Profile image
Story Views

Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

Palestinian/ Israeli update 1/25/2016..Israeli warplanes launch fresh air strikes on Gaza Strip

Monday, January 25, 2016 18:08
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

(Before It's News)

Data shows Palestinians will outnumber Jews in Middle East in 2 years

Israel responds to new census report on Palestinian majority

Israeli warplanes launch fresh air strikes on Gaza Strip

Israel Strikes Gaza for Rocket That Caused Zero Casualties

Residents In Gaza Strip Suffer Heavy Winter Storm

Netanyahu says supports ‘settlements at any time’

Palestinian hunger striker “could die any minute”

Human Rights Watch Blasts Illegal Israeli Settlements

by Stephen Lendman

Israel’s settlement project flagrantly violates international law. Over 600,000 settlers occupy stolen Palestinian land.

Fourth Geneva prohibits an occupying power from transferring its citizens to the territory it occupies, as well as displacing people from their land to permit it.

Lawless development has been ongoing for nearly half a century. Israel wants all valued Judea and Samaria land exclusively for Jews, Palestinians ethnically cleansed to facilitate it – increasingly isolated, their fundamental rights systematically violated.

On Sunday, Netanyahu reiterated his support for unlimited settlement expansion, saying “(t)he government supports settlements at any time, especially now when it is under terrorist assault and is taking a courageous and determined stand in the face of terrorist attacks.”

Terrorism in Occupied Palestine is exclusively state-sponsored, Palestinians wrongfully blamed for Israeli high crimes.

On January 19, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report, titled “Occupation, Inc.: “How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights,” saying:

Settlement businesses are complicit with abusive Israeli practices. They “depend on and contribute to the unlawful confiscation of Palestinian land and resources…”

They’re “inextricably linked to and benefit from Israel’s discriminatory policies that encourage settlements and harshly restrict Palestinians…”

Double-standard Israeli policy provides preferential treatment for settlers – occupation harshness for Palestinians in virtually all aspects of their lives under repressive military orders.

“…Israel confiscates Palestinian land, forcibly displaces Palestinians, restricts their freedom of movement, precludes them from building in all but 1 percent of the area of the West Bank under Israeli administrative control, and strictly limits their access to water and electricity,” said HRW.

Separate and unequal is official Israeli policy, settlement businesses profiting by contributing to Palestinian misery.

HRW stopped short of urging support for boycotting settlement goods and services. At the same time, it “advocate(s) that certain types of businesses cease operating” – notably illegal settlement ones because they “contribute to abus(ive)” Israeli practices.

It called for sanctions and more – urging cutting aid to Israel by an amount equal to what it spends on settlements and related infrastructure.

About 1,000 Israeli enterprises operate in “16 to 20 settlement industrial zones,” exploiting “9,300 hectares of settlement agricultural land and 11 quarries,” HRW explained.

They represent only part of the settlement economy. Much more exists, including servicing and financial operations, as well as industrial goods production.

Expanding settlements make Palestinian self-determination impossible, relegating them to isolated bantustans on worthless scrubland – perhaps before displacing them altogether.

Israel wants historic Palestine exclusively for Jews, Palestinians systematically denied their fundamental rights.

They’re ruthlessly persecuted and terrorized, on their own with no international support.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected].

His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

Visit his blog site at


Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories



Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.