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West Bank Settlement Gets Its First Israeli University

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For the first time in Israel's history, a university is being created on a West Bank settlement.

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 3:47 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 6:00 am
The 'town' of Ariel is really being pushed forward in many areas. It's certainly not the nicest place but there are many amenities and it is very well established.

Robert O (12)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 12:40 am
Thanks Cal.

Alexander Werner (53)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 9:24 am
Why on Earth Israelis want to call their cities "settlements"? Ariel is a city of a nice size.

Converting a college into a university is not really a big deal.

Still, thank you Cal.

. (0)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 9:44 am
Your right Bob A - this is not earth shattering news.

Florence Eaise (132)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 3:50 pm
noted great news

Kerrie G (116)
Friday July 20, 2012, 4:00 am
Noted, thanks.

Christine Linley (12)
Friday July 20, 2012, 5:58 am
Settlements are considered illegal under international law
. Ariel is one of the largest settlements in the West Bank.

More than 1,000 Israeli academics also signed a petition against it.

"We are against the attempt by the government of Israel to use academic institutions to further a political agenda which we are very much against, which is the establishment of the settlements and the occupation as a permanent thing in Israel," said Nir Gov of the Weizmann Institute of Science, who launched the initiative.

Alexander Werner (53)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 8:10 am
Christine, Ariel is a city, not a settlement, and US never agreed that even settlements are illegal under international law. They would use "unproductive" or something, but not illegal - because they are legal.

Arabs are not automatically inheriting things from the Ottoman Empire.

Christine Linley (12)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 9:05 am
Ariel (city)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hebrew transcription(s)
Hebrew אֲרִיאֵל
ISO 259 ʔariˀel
Arabic transcription(s)
Arabic اريئيل

Ariel is located in the West Bank
Location of Ariel
Coordinates: 326′21.6″N 3511′16.43″ECoordinates: 326′21.6″N 3511′16.43″E
Region West Bank
District Judea and Samaria Area
Founded 1978
Type City (from 1998)
Mayor Ron Nachman

Ariel (Hebrew: אֲרִיאֵל‎‎; Arabic: اريئيل‎) is an Israeli settlement city in the West Bank. Ariel was established in 1978. Its population at the end of 2009 was 17,600,[1] including 7,000 immigrants who came to Israel after 1990.[2] It is the fourth largest Jewish settlement city in the West Bank.,[3] after Modi'in Illit, Beitar Illit, and Ma'ale Adumim.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[4]Legal status

Since 1979 the United Nations Security Council,[71] the United Nations General Assembly,[11] the United States,[72] the EU,[73] the International Court of Justice,[74] and the International Committee of the Red Cross[12] refer to the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as Palestinian territory occupied by Israel. General Assembly resolution 58/292 (17 May 2004) affirmed that the Palestinian people have the right to sovereignty over the area.[75]

The government of Israel has argued that since the area has never in modern times been an independent state, there is no legitimate claimant to the area other than the present occupier, Israel.[13] This argument however is not accepted by the international community and international lawmaking bodies, virtually all of whom regard Israel's activities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as an occupation that denies the fundamental principle of self-determination found in the Article One of the United Nations Charter, and in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Further, UN Security Council Resolution 242 notes the "inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war" regardless of whether the war in which the territory was acquired was offensive or defensive. Prominent Israeli human rights organizations such as B'tselem also refer to the Israeli control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as an occupation.[76] John Quigley has noted that "...a state that uses force in self-defense may not retain territory it takes while repelling an attack. If Israel had acted in self-defense, that would not justify its retention of the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Under the UN Charter there can lawfully be no territorial gains from war, even by a state acting in self-defense. The response of other states to Israel's occupation shows a virtually unanimous opinion that even if Israel's action were defensive, its retention of the West Bank and Gaza Strip was not."[77]

International law (Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention) prohibits "transfers of the population of an occupying power to occupied territories", incurring a responsibility on the part of Israel's government to not settle Israeli citizens in the West Bank.[78]

Some countries, including Brazil,[79] El Salvador,[80] and Argentina,[81] recognize the State of Palestine and consider the West Bank to be territory of that state.

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 9:42 am
"UN Security Council Resolution 242 notes the "inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war" regardless of whether the war in which the territory was acquired was offensive or defensive. " - That would make sense, if that was not limited exclusively to Israel.

Anybody suggesting Japan should take islands from Russia? Anybody suggesting Germany taking Kenigsberg from Russia? Or Germany getting back Sudetenland?

B'tselem is not a "Prominent Israeli human rights organizations", it is a Arab legal warfare tool, directed at weakening Israeli responses by intimidating Israeli soldiers and officers, and paid well by foreign lobbies, with almost no Israeli funding.

Lots of countries recognize "The State of Palestine", after Arafat declared it in 1990ies under support of the Communist Block.
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