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With Trump's Help - Israel Chooses Short-Term Land Grabs Over Long-Term Legitimacy

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The Trump administration seems poised to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an invaluable campaign contribution by providing a green light for Israel to declare sovereignty in Area C of the West Bank
The Trump administration seems poised to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an invaluable campaign contribution by providing a green light for Israel to declare sovereignty in Area C of the West Bank
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From the Balfour Declaration of 1917 to the founding documents of the state of Israel in 1948, there has always been some measure of pretense that consideration would be given to non-Jews who live in Palestine. That promised consideration never materialized and Palestinians were killed and forced into exile. This continued after the 1967 conquests when Israeli governments colonized newly conquered territories while also speaking of a possible peace agreement with the Arabs. Then there were the various Oslo Accords “peace” summits at Camp David in 2000 and the talks at Taba. Though these summits produced nothing tangible for the Palestinians the pretense was enough to make Israel look reasonable and peace-loving.

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Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) called on her colleagues to visit Israel to prevent Donald Trump and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, "succeed in hiding the cruel reality of the occupation from us". #WantonCruelty. #InsatiableLust .

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OCCUPATION? Interesting words.

Words matter. Critics of Israel, from The New York Times to BDS and the United Nations, usually base their condemnation of Israel on accusations that Israel's settlements (or its "occupation of Palestinian territory") are illegal. These accusations are false and deserve to be exposed once and for all. That's why FLAME has created a message called "What Is 'Palestinian Territory'?."

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Apparently, the Palestinians "were there first" - they are the "indigenous people" of that property and that's why the Palestinians had to be "evicted" by force from their homes to make way for the incoming Jewish humanity coming from all corners of the globe to permanently "occupy" and live "forever more" in "their promised land" of Palestine - when the 51st State of Israel was created in 1948. However, the Palestinians never left "their property" willingly - the Palestinians are "prisoners" of Israel in "their own land". "The paradigmatic example of a "crime against humanity" is what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jewish People. This is where the concept of crime against humanity came from. And this is what the U.N. Human Rights Commission determined that Israel is currently doing to the Palestinian People: Crimes against humanity. Legally, just like what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jews". #LastTrain. #UpTheAnte.

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Who Are the Indigenous People of Palestine? You deserve a factual look at . . .What are the facts?

The Jewish people have lived in Palestine continuously for more than 3,000 years -- far longer than any ethnic group. Why do Arabs deny this history?

Many Arabs and anti-Israel activists claim Palestinians are the true indigenous people of the Holy Land, comparing their plight to that of Native Americans. Yet the ethnogenesis of the Jewish peopleHebrew language, Torah, Jewish religion, culture and self-identitybegan in Palestine more than 1,800 years before Arabs arrived.


No . . . The United Nations Didn't Create Israel: Hanan Ashwari, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, recently restated one of her favorite falsehoods about the creation of Israel. This falsehoodironically often advanced by both Israel's supporters and its enemiesholds that Israel was created by the United Nations in its Palestine Partition Resolution 181, passed on November 29, 1947 and implemented by Great Britain's withdrawal on May 14, 1948.

It is a pernicious lie that portrays Israel as existing simply as a result of "the kindness of strangers" and as a foreign body imposed on the region by outside forces.In fact, Jews have yearned and struggled to return to their ancestral homeland for three millennia.

Zionism began as a movement in 1897, when Jews began to resettle in what was then called Palestine, culminating in Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 on the same day Great Britain left.

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With Jewish settlers dictating the political agenda in Israel, and constantly provoking Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, violence is likely to grow exponentially in the coming months. As is often the case, this violence will be used strategically by the Israeli government, this time to set the stage for a final and complete annexation of Palestinian land, a disastrous outcome by any count.

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Netanyahu is now officially lobbying for a public statement by US President Donald Trump to back Israel's annexation of the West Bank. Although the White House refused to comment on the story and an official in Netanyahu's office claimed that it was "incorrect," the Israeli right is on the fast track of making that annexation possible.

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