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Bazaar diplomacyGalal Nassar -- Al-Ahram -- When will the Arabs understand that the United States and Israel are not in the business of proposing equitable solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict30/4/2007
What comes after withdrawal? Moving beyond anti-war politicsPhyllis Bennis and Robert Jensen - Counterpunch - As we organize against the U.S. occupation of Iraq, we also must work to end U.S. support for Israeli occupation and try to prevent an aggressive war against Iran. But all of this is part of a larger obligation of U.S. citizens: We must challenge U.S. empire. The U.S. troop withdrawal and reparations should be accompanied by a declaration of a major change of course in U.S. foreign policy, especially in Iraq and the Middle East.29/4/2007
The looming challenges: Palestine and peaceHanan Ashrawi - Counterpunch - We need a rapid decisive and comprehensive peace process, is define the objectives and move rapidly within a binding time-frame with monitoring and verification mechanisms, with international assurances and guarantees and with a massive reconstruction and development plan. Without all these things together, using the Arab initiative as the focus, we will not get anywhere.29/4/2007
A Hope not lostUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - At the end of the ceremony two anthems were sung: the national anthem ("Deutschland über Alles") and the Nazi anthem (The Horst Wessel song). The hundreds of pupils rose to their feet, raised their right hands in the Nazi salute and sung devotedly. I was 9 years old. I was also the only Jew in school. I rose to my feet, but I did not raise my hand and did not sing. One little boy in a sea of raised hands. Nothing awful happened. But afterwards, some of my class-mates threatened that if I did this again, they would break my bones.29/4/2007
Buying the war: Bill Moyers shows how the US corporate media deliberately decieved the US people about Iraq: full transcript"How mainstream journalists suspended skepticism and scrutiny remains an issue of significance that the media has not satisfactorily explored," says Moyers. "How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?"29/4/2007
Fisk: `How do our journalists go to war without history books?`Theodore May - The Daily Star/Commondreams - Fisk Takes Western Officials - and Reporters - to Task: ‘How do our journalists go to war without history books?’29/4/2007
`Distorting Camp David` Norman Finkelstein - Jerusalem Fund - This article article demonstrates that, judged from the perspective of Palestinians` and Israelis` respective rights under international law, all the concessions at Camp David came from the Palestinian side, none from the Israeli side. In reflecting on Dennis Ross`s narrative, the author explores what he considers its "main innovation": the subordination of the normative framework of rights to the arbitrary and capricious one of "needs."29/4/2007
The campaign to sell Israel with bikinisMichael C. Kotzin - Y-Net - The writer is very concerend that "media outlets find pictures of armed Israelis in uniform and of a concrete wall between Jerusalem and Bethlehem to represent the typical Israel" and that the "the impression of Israel is of a harsh, brutal land whose residents are unwelcoming and utterly without feeling" [A.K.]28/4/2007
Is Bishara another Fahima? Editorial - Haaretz - The Azmi Bishara affair appears on the face of it to be a new version of the Tali Fahima trial. On the basis of the little that has been published to date, it seems likely that the main charge - assisting the enemy in time of war, which is the gravest charge possible - will turn out to be a tendentious exaggeration of his telephone conversations and meetings with Lebanese and Syrian nationals, and possibly also of his expressions of support for their military activities.28/4/2007
One state solution not abortive and dangerous illusions: An answer to Uri AvneryIlan Pappe- Hagada Hasmalit/ Electronic Intifada (see Uri Avnery`s essay "Bed of Sodom,""The day Ariel Sharon and George W. Bush declared their loyal support for the two-state solution, this formula became a cynical means by which Israel can maintain its discriminatory regime inside the 1967 borders, its occupation in the West Bank and the ghettoization of the Gaza Strip. "27/4/2007
The end of the era of perfect coordinationShmuel Rosner -Haaretz-"Moreover, when disagreements do surface, (ed. between the US and Israel) they will serve their (the US) purposes well: to strengthen trust in the Arab world in order to mobilize assistance for America`s No. 1 mission: to depart from Iraq, but not with its tail between its legs and without intolerably strengthening Iran. And if a Palestinian state results from this, it would also be okay from their perspective. "27/4/2007
