This news needs to ber backed up with action

by ray goodlass

In the news today the USA has called for a freeze on  settlement building in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel. So? They’ve done this before, unfortunately to no effect. To have an effect it needs to be backed up with action. President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry need to put their money where their mouths are, such as cutting US aid to Israel unless it complies.

And of course it needs to be much more than a freeze on new settlements – it needs to include the abandonment of all settlements built on (illegally siezed) Palestinian land. The abandoned settlement houses could of course supply accommodation for returned Palestinian refugees, and remember, the UN has repeatedly passed resolutions affirming the ‘right of return’.

 

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