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December 31, 2013 6:39 pm

Abbas Threatens Legal Action Against Israeli Settlement Building

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Ynet – Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas threatened diplomatic and legal action against the “cancer” of Israeli settlement building, a day ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

“We will not remain patient as the settlement cancer spreads, especially in (east) Jerusalem, and we will use our right as a UN observer state by taking political, diplomatic and legal action to stop it,” he said during a speech in Ramallah to mark the 49th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah party.

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  • The word “Settlements” conjures up a picture of tents or trailers – a temporary site – ENCROACHING illegally on someone else’s property.

    The picture above and more like it should be circulated widely. The public has no idea that these are communities: neighborhoods, homes, roads, schools, solid buildings – multiple thousands of people.

    “One minute” pro-Israel commercials, showing these and other positive images, should be made. Israel should promote itself, instead of ceding the field to its constant critics.