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PostSubject: The murder of Palestine   The murder of Palestine EmptySun Oct 20, 2013 9:27 am

I have friends in Palestine. Palestine has no Army, no guns. They attack no one. they have lost their country, their freedom. Israel knows if they take away the water the people will die...they believe the world will not see it as murder. The Jews learned well from Hitler how to kill people.


Water in Palestine



Palestine Monitor
Excerpts from their Fact Sheet

West Bank Water Usage of the water available from West Bank aquifers, Israel uses 73%, West Bank Palestinians use 17%, and illegal Jewish settlers use 10%. While 10-14% of Palestine’s GDP is agricultural, 90% of them must rely on rain-fed farming methods. Israel’s agriculture is only 3% of their GDP, but Israel irrigates more than 50% of its land.
Three million West Bank Palestinians use only 250 million cubic meters per year (83 cubic meters per Palestinian per year) while six million Israelis enjoy the use of 1,954 million cubic meters (333 cubic meters per Israeli per year), which means that each Israeli consumes as much water as four Palestinians. Israeli settlers are allocated 1,450 cubic meters of water per person per year.

Israel consumes the vast majority of the water from the Jordan River despite only 3% of the river falling within its pre-1967 borders. Israel now diverts one quarter of its total water consumption through its National Water Carrier from the Jordan River, whereas Palestinians have no access to it whatsoever due to Israeli closures.



“There is no reason for Palestinians to claim that just because they sit on lands, they have the rights to that water.”

– Mr. Katz-Oz, Israel’s negotiator on water issues [1]



International Law


Under international law it is illegal for Israel to expropriate the water of the Occupied Palestinian Territories for use by its own citizens, and doubly illegal to expropriate it for use by illegal Israeli settlers [2].
Also under international law, Israel owes Palestinians reparations for past and continuing use of water resources. This should include interest due to loss of earnings from farming.


Israeli Actions

Israel does not allow new wells to be drilled by Palestinians and has confiscated many wells for Israeli use. Israel sets quotas on how much water can be drawn by Palestinians from existing wells.

Israeli settlers have no restrictions on water use.

When supplies of water are low in the summer months, the Israeli water company Mekorot closes the valves which supply Palestinian towns and villages so as not to affect Israeli supplies. This means that illegal Israeli settlers can have their swimming pools topped up and lawns watered while Palestinians living next to them, on whose land the settlements are situated, do not have enough water for drinking and cooking.

Israel often sells the water it steals from the West Bank back to the Palestinians at inflated prices.

During the war of 1967, 140 Palestinian wells in the Jordan Valley were destroyed to divert water through Israel’s National Water Carrier. Palestinians were allowed to dig only 13 wells between 1967 and 1996, less than the number of wells which dried up during the same period due to Israel’s refusal to deepen or rehabilitate existing wells.

The Gaza strip relies predominately on wells that are being increasingly infiltrated by salty sea water because Israel is over-pumping the groundwater. UN scientists estimate that Gaza will have no drinkable water within fifteen years.


The main spring in the Palestinian village of Yanoun suffers damages and contamination inflicted by illegal Israeli settlers.


Settlers

In Madama village 50km north of Jerusalem settlers from Yizhar settlement have repeatedly vandalized the villager’s only source of water. They have poured concrete into it, vandalized the connecting pipes and even dropped disposable diapers and other hazardous waste into the springs. Three villagers have been attacked by settlers while trying to repair the water source [3].

Constant settler attacks on the community of Yanoun, Nablus governorate, located next to the Itamar settlement, peaked in October 2002 when masked settlers charged into the village with dogs and caused significant damage to the water network, several roof tanks, and the local spring, which is considered to be the main source of water for the community. The main line supplying water to the community from the main spring, as well as the pump, reservoir, fittings and valves were all damaged by settlers. Residents of the community were forced to buy water from tankers from the neighboring community. Tanker access was very difficult due to Israeli closures and checkpoints as well as settler threats and terror which included shootings, beatings, and harassment [4].


