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Israeli ministers pledge to settle ‘2 million Jews’ in West Bank as gov’t approves 1000s more units in the heart of Palestinian communities

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Israel has approved some 4,000 new settlement units as part of a massive settlement project spanning across occupied East Jerusalem and into West Jerusalem, Israeli media reported.

Jerusalem’s planning and construction committee approved the project earlier this week, paving the way for 4,416 housing new units in the city.

According to local reports, units will be built in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina, 464 in the Gilo settlement which is built on the lands of the Beit Jala town in Bethlehem, and 480 units in the West Jerusalem neighborhoods of Kiryat Yuval and Kiryat Menachem.

“This is happy news for me and young couples in the city of Jerusalem,” Jerusalem’s mayor Moshe Lion said.

“We will increase housing units and bring back the youth to their home. This is the beginning, and soon Jerusalem’s sky will be filled with cranes.”

The settlement project will also reportedly see the expansion of the occupied West Bank industrial zone of Atarot, located in the central district of Ramallah.

The news comes just two weeks after reports that dozens of Israeli ministers and senior lawmakers from Netanyahu’s Likud and other right-wing parties signed a petition to promote a settlement plan that would settle 2 million Jews in the occupied West Bank.

According to the Jewish News Syndicate (JNS), among the people who signed the declaration were Israel’s ministers for justice, education, transportation, tourism, environmental protection and Jerusalem affairs, public security, culture, communications, immigration, and social equality.

The movement’s declaration reads: “I hereby commit to be loyal to the land of Israel, not to cede one inch of our inheritance from our forefathers. I hereby commit to act to realize the settlement plan for the settlement of 2 million Jews in Judea and Samaria…as well as to encourage and lead the redemption of all the lands throughout Judea and Samaria. I commit to act to cancel the declaration of two states for two peoples and replace it with the stately declaration: ‘The land of Israel: One country for one people.’ ”

JNS quoted the so-called Nahala movement in a statement, saying the signing of the petition ahead of the elections “constitutes an ideological and ethical loyalty test for the various contenders.”

There are an estimated 622,000 Israeli settlers living in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in settlements that are considered illegal under international law.
Many of the settlements are built on privately owned Palestinian lands, with investigations finding that nearly all West Bank land deals for the settlements are forged.

Israeli settlers often move to the occupied territory for political and religious reasons, with many regarding themselves as inhabiting a land that is rightfully theirs — and staking their claim to that land through violence against Palestinians and their property.

Yumna Patel

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  1. Maximus Decimus Meridius on February 24, 2019, 2:17 pm

    Apart from the blatant illegality of it all, one question springs to mind: Where are these ‘2 million Jews’ going to come from? That’s nearly a third of the entire Jewish population of Israel, and about 4 times the number of Jews who live in the ‘settlements’. Are they anticipating mass immigration or something equally daft?

    • just on February 24, 2019, 4:12 pm

      I wondered the same thing! I also wonder if the willfully stupid ‘world’ will stand by nonchalantly as this (and other) illegality and sin is perpetrated on Palestinian land. All the ‘world’ has done thus far is to mutter tsk- tsk and avert their senses from international law, decency, justice, and so much more. They continue to whistle past the graveyards and remain complicit in these many crimes.

      One more thing~ those Israeli designed buildings are ugly. Really ugly.

    • JWalters on February 24, 2019, 6:46 pm

      Looks to me like they’re trying to steal as much land as possible while they have Trump running interference for them.

    • RoHa on February 24, 2019, 8:51 pm

      “Where are these ‘2 million Jews’ going to come from?”

      Well, he was quoted as saying “soon Jerusalem’s sky will be filled with cranes.” Perhaps that was a mistranslation for “storks”.

    • Misterioso on February 25, 2019, 9:58 am


      Precisely. It’s more Zionist bull crap.
      Also, Jewish immigration to “Israel” is plummeting and emigration is soaring.

      What reasonably intelligent and informed Jew, especially youth, would want to live in racist, illegal/brutal occupier “Israel?” Only indoctrinated Zionist zealots who always have their American or other country’s pass port in their back pocket.

    • mondonut on February 25, 2019, 2:02 pm

      Where are these ‘2 million Jews’ going to come from?

