Yosemite National Park In Its Full Glory.
Yosemite National Park has been protected since 1864, and its 1,200 square miles have been a shrine to natural beauty ever since. Yosemite is known for its deep valley, grand meadows, giant sequoias and most famously – its many waterfalls.
This is more than just a great valley, but a testament to the fact humans CAN respect creation, and I hope one day we will find more ways to leave places like these alone to their beauty.
Indeed, Sherwood’s latest piece, “Israel and Palestinian negotiators meet for first time in a year“, Jan. 2, contains this characteristic throw away line about the “settlements”:
The Palestinians argue that there can be no meaningful talks while Israel continues expanding its settlements in the West Bank, which are illegal under international law.
Of course, Sherwood, as with the countless other Guardian reports alleging the “illegality” of such settlements, doesn’t bother citing a source for such an international adjudication, as no such determination has ever been reached or definitively codified.
What Palestinians, and their advocates at the Guardian, are likely referring to is the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention
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The Observer, March 16
While Johansson acquitted herself quite well in the interview, conducted by Carole Cadwalladr, what most stands out is how even their media group’s culture critics automatically become experts on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, and adopt the Guardian narrative about the conflict.
Cadwalladr is a features writer for The Observer, and though it doesn’t seem she’s ever weighed in on the issues of BDS and Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria previously, she wasn’t shy about boldly making it known which party is in the wrong.
Cadwalladr begins discussing the SodaStream row in the following passages:
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Plans to convert a landmark city church into a mosque and community centre are more than half way there,with 66 per cent of the funds needed having been already raised by donations (Sadqa-e-Jariya) and fundraising events organised by the wider Muslim community and no doubt with additional outside help,possibly from Saudi Arabia.
Charity group ,the Swansea Mosque and Islamic Community Centre has raised a total of £1,060,997 so far,with an ultimate goal of £1,600,000 .
The group has plans to demolish the apse at St.Andrews United Reform Church on St.Helen’s Road,and create a three-storey extension, with a basement.
This area at the rear of the building will be turned into a community centre . The rest of the 148 year old grade two listed building will become a mosque…..yards away from an Islamic centre and another mosque…
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