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Thread #153638 Message #3656212
Posted By: bobad
02-Sep-14 - 03:27 PM
Thread Name: BS: BDS of Israel 'Gathering Weight.'
Subject: RE: BS: BDS of Israel 'Gathering Weight.'
"Israel have just announced that in the spirit of reaching a mutually agreed peace settlement they are planning to use 1,000 acres of recently seized land on the West Bank to build new Settlements."
Contrary to the narrative in which Jews are portrayed as "stealing" Arab land, Gush Etzion was actually populated and owned by Jews not only prior to 1967 but also prior to Israel's War of Independence. Gush Etzion was a bloc of Jewish settlements that was overrun by Jordanian army units and local Palestinians after a bitterly contested siege. Its inhabitants were either massacred or taken prisoner and their homes and farms destroyed. As such, it was the first land to be reclaimed for Jewish settlement after the 1967 war put it back in Israeli hands.