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49 facts about Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip

A Palestinian boy plays his guitar among the rubble of his home in Gaza
A Palestinian boy plays his guitar among the rubble of his home in Gaza. [File photo]

This week marked the 49th anniversary of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. So here are 49 facts about a military regime that has lasted almost half a century.

  1. The West Bank – including East Jerusalem – and the Gaza Strip together constitute the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), which have been under Israeli military occupation since June 1967.
  2. Prior to Israeli occupation, the West Bank was controlled by Jordan, and the Gaza Strip by Egypt.
  3. Before the State of Israel was established in 1948, the West Bank and Gaza Strip were simply parts of Mandate Palestine; their ‘borders’ are the result of Israeli expansion and armistice lines.
  4. 300,000 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip became refugees during Israel’s conquest in June 1967; the vast majority were unable to return.
  5. In 1967, Israeli forces ethnically cleansed and destroyed a number of Palestinian villages in the OPT, including Imwas, Beit Nuba, and others.
  6. By an odd coincidence of history, Israel’s military occupation of the OPT began not long after the military regime over Palestinian citizens of Israel had formally ended in December 1966.
  7. Therefore, the State of Israel has subjected Palestinians citizens and Palestinian non-citizens to military rule for all but six months of its 68-year existence.
  8. One of the first acts of Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem was to demolish the Mughrabi Quarter, expelling 600 residents and destroying 135 homes.
  9. In place of the 800-year old Mughrabi Quarter, Israel created the Western Wall Plaza.
  10. The first West Bank settlement was established in September 1967, supported by the then Labor-led government.
  11. All Israeli settlements in the OPT are illegal under international law, constituting a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
  12. In a secret memo in 1967, a legal adviser to the Israeli government affirmed the illegality of civilian settlements in the OPT.
  13. By 1972, there were some 10,000 Israelis living in illegal settlements in the OPT.
  14. In 1974/75, Israel established Ma’ale Adumim, located in the West Bank to the east of Jerusalem. It is now the largest Israeli settlement in terms of area.
  15. There are now 125 government-sanctioned settlements in the OPT, plus another 100 or so unauthorised settler ‘outposts’.
  16. There are around 400,000 Israelis living in illegal settlements the Occupied West Bank.
  17. This excludes residents of colonies established in East Jerusalem – a further 200,000.
  18. Israelis have voted in 14 national elections since June 1967. Unlike settlers, Palestinians in the OPT have been unable to vote in any of those 14 elections.
  19. According to the UN, there have been 2,598 acts of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the last ten years.
  20. One of the methods adopted by Israeli authorities over the decades to colonise West Bank land has been Ottoman-era land legislation dating back to 1858.
  21. By the mid-1980s, Palestinian cultivated land in the West Bank had dropped by 40 percent.
  22. In 1991, Israel began requiring a Palestinian seeking to enter Israel from the OPT to obtain an individual permit.israeli-checkpoint-military-checkpoint-Einav-checkpoint-east-ofTulkarem-5
  23. More than 500 physical obstacles, including checkpoints and earth mounds, restrict Palestinian freedom of movement in the West Bank.
  24. In 2003, Israel began work on the Separation Wall in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Around 85 percent of the total length of the Wall’s projected route lies inside the OPT.
  25. In 2004, the International Court of Justice in The Hague issued an advisory opinion that the construction of the Wall in the OPT is “contrary to international law”.
  26. Some 82,000 settlers live outside the Separation Wall; add Ariel, a major settlement-city in the middle of the northern West Bank, and the total is around 100,000 settlers.
  27. The Gaza Strip is home to around 1.8 million Palestinians, some 70 percent of whom are United Nations (UN)-registered refugees, expelled from their homes by Israel in 1948.
  28. For decades, Israel maintained a permanent armed presence in Gaza, expropriated land, and built colonies for a settler population that rose to more than 8,000.
  29. In 2005, Israel removed these settlers, and redeployed its forces to Gaza’s perimeter fence.
  30. The Gaza Strip is still under Israeli occupation: along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem, it forms part of a single territorial entity (OPT).
  31. This was affirmed in UN Security Council Resolution 1860 in 2009, and also affirmed in November 2014 by the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.israeli-soldiers-in-riot-gear-al-aqsa-in-the-background-3-horses
  32. In 1967, Israel expanded Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries to include newly-occupied territory; this act of annexation has never been recognised by the international community.
  33. A third of the annexed territory was expropriated; by 2001, some 47,000 settlement housing units had been built on this expropriated land.
  34. The vast majority of Palestinians in Jerusalem are permanent residents, not citizens. In 2014, the residency status of 107 Palestinian residents of Jerusalem was revoked.
  35. Palestinians suffer from a discriminatory water policy maintained by Israeli authorities.
  36. Israel enforces a dual legal system in the OPT: civil courts for the 600,000 settlers, and military courts for 4.5 million Palestinians. The latter has a 99.74 percent conviction rate.
  37. The Israeli military detains Palestinians from the OPT without charge or trial, for renewable six-month periods. There are currently 715 such prisoners, from a total of 7,000 jailed Palestinians.

