fake dismantling of settlements for TV camera
Palestinian Information Center
16 June 2003
Messainic Jewish settlers on Thursday said the Israeli Defense
Minister connived with them to vacate a settlement site before Television
cameras and return to it later.
A settler leader said the settlers were told to evacuate the outpost
of Tel Hayim near Ramallah for a few days, ostensibly to create
an impression that Israel is dismantling settlemenets on the eve
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's visit to Washington.
The settler leader, Noam Hass, a spokosesman for the Gush Emunim
settler movement, said he was promised by the Israeli Ministry of
Defense that they would be allowed to return to the site after Sharon's
visit to Washington.
Hass said the settlers and defence establishment representatives
were negotiating an arrangement that will prevent the evacuation
by force of Tel Hayim where two families currently live at the outpost.
Meanwhile, the apartheid Israeli regime reported that the number
of messianic Jewish settlers living in the occupied West Bank and
Gaza Strip has risen by 5,415 since the beginning of 2003, with
Betar Illit growing the fastest, Interior Ministry statistics from
the end of June reveal.
The Zionist Interior Ministry found that there are 231,443 settlers
living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and that the largest settlements
are Ma'aleh Adumim, Modi'in Illit and Betar Illit, Israel Radio
reported Thursday morning.
The Settlers devour the lion's share of water resources, leaving
3.5 million Palestinians often literally thirsty.
The settlers, many of them immigrants from North America, are indoctrinated
in a Nazi-like ideology, advocating the extermination, expulsion
or enslavement of non-Jews in Palestine.
The Jewish-only settlements are financed mainly by grants and loans
by the American government.
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