MIFTAH calls for reforming security devicesAmin Abuwardeh - IMEMC - "The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH) called for reforming all security devices on professional basis far away from political orientations in order to regain the public trust." 26/4/2007
An Israeli Arab`s troubles mirror woes of dual identityIlene R. Prusher - The Christian Science Monitor - "The Bishara case summarizes the huge rift between the Israeli vision of the reality of Israel and its ambition to become a Jewish state in shape and content ... between its vision of solving the Arab-Israeli conflict and between the demands of the Arab minority`s demand to national, social and political rights,"26/4/2007
Israel: “Jewish only” or democratic?Sonja Karkar - ZNet - Only recently, Israel’s Shin Bet (secret police) let it be known that it would “disrupt the activities of any groups that seek to change the Jewish or democratic character of Israel, even if they use legal means.” However, Bishara’s intention was not to create a fifth column inside Israel. He was in favour of exercising his and his movement’s democratic civil rights to demand that Israel treat all its citizens equally and recognise its Palestinian citizens as a national minority in their own homeland."26/4/2007
What the persecution of Azmi Bishara means for PalestineAli Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - "Bishara is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, one of more than one million who live inside the Jewish state, who are survivors or their descendants of the Zionist ethnic cleansing that forced most Palestinians to leave in 1947-48. Elected to the Knesset in 1996, Bishara is a founder of the National Democratic Assembly, a party which calls for Israel to be transformed from a sectarian ethnocracy into a democratic state of all its citizens." 26/4/2007
What cease-fire? Amira Hass - Haaretz - "Talking for and against the cease-fire fits in with the distorted picture of reality that Israel has been constructing since September 2000, of two symmetric, fighting sides - in which the Palestinians are the aggressors and Israel, attacked, defends itself and retaliates. " 26/4/2007
Abolish the JNFUri Avnery - Znet - "...for every dunam that the KKL will have to distribute - God forbid - to Arabs, the government will compensate it with another dunam somewhere else." 25/4/2007
Attack by Hamas Casts Doubt on Future of Cease-Fire in Gaza ISABEL KERSHNER - NY Times - "The November cease-fire agreement pertained only to Gaza. Palestinian leaders have asked to extend it to the West Bank, but Israeli officials have said it must be carried out properly in Gaza first."25/4/2007
A war in the summer? Orit Shohat - Haaretz - "The only really effective protection for the home front is a political arrangement." -25/4/2007
Yesh Gvul`s Alternative Torch Lighting ceremony on the eve of the Israeli Independence Day. Also, `Shooting and laughing` - by Adam Keller Beate Zilversmidt`s report from the alternative Torch-Lighting ceremony of the anti-occupation activists. Also, words spoken by Adam Keller at the ceremony.24/4/2007
Reforms and basic rightsGhassan Khatib - - "Palestinians rarely believe calls for reform from countries like the US, which at one and the same time say they want good governance from the PA and yet support Israel`s continued occupation and settlement program almost blindly. Regardless of incompetence and corruption it is, after all, the occupation that remains the biggest obstacle to Palestinian governance of any kind."24/4/2007
‘Rabbis’ for Israel’s Independence DayTony Karon - Rootless Cosmopolitan - "Continuing my series on the 50 “rabbis” (teachers) who most influenced my understanding of being Jewish in the world, I offer up three more to coincide with Israel’s Independence Day ... Avraham Burg: `“The Israeli nation today rests on a scaffolding of corruption, and on foundations of oppression and injustice…`; Uri Avnery: `He was the first Israeli I read saying Israel could not deny the pain it had inflicted on others; facing up to it and acknowledging it was, in fact, the Jewish thing to do.`; Martin Buber: `Buber had the courage and prescience to recognize that and warn the Zionist movement of the moral cul-de-sac down which it was heading.`; Amira Hass: `Amira Hass has dedicated her life to holding up a mirror to the State of Israel so that it can see itself, and its actions, through the eyes of those it has most impacted: the dispossessed and disenfranchised Palestinians.`23/4/2007
Will I hang the flag?Gideon Levy - Haaretz - "How can I hang at my home the same flag that flies over the homes of the Jewish settlement in the heart of Hebron, which has expelled nearly 20,000 residents from their homes? How can I hang the flag that flies on the homes of Yitzhar and Itamar, and at dozens of checkpoints designed to choke the lives of our neighbors? How can I hang the flag that flies on the jeeps that burst forth in the dead of night and spread terror in the hearts of little children? The flag became increasingly distant from me; the national flag became the flag of extreme nationalism... It is not easy to become alienated from a flag that once was yours. It is much easier to love it, to curl up in it, to be proud of it."23/4/2007
