Israeli settlers have been slowly nibbling away at Palestine’s West Bank territory for four decades.
300,000 setllers now occupy outposts that range in size from plywood shacks to full-blown suburban housing complexes.
Their abundance has grounded the much-ballyhooed two-state solution to a halt.
VICE correspondent Simon Ostrovsky travels from Tel Aviv to the remote West Bank outposts where young Israelis squat for the sake of their heritage.
But first, Simon pops in for some quick counter-terrorism training with a member of Israel’s Special Forces, just in case.
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Imagine if the UK had in its statutes, and the USA had in its constitution measures to ensure only white people had the right to immigration [one of Israel’s basic laws is only Jews have the right to immigration into Israel 1950]. Continuing the analogy with Israel’s recently passed ‘Nation-State’ [basic law].
1. “The states of the UK and the US are the nation-states of the ‘white people”.
2. “The actualization of the right of national self- determination in the states of the UK/USA is unique to white people”
3. “The UK/USA will labour to ensure the safety of sons of white people”.
4. “The UK/USA will act to preserve the cultural, historical and religious legacy of white people among the Diaspora”.
5. “The UK/USA views ‘white’s only’ settlement as joint national values and will labour to encourage and promote its establishment and development”.
Now let us look at one of the IHRA examples which many members of the Labour Party, some of Jewish origin, some not, have incorporated into the Labour Party rule book:
“Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination – e.g. by claiming that the existence of a state of Israel is a racist endeavor”.
Who could deny that examples 1 to 5 above if incorporated into UK and US law would prove 100% that the UK and US were inherently racist and that their ‘existence were racist endeavors’ and that anyone in the UK/US [including Jeremy Corbyn] who disapproved of 1 to 5 above, and said so would fall foul of the IHRA definition, be accused of being Anti Semitic and drummed out of the Labour Party and possibly ostracized from society for life. This Israeli Nation State Law makes Israel inherently racist. Apartheid in South Africa was bad but Israels version is a lot worse, not only do the Israelis want the Palestinians gone, they are more than willing to use f16’s as part of the ethnic cleansing process.
I thought that the adjectives “renegade” and “settlers” were automatically assumed when using the noun “Jew”.
A few important facts that were left out:
1. The series begins in Gush Etzion, an area with several towns that was originally to be part of the Jewish state according to the 1948 UN decision. That are was conquered by Jordan, and all Jews were either killed, captured, or escaped (the women and children left when it was clear the defense would fail). When Jordan lost the area in 1967, Jews returned to rebuild their homes. The next place they went, Havat Gilad, was built on land purchased by the father of a man (Gilad) that was murdered by terrorists. The administration didnt give permission to build houses, hence the ‘illegality’ of the settlement. The administration doesn’t grant permits for the same reason they make documentaries about all this: It’s a heated political issue.
2. The settlements are not built on anyone’s lands. There are a few categories of lands that are used for settlements: Lands privately purchased by individual or groups of settlers, lands that were purchased during Ottoman times by the JNF (Jewish National Funds), lands that were recorded by the Ottoman Empire, and then by the Mandate of the British Empire as ‘state lands’ and which have not been developed in any way. When the settlements are deemed ‘illegal’ in Israel it is because the government rarely permits building on any land, even if the person seeking to develop the land is the owner or has the direct permission from the owner to develop.
3. Ever notice that no one, when speaking about a 2-state solution, proposes that the Palestinian state include Jews in it (regardless of whether or not they would want to stay)? Israel has 20% Arabs, but everyone expects the Jews to leave a future Palestine.
