Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations in Beirut has issued a new book entitled: “The Zionist Settlers in the West Bank: Aggression on Land and Man,” by Ghassan Mohammad Duuar. This book is considered one of the most comprehensive publications on the subject of Israeli settlement in the West Bank (WB).
This 487-page book, written in a documented scientific language, reviews Zionist settlement ideology and its applications in the WB, as well as its motives, plans and stages. It also speaks about the characteristics of the settlement community, its social structure, political positions, and the political organizations working within it. The book also discusses Israeli armed groups’ activities against the Palestinians, their provocations and attacks, the patterns and forms of settlement terrorism, as well as its victims.
The book points out that settlement is considered one of the fundamental pillars of the Zionist project, and an essential means for implementing the Judaization programs on the Palestinian land. It adds that the stance vis-à-vis the issue of settlement in the 1967 Palestinian territories is a point of agreement among Israeli Jewish political parties; even if there are differences between them in details and in how to retain those territories and annex them to Israel. This applies also to the consecutive Israeli governments since 1967; where opinions differed and varied about the future of the occupied territories and the Israeli policy regarding it; clarifying the magnitude of the official government sponsorship of settlement activities on the organizational, financial, legal and security levels.
The book speaks about five basic motives for settlement building; these are: the national or ideological factor, the security factor, the political factor, the economic factor and the psychological factor. It draws attention to the fact that the situation in each region or city, separately, plays a role in determining the goals and motives of settlement there. Thus for example, these goals and motives differ in Jerusalem, in terms of form and purpose, from those in the Jordan Valley.
The book mentions that the settlements constituted a training center for acts of murder, vandalism and terrorism. The book details the different forms of that terrorism, from killings, shootings, storming villages, terrorizing their population, to cutting roads, attacking Palestinians’ cars, damaging properties, vandalizing shops, uprooting trees, burning agricultural crops, seizing the land, and desecrating and violating holy places; as well as other forms of physical and material abuse.
Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, Beirut 26/4/2012