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Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Onion does the 'settlements'

Imagine if the Onion did a piece on the 'settlements.' Oh wait, you don't have to imagine. They've done one.
As part of their continuing efforts to bring peace to the conflict-stricken region, Israeli government officials announced today the construction of a new settlement on Palestinian lands where future peace talks can be held. “After years of failed diplomacy, it has become clear that we need to make a fresh start, and what better way to do so than by appropriating a small amount of Palestinian territory where Israeli citizens can live and negotiators from both sides can talk about a peaceful way forward?” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, referring to the civilian Jewish community that will be constructed in place of multiple razed city blocks in the West Bank. “With this new settlement in place, I believe that our prospects of peace and unity will be brighter than ever. In fact, we should build more settlements so there can be even more places to negotiate.” Netanyahu noted that any individuals currently living on the future site of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have exactly 36 hours to leave before they are forcibly removed.
It's not very funny, is it? But it does show some things that ought to be taken seriously by every advocate for Israel, because the world is not getting our message. First, note how the last sentence implies that 'Palestinians' are being expelled from land on which the 'settlement' is to be built.  That doesn't happen and has never happened. It has never been the case that 'Palestinians' were ejected from buildings to which they had title so that the buildings could be razed and a Jewish village could be built on their grounds.

In fact, all of the Jewish cities and towns in Judea and Samaria are built on state lands or lands that were purchased by Jews, many of them during the pre-state period.

The fact that the publishers of the Onion think that the paragraph above is funny shows just how much the world does not understand what really happened. We have a lot of work to do.

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