|Colonization of Palestine Precludes Peace||Jimmy Carter - TomPaine.com - For more than a quarter century, Israeli policy has been in conflict with that of the United States and the international community.||29/4/2006|
|The Trap||Uri Avnery - AMIR PERETZ is about to become Minister of Defense and he knows that it is a trap. So why is he doing it?
|A coalition is born Friday - Today`s Situation 28.4.06||Robert Rosenberg - Ariga - "According to Israel Radio, ‘the government will strive to shape the permanent borders of the country while reducing the areas of settlement in Judea and Samaria." ||29/4/2006|
|Breaking the Last Taboo : The United States of Israel? ||Robert Fisk - Counterpunch - "Stephen Walt towers over me as we walk in the Harvard sunshine past
Eliot Street, a big man who needs to be big right now (he`s one of
two authors of an academic paper on the influence of America`s
Jewish lobby) but whose fame, or notoriety, depending on your point
of view, is of no interest to him..."||29/4/2006|
|A Lobby, Not a Conspiracy ||TONY JUDT ,
The New York Times ,
In the eyes of a watching world, the fact that an Israeli soldier`s great-grandmother died in Treblinka will not excuse his own misbehavior.
|Gulf will quietly fund Palestinians||Miral Fahmy - The Jordan Times - "Wealthy Gulf Arab states will not let Hamas
ministers go home empty-handed, wary that Shiite Iran
might gain influence by filling the funding vacuum faced
by the new Islamist Palestinian government, analysts said."
|EU says Israel key to avoiding Palestinian crisis||Reuters - "Israel, and not the
European Union, holds the key to avoiding an economic
disaster in the Palestinian territories, the bloc`s
external relations Commissioner told EU lawmakers on
|Hamas says it could adopt Arab peace plan||Agence France Presse - "The Palestinian Hamas-led
government said it was debating adopting a 2002 Arab peace
plan which calls for the recognition of Israel in return
for a restoration of pre-1967 borders."
|The Real Meaning of Deporting Hamas Members of Parliament ||Jonathan Cook - Dissident Voice - "Olmert could hardly campaign convincingly for a West Bank disengagement when it was clear Jewish settlers and soldiers would continue occupying a significant proportion of Palestinian land at the withdrawal’s end. So convergence is usefully, and misleadingly, supplanting disengagement."
|PFLP chief won`t face trial in killing||Aljazeera - "Israel`s attorney general has said that he did not find enough evidence to put on trial a senior Palestinian militant accused of masterminding the assassination of an Israeli cabinet minister."
|Israel and the Occupied Territories: Amnesty International calls for international action to prevent human rights deterioration in the West Bank and Gaza Strip||Amnesty International - "Amnesty International is calling on the governments of states who are High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, which concerns the protection of civilians in time of war, to take action to prevent a further dramatic worsening of the human rights situation of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
|Prospects for two-state solution in Mideast receding: UN coordinator||AFP - "UN Middle East coordinator Alvaro de
Soto warned the Security Council that prospects for a
viable Palestinian state living in peace with Israel have
|Abbas must be allowed to be the link||Ghassan Khatib
- bitterlemons.org - "Ehud Olmert has so far continued the policies of former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon: closing the door on any political process in the face of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas while prompting a dramatic economic deterioration for, and humiliation of, Palestinians through draconian restrictions on movement. This has only served to contribute to the radicalization of Palestinian society and ultimately led to Hamas` parliamentary election victory in January"||26/4/2006|
|Review: `The Wall and the Checkpoints`||Maureen Clare Murphy - The Electronic Intifada - "In the near future, it would be worth doing a follow-up exhibition to The Wall and the Checkpoints, recently shown at the Darat al Funun in Amman, Jordan, which featured Palestinian artists’ work on that theme. To the individual fresh from the borders and checkpoints of the occupied Palestinian territories, the artwork already begs to be updated, for Israel’s grip there is becoming that more tight. "||26/4/2006|
|Who is occupying whom? - TOI-Billboard, April 25, 2006||The Other Israel - "The right to a state of the ... must be recognized.
