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Israeli activists rally in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank in a show of support for Palestinians, who have been denied water by the IDF:

Background: In recent weeks, with the warming of the weather, the Miltary's Government's Civil Administration is resorting to creative and wicked means in order to deny water to the Palestinians in the Jordan Valley and deny them water. Already for many years, Palestinians in the Jordan Valley are not allowed to connect their houses to flowing water – having to bring in water by tankers, at a far higher price than of piped water. Recently, however, a large number of these water tankers were confiscated by the Civil Administration with the excuse of a suspicion of their having been used to commit a crime – i.e. "the theft of water". In this way, hundreds of people were consigned to thirst, among them hundreds of babies, children, elderly and sick – in the hottest time of the year, at the hottest part of the country. Another way to harass the Palestinian residents is an "expulsion for a limited time" in order to make place for military exercises.

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  •  Pure evil (1+ / 0-)
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    In recent weeks, with the warming of the weather, the Miltary's Government's Civil Administration is resorting to creative and wicked means in order to deny water to the Palestinians in the Jordan Valley and deny them water

    Eliminate tax breaks that stimulate the offshoring of jobs.

    by RJDixon74135 on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 07:39:38 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the roundup, fs! n/t (4+ / 0-)

    It isn't nice to go to jail ... but if that's freedom's price

    by Rusty Pipes on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 08:00:43 PM PDT

  •  I think we're all about to do another round (4+ / 0-)

    in the religious monument wars. This article appeared a day or so ago.

    While it looks like bland bureaucracy, the issue is whether the various governmental organs of governmental Israel have overarching control over the Dome of the Rock, indisputably not a Jewish shrine and which is administered by a Muslim religious entity called the Waqf.  There are elements of the structure of the Dome of the Rock which are in need of repair, and a legal proceeding was filed by a group now headed to the High Court demanding that this not go forward because a new "holiest' place has been found inside and under the Dome of the Rock, alleged to be the place at which the Ark of the Covenant once stood, and referred to here as the Foundation Stone.

    Weinstein submitted his letter to the Jerusalem municipality, the Jerusalem police, and the Antiquities Authority a few weeks ago, but the issue came to the forefront on Tuesday due to a petition to the High Court of Justice concerning the Temple Mount which is expected to be heard within the next week.

    Filed Sunday, by the Temple Mount Faithful group, the petition claims infrastructure work carried out to strengthen the Dome of the Rock is harming the Foundation Stone, the large stone on which the Ark of the Covenant is believed to have rested.

    The group said work carried out by the Wakf Islamic trust is not under the supervision of the Israeli authorities and is damaging the holiest site in Judaism.

    It will be recalled that in recent times, what Christians consider to be the room in which the Last Supper occured, called the Cenacle has been barred, and PM Netanyahu took it upon himself in a legal dispute himself to decide which portions of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre itself were 'holy' or 'sacred' places and which were not. This is now another one, being pushed in the week before Ramadan. And, as reported here, this is also the week during which a Member of the Knesset distributed a photo of him tearing up a New Testament and throwing it in the waste basket, and getting denounced as being tacky only for so doing.

    Once upon a time, there were those who thought that the Holy Land being unique in having shrines of great holiness to three related religions, those who had nominal or actual control over it would take care that the rights of all three would be respected.  It no longer appears so to me, although the sudden switch of positions in the Netanyahu government is quite surprising.  And, of course, once a 'holiest site in Judaism' is identified inside the Dome of the Rock, it is only a matter of time before some crackpot attacks the building to liberate said holiest site, and invades the Dome because their claim to this Foundation Stone is plainly more important, being a Jewish site.

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