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Leon Rosselson, letter to the Guardian, 28 July 2014

“Before the current round of violence, the West Bank had been relatively quiet for years,” writes Jonathan Freedland (Israel’s fears are real, but this war is utterly self-defeating, 26 July). According to B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights centre, 90 West Bank Palestinians were killed, 16 of them children, by the IDF or by settlers between January 2009 and May 2014. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there have been 2,100 settler attacks since 2006, involving beatings, shootings, vandalising schools, homes, mosques, churches and destroying olive groves. According to Amnesty International, between January 2011 and December 2013, Israeli violence resulted in injuries to 1,500 Palestinian children. “Relatively quiet” for whom?


Palestinian homes demolished – but this time by Hamas

hamasscarfUsing clubs to force residents from their homes, Hamas police evicted residents of homes in Rafah  – temporary shacks – built “without the correct permits” before bringing in bulldozers to finish the job of demolishing up to 40 houses on Sunday. Further evictions are expected, reports AP.

It’s hard to see, at a time when people are attempting to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza – including of course, our own/EJJP cement appeal -  how Hamas could have shot itself in the foot in a more idiotic yet comprehensive way. Quite apart from demolishing the homes of its own displaced people in order to build a “House of Virtue” (isn’t it virtuous to see your citizens have shelter?) it seems to have escaped the attention of Hamas officials that they are aping not just the behaviour, but the threadbare excuses offered by Israelis when they demolish homes in Jerusalem.

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