The threat to the existence of ... by ... must stop.
But, who is actually occupying whom?
|YES MR. SOLANA, THE EU HAS ABANDONED THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE||Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada - ...That is all very well, but why is it then that the EU only
acts against the Palestinians when they are perceived to
be violating these principles? In recent weeks, dozens of
Palestinian civilians have been killed by the Israeli
army`s relentless, deliberate shelling of civilian areas
in the Gaza Strip.||26/4/2006|
|Hamas rejects bin Laden message||Al Jazeera - "What Osama bin Laden said is his opinion, but Hamas has its own positions which are different to the ones expressed by bin Laden," he (a spokesman for Hamas) said.||25/4/2006|
|Who`s the dog? Who`s the tail? ||Uri Avnery - The American-Israeli symbiosis is unique and far too complex a phenomenon to be described as a simple conspiracy. I am sure that the two professors did not mean to do so.
|A letter from Jerusalem||Commentary on current events by Rev. Clarence Musgrave||22/4/2006|
|`Justice and equality`||Rima Merriman
The Jordan Times - "The dynamic between Israel and its strategic allies, on
the one hand, and the Palestinians locked in their
occupied land, in refugee camps and in Israeli prisons, on
the other, is characterised by unilateral dictates from
one powerful side and resistance by any means possible
from the other.
|Pushing Palestinians to the edge||Khaled Amayreh - Al-Ahram- "Suicide bombing returns to the Israeli-Palestinian scene as the Palestinians continue to be deprived by Israel of the basic necessities of life" ||22/4/2006|
|Can Hamas Change to Political Organization?||Mike Whitney -- PalestineChronicle.com -- "There is no longer any reasonable expectation that violence can succeed; it only strengthens the occupation and ensures greater suffering for Palestinians"||21/4/2006|
|The Massacre at Qana, 10 Years Later||Stanley Heller -- CounterPunch -- "Coincidentally enough the current attacks take place almost exactly ten years after a terrible Israeli massacre of Lebanese inside a UN compound in Lebanon (April 18, 1996). This was during the days Israel occupied southern Lebanon, when Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres was Prime Minister. During the election campaign Peres decided to have a little war to improve on his `dovish` image"||21/4/2006|
| Hamas: Jordan fabricated arms story||Khaled Amayreh -- Aljazeera -- "Amman`s accusations of arms smuggling came less than two weeks after the Jordan-based Arab Bank stopped all financial dealings with the Palestinian government, Palestinian banking officials said. A banking official in the West Bank told Al Jazeera.net that the Arab Bank was afraid of possible US retributions"||21/4/2006|
|UK wants `normal relations` with Hamas||Ynet - "British foreign secretary says country wishes to hold ties with Hamas-led government as it had with previous Palestinian governments, adds UK must seek ways to financially aid PA "||20/4/2006|
|Gush Shalom: commentary on day of suicide bombing||Adam Keller - Gush Shalom - we saw an email coming from overseas to the Gush Shalom mailbox, a very short one: "Any comment on the latest terror attack assholes?"
|Olmert - dreaming in technicolour||Gwynne Dyer - Jordan Times - Olmert`s chief of staff Yoram Turbowicz is dead wrong in assuming that US support will be enough to make the change in Israel`s borders legal, permanent and widely accepted. The world does not work like that||17/4/2006|
|Interview with former Senator Abourezk||Kevin Zeese - Counterpunch - "because the Congress is pretty much reliant on money from radical Zionists, stopping the flow of American taxpayers` money to Israel will not come soon"||17/4/2006|
|Hamas plans ahead||Al-Ahram - Amid rising tensions between the newly formed Palestinian Hamas government and Israel, Erica Silverman in Ramallah interviews Hamas member and Parliament Speaker Abdul-Aziz Duwaik - "So many Israelis have said for so many years, "they are going to throw us into the sea." What sea? We do not even have access to the sea. We do not even have the ability to import medical supplies. We do not even have access to the Grand Mosque in Jerusalem. What are they talking about?"||17/4/2006|
|"The Trees Went Forth"||Uri Avnery provides a detailed look from behind the scene at the biography of Ehud Olmert, and the prospects for his term in office
|The Troops are Frustrated ||From the Desk of Reuven Kaminer (Veteran Israeli peace activist) - The prestige of their superiors, the leaders of the strongest power in the region and its generals is damaged and that hurts more than anything else. What shall we do? Golda Meir said she hated the Palestinians for forcing us to do things to them that we did not want to do.||15/4/2006|
|AIPAC`s complaint||Eric Alterman - The Nation - while it contains the word "American" in its name, AIPAC does Israel`s bidding, pure and simple.
