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The future is one nationGhada Karmi-Guardian Weekly-"Today the West Bank is a jigsaw of settlements, bypass roads and barriers, making an independent state impossible. Gaza is a besieged enclave. In 2006 the UN special rapporteur in the Palestinian territories concluded that "a two-state solution is unattainable". Avraham Burg, former Knesset speaker, told the Israeli daily Haaretz in June that "time was running out for the two-state solution""31/10/2008
In Gaza Strip under siege, a Conference to not go insane!LUISA MORGANTINI-Women Living Under Moslem Law-"But the devastation is not only physical; it also affects minds. In Gaza psychological disorders, trauma, anxiety and depression are very common, especially in children: 92.23% of Palestinians feel as if they live in a prison, with growing anxiety, despair and frustration for the fear of not receiving proper medical care, finding treatments for their children or obtaining the permits needed to leave the Strip and look for treatments abroad...According to John Ging, the Unrwa Director in Gaza ... this is not only a matter of "political collapse" but also of "lack of humanity" which has been created by human beings and must be urgently stopped by ending the siege. "31/10/2008
An Economic Snapshot of Palestine and the PRDP Nadia W. Awad - MIFTAH - On December 17, 2007, ninety countries and organizations met at a conference in Paris to help raise and pledge funds to support the ailing Palestinian Authority over the next three years. Advised and supported by the World Bank and DFID, amongst others, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad presented a plan of reform, the Palestinian Reform and Development Plan (PRDP), which the government is using to guide the Palestinian economy from 2008 till 2010. 30/10/2008
Israel`s multilateral optionChris Phillips - The Guardian - The inability of Tzipi Livni to form a coalition government in Israel and her subsequent calling of elections has sadly obscured two unexpected peace proposals that emerged in her final weeks of horse-trading. The first was an examination by the foreign ministry into a possible non-aggression pact with Lebanon. The second comes after Labour leader Ehud Barak proposed a revival of Saudi Arabia`s 2002 peace plan which offers Israel universal recognition in the Arab world were it to fully withdraw to its pre-1967 borders. 30/10/2008
An underlying societal rift Ghassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - If Israel does not treat all its civilians equally, and without a solution to the problem of the part of the Palestinian people who live under occupation, the tensions that led to the Acre riots are likely to be repeated.- 30/10/2008
Washington`s new policy towards Iran Hasan Abu Nimah - The Electronic Intifada - Iran –- and obviously its supporters in the region -- no less than any "moderates" has an interest in a just settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict in all its aspects, a region free of weapons of mass destruction, a stable and prosperous Iraq, and normal and open relations across the region. War, confrontation and domination from outside the region will never achieve those goals. Dialogue based on mutual respect and recognition might. Let it be tried as an alternative to military adventurism and diplomatic lawlessness. 30/10/2008
PCHR Calls upon Palestinian President to Act, and for Abolition of Death Penalty in Palestinian LawPCHR - Press Release - PCHR is extremely concerned over the continued application of the death penalty in the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), and therefore: Calls upon the PNA to announce an immediate moratorium on the use of this form of punishment, which violates international human rights standards and instruments, especially the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (1966), and the UN Convention against Torture (1984). 30/10/2008
Israeli High Court approves a protest for extremist right wingers in Um Al FahimSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - “While the whole world regards racism as a criminal act punishable by law, Israel is providing it with legitimacy and protection”, Zahalka stated, “We will protect Um Al Fahim against the fascists and racists, Um Al Fahim proved and will prove again that its is a fortified castle that defeats fascism and fascists”. 30/10/2008
Olmert allows activist boat to dock in GazaHERB KEINON - The Jerusalem Post - One senior government official said Israel`s decision to let the boat pass was made after it became clear exactly who and what were on the boat. He also said Israel "wants to keep these agitators guessing, and not play into their hands." 30/10/2008
Hamas advisor on talking to the US, Fatah and Israel Rami Almeghari - EI - "But today this is what we can offer. A hudna -- twenty years of peace with the Palestinians having their own independent and free state on the pre-1967 borders." 29/10/2008
Fatah, Hamas reconciliation is closeTOVAH LAZAROFF - J-lem Post - ""You said that the Palestinians have a divided house. I want to comfort all of you that on the ninth of November there will be a session of national reconciliation based on the appeal of President Abu Mazen [Abbas]."" 29/10/2008
