Well, it looks like the good people of Palestine have another obstacle to overcome, trenches in their fields put there by the Israeli occupational
forces because they claim the lands are part of buffer and closed military zones.
Sounds like more apartheid practices to me.
Israeli occupation forces have started to dig a trench in the Jordan Valley, east of Tammun in the northern West Bank, as part of a strategy to
exercise more control over Palestinian agricultural land and prevent farmers from reaching their fields. According to the Mayor of Tammun, Jamal Bani
Odeh, this is the second such barrier to be created by the Israelis. "The first trench is 5 metres deep and 5 metres wide," he said. "The two trenches
are about 2 kilometres apart." The first trench was built after the start of the Second, Al-Aqsa, Intifada in 2000.
The Mayor pointed out that the trenches now isolate around 70 per cent of the town's agricultural land, an area of 98,000 acres. The trenches, he
believes, are basically another version of the Apartheid Wall built by Israel as part of its land-grab across the occupied West Bank. Farmers are
rarely given permits to access their land and have to make long diversions to get around the barrier.
"Israel claims that the lands are part of buffer and closed military zones," added Mayor Odeh, "or even that they are army camps and training areas."
Nevertheless, he was adamant that the people of the area will struggle hard to keep their land and access to it. "This is the role that we can play in
the resistance against the occupation," he said.
As the article mentions, this is just more Apartheid walls. Farmers can't even work their fields now, but Israel's buffer zone is reinforced, that's
all that matters right?
There are villains on both sides of the situation, but as of lately Israel has been acting like a spoiled child who didn't get it's way so it's taking
its ball home.
Hamas has just announced they have adopted a completely peaceful agenda in order to help the peace process go smoothly.
Abbas: Hamas agreed to renounce terror
Mahmoud Abbas has also taken a peaceful diplomatic approach. In response to this Israel has decided to punish the Palestinians with negative rhetoric
threatening settlement expansion and freezing the funds of Palestine disregarding international criticism.
Knesset to vote on annexing West Bank
Unesco gives Palestinians full membership (Israel rejects the decision)
Israel Blames Palestinians for Deadlock in Talks
Israel okays 1,600 settler homes for East Jerusalem
Actions speak louder than words. If you compare the Palestinian's actions versus the Israeli actions as of recently, it's obvious who's working for
peace and who isn't. Yet the international community allows this to happen minus the odd public statement that never accomplishes a damn thing,
neither do these UN resolutions that Israel only acknowledge if it works in their favor.
Now please listen friends. I have had two separate threads that discuss ME issues shut down today due to people bickering and derailing the threads to
go off topic which then stresses the mods out because they're stuck taking down half the posts. I would like to avoid that in this thread.
I invite all sides of opinion to join the discussion, but we must keep it civil. No cries of Anti-Semite or Jew-hater. I've heard enough of this
nonsense. We should all be able to discuss this very important topic without fighting over it.
This is a very important topic for a lot of us, so let's discuss it, all points of view are more than welcome, but no trolling guys. I don't mind if
we disagree, but let's not fight over off topic subjects and derail the thread.
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