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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Counterproductive? Can we not say i-l-l-e-g-a-l ?

 The thing that initially caught my eye was Secretary of State Clinton calling this latest settlement building approval (1100 in Arab E. Jerusalem) counterproductive. Counterproductive?! There are so many things they are and counterproductive is way too conciliatory. They are illegal. They violate the Geneva Convention. They undermine the entire process since they are building on land that is internationally recognized to be the future Palestinian state in this two state solution everyone is so keen on nowadays. Their inhabitants burn olive groves, beat farmers, are armed and a danger to civilians and this after stealing the land they build on.

Another thing that comes to mind is the big deal Israel made (or tried to) about the Palestinians' big unilateral move in going to the UN to declare their state. The pot is calling the kettle black. Each new settlement, each expansion of an existing one is an entirely unilateral land grab. What is Israel so bent out of shape about with unilateral moves? I guess if Palestinians succeed in the UN, Israel may not have such a free hand in its unilateral moves! Israel wants Palestinians to beg and plead and offer their weapons, right of return and their capital in return for permission to have a state conditional on who knows what. Does Israel ask Palestinians before they build Jewish only "neighborhoods" (if you want to sanitize it) and Jewish only roads? No. They don't even have to have warrants to enter, search and destroy Palestinian homes even though their law requires it. They answer to no one. Can anyone wonder why Palestinians would want to go another route at the UN?

So that was initially what caught my eye, but look at that title? MSNBC is supposed to be liberal media? Settlement homes? That's how you describe something illegal? Maybe they felt the facts would color things the wrong way? Just report the facts. Illegal is illegal. 

And from the BBC:

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