Since capturing the West Bank from Jordan in 1967, Israel has been on a steady
course to annex the land into a Greater Israel.
What to do with the millions of Palestinian Muslims and Christians who live
there now has never been completely determined (some say evict them), but the
land must be annexed and made safe for Jewish expansion.
Never mind that this appropriation has never been accepted by the rest of the
In all the years since 1967, not one other nation has signed on to the
idea that Israel can keep the West Bank, not even Israel’s greatest
benefactor, the United States.
The colonization of occupied territory is a war crime under the Geneva
Arab nations have lately offered a peace deal if the Israelis will return to
their ’67 borders, even approximately, but the answer so far has been
As long as Israel continues to insist on confiscation and “religious
cleansing” of the West Bank in complete defiance of world opinion,
sympathy for the country is going to keep draining away.
Israelis today seem intent on proving to us that their lust for land exceeds
their good sense.
Stop building Jewish settlements in occupied territory.
Pictures of History - Ostia
Ostia was a town connected to the port of Rome during the time of the Roman
The Mediterranean Sea was the main highway of the Roman world, yet Rome is
located on the Tiber River almost 40 kilometers inland from the
Ostia grew up where the Tiber empties into the Mediterranean, a natural place
of arrival and departure for ships.
During the early days of the Roman Empire an artificial harbor--the
Roman port--was built nearby, and was later expanded.
When Rome fell, Ostia and the port were also attacked.
Afterwards, Ostia lost its importance and was gradually deserted.
Though never completely lost like Pompeii, much of Ostia remained hidden until
excavated in the twentieth century.
Most of the ruins visible today date from the late Roman Empire.
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