CEPR – Illegal Israeli Settlements

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UN Security Council Resolution 446 (1979) and 465 (1980) both condemned the settlements. Rex. 446 stated “that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.” Likewise, in 465, the Security Council called upon Israel to “dismantle the existing settlements.”  Most recently, in February 2010, a resolution was introduced and supported by 14 members of the Security Council, “reaffirming that Israeli settlements (including East Jerusalem) are illegal and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace. It also demanded once again that Israel immediately and cease all settlement activities. The U.S. was the sole dissenter, thus vetoing the resolution.

Source: CEPR – Illegal Israeli Settlements

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Illegal Settlements: Stating the Obvious

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Nobody disagrees that Israel is building illegal settlements on Palestinian land beyond the borders originally approved by the UN.

I think it was wrong for the UN to approve the creation of Israel in the first place.  Thus, despite Israelis unfairly receiving their own state in the Middle East at the expense of hundreds of thousands of innocent Palestinians who were left homeless, Israel still refuses to stay within UN-designated borders.

The UN fully acknowledges that Israel is unlawfully building settlements on land that does not belong to them. It should go without saying that the Palestinians are allowed to defend themselves from their land being stolen from them.  Thus, the resistance of the Palestinians is justified.

Samantha Power, Obama’s Atrocity Enabler

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A new documentary whitewashes the U.S. Ambassador to the UN’s record of covering for some of the worst human rights abusers.

via Samantha Power, Obama’s Atrocity Enabler | Alternet.

One should note that despite calling for constant military intervention in the name of preventing atrocities/genocide, Power herself is now responsible for supporting and contributing to a genocide—that of the Palestinian people.

Israel can’t even claim self-defence anymore.

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The Netanyahu government lied about the three teens they knew were murdered by a different clan and used this as an excuse to go on a violent rampage before Hamas decided to fight back with its first rocket.

http://www.alternet.org/world/noam-chomsky-nightmare-gaza?page=0%2C1
http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/killed-turning-onslaught.html

The Netanyahu government repeated this tactic a second time and accused Hamas of breaking the ceasefire because they claimed Hamas captured an Israeli soldier, who again turned out to have already been dead. This resulted in massive destruction and death of countless civilians.

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-israel-gaza-hamas-missing-soldier-20140802-story.html