      This is hardly a mystery. Israel’s population has increased by 1.25 million in the past 10 years, it may take some time but eventually natural growth alone will take care of it.

      • amigo on February 25, 2019, 4:50 pm

        “Israel’s population has increased by 1.25 million in the past 10 years,” mondonut.

        Well I bet a clever little Irish Catholic boy such as yourself could clarify for us if the 700,000 illegal squatters living on stolen Palestinian land and those squatters on occupied Syrian Heights are included in your numbers.

        But I forget , Israel has declared those occupied areas as Israeli territory , so that,s it then , eh boyo.

        Sad to see a Catholic Irish boy in the payroll of zionist elements and supporting War Crimes.

        Tut Tut.

      • mondonut on February 25, 2019, 5:14 pm

        @Amigo, Well I bet a clever little Irish Catholic boy such as yourself could clarify

        Sorry, creepy stalker dude. That’s off-topic and of no interest to me. But if you actually want to know (I doubt it), feel free to look it up yourself.

      • amigo on February 25, 2019, 7:29 pm

        “Sorry, creepy stalker dude.”mondonut

        My , that sounds very adolescent.Do you have an adult supervising you.

        “That’s off-topic and of no interest to me.” mondonut

        What,s of no interest to you.International Law.

        Bet the Christian brothers didn,t teach you to ignore laws.You been hanging around zios too long mnut.

        “But if you actually want to know (I doubt it), feel free to look it up yourself.”Mondonut (the altar boy)

        You offer me a goi website.

      • mondonut on February 25, 2019, 8:52 pm

        @amigo You offer me a goi website

        Yep, it is truly shocking that Israeli government statistics, the only correct source on Israeli population growth, would be found on a goi website.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on February 26, 2019, 6:08 am

        ” Israel’s population has increased by 1.25 million in the past 10 years”

        Ah, but were these the ‘right’ sort of Israelis? Or were some of them of the ethnicity deemed less than worthless by the Israeli state?

        BTW I wouldn’t be crowing about the benefits of population growth in ‘Israel’. It’s a small piece of land with few resources, ‘making the desert bloom’ or no. Water is in particularly short supply, a reason for at least some attempts at expansionism. So where are these 2 million happy ethically correct squatters going to get their water from?

  2. amigo on February 24, 2019, 4:02 pm

    When can we expect to see the Borders of this ,”‘The land of Israel: One country for one people.’ ””.

    And what are they going to do about those who are not part of the “One People”.

    Btw , who is going to build all these illegal squats.

    Are they going to allow Hordes of Arab Terrorists to enter Israel and drive all the Jews into the sea.Or alternatively bring in workers from the Phillipines/Turkey or Africa who will be witnesses to the crimes that occur on an hourly basis.

    Israel is becoming more of a cluster f–k by the minute.

    Tic tic.

    • Andrew Keith on February 24, 2019, 7:20 pm

      “And what are they going to do about those who are not part of the ‘One People’.”

      The same thing they have been doing for almost 100 years, eliminate them from the land, either by murder, ethnic cleansing, or cordoning them off in open air prisons. The Zionists will hope that the Palestinians become so miserable that they will emigrate.

      While this is happening, people like Naftali Bennett, the smiling face of pure evil, will cry crocodile tears and tell the world that he wants to improve the Palestinians’s lives.

    • mondonut on February 25, 2019, 2:04 pm

      @amigo, When can we expect to see the Borders…

      As has been pointed out numerous times, Israel has declared borders with each and every adjacent country.

      • amigo on February 25, 2019, 4:40 pm

        And as has been pointed out numerous times , just because Israel declares a border , doesn,t make it legal.

        Problem with our little Catholic Irish Boy (so mondonut claims)is that he swapped his Catholic upbringing for zionism and now supports war crimes.Do you parents know what their offspring is up to.

      • mondonut on February 25, 2019, 5:27 pm

        @amigo, just because Israel declares a border , doesn,t make it legal.

        You mean according to your self-invented standard that borders have to be internationally approved? That you would apply to the Jewish state and only the Jewish state?

      • echinococcus on February 25, 2019, 7:14 pm

        The Nut spewing nonsense again. An occupier on other people’s land cannot have “borders”; international approval by bandits cannot confer any legitimacy to that kind of nonsense. Shoo. Get an individual residence permit from the Palestinian people, if they want to grant it in the absence of any threat or duress, or get out.