    Saker Jaabis sits in rubble of his home in Jabel Mukaber in Jerusalem, demolished by Israeli authorities

    Saker Jaabis sits in rubble of his home in Jabel Mukaber in Jerusalem, demolished by Israeli authorities

  38. Since 1967, Israeli authorities have demolished hundreds of Palestinian homes as an act of collective punishment.
  39. Many Palestinian structures are demolished by Israeli forces for lacking the right permit; yet more than 95 percent of Palestinian permit applications are rejected.
  40. In 2016 to date (June 6), Israeli military authorities have demolished 625 Palestinian structures.
  41. During the First Intifada (1987–93), Israeli forces killed over 1,000 Palestinians, one in five of them children.
  42. In the first few days of the Second Intifada, the Israeli army fired 1.3 million bullets.
  43. In six military offensives from 2006-2014, Israel killed 1,097 Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip.
  44. Israeli occupation forces killed 137 Palestinians in the West Bank in 2015, and 56 in 2014. Over the same two-year period, Israeli forces also injured 19,950 Palestinians in the West Bank.
  45. The Oslo Accords, signed in the mid-1990s, saw the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (PA), which governs some aspects of life for Palestinians, in some of the OPT.
  46. The Accords divided up the OPT into Areas A, B, and C. The territory of Areas A and B is not contiguous, and consists of 227 separate areas under varying degrees of PA control.
  47. Some 60 percent of the West Bank remains under full Israeli military and civil control. However, even in the rest of the West Bank, the Israeli military conducts raids at will.
  48. According to Human Rights Watch: “Palestinians face systematic discrimination merely because of their race, ethnicity, and national origin.” Amnesty International agrees.
  49. In 2012, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said Israeli policies in the OPT violate the prohibition of “racial segregation and apartheid.”
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  • Vinegar Hill

    An excellent, truthful list demonstrating the brutalities of the country of Israel. In summary, the Israeli occupation is illegal according to international law and according to UNSCR 242 it has to withdraw from all territory illegally occupied in the war of 1967. Israel has to get out of all of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Let justice be done.

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    • peepsqueek

      In UN Resolution “242”, it does not say Israel must withdraw from “all” the territories occupied after the Six-Day war. This was deliberate, so that the Arab States could not use these territories to attack Israel again. The “Arab States” pushed for the word “all” to be included, but this was rejected by the UN Security Council. Read the UN notes and additions.

      Israel was a constant target before there was a single Jewish settlement in the West Bank and Gaza. Jews have lived in Judea and Samaria—the West Bank (birthplace of David, Solomon, and Jesus)—since ancient times. The only time Jews have been prohibited from living in the territories in recent decades was during Jordan’s rule from 1948 to 1967.

      • betz55

        When will Bibi stand before his people and say six courageous words: “I will accept a Palestinian state?”

        Palestine does not belong to the Jews and their right to the land is neither antecedent nor superior to that of the Arabs. Jews may have lived in Palestine 2000 years ago but the Arabs have established over one-and-half thousand years of continuous Arab-Muslim presence, and were only dispossess¬ed of it by superior force and colonial machination which continues to this day.

