Why are Americans allowed to pay for Israeli settlements?
The Daily Star Lebanon / David Ignatius
25-Mar-2009 (4 comments)

Every dollar that goes to settlements makes Middle East peace that much harder to reach.

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DW Duke


by DW Duke on

Actually, I do know who Ignatius is.  He is a syndicated columnist whose writings are frequently published by the Daily Star and other publications.  What is your point?

Yes, I read the article.  To say that the US considers the settlements to be illegal is a gross oversimplification and an incorrect statement of the issues.  I realize that you are not an attorney but you should realize that for some of us it is not necessary to cut and paste constitutional provisions memorized in first year law school.  I would provide a case analysis for you but it would no doubt be a waste of time.  :)


DW Duke dude, did you read the article? Didn't think so.

by Ostaad on

David Ignatius is a well known American syndicated commentator whose comments regularly appear in the Washington Post and Daily Star among others.  I know simple things like this go over your head, but if you HAD read the article, the US government considers the Jewish Settlements ILLEGAL, and that's why your simplistic cut-and-paste job of the First Amendments does not cut it here.  US law prohibits the American citizens and organizations to contribute to criminal, terroristic and ILLEGAL entities, period.

Please read the article carefully, and find out who David Ignatius is before making irrelevant remarks.

BTW, David Ignatius was the moderator at Davos who caused the "scene" between that war criminal Shimon Peres and the Turkish PM. Those who read the news and political commentaries are certainly familiar with people like him, I'm sorry you have missed the boat on that one.

DW Duke

Could it be because the US

by DW Duke on

Could it be because the US has a Constitution which contains provisions  such as the following: 

First Amendment:  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

And of course there are protections for Freedom of Assembly and Association recognized not only in the US Constitution but the UN Declaration of Human Rights and several other widely recognized legal documents?  And the beat goes on including the taxing power and many other provisions meaning that US citizens are permitted to adopt views contrary to the views of their government.  Perhaps a concept foreign to a writer for Daily Star Lebanon.

Mehdi Mazloom

ostaad - Inna ha-mesh mozakhrafi e'

by Mehdi Mazloom on

Innah ha-mshe' bache' baazi e' agha. 

Baba, ve-lesh kon digge'.

Mah rah khaili  khejallat midin agha.