Carter`s Mideast Message Plays in IowaJames Zogby - Huffington Post - `Carter encouraged them to challenge the candidates, saying " If they won`t make this pledge to you, which I am going to read to you, do not support them. "And this is it: `If elected President, I will do every thing possible to promote negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians to achieve peace and security for Israel and a secure and contiguous state for the Palestinians.` If they won`t tell you that, do not support them."`24/4/2007
Azmi Bishara: a brilliant threat (see also `Azmi Bishara as an Example`, April 11 2007)Asaad Talhami-Al Ahram Weekly-"..Lapid assures his readers, .. "He is dangerous only when he tells the truth about the discrimination against the Arab minority in Israel." Therefore, "to render his incitement ineffective, we must ensure that Israeli Arabs -- especially educated young people -- stop feeling as sub- citizens." .. "if we do not, we will have a homemade Intifada, compared to which the two previous ones will look like child`s play.""20/4/2007
Defining the enemyAmira Howeidy -Al Ahram Weekly -"According to Bishara, his decision to resign from the Knesset was taken a year ago but his party wanted him to postpone it for a while. ...He will "eventually" return to Israel and the occupied territories, he says, but only after he has decided how to handle the campaign against him and the 1948 Arab-Palestinian community." 20/4/2007
The two separate worlds of JerusalemDorit Naaman -Rabble.Ca-"I am in awe at what Tali Fahima has done, what many organizations (like Zochrot, Machsom Watch, Anarchists Against the Wall, and many others) do relentlessly, even when they see no hope for change. I`ve seen some excellent and brave documentaries by Israeli filmmakers who dare to look straight into the monster`s face. I just don`t know that these will ever be more than marginal sites of sanity and morality."20/4/2007
Israel`s Strategic Threat Neve Gordon - The Nation - "the Israeli Security Agency replied that it "would foil the activity of anyone seeking to harm Israel`s Jewish or democratic character, even if that activity was carried out by legal means." Diskin`s words are telling. He admits not only that anyone who strives to alter the Jewish character of the state is considered an enemy and will be treated as such but that the secret service has no respect for democratic practices and procedures. 19/4/2007
The Holocaust as political assetAmira Hass - Haaretz - "Turning the Holocaust into an asset allows Israel to present all the methods of the Palestinian struggle (even the unarmed ones) as another link in the anti-Semitic chain whose culmination is Auschwitz. Israel provides itself with the license to come up with more kinds of fences, walls and military guard towers around Palestinian enclaves. " 19/4/2007
The Perils of PragmatismRemi Kanazi - The Electronic Intifada - "It is not enough to demand autonomy, the preservation of the right to self-determination, and the right of return. Policy must be put in place by Israel and the West that ensures the economic sustainability for the Palestinian people. No people should be expected to recover after 40 years of imposed suffering without eventual restitution." 19/4/2007
Jailed Fateh leader, Marwan Barghouthi, calls for the release of BBC correspondentSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Barghouthi sent the following statement from his cell to appeal the release of the abducted reporter; “From my cell, in the name of the 10000 Palestinian detainees held in occupation prisons, I appeal and call for the immediate release of Alan Johnston, the friend of the Palestinian people”." 19/4/2007
Gaza is not Bagdad – YetReuven Kaminer - "There is, therefore, reason for serious concern over the persistent reports of plans by the Bush government to train and arm special units of a "Presidential Guard." The direct U.S. military support and "advice" to Abu Mazen are part of the US effort to maintain exclusive control over the diplomatic activity in the region. " 19/4/2007
Deepening their marginality Yitzhak Laor - Haaretz - "Perhaps Yuval Diskin does not understand this, but experts on memory can teach him: National memory is not erased easily." 18/4/2007
Abbas-Olmert MeetingHanna Siniora- IPCRI - "The diplomatic and political activities in the domain of finding a negotiated settlement to the conflict are gaining steam..."18/4/2007
