Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Map of Israeli land theft

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Mondoweiss: The 'Spiegel settlement database' is already creating waves in Israel. Israel NGO Yesh Din has announced that they will use the database to help Palestinians sue Israel for reparations and the removal of settlements from privately owned land.

To help get the word out, Mondo reader Jamie Dyer has used the information in the translated excerpts of the database (.pdf) to create this Google map. 'Making the map helped me to see the strategic placement of these settlements. The hilltops are being systematically taken in a sort of inversion of the topography of justice.'...

Click on the blue donkeytails for a report on each landgrab. Israel separates out the settlements into 'legal' and 'illegal' categories, and creates 'legal' processes for zoning and rebuilding settlements in the West Bank, but under international law all Israeli settlement in the occupied territories is illegal. Period.
Image source here.