European Union slams Israel’s settlement activity

Following was received today from General (Ret) James David who is mentioned on the cover of the third edition of former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ book about the power/influence of the pro-Israel lobby on the US political system and media:

European Union slams Israel’s settlement activity

Saturday, August 6, 2011 12:38 PM
From: James David 
Israel’s repeated violations of International Law, and it’s policy of land confiscation and illegal settlement construction is condemned by the European Union but silent in Washington. 
We got the news of a Chinook CH-47 helicopter being shot down in Afghanistan today killing 31 U.S. special operation troops.  This devastating news might not have ever happened if it were not for U.S. support of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians and Lebanese which was the leading motivation for the attack on 9/11.  And it was because of this attack that the United States went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan but the controlled media and U.S. politicians will have us believe otherwise.  The U.S. has paid dearly for supporting such a criminal state.  It’s time to clean up Washington.
Published 00:59 06.08.11 Latest update 00:59 06.08.11

EU slams Israel’s decision to build new East Jerusalem housing project

Catherine Ashton says timing of decision particularly regrettable, undermining the international community’s recent attempts to reestablish trust between the sides.

By Akiva Eldar and AFP Tags: East Jerusalem Israel settlements Middle East peace


EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton condemned Israel’s approval of 900 new housing units in East Jerusalem, AFP reported on Friday, saying the new move damaged Israel’s prospects for peace.

The housing project will expand the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa which is within what is defined as Jerusalem’s city limits, but is directly adjacent to the Palestinian town of Bethlehem.

Ashton - Reuters, July 1, 2011 EU High Representative Catherine Ashton speaks in Vilnius July 1, 2011.
Photo by: Reuters

“The European Union has repeatedly urged the government of Israel to immediately end all settlement activities in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem. All settlement activities are illegal under international law,” AFP quoted Ashton as saying in a statement.

“Continued settlement undermines trust between the parties and efforts to resume negotiations. This is especially true with regard to Jerusalem,” the EU chief said, adding  “I believe there can be no sustainable peace in the Middle East without a two-state solution with the state of Israel and a viable and contiguous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security.”

“Settlement activity damages this prospect,” she cautioned.

Talks between Israel and the Palestinians hit a standstill in September

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See the recently released ‘Miral’ film as the illegal Jewish settlements on Palestinian land (in the West Bank) are shown:

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