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Washington - Spokeswoman: U.S. 'Concerned' About Israel Destroying Palestinian Homes

Published on: April 1, 2016 06:40 PM
By: Reuters 
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FILE - A Palestinian man reacts as he checks the damage to the home of Palestinian Mohammed al-Haroub after it was partially demolished by Israeli army in the West Bank village of Dir Samt, south of Hebron February 23, 2016. ReutersFILE - A Palestinian man reacts as he checks the damage to the home of Palestinian Mohammed al-Haroub after it was partially demolished by Israeli army in the West Bank village of Dir Samt, south of Hebron February 23, 2016. Reuters

Washington - The United States is “concerned” about Israel’s demolition of Arab buildings in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a State Department spokeswoman said on Friday, adding that it raised questions about Israel’s commitment to a two-state political solution to the Palestinian conflict.

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Israeli forces bulldozed a school in the Bedouin village of Khirbet Tana in the West Bank early in March, leaving 23 children with nowhere to study in the community overlooking the Jordan valley. The school had been built by the European Union in an effort to help the community of about 40 families.

After destroying the school, the Israeli forces returned two weeks later and demolished 17 homes, 21 pens for sheep, goats and chickens, and five outhouses, according to B’tselem, an Israeli nongovernmental organization.

“These actions are indicative of a damaging trend of demolitions, displacement and land confiscation,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told a State Department briefing.

She said Washington was “concerned” and the demolitions, coupled with continuing Israeli construction and settlement activity “undermine the possibility of a two-state solution.”

“They also call into question the Israeli government’s commitment to that two-state solution,” Trudeau said.

The State Department previously made similar comments.

So far this year, Israeli forces have destroyed or dismantled around 400 homes and other structures across the West Bank, more than in the whole of 2015.

Israeli forces also confiscated 579 acres (234 hectares) of Palestinian land near the city of Jericho in the West Bank, a step the State Department also criticized.



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 Apr 02, 2016 at 10:45 PM Anonymous Says:

“These actions are indicative of a damaging trend of demolitions, displacement and land confiscation,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told a State Department briefing.
She said Washington was “concerned” and the demolitions, coupled with continuing Israeli construction and settlement activity “undermine the possibility of a two-state solution.”

That's a lot of hooey. No one thought of the "damaging trend of terror". Displacement? They are living on Israeli land. Get that clear. If they can live in a civilized manner, the Israelis welcome them, give them all rights, etc. But they don't. And bimbos like the Obama administration and the Kerry State Department still support them.

Demolitions do not undermine anything, nor does settlement activity. The two state solution is made impossible because it uses the approval and acceptance of terror against Israelis as something to be respected and protected.

People with moral values and the requisite amount of common sense cannot tolerate this bunch of hooey.

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 Apr 02, 2016 at 11:28 PM dmmd25 Says:

Demolished houses do not bleed.. When Jews are knifed by Arabs they bleed and often die.. Tell the bleeding hearts and the State department to get their priorities in order.

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 Apr 03, 2016 at 03:08 PM Anonymous Says:

They're more concerned about arab homes than they are about arab terrorism against innocent israelis! Have you heard much at all in the way of condemnation about all the terror there spoken by this same 'concerned" state dept.?!

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