Israel destroys homes for Bedouins, builds homes for Jews

Israel/Palestine
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Reuters reports “Israel demolishes EU structures and says it will seize West Bank land“:

Israel confirmed on Thursday it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate tensions with Western allies and already drawing international condemnation.

The appropriation, covers 154 hectares (380 acres) in the Jordan Valley close to Jericho, an area where Israel already has many settlement farms built on land Palestinians seek for a state. It is the largest land seizure since August 2014.

“Israel is stealing land specially in the Jordan Valley under the pretext it wants to annex it,” Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, told Reuters. “This should be a reason for a real and effective intervention by the international community to end such a flagrant and grave aggression which kills all chances of peace.”

The United States, whose ambassador angered Israel this week with criticism of its West Bank policy, said it was strongly opposed to any moves that accelerate settlement expansion.

“We believe they’re fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and call into question, frankly, the Israeli government’s commitment to a two-state solution,” Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Wednesday.

In a development likely to further upset Europe, Israeli forces demolished six structures in the West Bank funded by the EU’s humanitarian arm. The structures were dwellings and latrines for Bedouins living in an area known as E1 – a particularly sensitive zone between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

“This is the third time they demolished my house and every time I rebuilt it, this time also I will rebuild it and I am not leaving here. If we leave they will turn the place into a closed military zone,” said Saleem Jahaleen, whose home was razed.

32 Responses

  1. JWalters
    January 21, 2016, 5:18 pm

    Justice for Palestinians, jail for Israelis.

  2. eljay
    January 21, 2016, 7:53 pm

    Great cartoon!

    “We believe they’re fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and call into question, frankly, the Israeli government’s commitment to a two-state solution,” Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Wednesday.

    Mr. Toner then got back down on his knees and continued to fellate the Zio-supremacist donkey.

    Hey, Mark, the settlements don’t “call into question” Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution – they clearly confirm that Israel doesn’t give a f*ck.

  3. oldgeezer
    January 21, 2016, 7:59 pm

    Theft, murder, no crime is beyond zionists lust for supremacy. It is beyond time to stop the appeasement of this rogue regime.

  4. Bumblebye
    January 21, 2016, 8:18 pm

    Wonderful to see Carlos Latuff popping up here on MW so frequently! Please keep him!

    • Annie Robbins
      January 21, 2016, 10:05 pm

      yep, we’ve joined forces!

      • bintbiba
        January 22, 2016, 10:14 am

        I just love Carlos’ mischief making !
        He is a genius .

        Thanks annie for including him to the family…

      • Mooser
        January 22, 2016, 3:15 pm

        “yep, we’ve joined forces!”

        Yes indeed! And it says “Latuff 2016/ Mondoweiss.net” right there!
        Which is pretty cool.

      • just
        January 22, 2016, 3:16 pm

        What a wonderful and natural match!

        Ditto, Bumblebye and bintbiba.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 22, 2016, 6:23 pm

        yeah, i am pretty jazzed about it myself. ;)

  5. Kay24
    January 21, 2016, 8:43 pm

    The cartoon is so descriptive. That is exactly what is happening in this terrible situation. I think a sketch of Uncle Sam looking over Nutty (in protection) would have been appropriate too.

    What these zionists do, making innocent people suffer, losing their precious homes, and feeingl hopeless for their families, is despicable, and shows their lack of decency. They lie to the rest of the world, while their criminal activity goes on. What a cursed lot.

  6. Kris
    January 21, 2016, 10:22 pm

    Reuters: “The appropriation, covers 154 hectares (380 acres) in the Jordan Valley close to Jericho, an area where Israel already has many settlement farms built on land Palestinians seek for a state.

    I am so sick of this lying phrase: land Palestinians seek for a state. This one deliberate lie, repeated over and over again, in news reports year after year, proves that Zionists control the media.

    It is exactly like saying that the areas of Poland which were ethnically cleansed by the Nazis and resettled by German Aryans were “land the Poles seek for a state.”

    • talknic
      January 22, 2016, 12:50 am

      @ Kris.

      Indeed. “land Palestinians seek for a state” = Land over which Israel has no legal right

    • Sibiriak
      January 22, 2016, 1:45 am

      @Kris Great point. “ Land Palestinians seek for a state”promotes the thoroughly discredited notion that the land in question is “disputed territory” not occupied Palestinian territory.

    • Talkback
      January 22, 2016, 9:22 am

      More lies from Reuters:

      “The Palestinians want to establish an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East War.”

      The Palestinians want the Israeli belligerent occupation of their (UN recognized) state to end.

