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Israel to demolish 14 Palestinian homes to expand settlements

Image of Israeli forces demolishing homes in the West Bank to make way for Israeli settlements [File photo]
Image of Israeli forces demolishing homes in the West Bank to make way for Israeli settlements [File photo]

Israeli occupation authorities distributed demolition orders for 14 Palestinian houses and two agricultural structures in the West Bank city of Nablus, Safa news agency reported yesterday.

Director of settlement department in the Palestinian Authority Ghassan Daghlas said that the Israeli occupation is to demolish seven houses in Beit Dajan, east of Nablus, and seven others in Majdal Beni-Fadel, in the south of the city.

He also said that the orders to demolish two agricultural stores were submitted to farmers in two different neighbourhoods in the south of the city.

Israeli occupation authorities also said they would close two streets in the neighbourhood of Aqraba in the same city, Daghlas said.

The move is in keeping with Israel’s settlement expansion plan, he explained.

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  • James Mendelsohn

    Meanwhile, Hamas is demolishing Palestinian houses in Gaza as part of a road-widening programme. What, no protests?

    https://www.facebook.com/StandWithUs/videos/10153842368292689/

    • Ghassan Barghouti

      Wow what a thoughtful reply. Almost every defense of Israel’s barbaric immoral behaviour is now responded by “Hamas blah blah”, you must be a genius.

      • James Mendelsohn

        Thank you for proving my point, that those who claim to support the Palestinians are in fact hypocrites, who are far more interested in demonising Israel.

        • Ghassan Barghouti

          It’s like putting the blame on the Daughter rather than the Father on the Fritzl case. Of course you must demonise Israel and not the Palestinians. Every Time you oppress a group of people, you’ll notice some bad behaviour among the victim, but that shouldn’t stop you from blaming the oppressor. Israel’s crimes against Palestinians are far too many to list, and yet you just wait for the Palestinians to misbehave a little so that you can justify everything Israel has did since 1948.

          Remember, the only reason why Israel was actually allowed to steal land is because it works hard on presenting itself as a saviour peaceful state that came into a barbaric deserted land, which is why it’s more than fair to demonize Israel when it shows it’s true character. Hamas never claimed that it’s peaceful or any of that, Hamas is what it is, and it’s not even a big portion of the Palestinian society.

          • James Mendelsohn

            It’s never fair to demonise anything or anyone. “Criticise” yes, “demonise” no. Try reading some history, you might just learn something. Oh and by the way, I never tried to “justify everything Israel has did [sic] since 1948.”

          • Ghassan Barghouti

            I hope you do agree that the article was actually criticising not demonizing. Either way, I’m not sure why it isn’t ok to demonize something that you believe to be a demon. Do you see people criticising ISIS for example? Definitely not. A lot of people (for good reasons) don’t even consider Israel to be a legitimate state that is worthy of criticism.

            Anyway when I said “you”, I was describing the majority of Israeli defenders, who usually have the same boring senseless strategy of responding to any criticism of Israel.

          • James Mendelsohn

            I see plenty of people criticising ISIS.

            Only those who are ignorant of history, truth and basic justice do not consider Israel to be a legitimate state/ consider it to be a demon.

          • Ghassan Barghouti

            Under no circumstances is it justice to steal land from people who were living their for thousand of years and then create one of the largest refugee populations ever. And yes even if some people of the Jewish faith lived their before Muslims did.

          • James Mendelsohn

            Like I said, try reading some history – you might learn something. Israel didn’t steal the land, the Palestinians weren’t there for thousands of years, and the refugee crisis was caused by a war started by Arabs.

            This guy might inspire you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasim_Hafeez

          • James Mendelsohn

            Like I said, try reading some history – Israel didn’t “steal land”, the Palestinians weren’t living there for “thousands of years”, and the Palestinian refugee crisis was caused by a war started by their fellow Arabs. Google “Kasim Hafeez” – he might inspire you.

          • Ghassan Barghouti

            Yes they were, they might not have been called Palestinians, but they’re the same people ancestral wise. Ok let me humour you and pretend that refugees saw the danger of a very destructive war caused by Arabs and then moved away from their lands. Why didn’t the Zionists allow them to get back to their Homes after the war has been done? The answer is, Israel wouldn’t ever work if the population of Arabs far exceeded the population of Jews.
            Ethnic cleansing has always been Israels strategy, and it continues to this day.

