American double standard: Russia sanctioned for occupying Ukraine, but 4,000 new Israeli invaders of the Palestinian West Bank simply ‘opposed’
State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Jalina Porter on Friday condemned the Israeli government’s announcement that it would build 4,000 more homes in the Palestinian West Bank, that is, it would steal land from Palestinian families and bring in squatters from Israel to squat on these lands.
The total lack of seriousness of the US government on this issue is evident if we compare the measures Mr. Biden has taken to deal with the illegal Russian occupation of parts of Ukraine. The United States is trying to cripple the Russian economy and is shipping defensive weapons that would allow the Ukrainians to defend themselves. Just as Israeli prime ministers have annexed part of the Palestinian West Bank and plan to annex more, Russia has annexed part of Ukraine and plans to annex more. Israel maintains that the Palestinian West Bank belongs to it even though such a claim is not recognized in international law. Russia maintains that Ukraine belongs to it even though such a claim is not recognized in international law.
The Israeli newspaper Arab 48 reports that the Israeli Civil Administration in the occupied Palestinian West Bank will decide on 3,988 new housing units for Israeli squatters on Palestinian land next Thursday. This additional construction of housing infrastructure on Palestinian land will ultimately displace and further impoverish the Palestinians, the rightful inhabitants of the land.
Israel can behave this way, in flagrant violation of international law governing how occupying powers treat the people they occupy during wartime, only because the United States is managing the Israeli government’s interference in the international. Otherwise, the world would impose sanctions on Israel for invading, occupying and attempting to annex Palestinian lands, just as sanctions are imposed on Russia for its invasion, occupation and attempted annexation of much of Ukraine.
It’s not even that the United States needs Israel for its confrontation with Moscow. Israel refuses to take sides and does not play the role of ally, any more than Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates or Egypt.
Ms. Porter began by condemning “the terrorist attack in Elad, Israel, which left at least three dead and many injured. It was a horrific attack targeting innocent men and women and was particularly heinous as Israel celebrated its Independence Day.
Of course, she’s right. Violence against civilians is always wrong.
But note that she had nothing to say about the 47 Palestinians who have been killed this year by Israeli security forces or squatter settlers, a quintuple increase over the same period in 2021. Nor did it outright condemn Israel’s repeated violations of international status quo agreements on the status of holy sites in Jerusalem, including numerous frontal attacks on nonviolent worshipers. at the al-Aqsa Mosque.
She then went on to say,
“Separately, we understand that Israel has announced a meeting to advance new settlements in the West Bank for – settlement units in the West Bank for May 12. The Biden administration has been clear from the start. We strongly oppose settlement expansion which exacerbates tensions and undermines trust between the parties. Israel’s settlement expansion program is deeply damaging to the prospect of a two-state solution.
So Ron Kampeas, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s Washington, DC bureau chief, asked what the implications would be for Israel to go ahead with the new housing settlements. He wanted to know how this would affect President Biden’s planned trip to Israel in June.
Hint: There are no repercussions.
Mrs. Porter responded, predictably, with such excruciatingly mind-numbing platitudes that no one else would want to raise the issue again for at least a century.
“I will simply say from here that we have been clear about the need to avoid unilateral moves that would heighten tensions and make it more difficult to preserve the viability of a two-state solution. I have nothing to say about the president’s next trip.
There is no viable “two-state solution”. Israel has deposited so many hundreds of thousands of squatters in Palestinian population centers that the territory looks like Swiss cheese on a map. It’s just something American politicians say to kick the streets as the Israelis increasingly take over the West Bank. It’s a bit like telling a team of bank robbers in the middle of a heist that you truly regret their unfortunate actions and urging them not to harm the bank’s liquidity beyond the point where the robbers and bank owners can coexist.The article continues after the bonus IC video
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If the United States were genuinely interested in some sort of political solution to Israel’s apartheid practices regarding the Palestinians, nothing would be easier than to step aside and let the world punish the Bennett government for these policies, which constitute crimes. of war. Washington would not even need to be proactive itself. Or Israeli officials could begin to be targeted for economic sanctions by the Treasury Department in the same way senior Russian officials are singled out. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has made $200m from software and would feel the pain if he gets punished. But Washington officials are so into the tank of Israeli apartheid that making such a suggestion seems bizarre.
In contrast, Washington is trying to reshape the entire world in order to get Putin out of Ukraine, and we see exactly what that looks like when an illegal occupation is genuinely unacceptable to the White House.