New hopes old problemsGershon Baskin - IPCRI - "Some 240 Palestinian refugees are stranded in the desert in the most miserable conditions without any assistance and any hope. It would make a huge positive impact if Israel were to announce that it was willing for these refugees to be settled in the West Bank and that Israel would even provide some financial support for that purpose."18/4/2007
At last, peace in the Middle EastTony Klug - IPCRI - "...the principal parties looked deep into the abyss and stared the point of no return in the face and, with great good sense, they took fright." 18/4/2007
Soros attacks US pro-Israel lobbyEd Pilkington - The Guardian - "Mr Soros, who is Jewish, argues Aipac has exceeded its mission" 18/4/2007
Two commentaries by Reuven Kaminer(1)" Gaza is not Bagdad - Yet" - "Those, among the Palestinians, who believe that it is precisely the connections with the US which will bring about an independent Palestinian state are sorely mistaken. If there is any chance for independence and peace, it is linked to the international community, to the Arab world, to Europe and the United Nations."; (2) "Demonization In Preparation for Victimization " - on the MK Azmi Bishara affair17/4/2007
Spurning a normal procedureGhassan Khatib - - "Israel, however, has proven itself willing to release prisoners only in exchange for Israeli captives, dead or alive. This happened more than once, when Palestinian factions managed to capture Israeli soldiers during the first Lebanon war, or when Hizballah did the same and exchanged them for Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners. This experience has taught Palestinian factions to pursue such a method in order to secure the release of prisoners. It is unfortunate that Israel is not willing to release prisoners in the context of peace agreements or as a confidence-building measure during negotiations.". Also today`s title in Ma`an - "Palestinian factions encourage further abductions of Israeli soldiers in order to ensure a prisoners` exchange"; Also, an open letter published by PCHR - " On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, the Mothers of Prisoners Call for Their Release and Condemn Kidnappings in the Name of Stopping Their Continuous Suffering"17/4/2007
We like our Arabs to be traitorsBradley Burston -- Haaretz -- "“Bishara, however, is not our real problem. We are our problem. There is something deep down in many of us, which causes us to takes a quiet satisfaction in the notion that if push came to shove, the Arab citizens of Israel would prove themselves disloyal”16/4/2007
Olmert`s big dilemmaKhaled Amayreh -- Al-Ahram -- In any prisoner swap deal with Israel, the cards are stacked in favour of the Palestinians16/4/2007
Blood on our handsUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - When one makes peace, prisoners-of-war are expected to be released. In our case, this would not only be a sign of humanity, but also of wisdom. These prisoners come from all the towns and villages. Sending them home would release an outburst of joy all over the occupied Palestinian territories. Unfortunately, Rabin did not listen to us. He had many positive traits, but he was a rather closed person, devoid of imagination. He was himself a prisoner of narrow "security" concepts.15/4/2007
Whose government is this?Gideon Levy - Haaretz - The settlers establish another illegal outpost in Hebron, and most Israelis are not interested in the most criminal settlement of them all. And what does their government say? A front is already forming to oppose the evacuation. The Arab League extends its hand for peace and the 52 percent of Israelis who have heard of the Saudi initiative say it could constitute a basis for negotiation. And what does their government say? It makes a sour face and quashes the chance.15/4/2007
Finding MandelaByron Bland - Ynet - Israelis need to find a Palestinian Mandela, and Palestinians need to find an Israeli Mandela. However, the Mandela they need to find is not the leader who will make the concessions they seek but the one to whom they can make the concessions they say they cannot offer. 14/4/2007
Talks about talksReuters, DPA and Haaretz Service - Among Israeli politicians due to visit Jordan next week is Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik. Jordan`s King Abdullah II plans to discuss "means of reviving the peace process on the basis of the Arab Peace Initiative"14/4/2007
Have we become afraid of peace?David Kimche - Jerusalem Post - I asked one of the former Arab prime ministers present at the recent Madrid peace conference how he thought we could accept 194. "You don`t have to," he replied. "The key word in the refugee article is `agreed.` You can say you are willing to negotiate on the basis of the initiative and state your reservations about 194. We would understand it and accept it. No Arab leader believes you are willing to accept the return of the refugees." [This is how Kimche, a former director-general of the Foreign Ministry, calls upon Olmert to accept the Riyadh offer - ed.]14/4/2007
