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Dec 15, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read Read on X
Earlier this week a coalition of settler organizations - generously funded by the state of #Israel - held the 'Practical Preparation for #Gaza Settlement Conference.' We would be mistaken to dismiss these ideas as fringe, as those are thepolitical forces that managed to colonize and annex the West Bank.Image
Following the conference, ads were taken out stating "Gaza is the Land of Israel! Fight. Liberate. Settle." Those interested are invited to call a registration hotline for re-established settlements in Gaza. Image
Harei Zahav (Golden Mountains), a settlement development enterprise is advertising for #Gaza settlements: "a house on the beach is not a dream! We have begun clearing rubble and fending off squatters." Image
They name half a dozen re-established and new #Israeli settlements, and show their approximate location throughout occupied #Gaza. While this is a media stunt it captures a deep sentiment favouring territorial acquisition and colonization at the expanse of #Palestinians. Image

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