          • James Mendelsohn

            At the earliest the Arabs arrived around 700 AD with the Islamic conquest. That’s not “thousands of years”.

            You have been fed a lie about “ethnic cleansing.” Arab leaders have sought to ethnically cleanse the area of Jews, not the other way round. Israel has approx 1.5 million Arab citizens, who have consistently said they would prefer to live in Israel than in a future Palestinian state.

            Israel had its own refugee crisis to deal with – the 900,000 Jews ethnically cleansed from the Arab States of the ME and North Africa. What of their claim to justice, or don’t they count?

            Like I said – you seem a reasonable guy – try googling “Kasim Hafeez”. I think you will find his story interesting.

          • Ghassan Barghouti

            Again with pointing fingers at other bad people to drift away from Israel’s own criticism. Will there ever be a debate about Israel’s behaviour without pointing how bad Arab States are?

            While kicking someone out of their home for any reason is a terrible tragedy I believe Israel is more than happy to accept “Jewish refugees”. Palestinian birth rate exceeds that of Jews, bringing more and more Jews to Israel will prevent Arabs from over-exceeding the Jewish population.

            I’m not going to debate Ethnic Cleansing with you now. There are books that write about them like Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. However if you are not up to that, I just need you to answer this logical question:
            Can Israel exist on a country that is full of Arab Villages and Arab People (which was definitely the case in 1947)?

          • James Mendelsohn

            Pappe is notorious for academic fraud. (Look up Benny Morris’ review of him in The New Republic.)

            Let me ask you a question in return. What would have happened if the Arab leaders had accepted the UN Partition Plan in 1947, instead of rejecting it?

          • Ghassan Barghouti

            After the impossible injustice the Palestinians have suffered through generations, it seems like the Partition Plan (if enforced) was heaven. But at that time, it was the stupidest thing the UN ever came up with to solve the issue. Anyway let’s not pretend that Israel “accepted” the plan, they just played it smart, and waited for Arabs to reject it and attack. If they genuinely accepted the plan, they would have stayed in their designated border, but no true Zionist really believes that Israel wasn’t entitled to all of Palestine.

            It’s always difficult to answer hypotheticals, but in my humble opinion nothing would have changed. Finding excuse to take more land has always been Israel’s best skill. Corrupted Palestinian leaders have regularly made concessions (like Oslo accords) just to ensure that Israel agrees that West Bank belongs to Palestinians, and even that haven’t stopped Israel to claim more and more lands.

          • James Mendelsohn

            Pure fiction, once again. Let’s leave it there but, one last time, Google “Kasim Hafeez”, he might inspire you.

          • Ghassan Barghouti

            Umm you asked a hypothetical question, so any answer would be fiction.

            I’m not sure why you keep asking me to Google someone. I believe what I believe because I research and actively seek opinion of both Pro-Israelis and Pro-Palestinians. Your “truth” isn’t going to suddenly pop-out from googling someone. I googled him anyway just for knowledge and out of curiosity of why would you want me to google this person specifically, is it because he is a Muslim that defends Israel? There are many Jews that are against Israel, so what’s the point?

          • James Mendelsohn

            Just thought he might give you a different perspective. Go and listen to him, if you ever get the chance. Anyway, enjoy the rest of your day.

          • Ghassan Barghouti

            Thanks, enjoy the rest of your day too.

          • Helen4Yemen

            What connects the German Jew to Palestine more than the German Christian?

          • Helen4Yemen

            Excuse me: How did ‘the Jews” grow from 3% to 50% and
            the Muslims dwindled from 90% to 47% and
            the Christians from 10% to 2%?
            _______

            Year — Muslims — Jews — Chrstians
            1800 — 89.50% — 2.54% — 8%
            1890 — 81.20% — 8% — 10.70%
            1914 — 76.20% — 13.64% — 10.15%
            1922 — 78% — 11% — 10%
            1931 — 74% — 17% — 9%
            1945 — 60% — 31% — 8%
            1950 — 47% — 50% — 3%
            2000 — 45% — 53% — 2%
            2014 — 47% — 50% — 2%

          • Helen4Yemen

            Here is a test for the European Jews.
            Look in the mirror, who is staring back?
            Don’t be shy. Just answer the question —

            a) Chinese
            b) M/E
            c) European
            d) African
            e) Japanese

            What is your answer?

