Tuesday, December 29, 2009

HuffPoWatch: Israel to Build 700 Apartments in East Jerusalem

Over the past few days, the Huffington Post has been working overtime in publishing articles about Israel and the Palestinians. There have been four news articles in as many days, which compared to the normal rate of publication is quite fast. One of the most commentated upon articles recently is one about Israel building apartments in East Jerusalem. It has attained 544 posts at the point of my writing, all of which has been in a full moderated thread.

As for the news itself...we've already discussed the role of settlements and Israel building to death. I'm just going to point out that even though Israel did not include East Jerusalem as one of the areas included in its 10-month settlement freeze, building more right now is not a good idea.

Anyway, here are the comments on the first three pages. When I tried to get to the fourth it wouldn't load the comments. These are enough to give you the idea though:


lbsaltzman
With every nail driven into any Israeli only, illegal building in Occupied Palestine, including East Jerusalem, Israel is driving a nail into the coffin of Zionism. The only rational choice left with the collapse of the two state solution is to work for the one state solution. The best method of getting their is the growing boycott of all Israeli goods and services by the rest of the world.

Ergon
Likudniks are saying out that it's "US Law that the Embassy be moved to Jerusalem, but succesive presidents (since 1995) are not doing so because of Arab pressure"
WRONG.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_Embassy_Act
Even if Congress and the Senate are enemy occupied territory, "U.S. presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and now Barack Obama have alluded to or out right voiced the belief that Congressional resolutions attempting to legislate foreign policy infringe upon the Executive's authority and responsibility to carry out sound and effective U.S. foreign relations.... [Edited for length]

v eyepete
Israel's nuclear whistleblower Vanunu detained.
JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli police have arrested nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu for allegedly being in touch with a foreigner, police said on Tuesday.
Does this sound like a nation which is dealing honestly with the rest of the world?
[Wasn't this story from ten years ago?]

v eyepete
These apartment being planned is an example why certain people stuff their underwear with nefarious substances to thwart air travel? Something has to be done, because these people who can not get along with their neighbors are causing problems all over the globe? They are constantly provocative and not very nice. These apartments are just another example of there constant effort to stall negotiations with provocative actions. This has been going on for almost 60 years. I am rather tired of it and because of the problems their actions cause in my country, my lifestyle has suffered as a result. I don't like it and I think I have a right to speak up about it.

Kontessa
Imperialist Mindset? Diversity? How stupid do you think we Americans are? It's Israel with it's lawless land-grabbing, no right of return laws that is what's criminally imperialistic. You just make up laws to serve yourselves as you go along, there is no democracy in Israel, it's a private country club that wants to exterminate Muslims!
And the American media is nothing but silent................. it's role is to demonize Muslims and the M.E. only.

v eyepete
Aren't the victories of this tiny renegade country (isr) in the mid east answerable to u.s. support?

phute
And go again Blade Runner - they don't want peace and you are wonderful.
Hasbara.

Higgs Boson
Israel would do well to remember what goes around comes around. One of these days Bin Laden and his crew will get around to Israel. They will get tired of messing with America and go after the big fish. If they were to call for attacks against Israel then Al-quida would literally explode with volunteers........wise-up... If America doesnt help solve this then we will never be rid of these terrorists
[Defending terrorism and equating building homes with murdering people.]

WakeupAmerica75
I am not a proponent of war. Unfortunately Israel has obtained their lands through war. The United States obtained this land by war. All lands have been occupied through war and conflict. Now with this in mind, as obsurd and simple as it may sound, war will only resolve this issue. It is obvious the Palestinian people will not give up, and rightfully so, their plight to regain their occupied lands. And on the converse, it is obvious that Israel believes the land is promised to them and they will at all costs continue to grow and retain more and more land. Now how long can America protect its 51st state. That's the question. Because Iran, with the aid of Russia/North Korea, is pursuing a nuclear weapon and appears to have more military capability than any of the other Israeli foes in the region. I predict a world war will erupt, with the United States, Israel and Britain aligning against the majority fo the Arab states with Russia, Chian and North Korea in the backdrop providing aid. This may sound obsurd to many but it is crystal clear to me. I do believe Israel will fall because they have throughout history due to their hunger to gain power/land through deception and manipulation. This is why the world looks down so poorly on them due to their lack of moral compass for other people/countries.


Rabat
"Netanyahu said he was willing to get back to talks immediately, telling a group of Israeli ambassadors: "Israel wants peace.""

Israel was never interested in peace. They can fool people sometimes but they can't fool all the people all the time. This is land grab plain ans simple and the world need to do something about it, we need to treat Israel the same way Apartheid South Africa was treated, a total boycott, because I don't see the difference.

chewie2008
Israel will be it`s own demise.




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