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Jerusalem Plan Would Demolish Palestinian Homes

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Jerusalem's mayor unveiled a plan Tuesday to demolish dozens of Palestinian homes to make room for a tourist center in one of the disputed city's most volatile neighborhoods, drawing criticism from Palestinians and the United Nations.


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Bob E (113)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 4:48 am
Hey Chris… Just how much land did the Israelites have 2000 years ago? Do you know? Do you care? Does it matter? Do you want part of Brooklyn too?

The Israelis are butchers, government terrorists, haters, exploiters and disgusting human beings. All in the name of God… The mayor’s God is a God of evil who destroys and hates in the name of goodness.

Christians feel that the Jewish God is the same as theirs. But this is NOT TRUE. Jews will never accept Jesus and besides they are not Christian-like. As Christians can we steal, bulldoze and confiscate more and more land? Would Jesus approve? Is this Christian? It’s about time some real Christians stood up and said, "ENOUGH LAND AND ENOUGH BLOOD"...

Pamylle G (461)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 9:37 am
It distresses me that my own government does not withdraw aid to a country with so many human rights abuses. This is so wrong !

Tim Redfern (581)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 11:01 am
The city wants to build shops, restaurants, art galleries and a large community center replete with day care facilities and gyms. Barkat said the area's Palestinian residents, subject to decades of neglect, will benefit, and that most of those who would lose their homes would be eligible for alternative housing, though it was unclear who would pay for it.
These are just words. The Israelies would promise the Palestinians
the moon, and forget the promise the instant it was made.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Tzipi Livni, Avigdor Lieberman, Nir Barkat,
on and on and on. These people are criminally insane, and running a

Zionism was explained to me some years ago thusly:
Zionism is the belief that the Jewish people are the Supreme
race on Earth, and that the interests of the state of Israel outweigh those
of any other nation on Earth.
Israel's behavior lives up to this definition.

Pamylle, it is also "our" government and that of the U.K.
that need to be put on lists of "terrorist rogue states".
Israel is not alone, by any means.

Thanks, Zahra.


Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 1:13 pm
We live in a world of greedy politicians

pete O (242)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 2:13 pm
We do Yvonne some are just worse than others....

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 2:36 pm
"a tourist center in one of the disputed city's most volatile neighborhoods, drawing criticism from Palestinians and the United Nations" - that sounds silly & dangerous for everyone concerned..

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 3:09 pm
Christians do stand up against this, except our US government which has always helped Israel seems to still defend them. When Israel attacks the Palestinians, the US backs Israel. When Israel attacks Lebanon, the US backs Israel. You would figure that the "Police of the World" would see who is right and defend them, but since the US sells Israel their old technology, and military goods, the US cannot do this. What I think is great from this article is that Israel will displace all of the non-Jewish people and then forget their promise, so they will have to move out of the country.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 4:28 pm
It is funny to see people upset with whatever Israeli government does!

So, now Israel started Property Condemnation for a new project in a growing city of Jerusalem, where the major benefactors will be Arabs living in Israel. And here we go again, all those "victim cries" just to get more and more attention to this fake issue, that shades real conflicts and tragedies.

Arab citizen of Israel have many more rights than citizen of Arab states, there is Arab immigration into Israel, and yet still plenty of Arab PR campaigns are loud and pushy.

Let the city build the center, people whose houses are condemned will be compensated as usually done in Israel, Jerusalem will get more tourists, and everyone will be happy. Except for Israeli-haters, of course.

Guirlie T. (0)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 4:49 pm
how come they do that ?
let GOd give them knowledge !
Please pray for the people in jerusalem and paletinians to have peace ~!

Zahra Pilavdzic (274)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 6:19 pm
This is just another way for the Israeli government to claim for themselves what is not theirs. East Jerusalem is Palestinian territory, set to be the future capitol of their state. They are PALESTINIANS living in their own land not "Arabs living in Israel," Can you say the word Palestinian Mr. Nigel or is that a dirty word for you?

There is no reason why Americans shouldn't be disproportionately concerned what is happening with billions of our tax dollars. Ethnic cleansing and land grabs is not a helpful way to "improve relations" with the Arab world.

Tim Redfern (581)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 6:43 pm
Nigel says,
"Arab citizen of Israel have many more rights than citizen of Arab states".
Really, now?!
Nigel, go live in the Gaza Strip for awhile,
then come back and tell us the same thing.........
with a straight face, if possible.

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 7:57 pm
End Israeli oppression of the Indigenous people of Palestine!!!

End the propaganda that supports Israeli oppression of the Indigenous people of Palestine!!!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 8:05 pm
Zahra, Palestinian is not a dirty word, it means a person living in the region of Palestine. That includes Israelis of Jewish, Arab and other origins, as well as Arabs living in the adjacent states and territories:Jordan, West Bank, etc. Arabs from Jerusalem cannot claim this title exclusively.

