December 01, 2012

Defeated at the UN Israel creates more racist facts on the ground

Lost a war on Gaza, lost a vote at the UN, what's the last of the colonial settler states to do? Build more Jewish only houses and apartments in the West Bank and Jerusalem, that's what.  Here's Chris McGreal at The Guardian:
The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has ordered the construction of thousands of new homes in Jewish settlements in the occupied territories in what will be widely interpreted as retaliation for theUnited Nations vote to recognise a Palestinian state on Thursday.
Israeli officials said the construction would expand existing West Bank settlements and build more homes for Jews in occupied east Jerusalem, where the government is attempting to diminish the proportion of Arab residents. Netanyahu also ordered the speeding up of planning to link Jerusalem with a Jewish settlement, Ma'aleh Adumim, in a move that would cut deep into a future Palestinian state based on 1967 borders. The US and Europe have long asked the Israeli government not to build there.
The US and Europe have long asked the Israeli government not to build there? Well they could always stop funding Israel (US), associating with Israel (EU), providing Israel with diplomatic cover (US/EU). It looks like the tide is turning against Israel but will the EU and US turn against Israel? It will happen one day but not just yet.

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