|Talk to us||Sameer Abu Aisheh - Bitterlemons - an interview with the Palestinian Authority Minister of Planning||15/4/2006|
|A call for cool heads ||Ghassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is unique because of the extent to which the two parties are dependant on the international community||15/4/2006|
|Mearsheimer, Walt and Corrie -- the Lobby and the Bulldozer||Norman Solomon -- CounterPunch -- "For several decades, to the present moment, Israel`s treatment of Palestinian people has amounted to methodical and despicable violations of human rights. Yet criticism of those policies from anyone (including American Jews such as myself) routinely results in accusations of anti-Jewish bigotry"||14/4/2006|
|Paradise Now||Peter Bradshaw -- The Guardian -- "Paradise Now takes its place in the traditional choreography of our liberal debate about terrorism: the question of whether the suicide bombings are justified is generally answered in the negative, though with the proviso that they have to be explained or contextualised"
|Viewpoint: US attitude to Hamas and the parallel with Nicaragua||Ramzy Baroud -- Middle East Times -- "The bottom line is that the stage is set for Palestinians to pay, for Israel`s illegal settlements policy to be officiated as part of the country`s permanent borders and for the US to prolong its international campaign of economic and political suffocation"||14/4/2006|
|The Big Wink||Uri Avnery - A true leader will want to set up a coalition that will enable him to realize his vision. But a Prime Minister who is a politician - and nothing but a politician - is simply interested in a coalition that makes life easier for himself.
|Israeli Election 2006: Kicking the System ||Analysis by Assaf Oron,Israeli Peace Activist||9/4/2006|
|Israel gives cold shoulder to Hamas overture : Haniyya indicates willingness to talk||Daily Star - "Confusion swirled around the Palestinian Authority`s Hamas-led government Wednesday after conflicting reports of unprecedented overture to Israel via the United Nations."||6/4/2006|
|When vigilance undermines freedom of speech||Mark Mazower - Financial Times - What is striking is less the substance of Walt and Mearsheimer`s argument than the outraged reaction: to all intents and purposes, discussing the US-Israel special relationship still remains taboo in the US media mainstream ||5/4/2006|
|The Israel lobby and beyond: why the US may be acting against its own interests in the Middle East||Michael Neumann - Counterpunch - Professors Walt and Mearsheimer`s "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" is an important contribution to the Israel/Palestine debate. It`s too bad the important stuff got lost in the melodrama. What really matters is whether support for Israel serves US interests. If it does, why on earth would we care about a pro-Israel lobby? ||5/4/2006|
|No horizon for a settlement ||Ali Jarbawi - Bitterlemons - political trends in Israel are moving right. When the Kadima party is considered centrist, the center is effectively moving right. The significant political consequence of this is that any future dealings with the Palestinians and any political settlement will be more extreme and radical than in the past||5/4/2006|
|No clear direction ||Ghassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - the Israeli elections reflected a slight change away from the rightwing policies of Sharon, but they also showed confusion, indecisiveness and hesitation||5/4/2006|
|Breakthrough to a government||Robert Rosenberg - Ariga - Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Labor Party Chairman Amir Peretz held an afternoon press conference today where they announced they will make every effort to expedite the formation of a government||5/4/2006|
|Another brick in the wall||Robert Fisk - The Independent - "Israelis deserve peace and security as much as
Palestinians. But "new" and expanded "controversial"
Israeli frontiers will not bring peace or security to
If I were an Israeli I would have built a wall, but not as
a way of stealing land."
