|The Choice to be Struck?||Farid Esack - The Electronic Intifada - Palestine/Israel is a strange place; here separateness is valorized by many decent people and presented as the "peace option" and the not-so-nice-ones openly preach ethnic cleansing.
|Fisk doesn`t give a flying fisk about Fisking||Antonia Zerbisias - Toronto Star/Commondreams - "People in [US] America believe that journalists who challenge authority are unpatriotic and thus potentially subversive," he says, shrugging off the barbs. "(Polemicist) Alan Dershowitz, in a radio interview on Sept. 11, said that to ask the question `why` meant that you were supporting terrorism, and that I was a dangerous man. I was anti-American and that was the same as being anti-Semitic."||30/11/2005|
|Let`s not get delusional ||Eyat Sarraj - Bitterlemons - We know, and we should not delude ourselves, that we are still under effective Israeli control.||30/11/2005|
| A model for the future||Ghassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - The agreement that was recently reached on the Gaza crossings, including the Rafah crossing, was a very significant event and can be seen as a model to be followed in trying to solve other components of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.||30/11/2005|
|Does public opinion matter in the Middle East?||Daoud Kuttab - Common Ground - It is a scientific fact that the majority of Palestinians and Israelis know exactly what the solution to the conflict will look like: two sovereign states roughly along the 1967 borders, some adjustments for the big settlement blocks, a few refugees returning for symbolic value, and a functional solution for Jerusalem.||30/11/2005|
|Today is the 29th of November. It is the anniversary of the Partition Resolution of 1947.||Henry Lowi - Among today’s peace activists, the justice of the Partition Resolution is usually considered axiomatic. In reality, the Partition Resolution sowed the seeds (actually, laid the landmines) for the decades of strife and misery that have followed.
|Two Earthquakes ||Uri Avnery - A POLITICAL earthquake is itself a rare event. When two major political earthquakes follow each other in quick succession, this is almost unheard of.
|Lurch to the Left||From the desk of Reuven Kaminer - Israeli politics were and are still steeped in colonialist logic.
Movement to the left in our context means a growing understanding that
the occupation of the Palestinian territories is not, in its present
parameters, sustainable. Current evidence indicates that the shift is
for real ||25/11/2005|
|EU Report: Several inter-linked Israeli policies are reducing the possibility of reaching a final status agreement on Jerusalem||EU REPORT : East Jerusalem is of central importance to the Palestinians in political, economic, social and religious terms. Several inter-linked Israeli policies are reducing the possibility of reaching a final status agreement on Jerusalem, and demonstrate a clear Israeli intention to turn the annexation of East Jerusalem into a concrete fact
|Peretz, or bust||Jeff Halper - ICAHD - "Since we have defeated one apartheid regime, the “optimism of the will” should sustain us in the dark times we may be about to enter.
|Interview with Gen. (Res.) Ami Ayalon - excerpts||Amir Rapoport - Ma`ariv - "Today not a single person of sober mind in the Intelligence community accepts the thesis that Arafat initiated the second Intifada – as it has been claimed in the beginning." ||24/11/2005|
|The real things happening backstage ||The Other Israel Billboard - Frontstage - new general elections: the gladiators launch their campaigns. Backstage - no `hot news`, hardly reported: settlements` extension, home demolitions, struggle against the Wall, settler atacks on olive harvesters, army refusers jailed.||22/11/2005|
|Amman massacre||Azmi Bishara - AMIN - "Three thoughts occurred to me in the wake of the atrocities in Amman."||19/11/2005|
|Rice`s singular achievement||George S. Hishmeh -
- "US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has added another Mideast feather in her cap. She earned it by twisting Israeli arms and finalizing the Rafah crossing agreement that would allow Palestinians to go back-and-forth freely to Egypt.
|Beyond Chutzpah||ZNET - Norman Finkelstein interviewed by
Sherri Muzher. Finkelstein, whose parents are both survivors of the Holocaust, discusses the misuse of anti-Semitism.
|Blame It On Arafat||Ramzy Baroud -
ZNET - "Despite initial claims that Yasser Arafat`s absence - as an `obstacle` to peace - would reinvigorate the Arab-Israel peace process, events on the ground fail to point toward such a reality, one year after the powerful Palestinian leader`s death.
