Feeling the Hate in New York
|Saturday, May 1,2010 19:43|
Max Blumenthal writes:
He video taped this hate-filled rally, and we’ll embed the YouTube clip below. But before we do that, it’s worthwhile to comment on the issue of Israeli settlements. It never ceases to amaze me how many Americans are so profoundly ignorant on this topic, and have no clue that “the consensus view of the international community is that the building of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is illegal under international law.” Or as the BBC News puts it: “Settlement building in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is illegal under international law.” This is the view expressed by none other than the United Nations and its judicial arm, the International Court of Justice. Numerous resolutions have been passed against the state of Israel, demanding that illegal settlement activity be ceased.
There’s a very good reason why these settlements are illegal. According to international law, that land does not belong to Israel; it belong to the Palestinians, who have lived there for hundreds of years. That’s why the region is called the “Israeli Occupied Territories”. And that’s also why they’re called Israeli settlers, not unlike the white settlers who pushed the Native Americans off their land. Yet, we have Zionist extremists claiming that the land belongs to Israel, because “God gave it to them”, as one crazed man claims in the video below.
Blumenthal continues (emphasis is ours):
Such rhetoric is not limited to street level protests. Following the Obama administration’s call for a freeze on settlement activity, Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks debated conservative blogger Matt Lewis on MSNBC; here’s what Lewis had to say about the Israeli Occupied Territories:
Mr. Lewis has the facts exactly wrong: it’s not their territory…at least not according to the consensus of the international community and international law. Land acquired through conquest is illegal, and must be returned. One can hardly imagine Lewis making the claim that the United States was forcing Saddam Hussein to “give away territory” when the demand was placed on the Iraqi military to leave Kuwait. Israel has never given away any of its own territory, ever. The West Bank and East Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians. It’s amazing that neither Cenk Uygur nor the host Dylan Ratigan thought it worthwhile to mention this key fact in the debate, which just shows how biased the mainstream media in this country is when it comes to the question of Israel.