New Israel settlement homes anger Palestinians

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jewish settlement  under constructionPalestinians have reacted angrily to Israel’s approval of nearly 1,200 new Jewish settlement homes, just days before peace talks are set to resume.

Palestinian negotiators said the approval cast doubt on Israel’s sincerity in the peace process.

Israel’s housing minister said no country in the world would take orders on where it could build its homes.

The issue of building settlements in occupied Palestinian areas halted the last direct talks in September 2010.

About 500,000 Jews live in more than 100 settlements built since Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The Palestinians want to establish their state in those areas, as well as the Gaza Strip.

The settlements are considered illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this.

‘Dangerous policy’
On Sunday, Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel confirmed that 793 apartments would be built in east Jerusalem and 394 in several large West Bank settlements.

Palestinians said the plans brought into question Israel’s commitment to the peace process.

Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayeh said Israel aimed “to destroy the basis of the solution called for by the international community, which aims to establish a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders”.

He accused Israel of trying to “determine the negotiations in whichever way suits it best”.

Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told Reuters: “If the Israeli government believes that every week they’re going to cross a red line by settlement activity, if they go with this behaviour, what they’re advertising is the unsustainability of the negotiations.”

PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi told the BBC: “We believe that Israel is deliberately sending a message to the US, to the rest of the world that regardless of any attempt at launching negotiations, ‘we are going to press ahead with stealing more land, building more settlements and destroying the two-state-solution’.

“This is an extremely dangerous policy, and if left unchecked it certainly would lead to greater conflict and the destruction of all chances of peace.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had previously insisted he would not resume talks without an Israeli settlement freeze, but relented during mediation by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

The BBC’s Kevin Connolly in Jerusalem says Israel’s announcement of the settlement construction may be intended as a sop to right-wing supporters of the government.

They had been angered by the government’s approval of the release of more than 100 Palestinian prisoners – a condition set by the Palestinians for the talks to go ahead. The first group is due to be freed on 13 August.

The negotiations are scheduled to start in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

The latest Israeli settlement approval invites tenders for homes in Har Homa and Gilo, on East Jerusalem’s southern outskirts, and in Pisgat Zeev, on the city’s northern edge.

Tenders will also be invited for Ariel, in the northern West Bank, in Maaleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem, and in Efrata and Beitar Ilit, around Bethlehem.

A housing ministry spokesman told the BBC that construction would begin in one to two years’ time.

Mr Ariel said in a statement: “No country in the world takes orders from other countries [about] where it can build and where it can’t.

“We will continue to market housing and build in the entire country… This is the right thing at the present time, for Zionism and for the economy.”

Jewish settlements on the West Bank are one of the sticking points in the peace talks
Jewish settlements on the West Bank are one of the sticking points in the peace talks

BBC

Top photo: A Jewish  settlement under construction in the west bank

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54 responses to “New Israel settlement homes anger Palestinians”

  1. man-o-war Avatar
    man-o-war

    Why so angry Palestine? You just need to relax and calm down. Nothing is really happening, its just a figment of your imagination. We really just want peace. What’s the problem? We need houses to keep warm and stay out of the rain. Are Jews not allowed houses anymore. We must accommodate natural growth, its the way the world works. We can trade you some land down in the desert, its really nice and quiet. Ok, just focus on my right hand and ignore my left hand. Everything will be alright. Good Palestinians, very good. ; ))

    1. The Israeli settlements are all in Area C (60% of the West Bank) where there are 600,000 Jews and only 48,000 Arabs (only 3% of the West Bank Palestinian population). The construction of houses that are currently being planned won’t take away any land whatsoever from the Arabs who live in the area.

      There are no settlements in Palestinian Authority controlled areas. Your friends are just wolves in sheep’s clothing.

      1. What about the 70000 bedouins that are going to be kicked out for new settlements?

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Somebody doesn’t like the camel-dung all over the place.
          And really, it doesn’t come close to the smell on a pig-farm. But I guess if you’ve gotten rid of pigs, the noses can pick up the camel. 😉

      2. Hannibal Avatar

        like you are a zionist in an FSA clothing? How fitting…

  2. man-o-war Avatar
    man-o-war

    Why so angry Palestine? You just need to relax and calm down. Nothing is really happening, its just a figment of your imagination. We really just want peace. What’s the problem? We need houses to keep warm and stay out of the rain. Are Jews not allowed houses anymore. We must accommodate natural growth, its the way the world works. We can trade you some land down in the desert, its really nice and quiet. Ok, just focus on my right hand and ignore my left hand. Everything will be alright. Good Palestinians, very good. ; ))

    1. cook2half Avatar
      cook2half

      The Israeli settlements are all in Area C (60% of the West Bank) which was mostly Jordanian government land. It was sparsely populated in 1967 and only about 3% of “Palestinians” live there while 97% live in Areas A and B where there are no settlements.

