Merely because you insist on using sanitized language when you describe them? They are colonies, and the people who live in them are colonists, precisely because they exist to serve an Israeli policy of colonial expansionism. Simply calling them "settlements" and "settlers" does not change that reality.
53-year-old Israeli woman lightly wounded by stone-throwing near Efrat settlement (Haaretz)
from the article: PA official: Arab states to attempt UN-forced settlement freeze