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Israel Seizes 400 Hectares Of Land No-One Was Using

by | 1st, September 2014



LANGUAGE matters when reporting. At the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a dispute over land and borders.

Reuters has news from Israel and the West Bank. The headline tells us:

Israel claims West Bank land for possible settlement use, draws U.S. rebuke

The story is:

Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration… Israel Radio said the step was taken in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teens by Hamas militants in the area in June.

Was this part of the deal that ended that bout of violence between Israel and Hamas?

Repoting on the same issue, the Jersalem Post leads with:

US calls out Israel over decision to expand state land in West Bank

Expanding is far more benign than claiming. It’s suggestive of a naturalistic element.

So, them to the BBC :

Israel to take over West Bank land

Taking over is not natural. It’s wilful.

And what about this on twitter from Jon Donnison, “BBC Sydney Correspondent covering Australia & region. Emmy nominated. Formerly in Gaza, West Bank, DC, Egypt.”



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Is he just showing us or telling

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