Tim, the truth is very simple: There are Arab MKs in Israeli Knesset, Arabs - ministers in the Israeli government, and Arabs - generals in the Israeli Army. In comparison, the descendants of Arabs refugees, currently living in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, are not given citizenship, are not allowed to be professionals, don't have a right to vote, and discriminated in many other way. I am surprised you never heard about such blatant discrimination, by far surpassing any injustices Arab citizen may get in Israel.

Now that you did, I expect to hear your protests against those merciless Arab governments mistreating their people. Will you?

With all the straight face, Tim, I can't live in Gaza: Hamas will surely beat me up either for drinking alcohol, or for going to a beach for a swim, or for not praying five times a day, or for who knows what else they may want.

For now, I will stick with going to Israel for vacation: Eilat is great and inexpensive! The girls are not wearing garbage bags, so there are nice things to look into - and all that without a concern for getting lashes, or amputation, or kidnapping, or beheading, etc.

Good night to all.

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 8:09 pm
Let's build the campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, until Israel ends its settlement-building (which has allowed 500,000 Israelis to colonise and live on Palestinian land, against the 4th Geneva Convention),

until Israel dismantles its illegal apartheid wall,

until Israel ends its murderous siege of Palestine's Gaza Strip,

until Israel ends its brutal occupation of Palestine's West Bank, Lebanon's south, and Syria's Golan Heights,

and until Israel allows the 4 million Palestinian refugees (who Israel drove out by force), to return to their land inside what is now called "Israel"!!!

Let's end the annual U.S.$3-4 billion military aid from the USA to Israel, and end all other U.S. government support of the Israeli apartheid regime!!!

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 8:13 pm
Nigel S, only a small minority of Muslim and Christian Palestinians are "Arab". Learn your history, before you write as if you know!!! Archaeology, genetic science and history all show us that most Muslim and Christian Palestinians are descendents of the Canaanites - the same people who Jewish Palestinians ("Israelis") are descended from!!!

Zahra Pilavdzic (274)
Wednesday March 3, 2010, 8:42 pm
True Nigel you can't get into Gaza, nobody can because of the Israeli siege. In fact, Gaza is more difficult to get into than a maximum security prison!

Yasmine H (16)
Thursday March 4, 2010, 2:30 am
You might want to check this out then - depending on where you are....

Terry B (649)
Thursday March 4, 2010, 6:44 am
I need not take up my time nor yours to add a lot of words that could not have been better expressed than by Nigel.

As to getting into Gaza, the geographically retarded propagandists would have you believe that Israel has an effective blockade. Hmm, that's funny. A blockade means the blockaded enemy is surrounded. Italy could block San Marino and South African could block Lesotho, but Israel cannot blockade Gaza, which has a common land frontier with Egypt.

Oh, yeah, Egypt does not really care much for the Hamas terrorist entity in Gaza, either.

Terry B (649)
Thursday March 4, 2010, 6:50 am
As a member of the Archaeolgical Institute of America I would sure like to know where Simon comes up with such absurdities as the statement that everybody hanging out in Israel and adjacent area all came from the Caananites.

Tim Redfern (581)
Thursday March 4, 2010, 7:22 am
The only people living in the Mideast who have
a provable DNA linkage to Old Testament people
are the Palestinians.
In the Bible, in the Old Testaments books of 1st & 2nd Kings,
they were known as the Philistines.
Imagine that.

As to the rights of Arabs living in other
Mideast countries, I do not know enough
about that to make a comment, and so I shall not.

Simon & Zahra,
thanks for getting my back.

Terry B (649)
Thursday March 4, 2010, 9:34 am
The "Palestinians" of today are Arabs and have nothing to do with the ancient Roman province of Palentine, a term fist used in the reign of Hadrian (no friend of the Jews), the name being a Latinization of the Greek term Philistines, or the "sea people" of earlier times and who came from either/or Cyprus or Greece. Arabs could never be described as "sea people."

Zahra Pilavdzic (274)
Thursday March 4, 2010, 11:11 am
The Ashkenazi Jews of Israel today are mostly European descent and have nothing to day with the ancient Semitic Jews of the land except MAYBE in a remotely distant way. In contrast the Palestinians can trace their ancient roots from generation, to generation to generation to the same exact village in very concrete terms. They are directly embedded and their roots run deep, there is non-Biblical evidence to prove it.

Terry B (649)
Thursday March 4, 2010, 11:25 am
Do not forget the Sephardim, whi never left.

Actually, the Askenazi were invited at the turn of the XXth century (Christian calendar) by the Mohammeadan Ottoman Empire for the specific purpose of adding population to their thinly settled southern provinces to protect the Empire's borders and the Jews and non-Arab Mohammedean Bedouins already there who all seemed to get along, but were constantly harassed by the sand bandit arabs raiding from the deserts to the south in Hejaz and Nejd.

Too bad Turkey lost the war. The Limeys in their imperial greed for land and oil would not have had a chance to muck up the entire Middle East from the Mandate to Iraq and beyond.

Who knows? The whole area could be a peaceful residents of all or no religion under continuing suzerainity of a secular Turkey.


Tim Redfern (581)
Thursday March 4, 2010, 11:30 am
You cannot currently send a star to Zahra because you have done so within the last week.

