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newyorican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 11:07 PM
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New Jewish Settlement could ignite a Third Intifada
Full Title: New Jewish Settlement in Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem Old City near Al Aqsa Mosque could ignite a Third Intifada

Israeli planners have approved the construction of a new Jewish settlement in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalems Old City meters away from the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest Islamic site in the world. Ori Shitreet, chief engineer at the Jerusalem municipality, initially rejected the project because it conflicts with plans to preserve the old city, but approved it later on.

The plan is to build 30 new apartments for Jews only on three dunams (three-quarters of an acre) of land near the Al Aqsa Mosque as well as a recreational area for the 16 Jewish families who currently live in the Muslim Quarter in settlements under heavy guard. A synagogue is also planned to be built in the Muslim Quarter.

Palestinian and some Israeli officials call these plans a blatant attempt to create facts on the ground and ethnically cleanse the Old Citys historic Muslim Quarter, an act of overt incitement, while the world is distracted by the Gaza Disengagement. Israels tactic of seizing Palestinian lands and declaring them green areas, which Palestinians are forbidden from building on, and later turning these lands over to settlements is one of its most insidious tools for strangling East Jerusalem with illegal settlements in an attempt to take the city off the negotiating table, in clear violation of international law.

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Israel has not abandoned plans to destroy the homes of over a thousand Palestinians living in the Silwan neighborhood near Jerusalems Old City in order to construct an archeological park. Such moves are obviously political and, along with Israels unilateral removal of between 55,000 and 100,000 Palestinians from Jerusalem with its illegal Wall, might spark a crisis in the Middle East that could have global implications.

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newyorican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 11:09 PM
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1. Taking bets...
That some will focus on the last sentence of the 2nd paragraph to the exclusion of all else.
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 03:22 AM
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2. But all this is done to ensure the safety of Israelis!!
n/t
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H5N1 Donating Member (777 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 04:05 PM
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3. Sharon and his nasty bag of tricks
Full time and in overdrive
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number6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 04:13 PM
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4. deliberate provocation
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tucoramirez2005 Donating Member (79 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 04:43 PM
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5. Palestinians are well on their way
to taking back everything they held through the early 40's. Nobody has ever described to me a scenario in which they could possibly lose. They know it.
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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 04:49 PM
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6. What an odd remark...
They will never have what is now Israel. It is not theirs to have.
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