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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:08 AM

 

Israeli bulldozers assault West Bank villages

Israeli bulldozers assault West Bank villages
Israel on Tuesday destroyed a mosque in the south Hebron hills, bulldozed a two-story home in East Jerusalem, demolished agricultural infrastructure southeast of Nablus, and settlers uprooted and stole about 200 olive trees in a village west of Bethlehem, witnesses said.

Witnesses told Ma’an news agency that the army prevented residents from collecting books and other items from the al-Mafqara mosque, east of the town of Yatta, before razing it for the second time since 2011.

Local activist Rateb al-Jabour told the Wafa news agency that Israeli soldiers forced worshippers out of the mosque at dawn to clear the land for the expansion of two illegal Jewish settlements, Avijal and Mao’n.

Israel has routinely destroyed Palestinian homes and property in the West Bank throughout the 45-year occupation, but the policy appears to have been exacerbated since its announcement on Friday to expand settlements by 3,000 homes.

http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/israeli-bulldozers-assault-west-bank-villages

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Response to Alamuti Lotus (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:13 AM

1. And if they had resisted, it'd be on CNN about those evil "terrorists"

And the I/P "regulars" would roll out to assure us that it was absolute incontrovertable evidence that Palestinians have no interest in peace.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:28 AM

2. And they'd start yammering on again about Hamas and the rockets.

Even though Hamas isn't in the area where this happened.

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Response to Alamuti Lotus (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:30 AM

3. This morally disqualifies Likud-Beitenyu from re-election.

If that party is kept in power this January it will be very difficult to continue to see Israel's government as in any way legitimate.

This action was totally unjustified and done for no other reason than to provoke a bad Palestinian response.

Israelis, if you want this insanity to stop, don't re-elect Netanyahu's coalition.

The only way to get peace is to vote the parties of conquest and death out of power.

You owe it to your children to remove Netanyahu's mob from government.

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Response to Alamuti Lotus (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:44 AM

4. there is a larger plan to demolish 8 villages in the South Hebron hills

however previously IDF was moving Palestinians to Yatta apparently something changed

from last June

Israel orders demolition of 8 Palestinian villages, claims need for IDF training land

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has ordered the demolition of eight Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills because the territory is needed for Israel Defense Forces training exercises, the state told the High Court of Justice on Sunday.

The residents of the targeted villages will be moved to the town of Yatta and its environs; the state claims, based on information it obtained from local informers, that most of these people have permanent homes in that area.

The state will allow the residents to work their lands and graze their flocks there when the IDF is not training -- on weekends and Jewish holidays – and during two other periods of one month each during the year. Barak agreed to leave four villages that are in the northernmost part of the area, even though this would reduce the dimensions of training area and prevent the use of live fire.

The villages slated for demolition are the larger villages in the region: Majaz, Tabban, Sfai, Fakheit, Halaweh, Mirkez, Jinba, and Kharuba, which have a total of 1,500 residents. The villages to be spared are Tuba, Mufaqara, Sarura and Megheir al-Abeid, which have a total of 300 residents.

The IDF and the Civil Administration regard all of them as squatters in Firing Zone 918, even though the villages have existed since at least the 1830s.


http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-orders-demolition-of-8-palestinian-villages-claims-need-for-idf-training-land-1.453015

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Response to Alamuti Lotus (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 07:39 AM

5. Will we get a comments from some of the DU Zionists?................................n/t

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Response to Alamuti Lotus (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 10:48 AM

6. Al Akhbar

Where bulldozers "assault" villages.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:21 PM

7. I guess they should thank the Israelis for invading with bulldozers rather than tanks.

What benevolent invaders and conquistadors they are!

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Response to oberliner (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 10:00 PM

9. is that supposed to be a criticism, or just a really basic, innocuous observation? *nt

 

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Response to Alamuti Lotus (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:54 PM

8. Palestine's right to self-defence is clear as day

 

Where are all the Zionists' weakass excuses now?

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