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Queen's University

Centre for International and Defence Policy

The Politics of Settlers in Contested Territories: Israel in Comparative Perspective

Oded Haklai


Israeli settlements beyond the Green Line are conventionally viewed as one of the most contentious issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Settlements in contested territories are by no means a unique feature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Settlements have presented major challenges in many conflicts around the world historically and in the contemporary era, including in Cyprus (Turkish settlers), Western Sahara (Moroccan), Aceh (Javanese), Algeria (French), and many others. That settlers should be a cause of contention is not a given because population movements from one part of the world to another have characterized much of modern world history and in many instances, migration is celebrated as a source of cultural vibrancy and cosmopolitanism. Settlements are more contentious than other forms of migration because of their political attribute: They involve the organized movement of a population belonging to one national group onto a territory in order to create permanent presence and to influence the patterns of sovereignty in the settled territory. The research examines how different settler-related conflicts have unfolded and addressed in different parts of the world. Through this comparative lens, the aim is to better understand the settler dimension in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and search for possible solutions.   For more information, contact Professor Haklai...

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