        The Palestinians (as represented by the PLO) formally recognized both the reality of the state of Israel and “its right to live in peace and security” as per the September 9, 1993 letter from Chairman Arafat to Prime Minister Rabin and the subsequent double amendment of the PLO’s Charter in 1996 and 1999.

        What they cannot be expected to do is to renege on their past, deny their identity, and give up on what they believe is their history. They cannot be expected to become Zionists.

        Israel, and you, will need to accept a Palestinian state and start respecting the right of the people who occupied the land before you or you will not have peace. The burden is on you.U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 (which Israel had helped draft) which provided for “withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent [1967] conflict” in exchange for peace and security. Those resolutions represented official U.S. and international policy then, and they still do

        • peepsqueek

          Berbers, Copts, Kurds, Azides, Assyrians, Jews, Armenians, etc have always lived in the Middle East. The Jews are the only non-Arab non-Muslim people that have the full right of self determination in their very tiny cultural and historic homeland. Do you really believe that every inch of the land belongs to Arabs.

          “I will accept a Palestinian state?” From 1948–67, the West Bank and Gaza were under Arab rule, and no Jewish settlements existed there, but the Arabs never set up a Palestinian State. Instead, Gaza was occupied by Egypt, and the West Bank by Jordan. No demands for a West Bank/Gaza independent state were heard until Israel, after much Arab terrorism, took control of these territories in the Six-Day War. You know this is true, therefore, your position is bogus.

          • betz55

            Sorry, I had to stop laughing before replying to your nonsensical post. Oh I get it now; Palestinians only have those rights which do not conflict with the “right” that Israeli Jews had to steal most of their land.

            Berbers, Copts, Kurds, Azides, Assyrians, Jews, Armenians, and Arabs have always lived in the Middle East.

            The Jews are the only – no, not the only – non-Arab non-Muslim people that have the full right of self determination in their very tiny cultural and historic homeland, – wrong – the Palestinians also have the right to self determination in their very cultural and historic homeland and for some reason that pisses you off. No one is fooled anymore, no one hates like a rabid, messianic Jew.

            Do you really believe that every inch of the land belongs to Jews? The exquisite irony is that you and Israel are so blinkered you won’t even recognize the single-state when it hits you in the face.

            It’s 2016, not 1948-67. Get over it.
            Even more fundamentally, demographic trends mean that Israel can’t have it all.
            It can’t be a Jewish state, a democratic state, and a state in control of its whole historical land.
            It can only have two of its objectives at a time.
            Israel can be Jewish and territorial — but not democratic.
            Or it can be democratic and territorial — but not Jewish.
            Or finally, it can be Jewish and democratic — but not territorial.

            Israelis cannot “democratically” decide to keep Palestinians as their prisoners; to prevent them from traveling freely; to try them in military courts; to hold them under a military regime which views them as an enemy rather than a civilian authority which seeks to serve them. They are not objects, but human beings, and they have rights. If you deny them those rights then you are living in apartheid and the world will continue to shun you as you continue to de-legitimize yourselves.

          • peepsqueek

            You might attempt to think things through before you laugh and post. The banner of Islam already flies over 99.9% of the Middle East land mass, plus 1.5 million Palestinian Arabs live in Israel proper as citizens on land that hypocritical activists say is ethnically cleansed. Laugh at that hypocrite! Hamas: No Muslim shall rest until the banner of Islam flies over every inch of the land.

            Had collective Arab Countries accepted the one tiny Jewish State, instead of choosing war, Palestinian Arabs would be celebrating 68 years of independent Palestinian Statehood today, with pre 1967 lines. It is 2016 and Palestinian Arabs are still throwing rocks and firing rockets at Israeli civilian populations, and expect a different result.

            There are 57 declared Muslim states in the United Nations, and one tiny Jewish state, and the one tiny Jewish State pissses you off.

