Despite their rights de iure as well as de facto and their legitimate resistance and struggle and the use of weapons that do not come up to the minimum standards of a modern army, it is only the victimized people of the world who understand their plight together with those coming from the West who are termed radicals. At this juncture in history the people have no power, but it behooves us to continue the struggle for freedom and justice in any way we can, without destroying the planet, as our friends the capitalists are doing.
Abbas’ interview did not come in a vacuum. He wants to keep his power position and to preserve his two son’s control and monopoly of major resources of the Palestinian economy. Abbas sell himself as the Israeli guard dog, who intimidates Palestinians and keeps them in check. He does not represent Palestinians but had betrayed them.
They have conveniently left out the numerous Palestinian children abducted from their homes and taken far away, usually denied even visits from their parents or lawyers. Many are being held without trial or conviction, while others are – often falsely – convicted of throwing rocks at Israeli tanks occupying their land and demolishing their homes.
An international battle for recognition of a Palestinian state must be based on a clear vision and preparedness to confront Israeli actions. For international support alone will not lead to the creation of a Palestinian state. Regardless of whether Palestinians opt for a one- or two-state solution, they cannot avoid a battle to end the occupation under which they currently live.
The PA cannot be taken seriously as long as it accommodates Israeli terms and demands. Israel continues to prevent the movement of goods and people, to conduct raids and arrests in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and to strike at the Gaza Strip. Thus a prerequisite for any significant Palestinian move must be an immediate halt to security coordination between Israel and the PA.
I find it strange that the military judges could call our demonstrations illegal and charge me for participating in and organizing them after the world’s highest legal body, the International Court of Justice in The Hague, has ruled that Israel’s wall within the occupied territories is illegal and must be dismantled. Even the Israeli supreme court ruled that the Wall’s route in Bil’in is illegal.
One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter By Paul J. Balles* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz “Terrorist” is probably the dirtiest label of the last decade. It has also proven convenient for a number of uses: instil fear in the populace justify large military budgets excuse extra-judicial assassinations deflect attention from one’s actions to… Read More »
How can Palestinians ensure their rights are protected and fulfilled if an agreement is reached? By Nadia Hijab* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Overview Many commentators expect the direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians to fail. But there is a much worse scenario: What if they “succeed?” The United States appears determined to push for… Read More »
By Sharmine Narwani* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz With pundits in most capitals already predicting failure for the US-brokered Palestinian-Israeli peace talks to begin on Thursday, it seems only natural to start asking the question: “What’s next?” To get a jumpstart on what surely will be an onslaught of new, competing narratives vying for prominence… Read More »
By Henry Siegman* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Introduction Failed bilateral talks over these past 16 years have shown that a Middle East peace accord can never be reached by the parties themselves. Israeli governments believe they can defy international condemnation of their illegal colonial project in the West Bank because they can count on… Read More »
(Toronto and Montreal, Aug 19, 2010) – Canada’s Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) got the message across last week that cutting off mail delivery to Gaza is another abusive measure intended to heighten the suffering and hardship of the besieged residents of the occupied strip. The Canadaian Boat to Gaza Campaign salutes the union and… Read More »
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By Dr. Elias Akleh* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Israelis justify their genocidal economic siege against Gaza Strip, their December 2008 barbaric war crime onslaught against 1.5 million Palestinian civilians in Gaza, and their international piracy against the international “Break the Siege Campaign” and the humanitarian aid Freedom Flotilla with the false claim that the… Read More »
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… Read More »
By Brenda Heard* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Anniversaries measure time. In one respect, they are an artificial concept. We decide, for instance, that twenty-five years of marriage should be celebrated, but we ignore the subsequent days as merely marking the path to twenty-six years. And reaching twenty-six years, though obviously a greater length of… Read More »
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… Read More »
SABBAH REPORT NOTE: (This is a Der Spiegel story in German, picked up from an Israeli Internet portal…. The google translation is all over the place but I have a German speaking friend who has provided me with a more coherent translation of the opening paragraphs:) Online Espionage The beautiful Facebook girlfriend of the Elite… Read More »
Message by Desmond Tutu on behalf of The Elders On the Occasion of the Fifth Annual Bil’in Conference on Popular Resistance. Dear Friends, On behalf of the Elders, I send warm greetings to all of you attending the Bil’in Fifth Annual Conference on Popular Resistance. We are sorry that we could not be with you… Read More »
By Jamal Dajani* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The Israeli government’s recent announcement of Army order No. 1,650 was just the latest act of provocation in a series of calculated measures to derail any possible resumption of peace negotiations. Under this new draconian measure, anyone who doesn’t have a “permit” to be in the West… Read More »
By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Is the US Embassy in Lebanon squandering its diplomatic immunity? Tensions are rising in Lebanon between elected representatives in Parliament, ‘Unity’ Cabinet members and the American Embassy, as the 27th anniversary of the attack 1983 attack on the US Embassy approaches and the Embassy issues another warning… Read More »
By Stuart Littlewood* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Fr Manuel Musallam recently retired at the age of 71 after serving as the parish priest of the Holy Family Church in Gaza for 14 years. For most of that time the Israelis would not allow him to visit his family and friends in the West Bank…. Read More »
By Tariq Shadid* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz It may well be that the citizens of the world, tired of hearing newscasts about Israel and the Palestinians, are not in the mood to hear it. Still, pressure in Palestine is building up quickly due to Israel’s continuing defiance of calls from around the world to… Read More »
By Stuart Littlewood* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz “The suicide bomber wrote that he began to live the day he came to know he was to die. Where did he get this passion to kill?” – Mahesh Bhatt Here in the civilised West we hate suicide bombers with a passion. We’re taught that the proper… Read More »
By Tariq Shadid* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Although people in our modern times have been educated to believe that having the ‘right’ ideas, methods or ideologies is what causes revolutions, history teaches us that drastic changes usually happen when the majority of the people rally behind a certain leader, more than behind an ideology…. Read More »
By Matt Beynon Rees | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The most important man in Palestinian politics is neither president nor prime minister. He doesn’t shuttle between meetings at the US ambassador’s residence and the Israeli foreign ministry. In fact, he doesn’t go anywhere. He’s in an Israeli jail. Marwan Barghouti, 50, is serving five life… Read More »
- Palestine Think Tank editorial Just one year ago, Gaza and its people were subject to the ultimate crime, victims (both living and dead) of the genocide of the Palestinian people. It is a genocide that began 61 years ago, and it’s had moments of escalation, the peak of which was reached with the attempted… Read More »
Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3-VlGTDBXw At dawn today the Israeli occupation army raided the village of Bil’in. At 2am a military force composed of a number of military jeeps and approximately 50 soldiers, abducted Hamouda Imad Yassin (16) and Ibrahim Khalil Yassin (16). After searching their homes they were taken to an unknown destination. It has only… Read More »
By Amira Hass* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz There is an internal document that has not been leaked, or perhaps has not even been written, but all the forces are acting according to its inspiration: the Shin Bet, Israel Defense Forces, Border Police, police, and civil and military judges. They have found the true enemy… Read More »
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