Israeli settlements: Are Israeli settlements consistent with Israeli and Palestinian rights?

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  • Israeli Settlements are Illegal.

    Theodore Herzl, Zionism’s founder, wrote in his diary: “We must expropriate gently the private property on the state assigned to us. We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying employment in our country...The process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discretely and circumspectly.”

    Up until the idea of creating a Jewish homeland, 99% of the land was owned by non-Jews.

    Prior to partition the Zionists had already driven 300,000 non-Jews off of their land and had seized land beyond the borders of the proposed Jewish State.

    Menachim Begin, on the day after the UN partition vote: “The partition of Homeland is illegal. It will never be recognized. The signature of institutions and individuals of the partition agreement is invalid. It will not bind the Jewish people... Eretz Israel will be restored to the people of Israel. All of it. And forever.”

    Moshe Dayan addressing the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology),
    Haifa (as quoted in Ha’aretz, 4 April 1969):
    “Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages... Because geography books no longer exist, not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushu’a in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not one single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.”

    This is ethnic cleansing!

  • Israel's government is abusing and mistreating Palestinians.

    The goal of Israeli settlements is to one day have them occupy all of the West Bank. Some Jews believe god gave that land to them so they should live there and no one else. Their goal is to misplace Palestinians. They hope by building enough settlements and grabbing enough palestinian land they will kick all the Palestinians out and have all of the "promised land" to the Jews. When settlements are built Palestinians homes are often demolished. After seeing all those videos by Al Jazeera and Btselem and Israeli human rights group on YouTube I don't see how our government can support this. The Palestinians in the west bank and Gaza Strip are treated worse then Jews in the holocaust and we can't remain allies with them. If we are all about freedom why are we supporting a country that occupy an entire people and denies them just that. Palestinians in the West Bank often have cages around their homes so settlers won't attack them. There are also cages above market places so the settlers above don't throw things at them. Settlers taunt and beat Palestinians. The Palestinians are an abused an mistreated people and we must help them.

  • They are consistent with Israeli rights but hinder Palestinian rights.

    A few years ago, the settlements built by Israeli people had forced a few Palestinians to leave their home and migrate to other parts of the country. Laws created in those settlements has also prevented Palestinians from visiting their own land as farms. This has led to extremely violent backlash in which children and family members have killed Israeli citizens in retaliation.

  • Israeli Settlements Illegal

    Although Israel does not agree, Israeli settlements are considered illegal by the international community based on the Fourth Geneva Convention and international law. The United Nations and the International Court of Justice also view these settlements as illegal. There is not any foreign government that supports the Israeli settlements. Due to the fact that these settlements are illegal, they are not consistent with Israeli and Palestinian rights.

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