            If you believe Israel to be a [true apartheid state], please tell us all: Which Israeli hospitals refuse to admit Israeli Arabs? Which Israeli restaurants refuse to serve Israeli Arabs? Which Israeli universities refuse to admit Israeli Arabs? Which Israeli buses refuse to board Israeli Arabs? In what elections are Israeli Arabs not allowed to vote? In what area of public life are Arab women not allowed to serve?

        • Mike Abramov

          I am sorry but you are mis-interpreting the history of Palestine. Palestine has been OCCUPIED by Muslims, Arabs Turks, Mumluks, Venetians/Genoans, Christians and finally the British until 1948. I have no problem with a two-state solution but the PA and Hamas want 100% of pre-1948 Israel. Instead of blaming Israel for the intransigence, maybe you should look at the corrupt leadership of the Palestinians.

          All I ask of you is that pre-1967 borders, when returned to the Palestinians, should not be a gateway for terrorists. Can you promise that to Israel?

          • betz55

            And these cultures – Arabs Turks, Mumluks, Venetians/Genoans, Christians – were indigenous to this area for 2000 years before the Jews from Europe decided a comic book gave them a delusional deed to the land.

            I have no problem with a two-state solution but the Israelis want 100% of ‘Israel’ – the ludicrous Judea and Samaria.

            Instead of blaming Palestine for the intransigence, maybe you should look at the corrupt leadership of the Israelis – Olmert and now Nothingyahoo. Refer to Haaretz if need be.

            All I ask of you is that pre-1967 borders, when returned to the Palestinians, should not be a gateway for messiance, fanatical illegal settler terrorist squats. Can you promise that to Palestine?

          • Mike Abramov

            I think you have missed the point. Firstly you argue about the ‘right-of-return’. Jews have always lived in Palestine but the majority of Jews went through the diaspora after 490 AD. No, The Arabs were the Saracens of Lebanon, the Ottomans were Turks, the Mumluks were mostly Egyptian and the Venetians/Genoans were granted the right to invade Palestine by Urban II. The Naqba is a social phenomenon exclusive to Palestinians who are in denial that they lost the war and cannot accept that they lost. As for Ha’aretz, this paper is the equivalent of The Guardian and is a left-wing paper.

            No, I cannot promise that a tiny minority of Israelis will resent the return of the West Bank in the same way that Palestinians will promise not treat the West Bank as a staging post for terrorism. FYI, I attended a debate last week on the freedom of the Arab press. A paper like Ha’aretz would not be in business in nearly all Arab countries except Tunisia.

  • Yair Davidiy

    49 Counter-Facts: In Defense of Israel
    Answers to the Counterfeits (13 June 2016, 7 Sivan, 5776)
    http://hebrewnations.com/articles/ca/counter.html

    • betz55

      LOL ! A whole lot a nothin’. But thanks for playing.

  • betz55

    Israel has painted themselves into a corner, surrounded by states that loathe them. Their hubris, arrogance and sense of entitlement based on the ridiculous credo of “God’s chosen people”, has left them an apartheid state, discredited, unmasked, de-legitimized, scorned, reduced to a diplomatic dwarf, maniacally messianic fanatics, laughed at and alienated from the rest of the international community.

    • peepsqueek

      “Surrounded by states that loathe them”???

      Egypt banned Hamas and branded it a terrorist organization.

      Jordan banned Hamas in 1999. In 2013, Jordan rejected requests to allow Hamas to return.

      Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah disagree and are fighting with each other in Syria (in an age old Sunni/Shiite conflict)

      Syria- Hamas is an uninvited guest

      Can you name one Arab Country that supports Hamas or their methods? Please be specific!

      “Scorned and reduced to a diplomatic dwarf”? In the mean time, both Egypt and Jordan have honored the peace treaty and full diplomatic relations with Israel for decades, which has been good for all three respectively. Israel maintains diplomatic relations with 157 countries, and does business and trade with most of them.

      • betz55

        Israel, and you, will need to accept a Palestinian state and start respecting the right of the people who occupied the land before you or you will not have peace. The burden is on Israel.U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 (which Israel had helped draft) which provided for “withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent [1967] conflict” in exchange for peace and security. Those resolutions represented official U.S. and international policy then, and they still do.

