Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The Bluff of "Natural Growth"

This piece from Israel Channel Two shows dramatically how "natural growth" is simply a nice way of saying "settlement expansion." They visit a settlement that growing "naturally" while many of its existing homes are empty. There's no easier way to show the lie of Israel's policies. I only want to add two things:

1. They could have gone anywhere in the West Bank for this piece. Every settlement I know of is half-empty but still growing.

2. It needs to be said that the essence of a settlement is that it is a Jewish-only community...on Palestinian land. Is anyone else wiling to call that simply racist, or am I the only one?

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