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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Palestinian/ Israeli update 4/16/2017...Israeli settlers destroy hundreds of Palestinian olive trees

Israeli settlers destroy hundreds of Palestinian olive trees



Israeli soldiers humiliate and inspect Palestinian school students and teachers




Israeli forces kidnap, blindfold, and handcuff a Palestinian minor



Israeli occupation forces turn Khaled Shahateet's house into a military outpost




Palestinian organizer Badee Dwaik arrested by Israeli occupation forces




Ryan Dawson and Tom Hayes on Palestine






Native Sons: Palestinians In Exile





Zionist Zealots Make US Policy on Israel/Palestine

by Stephen Lendman





Trump administration Zionist zealots, with close AIPAC ties, one-sidedly serve Israeli interests at the expense of Palestinian rights.





US administrations always were one-sided on Israeli/Palestinian issues, Trump shaping up to be worse than his predecessors.





In late 2016, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi called Israel “the most racist, hardline extremist violent (regime) in history.” She should have explained it’s exceeded only by America.





When Palestinians defend their rights, they’re automatically called “terrorists,” she said. They’re attacked, arrested, imprisoned, tortured or murdered in cold blood.





Their family homes are demolished. When soldiers and settlers terrorize Palestinians, accountability almost never follows - state terrorism legitimized against a defenseless population.





On Saturday, Ashrawi said Zionist zealous settlers make Trump administration policy on Israel.





“We used to say there were settlers in the Israeli coalition borne of the far right that detests Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims,” she explained.





“But today we say there are settlers inside the White House. The administration has adopted the extreme Israeli position to the right of Netanyahu…support(ing)” unlimited settlement construction on stolen Palestinian land.





In March, Trump and longtime Israeli collaborator Mahmoud Abbas spoke by phone, discussing a date for them to meet in Washington.





Trump and Zionist zealots infesting his administration outrageously claim settlements aren’t “an impediment to peace.”





Talks were dead-on-arrival each time initiated. Prospects under Trump for achieving what never was accomplished before are nil.





The so-called peace process is a fabricated hoax. Israel and US administrations reject it, wanting unconditional Palestinian surrender, denying its people self-determination or equal rights as citizens of the state of Israel or Palestine for all its people - Jews, Muslims, Christians and others, one nation for all its people.





Addressing the National Press Club on March 24, Ashrawi said whenever there’s talk about peace, the Israeli Lobby always influences things “every step of the way,” serving Israeli interests at the expense of Palestinian rights.





AIPAC is most extremist and influential. “Israeli apologists and spin doctors” prevent longstanding conflict resolution.





Zionist Christian fascists believe “Palestinians have no right to exist because” they stand “in the way of…the fulfillment of prophecy,” said Ashrawi.





Various other organizations are one-sidedly pro-Israel. “Now we have people in the White House who are not only lobbyists and advocates but who are active supporters of settlements.”





“So it’s not enough to have settlers in the Israeli coalition government. Now you have (them) in the White House.”





“So they don’t need to lobby. They are decision makers. So that’s what’s happening. That frames in terms of influence the peace process with this revolving door.”





Either they’re “influencing policy or…making” it. “That’s why American policy (is) so distorted.” Misinformation, alternative facts and myths substitute for hard reality.





Over a hundred years from Balfour to occupation to Oslo to today, Palestinians were and continue being ruthlessly brutalized, terrorized, exploited and cheated.





Hopes for constructive change under Trump are nil. Expect worse ahead, not improvement.

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