        However, eventually a couple good things will come out of this. The Palestinians will eventually have to thank the Israelis for building them all those nice houses free of charge and of course the Jews can stay and live in Palestine if they want to but they will be subject to Palestinians laws – up to and including home dispossession.

        Better yet, ship all those illegal settler terrorist squats to the Negev who complain, burn land, tear down olive trees, burn mosques, run over, kill, and beat Palestinians and let them be ‘pioneers’ there. They deserve to wander in their own desert for the next 40 years.

        No need to blame yourself or the Israeli’s. They are destroying themselves, politically, demographically, religiously, and diplomatically.The facts are out there and due to the internet Israel can no longer hide behind media, political, or bulldoze people into accepting their ‘facts’ or ‘intelligence’.

        Good for you that you blindly support a failing country, by not admitting mistakes or accepting responsibility for failed policies you and Israel are perpetuating the system that guarantees your failure.

        The Israel you blindly defend will not last and will not look the same 10 years from now.

        Israel is the problem. And until you get it pipsqeak, Israel will go on destroying itself, if not demographically and morally. Is that clear enough for an obtuse person like you to understand? Good.

        • peepsqueek

          In UN Resolution “242”, it does not say Israel must withdraw from “all” the territories occupied after the Six-Day war. This was deliberate, so that the Arab States could not use these [territories] to attack Israel again. The “Arab States” pushed for the word “all” to be included, but this was rejected by the UN Security Council. Read the UN notes and additions.

          What is your cultural heritage that gives you the moral high ground in all this? I have a feeling that you are a hypocrite. Please do not dodge the question

          • betz55

            Oh pipsqeak – what gives you the moral high ground in all this? The old testament is not a mortgage deed?Blame the victim then steal his land, God told me to do this in an 2000 year old comic book.

            Israel was born of the terrorism of the Irgun, Ledi, Stern Gang, Hagana… and it has chosen arrogance and terrorism to perpetuate its occupation of Arab territory and then it asks ‘why don’t they like us?

            Resolution 242 – Oh, it’s right here:
            Resolution 242 (1967) by the Security Council and therefore fully binding…
            1. Affirms that the fulfillment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East which should include the application of both the following principles:
            (i) withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;
            (ii) termination of all claims or states of belligerency, and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force;

            2. Affirms further the necessity
            (a) for guaranteeing freedom of navigation through international waterways in the area;
            (b) for achieving a just settlement of the refugee problem;
            © for guaranteeing the territorial inviolability and political independence of every State in the area, through measures including the establishment of demilitarized zones.

            Israel quibbles over interpretation of the wording but it’s clear to everyone else.

            Security Council Resolution 338 (1973) calls on the parties concerned to start immediate implementation of Security Council Resolution 242.
            Security Council Resolution 446 (1979) “determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East…

            Calls once more upon Israel, as the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, to rescind its previous measures and to desist from taking any action which would result in changing the legal status and geographical nature and materially affecting the demographic composition of the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, and, in particular, not to transfer parts of its own civilian population into the occupied Arab territories.”

            No. 242 — 22 Nov 1967 Affirms that the fulfillment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East which should include: withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict; and termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.

          • peepsqueek

            Nice dodge to a simple question! “What is your cultural heritage that gives you the moral high ground in all this? I have a feeling that you are a hypocrite. Please do not dodge the question”

            I am an atheist, but he Qur’an recognizes the Land of Israel as the heritage of the Jews and it explains that, before the Last Judgment, Jews will return to dwell there. This prophecy has already been fulfilled. Prophecy or Fantasy, all three religions have it in their collective books, and it has been a reality in your life time. What is your bases for wanting to turn Israel into another Islamic Republic? Please respond

          • betz55

            Oh pipsqeak, your cherry picking just doesn’t hold up.
            It recognizes it as the land for Jews, not Israels, and also the Canaans which are the Philistines, who are the Palestinians.

            The Palestinians were there before the Jews.

