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Israel passes draft law requiring Palestinians to pay for their own home demolitions


A Committee of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) passed a first draft of a law that will require that Palestinians whose homes are destroyed by Israeli forces pay the Israeli government for the demolition costs.

The law will now be passed to the full Knesset for a final reading, where it is expected to pass due to the current makeup of the Knesset.

Since 1967, Israeli forces have demolished 24,813 Palestinian homes. 90% of these homes were destroyed for 'administrative' reasons – because they either lacked a permit or were in an area designated for expansion by the Israeli military. No permits have been issued by Israeli authorities for Palestinian construction in the Occupied Territories since 1967. The remaining 10% of the demolitions have been 'punitive' demolitions of the homes of Palestinians accused of attacking Israel, or of their families' homes.

In the first five months of 2011, Israeli forces demolished more Palestinian homes than in the entire year of 2010, rendering homeless 706 Palestinians, including 341 minors. This is according to the most recent numbers released by the Israeli Civil Administration.

If the law passes the full Knesset, any Palestinian whose home is destroyed by the Israeli military will have to pay thousands of dollars to cover the cost of the demolition. Already, many Palestinian homeowners, mainly in Jerusalem, have been forced to pay for the forced demolition of their homes.

Israeli forces use US-made armored D9 bulldozers, manufactured by the Caterpillar Corporation, to carry out the demolition of Palestinian homes. This has led US and international activists to call for a boycott of the Caterpillar corporation, saying that the use of the bulldozers to demolish Palestinian homes is a violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

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I fail to understand though, why the Palestinians have put up

with this for so long. One would think by now, if they didn't already have small arms at least, they would try to obtain them.

Then when they come to bulldoze your house - you just waste the mf'ers.

Am I missing something here?

I mean, these jackholes show up to BULLDOZE YOUR HOUSE!!

They wouldn't last long against me, I promise. Even if I only managed to take one of them out before they got me, that's one less of them to oppress anyone I leave behind. If that happened EVERY time they went to bulldoze a house, how long do you think it would take before whomever has to do the dirty work says, "no way - you do it. I'm not that stupid."

I think that they do have

I think that they do have some weapons; it's just that Israel covers up the history of any successful Palestinian military action because news of such events might inspire the proletariat to stand up for themselves. You don't bulldoze over 20,000 houses without just cause without at least a few of the owners acting to stop you. This is exactly why Ron Paul is right about cutting off Israeli and Palestinian funds. Israel could not oppress without our backing, implicit support, and, apparently, our bulldozers. Palestine would do the same thing to Israel that Israel is doing to Palestine, were it given the opportunity. I say we level the playing field by cutting funding and support for either side and let them duke it out-they might even become friends without the presence of a third party egging them on. We have huge problems to worry about in our own country.

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."- JFK

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well, samadamscw, I fail to understand why we Americans

are putting up with OUR increasingly dictatorial lawless predatory government. . . as one who yearns for free and prosperous America (and Israel & Palestine & West Bank & Gaza) I really DO wish to know how to FREE us ALL humankind.

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I agree.

They have put up with it b/c all they have are rocks, few rifles, and less rpgs. They are up against jets, tanks, missles, etc...paid for by the American taxpayer.

because all they have are

because all they have are stones...and if they throw them while their house is being destroyed or their brother is being murdered, then they get bombed and so does half the neighborhood...they have been trained well...don't fight..or israel will say you attacked them and have it published all over the american newspapers about how palastians were mean to the israelis again...

"and the truth shall make you free"
John 8:32

The Israeli government is

The Israeli government is full of Zionists! I even had classmates of mine, that have Jewish blood, who can't stand what their own government does. This is just borderline insane!


Judaism's most sacred rabbinic writings are the Talmud and Zohar (Kabbalah).

So how is Judaism different from Zionism?

A good book to read is The Cross of Bethlehem by Roy Tov.

Luke 3:38
Isaiah 43:3-5

there is an entire group of Jews--

and they ARE Jews, who do NOT subscribe to the Talmud . . .--and certainly not to the other book.

They are Torah Jews, and they are real Jews.

And they are against Zionism.

