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Israel's Settlement Enterprise:
Longstanding, Outrageous and Illegal
By Stephen Lendman
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 20, 2010
B'Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, addressed it in
its July 2010 report titled, "By Hook and By Crook: Israel's Settlement
Policy in the West Bank", ahead of a July 6 meeting between Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Obama, their fifth - a shameless love fest
endorsing Israeli crimes, Obama saying Israel has "got to be able to respond
to threats or any combination of threats in the region," ones it
manufactures to pursue ruthless, lawless policies, nonviolent civilians the
On July 5, Israeli National News.com writer Hillel Fendel
headlined, "Timed to Sabotage," quoting Yesha Council (YC) head Danny Dayan
calling B'Tselem "an anti-Zionist tool for the destruction of Israel,"
citing the report and its report release date as one example.
(the Hebrew acronym for Judea, Samaria, and Gaza) is the successor to Gush
Emunim ("Block of the Faithful"), the militant pro-settlement movement
committed to Palestinian displacement, its members influential in Israeli
politics, advocating a Greater Israel exclusively for Jews, its ideology
based on religious zealotry, its members calling Cast Lead a religious war,
its bogus justification for systemic violence, barbarism, military
occupation, land theft, and efforts to silence truth.
"Not one Arab has been deprived of his land to build Jewish
homes in Judea and Samaria. Unlike in previous settlement enterprises, such
as the kibbutzim of several decades ago, when there was no other
choice....Since 1974, not one piece of privately-owned Arab land has been
confiscated - and those that were, were totally compensated for, either in
money or land," calling much in B'Tselem's report "an absolute lie," saying
its "concern for human rights....just an excuse....to weaken Israel."
Other Israeli, Palestinian, and international human rights organizations
disagree, publishing volumes of confirming material, what zealots like Dayan
want suppressed or condemned if made public.
In preparing its
report, B'Tselem used official Israeli data, including state comptroller
statistics, Civil Administration maps, and attorney Talia Sasson's material
on Israeli outposts, based on documents produced by Brig. General Baruch
Combined they show a half million Israelis "living over the
Green Line: more than 300,000 in 121 settlements and about (100) outposts,
which control 42 per cent of....the West Bank, and the rest in (12)
neighborhoods" in Jerusalem Municipality annexed land.
inception, Israel's settlement policy has been based on "an instrumental,
cynical, and even criminal approach to international law, local legislation,
Israeli military orders, and Israeli law, (that's facilitated the
systematic) pilfering of land from Palestinians in the West Bank," ongoing
for decades to seize all valued areas, including Jerusalem to make it
How? By bogusly declaring "state land,"
resulting in the theft of about 16% of the West Bank, mostly from 1979 -
1992, but the process remains ongoing.
The State Attorney's Office
interpretation of the Ottoman Land Law, in fact, "contradicted explicit
statutory provisions and judgments of the Mandatory Supreme Court,"
facilitating land seizures, including privately owned Palestinian property,
expropriated illegally, comprising 21% of settlement areas.
encourage migration, benefits and incentives are offered, most settlements
given National Priority Area A status, entitling them to:
quality, low-cost housing with subsidized mortgages;
education from age three and extended school days;
transportation to and from schools, and higher teacher salaries to attract
qualified ones to move;
-- for industry and agriculture, grants and
subsidies, indemnification from EU produce tariffs, significantly lower
taxes than inside the Green Line, and
-- larger balancing grants to
help settlements cover deficits.
Palestine belongs to the
Palestinians, the UN's 1947 Resolution 181 artificially partitioning it,
giving the choicest 56% to Jews, the remainder to Palestinians with
Jerusalem an international city under a UN Trustee Council - a binding
provision to this day.
