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Israel has approved the construction of 1,100 homes in the Jewish settlement of Gilo on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
The move comes days after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called for full UN membership for a Palestinian state.
There has been widespread condemnation of the move by Palestinian and Western powers, including the EU and US.
Almost 500,000 Jews live in settlements on occupied territory. The settlements are illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.
Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
reply to post by 2manyquestions
I started a thread on this subject here.
The headline I used said 1600 homes. Either way that sounds like a lot of land. This is not good news for the peace talks in the region that's for sure.
Originally posted by camaro68ss
Its there land, why does this matter?
It made reference to the 2002 road map peace plan, which called for a freeze on settlement construction, and urged both sides "to refrain from provocative actions". But Friday's call did not contain any explicit request for Israel to halt settlement building before peace talks resume, despite the Palestinians' insistence they will not negotiate without a settlement freeze. Peace talks between the two sides have been on hold since September 2010, when they ground to a halt soon after they began, with the expiry of a partial Israel moratorium on settlement building in the West Bank. Israel declined to renew the freeze, and the Palestinians say they will not hold talks while Israel builds on land they want for their future state, a position repeated by Abbas on his return from the UN on Sunday.
WE APPEAL to the Jewish people throughout the Diaspora to rally round the Jews of Eretz-Israel in the tasks of immigration and upbuilding and to stand by them in the great struggle for the realization of the age-old dream - the redemption of Israel.
THE DECLARATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL
May 14, 1948
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Originally posted by Scalded Frog
I really didn't understand the chronic conflict in Israel until I stumbled upon this:
As they say, a picture is worth 1000 words
The question is, was all this land previously occupied by Palestinians, or was it unused/unoccupied land/desert? Was it made habitable by Israel, or was it quality land to begin with?
According to the article I read, it seems the Jews are afraid that once Palestinians outnumber them, it will pose a problem to Israel's democratic process, and they may want to push for a separation of Israel and Palestine.
How Nakba villages sunk into Israeli landscape
. . .
These integral parts of the Israeli landscape are all that remains of Arab communities that existed before the war of 1948.
After the war, the new State of Israel contained over 400 depopulated villages and 11 cities emptied of all or most of their Arab residents. Israel prevented these residents, who escaped or were expelled across the border from returning home, making the majority of Palestinians refugees.
. . .
Israeli actions regarding the villages and their population are interpreted in the second chapter as a product of the Zionist ideology that has driven the pre-state Jewish Yishuv and still drives the state of Israel today. The chapter includes an overview of theory on the creation and fortification of national identity, focusing on time and space as expressions of identity and the as stage of national conflict. In the context of Israeli-Zionist nationalism, there follows a description of the influence of the basic value of Judaization of the land on the construction of Israeli space, including the eradication of depopulated Arab villages from the landscape and the construction of a selective collective memory that stresses Jewish past in the land and sidelines hundreds of years of Arab life. Ignoring and suppressing Arabness is presented as an Israeli victory in another arena, made possible through the military conquest of the land by Israel and the exiling of most of its Arab residents beyond its borders.