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Not Only Does Israel Break International Law, But It Also Breaks Its Own!

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Israel resumed building a separation barrier near Beit Jala in the West Bank, despite the country's supreme court ruling to halt construction. Excavators continued to uproot 1,500-year-old olive trees to erect the barrier.


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Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Wednesday August 19, 2015, 12:30 am
Thanks for sharing Sam.

Carol R (11)
Wednesday August 19, 2015, 7:43 am
Going against court orders, this is how Zionists work:

“They apparently haven’t reconciled themselves to the ruling,” said Nasser. “What they’re doing is ‘feeding’ the court, stage by stage. After they build the fence, they’ll say it’s already up, then they’ll ask to build the loops around the monasteries, because there won’t be any choice.”

Beit Jala Mayor Nicola Khamis has spoken out against the construction. “This is the quietest area, and there are no problems here,” Khamis said Monday. “Today they uprooted 1,500-year-old trees. How they want us to live here in peace, I don’t know.”

Thanks Sam.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday August 19, 2015, 12:23 pm
"carried out in accordance with the latest decisions by the High Court." in their interpretation that means they "reconsidered" and chose one of the suggested "alternatives for the separation fence route in this section" - the one ORIGINALLY planned. That's the rule of law in their democracy.
Looks to me like possibly another case for the Vatican to voice a strong opinion in support of that monastery.
Thanks Sam.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 12:13 am

Now for the life in me ... where are those Care2 members crying "persecution of the poor Christians by Israel" ... very much the same way they would do if this would happen in an Islamic country!?!?!?!

And where are the upright and steadfast defenders of the Christian communities as well as of the Christian values from the political world arena ... they have nothing to say?! Oh, I forgot ... they are busy visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on their paid for (by Israel, AIPAC and the US taxpayer) corruption annual summer trip ...

How come they are not "anti-Semitic" if they go against Christian Arabs?! Nobody home in that corner right now???

What else is new?

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 12:32 am
Not surprising

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 1:08 am
And something systematically overlooked - those 1,500 year old olive trees are an important part of the livelihood of the Palestinian families - the olives provide(d) oil, fruit, soap for generations .... family supplies and income destroyed by the bulldozers.

Of course, the more these venerable trees are destroyed, the easier it is for the hasbara story to claim that the Palestinians haven't been here, working the land, for centuries ... Because the existence and good condition of the ancient trees demonstrate that SOMEONE has been looking after them ... so the Palestinians were there, not sneaking back once the immigrant Jews turned desert into productive land, as those preaching hasbara would like everyone to believe ....

But isn't there a move to bring the judiciary under the government's control, removing the independence? Certainly the current Minister, Ayelet Shaked, can hardly be seen as "suffering" from an excess of sense of equal justice for all ..... including Palestinians ...

Angelika R (143)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 7:57 am
"But isn't there a move to bring the judiciary under the government's control, removing the independence?" Evelyn, obviously we're seeing the success of that move right here. It seems not to matter WHAT a court rules, the govt. always gets its way.
It's uncomprehensible how the case took 9 years to be taken up in court in the first place, apparently waiting just for this right moment.
But we've been so used to this pattern now: establish facts on the ground first, then go in denial later.

Kathleen M (210)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 8:10 am
Grimly noted. Guess there's nothing these effing War Criminals won't do to further their destructive, inhumane and thieving agenda! Disgusting! Thanks for sharing, Sam.

Colleen L (3)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 12:32 pm
Sad. Thanks Sam

Vlasta M (7)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 12:37 pm
All of you antisemites should go and live in Syria, Iran, ISIS or any of the other of 56 Muslim occupied countries to enjoy human rights there...Buy a burka if you are woman and You are victims of Muslim propaganda as you are ignorant of taqiyya and kitam-islamic principle of lying and concealing for Islam, also taught in Koran, Hadith and Sira- which Muslims are trained in from an early age.

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 12:59 pm
Vlasta - labelling criticism of Israeli politics as "anti-semitic" is only a demonstration of intolerance. Your comment carries more than slight traces of racism & Islamophobia.

