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Israeli forces have demolished every home in the Bedouin village of Khirbet Taha in the northern West Bank district of Nablus during three separate demolitions since the start of the year.

Unlike most Bedouin villages, the residents in Khirbet Taha own their own land. However that land falls in Area C, territory in the occupied West Bank under full Israeli control.

The village’s only school was also destroyed, leaving children to study in a dilapidated 100-year-old mosque — the only structure left standing in the village.

According the United Nations, Israel has demolished half as many Palestinian buildings in the first few months of 2016, as they had in all of 2015. In February alone, the UN found that more Palestinians homes were destroyed than any other month since 2009, when the organization began its documentation.

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  1. Blownaway on April 4, 2016, 1:13 pm

    No need to worry the US is on it they are extremely disturbed by it.

    • Kay24 on April 4, 2016, 1:40 pm

      I am sure Obama and the members of Congress are having sleepless nights about it, wondering how to make the criminals accountable.

      These are house wrecking terrorists, they kill, steal, and demolish, they are the marauding zionists of the ME.

  2. Kay24 on April 4, 2016, 1:45 pm

    A little late for that April fools joke, but Booby man makes an effort to be funny:

    Netanyahu Says He Again Invites Abbas to Meet and Will Clear His Calendar
    Israeli PM was responding to an interview the Palestinian president gave Channel 2 in which he claimed Israel rejected meeting offer; ‘My door is always open for those who want to pursue peace with Israel,’ Netanyahu says.
    read more:

    What a hoot!

    • eljay on April 4, 2016, 2:01 pm

      … “I heard that President Abbas said if I invite him to meet, he will come,” the Israeli prime minister said Monday. “I am inviting him again.” so that I can wipe him off the map “I will clear my schedule this week and any day he can come I will be here. … My door is always open for those who want to” fellate the donkey “pursue peace with Israel.” …

      • Kay24 on April 4, 2016, 9:04 pm

        Here is Nutty Netty unplugged and unhinged:

        WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed on Monday that he does not envision a two-state solution for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories any time soon.

        During a parliamentary committee meeting, Netanyahu told members of the Knesset that he has no current plans to surrender control of the occupied West Bank to the Palestinians as part of a peace agreement. “At this time, we need to control all of the territory for the foreseeable future,” he told lawmakers, reported Haaretz.

        Netanyahu accused members of the opposition government, who have lobbied for renewed two-state solution negotiations, of indulging in an unrealistic fantasy.

        “You think there is a magic wand here, but I disagree,” he told them. “I’m asked if we will forever live by the sword – yes.” Huffingtonpost

        The magic wand is always provided by the US.

    • oldgeezer on April 4, 2016, 3:24 pm


      Yeah but nutty has also said that he isn’t prepared to discuss anything to do with a peace agreement until Palestinian incitement is discussed first. So Abbas is correct really.

      I think incitement should be discussed. Nutty specifically and the Israeli leadership (both political and relgious) need to be a part of that discussion. Israeli incitement has included outright calls for genocide and war crimes. A disgusting gang of thugs the lot of them.

      • Kay24 on April 4, 2016, 8:58 pm

        True that. But isn’t it ironic those calls for genocide, bombing Gaza back to the stone age, and calling Palestinians snakes and beasts, seem to be muted, ignored, and in the US, accepted?

        Calling them thugs is putting it mildly.

  3. Ossinev on April 4, 2016, 2:08 pm

    JSIL frantically trying to overtake its main rival North Korea as the “most hated country on earth.”

    Expect more of the same in the weeks,months and years to come as it takes lots and lots of practice to earn the Feccia della Società ranking points – despite the majority of Jewish Israelis seemingly being naturals. They may also have to up their game a bit for example by finding more defenceless Palestinians to shoot in the head.

  4. MaxNarr on April 4, 2016, 2:22 pm

    Let’s be clear, every home in Kfar Darom was destroyed on no one on this website batted an eye. Who will help to rebuild Homesh?