  7. Ossinev
    January 22, 2016, 8:22 am

    The cartoon is excellent. It would be great if Carlos Latuff could compile a collection of these cartoons relating to the Palestinian situation in book form. Would be banned in Israel of course but the ROTW would learn and benefit.

  8. Sycamores
    January 22, 2016, 9:21 am

    Carlos Latuff Cartoon is brilliant as well as highlighting Israel theft of Palestinian land it could also double as a BDS Caterpillar poster.

    • rugal_b
      January 22, 2016, 10:08 am

      He is a good artist, but calling him brilliant is too much. All he does is illustrate rather basic anti-Israel arguments into neat little cartoons. To be honest, if I could draw, I’m sure I can produce better cartoons by illustrating the top comments from any random Facebook article on the IP conflict.

      • eljay
        January 22, 2016, 11:47 am

        || rugal_b: He is a good artist, but calling him brilliant is too much. All he does is illustrate rather basic anti-Israel arguments into neat little cartoons. … ||

        I don’t know if he is brilliant, but IMO this cartoon – King Bibi depicted as soulless machinery that devours Palestinian homes and shits out Israeli settlements – is brilliant.

        || … To be honest, if I could draw, I’m sure I can produce better cartoons by illustrating the top comments from any random Facebook article on the IP conflict. ||

        That’s a cop-out. You don’t need drawing skills any more advanced than stick-figures to create clever – or even brilliant – cartoons: xkcd

      • Mooser
        January 22, 2016, 11:48 am

        To be honest, if I could draw, I’m sure I can produce better cartoons”

        Ah, the ineffable, chimerical, “rugal b” is sure!

      • Sycamores
        January 22, 2016, 2:48 pm

        Hi rugal_b

        the brilliance of this cartoon is that within one glance you understand the message without an explanation.
        when basic is relevant i see no problem with that.
        Illustrating a political message might be harder then you think.

  9. bintbiba
    January 22, 2016, 10:17 am

    Great idea, Sycamores !

  10. pmb1414
    January 22, 2016, 1:38 pm

    The US government alone has the power to stop Israeli expansion, and the only path to that end is to stop all military aid cold turkey. In order for that to happen, there must be the political will to do so, and we know from experience and observation that ain’t gonna happen, certainly in our lifetimes. America is not an honest broker for peace- we have repeatedly proven that, and the Israeli government cannot be shamed into reform- they have proven that.
    Thanks to Mondoweiss, If Americans Knew, JVP and others, we are making a dent in the public’s awareness of Israeli human rights violations, but it will take generations for real change. Just my humble opinion.

  11. James Canning
    January 22, 2016, 1:44 pm

    This political cartoon should be on the front page of the NYT. But I am not holding my breath.

    And foolish US politicians continue to encourage Israel’s insane illegal colonization of the occupied West Bank.

  12. diasp0ra
    January 22, 2016, 1:48 pm

    They’re walking into a one state solution through their own arrogance, they think they will be able to stall and stall forever.

    De Klerk has a quote on this from an interview:

    “What I supported as a younger politician was exactly what the whole world now supports for Israel and Palestine, namely separate nation states will be the solution. In our case we failed. There were three main reasons. We failed because the whites wanted too much land for themselves. We failed because the majority of blacks said this is not how we want our political rights. And we failed because we became economically totally integrated. We became an economic omelet and you can never again divide an omelet into the white and the yellow of the egg.”

    Keep beating the eggs, Bibi, you think you’re making Israel stronger but you’re only bringing it to its knees in the long run.

    • Talkback
      January 23, 2016, 3:20 am

      I now fully support Zionism. It’s the tantric way to get rid of it.

    • WeAreAllMadeOfStars
      January 23, 2016, 10:20 am

      @ diasp0ra : I wish you were right … but I wouldn’t be so optimistic. Making the life of the Palestinian people unbearable small steps by small steps, harassing them, killing them on a daily basis is what has been going on for nearly 50 years. And I hate to add : successfully ! In short more and more land, absolutely NO sanctions whatsoever and sadly no halt in sight. It is called quiet deportation.
      The zionists don’t care if it was to take another 50 years to extinct the question of Palestine by making the indigenous Palestinian people such a minority no one would care about anymore.
      The SA analogy does not work here. SA had no way to expel the Black people. The Whites were always to be a minority.
      Add the recent comments of a Massoud Barzani about a total redraw of the current Middle East maps , the tearing apart of Syria which would benefit Israel (among others).
      The zionists are arrogant and despicable, yes but they are powerful and clever.

