Israel moves to expand illegal settlement in occupied East Jerusalem located beyond the 1967 armistice line • The Cradle – muunyayo

https://muunyayo.com/2021/10/16/israel-moves-to-expand-illegal-settlement-in-occupied-east-jerusalem-located-beyond-the-1967-armistice-line-the-cradle/

By: Esteban Carrillo

Source: https://thecradle.co/Article/news/2600

An Israeli planning committee approved plans on 14 October to build thousands of homes in the illegal settlement of Givat Hamatos in occupied East Jerusalem.

If built, this would become the first Jewish settlement in 20 years to be built in occupied East Jerusalem, and the first ever beyond the 1967 armistice line.

The announcement came one day after Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met with US Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington, DC.

The Biden administration has previously spoken out against the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine. However, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet has said multiple times that his government has no plans to stop these expansions.

Experts believe that, once completed, the Givat Hamatos settlement will effectively split the West Bank in half, isolating Palestinians who live in occupied East Jerusalem and making a two-state solution virtually impossible.

EU officials condemned the Bennet administration’s plans for the construction of additional housing units in Givat Hamatos earlier this year, saying that the plan would “undermine the negotiations for a two-state solution.”

The Israeli settlement in Givat Hamatos is located beyond the 1967 Green Line, on lands which were seized from the Palestinian towns of Beit Safafa in the Jerusalem governorate, and Beit Jala in the Bethlehem governorate.

The construction plans approved on Wednesday would effectively cut off Beit Safafa from surrounding Palestinian villages and the rest of Jerusalem.

Marine officer receives formal reprimand and fine for criticizing Afghanistan withdrawal

Comment by tonytran2015: It is time for some rightous officers to resign from their woke employments to join Fox News and enter politics.

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/10/15/marine-officer-receives-formal-reprimand-and-fine-for-criticizing-afghanistan-withdrawal/

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. agreed to the Military’s disciplinary action, following him pleading guilty to six misdemeanor charges the Military brought against him.

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“A Huge Deal”: Amazon, Google Workers Demand Companies Sever Ties With Israeli Military

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/10/13/a-huge-deal-amazon-google-workers-demand-companies-sever-ties-with-israeli-military/
By Kenny Stancil Roughly 400 Amazon and Google workers on Tuesday condemned their employers for contributing to the surveillance and dispossession of Palestinians by selling cloud… “A Huge… Go to Source Author: Activist Post… Read more

US Navy nuclear engineer charged with trying to pass submarine secrets to foreign power – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-11/us-navy-nuclear-engineer-charged-trying-pass-secrets/100528394

  • The engineer and his wife were arrested on Saturday
  • The FBI says he sent a package of Navy documents to a foreign government in April 2020
  • He had been a Navy employee since 2012

South China Sea: US submarine collides with unknown object – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58838332

…Alexander Neill, a Singapore-based defence and security expert, told the
BBC the number of injuries caused by the collision suggested the submarine probably “hit something big” and was “going really fast”…

Communist China’s Aggression in the South China Sea, by Judith Bergman | STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

Comment by tonytran2015: China has been successful in its aggressions against most of its neighbours. China may soon invade Taiwan with overwhelming force in the same way as it has done to Tibet, Mongolia, Vietnam, the Philippines, …

https://straightlinelogic.com/2021/10/07/communist-chinas-aggression-in-the-south-china-sea-by-judith-bergman/

Nobody in the US really knows for certain what the intentions and plans are of the Chinese government. Which makes it a good idea to keep a close eye on what it does. From Judith Bergman at gatestoneinstitute.org:

Tensions continue to rise in the South China Sea, as China, or, rightly, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), ramps up its military activities in the region. Within only the first four days of October, China conducted a record-breaking 150 incursionsinto Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) — after China’s People Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) had already, in September, set another monthly record with 117 incursions, some with nuclear-capable bombers, fighter jets and reconnaissance planes. The incursions were reportedly the highest monthly number on record since Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense began reporting Chinese aerial incursions 13 months ago. In addition, in August, the first-ever incursionof Chinese military helicopters into Taiwan’s ADIZ took place, with experts suggesting that the PLA was probing Taiwanese defense capabilities by using different aircraft.

