Palestinian Activists: Two Can Play the Settlement Game

John Glaser, January 11, 2013

A group of about 200 Palestinians have set up a small tent village – basically camping out – in the territory in East Jerusalem described by Israel as E1. They say they plan to start building a new Palestinian village there under the name Bab As-Shams.

These Palestinians and activists are basically saying: two can play at this settlement game.

Following the overwhelming UN vote for implicit recognition of Palestinian statehood in November, Israel authorized the construction of 3,000 more housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and is also speeding up the processing of 1,000 additional planning permissions.

According to the New York Times, the bulk of the new housing units Israel has plans for are set to be built “in a controversial area of East Jerusalem known as E1, where Jewish settlements have long been seen as the death knell for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The settlement would connect Jerusalem and the illegal Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, and “therefore make it impossible to connect the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem to Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.”

Israel has issued an eviction notice to the Palestinian settlers, ordering them to evacuate their own land. Apparently, the Israelis don’t like it when Palestinians settle on land Israel thinks is its own.




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  • http://cynicalinny.blogspot.com/ Cynical in New York

    Give it a week before these people are accused of being terrorists and are brutalized.

    • liberranter

      By the time I finish posting this, the IDF will probably have mowed them down in machine gun fire and burned their tents to ashes.

      • travis

        Are you a Kikeroach or moshit?

        • Jaime

          Why? Hasn't the IDF bulldozed Rachel Cory to death?

          • Simon

            Or shot in the head 9 people who's 'crime' was to try to bring building supplies to Gaza? Or, well, the list could go on and on and on. I repeatedly hear how the Palestinians should be non-violent like Ghandi. But when they are, the Israelis gun them down. I remember that peaceful protest at the start of the latest round of Gaza war crimes was met by IDF who killed two of the peaceful protesters.

            Given Israel and its policies, its entirely appropriate to think that their response to this will be bloody and violent. And that your US tax dollars will pay for that.

        • liberranter

          It wouldn't be any fun to make it easy for you by answering that question directly. Go combing through my hundreds of posts on this site over the last few years and then reach your own conclusion based on the contents of said posts.

  • Salim

    I give them two days.

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    Given a close haircut, dressed in black, with some jackboots, Brennan bears a striking resemblance to Heinrich Muller, head of the Gestapo.

    Muller was never found after the war … maybe Brennan is his little boy.

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      The gestapo is a kindergarden compared to the CIA

      • Jaime

        It's because the CIA is the Gestapo's favorite child?

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  • the lion

    How Audacious, how dare they!

    Congratulations on such a brilliant strategy, and while it will probably short lived, attention is drawn and in a non violent manner, at least by the settlers!

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  • Occupy

    Hmmm, anybody for a solidarity camp-out near an Israeli embassy/consulate?

    • Rob

      Down for one in LA

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    I keep going back to what St. Augustine said in the 5th century "City of God": there are two forces in the world. One is to seek the best for another — that sentiment is from God. The other is to seek to dominate and defraud another — that is from Satan. This is a paraphrase, but this is still true today. The American Indian whackers and the Zionist rejectionist represent a principle and stance which must be entirely repudiated to gain the high ground. Let be about it, gang!

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