imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Understanding Israeli Settlements

by Stephen Lendman Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at 4:13 AM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Israel

Understanding Israeli Settlements

by Stephen Lendman   

They violate international law. They prioritize land theft. They prevent peace. On January 31, the UN International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory  condemned them for good reason.

They deny Palestinian self-determination. They comprise "part of an overall pattern of (Israeli) breaches."

They benefit Jews exclusively. They institutionalize racist segregation, inequality, dispossession, and occupation harshness.

The UN Mission wants them halted without preconditions. It called for "immediately initiat(ing) a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the OPT."

It wants companies and governments to "assess the human rights impact of their activities."

It wants them to "cease all connections to settlements." It wants decades of Israeli lawlessness ended.

The David Project (DP) "shapes campus opinion on Israel by educating, training, and empowering student leaders to be thoughtful, strategic and persuasive advocates."

They do so for what they should condemn. Their programs operate in more than 130 Jewish high schools and middle schools.

David Bernstein is executive director. "We have moved from a more frontal approach to advocacy to a more relational" one, he said.

"We believe relationships make the world go round."

"We educate and empower students in both the content and the skills necessary to form a robust network of relationships on campus, and teach and guide them in leveraging those relationships to raise understanding and support for Israel."

"We also have moved from addressing problems wherever they appear (there are 4000 institutions of higher learning in this country alone!) to a more focused approach in which we pick our spots carefully, knowing that to be all things to all people means that you are not going to be very effective at any one place."

Its "Understanding The Settlements: A Primer" addresses the growing controversy. It goes "beyond headlines and sound bites," it claims.

It tries putting lipstick on a pig. Doing so reflects Israeli vulnerability.

It claims feature stories "lack depth, nuance and detailed understanding." It calls settlement development "complicated."

It's as simple as knowing right from wrong. International law is clear and unequivocal.

Israeli settlements are illegal. Fourth Geneva's Article 49 states:

"Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive."

Israel built illegally for decades. Around 600,000 settlers occupy over half the West Bank and parts of East Jerusalem.

Accelerated construction is planned. Doing so requires stealing Palestinian land, demolishing private homes, and dispossessing residents.

DP claims otherwise.

"Settlements are often described as monolithic, and reporters fail to note the unique histories, populations and economics of each community, as well as their distinct political ramifications."

According to DP's Campus & Educational Initiatives director Todd Young:

"Speaking in a more simplistic manner and relying on stereotypes of a complicated issue such as settlements is a disservice to students and the public."

Setting the record straight demands not distorting it.

"Settlements are not homogenous, they are diverse, and we should understand how they impact Israel and Palestinians," he added.

At issue is inviolable international law, not diversity, homogeneity, or other unrelated issues.

DP falls short claiming to be fair. It defends the indefensible. Calls to stop scapegoating Israeli settlements don't work. Responsible critics have irrefutable facts. They demand lawless settlement activity be confronted head-on.

DP tries with its primer. It reviews settlement history and geography. It avoids inflammatory language. It shuns sweeping generalizations.

It tries doing the impossible. It represents Israel's point of view. At the same time, it discusses reality. It concludes saying settlements aren't monolithic.

They can't be painted with a broad brush. More learning and "meaningful conversations" are needed.

Liberating Palestine matters most. So does government treating all its people equitably and fairly. DP needs reeducation help.

Defending the indefensible doesn't wash. Peace, equity, justice, and respecting rule of law principles matter most.

Israel fell short from inception. It was born in blood. Growing millions know. It's a rogue terror state. It's amoral, brutish, and ruthless.

It deplores peace and stability. It lives by the sword. It's a modern-day Sparta. It threatens the region and humanity. It's leaders are war criminals.

They bear full responsibility for decades of lawlessness. State terror is official policy. Arabs are murdered for not being Jews.

Settlement policy is one of many Israeli Achilles heels. Justifying them doesn't wash. Those trying support wrong over right. Doing so makes them look foolish.

Hasbara is an Israeli euphemism for propaganda. It covers up inconvenient truths. It picks and choses selected versions. Practitioners believe their arguments hold water. They're convinced their way is right.

Hasbara is a leap of faith. It's official Israeli policy. It turns truth on its head. It tries framing the unjustifiable to wash. It tries convincing people to believe it. It attacks naysayers. It doesn't work as planned. Israel proliferates it anyway.

It prioritizes making settlements "hasbarable." Doing so substitutes for addressing issues responsibly.

Observers call Netanyahu Israel's hasbara grandmaster. He's a con man. He speaks flawless Hebrew and English. He claims Israel is right when it's wrong.

He doesn't let inconvenient facts change his version of truth. It's reason enough for him to be prime minister.

He claims settlements don't prevent Palestinian self-determination. It's "simply not true," he says.

He did so late last year while doubling Israel's budget for expanding them. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz confirmed it. He ought to know.

He manages state revenues. He prepares and monitors implementation of Israel's economic and financial policies. He accounts for every shekel spent.

He said settlement budgeting doubled quietly. It was done to prevent "elements in Israel and abroad" from impeding them.