        And anyone here advocating for Zionist invaders to remain, without having consulted the free collective of Palestinian people, shame on you.

      • amigo on February 25, 2019, 7:41 pm

        “You mean according to your self-invented standard that borders have to be internationally approved? That you would apply to the Jewish state and only the Jewish state?”mondonutter

        Don,t be thick mondonut,

        International laws apply to everyone.You are the one claiming that the zionist apartheid entity can ignore any law it does not like.

        Grow up kid.

      • mondonut on February 25, 2019, 8:56 pm

        @amigo International laws apply to everyone.

        Who said anything about International law (which does not define borders)? Your claim is that borders have to receive International approval – which in made up nonsense of course, it is just something you choose to invoke against the Jewish state.

      • mondonut on February 25, 2019, 9:01 pm

        @echinococcus Get an individual residence permit from the Palestinian people

        Holy crap. And here I thought amigo was the nuttiest on borders. You would not even consider the border between Israel and Egypt, agreed by treaty and undisputed, to be a border because they do not have a note from the Palestinians?

      • oldgeezer on February 25, 2019, 9:39 pm


        “You are the one claiming that the zionist apartheid entity can ignore any law it does not like.”

        That’s not really true amigo.

        It is the rogue state of Israel which claims that it is exceptional and not bound by the laws that govern the rest of the 99.992% of us.

        mondo is merely an ignorant mindless sycophant.

        I guess he gets a thrill from Israel’s abuse of children.

      • Mooser on February 26, 2019, 12:16 pm

        “Problem with our little Catholic Irish Boy (so mondonut claims)”

        IIRC, “Mondonut” stated he was an American citizen of Irish Catholic origins, several generations ago.

  3. Maghlawatan on February 24, 2019, 8:01 pm

    Zionism is out of control

    The Jewish community always insisted it could manage

    It is undeniable, however, that over the past three months the movement has grown to take in wider grievances and, hardened by ultra-left and extreme-right agitators, now rails against the “elite”, the powerful, bankers and the media often with conspiracy theories that echo the antisemitic tropes about a powerful global Jewish cabal.

    Finkielkraut, who has previously expressed support for the protests, does not believe that he was attacked by “ordinary” gilets jaunes, but he has not been reassured by the political response.

    “The future looks dark for two reasons,” he said. “Immigration continues to spread and the more it does, the more assimilation becomes difficult. Plus the school system has collapsed in France and does not play its role in integration. Then we have an extremely worrying convergence of the extreme left and intellectuals.”

    Finkielkraut says he is particularly concerned about Britain’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has the support of Mélenchon. Last year, the French politician was described by CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, as “a danger to democracy”.

    “Jeremy Corbyn is at the doors of power. If he gets into 10 Downing Street it will be the first time in post-Hitler Europe that a great nation would be led by a leader who quite clearly has antisemitic tendencies,” Finkielkraut said. “And that for me is a very great worry.”

    And Israel is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest this year

    A wonderful focus of polarisation


    2014 Gaza war, 546 Palestinian children murdered by the occupation. There was no space left in the morgues for the child martyrs, so there was no option but to place their bodies in ice-cream freezers

    #BoycottEurovision2019 #Eurovision2019

  4. Kay24 on February 25, 2019, 3:06 am

    Every time the scumbags blatantly steal lands for their illegal homes, the Palestinians must feel someone reached in and snatched their hearts away. What a sad situation.

    I guess AIPAC, rich American zionists, and all the zionist loving members of Congress, who keep aiding, and supporting, the criminals in Israel, must be proud. So what doe Bari Weiss, Dershowitz, and Brett Stephens, say about this crime? Will they blame the victims for this too?
    They should stop pretending that Israel does not deserve some rockets and stones sent it’s way.
    They should stop pretending to have memory lapses, when they ignore the fully valid reasons the Palestinians have to resist and protest – the occupation, land theft, and killing of civilians.
    They should stop pretending that the BDS movement have no reasons to boycott the criminal nation, but acknowledge Israel deserves to be boycotted, and treated like a pariah nation.

    How are the Palestinians supposed to protest the wrong done to them? Peaceful protests do not seem to work either, since we have seen snipers being used to kill unarmed kids on a daily basis, and those killed included medical staff and journalists. That okay with America? Apparently Yes.

