Palestine Overwhelmed by Illegal American
By Juan Cole
August 30, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" -
If there were a Palestinian Donald Trump, he’d
be fulminating against illegal immigrants swamping the Palestinian
West Bank. And he’d be complaining that fully 1 in 6 of these
undocumented squatters are Americans .
Americans have trouble understanding the basic facts of the
situation, it is worthwhile underscoring that the United Nations
General Assembly’s partition plan for British Mandate Palestine in
1947 did not include Gaza or the West Bank of the
Jordan. Those territories were never awarded to Jewish settlers or
later Israelis by any legitimate authority (even the UNGC is not an
executive body and the Security Council should have signed off to
grant real legitimacy in law). Israel militarily conquered Gaza and
the West Bank in 1967 and have by now so altered the ways of life,
economy and society of these occupied territories that the
Occupation is illegal by the Hague Convention of 1907 and the Geneva
Convention of 1949 (designed to prevent atrocities against occupied
populations of the sort the Axis carried out during WW II).
It is strictly illegal for the occupying power to
attempt to annex occupied territory or to transfer its citizens into
militarily occupied territory.
Mussolini’s Italy pulled that stunt with the parts of France he
occupied during WW II. When you hear that someone has violated the
Geneva Convention, that isn’t just an abstract matter. It means that
someone is acting the way the dictators acted during the war,
because it is that kind of lawless behavior the conventions were
attempting to forestall from happening again.
Israel illegally annexed part of the Palestinian
West Bank to its district of Jerusalem and then settled it with
Israeli squatters. Am I comparing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu to Mussolini in Menton, France? If the shoe fits . . .
Outside the territory annexed to Jerusalem, there
are at least 350,000 Israeli squatters who have usurped Palestinian
This link explains the process of illegal Israeli
squatting on and theft of Palestinian land (a process the
International Court of Justice ruled is illegal in 2004).
Some 60,000 of the squatters, today’s equivalent
Black Shirts , are Americans, according to a new study.
Those American politicians like Mike Huckabee and
Donald Trump, who make exaggerated and untrue statements against
undocumented workers in the United States but who defend illegal
Israeli immigration into the West Bank, are supreme hypocrites. The
Israeli squatters, moreover, are often hostile and aggressive,
excluding Palestinians from the townhouses they construct on stolen
Juan Cole teaches Middle Eastern and South
Asian history at the University of Michigan. His weblog is