Israeli Settlements

“The occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own population into the territories it occupies.” – Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention – protecting civilians during war

Enough time has passed that most agree that forcefully driving Native Americans off their land and onto reservations was a horrific crime. On top of that, imagine that the US government started building “neighborhoods” within the reservations where non-Native Americans would live. Now imagine the government controlled the water and electricity on the reservation and that the new “neighborhoods” had an endless supply to these resources but the Native Americans experienced shortages. Or that the government built roads through the reservation that only those living in the “neighborhoods” could use? How would the Native Americans respond to the injustice? Can you blame them for responding?

Because that’s the reality in Palestine where there are currently 120 ILLEGAL Israeli settlements within the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Many Palestinians have been driven off their land and into what is now referred to as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. If the wall was built to protect Israelis from Palestinians, then why is Israel building illegal Israeli settlements on the other side of the wall, within Palestine? How can Israelis possibly be safe when these settlements are popping up all over the place, in the very midst of Palestinian neighborhoods? It begs the question, is the wall REALLY about security?

Whatever the case, most of the international community has labeled the situation in Palestine as “occupation” and claims that Article 49 applies to Israel. Because Israel is a party to the Geneva Conventions, it must adhere to its responsibilities. After visiting Palestine and watching Israeli bulldozers make way for even more settlements, it was pretty clear that Israel regards itself as above international law. We wonder just how long they’ll get away with it.

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