Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Should Israel have the Right to Settlement?

   How we settled America might be a worthy model for how to settle the West Bank. Whoever wanted to was free to move to the unoccupied area. Swedes were not saved land, and Chinese were not banned from lands. All were free to come. If the land was in Spanish Territory, you still could move there without restriction -- you didn't need to be Spanish.
   Such a fair model might be worthy for the West Bank.
  Is freedom to settle where you want a right?  It was in America. But, should freedom of settlement also be considered a right in Israel? Consider this first from what the UN says. Is freedom of settlement  a principle found in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights? I consider it might fall just short, after reading articles 13 and 15. You read the two articles and judge.
   Article 13
  (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
  (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and return to his country.
   Article 15
  (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
  (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
   The question is whether the West Bank is considered part of the state of Israel. If it is, then Israel has the right to move settlers in. I belief most, though, would suggest the West Bank is not part of Israel, although Israel is the occupying state.
   There are other arguments to consider, as to whether Israel has the right to settlement. But tonight, I consider but the above two vantage points.

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