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    • Brian M Napoletano
    • 13.05.10 | 07:44 (IDT)

    First, the Palestinian homes that Israel keeps demolishing are not and can not be illegal outside of Israel´s perverse legal system, because the rights of the people building them to do so have been recognized by international consensus. The expansion of the illegal settlements, on the other hand, which are always preceded by the expulsion of the land´s original Palestinian inhabitants, has -- once again, outside Israel´s perverse legal system -- never been legal. Lieberman knows this, and he knows that the Israeli government doesn´t have to forbid a single settler from building in East Jerusalem to put a stop to it. If he was serious about preventing further land theft, all he´d have to do would be to make it clear that neither the IDF nor the Israeli police would protect any further illegal settlements in Jerusalem or the rest of the occupied territories. Without the military power to terrorize the native inhabitants into submission, the settlers wouldn´t dream of stealing more land. The only reason the illegal settlement programs continue is because they are supported by the Israeli state.

    from the article: Lieberman: Israel's gestures to Palestinians met with 'slaps in the face'
    First published 01:20 13.05.10 | Last updated 01:20 13.05.10
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