The Migron Settlement Myth

Courtesy: NY Times Blog

JERUSALEM — Sunday was an eventless day. Yes, Migron, the most famous of illegal Jewish outposts in the West Bank, was evacuated. But nothing happened, really. The move was peaceful, with only minor protests. The settlers’ warnings that they’d resist proved hollow, and the government’s fear that they might, baseless.


Having learned that Migron was built on private Palestinian land, and having rejected a government deal allowing the settlers to stay put for another two years, Israel’s High Court last week ordered the outpost’s prompt removal [paid content].

This decision, and the actual evacuation on Sunday, is both good news and bad. It’s good that settlements can be removed because by and large settlers obey court orders. But it’s bad that the Israeli government spends so much time and so many resources trying to placate the settlers, thereby needlessly handing ammunition to its detractors. The fact is Migron shouldn’t have existed at all.

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Categories: Arab World, Israel, Palestine

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  1. “Building houses on private Palestinian land is immoral and wrong. Even Jewish settlers realize that: most of them typically argue that the Palestinians’ ownership claims are invalid, not that building on their land would be just. Thus the necessary evacuation of Migron leaves just one question unanswered: why allow such settlements to be built at all? How does that serve Israel’s long-term interests?” – Shmuel Rosner, an editor and columnist based in Tel Aviv, is senior political editor for The Jewish Journal.

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