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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

A new UNRWA lie?

From Ma'an:

The link between Israel's settlement expansion in the West Bank and the displacement of Palestinians from their homes is now "abundantly clear," UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said Tuesday.

"Many displacements are taking place where settlements are expanding and with it we are seeing an upturn in vicious attacks by Jewish settlers. Palestinians are being thrown off their ancestral lands to make way for settlers," Gunness told Ma'an.
I believe that this is a complete lie.

With rare exceptions, Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria have stayed within their municipal limits ("blue lines") for about a decade now. What anti-Israel groups call "settlement expansion" is all occurring within these already-existing borders.

And I am almost certain that no Jewish communities are expanding into land legally owned by Palestinian Arabs.

If Gunness is going to make such an accusation, he had better back it up with specifics.

(The press release from UNRWA seems to show that the demolitions have mostly been against Bedouin who have been setting up illegal instant communities in areas that are unquestionably within existing Jewish community boundaries. As far as I can tell, the Bedouin do not and never did own the land.)

(h/t YM)