Azmi Bishara`s family returns to Israel; MK still abroadThe Jerusalem Post staff - "In an interview to Army Radio on Thursday morning, Zahalka denied reports that Bishara was told to leave Jordan, and claimed Bishara`s media silence - Bishara is usually one of the more outspoken members of Knesset - was imposed on him by the gag order issued on the whole affair. " 12/4/2007
The stale myth of battlefield bravado Meron Benvenisti - Haaretz - "Only the naive expected a positive government response to the Arab initiative offering normalized relations in return for a withdrawal and a resolution to the refugee problem. The knee-jerk skepticism to peace offers has characterized the response of nearly all Israeli governments since 1949, and not only during the years after 1967 and the occupation of the territories. "12/4/2007
Olmert`s theatricsKhaled Amayreh -- Al-Ahram -- Israel`s prime minister is engaged in a public relations exercise. Meanwhile, it is business as usual, as his army plans a wide ranging assault against Gaza9/4/2007
Soros kicked AIPAC. Obama kicks Soros. Let`s kick all threeLenni Brener - Word Power - Henceforth, no one can talk intelligently about US Middle Eastern policy without discussing AIPAC, Obama and Soros. We must shout from the rooftops about Zionist campaign contributions. Anti-Semitism is "a fire that has burned itself out" in modern America. It won`t spring up from the ashes if we take care. 8/4/2007
When is an anti-Semite not an anti-Semite? Etymology and the Israel lobbyArthur Nelsen - Counterpunch - What do Einstein, Mahatma Ghandi, Ehud Olmert and, yes, me all have in common? We could each be censured for racism according to the European Union Monitoring Centre`s `working definition of anti-Semitism`.8/4/2007
How can children of the Holocaust do such things? A Jewish pleaSara Roy - Counterpunch - What do we see: a people who now take pleasure in hating others. Hatred is familiar to us if nothing else. We understand it and it is safe. It is what we know. We do not fear our own distortion -- do we even see it? -- but the loss of our power to deter, and we shake with a violent palsy at a solution that shuns the suffering of others. Our pathology is this: it lies in our struggle to embrace a morality we no longer possess and in our need for persecution of a kind we can no longer claim but can only inflict.8/4/2007
Israel doesn`t want peace Gideon Levy - Haaretz - In our wildest dreams, we wouldn`t have believed that the day would come when the entire Arab world would extend its hand in peace and Israel would brush away the gesture. It would have been even crazier to imagine that this Israeli refusal would have been blamed on not wanting to enrage domestic public opinion.8/4/2007
Shalom, Shin BetUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - Evidently, in the view of the chief of the Security Service, a central figure in the Israeli leadership, the task of the Shin Bet (now commonly known in Israel as Shabak) is not only to protect the state from spies and terrorists, but also from any challenge to its ideological designation, like the KGB in the former Soviet Union and the Stasi in communist East Germany. (The excellent Oscar-winning movie "The Life of the Others", now screening in Israel, shows how this worked in practice.)8/4/2007
The Colonial Drama of Israel and Palestine Matan Kaminer - Hagada Hasmalit - Seen from this side of the Mediterranean, the Western (and especially European) view on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict exhibits a strange trait. One often feels that one is playing a part in a play scripted by others, and that deviations from the allotted role may be frowned upon by the audience. Of course, the most obnoxious version of this theatrical piece is the one in which the Israeli is cast as a brave liberal David, up against the brutish Muslim Goliath. Seeing as I am writing for a left audience and not for The New York Times, this play does not concern me here. Often, though, one feels that the international left is also sitting down to watch a drama; one that might be entitled Colonialism.7/4/2007
Bassem Eid v Ali Abunimah debate on the Palestinian Right of Return Bassem Eid v Ali Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - ALI ABUNIMAH: "This country has proven unpartitionable and yet people who insist on Jewish supremacy are trying to find a Bantustan solution that will absolve Israel of giving political rights to the five million plus Palestinians it rules, while maintaining the fiction that it is a `Jewish democracy`. This racist state can only maintain this fiction by insisting on the exclusion of millions more Palestinians and their descendants forced out of their homes". BASSEM EID: "My belief is that building peace between enemies needs painful compromise. I believe that the foundation of a nation state that has struggled with occupation for more than 40 years will only be achieved if some rights are abandoned. If the International Community won`t guarantee the right of return for the Palestinian Refugees then what is the Palestinian guarantee for this right?" 7/4/2007
