It’s happening again. Talk of the possibility of a third Intifada is on the rise as increased Palestinian protests are recurring in the West Bank. Many are on edge waiting for the spark. What will it be?
About Yousef MunayyerYousef Munayyer is a writer and political analyst based in Washington, DC. He is currently theExecutive Director of the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development.
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The ballots have been cast and counted and the Israeli election is now over. Post-election reporting and analysis have been rife with speculation and misinformation. Here is what the outcome of this election actually means and doesn’t mean.
There is a complete imbalance of power between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel is the only party between the river and the sea which is able, through the use of unchecked force, to alter the physical landscape by building and expanding settlements, supported unjustly by United States.
The US government must ask: what message do America’s policies send to Israelis and Palestinians? Policies have sent counterproductive messages to the Palestinians that have only increased the incentives for using violence.
Palestinian Arabs will not give up their right to the land or to full equality; they are not simply going to go away. But they are wrong to believe that this challenge can be solved by force.
In Gaza, the equation of trading bodies for ballots is an Israeli leader’s favorite game. All the ballots are Israeli and the bodies are always Palestinian.
Israel has long practiced a policy of nuclear ambiguity. No one’s fooled, however. With Israeli Apartheid a similar policy of Apartheid Ambiguity is in place.
Only .003% of Gaza population can leave a month, students not included. U.S. officials quietly canceled a two-year-old scholarship program for students in the Gaza.
Enter Netanyahu, and his cartoon. Abbas’s warning was all but forgotten. What we saw at the UNGA last week was a microcosm of a much larger and ongoing strategy on the part of Netanyahu: to use the Iranian issue to make the Palestinian issue disappear. Netanyahu uses Iran to marginalize the Palestinian issue and place a check on President Obama.
The answer is that there is a foundation of discontent with the United States that has become engrained in many Arab and Muslim societies so that even the simplest and stupidest of films can become an opportunity around which to vent frustration.
When people people argue that the U.S. should recognize Jerusalem as the “eternal, undivided capital” of Israel, what they are actually arguing for is that the United States should recognize the legitimacy of Israeli claims to land it occupied and illegally annexed and colonized.
Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and the Israeli state’s failure to adequately respond to it highlight an important aspect of the Israeli occupation’s Apartheid-like policies.
Both the construction of illegal Israeli settlements and the destruction of the homes and property of the native Palestinians stem from the same origin: Israel’s unbridled assertion of power over the native Palestinians in the context of total impunity.
The US’ veto next week at the UN will be the 43rd time it has been the solitary veto on resolutions condemning Israel. The United States knows that being an impediment to Palestinian self-determination on an international stage is only becoming costlier. The United States is consistently acting against its own interests to serve the interest of a right-wing Israeli government.
The size of the territory allotted for Palestine state continued to shrink with every new Israeli settlement. Do the Palestinians want this state? No, clearly not.
When fundamentally unjust situations are left unaddressed by states, the people must step in. As the collective punishment of 1.5 millions civilians persists, it’s time to ask yourself: which side are you on?
Many different global players had an investment in the outcome of the drama that finally concluded in Egypt with Mubarak’s departure. So after this transformational moment, who are the winners and who are the losers?
When diplomatic sources revealed that the United States was abandoning efforts for an Israeli settlement freeze, many surely did not know whether to laugh or cry. The first two years of U.S.-Israeli relations under the Obama administration has been a debacle. For the next two, what is learned from that failure, and how it’s applied, will be of utmost importance.
Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director, The Palestine Center presents an analysis of settler violence in the West Bank. Learn what type of violence occurs, who is most vulnerable and most targeted, where the violence is concentrated and what motivates it. Yousef Munayyer will present the results of an analysis spanning over 1000 events of settler violence, [...]
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz In the late 1980s, Robert Putnam’s argument about multi-level games in international bargaining kicked off a rich debate over domestic constraints. The thesis, in essence, is that interlocutors in bargaining may chose to lend extra power to political opponents to argue that domestic constraints tie their hands [...]
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz To say that the proliferation of Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory is an impediment to peace is an understatement. As Israel continues to gobble up Palestinian land, the individual rights of landowners and the Palestinian people are trampled upon, leaving no realistic peace process of which [...]
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Last week the government of Israel announced the launch of an investigation into the events surrounding the deadly Memorial Day flotilla raid which left nine activists dead. Many international bodies including the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), as well as human rights groups like [...]
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Much debate about the legality of Israel’s naval blockade and siege of Gaza has occurred in the U.S. media with little serious analysis of the laws. Pro-Israel spokesmen and Israeli officials like the Israeli Prime Minister’s spokesman Mark Regev have claimed their blockade and siege is legal [...]
What exactly is the blockade of Gaza? By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz In recent days, coverage of the attack on the aid flotilla headed to the Gaza Strip has focused on the lack of availability of certain humanitarian goods. This fact sheet is a reference tool based on international aid agencies and [...]
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz On Monday Israeli commandos boarded one of the civilian passenger ships that was part of the “freedom flotilla” sailing to break Israel’s siege on Gaza and opened fire, killing at least nine and injuring many others. My first reaction was, as respected New York Times columnist Nick [...]
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Hundreds of activists are on their way to the blockaded Gaza strip via a “flotilla” of boats carrying humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, which are badly lacking in the impoverished Palestinian territory. Israel has promised to intercept the good-willed boats and arrest and deport the activists. The Israeli [...]
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz When will there be a Palestinian Gandhi? I’m often asked this question by people who sympathise with Palestinian suffering but are uncomfortable associating themselves with resistance movements that they see as violent or terrorist. The reality of course is that Palestinian nonviolent resisters are not only active [...]
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Proximity talks signaling the restart of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, which have been on hold for years, are beginning amidst an important reminder of the root cause of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Saturday, May 15, marked Nakba Day. The Nakba, Arabic for “catastrophe,” was the depopulation of Palestine of its [...]
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Among those involved in the Middle East peace process industry there is much talk about “time running out” for a two-state solution. Recently, the same sentiments were echoed by the US state department, reflecting a shift in the way the Obama administration is publicly talking about the [...]
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz This brief appeared today in the Los Angeles Times and is a response to a column written by Benny Morris that was published in the Los Angeles Times on 16 April 2010. Palestinians are in Israel today because they managed to survive the depopulation of 1948, the [...]
Changes in Israeli Military Orders Effective Today Target Palestinians By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Background The West Bank has been occupied by Israel since 1967. Israel maintains authoritative jurisdiction over the happenings in the West Bank via its military apparatus. Decisions governing the simplest aspects of Palestinian life, from traveling from one [...]
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz If international law matters to any American president, it ought to be President Obama who has taught constitutional law. Israel’s supporters are wrong to downplay the significance of illegal settlement activity as innocuous building in “Jewish neighborhoods” of Jerusalem. Contrary to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s claim that “building [...]
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz When he visited the Middle East, then Senator Barack Obama had a rude awakening. He was on the ritual visit for American presidential candidates to Israel, which usually consist of touring sites of significance to Jews and declaring support for the state of Israel. This is important [...]
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz ‘TO CUT down on gang-related crimes, policies could be put in place to curb the African-American population growth in places like Harlem and Compton. The government could consider cutting off welfare benefits for families in these urban areas to discourage births of blacks and cut down the [...]
Lavish, unrealistic plans for Palestinian development are a dangerous alternative to the struggle for independence By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Recently I received a very impressive full-colour booklet printed on expensive paper advertising a development project. The ambitious plan is to build a new Palestinian city, “Rawabi”, in the West Bank. The [...]
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