          • Helen4Yemen

            David Ben-Gurion — “In the proposal of transferring the Arab population from the area, if it is possible voluntarily and if not by coercion, it would be possible to expand the Jewish settlement…The basic difference with the Commission proposal is that the transfer will be on a much larger scale, from the Jewish to the Arab territory;. If it were possible to transfer Arabs from one village to another within the British Mandate – it is difficult to find any political or moral argument against the transfer of these Arabs from the proposed Jewish–ruled area…. And is there any need to explain the value in a continuous Jewish Yishuv…”. In a speech in July, 1938, Ben-Gurion

          • Helen4Yemen

            Let me ask you this question:

            What would have happened had the French demanded that Algeria be partitioned? The Ashkenazi in Palestine is the equivalent of the French and the Algerians equivalent of the Palestinians. The Ashkenazi, 100% alien to the region, is just a thieving and plundering foreigner.

          • James Mendelsohn

            Totally false analogy.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Are the Ashkenazi not Europeans just like the French?
            Tell me on what basis the Ashkenazi could claim Arab land?

          • James Mendelsohn

            They purchased it. Not too difficult really.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Only the foreign Ashkenazi were able to buy land in Palestine and not the French or the English or the Russians or Nicaraguans?

            Who is occupying the houses left behind by the indigenous Palestinians?
            ____
            Benny Morris : — It is impossible to evade it. Without uprooting of the Palestinians, a Jewish state would not have arisen here…. A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians. Therefore it was necessary to uproot them. There was no choice but to expel that population….” — Benny Morris

          • James Mendelsohn

            Imagine how different things would have been if the Arabs had accepted th 1947 Partition Plan instead of trying to drive the Jews into the sea.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Why do the German/Russian/Polish/Lithuanian/French/English Jews wait till driven to the see? Why not go home?

          • James Mendelsohn

            Anyone who paid the asking price could have bought land from often absentee Arab landlords. Political control, as you are no doubt aware, the lay in the hands of the Ottoman Empire.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Theodore Herzl : — “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 it employment in our country. The property owners will come over to our side. Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discretely and circumspectly. Let the owners of the immoveable property believe that they are cheating us, selling us things for more than they are worth. But we are not going to sell them anything back. (Theodore Herzl, 12 June 1895)

          • Helen4Yemen

            Theodore Herzl : — “If we move into a region where there are wild animals to whichn(European) Jews are not accustomed – big snakes etc. – I shall use the natives, prior to giving them employment in the transit countries, for the extermination of these animals. High premiums for snake skins, etc, as well as their spawn.” Herzl, Handwritten Diary entry 12 June 1895, op. cit. Herzl Diaries, vol.1,

          • Helen4Yemen

            Benny Morris : — “Ben-Gurion was right. If he had not done what he did, a state would not have come into being. That has to be clear. It is impossible to evade it. Without uprooting of the Palestinians, a Jewish state would not have arisen here…. There is no justification for acts of rape. There is no justification for acts of massacre. Those are war crimes. But in certain conditions, expulsion is not a war crime. I don’t think that the expulsions of 1948 were war crimes. You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs. You have to dirty your hands…. There are circumstances in history that justify ethnic cleansing…. That was the situation. That is what Zionism faced. A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians. Therefore it was necessary to uproot them. There was no choice but to expel that population…. But I do not identify with Ben-Gurion. I think he made a serious historical mistake in 1948. Even though he understood the demographic issue and the need to establish a Jewish state without a large Arab minority, he got cold feet during the war. In the end, he faltered.”

          • Helen4Yemen

            Achad Ha-Am : — Hebrew essayist Achad Ha-Am, after paying a visit to Palestine in 1891: “Abroad we are accustomed to believe that Israel is almost empty; nothing is grown here and that whoever wishes to buy land could come here and buy what his heart desires. In reality, the situation is not like this. Throughout the country it is difficult to find cultivable land which is not already cultivated.”

