What does that process look like? How do settlers go about stealing Palestinian land under Israeli law? Part of the answer is that some theft is purely criminal in the sense even Israeli law is violated. But very often the theft happens with official sanction by the Israeli government, abetted by Israeli military and police. For a little background on what types of people are included in the judicial administration of Palestinian areas, I urge you to read my recent post on Major Adrian Agassi, of “peace with Palestinians is against nature” fame.
But back to the question. How can we know how exactly the process of ethnic cleansing looks? How are we form judgments about such seemingly complex issues? Well, its not so easy in the US, where you will not see any serious investigation of Israel’s policies of apartheid and ethnic cleansing on any major media outlet. As for the US government, it is fully aware of what is going on but is too meek or cowardly to stand up to Israel. Not just stand up to Israel with any backbone whatsoever, but even to turn down the tap of billions of dollars in aid that we provide Israel each year.
Luckily, some other more credible news organizations do investigate this matter, which is, I would argue, one of the defining issues of our time. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to watch the following video from Australia’s Dateline (HT: Antony Loewenstein), particularly because its so little understood and known in the US.
“We don’t care about what the world thinks about what our land is and what our land is not. Because we are a chosen nation and the world knows that, and God promised us Jerusalem.”
Here is a link to the video:
Australian SBS Dateline on Palestinian Evictions
Please spread widely to anyone and everyone.