Destroying Susiya Village to Save It
Israeli ethnic cleansing.
by Stephen Lendman
On February 7, 1968, AP correspondent Peter Arnett contributed one of the Vietnam War's most memorable quotes.
Writing about Ben Tre, he cited an unnamed US major saying: "It became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it."
He referred to intensive bombing and shelling regardless of civilian casualties. Many deaths resulted.
In mid-March, Charlie Company soldiers entered My Lai. Destroying the village to save it repeated. Hundreds were slaughtered.
Most were women, children, infants, and elderly victims. Bodies were found mutilated. Women were raped, then murdered. William Calley alone was convicted. He got off easy with three and half years under house arrest.
Numerous other incidents never made headlines. They repeat in all wars. US crimes of war and against humanity are some of history's worst. So are Israel's. In war, peace, or in between periods, it terrorizes Palestinian civilians.
On June 12, Maan News headlined "Israeli forces order Hebron village demolished after settler case," saying:
Israel's Civil Administration (CA) ordered 50 temporary South Hebron Hills Susiya village structures demolished.
Orders said they renewed earlier 1990s rulings. Residents got three days to appeal. It's handled through the Civil Administration's Supreme Planning Council.
Susiya's survival is threatened. Demolition orders came days after residents petitioned Israel's High Court for justice. They challenged efforts by a neighboring Jewish-only settlement called Susiya. The extremist Regavim organization is also involved. More on that below.
Over 100 Palestinians are threatened. Their homes on their own land face demolition. Orders also target a shop, a clinic, a community center, a tent to store sheep milk prior to sale, solar panels, a cave used as a cultural museum, granaries, and shelters for sheep and chickens.
In February, Regavim petitioned Israel's High Court. It demanded CA demolitions. In March, CA responded, saying "in the near future" new demolition orders would be issued. Susiya residents' opposition would be reviewed.