Livni calls for elections, settler violence, etc.- a press summary Ori Nir - APN - “It was impossible to accept demands to paralyze the political negotiations with the Palestinians and Syria, and to lead to the isolation of the State of Israel throughout the entire world because of coalition demands.” 28/10/2008
The last nail in the coffin of AnnapolisThe Australian/AFP/AP - "nnapolis is dead. Olmert and Livni will not be able to reach an agreement because there is no longer a US mediator. When all`s said and done, everything depends on who the new US president is." 28/10/2008
`US Supporting Israeli-sponsored Terrorism`Tariq A. Al-Maeena - The Palestine Chronicle - “In his latest book, Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, Hart expands on how such a collusion is leading to a countdown between civilizations and how it could be prevented. He is a firm believer of the notion that what peacemaking needs above all else is some truth, ‘about many things but, especially, the difference between Zionist mythology and real history, and the difference between Judaism and Zionism and thus why it is perfectly possible to be passionately anti-Zionist without being in any way, shape or form anti-Semitic’”27/10/2008
What we really need! A response to anti-boycott argumentsOmar Barghouti - Pragmatically speaking, the BDS process has proved over the past few years that it is among the most effective forms of civil, nonviolent Palestinian resistance to Israeli colonial and apartheid regime. The sheer breadth and depth of support this call has garnered among major trade unions, academic associations, church groups, and other grassroots organizations in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Norway, Sweden, and even the United States, among others, attest to the efficacy and enormous potential of this campaign in resisting Israeli injustice.26/10/2008
King of the PlanetUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - The President of the United States is the king of this planet. I live on this planet. Therefore, the election of the President concerns me, too. Very much so.26/10/2008
Jerusalem youth use music to break down wallsAaron Shneyer - Common Grounds News Service - If we could use the power of music, I thought, to connect young Israeli and Palestinian musicians in the context of the greater community, we could succeed in building trust among the masses. A year ago, under a fellowship from MTV and the U.S. State Department`s Fulbright Award, I created a project called Heartbeat: Jerusalem. The goal was to explore the power of music to build trust between Israelis and Palestinians by forming an ensemble of Israeli and Palestinian teenage musicians. 25/10/2008
Palestinian Unity and Peace ParadoxAmi Isseroff -Middle East Web - If reports about a proposed Palestinian unity deal are correct, the8 future of the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process may have gotten darker this week, if that is possible. Unity is essential for peace. Everyone understands that no real progress can be made until the Israeli political situation is settled and until the Palestinians form a unified government in the West Bank and Gaza. However, the wrong sort of unity could kill the peace process permanently, if it is not already dead. 25/10/2008
Building Peace Through Health in the Middle East Cesar Chelala - MIFTAH - ....peace between Israelis and Palestinians will not be achieved overnight. It is only through an incremental approach that reconciliation can occur between both peoples. In the words of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, "Peace will be built slowly, day by day, through modest deeds and countless spontaneous details." What better way is there to build peace between Arabs and Israelis than the living testimony of thousands of women, men and children? In any region plagued by lack of confidence, mistrust, and violence, building health bridges is the best antidote to war. 25/10/2008
Pilgrimage to roots of Jewish faith and strifeIsabel Kershner - International Herald Tribune - Here, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is boiled down to its very essence of competing territorial, national and religious claims. The renewed focus on what the Jewish devotees call the pull or power of Joseph appears to reflect a wider trend: a move by the settler movement at large away from tired security arguments and a return to its fundamental raison d`être — the religious conviction that this land is the Jews` historical birthright and is not up for grabs. 25/10/2008
What next for the Palestinians?Jamal Juma` - The Guardian - For the international community, the impending demise of legitimate and viable Palestinian structures of representation signals the end of the Annapolis process. With the US administration in election mode and the Israeli prime minister yet to form her cabinet, it seems unrealistic that the promoters of Annapolis will succeed in coercing Palestinians before the end of Abbas`s mandate into signing an agreement that reflects Israeli expectations and as a result will not stop the colonisation, fragmentation and isolation of the West Bank and Gaza. 25/10/2008
