Late in November 2017, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) published a summary special report, documenting a series of regulations and legislative initiatives introduced by the current 20th Knesset. These reflect a systematic, frenetic effort made by the ruling right wing to promote and consolidate its positions and power in various spheres by means of curtailing the democratic space in Israel.

A new report of the Macro Center for Political Economics shows that the Israeli government spending on settlements and settlers in all aspects of life is more than double their percentage of the total population of Israel. This is particularly the case in government-sponsored settlement construction. While settlers comprised 4.5% of the total Israeli population, settlement construction accounted for 10.2% of the total government construction. This percentage does not include settlers in settlement quarters in occupied Jerusalem.

Saturday, September 25, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.