the wrongfulness of imposing a régime that is contrary to international law. The Court also concluded that the Israeli régime violates the basic human rights of the Palestinians by impeding the liberty of movement of the inhabitants of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (with the exception of lsraeli citizens) and their exercise of the right to work, to health, to education and to an adequate standard of living.

International intergovernmental organizations such as the Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention,[48] every major organ of the United Nations,[49] the European Union, and Canada,[50] have declared that the settlements are a violation of international law. A review of Israel's country report conducted by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination stated "The status of the settlements was clearly inconsistent with Article 3 of the Convention, which, as noted in the Committee's General Recommendation XIX, prohibited all forms of racial segregation in all countries. There is a consensus among publicists that the prohibition of racial discrimination, irrespective of territories, is an imperative norm of international law.

Israel has justified its civilian settlements by stating that a temporary use of land and buildings for various purposes appears permissible under a plea of military necessity and that the settlements fulfilled security needs

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