Jordanian king calls on Israel to accept peace planAgence France Presse (AFP) - ""Israel, the European states and the United States should realize that the Palestinian issue does not only concern the Palestinians but also has the sympathy of all Muslims from Indonesia to the Maghreb states," the king said in an interview with AFP. "If Israel wants to coexist with more than a billion Muslims, it should end its occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands."" 11/4/2007
Israel Says Hamas Was Plotting Terrorist Attacks ISABEL KERSHNER - The New York Times - "Hamas, which is now the dominant faction in the Palestinian government, has not conducted suicide attacks within Israel since 2004 and has been committed to an Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire agreement in the Gaza Strip since November. People who usually speak for Hamas would not react to the Shin Bet report on Tuesday, apparently in an attempt to not lend the allegations any credence. " 11/4/2007
Seeking peace by stealth Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler - The International Herald Tribune - Despite Israel`s normally lively political discourse, the Saudi initiative does not seem to engage Israelis at all. Arab declarations of good intentions no longer convince most Israelis. It works the other way, too. Palestinians are not persuaded by declarations of Israeli good intentions. They, too, have lost faith in peace. Only after stealth negotiations are crowned with an agreement in principle should the oath of silence be broken. To convert a secret agreement into workable reality, shock treatment will be needed to win public approval and to overcome skeptics and doomsayers. 7/4/2007
A Missed Opportunity for PeaceRobert Novak - Washington Post - (...) no progress toward a two-state solution likely for the remainder of George W. Bush`s presidency.6/4/2007
In the Middle East, a fresh look at the land-for-peace dealJohn Hughes - The Christian Science Monitor - "At last week`s Arab League summit in Riyadh, King Abdullah sought and gained the renewed support of Arab leaders for an initiative he first proposed in 2002 to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. The core of the proposal is full recognition of Israel by the Arabs in exchange for Israel`s return of Palestinian lands seized in the 1967 war. "5/4/2007
Bring Back the PLO: Palestinians Must Redefine Struggle Ramzy Baroud - Arabic Media Internet Network - "To avoid further debacles, Palestinians must ditch their factionalism and quit thinking of their relationship with their struggle in terms of funds, ideology (though flexible to fit political interests) or religious interpretations. They are in urgent need of strenuous efforts to formalize a new collective strategy that pushes for specific principles which can only be achieved through national consensus." 5/4/2007
The Palestinian refugees from Iraq Danny Rubinstein - Haaretz - "There are at least several hundred people in the camps and according to Zakut`s proposal, Israel could allow them to enter the West Bank and be reunited with their families in Samaria. This step does not have demographic implications since more than 50,000 Palestinians have left the areas in the West Bank under discussion since the outbreak of the intifada. " 5/4/2007
Palestinian hope held hostage - Economic sanctions are keeping Palestinians from building a lifeSalam Fayyad - LA Times - "We do not aspire to be a beggar nation, dependent on the world to feed our people. We have the capacity, education and talent to build a thriving economy and a strong democracy. But we cannot do so while Israel seals our borders and withholds tax revenue it owes us, or while U.S. banking regulations prevent banks from handling government business." 4/4/2007
Style or substance following Riyadh summit?Michael F. Brown - The Electronic Intifada - "Olmert has, of course, strong allies in Congress and the administration." 4/4/2007
Ball now in Israel`s courtSHABTAI GOLD - Jerusalem Post- "Amr Mousa, secretary-general of the Arab League, said in Riyadh that Israel should first accept the proposal and use it as a basis for negotiation, instead of simply criticizing and trying to force changes." 4/4/2007
Bury Sharon`s legacyGadi Baltiansky - Ynet - "Every prime minister elected here in the past 30 years turned Left after being elected. Olmert should also turn Left, or go home." 4/4/2007