            Islamic Republic? Who said anything about that except you and your ilk who want to turn it into a Jewish only state. What is your basis, a centuries old comic book that a delusional messianic people think is a property deed?

            You need to read this again and share it with your hasbaric buddies there at the hasbara institute in your capital Tel Aviv:

            Even more fundamentally, demographic trends mean that Israel can’t have it all.
            It can’t be a Jewish state, a democratic state, and a state in control of its whole historical land.
            It can only have two of its objectives at a time.
            Israel can be Jewish and territorial — but not democratic.
            Or it can be democratic and territorial — but not Jewish.
            Or finally, it can be Jewish and democratic — but not territorial.

          • peepsqueek

            The Quran states that God granted the Land of Israel to the Children of Israel and ordered them to settle there. In addition, it is predicted that before the end of days, God will bring the Children of Israel to retake possession of the Land, gathering them from the different countries and nations.

          • betz55

            God does not grant land deeds – yea – God told me to do this in an 2000 year old comic book, it does not give Israel the right to ethnically cleanse the indigenous population. The Koran states that both Jews and Canaans will share the land, it does not say anything about the children of isarel taking possession of the land and settling there and definelty not from different countries and nations. You can spin your narrative all you want but it will still be null and void and incorrect.

            Israel is as close to a democracy as your going to get in the Middle East? Ah yes, the other pillar of hasbara. Frequently rehashed talking points about Israel being the “only democracy in the Middle East” (Turkey and Lebanon are both democracies) does not give give Israel “the right to do whatever it wants to do.

            Democracy in Israel ? For whom?
            Israel is simultaneously running three systems of government.
            The first is full democracy toward its Jewish citizens — ethnocracy.
            The second is racial discrimination toward the Palestinian minority — creeping Jim Crowism.
            And the third is occupation of the Palestinian territories with one set of laws for Palestinians and another for Jewish settlers — apartheid.

            Palestinians are governed by military law, which does not recognize a whole host of basic rights like freedom of speech and assembly, and maintains a draconian military court system. This is the legal farce that the settlements have created: Two peoples, in some cases literally living side by side, are governed by two very different legal systems based solely on their ethnicity.

            Any government whose policy is apartheid, which is patently anti-democratic, forfeits the right to make claims in democracy’s name. It just proves what you and others like you want so much to show in Israel and abroad: trying to make the stink of Israel’s failed policies smell like roses when we all know they just stink.

          • peepsqueek

            “God does not grant land deeds” you are correct, but if Jews, Christians, and Muslims all have it in their books, what is your beef.

            Arabs hold some public offices in Israel, but remember Israel is a tiny Jewish State with their own values and culture, surrounded by Muslim States in which every one of them are signatories to the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights:

            Article 19: “There shall be NO crime or punishment EXCEPT as provided for in the Sharia.”

            Article 24: “All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Sharia.”

            Article 25: “The Islamic Sharia is the ONLY source of reference for the explanation or clarification of ANY of the articles of this Declaration.”

          • betz55

            “God does not grant land deeds” you are correct, but if Jews, Christians, and Muslims all have it in their books, what is your beef. – It’s your beef, you think the land belongs to Israel – it doesn’t, plain and simple. It’s o-c-c-u-p-i-e-d by Israel. Israel is the apartheid occupier.

            Arabs hold some public offices in Israel – yes, but not Palestinians – but remember Israel is – a tiny apartheid Jewish State – with their own values and culture – as the Palestinians also own their own values and culture – surrounded by Muslim States in which every one of them are signatories to the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights.

            So? Your cherry picking articles again to spin your narrative? Couldn’t get anywhere with 242, couldn’t get anywhere with democracy, now your deflecting to Sharia. You’re never going to win pipsqueak the facts are not on your side. What will it be next?

            The issue is apartheid Israel and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

            a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”

            b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”

            c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”

            d. “The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

            Again, Jews are the only non-Muslim non-Arab population that has the full right of self determination in the Middle East. Bzzzzzzzz – wrong – Israel is not a legitimate manifestation of self-determination, but a colonial-settler state.

