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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

More on Gilo- Jerusalem Building Plans Just Announced

Nadene Goldfoot
Israel's building plans that upset Hillary this morning fall under part B of cities and towns in Israel.  This means the cities and towns of Jews returning to sites occupied by Jews before 1948 such as Hebron, Gush Etzion, and the Jewish Quarter of East Jerusalem.  This may be a surprise to many, but East Jerusalem includes a Jewish Quarter. 

After the 1967 War when Israel was attacked by surrounding Arabs but won, Israel gained East Jerusalem back and Judea and Samaria as well as Gaza.  A small group of Orthodox Jews went back to Hebron and more resettled in the rapidly reconstructed Jewish Quarter of East Jerusalem.  Jews had lived in Hebron almost continuously since Joshua, 3100 years ago and were expelled during horrible Arab pogroms of 1929 when hundreds were slaughtered.  Jews living in Jerusalem had a similar history with the 1948 war and the massacre of about half of the people of the Jewish Quarter dead.

Jews resettled the villages of Kfar Etzion's area, called Gush Etzion, which is SW of Bethlehem later.  This land had been settled and developed in the early part of the 20th century by our Zionist pioneers.  Then mobs of Arab irregulars had massacred most of the Jews of these villages during the 1948 war.  Israelis have returned to these sites which still falls under the type B cities and towns. 

Israel plans on building to create 1,100 homes in this part B section of East Jerusalem.  They are going to be built in Gilo, a neighborhood in E. Jerusalem. 200,000 Jews live in East Jerusalem as well as about 270,000 Arabs. 40,000 Jews live in Gilo itself according to Wikipedia.  It is one of the 5 ring neighborhoods of Jerusalem.  This city was built in 1973.  The land was annexed to Israel following the 1967 Six Day War.  It sits on land which lies beyond the 1949 armistice line.  After 1967, the 1949 line  was no longer applicable to Israel. 

Reference: Big Lies: Demolishing the myths of the propaganda War Against Israel by David Meir-Levi-a publication of the David Horowitz Freedom Center

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