4. Yes there are some hoodlum kids that throw rocks, usually after terrorist attacks. There are no shortage of youth in the world that do stupid things, and the Israelis are no different. As for the Army in cases like that shown, they are in a sticky situation. Their role is to protect Israelis against terrorism. Arresting the kids is a job for the Police, and the Army can’t intervene unless the kids attack the soldiers. So, the best they can do is try to separate the two sides and wait for the police to arrive.
if all land should be given back to its FIRST inhabitants we’d have extreme conflict everywhere and lets just give it to the monkeys then —– they were here first.
i understand your point, but the Jews have nowhere else to go. The Jews were kicked out of their land by Rome 2000 years ago, and they have suffered everywhere they went with the possible exception (so far) of North America. Every few decades, the Jews in Europe were harassed, beaten, or forced to move. The Jews in the Middle East were 2nd class citizens, heavily taxed and segregated, Even the Jews that had remained in the original homeland suffered, first under the Romans, then under the Byzantines, then the Arabs, then the Crusaders, then the Ottomans. Finally Jews decided they had enough of being punching bags in foreign countries, and they began to come home. They hoped to live in peace with the Arabs but the Arabs fight. No one is stealing land, they are simply living there, buying land and making their homes. If the Arabs want to live in peace with Jews they can. If they don’t want to live and prosper with the Jews, then there are nearly 2 dozen other Arab countries. Jordan is part of Palestine, and Palestine was always part of Syria for the Arabs.
Completely one sided, leftist pro-Arab propaganda, with the producer Simon sleepily repeating predictable anti-settlement cliches.
Come on, can’t a documentary producer scrounge up some new terms apart from “crazy” and “radical” and dropping the word illegal into every sentence? As if calling something nebulously illegal means something in the context of two nations disputing land. Weren’t the incessant Arab wars against Israel, and suicide bombings and terror attacks also “illegal”? Those acts of violence were not stopped by the outside word due to their illegality, were they?
In history, the loser of a battle loses territory. Furthermore, when the initial aggressor loses, he has even less right to cry over lost land. In this case, the winner, the Jews, not only won land in numerous defensive wars against the Arabs, but they also have a clear, real-history connection with the land of Judea and Samaria.
This documentary is really just more liberal anti-Israel incitement.
Most modern countries are products of warfare between tribes and settlements of victors into the losers territory. The Jews of Israel have been attacked again and again by their Arab neighbors. The Jews of Israel have an ancient historical connection to Judea and Samaria (the Jewish Biblical name for the Jordanian appellation “West Bank”) , they are speaking the language and following the religion of their forefathers.
The Jews of Europe were told “get out Yid, go back to Palestine.” In Israel, the Jews are told “Get out of Palestine.” And no, the Arab Muslims will not be satisfied if the settlements were gone and only pre-67 Israel existed. They consider Tel-Aviv as much an infidel settlement in holy Muslim land as Ariel.
They have stated again and again that the Jihad against the Jews will continue through to Jaffa, Acko, Bersheva and Ramat Gan until all of “Palestine” is liberated.
The Jews who returned to Israel to build Tel-Aviv following the mandate era and the declaration of Independence were also settlers into a new country. One day, after enough time has passed and the leftist media in the West and the UN finally gets bored of attacking Israel, the settlements in tiny piece of land will no longer be so interesting or controversial.
Time heals all.
Arabs have plenty of land GETOUT!!!
Love the Israel!!!Long Live Israel.
Israel MUST expand!!! and more Jewish settlements MUST be built!!
LONG LIVE ISRAEL!!
black and white? this was a very colorfull and shaded approach to display the dynamic.
I think it’s a disgrace that the international community hasn’t given me the phone number of the girl on the left at 0:20.
I recently met an artist who seemed envious of something I had that he didn’t. At first I thought that the next time I saw him I would behave in a way that would indicate my displeasure with his unsettling presence. Some time had passed, and I almost lost what I had that he was envious of, but luckily this time everything turned out ok. The next time I saw him it was a nice sunny day. In the time that had passed since I had last seen him I had contemplated responding with love to anyone who was hostile to me, because frankly I’ve been getting a little too on-edge lately with all the problems other people seem to like to create. I’ve got to admit I’m not very good at remembering to respond with love while in the heat of the moment. So I sat down next to him just like that, and I said hello and introduced myself, and we spoke quite pleasantly about his work and his travels. He smiled the whole time and seemed delighted to chat with me. After a couple of minutes a woman approached him and he lit her cigarette. I forgot my point, what was I going to say? Oh, yeah, always remember to respond with love.
this sucks…..totally one sided pro palestinian documentary
Just as an outsiders view….. dose the film “Munich” represent this on going battle? ..just curious and i know not to believe Hollywood but i just want toget some perspective….cheers
was that a hawaiin pizza??