    • talknic on April 4, 2016, 7:08 pm

      @ MaxNarr April 4, 2016, 2:22 pm

      “Let’s be clear, every home in Kfar Darom was destroyed …” … by the Israeli Government

      Let’s be clear, they were illegally built in non-Israeli territory

      “… no one on this website batted an eye”

      Go whine to the people responsible for A) building the illegal settlement and B) encouraging Israeli Jews to break International Law

      ” Who will help to rebuild Homesh?”

      Only a complete f*ckwit would want to re-commit a crime and only a completely ignorant rrrrrsol would suggest it

      • eljay on April 5, 2016, 8:18 am

        || talknic: … Only a complete f*ckwit would want to re-commit a crime and only a completely ignorant rrrrrsol would suggest it ||

        Seven letters? Starts with “M” and ends with “rr”(sol)?

    • Marnie on April 5, 2016, 1:40 am

      Let’s be clear….hmm, oh right, that was Mark Regev’s segue before beginning his speeches justifying israel’s war crimes. I started laughing as soon as I read your post – thanks for that.

    • Talkback on April 5, 2016, 8:13 am

      MaxNarr: “Let’s be clear, every home in Kfar Darom was destroyed on no one on this website batted an eye.”

      Of course not. ALL the settlements have to be dismantled according to international law. Read Security Council Resolution 466 (1980) which was UNANIMOUSLY adopted (including the US).:
      “6. Strongly deplores the continuation and persistence of Israel in pursuing those policies and practices and calls upon the Government and people of Israel to rescind those measures, to dismantle the existing settlements and in particular to cease, on an urgent basis, the establishment, construction and planning of settlements in the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem;”

      MaxNarr: “Who will help to rebuild Homesh?”

      That’s a tough one. You would need someone who 1.) has (also) acquired Israeli citizenship 2) is Jewish and 3.) is willing to settle in occupied territory which is considered to be a war crime in the post Nazi era. So what are the odds to find such a war criminal? It’s nearly impossible.

    • bryan on April 5, 2016, 2:14 pm

      Not as well-versed in the geography of US bases as you are Max – but was this not an illegal military outpost, later converted to a den of religious fundamentalists, that was later dismantled by the Israeli government in order to entrench colonialist control of the West Bank? Please explain the complicity of Mondoweiss readers. Thanks.

  5. Boomer on April 4, 2016, 3:57 pm

    The governor of Connecticut just received the JFK “Profile in Courage” award for taking in Syrian refugees.

    I wonder when an American politician will propose taking in Palestinian refugees? The U.S. is complicit in creating their need for a refuge; surely justice demands that we provide them a new place to live.

    • Blownaway on April 4, 2016, 6:42 pm

      No thanks boomer we ain’t going anywhere…

      • Boomer on April 11, 2016, 8:37 pm

        re Blownaway’s comment: “No thanks boomer we ain’t going anywhere…”

        I didn’t realize that you are a Palestinians who lives in occupied Palestine. Of course, I wouldn’t suggest that those of you who don’t wish to come to the U.S. should be obliged to do so; I just believe that the U.S.–having helped Israel to help itself to your homes and homeland–should feel obliged to extend the offer to those of you who wish to come.

  6. JWalters on April 4, 2016, 5:46 pm

    It looks like Israel is daring the world to start a war with it, much like Hitler did. Such a war, like WWII, would be highly profitable to some people. There is no evidence that war profiteers, even Jewish ones, have any interest in protecting Jewish lives.

    • xanadou on April 4, 2016, 10:38 pm

      Perhaps replacing ‘Jewish’ with ‘Israeli’ and/or “Zionists” might be more accurate.

      Many in the diaspora may not have the intellectual wherewithal or moral courage to appreciate and oppose what their psycho co-religionists are doing, but they are not the one’s in the caterpillar cabs “just carrying out the orders” or pulling the trigger.

