Saturday, January 2, 2016

The road to hell is paved with 'national security'

CJ Werleman,

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Israel is turning the West’s fixation on the Islamic State group into an opportunity to expand its apartheid laws and militarisation of the West Bank

On Monday, Naftali Bennett, Israel’s education minister, told the Knesset that the time has come for Israel to officially “annex the West Bank”. ...
In the event you’re clamouring for a translation of hasbara (public diplomacy, or Israeli government PR) to English – the subtext to this Israeli government line reads as follows: “Due to an imagined terrorist threat we have concocted, we will expand the IDF military presence along the Jordan Valley, West Bank.” In other words, Israel intends to further its militarisation of the West Bank, which is more or less in synch with Bennett’s plea for Israel to annex the Occupied Territories. ... 

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