A glimmer of hopeSaleh Al-Naami - Al-Ahram Weekly- After many meetings, consultations and deliberations the Egyptian government has succeeded in formulating a draft agreement for Palestinian national reconciliation which both Fatah and Hamas have approved in principle. The Palestinian National Project, as it is called, was submitted to representatives of the Palestinian factions on Sunday. 25/10/2008
Israel `open` to Arab peace plan Aljazeera - He said that while he doesn`t accept all of the Saudi plan and it "needs to be negotiated" further, its spirit is "correct." "Over the past century there hasn`t been any period where reaching peace was more possible than now. It would be a mistake to miss it," Peres said. Mubarak openly disagreed with Peres` one-track approach, saying the Saudi initiative is not "open for negotiations."Under the terms of the Saudi plan, Israel would get Arab recognition in return for withdrawing from occupied Arab lands. 25/10/2008
Israel’s “Ethnocracy” and the Demographic Threat: Dr. As’ad Ghanem on Israel’s Palestinian CitizensThe Jerusalem Fund-"A large portion of them (Ed. the Jewish vandals and rioters in Acco)were settlers who moved to Akka following the Israeli withdrawal of Gaza. They came to Akka as part of the Judaization efforts to increase the Jewish population in Akka. This parallels the goal of transferring the remaining Palestinians from Akka to other parts of the country. "24/10/2008
Demanding a Settler-Free Olive Harvest Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - The Palestinians are made to endure the yoke of the Israeli occupation in more ways than can be enumerated here. They should at least be allowed to harvest their own olives without the threat of attack by belligerent Jewish settlers who have no right to the land they are on much less the olives they steal. It is outrageous that such acts go unpunished year after year and that Israel does nothing to reign in its settlers, or better yet, get them out. 23/10/2008
Palestinians welcome Israeli interest in Saudi planEstelle Shirbon - Reuters - "For the past week Israel has started speaking in a new and positive way about this initiative. We note this change of language and we place a lot of hope in it," Palestinian chief negotiator with Israel Ahmed Qurie told reporters in Pari23/10/2008
The pauperization of Palestine Sonja Karkar - The Electronic Intifada - The 1993 Oslo Peace Accords were supposed to offer the Palestinians the political freedom and economic independence to which they have always been entitled. Since then, Palestinian society has been taken on a roller-coaster ride of promises, lies, provocations, and chaos with not a single benefit to show for its painful concessions. 23/10/2008
"The Arab-Jewish Clashes in Acre and the Connection to Israel’s Extremist Settlers"Ali Abunimah - Palestine Center Information Brief - Israeli leaders have presented the events in Acre as unfortunate intercommunal violence in an otherwise peaceful city. Palestinians have perceived them—correctly it would appear—as being related to efforts organized by Jewish extremists to force Arabs out of the city (Palestinians in Israel are citizens of the state and are often also referred to as “Arabs”). 23/10/2008
This regime which is not oneAriella Azoulay and Adi Ophir - AIC video interview - The writers argue that the occupation regime, in which more than third of the inhabitants are disenfrachised subjects, can no longer be considered as a passing accident or adventure but needs to be analysed as an endurig structure with its internal logic. 21/10/2008
Mendacity vs. the Will to Exist Nadia W. Awad - Ma`an News Agency - "Mendacity - untruthfulness; a tendency to lie - is the system we live in, the system that allows 1.5 million people to be starved because of a democratic decision they made; the system that allows Israel to continue on as a respected member of the international community even though it has violated the most UN resolutions on record; the system that allows apartheid to flourish, and basic human rights to be ignored"20/10/2008
The price of peacePetra Marquardt-Bigman - The Guardian - The current market turmoil could harm prospects for a settlement in the Middle East20/10/2008
Surprise: consequences of Israel`s arrogant policiesMichael Warschawski- Alternative Information Center - The Yom Kippur supplements of the Israeli newspapers were dedicated to the 35th anniversary of the October War, one of the worst defeats of the Israeli military since the establishment of the state of Israel. Most of the commentators felt obliged to connect the October 1973 war to the Lebanese war of 2006. And indeed, these two wars do have one important characteristic in common that didn`t escape the attention of the Israeli journalists: the surprise syndrome. 19/10/2008
Is Akko burning?Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - Citizens of Israel, Jews and Arabs, are "condemned" to live together, whether they like it or not. But, as the Akko events have shown again, the joint fabric is still weak.19/10/2008
