‘Death Sentence’ Reversed on Israeli Village

David Meir-Levi writes and lectures on Middle East topics, until recently in the History Department of San Jose State University.


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Dror Etkes, Peace Now’s “settlement expert,” has consistently characterized the wide-spread phenomenon of illegal Arab construction in Jerusalem and environs as the product of private individuals in desperate need of housing.  He has denied any political motivation to the phenomenon, but he cannot not know of the evidence for the “construction intifada” declared by Arafat in the aftermath of the terrorist intifada in 2000.

As Justus Reid Weiner demonstrates in Illegal Construction in Jerusalem, for years the Palestinian Authority (PA) received funds from Arab countries to build illegally in areas that the Jerusalem municipality had designated for public space and public buildings.  As early as 2000 the PA leader Feisal el-Husseini publicly urged Jerusalem Arabs to build without permits.  Documents confiscated from Arafat’s Muqata’a in Ramallah prove that PA officials requested and received massive funds for illegal construction in Jerusalem, and that local Arabs received instructions, guidance, and funds from the local PA Development Council in order to evade Israeli building laws.

In an even more egregious lie, Etkes claims that the Arabs of East Jerusalem do not have the right to vote. Yet it is an undeniable common knowledge that the Arab population of East Jerusalem does indeed have the right to vote.  Etkes should read his own organization’s publications where other Peace Now researchers document East Jerusalem Arabs’ right to vote.

Perhaps the most effective nail in the coffin of Peace Now’s credibility was driven in by its own leader, Professor Aviram Goldblum.  In an interview with the Israeli weekly, Iton Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Newspaper) in July, 2001, Professor Goldblum condemned Peace Now’s campaign against another Jerusalem suburb, Har Homa.

Construction in Har Homa was begun back in 1968.  At that time 450 acres were designated for Israel residential construction, in a completely vacant area, not adjacent to any Arab populations.  Construction was expanded in 1996 due to Israeli population growth which created a severe housing shortage in Jerusalem and environs.  About 75% of the land was expropriated from Jewish land owners. The remainder was state land, not owned by any individual.  At the same time that Israel began the Har Homa expansion, it also began construction of more than 3,000 housing units for Arab residents in a dozen Arab neighborhoods. Over the years from 1968 to 1996, the Arab population of Jerusalem and environs had grown so rapidly that what was once vacant land was developed by East Jerusalem Arabs, with both legal and illegal residential construction.

None the less, Peace Now took to the barricades, vigorously protesting the Har Homa project and making specious claims that the Oslo Accords precluded any Israeli construction in Jerusalem, that Har Homa would limit Arab access to Jerusalem, and that it would destroy the contiguity of Palestinian territory in the West Bank.  One need only read the Oslo Accords, or look at a map of Jerusalem, to see that both these statements are blatant and transparent lies.

Professor Goldblum’s assessment of this Peace Now campaign was that it was a “…stupid campaign” and that the Peace Now claims were false.

So one must ask, when its own leader condemns it, and other of its operatives either lie through their teeth or display incredible ignorance and ineptitude, what claim to integrity and trustworthiness can Peace Now make?  And if, as may indeed be the case, Peace Now is intentionally working with Arabs in the West Bank to encourage, guide, and support them to wage lawfare against Israel, is that not treason in time of war?

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  • Fred Dawes

    The Israeli supreme court is like our supreme court totally insane, end of story and maybe the end of both countries.
    Just look at the obama care BS, And like isreal and its nut's, we must stand up and say no or see a new one world slaughter.

    TO THE JEWS STAND UP SAY NO AND FIGHT BACK OR BECOME The Next people in the camp system of the muslims.

    • ziontruth

      "The Israeli supreme court is like our supreme court totally insane, end of story and maybe the end of both countries."

      Quoted for truth.

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    Send this story to Tom Cruise; that arrogant airhead we call 'move star." He's good at
    screaming obscenities at those who support Israel, and telling us we deserve to be
    "pushed into the sea."

  • aspacia

    Why of why are we stuck with loons in the West? They are clueless regarding what totalitarian governments will do to them.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    At this point, how many oil paintings have been repossessed from museums on the basis that they were stolen from Jews in WWII?

    • stern

      As usual, a completely trivial response from Flopside. The Palestinians cannot prove ownership of this land, because, quite simply, they never did own it, as clearly pointed out in the article! In contrast, the Jews can easily prove ownership of their artworks. A small and subtle point, perhaps too subtle for your small mind.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        So what? The Jews cannot prove that they are not white Europeans colonizing the Middle East in behalf of a global stealth nation. Proof is a parlor game.

        • ziontruth

          "The Jews cannot prove that they are not white Europeans colonizing the Middle East…"

          What with this, plus his constant equation of Islamophobia with racism, Flipscum here shows that he views the world through the prism of race just as surely as any Stormfront regular. The irony of the "anti-racist" Marxist Left!

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            You’ll never beat me if you pretend I am a Nazi, a socialist, a leftist or an antisemite. I am none of those.

    • zionista

      Israel has always been and will forever be a thorn in the side of Jew haters such as fliptroll.

  • Marty

    Is Peace Now going to appeal to the arab governments that expelled 850,000 Jews during 1948-1951 without compensation for their property which was promptly seized by the government? And they were the fortuante ones; hundreds of Jews in iraq and elsewhere were murdered. We can certainly be confident that doing so will certainly receive a fair hearing from the progressive and humane regimes in yemen and syria.

  • jaythehistorian

    Here is more proof Israel must neutralize the Israeli Jewish left who are in every sense of the word traitors. The lost 630,000 men fighting the American Civil War to achieve true unity in this country. Israel need not go to such extremes. But the leading traitors such as Livni and the poison dwarf Barak as well as Peres should either have "accidental" deaths or imprisoned for at least 20 years to keep them from aiding the international Nazism and the Sand Nazis in their quest to eradicate all Jewish presence in the national Jewish homeland. The Israeli supreme court should also be included . The person who should be "terminated with extreme prejudice " is Livni , who is nothing more than the whore for international Nazism, and Muslim supremacy.

  • waterwillows

    Well, well, well……..

    It think the Supreme Court forgot all about the Highest Court. Whenever that happens, the Supreme is no longer looking so supreme. The Lord keeps careful watch over His word.

  • jaythehistorian

    The Fakestinians are trespassers on land which is part of the Jewish national homeland and are not entitled to any rights . The fact the Israeli Supreme Court is so incompetent they would take the side of invaders of the Jewish national homeland , shows what traitors they truly are.

    • ziontruth

      Well said, all of it.

  • xlent

    "Peace now" and ALL their ilk are like maggots feeding of the dead parts of a nation. Thank God only parts of Israel is dead and decaying. But new life can and will come and all the maggots will will just have to go back to being pupation.

  • BIg Irish

    obviously Peace Now are lyers and as such cannot be believed – just as Arabs who have never been trusted to tell the truth, will not now or ever be believed – just look at the filthy, lying "holy" man they worship….heres a thought…lets just ignore Peace Now.

  • Bert

    We keep decrying the duplicity of the Arabs and of Peace Now. The real problem is the cowardly government of Israel that is never sure that it really wants to survive. The Arabs have too much anger and aggression – actually a surplus. Some of this surplus could be transferred to Israel and make things a bit more equal.

  • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

    Erav Rav.

  • johnnywoods

    So it seems that Muslim Arabs believe that because one or more of their ancestors once walked through the land that is Israel and maybe spent the night there that they now have a claim to it as their own. WOW!