- Published on Thursday, 12 July 2012 09:04
A debate broadcast live on Democracy Now! Yesterday, 11th July, Jonathan Tobin, senior online editor of Commentary magazine, and Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, debate the recent report by an Israeli government committee that affirms the legality of settlements in the West Bank.
Tobin asserts that the decision is an affirmation of a position, long held by Israel, despite its unpopularity with much of the international community. "The right of the Jews to live in the West Bank," states Tobin, "was guaranteed in the League of Nations mandate for Palestine, which was the last sovereign in that area recognized by everyone."
Abunimah counters, saying, "Israel is trying to manufacture legitimacy for a totally illegitimate settler colonial enterprise, maintained through violence and a system of military tyranny and apartheid."
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