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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

No cost to Israel for destroying Palestinian lives

No cost to Israel for destroying Palestinian lives

Atta Sabah had little hope for justice after an Israeli soldier shot him while he was attempting to retrieve his book bag from a field behind his school.
“I’m not expecting anything to happen to [the soldier who shot me],” Atta, then 12, said soon after the May 2013 incident in Jalazone refugee camp, near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.
Atta’s school, run by UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees, is a mere 200 meters away from the Beit El settlement colony. Soldiers guarding the settlement regularly harass children in the camp, even while they are in school.
Incidentally, a major bankroller of Beit El is set to be confirmed as US ambassador to Israel.
All Israeli settlements on occupied land are illegal under international law. The transfer of an occupying power’s civilian population to the territory it occupies is a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention and thus a war crime.

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