Janet B (0)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 1:56 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 5:24 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Sam.

fly bird (26)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 5:29 pm
I agree with your comment, Evelyn!!!

I agree with the article, as well!
Thank you for posting it, Sam.


S J (130)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 8:28 pm
oh dear!!!poor israel. thank you Sam

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 11:51 pm
Noted with thanks Sam.

Charles Wallis (111)
Friday August 21, 2015, 12:39 am
It just never seems to get better there

Nicolai L (39)
Friday August 21, 2015, 2:40 am
Thanks for sharing.
Shame on this country

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday August 21, 2015, 11:55 pm

Sam, I hope you don’t mind me putting this update on Netanyahu’s arrest (not) here?

I got this email update this morning - you might be interested. Would anyone have expected anything different???

Why do we have the ICC? Why do we spend money on that organization? To only go after those who the West has dropped as the useful idiots that they are?

And just as a reminder: does anyone recall the outcry of the US (camouflaged as international outcry) when the Sudanese President Omar al Bashir was visiting South Africa for a summit a few weeks ago and he was NOT arrested? He was naturally assured of immunity and yet the "whole world" was whining because he was not arrested for crimes against humanity!

Then the very same international law did NOT apply?!?! How much does polit-Israel pay these governments?? Or should I rather ask - what does polit-Israel hold over the heads of those people?

The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested for war crimes when he arrives in London”.

Government responded:

Under UK and international law, visiting heads of foreign governments, such as Prime Minister Netanyahu, have immunity from legal process, and cannot be arrested or detained.

The British Government has invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as head of the Israeli Government, to visit the UK in September. Under UK and international law, certain holders of high-ranking office in a State, including Heads of State, Heads of Government and Ministers for Foreign Affairs are entitled to immunity, which includes inviolability and complete immunity from criminal jurisdiction.

We recognise that the conflict in Gaza last year took a terrible toll. As the Prime Minister said, we were all deeply saddened by the violence and the UK has been at the forefront of international reconstruction efforts. However the Prime Minister was clear on the UK’s recognition of Israel’s right to take proportionate action to defend itself, within the boundaries of international humanitarian law. We condemn the terrorist tactics of Hamas who fired rockets on Israel, built extensive tunnels to kidnap and murder, and repeatedly refused to accept ceasefires. Israel, like any state, has the right to ensure its own security, as its citizens also have the right to live without fear of attack.

The UK consistently urged Israel to do everything possible to avoid civilian casualties, to exercise restraint, and to help find ways to bring the situation to an end. The UK continues to urge the parties to give priority to reaching a durable solution for Gaza which addresses the underlying drivers of conflict, and to take the necessary practical steps to ensure Gaza’s reconstruction and economic recovery.

We welcome the fact that Israel is conducting internal investigations into specific incidents during Operation Protective Edge. Where there is evidence of wrongdoing those responsible must be held accountable whatever their position in society. Both parties must also demonstrate robust and credible internal investigations which are in line with international standards. We have also encouraged the Israeli authorities, as we do all countries, to cooperate with the independent Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) regarding the preliminary examination into the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 13 June, 2014, whilst noting that Israel is not a State Party to the ICC.

The UK is a close friend of Israel and we enjoy an excellent bilateral relationship, built on decades of cooperation between our two countries across a range of fields. Our priority for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains the achievement of a two-state solution, based on 1967 borders. We continue to believe that negotiations will be necessary in order to achieve this, and that both parties need to focus on steps that are conducive to peace. The UK Government will reinforce this message to Mr Netanyahu during his visit.

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Freya H (345)
Saturday August 22, 2015, 7:50 am
Israel is nonchalantly sowing the wind. They will reap the whirlwind.

Freya H (345)
Saturday August 22, 2015, 7:51 am
Oops, by "they" I mean the Israeli government, and the people who support Israel's atrocities. Unfortunately, there will be a lot of collateral damage.

Farah Hage Ali (155)
Wednesday September 9, 2015, 8:49 am
noted, thank you for sharing
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