US 'should link aid' to Israeli settlements: HRW
The United States should penalise Israel by withholding from its massive annual aid a sum equal to the amount Israel gives in subsidies to West Bank settlements, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Sunday.
In a 166-page report, the group called on the international community to penalise Israel for "discrimination" in the West Bank, comparing the services enjoyed by Jewish settlers with those of neighbouring Palestinian villages. "Palestinians face systematic discrimination merely because of their race, ethnicity, and national origin, depriving them of electricity, water, schools, and access to roads, while nearby Jewish settlers enjoy all of these state-provided benefits," HRW representative Carroll Bogert said.
..."The United States, which provides 2.75 billion dollars in aid to Israel annually, should suspend financing to Israel in an amount equivalent to the costs of Israel's spending in support of settlements, which a 2003 study estimated at 1.4 billion dollars," the report said.
"Similarly, based on numerous reports that US tax-exempt organisations provide substantial contributions to support settlements, the report urges the US to verify that such tax-exemptions are consistent with US obligations to ensure respect for international law," it added.
Er, what "international law"?
This move, dear readers, is the BSD Movement in thinly veiled disguise: Boycott, Sanctions and Disinvestment.
...NGO Monitor [said] that the report "strips away the context of Arab terror and substitutes inflammatory rhetoric and baseless accusations, falsely turning a political conflict into one of racial hostility by using the "separate but unequal" language from the American civil rights movement."
"Of even greater concern," NGO Monitor continued in a statement, "HRW in this report endorses boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS)..."We also note that the timing of this report coincides with the Arab League campaign to undermine the peace process by exploiting UN framework," the statement added.