|Weeping in Jerusalem: Rabbis witness Home Demolitions ||Rabbis for Human Rights, N. America - Six rabbis and a cantor spent last week in Jerusalem on a rabbinic mission to rebuild the home of the Dari family in Issawiyeh. While in Jerusalem we not only started rebuilding the Dari home but we also were eyewitnesses to the demolition of a Palestinian home. It was a shocking and transformative experience. ||18/11/2005|
|Nothing has changed||Ghassan Khatib
- Bitterlemons - "It is one year since the late President Yasser Arafat died, and it may be instructive to take stock and see what has changed on the ground.
The short and most illuminating answer, of course, is that nothing much has changed."||17/11/2005|
|The man who could bring about a revolution in Israeli politics||Jonathan Freedland-
In less than a week Amir Peretz has revitalised the Israeli peace camp and brought a rare optimism to the Middle East."||17/11/2005|
|Peretz win profound for Israeli politics||Khalid Amayreh/Uri Avnery - Al-Jazeera - "There will be no coalition with Sharon. Sharon is not really interested in reaching a genuine peace agreement with the Palestinians and Peretz is well aware of this fact"
|How Does the Memory of Jewish Suffering Affect Israel`s Chance to Make Peace?||Dagmar Barnouw - History News Network - Past and future have mingled most dangerously in the Middle East, a region dominated for the larger part of the 20th and into the 21st century by the entrenched Arab-Jewish conflict||16/11/2005|
|A parody: Implementing Relative Calm: Israeli Prime Minister Announces Unilateral Cease Fire||Emma Rosenthal - Amin - "Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister, Tzedek ben Shalom announced today that the Israeli government has agreed to talks with all major Palestinian organizations and has declared a unilateral cease fire..."||14/11/2005|
|Israel marks Arafat anniversary seeking new scapegoat||Patrick Anidjar
Agence France Presse - "As Palestinians mark one year since Yasser
Arafat died, Israel seems to have forgotten its loathed bete noire
of four decades, preferring instead to make a new scapegoat out of
his successor Mahmud Abbas.
|The hudna no one wants ||Hasan Abu Nimah - Jordan Times - "The second hudna between the Palestinians and their occupiers underlines the staggering and ridiculous state of the so-called “peace process”. Every time an incident occurs, the chorus from all directions can be heard that it “may endanger the peace process”. "||9/11/2005|
|Bloody Peace||Khaled Duzdar - AMIN - "The disengagement seems to have given the Israeli army a free hand to use massive force against the Palestinians with artillery and more targeted killing. Instead of a renewed peace process, we have what could be called a bloody peace."||9/11/2005|
|The Other Israel Billboard - November 1, 2005|| About sheep fodder and long-imprisoned COs, and more
-assesment of the situation, action updates, translations from the Hebrew press.||3/11/2005|
|Opportunity Knocks||Remi Kanazi - Znet - Sharon`s credo is to maximize the lawlessness of the conflict. This furthers the greater agenda: the expansion of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the appropriation of Palestinian land by way of extension of the Apartheid Wall.||2/11/2005|
|Did UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw help sell out Jerusalem? ||Ali Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - "UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was asked by his
officials to personally lobby the Israeli government to award a
contract to a British firm which, in breach of international law and
long-standing UK policy, extends Israel`s administrative and legal
structures into Occupied East Jerusalem."||28/11/2005|
|A letter from Jerusalem||Recent commentary by Rev. Clarence Musgrave - "Travelling around on the West Bank, one is aware of the fact that there are not all that many Palestinian cars on the main roads. This is a visual demonstration of the effect of what has been called “the apartheid road system".."||29/11/2005|
|A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Revolution ||Michael Dahan - "It is time for a political leadership that speaks clearly to the public, presenting a real and just vision of hope for Israelis and Palestinians alike. If only Peretz would accept that challenge. "
|The selling of Sharon as a dove is setting up the Palestinians for another fall ||Johann Hari - The Independent - Sharon`s vision of peace is so flawed that the Palestinians can never accept it ||27/11/2005|
|Palestinian children`s right to quality education||Monica Awad - UNICEF - Electronic Intifada - NABLUS - In a very poor neighborhood in the old city, in a tall tiny shabby building, sounds of children`s laughter can be heard as we walked up the 50 steep steps leading to the main hall of the Children`s Center.
