So, some 20 Israeli companies will help build the first modern West Bank city for the Palestinians, but not before the Palestinians extracted an ugly promise from them.
Before being allowed to help the Palestinians create a modern city, these Israeli firms were forced to promise not to use products or services from the so-called settlements.
There’s appreciation for you.
The announcement angered the Jewish settlers, who accused the suppliers of caving in to an international boycott of settlement goods and businesses, the report noted.
The Associated Press reporter who wrote the story had a fairly obvious bias, stating that “the participation of Israeli companies in (this new city’s) construction is both an ironic twist on the heavy use of Palestinian laborers in building Jewish settlements in the West Bank, and a powerful reminder of how much the 43 years of Israeli occupation have made the Palestinian economy reliant on Israel.”
This makes it sound as though before 1967 when the area was captured from Jordan, there was a thriving Palestinian economy – which is just simply untrue. There has never been an independent Palestinian Arab country.
And the “heavy use of Palestinian labor” suggests the Israelis are holding guns to these workers” heads, when nothing could be further from the truth.
And what the media now always refers to as “settlements” in Israel are everywhere else in the world, called neighborhoods.
One “settler” leader said that Israeli companies agreeing to the Palestinian conditions is “a capitulation to the boycott,” Palestinian activists have launched to try and get everyone, everywhere to economically destroy Israel by divesting Israeli holdings and boycotting Israeli companies.
This story’s author says “the economic impact has been negligible, but for Israel, the negative publicity has been unwelcome.”
The writer notes that Israel accuses boycott advocates of trying to delegitimize the Jewish state, which is true, but goes on to say that Israel “argues that many foreign companies with ties to authoritarian regimes are not similarly targeted,” suggesting that Israel is such an authoritarian regime, another outright lie.
Palestinians themselves have passed laws to try and get their own people to boycott the so-called settlements and goods produced there, but the estimated 21,000 Palestinians who have found jobs there in construction, agriculture and industry, prefer eating over dogma, and the law isn’t being enforced, according to the story.
This is written in a way that suggests the Jews are doing a terrible thing, to create jobs for thousands of Palestinians.
It’s the kind of mental and ethical contortionism mainstream media resorts to when the subject is Israel.
UP is down, black is white, helping someone make an honest living and feed his family without resorting to violence or crime is a bad thing.
The story notes that some 300,000 Israelis live in more than 120 settlements across the West Bank and another 180,000 live in east Jerusalem, “the section of the holy city claimed by the Palestinians as a future capital.”
It does not note how many Arabs live within Israel proper, because, for some reason, everyone expects the Jews to have Arabs living among them. These same people don’t think the Arabs should be forced to have Jews living among them.
I don’t get that.
And, so what if the Arabs claim part of Jerusalem for a future capital?
I’ve said this before, but if I claimed Paris for my summer home, do I get to have it?
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