|A Letter from Jerusalem||Clarence Musgrave - "Unfortunately, when a boundary is set for one people, it impinges on other people, and this is the case with the views being put forward at present by those who would like to be the next Israeli Government."||4/4/2006|
|"Blessed are the Peacemakers" - Preface to the German edition of Beyond Chutzpah||Felicia Langer -
The hysteria about a "new anti-Semitism" serves not
only to silence legitimate criticism of Israel, but
also to deflect attention from violations of
international law and elementary human rights.
|The myth of the ‘honest broker’: Britain and Israel ||Mark Curtis -
Growing links between the British and Israeli militaries have just resulted in one Israeli company, Elbit systems, receiving a £317 million contract from the Ministry of Defence. The MoD has trialled an Israeli-built anti-tank missile despite its use against civilians in the occupied territories.
|The Israeli Elections – Elusive Stability||Reuven Kaminer (veteran Israeli activist) - A funny thing happened to the Israeli bourgeois on its way to dismantling the last remains of the welfare state and privatizing its way through those pearly gates into a globalized heaven. ||2/4/2006|
|Olmert will converge; the occupation will continue||Menachem Klein - Ynet - Unilateral withdrawal will create a border three times as long, convert every soldier into a target for guerrilla war and will not put an end to the occupation
|Children on their way to school in Nazlat-Issa ||Photo by Vera Reider. ||1/4/2006|
|on beauty, checkpoints and metaphors||By Aya Kaniuk - link to to machsanmilim.com - Reports from the West Bank||1/4/2006|
|Innocence Killing Innocence||Sam Bahour - AMIN - "This week’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, which took nine innocent Israeli lives and one innocent Palestinian life, was the most predictable act by any novice observer of the ongoing conflict..
Suicide bombings feed modern media, whereas, a decades old military occupation feeds on the occupied.
|The Little Mermaid on Highway Six: Rooting for ordinary Israelis to wake up||Deb Reich - "Palestinian children are not made for war, any more than Israeli children are made for war. Yet while the politicians jockey for power, our Israeli mothers go on loyally sending their children to join the army and terrorize the neighbors, as if that were a normal thing to do, believing it their duty to the nation; and Palestinian mothers continue to live in fear when their kids sneak out to throw stones at the tanks those Israeli kids are driving, and sometimes they come back in a box."||24/4/2006|
|African National Congress: An Inspiration for Palestinians||Bangani Ngeleza and Adri Nieuwhof- The Electronic Intifada -"..we analyse the history of the
struggle for freedom and democracy of the South African
National Congress (ANC) in order to inspire Palestinians
to explore new strategies."||11/4/2006|
|Last chance for two states ||Manuel Hassassian - The Guardian - "Negotiation rather than unilateralism is the way out of the spiralling Israeli-Palestinian crisis"
|This week in Palestine….. Behind the news with Hanna Siniora||Hanna Siniora -Jerusalem Times -"The fragile Palestinian economy, that depended on more than a billion dollars of assistance, regular transfer of revenues collected by Israel to the PA, is facing economic strangulation, by being denied the means for recovery, and driven toward total collapse."||19/4/2006|
|Attack damaging to Palestinians, Jordan says||Jordan Times - "In Jordan, Government Spokesperson Nasser Judeh, quoted by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, condemned attacks against civilians and said the bombing would "be very damaging to the Palestinian people."||19/4/2006|
|Hamas `willing` to recognise Israel ||Khalid Amayreh - Aljazeera - "What it means is that the Palestinian government is willing to recognise Israel if Israel met certain conditions, including a complete withdrawal from the territories Israel occupied in 1967," a source told Al Jazeera.net on Wednesday.||13/4/2006|
|Israeli Foreign Minister says Palestinians who kill Israeli soldiers are not terrorists ||IMEMC & Agencies - "Somebody who is fighting against Israeli soldiers is an enemy and we will fight back, but I believe that this not under the definition of terrorism, if the target is a soldier," Livni said"||13/4/2006|
|Too hot for New York||Philip Weiss - The Nation - New York may pride itself on being a sophisticated town, but its provincial side reveals itself in the controversy over the play My Name Is Rachel Corrie||13/4/2006|