Separated and Still Unequal Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - The events that transpired in Acre over the course of the week are another ugly reminder that racism is still alive and kicking, this time in a country the US praises as the only democracy in the Middle East. In Israel, democracy is probably at its best – at least for Jewish Israelis. But for the one million-plus Palestinians living in what is now Israel and who hold Israeli citizenship, it is only befitting to parallel them to the black Americans of the 1960s. 18/10/2008
Israel’s “City of Coexistence” Shows Its True ColoursJonathan Cook - Dissident Voice - Abbas Zakour, an Arab member of parliament and an Acre resident, had written to the public security minister days before Yom Kippur warning that it would offer a pretext for Jewish extremists to attack Arab residents. He was concerned that, as in previous years, Jews would throw stones at Arab cars breaking the unofficial 24-hour curfew in the Galilee region, where Arabs are a majority. The failure of the police to intervene, he added, “leads the Arab public to believe that police are deliberately allowing the young Jews to attack innocent Arab residents who drive by”. 18/10/2008
The price of peacePetra Marquardt-Bigman - The Guardian - According to a Ha`aretz report from August, Daniel Abraham has "a practical, financial proposal for solving the Palestinian refugee problem – an offer even Benjamin Netanyahu would have trouble refusing". Abraham`s plan is apparently still a tightly-guarded secret, and one can only hope that it has not been rendered impractical by the recent developments in the global financial markets. But in any case, even a pricey peace must seem like a real bargain compared to the almost unlimited resources that are so often required to wage war. 18/10/2008
Hamas official: “Hamas considers extending truce”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - Commenting on Egypt`s efforts to resume internal Palestinian talks, Farhat said that Hamas welcomes Egypt`s efforts to unite Palestinian factions at the negotiations table, but also demanded Egypt to release Ayman Nofal, a leader of the Al Qassam Brigades, imprisoned in Egypt. 18/10/2008
A museum that doesn`t want you as a visitorMikhael Manekin - Common Ground News - As Israelis who are in control of this part of Hebron through our police, our military, our taxes, and our settlers, Hebron belongs to us more than to others. It is therefore our responsibility, as Israelis, to see firsthand the consequences of the Occupation, just as a homeowner must know that the pipes in his home are leaking in order to fix them. 18/10/2008
Things here aren`t what they seemOakland Ross-Toronto Star-"in a land that is home to what may well be the world`s most intractable political conflict, people still insist on greeting each other by saying "Shalom." Or "Salaam." You might think the words would bring peace, but they don`t."17/10/2008
Document - Israel/OPT: Briefing for The Committee Against TortureAmnesty International-Briefing Report-" As a result of their failure to accept the opinions of the treaty bodies, the Israeli authorities continue to deny the people of the OPT the human rights enshrined in the treaties Israel has ratified...Detainees held by the GSS are subjected to a range of measures during interrogation, including being forced to remain for prolonged periods in painful stress positions and intensive interrogation accompanied by sleep deprivation."17/10/2008
Playing FavoritesIan Williams-Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, pages 34-35 United Nations Report-"Israel can break its word with impunity; so far, the worst penalty it has had to pay has been a deepened furrow on Condoleezza Rice’s brow. It does make one wonder. Here is the world’s only superpower, the military, economic and diplomatic backstop for Israel, and Israel can thumb its nose, or worse, at will."17/10/2008
Olive Harvest 2008 – First ReportPalestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign - Until September 2008, there were 359 settler attacks as compared with 338 attacks in all of 2007. These violent assaults are sure to increase in number during the olive harvest, and in the first few days of October there have been several reports of attacks on Palestinian lands and lives, as well as abuses of Palestinian rights. They are part of increasing racist and religious persecution of Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line, tolerated and encouraged by Israeli institutions and policies at large. While Palestinians in the West Bank see settlers attacking them on their lands, Palestinians in Akka see their homes torched, cars destroyed and businesses ransacked. 16/10/2008
The settlers` war with IsraelPaul Raymond - The Guardian - Thus the Israeli government now faces huge dilemmas in the context of the current round of Israeli-Palestinian talks and also in how it deals with its own citizens. If the implication of Olmert`s comments is that more settlement evacuations are on the cards, and forcing that past a group of armed, radical settlers who have sworn their enmity to the state will be every bit as hard as negotiating an agreement with the Palestinians16/10/2008