      The construction of houses that are currently being planned won’t take away any land whatsoever from the Arabs who live in the area.

      1. What about the 70000 bedouins that are going to be kicked out for new settlements?

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Somebody doesn’t like the camel-dung all over the place.
          And really, it doesn’t come close to the smell on a pig-farm. 😉

      2. Hannibal Avatar

        like you are a zionist in an FSA clothing? How fitting…

  3. “The issue of building settlements in occupied Palestinian areas”

    When in history did a Palestinian state exist for there to be such a thing as “occupied Palestinian areas” ? the West Bank was captured from Jordan, and before it was part of the British Mandate and before that the Ottoman Empire.

    I think we have an invented people here.

    1. Hannibal Avatar

      Yup you are absolutely positively RIGHT!
      The invented people are the Jewish people: http://www.amazon.com/Invention-Jewish-People-Shlomo-Sand/dp/1844674223

      Shlomo Sand’s book is dead on… You should memorize it!

      1. Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsain in an interview with Dutch newspaper Trouw in March 1977:

        “The Palestinian people do not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese.

        Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.

        For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”

        You should memorize the above, lol :))

        1. Hannibal Avatar

          OMG he knows how to lol… upping one on me…
          Palestinians or Jordanians they are disillusioned about being Arabs.
          As much as zionism invented the Jewish people the Palestinians and others are reviving Arabism falsely so.
          The Levant is a mixture of histories from Turkey to South Palestine. It is stupid Islam that makes them hang on to the lie of pan-Arabia as much as the stupid plagiarized Jewish books make the few cling to Israel.
          You are nothing but a drip in the vastness of humanity.

          1. “As much as zionism invented the Jewish people ”

            uhhhh no it didn’t? Judaism is the oldest religion and the Jewish people are an ethnicity. Zionism simply means a national home for the Jews.

          2. Hannibal Avatar

            if you say the Romans became Italians then you may say the Hebrews became Jews. You know it is not pure since you never had a homeland for a long long time. If you check your DNA you will find a plethora of different nations NONE is related to the Hebrews. Let’s lol together now…
            and BTW you do know your nationalism is nothing different than that of the Nazis.

          3. “you never had a homeland for a long long time. ”
            I’m not a Jew.

            Is France racist for being a French state?
            Is Armenia racist for being an Armenian state?
            Is Japan racist for being a Japanese state?

            I guess same logic applies to Israel. Being a majority in your own country has nothing to do with Nazism, loon.

          4. Hannibal Avatar

            French, Armenian, Japanese are not religion… Judaism is a religion NOT a nation nor country.
            Loon may be your religion 😉

          5. Judaism is an ethnicity as well as a religion, stupid.
            I am not a Jew, stupid.

          6. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            Wow, that escalated quickly. Extra sensitive today? You have to admit its a bit confusing. Jews practice Judaism and make up the Jewish race? Correct? So you’re born Jewish, but only if your mother is Jewish? Maternal lineage

          7. “Jews practice Judaism”

            Not the entire picture. There are atheist Jews and well as secular ones. Being religious doesn’t make them any more of a race,

            Ever wondered how stereotypes like “Jews have long noses” came from? or how the Germans could tell who is a Jew and who is not, and killed people based on RACE? (Hitler had nothing against religion)

            In every literate nation where Jews were present such as the Roman Empire and Spain and Arabia and the Ottoman Empire, the writers of these countries wrote about the Jewish population there and treated them as a different race, not merely a religious definition. Genetic studies show common genes unique or almost unique to Jews which make them closer to one another then to the populations where they settled:
            http://en.wikipedia.ORG/wiki/Genetic_studies_on_Jews

            Back in high school I knew someone whose mother is Jewish while his father an Israeli-Arab. He is a Christian, but ethnically he is half Jewish and half Arab.

