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Cleansing Time: Netanyahu Commits to Colonizing East Jerusalem; First Palestinian Expelled under New Policy

Netanyahu Commits to Colonizing East Jerusalem; First Palestinian Expelled under new Policy

by Juan Cole

The new Israeli policy of deporting Palestinians from the West Bank on arbitrary grounds has kicked in with Ahmad Sabah, who has just been deported to Gaza and separated from his family in the West Bank. The measure contravenes the Geneva Convention of 1949 on the treatment of occupied populations, and it also goes contrary to the undertakings Israel made toward the Palestine Authority in the course of the Oslo peace negotiations.

The episode underlines the ways in which their forced statelessness leaves Palestinians (almost uniquely among major world nationalities) completely vulnerable to loss of the most basic human rights. That he was forcibly moved to Gaza by the Israelis suggests that many of those singled out for potential deportation from the West Bank may be moved to the small slum along the Mediterranean, which the Israelis have cut off from its traditional markets and which they keep under a blockade of the civilian population (a war crime). The Israeli establishment has decided not to try to colonize Gaza, and its isolation and hopelessness make it an attractive place for them to begin exiling West Bank residents, thus making more room for Israeli colonists.

The new policy, which is illegal six ways to Sunday in international law, is the brainchild of the government of far rightwing Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu, an Israeli hawk and expansionist, slapped President Barack Obama in the face again Thursday when he confirmed that he refused to halt construction of new homes in Palestinian East Jerusalem, which is militarily occupied by Israel.

Netanyahu’s announcement is probably the nail in the coffin of any two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (in which the Israelis have thrown most Palestinians now living beyond the Green Line off their land and deprived them of citizenship in a state and all the rights that go with such citizenship). Palestinians are so despairing that only 57 percent even believe in having an independent Palestinian state any more. The rest are resigned to becoming Israelis in the distant future, when demographic realities and perhaps world-wide boycotts of Israel for its Apartheid-style policies toward the occupied Palestinian will force Israel to accept them.

At the same time, Netanyahu tried to throw sand in peoples’ eyes by talking about recognizing an ‘interim’ Palestinian state with “temporary” borders.

Palestinian leaders reject this formulation, which is intended to allow the Israelis to continue aggressively to colonize Palestinian territory while pretending that they are engaged in a ‘peace process.’ The Palestine Authority, established in the 1990s, was already a sort of interim state then, and Palestine’s borders were then ‘temporary.’ So temporary that Israel has made deep inroads into them through massive colonies and building a wall on the Palestinian side of the border, cutting residents off from their own farms and sequestering entire towns and cities.

Netanyahu’s various moves this week, from illegally expelling a Palestinian from the West Bank to Gaza– to blowing off the president of the United States and hitching his wagon to massive increased colonization of Palestinian land– all of these steps are guaranteed to mire Israel in violent disputes for years and perhaps decades. And the US, which has already suffered tremendously in Iraq and elsewhere from its knee-jerk support of illegal and inhumane Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, will suffer further.

Meanwhile, in the wake of a vicious attack on Barack Obama by New York senator Chuck Schumer, Steve Clemons of the Washington Note frankly wonders whether Schumer understands he is in the US Senate or whether he is under the impression he is serving in the Israeli Knesset.

Netanyahu Commits to Colonizing East Jerusalem; First Palestinian Expelled under new Policy

The new Israeli policy of deporting Palestinians from the West Bank on arbitrary grounds has kicked in with Ahmad Sabah, who has just been deported to Gaza and separated from his family in the West Bank. The measure contravenes the Geneva Convention of 1949 on the treatment of occupied populations, and it also goes contrary to the undertakings Israel made toward the Palestine Authority in the course of the Oslo peace negotiations.

The episode underlines the ways in which their forced statelessness leaves Palestinians (almost uniquely among major world nationalities) completely vulnerable to loss of the most basic human rights. That he was forcibly moved to Gaza by the Israelis suggests that many of those singled out for potential deportation from the West Bank may be moved to the small slum along the Mediterranean, which the Israelis have cut off from its traditional markets and which they keep under a blockade of the civilian population (a war crime). The Israeli establishment has decided not to try to colonize Gaza, and its isolation and hopelessness make it an attractive place for them to begin exiling West Bank residents, thus making more room for Israeli colonists.

The new policy, which is illegal six ways to Sunday in international law, is the brainchild of the government of far rightwing Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu, an Israeli hawk and expansionist, slapped President Barack Obama in the face again Thursday when he confirmed that he refused to halt construction of new homes in Palestinian East Jerusalem, which is militarily occupied by Israel.

Netanyahu’s announcement is probably the nail in the coffin of any two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (in which the Israelis have thrown most Palestinians now living beyond the Green Line off their land and deprived them of citizenship in a state and all the rights that go with such citizenship). Palestinians are so despairing that only 57 percent even believe in having an independent Palestinian state any more. The rest are resigned to becoming Israelis in the distant future, when demographic realities and perhaps world-wide boycotts of Israel for its Apartheid-style policies toward the occupied Palestinian will force Israel to accept them.