This water reservoir, located in the village of Attil, Tulkarem district, is isolated by the Wall from the community it serves. It is in the area between the Wall and the Green Line, which Israel is attempting to annex in violation of the Road Map and of international law.



Water and the Wall

Many of the most important underground wellsprings in the West Bank are located just to the east of the Green Line dividing Israel from Palestine. Israel has built the Wall not only to annex land but also to annex many of these wells in order to divert water to Israel and illegal West Bank settlements.

The Wall is not only an Apartheid Wall, but also a water wall. Some of the largest Israeli settlements (such as Ariel and Qedumin) are built over the Western mountain aquifer, directly in the middle of the northern West Bank agricultural districts, and this is exactly where the wall cuts deepest into Palestinian territory to surround and annex this vital water source.

The building of the Wall has caused the village of Falamya in Qalqiliya district to lose its main source of water. In Jayyous, a village near Falamya, all of its seven water wells have been annexed or destroyed by the Apartheid Wall.

In the West Bank, around 50 groundwater wells and over 200 cisterns have been destroyed or isolated from their owners by the Wall. This water was used for domestic and agricultural needs by over 122,000 people. To build the Wall, 25 wells and cisterns and 35,000 meters of water pipes have also been destroyed [5].

In 2003, the losses incurred by Palestinian farmers due to the Wall diverting water resources has been 2,200 tons of olive oil, 50,000 tons of fruit, and 100,000 tons of vegetables [6].

The Wall is obstructing many water run-off flows in the Qalqiliya region that normally divert water to prevent flooding. During heavy rains in February 2005, Israeli soldiers refused to open drainage pipes in Qalqiliya, which led to heavy flood damage to crops and homes there. The Wall also caused severe flooding in Zububa and other villages.


Under the conditions brought about by the siege imposed by Israeli occupation forces, civilians in the occupied territories are suffering from lack of access to necessary resources for the maintenance of their daily needs and basic health. We have reached a state of emergency in the water sector in the Occupied Territories. We must call for an immediate end to the siege upon the water sector.


Jewish settlers have diverted their waste water onto Palestinian-owned farms, damaging crops in the process. The incident took place in the village of Fokeen to the west of Bethlehem.

According to the head of the village council, Ahmed Sokkar, the settlers of Bitar Elite settlement repeated the action several times. Apart from damaging the crops and wasting farmers’ time, Sokkar pointed out that it also has a serious negative effect on the environment.

Palestinian residents and human rights organizations claim that these and similarly destructive actions take place across the occupied West Bank on an almost daily basis. Last week, for example, wild pigs were let loose from illegal settlements around Jenin and damaged Palestinian farms, while other settlers in the same area destroyed dozens of olive trees.
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PostSubject: Re: The murder of Palestine   The murder of Palestine EmptySun Oct 20, 2013 10:36 am

Good report Dom.  Thanks for having the guts to post it.  What you have reported is just the tip of the iceberg.  Since the Israelis have not succeeded in their short-term efforts, they now have a long-term plan to eliminate Palestinians.  Crimes against humanity continue.  When it is too late, people will say, "Why didn't someone do something to stop the atrocities?"
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Greed seems to be universal in the world; and those who seem to have the most find themselves without blame.

It's always the least able to protect themselves that receive the downside of greed, in this country and any other.  The women and children suffer, the poor suffer, those struggling to move ahead even a bit suffer. 

Those with greed, they live comfortably.
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The answer to the problems in the Middle East must consider both sides and work towards reconciliation. From the beginnings of the problem, promises have been made that could not be kept. It is tie for both sides to let go of extremist solutions, otherwise, peace cannot be achieved. To promote one side over the other is to encourage war-like responses.

