What constitutes a 'settler' in the Middle East

IN Ann Wright s response to my letter about the Gilo evictions (H&H Broadway letters November 26) she states that Jewish settlers had taken possession of the properties. I am quite sure that if people had moved on to land owned by her family in leafy C

IN Ann Wright's response to my letter about the Gilo evictions (H&H Broadway letters November 26) she states that Jewish 'settlers' had taken possession of the properties. I am quite sure that if people had moved on to land owned by her family in leafy Crouch End, she would not regard herself as a 'settler' when she reclaimed it.

In response to her charges of 'routine denial' of Arab building permits, I can refer Ms Wright to two sources: the publication Arab Building in Jerusalem: 1967-1997 in which 1.1 million square metres is the figure given for building licences 'to the Arab sector', and to Khalil Tufakji, a leading Palestinian demographer who stated (CNN September 19, 1998): ''We can build inside Jerusalem, legal, illegal - rebuild a house, whatever. Maybe we lose 10 houses, but in the end we build 40 more houses in East Jerusalem.'' Would Ms Wright refer to these people as 'settlers'?

Lydia Rivlin

N10


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