Sunday, March 13, 2011

Earthquakes destroy lives: Israelis do it with bulldozers

If you would like to donate money to help the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami, you can do so through the Red Cross. If you are a writer you can contribute books and critiquing services to an online auction organised by Keris Stainton here. Once it’s all set up, if you’re a would-be writer you can bid for critiquing services, and if you’re a reader you can bid for signed copies of books.
While the eyes of the world are understandably turned on the disaster in Japan, Israel has chosen this weekend to announce their approval of the building of hundreds of homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank. This is illegal under international law.
Building new settlements sounds rather cosy, doesn’t it? What it MEANS is stealing the land from Palestinians, bulldozing their homes, destroying their livelihoods, chopping down their olive trees, and stealing their water supplies.
Nearly half a million Jews live in more than 100 settlements built since Israel's 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
And it bears saying it again: these Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

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