| A Land for Growing, not Settlement Growth||Oscar Randolph - The Electronic Intifada - For a week in early November the groves in the West Bank village of Singel rain olives. Tarps carpet the turf underneath sagging olive branches while empty sacks are piled nearby, soon to be anchored by upwards of sixty kilos of olives.
|Commentary on current events||By Rev. Clarence Musgrave - "The headline in Haaretz October 30th P1: “New Checkpoint to sever W. Bank south of Nablus” may not mean an awful lot to folk who have not been on the West Bank, but it is just one more piece of the master-plan that Mr. Sharon is working hard to put in place."||8/11/2005|
|Israel as an Extension of American Empire by Jeff Halper||Jeff Halper - ICAHD - "The purpose of this paper is not to "knock" Israel, but to shake it, to yell at its leaders and citizens: "What are you doing? What have you become? Save yourselves!" If not that, then at least to constrain it, as we must constrain American Empire, for the sake of us all."||8/11/2005|
|Two sides to every story:||Daphna Baram - The Guardian - ""What all media were unified about was the notion that out there in
the world everybody is blaming us, the Israelis, of things that were
not our fault but the Palestinians`. This urge to deflect the guilt
which is being attached to us became the main characteristic of the
media and their consumers.""||8/11/2005|
|Fares after meeting Barghouthi: “Hamas is part of the Palestinian society” ||Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies - "Palestinian legislator Qaddoura Fares visited on Monday evening the jailed legislator, Fateh leader, Marwan Barghouthi, in his cell in Hadarim Israeli detention facility, near Haifa, north of the country. "||8/11/2005|
|A new and hopeful change||Shaher Saed - Bitterlemons - the Secretary General of the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions discusses the new Israeli Labour leader, Amir Peretz ||23/11/2005|
|The return of an Israeli opposition ||Ghassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - a Palestinian view on the rise of Amir Peretz as Labour leader||23/11/2005|
|The Palestinians and the Party Line: a study in dogma||Michael Neumann - Counterpunch - contrary to what is generally assumed on the left, Israel is NOT useful to US imperialism or the global US corporate agenda. On the contrary, argues Neumann; the US would have an easier time imposing its hegemony on the Middle East if it did not support Israel.||23/11/2005|
|A letter from Jerusalem||Recent commentary by Rev. Clarence Musgrave - "The southern entrance to Bethlehem from the direction of Hebron has been blocked now for over 4 years. A new road has been driven into the hills, a road to the northern end of the Settlement of Efrat. So, for one group of people who live there, on other people’s lands, there is a new road. For another group of people living there, there is a continued blockade."
|Abbas questions Israel`s desire for peace / Israel`s `bypass diplomacy` cannot bring peace||Agence France Presse / Saeb Erekat||11/11/2005|
|A practice that `prevents the emergence of a Palestinian state`||Michael Jansen
The Jordan Times - "The prime ministers who have succeeded Rabin -- Peres,
Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak and Ariel Sharon -- adopted Rabin`s
practice of talking about peace while building settlements and
settler roads, preempting negotiations with the Palestinians and
creating irreversible facts on the ground."||11/11/2005|
|A message to us all ||Mohammad el-Samhouri - Bitterlemons - On Wolfenson`s mission and the situation in the Gaza Strip||2/11/2005|
|A fate foretold||Ghassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - A little over two months since the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, and almost a year after the Oslo donors` conference, we are living the situation the World Bank warned against. Israel has tightened rather than eased restrictions on movement. The Rafah crossing continues to be closed, and Erez virtually so. The most important crossing, the Karni crossing for cargo, now ships on average less than half the containers that passed through there before the withdrawal.||2/11/2005|
| Abbas and the Lame Duck ||Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - Sharon`s people know that Bush is in deep trouble and is fast becoming a Lame Duck. For Sharon, that is a great relief. At long last, he can now stop praising Abbas and start to bury him.
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