Collectivizing and grouping all Jews as the ones who are most visible in Israel (because most of the Torah Jews do not live in Israel)--

is not helpful to the discussion about Judaism and Zionism.

Some of the most vocal critics of Zionism ARE Jews.

And I support them in their right to be heard AS Jews. (sorry about the caps)

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Is it

helpful to humanity to shield the 98% of the Jews that follow the Zohar and the Talmud behind the 2% that follow the Torah.

More of a statement then question. I don't know the answer.

“The Talmud is to this day the circulating heart’s blood of the Jewish religion. Whatever laws, customs, ceremonies we observe—whether we are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform or merely spasmodic sentimentalists—we follow the Talmud. It is our common law.”
Herman Wouk, Orthodox Jew and author of The Cain Mutiny,

Luke 3:38
Isaiah 43:3-5

I understand . . .

it is a valid question; however . . .

most of those 98% are harmless followers with no ulterior motives--

like many of the Christians in America.

They simply need to be undeceived and awakened--

I see the quote from Wouk, but he can't claim to represent anyone anymore than any American can represent all other Americans, etc., etc.

As *we* have learned from sad experience, when a group is targeted as being dangerous (whether political or cultural or religious, etc.)--

there will be madmen and opportunists ready to attack the most innocent from that group. It happened before; it can happen again.

The Jews killed before, during WWII (and I won't argue about how many were killed; that is a moot point; Jews (and others) were targeted) . . .--

were not people who wanted to cause any harm to anyone; in fact, it may very well be that they were 'removed' as a political move--

taking out *one's own* has always been an evil machination--

if it happened then, it can happen again--

the evil ones will always, it seems, 'get away'.

So, why am I bringing this up? What can be done about it anyway? *We* can certainly educate.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

In reality

there is no such thing as Jewish blood, the tiny tribe in Biblcal days was scattered and outbred long ago.
These Khazar nut jobs are converts from 740ad

They now control every aspect of american life from the Fed to all the news networks, congress senate etc...

The Pods have spoken

yes, there is probably more 'real' Jewish blood from . . .

ancient Israel in the Palestinians than in many Israelis.

BUT, calling them "nut jobs" is not only not helpful but not true. There are many, many good people who are of Khazar lineage who are NOT Zionists and who are definitely not "nut jobs".

Those who read the bible who believe that the Jews are going to be 'punished', somehow, should consider that there is probably much more ancient Jewish blood among non-Jewish middle easterners--

punished, indeed--


it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

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the new nazis...are you really surprised?

congrats on being a part of the new nazism (if you do nothing political in your life to stop this terror you are part of the problem)

most people here are the choir so, sorry to be preaching to the choir

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

What Do They Call It?

Chutzpa? LOL



"I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this any more!"
- Howard Beale

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YES Isr'l gov IS meshugas = crazy, foolish, senseless, mad

How do you also describe them as:
ugly, soul-less, evil and SINFUL in their own tongue. . . for treating their minorities in this inhumane outrageous manner. . . i would like to know.

Here's a good

word for that: shalkhaftikeyt
It means evil or wickedness.

I only know this because I looked it up. My grandparents were Slavic and spoke a Yiddish dialect, but regretably, I never learned the language. I once asked my grandmother, who spoke English with a very strong Yiddish accent, to tell me about her life before coming to the US. She was so ashamed of her heritage, due to the shame associated with being an immigrant, that she insisted she had been born in Cleveland. Oy vey! Man's inhumanity to man hasn't changed much from one generation to the next, really. Those tormented only change from one heritage to another.

"I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this any more!"
- Howard Beale

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Isn't it so true, Maddy, that we each have to walk beyond that

line of insecurity and shame of one type or the other to reach this incredible realization that it's perfectly OK to be a unique individual to love and be loved and want to live freely (as long as we don't harm others)?

I really shouldn't be too hard on Israeli people for "allowing" their government to be SO utterly inhumane to their minority population, when I can't even change the course of the ugly, immoral, sinful paths that my own imperial government is dragging us into.

btw, thanks for checking up shalkhaftikeyt, which I hope we all find ways to be cleansed from and be forgiven :-)