Calling a Palestinian an Arab is like calling a rose a flower.
What's in a name?

And, Terry?.......
"the limeys"?!
Am I hearing a little racial prejudice there?
I believe that's a violation of
Care2's Terms of Service.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 4, 2010, 12:12 pm
You have a very selective "hearing" sensitivity, Tim:

When you read "The Israelis are butchers, government terrorists, haters, exploiters and disgusting human beings. All in the name of God… The mayor’s God is a God of evil who destroys and hates in the name of goodness." by Bob E, you are not " hearing a little racial prejudice there".

When you hear innocent "the limeys", which English men often use to address themselves, you are "hearing...". May be you just want to eliminate a knowledgeable opponent from the discussion by all available means? Does this tactic befit someone ordained?

The comparison to rose and a flower is wrong, because some Arabs are not Palestinians, and not all Palestinians are Arabs. A person called Palestinian, European or American can be an Arab, a Jew, a Turk, an Indian, a Mongol, etc, etc, living in Palestine, Europe or America respectively.

Terry B (649)
Thursday March 4, 2010, 12:54 pm
Thanks, Vladimir for the clarification. Tim has a rather narrow view of things as we know. He still is in denial that there had been no Palestine since the days of Rome, although the British did revive the name for the area of their League of Nations mandate in 1920. which included undivided the areas now under the yoke of Hamas and Fatah, as well as the ENTIRE Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which the British split off unilaterally adminstratively, calling the area east of the Jordan River, guess what, Transjordan, but it was not made independent of the madate, again unilaterally until May 25, 1946, while the area west of the river reamined under British mandate until May 14, 1948 when they walked out in the middle of the night and seven arab countries tried to take it over and all got sent home with their tails between their legs by the resident Jews, Druze, Christians and, yes, Mohammedeans, (MIT offers free on-line history courses, Tim.)

To set the records straight, I fought alongsode the Limeys in the Royal Canadian Artillery in Korea, but they did make a mess of it in the Middle East (just as we Canucks -- a term we also use to one another -- are doing very badly with the seal hunt).

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday March 5, 2010, 7:08 am
Zionists do what they like because no body says NO.When Palestinian freedom fighter dare to say NO,they accuse them of terrorism when every body knows the Zionists are shall we say the founders of terrorism in this part of the world since at least mid 1940.Their gangs like Haganah and shtern are pioneers in this. But EAST JERUSALEM is and will be PALESTINIAN and as late ARAFAT said"one day sooner or later a Palestinian child will raise the Palestinian flag to fly over the city" Thank you ZAHRA for this post.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday March 5, 2010, 7:12 am
There are Arab members in the keneset and ministers in the Israeli cabinet.OKAY

. (0)
Friday March 5, 2010, 1:32 pm
From the article, it sounds as though there is no overriding reason for condemning private homes for this 'tourist' center. Eminent domain should, in my opinion, only be used when there is a serious public need and I don't see that here. The homes should be left intact.

Terry B (649)
Friday March 5, 2010, 2:03 pm
A. D, stop yelling!

As to Arafat, there was a gem of a role model, skimming off billiosn to Swiss banks from his supporters, most of whom were on the edge of perpetual poverty precisely because of him.

Marianna M. (6)
Saturday March 6, 2010, 4:04 am
fascinating comments, heated chain of traffic...but its all a bit distracted and lost in lots of detials..and gone really far from the original topic..which is. why does the Israeli Gov. think destroying houses of Palestinians is a right way for raising tourism? or they just say it is for a tourist center but in reality behind all this there is something totally else?? cant they 'CREATE' a tourist center in a way that no body got hurt?? is that too much to ask? appearantly.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday March 6, 2010, 5:59 am
It would be better if you can be subjective and comment in the current thread.We all know that Israel is doing its best to evacuate Palestinians from East Jerusalem by demolishing their homes and even denying any request from Palestinians to build a house or even repair it. The goal of Israel is to change the demographic situation in East Jerusalem.Be sure Terry that East Jerusalem will be back to Palestinians.The Capital of the Palestinian state by all means will be East Jerusalem.
You may call my comments yelling because you have nothing to say . I repeat that ONE DAY SOONER OR LATER PALESTINE , ALL PALESTINE WILL BE Back.REMMEMBER THE CRUSADERS . READ HISTORY.

. (0)
Saturday March 6, 2010, 6:12 am
Marianna, most, if not all, govenments do this. In my own city, my grandmother's house was almost condemned to build a parking lot for the Red Mountain Museum (luckily the museum ran out of money for the expansion before the deal was finalized). The use of eminent domain is hardly unique to Israel. And I am quite certain that my grandmother was not being targeted for politico-religious reasons.

Tim Redfern (581)
Saturday March 6, 2010, 7:56 am
I am always silently amazed when people
who are total strangers to me make such
sweeping generalisations of my personality
and viewpoints.
Silently amazed.

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 9:18 am
Wow, looks like the yapping dogs have stopped defending the killing of children as they did last year and now advocate the continuous demolition of homes. Nice.
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