According to Wikipedia: “Zionism is a Jewish political movement that, in its broadest sense, has supported the self-determination of the Jewish people in a sovereign Jewish national homeland.” I am not a Jew, but I call myself a Zionist because I believe that Jews have suffered enough pogroms. There are plenty of Muslim Arabs living in Israel and the West. They enjoy more freedom, more political rights, and more economic prosperity than Arabs living in any Arabic country. On the other hand, Jews and Christians living in Arabic countries have no rights at all. Christians flee the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Iraq, and most Muslim countries because Muslim mobs attack them every day. The Jews were forced to flee long time ago. In some Arabic countries Christians are not even allowed to be citizens of the country of their birth because they are not Muslim. In most Islamic countries, non-Muslims cannot own land and their children are not allowed to attend better schools.
“Muslims must kill non-believers wherever they are unless they convert to Islam.” – Ali Gom’a (grand mufti of Egypt, the highest Muslim religious authority in the world, Al Ahram, April 7, 2008) source: http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/8066
Our enemies are not Jews, but Muslim invaders of Europe who pretend to be immigrants. If the present trends continue, in 50 years European Muslim population will grow from 52 million to 370 million, while U.S. Muslim population will grow from 8 million to 147 million. The Christian immigrants from the Middle East, including their most senior clergy, are warning us that tolerating Muslim invasion of our Western homelands is a suicidal policy. Islam will bring rivers of blood into our cities.
When German Nazis bombed London, Winston Churchill ordered carpet bombing of German cities. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Harry S. Truman gave order to drop nukes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When the Israeli towns are bombed by Hamas rockets and artillery shells, the Israeli diplomats beg Hamas year, after year, after year to stop the attacks. Eventually they loose patience and drop leaflets on terror strongholds asking the terrorists and civilians to leave because they will bomb the terror strongholds. Can you imagine your government doing that? Can you imagine your government tolerating terror bombing of your home town for several years?
Ashkenazi Jews have the highest IQ in the world: about 110. Mongoloids (Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans) have the second highest IQ in the world: about 105. Jewish and Chinese minorities are wealthy and they are victims of regular pogroms because stupid people hate smart people. The pogroms of the Chinese minorities in south Asia are described in Amy Chua’s book “World On Fire.” Before Second World War all the genocidal anti-Semites were the Nazis and Muslims. Now the Western leftists joined the genocidal anti-Semites. During the Second World War, Nazis were very popular in the Arab world. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (the highest Islamic official in the area) spent the war in Berlin to avoid arrest by the British and to exterminate Jews living in southern Europe.
I’m an Arab with a Jewish origins from my mother side, first Serb Genocide by the Croats did not justify the Croats being ethnically cleansed even by Holocaust survivors Second promises by the Nazis to the Arab are comparable to allies promises to the Arabs during WWI of independence while they were dividing it by Sykes-Picot Agreement and promising to build Israel, without regard to the Arabs contribution in the liberation of those areas, though I recognize Israel, and third settlement in the west bank is ethnic cleansing.
Need to get out of the house more if you think Israeli arabs are more free than those in turkey. Your not that bright.
This is why I’m proud to be an atheist. I have zero sympathy for those who fight and die for thier faith. Religion is for scientifically illitereate people who read the same old books over and over and over.
Yes this shows one sides misery. The story is valid and it is a disgrace that the International Community allows it to continue.
Maybe a documentary should be done on the over 600, 000 jews who were forced to flee arab countries after the creation of Israel? The situation is not so black and white as this documentary makes it appear.
Sort of like how the Bin Laden family got the fuck out of America right after 9/11. Hmm…now why did they flee?
Prior to 1967 the arabs controlled all of the west bank and Jerusalem. Why did they not creat a state then? In 1948, the arabs goal was the destruction of Isreal and not much has changed since then.
The Jews’ goal was to kick Arabs out of “Israel”. Arabs were trying to defend themselves
Yes! We should help the Palestinian Arabs to overthrow the Hamas gangsters.
