In December 2016 the UN Security Council condemned the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East-Jerusalem as a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two states living side-by-side in peace and security. Despite of this, the Israeli government continues to approve building of settlements. Today, more than half a million Israelis live on occupied land.
Why isn’t the international community capable of influencing Israel? What attempts have been made so far by the U.S., the EU and countries like Norway, and what more can be done? How will Donald Trump’s leadership affect U.S. foreign policies?
Omar Barghouti, founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and Palestinian human rights defender and proponent of nonviolent resistance.
Marte Heian-Engdal, Senior researcher at PRIO
Kathrine Raadim, Head of international development, Norwegian People’s Aid