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Ann, have you considered both sides?
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Abe F. March wrote:
Ann, have you considered both sides?
Yes.
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PostSubject: Re: The murder of Palestine   The murder of Palestine EmptySun Oct 20, 2013 11:52 am

Up Eros; down Mars is a twist on a quote from Ben-Hur, a phrase spoken several times by Messala, the Roman childhood friend of Judah Ben-Hur.
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"Down Eros, up Mars" or "Mars reigns, Eros is dead" means that war is more important than love


As I said above, there have been unkept promises on both sides.  The only way to have a peaceful end is to recognize that neither side is the villain, that both have been wronged, and to work for a solution that includes both.


To insist that Israel is  an evil force that needs to be subjugated is to promote war as the solution.  


I thought you were a proponent of peace, Abe.


You seemed quite clear during the Syrian crisis that violence was not a solution.
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Palestine is a country taken over by the tribe of Judah, The word Jew come from the word Judah. The Jews call the country they took, Israel. The tribes God choose as his chosen people God called Israel. Each tribe had its own name. When Jesus was on earth, it was the tribe of Judah that had the city of Jerusalem. The other tribes were not there, they were north. When the tribe of Judah rejected Jesus, God took their position away from them as part of his people. Today, the tribe of Judah has the world believing Gods chosen people are Jews…this is not true. The Jews took the name Israel to deceive the world. They are not Gods people.

After WW2 Harry Truman, President of the USA saw the pictures of the Nazi camps. Truman said, “Hell, they could have killed six million people.” That is were the number six million comes from. It is true many died in the camps, but who were these people?

All German men who could fight, on three fronts were in the army. Those in the camps were the work force. Why would Hitler kill his work force in the middle of a war?

Millions of Russians were in the camps. Millions of others against the nazis’ were in the camps…many Israelis were in the camps. Were there any Jews in the camps? If so, why were thousands of Jews in the German army…yes, even High ranking officers. You can check this out on the net, they even show pictures of who some of them were.

The Jews show pictures of what they call Jewish children in the camps with numbers tattooed on their arms. Why would they tattoo a person they were going to kill?

Howard Gibson who was an Army Officer in WW2 was one of the men Truman sent to Europe after the war to write a report on the mass murder of Jews.

Howard Gibson, with records from around Europe proved in 1939, there were only three million Jews in Europe. How could they kill six million? More than three million went to
Palestine after the war. Those people who took over the country of Palestine, are not Gods people…and yes, they are killing the people of Palestine, and the only people trying to stop the murder are those of other Middle Eastern Countries. That is the reason they attack the Western Countries…because a whole people are being killed, starved of food and water.

When my friend was in his mothers house in Palestine, the only water they had was from a container on the roof to catch rain water…How would you like to live like that?

Farmers need water to grow food…the rain fall in that area is not the best in the world.

Note: Howard Gibson was the father of Mel Gibson. When the Jews of Hollywood asked Mel what he had to say about what his father was saying, Mel replied..."That's my father. I'm not going there." That is when the American Jews went after Mel Gibson.
America spends billions in money, and arms to the tribe of Judah, and they are using it to murder a whole race of people, because they want all the land of Palestine. Did we not do something like that here in the USA?
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I realize that Abe has discounted the importance of crediting sources, but it seems to me that if one wants to have thier claims to be acccepted, one needs to say where they got their information, especially if that information flies in the face of adknowledged truth.
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Some people would not know truth if it hit them in the face:

Things are not as they teach in school: If one wants to wave the flag, read this flag waving piece of history.

   
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The Balfour Declaration (dated 2 November 1917) was a letter from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Baron Rothschild (Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild), a leader of the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland.
His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.[1]

The text of the letter was published in the press one week later, on 9 November 1917.[2] The "Balfour Declaration" was later incorporated into the Sèvres peace treaty with the Ottoman Empire and the Mandate for Palestine. The original document is kept at the British Library.

