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Israeli Settlements

Jabal Abu Ghneim/Har Homa - the last link in the chain of Jewish settlements around East Jerusalem
Jabal Abu Ghneim/Har Homa – the last link in the chain of Israeli settlements around East Jerusalem Photo Fanack

Settlements are Jewish-Israeli communities established on territories that Israel occupied during the 1967 June War. The Hebrew and Arabic words for a settlement, hitnahalut and mustawtana respectively, are loaded with deep ideological meaning. The choice whether or not to employ these terms is testimony to this controversy. Some use these terms for all Jewish communities built within the territory of the former British Mandate of Palestine (1920-1948). Others prefer to avoid using these terms, rather employing different words with fewer negative associations when referring to Jewish communities in the former territory of the British Mandate.

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