The fact remains that the position that settlements are illegal as such serves a war-like narrative that denies any legitimacy to Jewish presence on the entire territory of Israel.
Palestinian boys walk near Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Jaloud near Nablus
(photo credit: ABED OMAR QUSINI/REUTERS)
In December 5, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court issued its yearly report on preliminary examination activities. In it, the prosecutor confirmed that it was particularly focusing on reported settlement-related activities engaged in by Israeli authorities in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. This means that for the prosecutor of the ICC, what she calls settlement-related activities are considered international crimes under the Rome Statute. Read more at Jerusalem Post website.