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According to Isaiah Friedman, Hussein was not perturbed by the Balfour Declaration. On 23 March 1918, Hussein wrote in Al Qibla, the daily newspaper of Mecca:[8]
The return of these exiles [jaliya] to their homeland will prove materially and spiritually an experimental school for their [Arab] brethren who are with them in the fields, factories, trades and all things connected to the land.

He called on the Arab population in Palestine to welcome the Jews as brethren and cooperate with them for the common welfare.[9] Following the publication of the Declaration the British had dispatched Commander David George Hogarth to see Hussein in January 1918 bearing the message that the "political and economic freedom" of the Palestinian population was not in question.[7] Hogarth reported that Hussein "would not accept an independent Jewish State in Palestine, nor was I instructed to warn him that such a state was contemplated by Great Britain".[10] Continuing Arab disquiet over Allied intentions also led during 1918 to the British Declaration to the Seven and the Anglo-French Declaration, the latter promising "the complete and final liberation of the peoples who have for so long been oppressed by the Turks, and the setting up of national governments and administrations deriving their authority from the free exercise of the initiative and choice of the indigenous populations."

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The USA allows those from Mexico without papers to stay in the country, even giving them the right to demand rights as citizens. Free schooling, free Medical, etc…it does not give them the right to set up their own State. (country.) Perhaps England, France, yes even China should give the people from Mexico the right take a piece of the USA. I would agree to that if it were TEXAS.
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Since your post is on a thread I started, and since what you post is a lame effort to sidetrack the OP, in you feeble effort to make me look like a shouter, “The sky is falling,” let me again set you straight. I have told you, “ I do not know you, nor do I want dialogue with you.”

The first thing I do every morning when I wake up, is thank God teachers like you are becoming a thing of the past. I often get invited into High Schools to teach students how to think. Unlike teachers of your nature, who demand the student not think, but except what you tell them…the new teachers understand your method does not work. Rather than a teacher of your generation spending three plus years teaching Algebra, I train teacher how to do it in one hour…yes you heard me right…one hour. Students learn how to think things out, rather than being told, “The teacher knows all things.” Your type of teaching here in California has resulted in a 50% drop out rate, and a 10% rate of students leaving High School who can’t read.

As to your knowledge of history, you seem to know very little. You presume to know so much, you even fancy yourself a writing teacher. There is more to writing a story than, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Your spelling, grammar, and punctuation is very good, but you can not base your writing on that, nor the praise given you by friends.

I have asked you to stay away from me. You agreed if I would stay away from you. I have stayed away from you, and here you are again.

Either my God is heaping punishment upon me, or you are a sick puppy who needs to get a life. Stay away from me…please.
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Domenic Pappalardo wrote:
Since your post is on a thread I started, and since what you post is a lame effort to sidetrack the OP, in you feeble effort to make me look like a shouter, “The sky is falling,” let me again set you straight. I have told you, “ I do not know you, nor do I want dialogue with you.”

The first thing I do every morning when I wake up, is thank God teachers like you are becoming a thing of the past. I often get invited into High Schools to teach students how to think. Unlike teachers of your nature, who demand the student not think, but except what you tell them…the new teachers understand your method does not work. Rather than a teacher of your generation spending three plus years teaching Algebra, I train teacher how to do it in one hour…yes you heard me right…one hour. Students learn how to think things out, rather than being told, “The teacher knows all things.” Your type of teaching here in California has resulted in a 50% drop out rate, and a 10% rate of students leaving High School who can’t read.

As to your knowledge of history, you seem to know very little. You presume to know so much, you even fancy yourself a writing teacher. There is more to writing a story than, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Your spelling, grammar, and punctuation is very good, but you can not base your writing on that, nor the praise given you by friends.

I have asked you to stay away from me. You agreed if I would stay away from you. I have stayed away from you, and here you are again.

