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Wednesday, November 04, 2009


Wishful thinking and reality on Palestine

Both Al Jazeera and AP today demonstrate wishful thinking (at least in the case of Al Jazeera; in the case of AP, it may be deliberate obfuscation) in claiming that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank "illegitimate." What exactly did she say?
"We do not accept the legitimacy of settlement activity. Ending all settlement activity current and future would be preferable."
Notably missing from that second sentence is the word "past." Clinton isn't calling the settlements "illegitimate," she's saying that building new ones is illegitimate. Quite a difference.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, Israel's (and the U.S.' and U.K.'s and Germany's and France's and Egypt's) very real, continuing, and utterly repugnant war against the people of Gaza continues:

The number of Palestinians who have died as a result of the Israeli siege on Gaza has passed 360, a statement released by the health ministry of the deposed Palestinian government in Gaza has said.

The statement followed the death of a Palestinian man on Tuesday, who was denied approval to leave the Strip to receive medical treatment abroad.

Asaad Ibrahim Mohammad Asfour, 51, who had lung cancer and cancer of the bronchial tubes, is the latest victim of Israel's siege on Gaza which began in 2007.
Just in case there is the slightest confusion - these aren't deaths from bombs or missiles or bullets. These aren't deaths of people who the Israelis and the Western media can pass off as "militants." These are deaths of ordinary people, killed by Israel and its allies in the siege of Gaza in the "civilized way." Condemn that, U.S. House of Representatives. Call for some "positive movement forward" on that, Secretary Clinton.

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