Monday, February 02, 2009

Mondo Exclusive: Google map of Israeli settlements from leaked database


The "Spiegel settlement database" is already creating waves in Israel. Israeli NGO Yesh Din has announced 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 to create this google map. Click on the blue donkeytails to get a report on each landgrab:

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The map will continue to get updated as more parts of database are made public [from what I understand from the translated *.pdf, only a minority of settlements have been catalogues so far, edit.].

While the Spiegel database is important, as Yesh Din's work attests to, it is also important to remember that in the end the database is telling us what we already know. Israel separates out the settlements into "legal" and "illegal" categories, and creates their own "legal" processes for zoning and building settlements in the West Bank, but under international law all Israeli settlement in the occupied territories is illegal. Period.


At 1:30 AM, Blogger Frank Partisan said...

Get reparations from who? Legal system in Israel? Some UN fund?

At 3:41 PM, Blogger Gert said...

This particular type of reparations: Israel.

More general reparations, including those to symbolically honour RoR: Israel + IC.


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