  5. just on February 25, 2019, 9:10 am

    Daniel Landes has something to say:

    “I Told Meir Kahane: You and Louis Farrakhan Both Raise Money the Same Way – by Attacking Jews …

    The embrace of the Kahanist Otzma Yehudit (“Jewish Power”) by the venerable Habayit Hayehudi party is not a staggering move, as some suppose.

    Once the flagship of religious Zionism, Habayit Hayehudi now stands for a pernicious nationalism; its particularism has become paranoia, its self-regard is now unmitigated self-righteousness, its love for others has turned into a hatred of the other.

    Kahanism’s spirit already permeates the camp; the political deal signed between the two parties has simply formalized their symbiotic relationship.

    Habayit Hayehudit descended from the defunct religious Zionist Party, or Mafdal. It had two founding objectives: to maintain government-funded Orthodox schooling, and to keep control of the Chief Rabbinate which, in Israel, decides who’s a Jew.

    Once both raison d’etres were met, religious Zionism began to decline. But then, especially after 1967, religious Zionism seized upon the elevation of one piece of its Jewish inheritance: particularism – to the exclusion of the other (the goyim).

    That particularism was present from the start, in the writings of the movement’s key master thinker, (Rav Abraham Isaac Kook, 1865-1935), whose moral, universalist teachings were soon eclipsed by another prominent strand of his thinking: the sanctification, even deification, of the Land and the People.

    His legacy, as advanced by religious Zionism, is a hypermessianic ideology which claims legitimacy by appearing as a classic manifestation of Zionist activism: its divine endorsement is evident, in religious Zionism’s own eyes, by the successful “flowering” of Jewish national redemption in which it participates – the territories captured and settled, the primacy of the Jewish people established.

    Habayit Hayehudit is thus the latest example of how a radical, if not extremist, religious movement becomes institutionalized.

    Witness the casual racism of Israeli yeshivat hesder students with hatred of Arabs as a norm.

    Witness how, in this camp, the Shabbat prayer for the State of Israel, seen as the ultimate evidence of an ongoing redemptive process, vies (and often surpasses) in duration and intensity with the musaf kedushah – the Holiness Prayer, the elevated moment in classic Jewish worship.

    Witness the wide embrace of the “Jewish first” declaration of the Nation State Law, without any concern for its impact on “the [non-Jewish] minority,” who are left bereft of a stake in the identity and progress of the country.

    At the center of all this is the lack of an articulated Orthodox theology of tolerance, justice, and yashrut(integrity and decency) regarding our place “within the nations” and the place of “the nations within us.”

    The relationship of the far-right Otzma Yehudit with Habayit Hayehudiis dialectical. Kahanism, its supremacism and racism, was always the bad sibling, but it was never fully rejected by religious Zionism.

    “Yes,” religious Zionists claim, “they went too far, they’re embarrassing, and they are not controllable; but it’s good to have them – you need someone tough and crazy in a fight. After all, we don’t really want Arabs in Hebron, do we?” …

    Two weeks later, Kahane was assassinated in New York at his own rally because he refused a police request to put up an electronic gate, believing it would prevent his own armed thugs from entering. That story offers a critical lesson: when you give up on moral gatekeeping, on red lines, you can never know who comes through the gate.

    Make no mistake, the Kahanists are the ones now in control in Habayit Hayehudi and in religious Zionism. More moderate leaders, in nature and practice, will now try to ease their discomfort by pointing to some alleged moderation by the students of Meir Kahane. Or they’ll say that we need them for the fight.

    But the truth is that extremists tend to the extreme. And Orthodoxy’s dominant strategy these days follows that line.

    Habayit Hayehudi, you will be consumed by the Kahanists. Soon, they’ll be declaring that you’re actually “leftists” when you put up even weak moral opposition to one of their murderous plans that constitute a suicide of Jewish values.

    The Kahanists, their accomplices and their contaminating influence will only be stopped by religious Zionist leaders declaring their absolute moral condemnation; by a weighty loss of votes; and the pulling of Diaspora money for all the institutions that offer support for these parties.

    Any equivocation paves the way for the complete moral destruction of religious Zionism.”