If she didn`t do it, no one else would By Yitzhak Laor remembering Tanya Reihart - Haaretz - `In Bertolt Brecht`s "Galileo," Andrea says to his teacher, who refuses to be a hero: "Unhappy is the land that has no heroes." After a minute or two, some brief dialogue and commotion, Galileo answers: "No Andrea, unhappy is the land that needs a hero."` 3/4/2007
Pharaoh: The ruler as an idiot Yossi Sarid - Haaretz - " The story of Pharaoh shows how to profit from the enslavement of another nation"3/4/2007
Birthpangs of a Post-Bush Middle EastTony Karon - Rootless Cosmopolitan - "Frankly, though, it’s not only Bush. So powerful is the grip of AIPAC on mainstream of both parties that it’s hard to imagine any U.S. government for the foreseeable future pressing Israel into territorial compromise. And it’s equally hard to imagine Israel getting there on its own, the fracturing of its own political system in a way that will always give right-wing nationalists a veto power (that is, when they’re not in command, which is the more likely outcome). "3/4/2007
`Even if Haniyeh were to wear a kipa and Mashal to hum Hatikva ` - in the aftermath of the Riyadh ConferenceShmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - "The Israel-Palestine conflict is a colonial conflict between an occupying power and an oppressed people striving to rid themselves of the occupying power...By continuing its policy of rejection [of the Riyad initiative] Israel is taking a heavy burden of responsibility on itself for the continuation of the colonialist war with all the suffering and hardship that will be inflicted on both peoples. "3/4/2007
The Jewish People are not my People. My People are Hashem and his Family from Bil`in.Benny Ziffer - Haaretz - translation from Hebrew by Rann Bar-On - "There is nothing festive in this posting. Passover, shmassover, I hate the holidays because while we celebrate, while us Jews babble slogans about freedom, and fantasize that we are a miserable enslaved nation, we are in fact busy enslaving the Palestinian people. It`s become banal and boring to repeat this a thousand times, but in my eyes, the hypocrisy cries out to the heavens. [The Passover prayer] "Oh bread of poverty" is no longer the bread of poverty of Jews but of numerous Palestinian families in the Occupied Territories, who live off thirty or forty shekels the head of the household manages to scrounge together doing temporary jobs once every few days. "3/4/2007
Condi`s free ride: the fantasy of American diplomacy in the Middle EastTony Karon - Tomdispatch/Znet - They must serve up some pretty powerful Kool Aid in the press room down at Foggy Bottom, judging by U.S. media coverage of Condi Rice`s latest "Look Busy" tour of the Middle East. 1/4/2007
Palestinian hope held hostage: economic sanctions are keeping Palestinians from building a lifeSalam Fayyad - Los Angeles Times - Since the international sanctions were imposed, aid has continued to flow, which has helped prevent starvation. But by channeling funds so that they bypass the Ministry of Finance, donors have unintentionally contributed to reversing these institution-building gains. The money coming in can no longer be traced, and we cannot ensure that it is not being misappropriated. 1/4/2007
The Jordan Valley, land and self-determinational-Haq/Electronic Intifada - Al-Haq takes the occasion of Land Day to highlight the intrinsic link between land and the exercise of the right to self-determination. Over nearly 40 years of occupation, Israel`s pervasive policies of land expropriation and confiscation, settlement construction and movement restrictions have severely damaged the access of the Palestinian people to their land in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), thereby rendering the meaningful exercise of the Palestinian people`s right to self-determination all but impossible. 1/4/2007
PussycatUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - JULIUS CAESAR, as is well known, reported to the Roman Senate "I came. I saw. I conquered." Condoleezza could report to the US Senate: "I came. I saw. I capitulated." Who to? To a failing Israeli prime minister, whose popularity rating is approaching zero.1/4/2007
A monstrous war crimeRichard Horton - The Guardian - At a time when we Britons are celebrating our enlightened abolition of slavery 200 years ago, we are continuing to commit one of the worst international abuses of human rights of the past half-century. It is inexplicable how we allowed this to happen. It is inexplicable why we are not demanding this government`s mass resignation.1/4/2007
Prisoners or criminals? Amira Hass - Haaretz - "The common denominator of these axioms is the distinction between blood and blood and person and person. The Jew is always worth more, much much more, when he is a victim, when he is a soldier, when he is a POW. This distinction plays a significant role in Palestinian support for the tactic of abduction. If political logic, diplomatic negotiations and a basic premise of equality have not led to the release of Palestinian prisoners, the abduction of Israelis will do this."11/4/2007
