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Paul Schneidereit, in his article: ["Rethinking the
settlements on Israel's 60th." May 13], is again
indulging in finding pretexts for Israel's continuing defiance of
international law, refusal to implement UN resolutions and to accept peace
offers made by Arab states. There is not a word about Israeli illegal
occupation of Palestinian territories that has been allowed to stand for over
40 years, in defiance of Security Council resolutions and international law.
There is no reference to the brutal practices employed throughout this illegal occupaton, including extra-judicial executions, holding
thousands of prisoners without charge or trial, torture, daily humiliation,
demolition of thousands of homes and expropriation of land for the
creation of illegal Jewish colonies [settlements] on Palestinian land. All
these acts are in violation of virtually every article of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and are
identified by international law as war
crimes. He speaks of removal of some setllements,
but not the major settlements that are suffocating Jerusalem and turning the West Bank into multiple non-contiguous bantustans, making the creation of
a viable Palestinian state impossible.
Israel's 60th anniversary is also the 60th
anniversary of its systematic expulsion of the indigenous Palestinians from
their homeland and demolition of over 500 Palestinian towns and villages in Israel . This anniversary for the
Palestinians is also the 60th. for the ctastrophe [al-nakba] that befell
them. Schneidereit regurgitates Israel's excuses for their denial of the
right of return for the Palestinian refugees to their homes, in compliance with
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and repeated UN reolutions.
This right is fundamental.
of the threats Israel faces from its neighbours.
Many of the wars, in 1956, 1967, 1978, 1982, 2006, were wars planned and effected by Israel against its neighbours.
The Arab League states offered in 2002, and continue to offer, the Arab
initiative of peace, offering Israel peace and security and full diplomatic
recognition, if Israel will comply with UN resolutions and terminte
its illegal occupation of Palestinian and Syrian territories and return to the
Mr. Schneidereit speaks of Israeli democracy. This democracy is
for Jews only, as affirmed by Israeli thinkers and human rights activists. the 1.4 million Muslim and Christian citizens of Israel do have the right to vote but
little else. None of these non-Jewish citizens has the right to lease or live
on 93% of Iand in Israel, and face legislated discrimination
in their economic rights and privileges. Over
250,000 thousands of Israel's Arab citizens are internal
refugees and their land is expropriated and some live in what Israel describes as "unrecognised villages" denied all basic elements of
living, including health facilities and basic rights.
describes President Carter as "pro Palestinian", for simply recording
the fact that Israeli practices in the OccupuedPalestinianTerritories are of the apartheid stile,
condemned universally in South Africa but allowed to continue in Israel.
peace and security will be assured for Israelis and Palestinians, in this
Land, if Israel will comply with international law
and accept the generous peace offer by the Arab states.