A new study by Oxford University scholar Sara Hirschhorn on the makeup of settlers in the occupied West Bank has revealed what she described as a “strikingly over-represented” number of American settlers. Some 60,000 Americans are settlers, fully 15% of the overall settlement population.
By comparison, only 170,000 American immigrants are living in Israel all told, including the children of immigrants, which means that the overall Israeli-American population of Israel is just about 2%. It is puzzling, then, to find such a huge number of American settlers.
Hirschorn is planning to publish an entire book on the phenomenon of Jewish-American settlers in the occupied territories, with some other surprising demographic facts about them. She noted that a large number of them were politically active American Socialists in the 1960’s and 70’s.
Hirschorn noted that the American settlers tended to use the “values and language of the left to justify projects on the right,” and that many seem convinced they are creating ideologically important “suburbanized utopian communities” in the region.
Her research in the past shows an interest in how Americans shaped the settler movement, and the ideological origins of “occupied suburbia.” The book is expected to come out some time in 2016.
12 thoughts on “Study: 60,000 West Bank Settlers Are Americans”
The population, populations is the main issue for Israel to keep building in occupied Palestinians territory, this been going on for over last two decade yet not to many news is out there. Israel is an race to rise Israel population and government is paying Americans to move to Israel, every one of these immigrants costs about $135 thousands dollars every year, and USG, Europe Angela Markell and U.S. tax payers pays a big portion of that amount.
Puzzling? The US is a settler colony.
Israel needs you;emigrate.
Yes, and the Palestinians = American Indians.
This might explain the reticence of many US politicians to speak out about the illegality of these settlements – as well as the cudgel that Netanyahoo uses when he has his closed door meetings with Congresscritters. Doesn't excuse it though. The settlements are illegal regardless of the nationalities of those who live there.
Having grown up in Beverly Hills, I found that the vast majority of Jews are fine, upstanding citizens. However, in any population there are a few undesirables: drug addicts, sexual deviants and petty criminals. Those are the ones who are sent to Israel so their families won't have to suffer the embarasment of their behavior.
Free land, an interest free loan and in ten years sell it for a quarter million. Sure does smell like a capitalist invention made in USA
Real American patriots.Sheesh.Corruption is their motto and rule.Socialists!ha!
And a hundred American trailer park landlords weep–
So they are essentially hippies.
Freaking sell out baby boomers.
As a gen Xer…why am I not surprised?
Israel– 51th state of America. Why the hush up?
An explanation given to me from those very familiar with Israel – In the late 60s, a lot of small Jewish shops were burned out during the riots in the American ghettos. The grandchildren of the proprietors took the insurance money and moved to Israel. They took with them a real attitude towards people of color – unfortunately for the Palestinians.
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