|From Gaza to Iran||Robert Rosenberg - Ariga.com - Iran`s nuclear capabilities may be an existential threat, but if it follows through on promises of financial aid to the Hamas-run Palestinian Authority, Iran`s immediate activities locally will be very annoying to Israel||12/4/2006|
|Abbas: our sons will fight Israelis for a just deal||Chris McGreal -The Guardian - "The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, says Israel`s plan to impose its final borders deep inside the occupied territories while expropriating large areas of Palestinian land for Jewish settlers will lead to another war in a decade."||8/4/2006|
|Israeli rights groups denounce barrier||Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank - Al Jazeera, B`Tzelem - "An 82-page study by human rights organisation B`tselem and NGO Bimkom says only 20% of the barrier`s route run along the Green Line (the former armistice line between the West Bank and Israel)."||8/4/2006|
|Today`s Situation - Confusion on the ground -- or at the top ||Robert Rosenberg -
Ariga - "Whether it’s lack of unified policy, the interregnum between the outgoing government and the new government, or the left and right hands not quite sure of what the other is doing, [yesterday] was full of events that showed just how complicated the situation is for Israel -- and the Palestinians."||7/4/2006|
|"There is No Remedy Against the Language of Truth"||Robert Fisk - the Independent - "A Lesson from the Holocaust for Us All"||7/4/2006|
|A Decisive Vote for Apartheid ||Omar Barghouti - palestinechronicle.com / IMEMC - " And since Western governments have welcomed the result as a breakthrough for peace, Israel’s Wall and colonies can only be expected to grow more aggressively under the pretence of “consolidation” and “separation,” condemning the entire region to endless bloody conflict. "||7/4/2006|
|Just make sure we don`t know||Shulamit Aloni - YNET - Machsom Watch women struggle to show what`s happening on stolen land.
"No patriotism justifies hiding the truth, no shame justifies denying the facts, no abomination justifies allowing public officials to prevent publication of acts that should never have been committed. "||7/4/2006|
|US professors accused of being liars and bigots over essay||Julian Borger - the Guardian - "Prof Mearsheimer said the storm of protest proved one of
its arguments - that the strength of the pro-Israel lobby
stifled debate on US foreign policy." [I prefer to call them pro-anti-Israel lobby - the Editor [VB]]||1/4/2006|
|War on Qassams not kosher||
Aviad Kleinberg - "Some methods of dealing with rocket attacks simply not kosher. If you listen carefully, you can hear the sounds of spring: Birds chirping, the buzz of mosquitoes, and the incessant sound of IDF artillery, turning the lives of innocent Gazans into a living hell.
|Hamas: The Last Chance for Peace?||Henry Siegman
New York Review of Books||12/4/2006|
|Oxfam criticizes EU decision to suspend aid to the Palestinian Authority||Oxfam - Electronic Intifada - "With the worsening humanitarian crisis facing Palestinians and the potential opportunity offered by new governments in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories,
we urge you not to cut funding to the Palestinian Authority and to redouble your diplomatic efforts to address the humanitarian situation so that civilians are protected."||12/4/2006|
|British MP suggests sanctions against Israel for killings||Associated Press - "Gerald Kaufman, a Labour Party lawmaker who has frequently
criticized Israel, called for trials in Britain or before
an international tribunal for those accused of killing
peace activist Tom Hurndall and filmmaker James Miller in
| A CALL TO EUROPE||Gush-Shalom - "Stop the blockade on the Palestinian government!
|Today`s Situation - An apology for a girl`s death Tuesday, April 11, 2006||Robert Rosenberg - Ariga - "As of now, the apologies for what the press, echoing the army, called `the unfortunate images` of children being ferried to hospital, are sounded with rationalizations meant to justify the shelling, which continued today, even though only one Qassam fell in an empty field in Israel. "
|Israeli television: Interview with 2 generals||Israel channel 1 - Former Southern Command chief Zvi Fogel: "We took 300,000 residents in Lebanon and drove them from south Lebanon to the gates of Beirut. We can do that [in Gaza] too."
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