Demographic success of Israel’s settlement project

Jewish colonists in Palestine

The numbers suggest that President Mahmoud Abbas’s bid to the United Nations General Assembly was too little, too late

By Neve Gordon and Yinon Cohen*

The United Nations General Assembly recognized Palestine as a “non-member state”. But it may very well be that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has already missed the boat.

With the help of graphic designer Michal Vexler, we have created an infogram to illustrate and explain how demographic changes within the West Bank obstruct the possibility of the two-state solution. The numbers suggest that Abbas’s bid to the United Nations was too little, too late.

Neve Gordon is the author of Israel’s Occupation and can be reached through his website. Yinon Cohen is Yerushalmi Professor of Israel and Jewish Studies, Department of Sociology, Columbia University, New York.

Demographic success of West Bank's Jewish settlements

The Demographic success of the West Bank’s Jewish settlements


*A version of this article first appeared on Al-Jazeera’s website. The version here is published by permission of Neve Gordon.

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