      • diasp0ra
        January 23, 2016, 11:16 am

        @WeAreAll

        “Making the life of the Palestinian people unbearable small steps by small steps, harassing them, killing them on a daily basis is what has been going on for nearly 50 years. And I hate to add : successfully ! In short more and more land, absolutely NO sanctions whatsoever and sadly no halt in sight. It is called quiet deportation.”

        This was also carried out in South Africa. It took nearly a century for people to start paying attention there, and then even more decades for concrete sanctions. If anything, the BDS movement for Palestine has been much quicker to form and is gaining traction faster thanks to the new media environment.

        “The zionists don’t care if it was to take another 50 years to extinct the question of Palestine by making the indigenous Palestinian people such a minority no one would care about anymore”

        This is impossible, we aren’t going to disappear. Unlike in 1948, the cat is out of the bag, there is too much focus on this issue and the Palestinians (in historical Palestine) outnumber Israeli Jews already (or are about to). If anything, criticism of Israel is growing daily and it has never been so isolated thanks to their arrogant leadership and Israeli society’s growing right wing fascist leanings.

        “The SA analogy does not work here. SA had no way to expel the Black people. The Whites were always to be a minority. ”

        You are mistaken, the SA analogy is quite fitting, honestly. The Bantustans are exactly what the West Bank and Gaza represent. Keep in mind that South Africa did not consider citizens of the Bantustans to be South African, and they did in fact expel or “relocate” a massive amount of Black residents to the Bantustans to maintain a white majority in what they considered “South Africa”.

        People underestimate the Bantustans, they were set up to be independent nations (in theory), they were not to be considered as part of South Africa, just like the West Bank and Gaza are not considered part of Israel. They were given their own fake leadership and own laws and constitutions and nationalities to give the illusion of independence and separation. (even though they were totally under the control of South Africa, ring any bells?)

        90% and 50%+ are indeed different, but it’s still a minority controlling a majority. Israel cannot expel every Palestinian, even though they try through legislature and other means.

        The main difference to the South African situation is that Apartheid was at some point widely rejected, whilst Zionism so far has not been. This will change with time, at least the idea of an essential Jewish majority, and I believe we’re beginning to see a paradigm shift in that regard. Talks of a one state solution were impossible a couple of decades ago, now more and more people are bringing it up.

      • lysias
        January 23, 2016, 11:55 am

        There’s no reason the fact that it is a majority that is tyrannizing over a minority somehow excuses the tyrannizing. Slaves were a minority in the antebellum South, and blacks were a minority in the Jim Crow South. Catholics have been a minority in Northern Ireland. Jews were a tiny minority in Nazi Germany.

      • Sycamores
        January 24, 2016, 12:49 am

        WeAreAllMadeOfStars

        don’t give in to despair

        i read this piece by Michael Sfard

        One day the occupation will end. It will probably happen in one fell swoop. … One day the occupation will end, because regimes of this kind are not viable. They are bound to fall, because regimes of suppression, almost by definition, are unstable. … One day the occupation will end, just as apartheid in South Africa was vanquished, as the Berlin Wall fell, without anyone expecting those events even shortly before they occurred.

        link to normanfinkelstein.com

      • Mooser
        January 24, 2016, 12:00 pm

        The Sfard article is a very good example of a what’s called
        (by me) “capitulation Hasbara“. He says great stuff like “bound to fall” and “not viable”.
        But if you read it, what he is expecting, and wants us to expect, is magic. A magic solution.
        “Capitulation Hasbara“. You’ll be seeing a lot of it.

      • MHughes976
        January 24, 2016, 2:21 pm

        I think that this is the battle that will decide the future of the ME. No one human group has ever kept another of comparable size in subjection for ever and ever. So the plan must be make the Palestians decline to the point where many will accept a ‘generous’ resettlement scheme and a small, culturally acceptable remnant can settle down to being favoured and subsidised, with scholars from round the world (in a nightmare vision) competing to give the Museum of Palestine Annual Lecture, which will always be sternly critical of Israel. All this would be part of a rather grotesque, but absolutely necessary, ‘proof’ of being on a higher moral plane than certain other violent powers in world history.
        I have been convinced that this plan was not even beginning to work and that the enormous resources it would need are nowhere to hand. So I was disturbed to see Weareallmadeofstars’ remarks. Is there hard evidence that the plan is indeed beginning to work?

  13. SQ Debris
    January 23, 2016, 2:47 pm

    The equation hasn’t changed since the 1940s: Displace and replace.

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