Sunday, March 13, 2011

Israel announces new settlement construction in the wake of family massacre; Jeffrey Heller springs into action

Jeffrey Heller is Editor-in-Charge of Reuters Jerusalem Bureau.  Googling his name and the word "settlements" produces over 70,000 results.  This is a man literally driven to the core of his soul, by an obsession with Jews who choose to exercise their rights, in international law, to live beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines in the disputed territories constituting the original Mandate of Palestine.

Heller is not bothered much by murderous Palestinian terrorism, which he never characterizes as such, nor even by Palestinian incitement to murder Jews, which he only reports offhand and as noted by others (as if Heller is personally unaware of the barbarous incitement permeating all facets of Palestinian society):
Netanyahu, who spoke with Abbas by phone, said the statements by the Palestinian leadership were not strong enough and it must move to end what he termed incitement against Israelis in Palestinian schools, mosques and media.
But given an announcement by the Israeli government to build additional homes in the disputed territories, Heller burns the midnight oil to report the move:
With anger high in Israel and among settlers, Netanyahu's office said in a statement that "ministers decided to authorize construction" of several hundred housing units in the Etzion bloc of settlements and in Maale Adumim, Ariel and Kiryat Sefer.
The move was likely to draw international dismay and harden Palestinian resolve not to return to peace talks frozen over Netanyahu's refusal to extend a 10-month moratorium that expired in November on housing starts in West Bank settlements.
"This decision is wrong and unacceptable and will only create problems," said Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Expanded construction in West Bank settlements could bolster Netanyahu within his governing coalition, which is dominated by pro-settler parties, including his own right-wing Likud [...] 
The World Court has deemed illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank, territory captured along with the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in a 1967 war.
Some 500,000 settlers live among 2.5 million Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Palestinians fear the enclaves will deny them a viable state.
Violence in the West Bank has dropped significantly since its peak during a Palestinian uprising a decade ago, although tensions had risen earlier in the week when Israeli troops fired live rounds at Palestinians after they clashed with settlers.
Ten Palestinians and one Israeli were wounded in the confrontation.
Heller repeats the symbolic fiction suggesting, falsely, that settlements are illegal because the utopian-sounding but irrelevant World Court opined such; he refers to the fictitious city of "East Jerusalem", he violates the Reuters Handbook of Journalism by failing to provide Israel's appellation for the "West Bank" (Judea and Samaria); and he further violates the Reuters Handbook by employing a euphemism ("uprising") to conceal the violent horror of the Palestinian terror war that killed over 1,000 Israelis.

Otherwise, Heller continues to carry out his duties in exemplary fashion for the most biased and propagandistic news agency in the world.


  1. So Israel continues to build hundreds of thousands of illegal homes in the Palestinian West Bank and then pretend that there is no correlation between the illegal events on both sides. The horrific murder of an Israeli family is another obscene event in the conflict between two nations, two peoples, who both have a valid claim to the former land of Palestine - which indisputable, proven, documented fact, is sadly denied.

  2. Local Arabs engaged in massacres of the Palestinian Jews back in the 1920s. The PLO, with its commitment to liquidate the state of Israel and ethnically cleanse the area of Jews, formed in 1964, a time when there was not a single Jew in the territories. Jews have every right, by international law, to live anywhere west of the Jordan River. You've simply been brainwashed by Reuters and Arab propaganda to serve as an apologist for mass murder.

  3. Does anyone know where Jeffrey Heller is from originally?