Footage released by an Israeli human rights group shows Israeli police and soldiers standing by while settlers fire on a group of Palestinians in the northern region of the West Bank. It is unclear which side provoked the incident. One Palestinian was wounded in the confrontation.
Terrorized by gunmen, loggers, drug traffickers and encroaching farmers, the 355 surviving members of the Amazonian Awá tribe face extinction if the Brazilian government and the international community fail to protect them from what a Brazilian judge termed “a real genocide.”
Israel decided to move ahead with settlement construction Tuesday, giving the go-ahead for the building of 1,100 housing units in east Jerusalem, even after Palestinians claimed the area as their future capital in their application for U.N. membership last week.
Olive trees are a symbol of the long history of many Palestinian families, and some Israeli settlers have now launched assaults on the trees, cutting down and torching them and at times attacking farmers in what many observers believe is part of a crescendo of settler militancy.
The U.S. is easy—or so says Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister was recorded in 2001, apparently without his knowledge, claiming that the U.S. was “easy” to manipulate and that Israel should launch a broad attack against the Palestinian Authority that would be “so painful that the price will be too heavy to be borne.”
Roughly 2.4 percent of the Israeli population has managed to hijack the peace process by moving into settlements in Palestinian territory. So what drives these people? It may have less to do with religion and more to do with the low cost of living on occupied land.
The steady expansion of nominally illegal colonies into the Palestinian territories has gone on to the point where the political parties are now incapable of disengaging from the settlement enterprise.