            As I said before Palestinians only have those rights which do not conflict with the “right” that Israeli Jews had to steal most of their land. And that theft will come to an end and either one or two states. I believe you would be happy if the banner of Israel flew over 100% of the land. But that is never going to happen.

          • peepsqueek

            Just for balance, the banner of Islam flies over 99.9% of the Middle East land mass and all fly the colors of the former caliphates. They all have to live under some form of Islamic Sharia. Take a look at some of this quotes from non-Muslims and non-Arabs in the Middle East—

            Kurd Net Daily Online News: 

            “For years the 30 million Kurds spread across those territories have been the world’s largest ethnic group without an independent homeland. Only the Kurds in Iraq, who displaced Iraqi forces in the 1990s when a U.S. and British no-fly zone was in place against Saddam Hussein, have managed to carved out an area of real autonomy.”

            Coptic News:
            
”Since Christianity came to Egypt in 57 A.D., we, the Christians of Egypt, have not had conflict with the Jewish people. Copts have been a marginal population held in captivity for sixteen centuries. We constitute the largest non-Arab, non-Moslem minority in the Middle East. The Church of Alexandria, is one of the oldest organizations in the Middle East. Despite this distinguished history, it is a church that has been under siege since the Islamic invasion.” [Nearly 100 Christian churches were attacked in Egypt last year]

            Assyrian International News Agency (AINA): 
”
            Keep in mind that these Christian minorities, the Assyrians, Armenians, Copts, are actually the original inhabitants of these areas with roots going back thousands of years before Christianity. What we’re seeing is a systematic attempt to cleanse the Middle East of its original inhabitants, this is a continuation of the genocide that took place in Ottoman Turkey in 1915.”

            UN News, GENEVA — 15 March 2013 — “The cradle-to-grave attacks against Bahais in Iran represent one of the broadest and most obvious cases of state-sponsored religious persecution in the world, said Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. Speaking on 6 March 2013 in Geneva at a side event during the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council, Dr. Bielefeldt discussed the release of a new report by the Baha’i International Community, which documents rising violence against Iranian Baha’is and the utter impunity enjoyed by attackers.”

          • betz55

            Doesn’t matter and no one care, yet another attempt to spin, deflect to no avail.

            My class at UC Santa Cruz thanks you for your non-nonsensical and ludicrous postings. You have proved their point of hasbara. Thanks ! And the kids who were on the fence are now 100% pro-Palestinian.

            Keep up the good work !

          • peepsqueek

            I am happy that your class thinks the current state of affairs in the Middle East on Israel, and are 100% pro-Arab pro-Islam (sarcasm intended). Hamas: No Muslim shall rest until the banner of Islam flies over every inch of the land] — Similar statements have been made by Hezbollah, al Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, al Shabaab, and others.

            I am happy that your class believes that the Pan-Arab colors on the flag, of which the four Pan-Arab colors were intended to represent a certain Arab dynasty and caliphate. The black was the color of the banner of Muhammad and the Rashidun Caliphate; white was used by the Umayyad Caliphate; green was used by the Fatimid Caliphate; and red was the flag held by the Khawarij, should be flying over Jerusalem, the holiest City for the Jewish people. Just for balance, attempt to get near the holiest City for the Muslims if you are a non-Muslim. And fly that flag over the West Bank- the birth place of David, Solomon and Jesus. Try to get near the birthplace of Muhammad, where Jews and Christians lived before the invention of Islam.

            Remind your class that Islam would not exist if Muhammed had not started an ISIS-style campaign to conquer and unify the Arabian peninsula under one faith, with the specific goal of outlawing all other faiths, which, to this day- June18th 2016, are forbidden in the whole of Saudi Arabia.

            Remind your class that no Islamist will ever support any of your liberal causes, to include women’s rights, gay rights, religious rights, the right of free speech and expression, the right to criticize Islam (I don’t know if that on is a liberal cause),…….

            Your students may be smart because they made it to the University, but if you do not put all the facts on the table, no jury can make a proper final determination. Ask your students whose land they are living on and making a living one, and whose land is the University built on. Who has a right to all of the Americas?