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Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Israeli peace movement discovers the Pope is Catholic

This revelation just in, courtesy of a study by Peace Now:
"The property rights of many Palestinians have been systematically violated in the course of settlement building."
This conclusion comes from a study which reveals that 40 percent of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including long-standing communities, are built on private Palestinian land and not on "state-owned land." They don't say which state; how the state of Israel could "own" any land at all in Palestine escapes me.

We're not talking about the little hilltop trailer settlements here, but some of the largest settlements on the West Bank, including two of the three major settlement areas -- Ma'ale Adumim (population 32,000), and Ariel (population 16,000). A whopping 86% of Ma'ale Adumim is built on privately-owned Palestinian land according to the study.

Of course, whatever the ownership of the land itself, a full 100% of the population of these settlements is illegal according to the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of population onto occupied territories. And, although Israel claims the Fourth Geneva Convention doesn't apply to the West Bank, it's worth noting this, taken from an ADL document:

A special UN meeting in Geneva held on July 15, 1999. The closed-door meeting lasted a mere 45 minutes. However, a resolution was unanimously passed stating that the Fourth Geneva Convention does apply to Israeli settlements in the "occupied territories." [Quotes around the last phrase from the original]
"Out Now!" doesn't just refer to the U.S. occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan!

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