Al-Zaytouna Centre has published a new academic paper entitled, “Reducing the Conflict and the Shift from “Creeping Annexation” to “Creeping Separation” in the Zionist Settler-Colonial System in the West Bank” by Ashraf Bader.
In his paper, Badr aims to analyze the concept of “conflict reduction” by researching its origins, development, indications and impact on the conflict. It discusses the Israeli policy of restructuring the Palestinian-Israeli relations in the 1967 territories, and developing them to suit the changes of the Zionist settlement colonial project, particularly in the West Bank (WB), foremost of which is the shift from the concept of “creeping annexation” to “creeping separation.”
The paper reveals that the plan to “reduce the conflict” is based on political separation from the residents of WB, in conjunction with strengthening their contiguity and economic dependency. In essence, it shifts from the idea of “creeping annexation” previously espoused by the Israeli right to the idea of “creeping separation” from the population, but not from the land.
Badr concludes that the plan stems from the Israelis who sensed the need to strengthen the status of the Palestinian Authority, as a “self-governing” authority, granting it more powers and improving its economic situation. The objective is to ensure that the PA status quo would continue as an authority, but without an actual one, and it would be based on security coordination while economically being dependent on Israel.
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Refereed Academic Studies (14): Reducing the Conflict and the Shift from “Creeping Annexation” to “Creeping Separation” in the Zionist Settler-Colonial System in the West Bank … Ashraf ‘Uthman Badr (30 pages, 9.7 MB)
Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, 10/11/2021