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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Benefit cheats exposed

I thought this was long overdue. "Israeli" manufacturers who actually produce goods in the occupied territories have been defrauding the UK government for too long, to say nothing of the fraud being perpetrated on the consumers.

And good to have a reminder, for the BBC and all the others for whom Israel can do no wrong and the territories are all really part of Greater Israel, that our government's position is:

The Occupied Palestinian Territories were occupied by Israel in 1967. They include the territories of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. Settlements are Israeli communities established, usually by Israeli citizens, in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (there are no longer any Israeli settlements in Gaza).

Israeli settlements in the OPT are unlawful under international law. They contravene Article 49 (6) of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which prohibits an occupying power from transferring its own civilian population into occupied territory.

In addition, the Government believes that the existence – and continued growth – of Israeli settlements poses a significant obstacle to peace in the Middle East. This is because the settlement of occupied territories makes it more difficult to establish a viable Palestinian state. Israel has committed to freeze all settlement activity as part of previous political
agreements, such as the Roadmap of 2003 and the Annapolis Agreement of 2007. Though Israel recently announced a limited tenmonth moratorium on settlement building in the occupied West Bank, Israel has not yet fully fulfilled its obligations under these political agreements.

That's the British Government speaking, not the Guardian, or Hamas, or the Palestine Solidarity Committee, or George Galloway. That is the view of a government which gives massive amounts of aid to Israel, which has turned a blind eye for decades to Israel's regulated and uninspected weapons of mass destruction, and which sat on its hands during the "holocaust" which was visited on the civilians of Gaza. Even our complacent, Israel-loving government doesn't pretend that the occupation is legal, or East Jerusalem is part of Israel, or that Israel hasn't consistently blocked peace for forty years by its refusal to abandon the illegal settlements.


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