Hello and welcome to my blog. I am the Settlement Watch director for the Israeli peace group Peace Now. Peace Now is Israel’s most veteran and diverse peace movement (see the About Peace Now tab for more information about our group). The blog is co-authored by Kate Stoia, to whom I wish to thank for her dedication and help in bringing my stories and thoughts into words.
Beginning in 1990, Peace Now decided that one of the most problematic elements of Israeli foreign policy — and one which could potentially derail any future peace talks — was the building and expansion of settlements in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. For our explanation of the history of East Jerusalem since it was captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War, see the About East Jerusalem tab, above.
East Jerusalem has become a no man’s land, visited only by its residents (mostly Palestinian), diplomats, and ideologically motivated Israeli settlers. I have been recognized as Israel’s foremost expert on West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements, and am is responsible for monitoring, scrutinizing and analyzing of Israeli construction and planning of settlements in the West Bank. My work includes traveling daily throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem monitoring settlement-related developments, commissioning and examining aerial photos of settlements and scrutinizing official Israeli documents.We feel that the more people know what is happening inside East Jerusalem, the better our chances of building a lasting peace in the Middle East are. Please join me as I journey into this disputed area which is important to so many and known to so few.
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