At stake is stealing all parts of Judea and Samaria Israel wants. Netanyahu and likeminded extremists prioritize doing it.

Since 1967, Israel established 124 West Bank settlements, 100 outposts, and 12 neighborhoods.

Settler enclaves were built in East Jerusalem areas. They include the Old City's Muslim Quarter, Silwan, Sheikh Jarrach, Mount of Olives, Ras al-Amud, Abu Dis, and Jabal al-Mukabber.

In 2005, 16 Gaza settlements were dismantled as part of Israel's disengagement plan. Residents were shifted to other settlement locations.

Occupied Palestine reflects colonization and discriminatory apartheid. It's worse than what South Africa experienced. Separate and unequal is policy.

Civil law governs settlers. Military orders deprive Palestinians of fundamental rights. They have no control over their daily lives. Their land is systematically stolen.

They're denied free expression and movement. Their homes are bulldozed and destroyed. They're uprooted and displaced.

They're forbidden from returning to land once theirs. They're denied redress. West Bank reconfiguration plans intend to isolate them in ghettoized bantustans. Sovereign viability is impossible.

Two states once were possible. No longer. Israel controls over half the West Bank. It has much of East Jerusalem. More is added daily. When completed, Israel's apartheid wall will control over 10% of Palestine.

One state comprised of Israel and Occupied Palestine alone works now. Nothing else is viable.

Israel won't relinquish Palestinian territory it controls. Conditions go from bad to worse.

Doves and hardliners agree. Militarized occupation, land theft, dispossessions, inequality, a permanent non-Jewish underclass, instability, and conflict are institutionalized.

Changing what's hardwired isn't easy. Justifying it is unconscionable. Lipstick on a pig doesn't wash.

Justice demands righting longstanding wrongs. Palestinians dream impossible dreams. One day perhaps they'll come true. Palestinians hope it's just a matter of time.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

May Day March in Riverside M02 10:35PM

Nuclear Shutdown News: April 2017 M02 4:38PM

Jewish “Defense” League: Nazis in Skull-caps A07 11:13AM

Nuke Shutdown News 3/17 A01 4:13PM

RELATIONS STILL STRAINED BETWEEN SOUTH LOS ANGELES RESIDENTS AND THE POLICE M22 3:22PM

Elect a Green to Congress in Los Angeles M15 2:18AM

Prop. H Activists March on Hollywood to House and Help the Homeless M01 1:46PM

Prop. H Activists March on Hollywood to House and Help the Homeless M01 1:09PM

Prop. H Activists March on Hollywood to House and Help the Homeless M01 12:19PM

24TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL HONORS COMPOSER MEGAN CAVALLARI ON MARCH F24 2:40PM

Activists Mark 150 Years Since Chimney Rock Massacre F21 7:00PM

Indivisible local events F16 4:07PM

Help Wanted: How You Can Act Locally To Stymie Trump’s Agenda F16 11:24AM

RACE RELAY - race relations dialogue F16 7:01AM

LA County Greens Oppose S F09 8:52PM

Our Revolution L.A Organizing Meeting F08 12:23AM

First We Marched. Now We Huddle F06 10:54PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

The Real fbi, aka the 'burro" J23 12:31PM

The Shortwave Report 06/23/17 Listen Globally! J22 4:38PM

Economic Stagnation and its Mastery J22 4:11AM

Allo ? J22 3:56AM

12 to 1 vote by anto homeless citizens by Atlanta City Council J21 11:59AM

BDS – Where Empathy Goes to Die J20 7:21AM

Le fantôme d'Ernest Coeurderoy J19 11:44PM

The President as Businessman J19 4:24AM

Psychosomatique de radioactivité J18 2:24AM

Reems of Fruitvale: Gaming the system on Yelp J17 6:21PM

Shame On You, Jewish Voice For Peace, For Targeting Pro-Israel Gays J17 7:54AM

The Shortwave Report 06/16/17 Listen Globally! J15 5:22PM

Hate Group Jewish Voice for Peace targets, terrorizes LGBT Youth J15 11:38AM

Déficit informationnel ou mur de Kardashev J14 10:37PM

Wells Fargo Is Accused of Making Improper Changes to Mortgages J14 10:26PM

Lessons From Portland’s Clashes With Fascists J13 7:36PM

New Bill Would Reduce Police Accountability, Erode State Independence J12 7:25PM

Paraphysique de procrastination J12 11:45AM

The Great Trump Show J11 3:48PM

Muslim leaders refuse to perform funeral prayers for London Bridge attackers/VSHAME TO YOU J10 8:47PM

Paraphysique de la hiérarchie J10 1:51AM

Capitalocène de prosopopée J09 12:19AM

The Shortwave Report 06/09/17 Listen Globally! J08 4:49PM

Video: Science in the New Dark Age, 28 min J08 3:21PM

Statement of The Revolutionary Tendency on Britain's Snap Elections J07 6:38PM

Trump’s Rollback of Civil Rights J07 4:39PM

Infamy at Sea: Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty 50 Years Later J05 8:32AM

Memorandum 2017: Alternatives for a Solidarity Europe: Instead of "Germany First" J05 8:00AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy