Legend has it that Rip Van Winkle slept for 20 years …. Reality has it that East Jerusalem has been occupied for almost 45 years … and Mahmoud Abbas just woke up to that fact?
Abbas said that through settlement building in the West Bank and Jerusalem, Israel is carrying out an “ethnic cleansing, in every sense against the Palestinian residents in order to turn them into minorities in their own city.”
Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff
‘Mr. Settler’ Himself …
Abbas: Israel carrying out ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (Reuters) — President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Sunday of trying to erase any Arabic identity from Jerusalem, drawing a strong response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Abbas, speaking at a conference in Qatar, said that for the past few years Israel has been waging a “final battle” aimed at erasing the Arab, Muslim and Christian character of East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East war.

Abbas said that through settlement building in the West Bank and Jerusalem, Israel is carrying out an “ethnic cleansing, in every sense against the Palestinian residents in order to turn them into minorities in their own city.”

Netanyahu called the Palestinian leader’s remarks “a harshly inflammatory speech from someone who claims that he is bent on peace.”

“(Abbas) knows full well that there is no foundation to his contemptible remarks,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.

Israeli human rights organization BT’Selem says that since 1967 “the government has been taking actions to increase the number of Jews, and reduce the number of Palestinians” living in Jerusalem.

“The government of Israel’s primary goal in Jerusalem has been to create a demographic and geographic situation that will thwart any future attempt to challenge Israeli sovereignty over the city,” the group says.

Netanyahu, who opposes dividing the city, said that Jerusalem has been the “eternal capital for the Jewish people” for thousands of years. He said that Israel will continue to maintain the city’s holy sites and freedom of worship for all.

Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Friday, exchanging a volley of tear gas and rocks. 



  1. February 28, 2012 at 17:09

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  2. Rob said,

    February 28, 2012 at 19:16

    Mr. Latuff’s illustration (not a cartoon), says it all. Abbas is a puppet stooge, an enemy of the Palestinian people. Time for him to join Ariel Sharon in the brain-dead warehouse.

  3. mikael said,

    February 28, 2012 at 21:20

    I know that the Syrian uprising is a western backed cup, like the Libyan cause.
    And the MSM is completly untrutwourthy in any aspect of the reasent events.
    But one ting stuck with me, and that was the Hamas reaction and their coop with the Muslim Brotherhood, I was stunned. All og the are instigated and covertly run from the White House/Tel.aviv.
    Several aspects of the last decades and particulare the last two, has exposed the Non Movent regarding Anything in respect of the Palestinian cause. The complet silence, the slow movments to a better Campagne in the world, everything is allmoust Non existing.

    The sad part is the fealing of wasted time, a treason comited over decades, by western pupets, in Fatha and Hamas, all fakes and no substance, no nothing.

    I hope that the reality dawns in the Palestinian people, like Israel Status Qou is the bottomline, and feeds only the parts that bennefits from it.
    The Palestinians have loost to mutch already.

    But, the future looks somehow brighter, its just that we need the Palestinians to make Noise and be Angry.
    Be pist and kick asses, because they all have moked and lied to you for decades, and while the Palestinian people have gained nothing.
    Palestina must reborn it self, take the time to reconfigurate everything and gett the corruption stangled.

    Wake up, before they sel it all to Israel.


    “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
    ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  4. February 29, 2012 at 00:48


  5. Alb said,

    February 29, 2012 at 03:54

    The only way to get attention form the worls is for Palestinians to join forces and march on Tel Aviv…Just like the rebels in Syria and Libya. Ask the UN for a no-fly zone over Gaza and Jerusalem and ask for Humanitarian Aid Libya style the crap out of Israel: The American way! Bomb, bomb, bomb and call it Humanitarian Aid.

  6. Vitorino Batalim said,

    March 4, 2012 at 20:39

    Mahmud Abbas is a Zionist himself. Abbas is a Zionist name.

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