In 1948, Israel's "War of Independence"
seized another 22%, in total 78% of historic Palestine, the 1967 Six Day War
taking the rest, placing Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem under
military occupation, thereafter systematically violating international
humanitarian laws with regard to:
-- illegal large and smaller-scale
acts of aggression, inflicting mass deaths, injuries and destruction, mostly
-- free movement, expression and the right of
-- the universally acknowledged right of return;
-- Palestinians' right to their own resources on their own land, including
water and extensive offshore gas reserves, stolen to benefit Israel;
-- East Jerusalem - annexed despite Security Council Resolution 478,
declaring Israel's July 1980 Jerusalem Law null and void with no legal
-- the Separation Wall on expropriated land, about 12% of
the West Bank when completed (ruled illegal by the International Court of
-- Palestinians' access to their own land, air space,
coastal waters, and control of their borders;
incarcerating thousands of political prisoners;
using torture, abuse and degrading treatment, illegal at all times, under
all conditions, with no allowed exceptions;
-- conducting targeted
assassinations and other willful killings of non-combatant civilians;
--bogusly calling Palestine's democratically elected government "terrorist,"
refusing recognition, imposing an embargo, and conducting regular incursions
-- committing slow motion genocide against 1.5 million
Gazans under seige, Israel's so-called easing mostly subterfuge to keep it
harshly in place; and
-- decades of illegal settlement building on
expropriated land, dispossessing protected persons, transferring their
property to Jews, claiming bogus legal justification for whatever it does,
absolution for being Jewish, the exceptionalism notion America uses,
international law valid only for others, not themselves.
it's universally binding, Israel, like America, a serial abuser, B'Tselem
"Israel has ignored the relevant rules of law, adopting
its own interpretation, which is not accepted by almost all leading jurists
around the world and by the international community," its settlement
enterprise one of many infringements of Palestinian rights, including:
-- the right of property denied by land theft;
-- equality and due
process under military occupation;
-- the right "to an adequate
standard of living," official policy to deny it to non-Jews;
right of free movement, expression, assembly, and self-determination under a
viable Palestinian state or one nation for all citizens alike, what
virtually all other countries allow inside fixed borders, not flexible ones
so Israel can illegally expand.
B'Tselem's report, like many others,
exposes the "cloak of (illegality) that Israel has sought to (justify the)
theft of West Bank (and East Jerusalem) land," an illegal way it "advance(s
its) political objectives," by infringing on the rights of others -
Palestinians, persecuted by successive regimes, claiming democratic
credentials, revealed as ruthless, barbarous, and lawless against non-Jews,
what growing millions globally are discovering, including many thousands of
Jews, condemning what they'll no longer tolerate, nor should anyone.
A Final Note
Even Israeli Jews are oppressed, heroic
whistleblower/prisoner of conscience Mordechai Vanunu perhaps the most
After being incarcerated for 18 years for exposing Israel's
secret nuclear program, he was imprisoned again on May 23, charged with
contacting a foreign national, despite his legal right to do it, his right
of free expression.
Then on June 18, Amnesty International (AI)
reported him in solitary confinement, Malcolm Smart, AI's Middle East
Program director explaining:
"Mordechai Vanunu should not be in
prison at all, let alone....in solitary confinement in a unit intended for
violent criminals. He suffered immensely when he was held in solitary
confinement for 11 years after his imprisonment in 1986 and to return him to
such conditions now is nothing less than cruel, inhuman (and) degrading."
After his April 2004 release, he was prohibited from leaving the
country, approaching foreign embassies, and communicating with foreigners,
including journalists, as well as required to get permission to change his
address. In addition, a draconian military order, renewed biannually, kept
him under surveillance and police supervision, denying his fundamental
rights to free movement, expression, and association.
central Israel's Ayalon Prison, his lawyer, Michael Sfard, said he's
"suffering from isolation. He should not be made to pay a price because of
the enmity of others towards him," recrimination against anyone challenging
state policies, an agenda above the law and fundamental humanitarian
principles - for over six decades, disregarded and spurned, the way all
rogue states operate, Israel today a global menace, the region's most
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