I have written an updated version of this article, adding information from the Human Rights Watch report about life for the Bedouin since Ma’ale Adumin was developed.
Life for the Bedouin in Ma’ale Adumin: From the Human Rights Watch Report
According to Sareed Makidsi, Israeli architect Thomas Leitersdorf planned the settlement of Ma’ale Adumin (where Mishor Adumin Industrial Park is located) in the 1970s with the goal to “capture ground”. You capture as much ground as possible by placing few people on numerous hills,” he explains.
“The underlying political idea was the further inside the Occupied Territories we placed settlements the more territory Israel would have when the time came to set permanent international borders because we were already there”.
The colony of Maale Adumin today serves to sever the northern from the southern West Bank. Rabin and Peres both had an active role in developing the colony of Ma’ale Adumin.
SodaStream profits support the Israeli economy, not that of the Palestinians, and the Ma’ale Adumin settlement is strengthened by the SodaStream factory’s tax contributions…
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