Invaders, Colonists…Settlers

(IPS) – A little village nestled in a valley between several hills in the Bethlehem governorate is today fighting for survival. All around Wadi Fuqin village on the outskirts of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank is the expanding and illegal Israeli settlement Beitar Illit, home to 35,000 settlers. The settlement is situated on a hill overlooking the little Palestinian village of 2,500.

Next to the settlement several mushrooming settler outposts together with Beitar form a semi-circle around Wadi Fuqin, closing in on it. While settlement construction booms and the number of settlers in Beitar and its outposts continues to swell, Palestinians in Wadi Fuqin are forbidden by the Israeli authorities from building new homes, or enlarging current ones to accommodate new generations.


Bear in mind Bibi just basically told Obama to Fuck Off over stopping the illegal colonisation program. Did Obama then rethink US taxpayers money being given to Israel? No sign of such as yet. So US taxpayers continue to subsidise the invasion and apartheid.

5 Responses to “Invaders, Colonists…Settlers”

  1. libhomo Says:

    Personally, I would rather spend the money on expanding NYC’s subway system.

    • RickB Says:

      You’ll have to claim an ancient religious text justifies the subway expansion! (although given the success of say Mormonism I reckon that could be pulled off)

  2. Jotman Says:

    Netanyahu calculates this is not a case over which the Americans are likely going to stand firm. American developer, only 20 units. . . . I wonder if we aren’t going to see a string of small provocations like this one, protests by state, little f-you’s in response. Israeli provocations too small for the Americans to rationalize a firm response politically… In other words, I wonder if this is not part of a planned strategy to wear down the Obama administration.

  3. ralfast Says:

    If Obama had real balls he would simply cut off military “aid” to Israel. No F-16s for you!

  4. RickB Says:

    It’s the old game of changing the facts on the ground before any talks so you shift the position constantly towards the other sides making concessions. I think Bibi is confident the Israel lobby will keep the US parties in line and sooner or later a new President will have less stated ambitions for change. Also by this stage they are so insulated by their ideology they have no objective sense of how it is being perceived. And a fair number of analysts have concluded there is no peace process it is all stalling while greater Israel is built.
    As Rafael mentions the aid will not stop the political cover is almost total so there is no means to hold colonisation back unless Obama really means to. There is that phrase ‘Progressive Except on Palestine’ that does characterise the Dem party establishment. Bibi knows he will get away with it I think.

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