Either my God is heaping punishment upon me, or you are a sick puppy who needs to get a life. Stay away from me…please.
Boundaries, pappalardo. I discussed the topic. I didn't address you, or attack you personally. You are the one who is crossing the line.
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Stop side tracking my thread. If you have nothing to say as to the OP, than please keep you off topics to yourself.
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Everything I has sais is to the OP, or in response to direct questions from Abe which were not directed at you.
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Here, chew on this...see if it makes my point clear.

Texas's high schools rank slightly below average in 27th place

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States with high schools outperforming those of their neighbors significantly (by at least one 10% tier) include:

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  2. Illinois and Ohio (both in tier 2),
  3. Colorado (in tier 3), and
  4. Florida (in tier 4).
California allegedly spends less to educate each student than nearly any state, yet its high schools rank among the top 10% of states.
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Texas's high schools rank slightly below average in 27th place, behind those in all other states with technology centers including (in order of rank) Massachusetts, California and Virginia (all first-tier), and New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, North Carolina and New Mexico.
So why is this the case? I have two ideas. First, Texas law allegedly requires that at least half of school spending be spent on administrative overhead, assuring wasteful inefficiency. Next, the Texas state board of education continues to defy the United States Supreme Court in insisting that creationism (or "intelligent design", as the idea is now called) be taught in its public schools.
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Just ti put the thread back on track. Here is the OP again.


I have friends in Palestine. Palestine has no Army, no guns. They attack no one. they have lost their country, their freedom. Israel knows if they take away the water the people will die...they believe the world will not see it as murder. The Jews learned well from Hitler how to kill people.


Water in Palestine



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Excerpts from their Fact Sheet

West Bank Water Usage of the water available from West Bank aquifers, Israel uses 73%, West Bank Palestinians use 17%, and illegal Jewish settlers use 10%. While 10-14% of Palestine’s GDP is agricultural, 90% of them must rely on rain-fed farming methods. Israel’s agriculture is only 3% of their GDP, but Israel irrigates more than 50% of its land.
Three million West Bank Palestinians use only 250 million cubic meters per year (83 cubic meters per Palestinian per year) while six million Israelis enjoy the use of 1,954 million cubic meters (333 cubic meters per Israeli per year), which means that each Israeli consumes as much water as four Palestinians. Israeli settlers are allocated 1,450 cubic meters of water per person per year.

Israel consumes the vast majority of the water from the Jordan River despite only 3% of the river falling within its pre-1967 borders. Israel now diverts one quarter of its total water consumption through its National Water Carrier from the Jordan River, whereas Palestinians have no access to it whatsoever due to Israeli closures.



“There is no reason for Palestinians to claim that just because they sit on lands, they have the rights to that water.”

– Mr. Katz-Oz, Israel’s negotiator on water issues [1]



International Law


Under international law it is illegal for Israel to expropriate the water of the Occupied Palestinian Territories for use by its own citizens, and doubly illegal to expropriate it for use by illegal Israeli settlers [2].
Also under international law, Israel owes Palestinians reparations for past and continuing use of water resources. This should include interest due to loss of earnings from farming.


Israeli Actions

Israel does not allow new wells to be drilled by Palestinians and has confiscated many wells for Israeli use. Israel sets quotas on how much water can be drawn by Palestinians from existing wells.

Israeli settlers have no restrictions on water use.

When supplies of water are low in the summer months, the Israeli water company Mekorot closes the valves which supply Palestinian towns and villages so as not to affect Israeli supplies. This means that illegal Israeli settlers can have their swimming pools topped up and lawns watered while Palestinians living next to them, on whose land the settlements are situated, do not have enough water for drinking and cooking.

Israel often sells the water it steals from the West Bank back to the Palestinians at inflated prices.

During the war of 1967, 140 Palestinian wells in the Jordan Valley were destroyed to divert water through Israel’s National Water Carrier. Palestinians were allowed to dig only 13 wells between 1967 and 1996, less than the number of wells which dried up during the same period due to Israel’s refusal to deepen or rehabilitate existing wells.

