MIDDLE-EAST – Israel has learned nothing

Israeli border police evict a Palestinian protester (C) from the scene in the controversial West Bank area known as E1 between Israeli annexed east Jerusalem and the settlement of Maaleh Adumim early on January 13, 2013.  Israeli police early on January 13 evicted Palestinian protesters from a hilltop camp they set up in a West Bank area slated for Jewish settlement, police and witnesses said.       AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

Israeli border police evict a Palestinian protester (C) from the controversial West Bank area known as E1 between Israeli annexed east Jerusalem and the settlement of Maaleh Adumim early on January 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

The Israeli government has learned nothing from the recent Gaza conflict and the international outrage at their aggressive actions.

In the first of two incidents this week, Israeli Defence Forces killed an unarmed young Palestinian man, Odai al Darawish, 21, as he was trying to cross into Israel to find work.

The shooting of the unarmed man was justified by the Israeli military as being within the ‘rules of engagement’ along the barrier in an area south of the city of Hebron.

In the second incident, the Israeli government defied an injunction by Israel’s High Court, forbidding the government from entering an outpost in the West Bank where activists and protesters had set-up camp.

Over 200 protesters and activists entered the disputed E1 area on Friday to protest at Israel’s settlement plans and set up an encampment.

Israeli forces entered the encampment early Sunday morning after surrounding the site late on Saturday and preventing activists from entering. The eviction was ordered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and came after an earlier injunction ordered by Israel’s High Court preventing the state from taking such action, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports. The government put pressure on the High Court and told the court that the evacuation was a matter of “urgent security.”

Israel has frozen building in E1 for many years, after coming under pressure from then US President George W. Bush.

However, Netanyahu announced settlement plans after the Palestinians won de-facto state recognition at the UN General Assembly last year. Those plans involve building around 4,000 housing units in the area.

So it seems the Israeli government will continue to do as it pleases regardless of agreements, laws, or any other thing they see as an ‘annoyance’ to their Zionist plans – let alone matters of human rights.

While under the leadership of the Netanyahu regime, there will never be peace in the region, directly because of his ethnic policies – policies that seem to be founded on Nazi ideology.

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