Secret 1970 Document Confirms First West Bank Settlements Built on a Lie

Secret 1970 Document Confirms First West Bank Settlements Built on a Lie:

It has long been an open secret that the settlement enterprise was launched under false pretenses, involving the expropriation of Palestinian land for ostensibly military purposes when the true intent was to build civilian settlements, which is a violation of international law.

Now a secret document from 1970 has surfaced confirming this long-held assumption. The document, a copy of which has been obtained by Haaretz, details a meeting in the office of then-Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, at which government and military leaders spoke explicitly about how to carry out this deception in the building of Kiryat Arba, next to Hebron.

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‘They Want to Uproot Me and Bring a Jewish Citizen’

‘They Want to Uproot Me and Bring a Jewish Citizen’:

Together, the Israeli state and the KKL-JNF – an NGO that works closely with the government and owns around 13 percent of the land in Israel – are building the new town of Hiran here in the Negev desert. As part of the town’s master plan, the “unrecognised” Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran will be demolished to make way for up to 10,000 Jewish Israelis.

Late last month, police arrived in Umm al-Hiran with a tractor and team of surveyors to build a fence next to the village. Five people were arrested as villagers protested against the police presence….

Established in 1956, the village of Um al-Hiran has never been recognised by the state…

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As Israel Prospers, Obama Set to Give Them Billions From US Taxpayers

As Israel Prospers, Obama Set to Give Them Billions From US Taxpayers:

The U.S. already transfers $3,100,000,000 in taxpayer money every year to Israel – more than any other country by far – but the new agreement Obama is set to sign “significantly raises” that amount, and guarantees it for 10 years.

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Israel ‘Taking Advantage’ of US Elections to Expand Settlements on Palestinian Land

Israel ‘Taking Advantage’ of US Elections to Expand Settlements on Palestinian Land:

Israel will use every opportunity to expand the breadth of their illegal colonies on Palestinian land, and the US election season is no exception. Jerusalem Online picked up the story… The articles claim officials from the Jerusalem Municipality told Channel 2 News that plans to build 57 new housing units over the green line in the occupied East Jerusalem colony of Ramot had been fast-tracked because of U.S. election season and “the accelerated process is not a coincidence”.

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Clinton-Led Democrats to the Right of George W. Bush on Palestinian Rights, Israeli Occupation

Clinton-Led Democrats to the Right of George W. Bush on Palestinian Rights, Israeli Occupation:

There are countless ways to see that the rhetorical monuments of magnanimity, humanitarianism and equality which Democratic Party leaders and their loyal followers love to erect in honor of themselves are nothing more than manipulative, self-glorifying dreck. But few pathologies illustrate that deceit more potently than their utter indifference, and now – in the Hillary Clinton era – outright contempt for the plight of Palestinians and their steadfast subservience to right-wing Israeli nationalism.

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Israel Announces Plans for 800 New Settler Homes on Occupied Palestinian Land

Israel Announces Plans for 800 New Settler Homes on Occupied Palestinian Land:

After days of talking up the idea of new construction to “punish terror,” Israel’s far-right government has announced plans to build another 800 housing units in settlements across the occupied West Bank, including 240 inside East Jerusalem. These settlement constructions are in addition to 42 units announced over the weekend.

Israel’s current government is heavily reliant on hawkish settler movements for its political support, and tends to use every dust-up with the Palestinians as a pretext to announce yet more expansions. The expansions, which tend to cut deeply into land that was meant to be part of a future Palestinian state, fuels unrest, and more pretexts for expansion.

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State Department Criticizes Israel For Systematically Stealing Palestinian Land

State Department Criticizes Israel For Systematically Stealing Palestinian Land:

In an unusually harsh public criticism, State Department spokesman John Kirby criticized Israel for systematically seizing Palestinian land for the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, insisting that such moves are “fundamentally undermining the prospects for a two-state solution.”

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I Was Wrong In My Presumption That Israel Desired Peace

I Was Wrong In My Presumption That Israel Desired Peace:

The essays in America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East reveal my own gradual and grudging realization that I had been wrong in my presumption that Israel desired peace and reconciliation with those its Western-backed establishment and military consolidation in the Middle East had injured or offended. As events unfolded, it became increasingly hard to deny that the absence of peace was explained not by the unwillingness of the victims of Israeli colonialism to compromise, but by Israel’s own view that it had no need to make concessions as long as it had the backing of the United States.

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