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Oct 05, 2007 at 12:00 AM

By: Victoria Buch 

Hagada Hasmalit  (The Left Bank)
Left Radical Forum Of Israeli Communist Party
Friday, October 05, 2007 

The stage for ethnic cleansing of Palestinians has been set in the Occupied Territories, and ethnic cleansing is in progress. At present, this is the major project of the State of Israel. For an impartial person of medium intelligence, a tour of the Occupied Territories may be sufficient to understand this fact. The prime ethnic cleansing tool is, forever, Palestinian land grab in conjunction with settlement expansion. Various stages of the annexation process are in evidence in the originally rural part of the West Bank, constituting sixty percent of its area. By now, nine percent of the West Bank land has been transferred to the direct control of the settlements. A recent Peace Now investigation revealed that only twelve percent of this land is being used at all. 'The state earmarks huge tracts for the settlements, out of all proportion to their size, in order to prevent Palestinian construction in those areas. Yet once an area is closed to Palestinians, the settlers begin seizing adjacent Palestinian lands, often privately owned, that lie outside their jurisdiction'. According to B'Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, already in 2002, 41.9% of the West Bank was assigned to the Israeli regional councils. And for years, the entire rural Area C has been under administrative control of the so called 'Civil Administration', which, in close cooperation with other branches of the Israeli army and with the settlers, toils to make the life of its Palestinian residents as miserable as possible; the obvious objective being to make them leave. ...

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