Extremist West Bank settlers help stir Acre violence Ali Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - But some Arab residents blamed the worsening tension not on long-time residents, but on an influx of militant youth affiliated with the national religious West Bank settler movement. Indeed, Baruch Marzel, a settler leader from near Hebron in the West Bank, visited Acre during the riots and vowed to help Jews in the city to set up a "defense organization" (Sharon Roffe-Ofir, "Peres visits Akko, urges side to exercise tolerance," Ynet, 13 October 2008). Barzel was leader of the banned Kach party founded by the late Meir Kahane which supports the expulsion of all Palestinians, and he remains a prominent leader of racist settler groups. 16/10/2008
`If a woman is to succeed in politics she has to bring her gender with her.` Hanan Ashrawi - Interview in MIFTAH - I understand that she [Livni]has an added burden; I understand that she has more challenges. I may disagree with her politically but as a woman, I know what it means to be a female in an exclusively male club where the attacks can be very vicious, where attempts happen at de-legitimization or exclusion or undermining the standing of a woman… It’s very easy to judge women by more stringent standards. It’s very easy to try to bring women down through cruel means and so on. So that is one area in the political domain that I do understand, and I know what she is facing. But I also know that to succeed you must not adopt the current or prevailing male ethos, or attitude, or politics of power and intimidation. 16/10/2008
Palestinians: divided we fall Amira Hass - Le Monde diplomatique - Two locations, two rival political powers. Solidarity against Israel is gradually disintegrating as both regimes, and many individuals living under them, begin to see the future only in terms of their personal survival. 16/10/2008
U.S`s Rice: all possible efforts should be exerted for Palestinian-Israeli peaceRami Almeghari - IMEMC - "Rice`s statements come as her current administration is about to come to an end." 15/10/2008
Tired but Satisfied: Israel`s Strategies in the Demographic War Against the Palestinians from 1948 to the Present Yossi Schwartz - AIC - "The military, which was requested to generate confrontation at any price, is now requested to create a daily routine that can prove to the world that not only Israelis benefit from the situation, but also the occupied population." 15/10/2008
A Fairy TaleUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - SEPTEMBER 10, 2015. It has happened. In a solemn ceremony, on a stage bedecked with Israeli and Palestinian flags, the peace treaty between Israel and Palestine has been signed. 13/10/2008
Tired but Satisfied: Israel`s Strategies in the Demographic War Against the Palestinians from 1948 to the Present Yossi Schwartz - Alternative Information Center - For one who ideologically aligns with the Zionist narrative, which describes the wars of Israel - from the beginning of the Zionist enterprise to its last attack against Lebanon - as a series of border incidents that began with the enemy attack against an always-surprised-and-defensive-military, it is simple to view the cyclical nature of Israel`s military actions as deriving from the relation between Arab hostility, their ongoing aspiration to destroy Israel. 13/10/2008
`Collateral damage` or targeted killing, the effect is much the sameRobert Fisk - The Independent - When US troops massacre Iraqi civilians in Haditha because their buddy has been murdered, what is the difference between their revenge and that of Saddam? 12/10/2008
After the pacification: new Israeli strategies of controlSergio Yahni - Alternative Information Center - The Palestinian Authority under Abu Mazen and Salam Fayyad is no longer an entity on the path to Palestinian statehood, but a reliable subcontractor of Israeli security policies. Israel finally imposed its agenda on the Palestinian Authority, and defeated for all practical purposes the Palestinian national objectives of the last 34 years: the creation of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967.12/10/2008
Israel`s own religious fanatics Seth Freedman - The Guardian - On recent Akko riots - report and commentary. 11/10/2008
High Time to Move Beyond Clichés: `I`m so encouraged to know that we both love Israel.`By Ramzy Baroud - The Palestine Chronicle - "Following his ‘knockout’ answer, Palin graciously opted out of the who-loves-Israel-the-most debate: “I`m so encouraged to know that we both love Israel, and I think that is a good thing to get to agree on, Senator Biden.”... "[For] any chances of success in the Middle East, there has to be a complete overhaul in the US’ total backing of Israel, and total disregard for Palestinian rights. But neither Biden and Palin, nor Obama and McCain have expressed the slightest interest in abandoning the current course of action."11/10/2008
With one sentence, Japan could set the stage for an Israeli-Palestinian peaceJohn McGlynn - Japan Focus - What is that sentence? "We believe that the remarks of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as recently told to an Israeli newspaper could serve as the basis for immediately starting a new set of realistic negotiations aimed at achieving a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians."10/10/2008