At the same time, Netanyahu tried to throw sand in peoples’ eyes by talking about recognizing an ‘interim’ Palestinian state with “temporary” borders.

Palestinian leaders reject this formulation, which is intended to allow the Israelis to continue aggressively to colonize Palestinian territory while pretending that they are engaged in a ‘peace process.’ The Palestine Authority, established in the 1990s, was already a sort of interim state then, and Palestine’s borders were then ‘temporary.’ So temporary that Israel has made deep inroads into them through massive colonies and building a wall on the Palestinian side of the border, cutting residents off from their own farms and sequestering entire towns and cities.

Netanyahu’s various moves this week, from illegally expelling a Palestinian from the West Bank to Gaza– to blowing off the president of the United States and hitching his wagon to massive increased colonization of Palestinian land– all of these steps are guaranteed to mire Israel in violent disputes for years and perhaps decades. And the US, which has already suffered tremendously in Iraq and elsewhere from its knee-jerk support of illegal and inhumane Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, will suffer further.

Meanwhile, in the wake of a vicious attack on Barack Obama by New York senator Chuck Schumer, Steve Clemons of the Washington Note frankly wonders whether Schumer understands he is in the US Senate or whether he is under the impression he is serving in the Israeli Knesset.

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8 Comments for “Cleansing Time: Netanyahu Commits to Colonizing East Jerusalem; First Palestinian Expelled under New Policy”

  1. Oh – and FYI – this staged “spat” between Barry Sotoero, and Bennie, is a pure Dog and Gefelte Fish Show. For the cameras. Barry is 100% Kosher. Jews paid his way, and have given him everything he has. He knows who butters his bagels. He will do what his Kosher Massas tell him to do. At all times.

  2. So – wh wants ot talk about the contents of the Talmud? Judaism is a “religion” based on racial exclusivity, bloodlines, and the millenian absolutely psychotic hatred of all others. The Talmud teaches Jews that they have the write, and the duty, to take everything that the soulless cattle beasts – the Goy – non-Jews – creates, and has, for their purposes. The Self-Chosen are entitled ot use the Cattle Beasts as they please, for any purpose. Rape, enslavement, slaughter (the organ ring thing….). Anything.

    The Chabad believe that it’s fine and dandy to kill a Goy, if a Jew needs an organ. You all can research everything I am writing. I’m not making anything up. Study their own writings, and their own words. Jews have gotten booted out of 109 Nations, over a period of 2000 – and it’s all for the same reasons. Always. Again and again.

    Now – Jews run the USA, and the West. They’ve used Americans for almost 100 years, for their wars. They’ve fomented war around the world, for their profit. They’ve caused the misery and death of millions and millions. And most Americans have no idea about any of this. Check out the lineage of the owners of all the press, in the West. It’s all done via media, and money.

    The genocide in Gaza is a REAL Holocaust. Much like what the Bolsheviks-is-Another Name-for-Jews-So-is-NeoCons did, in Russia, under the Talmudic Tyranny called “Soviet” Russia. Americans are paying for this genocide, and have no clue about it. All the “Conservative Media” has their “talk show hosts” like the wretched, vile Glenn Beck, or Sean Hannity, etc, to tout absolute agitprop, against Muslims, night and day. The Tea Party Zombies repeat every word they are fed.

    I am not fan of Islam – but the USA never had a problem, in the Mid East, until we became Israel’s beeyich. They get us to kill Arabs, and kill off the lfower of American youth, in the bargain. They makes Jews very very very happy. A tofer!

  3. You are sooooo off on this one it’s shameful.
    “Colonizing” Jerusalem – not hardly – Jerusalem has been central to Judaism since King David made it Israel’s capitol 3,000 years ago. The only time the eastern part of Jerusalem was ever exclusively Arab was for 19 years, from 1948-1967, when the Jordanians conquered the eastern part of the city and expelled hundreds of Jews who had lived there for centuries.

    Re the Palestinian man in question…. Ahmad Sabah was arrested, tried and convicted of membership in a Fatah militia, throwing fire bombs and making and conspiring to plant a bomb. He was released from an Israeli prison to Gaza because that’s where his identity card was issued and at the time of his release he did not object to being sent to Gaza vs the West Bank where his family now lives. It is absurd to refer to this incident as ethnic “cleansing”. Really, now.

    AND finally… this issue has NOTHING to do with Veterans.
    Obviously you have another agenda.

    • Talking about 3000 year old book and trying to prove a point here and than you blame others for being a fundamentalist. The zionist terroist like you are the biggest fundamentalist. Palestine was taken by force in 1948 with the help of US and UK. The story that you wrote about Ahmed Sabah is completely false and thats how you fabricate the poor palestinians and grab their land. Shame on you, you Zionist terrorist!!

    • This has EVERYTHING to do with veterans. Americans need ot wake UP, throw the Jew vampires off our throats, and stop being their slaves, fighting and dying and murdering for their benefit, and killing ourselves.

  4. We knew this was coming. This modern Trail of Tears marches forward paid for by U.S. Taxpayers. How very sad and disappointing.

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