          8. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            “these countries wrote about the Jewish population there and treated them as a different race,”, that could because Jewish people have very strict traditions associated with religious observance, for example dietary restrictions and rules regarding food preparation. I’m not sure, and I don’t know to much about the genetic studies. I do know that there are studies that show Palestinian Arabs and Jewish Israelis share a common ancestor. Something about the Y chromosome.

          9. “that could [be] because Jewish people have very strict traditions associated with religious observance” – sure that was probably the case especially where Orthodox Jews were concentrated. In Jerusalem Jews are highly religious while in the north and coast they are as secular as ever, something clearly noticeable.

          10. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Yah …. Like ‘WHY’ ?? Indeed ?? That ‘Eternal Question’ … Y ???? :-)))))

          11. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Speaking of long noses, I hear the favourite ‘adjustment’ in Iran IS the nose. 😉

          12. Hannibal Avatar

            😛

          13. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Not ‘oldest’. Hindus beat it for ‘ancient’. Holy Cow, Batman.
            The oldest forms of worship in the world are ancestor worship, shamanism, and animism, which are thought to date back to at least around 300,000 BCE. The oldest religions that are still widely practiced are are Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Jainism. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism all came from India, while Judaism originated in Israel and Taoism in China. Shintoism, a Japanese spiritual practice that is still practiced today, dates back further, but is not strictly speaking a religion. Other very old forms of worship include pantheism, Zoroastrianism, and Confucianism.
            (I still like RA. 😉

          14. I really meant in the context of Abrahamic religions, but yes belief in God (both through scripture and natural theology) would have always existed and relevant to the society of that time and place .

        2. Igor Chingoski Avatar
          Igor Chingoski

          I bet You are one of the girls from Pussy Riot writing from Siberia. :-)))

  4. cook2half Avatar
    cook2half

    “The issue of building settlements in occupied Palestinian areas”

    When in history did a Palestinian state exist for there to be such a thing as “occupied Palestinian areas” ? the West Bank was captured from Jordan, and before it was part of the British Mandate and before that the Ottoman Empire.

    I think we have an invented people here.

    1. Hannibal Avatar

      Yup you are absolutely positively RIGHT!
      The invented people are the Jewish people: http://www.amazon.com/Invention-Jewish-People-Shlomo-Sand/dp/1844674223

      Shlomo Sand’s book is dead on… You should memorize it!

      1. cook2half Avatar
        cook2half

        Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsain in an interview with Dutch newspaper Trouw:

        “The Palestinian people do not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese.

        Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.

        For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”

        lol ..

        1. Hannibal Avatar

          OMG he knows how to lol… upping one on me…
          Palestinians or Jordanians they are disillusioned about being Arabs.
          As much as zionism invented the Jewish people the Palestinians and others are reviving Arabism falsely so.
          The Levant is a mixture of histories from Turkey to South Palestine. It is stupid Islam that makes them hang on to the lie of pan-Arabia as much as the stupid plagiarized Jewish books make the few cling to Israel.
          You are nothing but a drip in the vastness of humanity.

          1. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            “As much as zionism invented the Jewish people ”

            uhhhh no it didn’t? Judaism is the oldest religion and the Jewish people are an ethnicity. Zionism simply means a national home for the Jews.

          2. Hannibal Avatar

            if you say the Romans became Italians then you may say the Hebrews became Jews. You know it is not pure since you never had a homeland for a long long time. If you check your DNA you will find a plethora of different nations NONE is related to the Hebrews. Let’s lol together now…
            and BTW you do know your nationalism is nothing different than that of the Nazis.

          3. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            “you never had a homeland for a long long time. ”
            I’m not a Jew.

            Is France racist for being a French state?
            Is Armenia racist for being an Armenian state?
            Is Japan racist for being a Japanese state?

            I guess same logic applies to Israel. Being a majority in your own country has nothing to do with Nazism, loon.

          4. Hannibal Avatar

            French, Armenian, Japanese are not religion… Judaism is a religion NOT a nation nor country.
            Loon may be your religion 😉

          5. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            Judaism is an ethnicity as well as a religion, stupidfuck.
            I am not a Jew, stupidfuck.