    All Zionism is a rather wicked ideology as practiced and evidenced, imho. And I see nothing at all ‘venerable’ about Habayit Hayehudi. Landes points to the status quo and I agree with him that nothing much will change by opening the doors of the Knesset to more racist supremacists.

    • RoHa on February 26, 2019, 12:31 am

      “Two weeks later, Kahane was assassinated in New York at his own rally because he refused a police request to put up an electronic gate, believing it would prevent his own armed thugs from entering.

      That story offers a critical lesson: when you give up on moral gatekeeping, on red lines, you can never know who comes through the gate.”

      I think that point deserves to be repeated.

  6. just on February 25, 2019, 9:18 am

    And here’s Pompeo:

    “U.S. Won’t Criticize Netanyahu’s Courting of Kahanist Party, Pompeo Says

    ‘We’re not about to get involved in, to interfere in the election of a democracy,’ says U.S. secretary of state …

    … Tapper asked whether it was the responsibility of an ally of Israel to reach out and tell Netanyahu when he is doing something that “violates the values of that relationship, the values of the Jewish state.”

    Pompeo replied: “This administration has been very vocal when we see human rights violations wherever we find them. Friends, foes, adversaries, allies, and we have been very consistent. We do it in different ways and do it in different times. We will certainly continue to do that.””

    B.S.~ What ‘values’, Tapper?

  7. Jejasalo on February 25, 2019, 11:10 am

    Settler colonialism begins unfairly, proceeds unethically, and grows into a hideous monstrosity by the time it has destroyed the indigenous people and ruined beyond despair the lands and cultures it has settled upon.

    • Maghlawatan on February 25, 2019, 2:32 pm

      Palestine on the edge of Muslim
      Asia was a stupid site. Al Andalus didn’t last. Neither did French Algeria

  8. eljay on February 25, 2019, 11:53 am

    … The movement’s declaration reads …

    …like the supremacist pledge it is.

    … I hereby commit to act to realize the settlement plan for the settlement of 2 million Jews in Judea and Samaria …

    And it anti-Semitically “singles out” Jews.

  9. Vera Gottlieb on February 25, 2019, 11:59 am

    And one day – hopefully soon, all this will explode in israel’s face…as it should. The strong whiff of Nazism still permeates that country.

  10. Rashers2 on February 25, 2019, 12:04 pm

    My thoughts on reading this also immediately went to the “two million Jews” to be “settled” in the West Bank. This is approximately one-third of today’s Jewish population of Israel within the `67 borders; or, if Pew’s correct, between a quarter and a fifth of the entire, global Diaspora! This, in a country where net emigration (particularly among the young and most highly-educated) is growing? Where do the politicians believe these new settlers are going to come from? Perhaps India? On his 2017 visit to Mileikowsky, Narendra Modi seemed offer currency to encouraging some of the Cochin and other Indian Jews to make Aliyah, doubtless on the grounds, “They’re-kinda-Jews-that-mighta-had-some-connection-with-the-area-back-in-the-mists-of-time-in-any-case-they’re-not-Hindus-I-don’t-want-`em-in-India-so-you-may-as-well-have-`em.” Oops! Aren’t Indian Jews the wrong colour for the European colonial enterprise of the Jewish State? Courtesy of Yumna Patel’s piece, however, I learned one fact that made me laugh in a rather hollow way: Israel has a Minister for Social Equality – who’d a’ thunk it?
    Israel’s seems to be accelerating unstoppably down the slope of annexing the whole of the OWB and Occupied Al Quds; the boldness, violence and sense of impunity among the hilltoppers and the Temple Mounters has not been higher; – this, today,

  11. pjdude on February 26, 2019, 12:27 am

    this needs to be openly condemned for the war crime it is

  12. Kay24 on February 26, 2019, 7:22 am

    The viciousness continues. US Tax payer money at work. Israeli leaders are sadists and very mean. Don’t the Palestinians have the right to defend themselves and their property?

    “JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers razed dozens of dunams and uprooted hundreds of Palestinian-owned trees, on Monday afternoon, on lands belonging to residents from the Bartaa village, southwest of the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin.

    According to local sources, Israeli forces along with bulldozers stormed the area and began to raze about 28 dunams (6.9 acres) of land. In addition, bulldozers uprooted 300 almond and olive trees.”

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