          • Helen4Yemen

            Are you saying that the Ashkenazi Europeans have any claim of ancestry to Palestine? Bogus! Ashkenazi and Semitic are mutually exclusive.

            Here is a test for the European Jews.
            Look in the mirror, who is staring back?
            Don’t be shy. Just answer the question —

            a) Chinese
            b) M/E
            c) European
            d) African
            e) Japanese

            What is your answer?

          • LexRex Mann

            What a liar. You cannot just move onto land owned by other people and kill them, demolish the homes they’ve been living in for generations and then build your own fricke towns on Palestinian land.
            It’s illegitimate, and you know it. Liar

          • James Mendelsohn

            Try reading the history, you will be surprised at how wrong you are.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Jabotinsky : — ZIONISM = COLONIALISM There is only one thing the Zionists want, and it is that one thing that the Arabs do not want, for that is the way by which the Jews would gradually become the majority, and then a Jewish Government would follow automatically, and the future of the Arab minority would depend on the goodwill of the Jews; and a minority status is not a good thing, as the Jews themselves are never tired of pointing out. So there is no “misunderstanding”. The Zionists want only one thing, Jewish immigration; and this Jewish immigration is what the Arabs do not want.

          • Helen4Yemen

            You do not meant to say that the Goldberg’s and the Bloomberg’s are natives to Palestine, do you?
            ____________
            Benny Morris : — It is impossible to evade it. Without uprooting of the Palestinians, a Jewish state would not have arisen here…. A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians. Therefore it was necessary to uproot them. There was no choice but to expel that population….” — Benny Morris

          • James Mendelsohn

            On this, Morris is wrong.

          • Helen4Yemen

            On what basis are the white Ashkenazi Jewry on Arab land?
            Are they not Europeans?

          • James Mendelsohn

            Try reading the history of early Zionist land purchase. I

          • Helen4Yemen

            Was the German Jew prevented from buying land in Germany?
            Isn’t the German Jew 100% alien to Palestine?
            Why did white Europeans conspire to “buy” Arab land?
            _______
            Theodore Herzl : — “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 it employment in our country. The property owners will come over to our side. Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discretely and circumspectly. Let the owners of the immoveable property believe that they are cheating us, selling us things for more than they are worth. But we are not going to sell them anything back. (Theodore Herzl, 12 June 1895)

          • Helen4Yemen

            How is a European people squatting on stolen Arab land ‘legitimate’? How do you spell F O R E I G N? Why is the German Jew on Arab land and not in Germany? Got an answer?

          • Helen4Yemen

            History? Like how the European Jews were expelled 109 times, how they were not wanted on European soil? But what has that go to do with tge Arabs. European Jewry has no more claim than Christian Europeans. The West would its best that those Jews never return!

          • Helen4Yemen

            {Remember, the only reason why Israel was actually allowed to steal land is because it works hard on presenting itself as a saviour peaceful state }
            ————-
            Zionism was a scheme to remove European Jewry from European where they were eternally hated.

        • Helen4Yemen

          What is “Israel”? Aren’t those German-Russian-Polish-Lithuanian European Jews who made the Arabs to pay a price for their age-old conflict with their European cousins?

        • LexRex Mann

          “Israel”?? “Israel” has no right to exist.
          No right to expand these illegal settlements. No right to build the 25′ high wall, no right to build the Jewish-only roads, while they make the people who own the land wait at checkpoints for hours, sometimes days, no right to excute Palestinians as the walk down the road…no right to strip the palestinijnas of arms while their settlers walk down the street carrying UZIs.
          NO RIGHT TO EXIST.
          “Israel” is bringing about its own doom, sooner rather than later.
          Jews COULD live in peace with Palestinians, and according to international law, the Palestininas have every rigt to resist a military occupation with any means at their disposal.
          “Hamas” own the land; “Israel” doers not.

          • James Mendelsohn

            Try reading the history. You will be surprised at how wrong you are.

      • Helen4Yemen

        He is ‘a Chosen’!