Israel Uses Palestinians for Target Practice

Israel Uses Palestinians for Target PracticeOn August 14, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel discussed government plans to build seven new lawless agricultural settlements. October 2011 plans called for establishing them in areas around Mevo'ot Arad.Documents claimed they're part of a "Zionist vision to make the desert blossom," as well as "strengthening organized Jewish settlement."Doing so involves destroying five bedouin villages. They're home to 8,000 Palestinians. Israel plans stealing 45,000 acres it claims are "empty of population" except for "sparse bedouin scatterings."Three of the five villages existed pre-1948. The other two were established in the 1950s when Israel forcibly moved Palestinians from other Negev locations. Israel wants their land for new settlements.Seizing it also involves damaging infrastructure. Also planned is developing existing communities further by stealing more Palestinian land. According to ACRI attorney Rawia Aburabia:"A country that is committed to equality among its citizens cannot decide to remove Bedouin communities in order to establish new communities for Jewish residents." Behind the words 'vision' and 'making a wasteland blossom' " hides Israel's lawless intention to steal all valued Judea and Samaria areas. Bimkom city planner Nili Bruch added:"In past decades, many resources were invested in the establishment of more and more settlements for Jews only, at the expense of veteran residents of the Negev - bedouins in unrecognized villages who suffer from criminal neglect, and residents of cities and Jewish villages who also suffer from neglect and are desperate for new residents. This plan has no justice and no logic - financially, civilly or environmentally."On September 1, Maan News headlined "Israeli army fires live bullets at West Bank protest," saying:Soldiers lied. They claimed they felt "an imminent threat to their lives." Malik Tamimi was shot in the hand. Omar Tamimi was injured by a rubber bullet willfully fired at his head. A woman was struck in the leg by a tear gas canister fired from close range.Israeli forces blocked off the area, made arrests, and prevented an ambulance from reaching wounded Palestinians. An Israeli military spokesperson denied responsibility for what happened.The previous day, settlers stoned a Palestinian bus. Five injuries and damage resulted. The attack was unprovoked. Extremist settlers carry out frequent attacks with impunity.At the same time, Israeli forces attacked peaceful Bil'in village protesters. They do it weekly against Israel's Annexation Wall theft of their land. Dozens were hurt from tear gas inhalation and chemical waste water spray. Among them were visiting British parliamentarians. They toured the village and surrounding areas, held talks with local leaders, and expressed support. Too bad it's never translated into policy.                                       continued