The lessons of surpriseGershon Baskin - THE JERUSALEM POST - "Hamas could profit politically both in Israel and in the international community if it was to do so. Israel would also greatly profit if it removed all kinds of preconditions which prevent dialogue and negotiations." 11/4/2007
Analysis: Who`s afraid of Marwan Barghouti?KHALED ABU TOAMEH - Jerusalem Post - "And as the bickering inside Fatah continues, Hamas is about to score more points on the Palestinian street by taking credit for the possible release of Barghouti and hundreds of Palestinian prisoners." 11/4/2007
Al-Barghouthi: Government did not present Israel with prisoner exchange listZiad Alrafi - Palestine Times - "He said the government knows that it cannot secure the release of all the prisoners, but it is working with the aim of getting them all released, adding that the government is facing huge difficulties but is gaining its strength." 11/4/2007
What the Arabs propose, and what they do notHenry Siegman - IHT - "There are no grounds for Israel`s rejection of the Arab initiative."11/4/2007
On Israel, America and AIPACGeorge Soros - The New York Review of Books - an insightful article by the Jewish billionaire philanthropist - "The Bush administration is once again in the process of committing a major policy blunder in the Middle East, one that is liable to have disastrous consequences and is not receiving the attention it should. This time it concerns the Israeli–Palestinian relationship. The Bush administration is actively supporting the Israeli government in its refusal to recognize a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas, which the US State Department considers a terrorist organization...The need for a peace settlement in Palestine is greater than ever. Both for the sake of Israel and the United States, it is highly desirable that the Saudi peace initiative should succeed; but AIPAC stands in the way. It continues to oppose dealing with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas. "10/4/2007
Worse Than Apartheid?Robert D. Novak - Washington Post - `Hani Hayek, an accountant who is the Christian mayor of the tiny majority-Christian Palestinian village of Beit Sahour, was angry last week as he drove me along the Israeli security wall. "They are taking our communal lands," he said, pointing to the massive Israeli settlement of Har Homa. "They don`t want us to live here. They want us to leave." ` 10/4/2007
Debating the primacy of the pro-Israel lobby: the debate between James Petras and Norman FinkelsteinZNet - What drives US policy on Israel/Palestine? Is it the Israel lobby in USA? Is it US imperial interests? Does the tail really wag the dog - or is the dog in fact wagging the tail?22/4/2007
Podcast: Boycott, sanctions and divestment against Israel Bryan Atinsky - Alternative Information Center (AIC) - In this podcast, we continue presenting highlights from the International conference, Building a Future Together: Alternatives to the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse, which took place in Bethlehem, on 2-3 December 2005. Today, we bring you a lecture by Dr. Majed Nassar, titled Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment Against Israel. Dr Nassar is Executive Director of the Palestinian Health Work Committees and is member of the Board of Directors of the Alternative Information Center (AIC).22/4/2007
The absent Middle East: French foreign policy and the presidential electionDiana Johnstone - Counterpunch - the leading candidates in France`s presidential election appear to have given up on the idea of a Middle East policy independent of the USA22/4/2007
Mirror image: Spying charges against AIPAC and Azmi BisharaRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam blog - Foxman says a "prosecution shrouded in secrecy" fuels conspiracy theories against AIPAC and American Jews. What about the secret Bishara charges and the effect they have on Israeli Jews` views of Israeli Arabs? (...) Do you think ol` Abe would understand the irony? And would he be willing to extend to Azmi Bishara the same protections and consideration he`d like extended to the AIPAC suspects?? You already know the answer to that one.21/4/2007
From radical jihad to the politics of compromise Shlomo Ben-Ami - Haaretz - Hamas, like Israel, is not ready for the compromises entailed by a final status accord. But a long-term interim agreement is possible only with it, and not with the PLO. Hamas` transition to parliamentary politics is part of a process many movements from the mainstream of fundamentalist Islam are undergoing today, as they seek to disassociate themselves from global jihad founded by Al-Qaida, and instead seek to integrate themselves in their country`s political fabric. 21/4/2007
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