Also in August and September, China conducted assault drills near Taiwan with war ships, early-warning aircraft, anti-submarine aircraft and bombers. “The joint fire assault and other drills staged by the Eastern Theater Command troops are a necessary action to further safeguard China’s sovereignty under the current security situation in the Taiwan Straits,” Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson for the PLA Eastern Theater Command said, “and also a solemn response to the interference of foreign forces and the provocation of ‘Taiwan independence’ secessionists.” Shi stated that military exercises would be “conducted regularly” based on the situation in the Taiwan Strait and the “need to maintain sovereign security”. China has conducted 20 naval island-control exercises in the first half of 2021, compared to 13 in all of 2020.

This activity — in addition to diplomatic and economic pressure — is evidently meant to exhaust Taiwan, force it to capitulate to China and relinquish its independence without China firing a shot. “China is pursuing an all-of-party approach that seeks to coerce, corrupt and co-opt the international community,” former commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Philip Davidson, recently warned, “in a way in which they may be able to achieve their geopolitical edge… to force Taiwan to capitulate because of extreme, diplomatic, economic, pressure and strain”. Failing that coercion, Davidson estimates:

“the changes in the [People’s Liberation Army]’s capabilities, with their missile and cyber forces, and their ability to train, advance their joint interoperability and their combat support logistics, all those trend lines indicate to me that within the next six years they will have the capability and the capacity to forcibly reunify with Taiwan, should they choose force to do it.”

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Defense minister says China could launch ‘full-scale invasion’ of Taiwan by 2025 | Taiwan News | 2021-10-06 18:47:00

Comment by tonytran2015: After learning the lessons of Vietnam in 1975, Afghanistan in 2021, China would be confident in launching full-scale invasion before the end of Biden’s term.

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4307745

Israel destroyed 172,900 homes, expelled 1.3m Palestinians since the Nakba | Aletho News

https://alethonews.com/2021/10/06/israel-destroyed-172900-homes-expelled-1-3m-palestinians-since-the-nakba
MEMO | October 5, 2021

The Israeli occupation has demolished about 172,900 Palestinian homes, displaced 1,324,000 Palestinians and confiscated 19 million dunums (19,000 square kilometres) of the land of historical Palestine “to bring 5 million Zionist immigrant from around the globe to replace the indigenous people.”

Marking the World Habitat Day yesterday, the Land Research Centre in Jerusalem said: “During the Nakba 1948, the Israeli occupation demolished 125,000 Palestinian houses and displaced 800,000 Palestinians, about 47 per cent of the Palestinians.”

The centre stated that the continuous Israeli attacks led to the occupation of about 78 per cent of historical Palestine and demolished about 4,500 houses, rendering 30,000 Palestinians homeless between 1950 and 2021.

During the 1967 war, Israel occupied the rest of the Palestinian lands, including the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem, the centre said, stating that 5,500 Palestinian houses were demolished during the war and 200,000 Palestinians were displaced.

“Israeli demolition policies in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still going on,” the organisation said. “Israeli bulldozers demolished 11,900 Palestinian houses, 7,440 of which are in East Jerusalem, between 1967 and 2021. Thus, 73,000 Palestinians lost their homes, 47,220 are in Jerusalem alone.”

“During the same period, Israeli air strikes demolished 21,000 Palestinian houses in the Gaza Strip – the most vicious attacks were during wars in 2008/9, 2012, 2014 and 2021, leaving 189,000 Gazans homeless, most of them slept or are still sleeping at schools or with relatives, and some still live in tents.”

Joe Biden says Xi Jinping has agreed to abide by ‘Taiwan agreement’ – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-06/biden-xi-jinping-agree-to-abide-by-taiwan-agreement/100518846

  • Mr Biden appeared to be referring to agreements calling for a peaceful resolution with Taiwan
  • Taiwan’s Defence Minister says the situation is “the most serious” in more than 40 years