The Gaza strip relies predominately on wells that are being increasingly infiltrated by salty sea water because Israel is over-pumping the groundwater. UN scientists estimate that Gaza will have no drinkable water within fifteen years.


The main spring in the Palestinian village of Yanoun suffers damages and contamination inflicted by illegal Israeli settlers.


Settlers

In Madama village 50km north of Jerusalem settlers from Yizhar settlement have repeatedly vandalized the villager’s only source of water. They have poured concrete into it, vandalized the connecting pipes and even dropped disposable diapers and other hazardous waste into the springs. Three villagers have been attacked by settlers while trying to repair the water source [3].

Constant settler attacks on the community of Yanoun, Nablus governorate, located next to the Itamar settlement, peaked in October 2002 when masked settlers charged into the village with dogs and caused significant damage to the water network, several roof tanks, and the local spring, which is considered to be the main source of water for the community. The main line supplying water to the community from the main spring, as well as the pump, reservoir, fittings and valves were all damaged by settlers. Residents of the community were forced to buy water from tankers from the neighboring community. Tanker access was very difficult due to Israeli closures and checkpoints as well as settler threats and terror which included shootings, beatings, and harassment [4].


This water reservoir, located in the village of Attil, Tulkarem district, is isolated by the Wall from the community it serves. It is in the area between the Wall and the Green Line, which Israel is attempting to annex in violation of the Road Map and of international law.



Water and the Wall

Many of the most important underground wellsprings in the West Bank are located just to the east of the Green Line dividing Israel from Palestine. Israel has built the Wall not only to annex land but also to annex many of these wells in order to divert water to Israel and illegal West Bank settlements.

The Wall is not only an Apartheid Wall, but also a water wall. Some of the largest Israeli settlements (such as Ariel and Qedumin) are built over the Western mountain aquifer, directly in the middle of the northern West Bank agricultural districts, and this is exactly where the wall cuts deepest into Palestinian territory to surround and annex this vital water source.

The building of the Wall has caused the village of Falamya in Qalqiliya district to lose its main source of water. In Jayyous, a village near Falamya, all of its seven water wells have been annexed or destroyed by the Apartheid Wall.

In the West Bank, around 50 groundwater wells and over 200 cisterns have been destroyed or isolated from their owners by the Wall. This water was used for domestic and agricultural needs by over 122,000 people. To build the Wall, 25 wells and cisterns and 35,000 meters of water pipes have also been destroyed [5].

In 2003, the losses incurred by Palestinian farmers due to the Wall diverting water resources has been 2,200 tons of olive oil, 50,000 tons of fruit, and 100,000 tons of vegetables [6].

The Wall is obstructing many water run-off flows in the Qalqiliya region that normally divert water to prevent flooding. During heavy rains in February 2005, Israeli soldiers refused to open drainage pipes in Qalqiliya, which led to heavy flood damage to crops and homes there. The Wall also caused severe flooding in Zububa and other villages.


Under the conditions brought about by the siege imposed by Israeli occupation forces, civilians in the occupied territories are suffering from lack of access to necessary resources for the maintenance of their daily needs and basic health. We have reached a state of emergency in the water sector in the Occupied Territories. We must call for an immediate end to the siege upon the water sector.


Jewish settlers have diverted their waste water onto Palestinian-owned farms, damaging crops in the process. The incident took place in the village of Fokeen to the west of Bethlehem.

According to the head of the village council, Ahmed Sokkar, the settlers of Bitar Elite settlement repeated the action several times. Apart from damaging the crops and wasting farmers’ time, Sokkar pointed out that it also has a serious negative effect on the environment.