Peace would be so much cheaperNadia Hijab - Znet/Institute for Palestine Studies - As the United States declines financially and geo-politically, Israel would do well to push for peace - before it is pushed. 10/10/2008
Unrepentant and unbreakable: the time for Mordechai Vanunu is nowRannie Amiri Counterpunch - The pressure exerted by Israel in goading the United States to attack Iran has been relentless, and thankfully, resisted up to now. In this context, is there any better person to receive the Peace Prize than the man who initially exposed the Middle East’s first—and only—nuclear power over two decades ago?10/10/2008
Time to face facts in AfghanistanEric Margolis - - Both Barack Obama and John McCain are wrong about Afghanistan. It is not a `good’ fight against `terrorism,’ but a classic, 19th century colonial war to advance western geopolitical power into resource-rich Central Asia. The Pashtun Afghans who live there are ready to fight for another 100 years. The Western powers certainly are not.10/10/2008
Israeli Bestseller Breaks National Taboo : Idea of a Jewish people invented, says historian Jonathan Cook - - Dr. Sand argues that the idea of a Jewish nation – whose need for a safe haven was originally used to justify the founding of the state of Israel – is a myth invented little more than a century ago. An expert on European history at Tel Aviv University, Dr. Sand drew on extensive historical and archaeological research to support not only this claim but several more – all equally controversial9/10/2008
Olmert`s Damascus Epiphany Too Little Too LateCHERRIE HEYWOOD - Middle East Times - In an interview last week, Olmert stated that Israel would have to give up and return the West Bank, especially East Jerusalem, and the Syrian Golan Heights if the country wanted to make peace with the Palestinians and its Arab neighbors.The incumbent Israeli premier also broached the issues of permanent borders and the right of return of Palestinian refugees. "What I am saying, no other Israeli leader has said before me," Olmert boasted. 9/10/2008
Israel: wedded to war?Ben White - Guardian - "Using brute force to "sear" certain truths into the consciousness of Arabs of varying descriptions has a certain heritage in Israeli and Zionist thought, going all the way back to Jabotinsky`s theory of the "iron wall"." 8/10/2008
Encountering Peace: Between Rosh Hashana and Yom KippurGershon Baskin - J-lem Post - "Olmert`s soul searching of the new year should be a collective soul searching in which we all reach the same conclusions."8/10/2008
EU envoy: PM`s remarks on pullback to be point of referenceHERB KEINON - J-lem Post - "Livni told French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner that she did not feel bound by Olmert`s words." 8/10/2008
Obama and McCain on the Middle East Patrick Seale - Resolving the disasters of the Bush administration have forced Obama and McCain to adopt similar policies. But Obama appears to be better able to convince the Arab World that the United States is not at war with Islam8/10/2008
Avi Shlaim and Ali Abunimah debate Two States or One StateAvi Shlaim/Ali Abunimah - "For the Record" - The Edward Said Memorial lecture was devoted to to a debate on "Palestinians and Israelis: Two states or one state?" and - though this is not the first debate on this issue in recent times - participants managed to bring out quite a few fresh arguments not heard before. [ed.]7/10/2008
The writing on the walls of Wall Street Gush Shalom - All our governments have assumed that as long as the Americans support us, we can ignore the whole world and oppress the Palestinians. But no empire lasts forever, and the message is written on the Walls of Wall Street. 7/10/2008
Should Palestinians celebrate Rosh Hashana? Joharah Baker - Palestine Think Tank - Every year I wonder why the Palestinians don’t include Jewish holidays on their national calendar. Take for example the most recent Jewish holiday, which was Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. For three full days, the Israeli army closed off all checkpoints into Israel to Palestinians, including those around Jerusalem. It seems only logical that we Palestinians should, from now on, pencil in Jewish holidays on our calendars. This way, when we are banned from travel or have to keep our kids at home, we can say, “Well, of course we are off - its, Hanukkah.” 7/10/2008
The Big Idea: On Israel-Palestine, a one-state solution?David Grant-Collegiate Times - " One of the things I think is a mistake ... is to think as if there are substantive differences between the different major Israeli parties vis-à-vis settling the dispute with the Palestinians. That could have been right slightly right to a certain extent 20 years ago. But now whether the ruling party is the Likud, or Kadima, or the Labor party, their views are not substantively different on settling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. They might differ on what is the best way to ... "manage," as they say, the Palestinians, but they certainly have, I would say, some form of consensus, driven by a wide-spread Jewish Israeli consensus, on the terms of settling the conflict with the Palestinians. And the terms and conditions that are enjoying consensus in Israel are not fair terms."6/10/2008
