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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Illegal Israeli Settlements:
Symptom of the Occupation Disease
By Eileen Fleming
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 20, 2010
Every Israeli settlement in the West Bank, and all are illegal
under international law are ‘entitled’ to receive a “balancing grant” from
Israel’s Interior Ministry to help balance their budget.
the ministry allocated NIS 265 million in “balancing grants” to the West
As a result, each settler received an average of NIS
115, which is 22% more than those who live within the Green Line.
Settlers also receive 22% more budget grants than other Israelis.
Altogether, the ministry distributed NIS 2.5 billion worth of balancing
grants last year, which are meant to help less prosperous communities supply
basic level of service to the colonists.
The West Bank settlements
and communities within Israel, mainly those near the Lebanese and Gazan
borders, are automatically inflated by 4 percent, because they are
considered to have higher security expenses.
At a Red Sea
resort on September 14, 2010, the second round of direct talks between the
leaders of Israel and Palestine delved into some core issues, but President
Obama’s special representative to the Middle East,
George J. Mitchell, declined to say whether the two sides made any
progress regarding Israel’s moratorium on settlement construction, which is
due to expire on Sept. 26, 2010.
Benjamin Netanyahu has ruled out extending the moratorium, and
Palestinian Authority President,
Mahmoud Abbas, has threatened to walk out of the talks if Israel allows
it to expire.
Mr. Mitchell said the two leaders held
substantive talks on other central topics, but he did not identify each one
that was discussed, “but several were, in a very serious, detailed and
extensive discussion,” Mr. Mitchell said.
Secretary of State
Clinton “suggested that the two sides could find a creative solution to the
impasse — steps that would allow the Palestinians to accept less than a full
extension of the moratorium or that would enable Mr. Netanyahu to sell an
extension to his domestic audience.
“That has to be understood as
an effort by both the president and the prime minister to get over a hurdle
posed by the expiration of the original moratorium.”
On March 16,
2010, I sent this
Message to President Obama RE: Hillary and the Settlements
Via his YouTube channel, because what must be understood is that
the settlements are but one symptom of a 62 year old disease of Military
Occupation which has defied international law and denied basic human rights
to the indigenous population.
Eileen Fleming, Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13
Minutes with Vanunu"
Staff Member of
A Feature Correspondent for
Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American
'Girl's' Life in Occupied Territory" and
Mordechai Vanunu's FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker:
Solidarity do "we have it in our power to begin the world again."-Tom Paine