Palestinian residents and human rights organizations claim that these and similarly destructive actions take place across the occupied West Bank on an almost daily basis. Last week, for example, wild pigs were let loose from illegal settlements around Jenin and damaged Palestinian farms, while other settlers in the same area destroyed dozens of olive trees.
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Ann, assuming that you have read previous posts on this subject as well as any subject concerning war and conflict; I have and remain on the side of peace.  I will state it again.  I hate war.  I oppose war.  War doesn't solve anything.  In most instances, it creates the atmosphere for revenge and continuing conflict. 
To find a solution to conflict, one must get unbiased facts.  With the current subject, my inclination was to ask you where you got your information for you to say that you considered both sides.  We gather information from various sources to form opinions.  If our sources are solely from the media, it cannot be relied on.  I say this having seen what the media does to truth.  By the time the editors (often biased editors) get through with information, what is disseminated to the public is often distorted with half-truths, biased and sometimes downright lies   One can easily determine that using Fox News as an example of twisted truth.
A good read by an unbiased source is Jimmy Carter's book, “Peace not Apartheid”.  He was no longer a political figure when he wrote that book and the backlash was severe.  The support for Israel by the US is clear.  In our National Elections (for President), candidates try their best to flaunt their support for Israel - money and influence prompting this action.  The UN, a world body has often condemned Israel for violations as well as making resolutions against them.  The US Vetoes these resolutions and condemnations.  The US is not and cannot act as an impartial Arbitrator for peace. 
Forcing someone to comply with the law is not war.  We have laws in our country and the police enforce them.  We have a world body (the UN) that is there to discuss and determine actions for peaceful solutions.  Those resolutions should be enforced – and not subject to a Veto.  If we say we are not the World’s policemen, then we must support the UN and not go it alone. 
We can discuss, agree and disagree on who is at fault based on the information we have collected.  If that information is incomplete or biased, the basis for discussing a solution is faulty.  When Carter and Clinton had Israeli leaders at Camp David, they got commitments for agreement that were not honoured.  There was much hope for peace when we witnessed Arafat and Rabin shaking hands and agreeing to peace terms.  That didn’t last.  Rabin was assassinated by his own people and Arafat was poisoned to death, believed to be an Israeli act. 
Many Jews do not support the acts of Israel.  Unfortunately, Jews are viewed as one with Israel. There are many Jews who give their full support to Israel feeling it is their duty while others have spoken out against the acts of Israel toward the Palestinians. 
 
It is clear to me that the objective of the Israelis is to acquire all the land of Palestine.  That was told to me when I was privy to inside information.  Some considered me Jewish because of my name, Abraham.  Settlements inside Palestinian territory are part of their strategy.  Some feel that possession is 9/10th of the law.  Another form of acquisition is by the annexation of land.  It is difficult to understand how one can talk peace when actions say otherwise.  Starving people out as by cutting off their water is an old form of military strategy.  There is an ancient place in Jordan called Petra where that happened.  The enemy cut off their water supply and the people of Petra were forced to surrender. 
 
Today we find Israeli settlers destroying Palestinian olive trees, their source of food and income.  Cutting off water for irrigation is just another ongoing act of starving people out by cutting off their means to make a living and survive.  This is not conjecture.  It is fact.  How many are aware of these events?  Does it make a difference as to how one views the situation between the parties or is it simply ignored?   Mediation for peace would compel that actions such as this be stopped.  If any agreement is reached that will last, it must be fair and that means compromise.  Since agreements in the past have not been honored by the parties, it requires an International entity, i.e., the UN to enforce it.  Without enforcement IMV, it won’t work.
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There have been wrongs committed on both sides, Abe. It is a complex problem. We have had this discussion many times. There cannot be a peaceful solution so long as the hatred exists. Feeding the hatred makes war inevitable.
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A good friend who lives on the west bank, and I had lunch...he told me, "Domenic, the world does not care." I told him I care, that is one. God cares, that is two...thank you Abe...now there are three.
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I have a picture of a young boy in Palestine.This picture is burned into my mind. It reminds me of a picture of a young boy the Nazis' had in the same position.
For some reason I can't post it here. You can see it on my Facebook.
To see the whole picture, click on the picture. The fear on the boys face, and the fear in wetting his pants...there is no reason to do such things to children.
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