Friday, May 29, 2009

Israel insists on "normal life" in West Bank policy (expropriation), after Obama administration tells Israel to stop settlements

US president Barack Obama met with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had told Israel that it should stop building more settlements on Palestine’s West Bank.

Israel has said that “normal life” will continue on the West Bank – a euphemism that means building of more settlements to accommodate population growth in or from Israel. Sometimes this causes expropriation of land in which Palestinians live, and their expulsion, a process resulting in a great deal of personal shame for Palestinians. (How would anyone like it in this country if someone could just take their home? That’s what the “Takings of Private Property” clause in the Fifth Amendment to the United States constitution is about, for example here.)

The UK Telegraph story is here.

The West Bank includes Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, south of Jerusalem.

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