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"Ordinary People" is something of an intentional misnomer. I live and work with Palestinians practicing nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation. They are doing things that are hardly "ordinary": committing themselves to active nonviolence and to loving their enemies -- following the commands of One who was anything but ordinary. And yet, the Palestinians with whom I work are also very ordinary -- they are not some kind of spiritual superheroes/superheroines who do things most folks can't do. They are simply ordinary people daily committing themselves to living a higher calling -- a calling of love and active nonviolence.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

All the Israeli settlements + "Natural growth" = 26 Outposts . . . Wait, what?

International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) reports:

Israel is planning to offer dismantling 26 illegal settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank in exchange for American approval that Israel keeps all of its settlements and expands the existing settlement blocs though all settlements are illegal under the international law.
It seems that according to Israeli Occupation mathematics, demolishing 26 outposts (which are generally smaller in size, and demolished outposts are often rebuilt a short time later) is a good exchange for Israel keeping all the of the settlements, plus allowing for settlement expansion.

Wait . . . What?

It is worth mentioning that Israeli settlements in the West Bank, are a violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Conventions, which states that an occupying power cannot move its civilian population into its occupied territories -- which is exactly what Israeli settlements are.

In addition, outposts are usually illegal under Israeli law, so by demolishing outposts Israel is simply upholding its own laws.

Is this a peace deal, or a farce?

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