Under cover of elections, settlers expand illegal colony on Nabi Saleh’s land

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Overlooking Halamish Settlement (Mohamad Torokman/Reuters)

Taking advantage of election day madness settlers woke up bright and early yesterday to steal more land from Nabi Saleh. Ma’an News reports:

Jewish settlers, accompanied by Israeli forces, on Tuesday began work expanding Halamish settlement in the central West Bank, witnesses said.

Settlers and Israeli forces arrived at dawn with trucks and bulldozers and set up 50 mobile homes on land belonging to Nabi Saleh, a village near Ramallah, witnesses told Ma’an.

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  1. just
    January 23, 2013, 9:01 am

    These “settlers” must be stopped– it state supported thievery, plain and simple.
    Accompanied by IOF forces…….
    (That photo speaks volumes, btw.)

  2. musamusa
    January 23, 2013, 9:43 am

    I wish I was surprised… Akiva Eldar talks at length about this phenomena in “Lords of the Land.” The transition of governments and the anarchy of coalition negotiations provide settlers ample cover to take as much land as they can in a short period of time.

    A land-grab shop-till-you-drop.

    • Cliff
      January 23, 2013, 10:43 am

      A land-grab shop-till-you-drop.

      I prefer: steal til’ you keel.

  3. eljay
    January 23, 2013, 9:51 am

    Any hard-core “liberal Zionists” feel like hopping off their sinking ship yet? No? Not yet?

    I guess their liberalism hasn’t won out yet

  4. William deB. Mills
    January 23, 2013, 12:26 pm

    Under the cover of electoral circuses and Potemkin village crises about a nuclear Iran or Islamic terror, the right covers up its own terrorists who burn olive groves and steal land, protected by the army and police. Netanyahu creates smoke for international consumption while real Israeli policy is made on the ground. I do not know why this charade is so difficult for Americans to see through. In the States, the elite is playing precisely the same game: using “Iraqi nukes,” “wars on terror” and a whole series of financial disaster scenarios from the “collapse of our financial system” in 2008 (unless we bail out the billionaires) to “fiscal cliffs” and the “debt ceiling” at the moment to keep the restive but naïve population on edge. Disaster looms. Will our brave leaders be able to save us? The world waits breathlessly as new, glib, photogenic representatives of the elite step forward with smiles and wonderful speeches that catch the headlines for 24 hours before being forgotten.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, policy is implemented on the ground. Israeli expansionists—Netanyahu, Lieberman, and the settlers busy shoving their Indians onto reservations—expand and get paid for doing so by a submissive U.S. Congress. U.S. empire-builders–some using arms to spread military bases and others with their choke hold on tax policy and the justice system by defrauding the middle class to transfer its wealth into the hands of the billionaires who need it so much more—build empires.

    It is a beautiful system. The elite is happy because it has more weapons and more money than it knows what to do with. The people are happy because their leaders are protecting them. You are happy, aren’t you…aren’t you?

  5. eljay
    January 23, 2013, 1:19 pm

    >> The elite is happy because it has more weapons and more money than it knows what to do with.

    By 2014, it will also have tens of thousands of soldiers pulled from Afghanistan and Iraq that it also won’t know what to do with. Maybe Iran will have become sufficiently decimated by years of punitive sanctions…I mean, belligerent because of its hatred of Jews and American freedoms, that the elite will find a way to put all those weapons, that money and those soldiers to good use.

    And the people will be happy because Amurrika and the “Jewish State” were once again saved from terrrrrr. And they’ll wonder why all those Ay-rabs in Eye-ran hate America for its freedoms…

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