Where is part 2
I’m not going to watch this, but what’s interesting is the Book By Way By Deception by an ‘ex’ Mossad agent named Victor Ostrovsky who cites his ‘stage’ name as Simon in many of his operations. Just a coincidence, I suppose. No one is an ‘ex’ anything.
Israel needs to be nuked.
No. Destroying the location will achieve nothing; to destroy ‘Israel’ is to destroy the World (watch 2012 Olympics!) for the ideology and holders of that sick psychology are nested within every FreeZone state in the World; not in one physical location called ‘Israel’.
would you shut the fuck up with your sob story towelhead even the same says it all you are just a racist jewish american! simple as!
Arabic proverb says “first comes Saturday, then Sunday.” It means that Arabs are going to exterminate Jews before they exterminate Christians. Jihad against Israel is part of the global jihad.
The official Palestinian objective is not to make peace with Israel, but to destroy Israel and drive all Jews from the Middle East. This sort of thing is reported regularly in the Arab language press, much less so in the non-Arabic version of Arab media. It is generally ignored in the West. Hamas and Fatah controlled media both talk of destroying Israel, not making permanent peace. Any peace deals are strictly tactical moves, to further the ultimate goal of wiping Israel off the map. All Palestinian maps of the area already do that. Palestinians have been indoctrinated with anti-Semitic propaganda, which encourages the young to become suicide bombers and terrorists. Anyone who has killed an Israeli is a hero, and anyone who died trying is worthy of admiration. While Arabs love to call Israelis “Nazis”, it is the Arab world that is the true heir to the Adolph Hitler’s vision of how the world should be. A major weapon in the Palestinian arsenal is anti-Semitism. For a long time, even before World War II, the racial hatred tactic was particularly popular in the Arab world. This was partly the result of Islamic radicalism, which pushed hatred of all non-Moslems, not just Jews. But as more Jews began moving into Jerusalem and surrounding areas in the late 19th century, more of the Moslem racial animosity was directed at Jews.
“The annihilation of the Jews here in Palestine is one of the most splendid blessings for Palestine. This will be followed by a greater blessing, Allah be praised, with the establishment of a Caliphate that will rule the land and will be pleasing to men and God.” – Hamas cleric Muhsen Abu ‘Ita
That is ill-informed garbage; Mossad controls both sides of the field. Vatican created Islam to unite Arab looters, fighters and pyrates. Vatican created Christianity, too. And the Kazakhstani illuminists running the Freezones of City of London, Washington DC and global events management are ‘Jews’. All their religions enforced on the people are now to be destroyed as Pike said in a ‘holy war’ to make way for the ‘one true’ religion of masonic demonic Luciferianism.
oh my god shut up
you are incredibly ignorant. at the very least you should never judge an entire people from one or two peoples opinions.
fuck you occupiers …………..
Why can’t Israel gain land in war as every other fucking nation has been allowed to do? There never was a Palestine. The areas of the “West Bank”, Golan Heights, and Sinai/Gaza prior to 1967 were part of Jordan, Syria and Egypt, respectively. Not Palestine, not our fault that 5 countries tried to invade us and we made land gains.
Oh and as of today all settlements have been made legal thereby unofficially annexing the Samarian.
Sounds like regurgitated Birth Right Trip propaganda. Unwash your minds, this isn’t “One Sided”, it is documentation of what is happening. Lest you forget your oppression and become the oppressors.
You know that Israel as a ‘fixture’ was created on nothing more than a single letter between one Jew and another the Benjamin D-Israeli Prime Monster of City of London, England. It had no legitimate status. Israel is an ideological vision for Global Goy destruction.
well, do you think israel can invade palestinian lands because arabs don’t like jews?
Not one community of the world had a problem with Jews before Jews declared war on every community of the world. They are an enemy of the planet and all nature. By their deeds you know them and hold them accountable but they are NOT just in Israel, they are everywhere. Israel is simply a military money-laundering nest of criminals, as is London, Washington, Moscow, Georgia, UAE, Bejiing – you name it, they’ve claimed it and shamed it.
I’d think a country should be allowed to protect it’s citizens when private vehicles are being fired upon by machine guns.