  7. JLewisDickerson on April 4, 2016, 6:25 pm

    Isreal is prepping (i.e., preparing) Area C for the time when it can be formally incorporated into Israel proper (by Israeli proclamation and/or by annexation in the event Israel decides annexation is necessary in the case “disputed territories”). In the meantime, Area C is methodically being informally incorporated into Israel.
    The E.U. clearly doesn’t like it, but aside from occasional weak/ineffectual attempts at pushback, there isn’t really much they can do about it.
    The U.S. pretends it isn’t even going on, relieving them of any need to object. When the formal incorporation finally occurs (by Israeli proclamation or annexation), the U.S. will merely feign surprise.

    • Blownaway on April 4, 2016, 6:44 pm

      That’s when we can truly dispense with the facade of a peace process and shift global energies to BDS to end apartheid with a real democracy one man one vote. No place for US EU peace process industry to hide

    • jd65 on April 5, 2016, 10:52 am

      JLewisDickerson: When the formal incorporation finally occurs (by Israeli proclamation or annexation), the U.S. will merely feign surprise.

      Right. Or… The U.S. won’t even feign surprise (which I don’t really think it does anymore…) and it will react the same way it does to every other Israeli provocation/crime: Give milktoast lip service to it damaging the prospects for peace, call it regretful, while simultaneously couching the maneuver in rhetoric of Israel’s need for security and Palestinians needing to recognize the right of Israel to exist, etc. Then proceed to support the full annexation in every other meaningful way. This move will be Israel writing home to Mommy and Daddy from their Junior year in college: Having a great time and getting decent grades. Still haven’t decided on my major. But I’m pretty close. Please send money and bombs. Love you, Israel.

  8. Citizen on April 4, 2016, 10:24 pm

    Israel does what it wants–what’s a Bedouin village? Who will object that has any clout? Israel’s high court OK’d digging quarries in the West Bank although it clearly violates international law. It’s gave a three year license to Genie Oil, an American company, to exploit oil found in the Golan Heights.

  9. Kay24 on April 5, 2016, 7:51 am

    Aww, let us all sympathize with poor ole Israel:

    Israel says Mideast arms proliferation imperils its military edge

    “Israel’s neighbors are buying arms on a scale that threatens its regional military superiority, the deputy Israeli air force chief said on Sunday, in remarks that appeared aimed at helping secure more defense aid from a reluctant Washington.

    U.S. military payouts to Israel, currently around $3 billion annually, expire in 2018, and Israeli officials have spoken of needing around $4.5 billion. U.S. officials have balked at such an increase.

    At the heart of the dispute is how to perpetuate Israel’s qualitative military edge – a guarantee that it gets more advanced U.S. weapons than Arab states get. Israel says it needs to bulk up its armed forces, not just upgrade their technologies, to keep ahead of potential foes.”

    The zionists are too full of themselves to realize that you keep your neighbors, one day there will be a day of reckoning. It seems they are feeling a bit insecure. What goes around comes around. Some nations in that region, do not rely on US aid to have bragging rights.

    • Kay24 on April 5, 2016, 7:56 am

      Or this could be yet another ploy by their nutty leader, to play victim, and get more aid their greedy hearts desire. They want MORE and MORE….

    • eljay on April 5, 2016, 8:31 am

      || Kay24: … The zionists are too full of themselves to realize that you keep your neighbors, one day there will be a day of reckoning. It seems they are feeling a bit insecure. What goes around comes around. … ||

      Zio-supremacists believe that Jews are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them. So they’ve spent the last ~70 years undermining international laws and human rights – crapping on the very protections of justice and accountability that they will one day need and insist they are entitled to.

      One of the really sad things about all this is the dis-service they’ve done to non-Zionist Jews by conflating Judaism and all Jews with their unjust, immoral, colonialist, (war) criminal and supremacist “Jewish State” project.

      I just can’t understand why Zio-supremacists hate Jews so much.

      • Kay24 on April 5, 2016, 11:48 am

        Yes, it seems the zio supremacists have monopolized the Jewish name, tarring all with the same brush, so that any criticism against zionists/zionism will be met with howls of anti-semitism.
        The zio supremacists have hijacked the name and have totally misrepresented the nation too.

  10. tod77 on April 7, 2016, 12:17 pm

    For anyone interested on reading up on this, the village is called Khirbet Tana (not Taha).

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