Palestinian FM: Settlements are ticking bombsRonen Medzini-YNet News-"In Annapolis it was promised that by 2008 we would have an independent state and that we would have a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians," he said. "We believed in what was promised; that this year would be different, but we are already in October, and we are losing hope that by the end of the year we will see the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel and the end of the occupation...The settlements are a ticking bomb and they damage the negotiations."6/10/2008
What didn`t we try? The trajectory of the Palestinian struggle from 1965 to the presentIlan Halevy - Alternative Information Centre - The Sharon government successfully integrated the Israeli war to continue its occupation within the wider context of the new global conflict. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Zionist movement succeeded in becoming part of the movement to expand European colonialism. Following World War II, Ben Gurion succeeded in placing Israel’s struggle within the Cold War, and now Israel is integrating into the global war its attempts to avoid negotiations and continue its colonial project. So if in the past the Palestinian question was marginal, both in the overall colonial process and in the Cold War, peace in the Middle East is now in the heart of the global conflict.5/10/2008
Summing upUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - I wish Israel`s new Prime Minister one thing above all: that at the end of her days as Prime Minister she will not have to sit down and give an interview, in which she, too, will apologize for missing the historic opportunity for making peace. 5/10/2008
When it comes to Palestine and Israel, the US simply doesn`t get itRobert Fisk - The Independent - Palestinians ceased to exist in the United States on Thursday night. Both Joe Biden and Sarah Palin managed to avoid the use of that poisonous word. "Palestine" and "Palestinians" - that most cancerous, slippery, dangerous concept - simply did not exist in the vice-presidential debate. The phrase "Israeli occupation" was mercifully left unused.5/10/2008
The Peace of Make Believe, President Bush LegacyHasan Afif El-Hasan - Palestine Chronicle - "The PA is wasting precious time in the endless negotiations that have given Israel time to create facts on the ground in the occupied lands, brought despair and division among the Palestinians and rendered the establishment of a viable Palestinian state impossible."4/10/2008
The living illusion Khaled Amayreh - Al-Ahram Weekly - "A known Sharonite, Livni stands firmly against the dismantlement of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and opposes a return to the 1967 borders."4/10/2008
Livni in Principle and in PracticePeretz Kidron-Middle East Report-"Even while meeting regularly with Ahmad Qurei and hearing repeated Palestinian protests over Israel’s continued settlement activity in the Palestinian territories, Foreign Minister Livni has never once brought up her government’s persistent failure to live up to its promises to the Bush administration to dismantle “unlawful” settlements in the West Bank. Nor has she mentioned the equally persistent channeling of resources and building permits to those settlements -- the most populous by far -- that her government considers “lawful” though the international community does not."3/10/2008
How I became a target for Israel`s `Jewish terrorists`Donald Macintyre - The Independent - "The Israeli political elite is very weak... the fact is that the people in power are not ready for the confrontation with the settlers... I am not optimistic. I don`t see who is able in the coming years to start confronting the question seriously." Which is why he believes that the only hope is a "strong intervention by the international community – the US and EU". 2/10/2008
Has Israel Become a Breeding Ground for Jewish Settler Terrorism? The Attack on Zeev Sternhell JONATHAN COOK - Counterpunch - "In this vacuum of law enforcement, the far-right regularly and openly engages in unlawful activities, often without serious threat of punishment." 1/10/2008
Israel`s demi-Greek tragedyEthan Bronner - IHT - "Olmert`s statements have been not only supportive of the left; they have been highly self-critical, asserting that his earlier views, the ones on which he was brought up, were just wrong." 1/10/2008
Identifying Palestinian options Ida Audeh - EI - "So effectively has Israel tamed and co-opted its Palestinian partners that they use the same terms that Israelis use when referring to Hamas."1/10/2008
Livni in Principle and in PracticePeretz Kidron - MERO - "If Tzipi Livni brings with her to the prime minister’s office this sharp disparity between proclaimed principle and practical willingness to act, she will be following a path well-trodden by her predecessors."1/10/2008
Coffee With Robert Fisk Alan Bock - AntiWar - "For instance, Israel`s wall between itself and the Palestinian territories (and sometimes within Palestinian territories) is a "security barrier." Most news reports speak of "disputed territories" rather than "occupied territories."" 22/10/2008
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