Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Quote of the Week: Vol 14

From Haaretz:
The High Court criticized the government on Wednesday for not having set up a formal mechanism to compensate settlers for damages incurred by a freeze on new construction in their West Bank communities.

"I don't know how much he who gave the order [also] gave his opinion on all the variations of possible injuries that could be a result of it," said Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch during a hearing on four petitions filled against the moratorium.

That is insulting and offensive. So I am expecting that Palestinians who are routinely denied permits to build will be compensated as well, because I mean, that's been happening for 40 years. What about Palestinians whose homes and bathrooms have been demolished? Will they be compensated for the 'injuries' they have incurred. This makes me sick. Compensation will be paid to settlers who are building homes illegal according to international law, yet my friends in the South Hebron hills haven't seen a red cent for their bathrooms which were destroyed. Simply disgusting.

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