          6. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            Wow, that escalated quickly. Extra sensitive today? You have to admit its a bit confusing. Jews practice Judaism and make up the Jewish race? Correct? So you’re born Jewish, but only if your mother is Jewish? Maternal lineage

          7. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            “Jews practice Judaism”

            Not the entire picture. There are atheist Jews and well as secular ones. Being religious doesn’t make them any more of a race,

            Ever wondered how stereotypes like “Jews have long noses” came from? or how the Germans could tell who is a Jew and who is not, and killed people based on RACE? (Hitler had nothing against religion)

            In every literate nation where Jews were present such as the Roman Empire and Spain and Arabia and the Ottoman Empire, the writers of these countries wrote about the Jewish population there and treated them as a different race, not merely a religious definition. Genetic studies show common genes unique or almost unique to Jews which make them closer to one another then to the populations where they settled:
            http://en.wikipedia.ORG/wiki/Genetic_studies_on_Jews

            Back in high school I knew someone whose mother is Jewish while his father an Israeli-Arab. He is a Christian, but ethnically he is half Jewish and half Arab.

          8. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            “these countries wrote about the Jewish population there and treated them as a different race,”, that could because Jewish people have very strict traditions associated with religious observance, for example dietary restrictions and rules regarding food preparation. I’m not sure, and I don’t know to much about the genetic studies. I do know that there are studies that show Palestinian Arabs and Jewish Israelis share a common ancestor. Something about the Y chromosome.

          9. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            “that could [be] because Jewish people have very strict traditions associated with religious observance” – sure that was probably the case especially where Orthodox Jews were concentrated. In Jerusalem Jews are highly religious while in the north and coast they are as secular as ever, something clearly noticeable.

          10. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Yah …. Like ‘WHY’ ?? Indeed ?? That ‘Eternal Question’ … Y ???? :-)))))

          11. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Speaking of long noses, I hear the favourite ‘adjustment’ in Iran IS the nose. 😉

          12. Hannibal Avatar

            Do not swear
            swearing is Jewish… 😉
            Yalibnan is that allowed?

          13. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            The oldest forms of worship in the world are ancestor worship, shamanism, and animism, which are thought to date back to at least around 300,000 BCE. The oldest religions that are still widely practiced are are Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Jainism. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism all came from India, while Judaism originated in Israel and Taoism in China. Shintoism, a Japanese spiritual practice that is still practiced today, dates back further, but is not strictly speaking a religion. Other very old forms of worship include pantheism, Zoroastrianism, and Confucianism.
            I still like RA. 😉

          14. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            I really meant in the context of Abrahamic religions, but yes belief in God (both through scripture and natural theology) would have always existed and relevant to the society of that time and place .

        2. Igor Chingoski Avatar
          Igor Chingoski

          I bet You are one of the girls from Pussy Riot writing from Siberia. :-)))

  5. Igor Chingoski Avatar
    Igor Chingoski

    I told You: “I DO BELIEVE IN FAIRIES” About the peace talks. Israel is a fascist state that would make Hitler blush, they displaced Palestinians towards Lebanon, We had put with them for long time so the Israelis spoiled children of the UN can have a shit hole where to caca and shokh, While Lebanon is crowded with foreigners who have resentment for having lost their land, This situation traps Lebanon between two mad dogs tearing flesh and hurting innocent Lebanese.

    There is a Rap song very popular in Israhell it goes like this : grab grab grab. lie lie lie.
    deny deny deny :-)))) end eds with khara.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Thanks… 😉

  6. Igor Chingoski Avatar
    Igor Chingoski

    I told You: “I DO BELIEVE IN FERRIES” About the peace talks. Israel is a fascist state that would make Hitler blush, they displaced Palestinians towards Lebanon, We had put with them for long time so the Israelis spoiled children of the UN can have a shit hole where to caca and shokh, While Lebanon is crowded with foreigners who have resentment for having lost their land, This situation traps Lebanon between two mad dogs tearing flesh and hurting innocent Lebanese.

    There is a Rap song very popular in Israhell it goes like this : grab grab grab. lie lie lie.
    deny deny deny :-)))) end eds with khara.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      I had my car on ferries a couple of times too … I believe they exist.

  7. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Ugliest architecture on the planet. ‘Cement Box For Sale’. Hahahahahahaha

  8. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Ugliest architecture on the planet. ‘Cement Box For Sale’. Hahahahahahaha

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