Lavinia Moore (SA) responds to “Israel building halt”, Adelaide Advertiser, 27Nov09 November 27, 2009

“I refer to your article” Israel building Halt”.
Both the headline and the content of the story are misleading.
Firstly, there is no halt in new constructions taking place in the Occupied Territories. The building of homes for Jewish Israelis continues apace in the West Bank and more particularly in occupied East Jerusalem.
Secondly, the building of homes for Jewish settlers in occupied East Jerusalem is not being done in “Jewish neighbourhoods”. It is being done on occupied Palestinian land and frequently involves dispossessing Palestinian families of their land and their homes.
Finally, the “halt” is not permanent.
So I ask Prime minister Netanyahu what are you really offering the Palestinians?
More of the same it appears to me, and that means continual and illegal encroachment of Jewish settlements on land belonging to someone else, in this case the Palestinian people, with the ultimate goal of making any hope for a future viable Palestinian state an impossibility.”

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