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Editorial Board

Hisham Awartani

Danny Rubinstein

Sam'an Khoury

Boaz Evron

Walid Salem

Ari Rath

Zahra Khalidi

Daniel Bar-Tal

Ammar AbuZayyad

Galit Hasan-Rokem

Khaled Abu Aker

Galia Golan

Nazmi Ju'beh

Gershon Baskin

Edy Kaufman

Ata Qaymari

Benjamin Pogrund

Nafez Nazzal

Simcha Bahiri

Nadia Naser-Najjab

Dan Jacobson

Jumana Jaouni

Dan Leon

Anat Cygielman

Khuloud Khayyat Dajani

Izhak Schnell

Settlements or Peace
Vol.7 Nos. 3 & 4 2000

Table of Contents


  • Maintaining Dialogue, Rejecting Despair
         by Ziad AbuZayyad and by Victor Cygielman

    Letters to the Editors
  • This Is All Ask For

  • The Al-Aqsa Intifada: Reflections on a Turning Point
          A Dialogue between Professor Sari Nusseibeh, president of al-Quds University, and Professor Edy Kaufman, who teaches human rights in the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • ‘There Is No Returning to the Pre-Intifada Period’
          The Al-Aqsa Intifada was a revolt against a failed peace process.
         interview with Khalil Shikaki

  • The Impasse and the Alternative
          Instead of encouraging the Palestinians to pursue the peace process, Israeli policy adopted the opposite logic.
         by Mordechai Bar-On

  • In Afrikaans, Separation Is Called ‘Apartheid’
          Why an explosion was inevitable in the apartheid condition which developed in the occupied Palestinian territories.
         by Amira Hass

    Focus 1
  • Towards a Settlement without Settlements
          A fourfold formula for dealing with the current problems inherent in the settlement project.
         by Naomi Chazan

  • Settlements: A Geographic and Demographic Barrier to Peace
          How the number of settlers in the occupied territories jumped for about 4,000 in 1977 to some 200,000 today
         by Khalil Tofakji

  • Boundaries Are Not Holy
          There is no such thing as a natural boundary. Borders are devised by politicians, generals, negotiators
         by David Newman

  • The Settlement Process: A Study in Illegality
          Article based on a shortened version of a booklet1 published in 1997 by B’Tselem, the Israel Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.

  • Settling the Land: A Pattern in Domination
          Settlements, facts, figures, impact.
         by Rassem Khamaisi

  • ‘A People That Dwells Apart’: Gush Emunim Settlers
          For Gush Emunim, only the Jews have a special, divinely ordained relationship with the land of Israel.
         by Peter Demant

  • Israeli Policy in Jerusalem: A Chronology of Dispossession
          The Israeli policies in Jerusalem set out to guarantee permanent Jewish control over the whole city
         by Ibrahim Matar

  • The Alpher Plan Revisited
          The plan has served as a framework of reference for negotiators and scholars on final- status issues since 1994 and up to the present.
         by Joseph Samaha

    Review Essay
  • Destroyed Heritage
          Book Review: Sacred Landscape — The Buried History of the Holy Land since 1948 by Meron Benvenisti. Translated from the Hebrew by Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta. California: University of California Press, 2000. 366 pages
         by Robin Twite

    Book Review
  • The Palestinian Exodus 1948-1998. Edited by Ghada Karmi and Eugene Cotran, Ithaca Press, 1999.
         by Dan Leon

  • Transformations of Middle Eastern Environments: Legacies and Lessons.
          Edited by Jeff Albert, Magnus Bernhardsson and Roger Kenna. New Haven: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Stud

  • Poverty in the West Bank and Gaza
          The World Bank Group

  • Without Love
          Extracted from an article that first appeared in Hebrew in 1988 in Yediot Aharonot, and in English in The Vocabulary of Peace: Life, Culture and Politics in the Middle East. Mercury House, San Francisco, 1995.
         by Shulamith Hareven

  • From A Road to the Sea
         by Faruq Wadi

  • An Urgent Statement to the Israeli Public by a Group of Palestinian Academics and Activists
          November 17, 2000

  • Stop the Deterioration
          November 17, 2000

  • Facts on the Ground since the Oslo Agreement, September 1993
          December 4, 2000

    Chronology of Events
  • April 1, 2000 to October 1, 2000
          Edited by Najat Hirbawi

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