I'm sure there are many who watch Israel's Jewish settlement policy unfold in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and ask themselves: is there actually a method to this madness? Among the most compelling answers to this question comes from veteran Israeli peace activist Jeff Halper, co-founder and coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.
One of the truly great Israeli peace organizations, ICAHD has been indefatigably tracking the demolition of homes and evictions of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories since 2007. Even more critically, Halper and Co. have been exposing Israel's institutionalized displacement of Palestinians and their resettlement in concentrated areas throughout the West Bank.
In an interview last week, Halper offered a detailed – and profoundly troubling – picture of Israel's resettlement of Palestinians throughout the Occupied Territories:
(Area C of the West Bank) contains less than 5 per cent of the Palestinian population. In…
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