Occupied Territories – June 28th, 2016

Just as a reminder, I always include “Occupied Territories” posts in the “Israel Lobby” category also, because I don’t believe that these disgraceful violations of human rights would be tolerated by the rest of the world were it not for Lobby propaganda, threats and smears. -JG.

Seven items in total…

Israel wants a “peace process” only if it can’t succeed – “Europe is increasingly fearful that an emboldened Israeli government may soon annex all or major parts of the West Bank”

Israel using water as a weapon of war? – “While Israelis, including illegal West Bank settlements, use the vast majority of it (water from Palestinian acquifers), Palestinians are sold their own water back at high prices”

Israeli occupation authorities have issued and renewed the administrative detention orders of 729 Palestinians since the beginning of the year… some detainees had their detention orders renewed for the eighth time

The Israeli cabinet has approved $18.6 million in funding to settlements in the occupied West Bank due to the “worsening security situation” – The Palestine Chronicle; Israel approves $18M extra funding for West Bank settlements “to assist small businesses, encourage tourism and strengthen security” (emphasis added) – Toronto Star

Ousted Israeli Defence Minister says “extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel” – the “national-religious camp” is taking over the IDF and the security agencies

Hasbara – “…Palestinians (are) expected to demolish many years of Israeli disinformation, predicated on a make-believe historical discourse that has been sold to the world as fact…”

Ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman’s promotion to Defense Minister “harbors all kind of terrifying prospects