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Latest Examples of Israeli Gov’t Hubris

Posted by uscsjp on April 25, 2012

Israel Legalizes West Bank Settlement Outposts

Israel has retroactively legalized three Jewish-only settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank while delaying the scheduled evacuation of a fourth. The move could mark a further extremist shift for the Israeli government, which has long insisted on its right to expand settlements considered illegal under international law, but vowed to crack down on ad hoc settlement outposts that have not received government authorization. Sharif Yassin, a Palestinian resident in the West Bank whose land was seized to build the Beit El settlement, said Israel is attempting to legalize theft.

Sharif Yassin: “We own this land. Netanyahu will not give it to us for free, after being at the Israeli courts and getting verdicts that it is ours and it belonged to our fathers and grandfathers. We used to plant in it before they kicked us out. I used to plant in this land myself.”

In Washington, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland offered mild criticism of the new Israeli settlement grab, saying: “We don’t think this is helpful to the process, and we don’t accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity.”


Israeli Lawmakers Pose for Mocking Photo on Evicted Palestinian Family’s Sofa

Two Israeli lawmakers are drawing controversy for a photograph showing them posing on the sofa of a recently evicted Palestinian family in East Jerusalem. The Natcheh family was forced out of their home last week to make way for Jewish settlers after an eight-year effort by the Israeli government to evict them. The land had been in their family since the 1930s. A photograph posted on Facebook shows Israeli Knesset members Michael Ben-Ari and Aryeh Eldad boastfully lounging on the Natcheh family’s sofa on the property’s front lawn.
–Democracy Now!, 25 April, 2012



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