Thursday, 24 June 2010

Ethnic Cleansing in Action: Demolish Palestinian Homes to Build an Israeli Park

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said the plan to demolish Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem to make way for a tourist park is "illegal and unhelpful."  Unhelpful is not the word I would have used. More 'racist' than 'unhelpful'.

On Monday Jerusalem City Council approved the plan to demolish 22 Palestinian homes in Silwan - to make way for a park for Israeli settlers.

According to the BBC the move has drawn criticism both at home and from the Obama administration. Mr Ban said the plan was "contrary to international law", but that impediment has never stopped Israel has it?

"The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the decision by the Jerusalem municipality to advance planning for house demolitions and further settlement activity in the area of Silwan," Mr Ban's office said in a statement. Sadly, knowing the UN Secretary General is 'deeply concerned' means absolutely zilch in the Middle East as long as the US Administration is paying the bills. 

Read more of the BBC report here

Norman Finkelstein sees this as evidence that, "the corpse of a deceased UN Secretary-General was resurrected" I remain sceptical...