This went up at Open Zion/The Daily Beast yesterday. Here’s the top – click through to read the rest, won’t you? It’s ever so edifying!
National Public Radio reported yesterday that “Israel has dramatically increased its demolitions of unauthorized Palestinian homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.”
Thousands of Arab homes have demolition orders against them in east Jerusalem and the West Bank’s Area C–the Israeli-controlled portion of the territory that makes up more than 60 percent of the land.
The Israeli military recently handed over demolition orders to an entire Palestinian village in the Hebron hills. Among the 50 buildings slated for destruction is a school.
The word “unauthorized” is the one that often trips people up–because come on, now. If I were to start building, all willy-nilly, in my backyard, wouldn’t my zoning board issue its own demolition order?
The difference is that my zoning board (and yours, too, probably, unless you’re living under occupation) is not ideologically opposed to me and mine building new homes or expanding old ones. My zoning board hasn’t used my efforts to provide a home for my family as a tool against me and mine for decades, in an effort to drive us from the town in which we’ve lived for generations.