A third Palestinian uprising is simmering slowly, fuelled by the denigrating policies of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. It is only a matter of time before the Palestinian street takes matters into its own hands and starts managing relations between occupied and occupier itself.
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Falk, an American law professor serving in the independent post, suggested the United Nations Human Rights Council might set up an international forensic team to investigate Jaradat’s death.
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?
More than 64 years after Mohammed was forced to leave his home, he longs to return to Isdod. “I still wish I could return. If I could leave everything, every house that I stayed in since, everything I have, I would leave it all. I was born there and I am so attached to that place. The future of my nine children and my 42 grandchildren depends on our return to our home in Palestine. I hope I will be buried in my home, Isdod.”
5 Broken Cameras: Growing up with the Bil’in Resistance (infograph)
Alan Hart examines what it would take for Obama and Abbas to stop being grovellers to Israel and the Zionist lobby, and wonders if they’d both be assassinated if they ceased grovelling.
Jamal Kanj argues that Israel’s destruction of the “two-state” solution through its ever-accelerating Jewish squatters programme means that the binational, single-state option should become part of a new strategy for genuine peace.
Born at Qalandia Checkpoint focuses on the impact of Israeli movement restrictions on the everyday lives of Palestinians. The phenomenon of Palestinian women forced to give birth at military checkpoints peaked during the Second Intifada (2000-05). Since this time, Palestinian women in remote areas have increasingly resorted to coping strategies of relocating in the weeks prior to delivery, or giving birth at home.
The comparison between the Bab al-Shams activists and the settlers should not be extended too far. One obvious difference is that the Palestinians were building on their own land, whereas Israel is breaking international law in allowing hundreds of thousands of settlers to move into the West Bank. By establishing Bab al-Shams, the activists visibly demonstrated the apartheid nature of Israel’s rule in the occupied territories.
Children are the future of all their respective nations. And Palestinian children are equally so. The children of Palestine have every right to become “arbiters of change” rather than be subjected to Israel’s military courts a situation which is permitted to go on and further exacerbated by the deafening silence of Western complicity, particularly Britain, Zionist shackled America, and the EU.
As Jews of conscience, we call on all supporters of social justice to stand up for Palestinian Right of Return and a democratic state throughout historic Palestine — “From the River to the Sea” — with equal rights for all.
The system of ID cards is used as a weapon to further cement the fragmentation of the Palestinian population as it confines the Palestinians to their geographic Israeli-controlled Bantustans, forbidding Palestinians with Gaza IDs entry into the West Bank and Jerusalem and vice versa.
Israel leaders are signalling the need for Zionism to pre-empt any possible international pressure for withdrawal by going ahead with annexation without too much further delay. If necessary, a final ethnic cleansing by military means. This would see Zionism resorting to its tried and tested way of defying international law. Effectively Israel’s leaders say to the world: “We know we should not have done this, but we’ve done it. What are you going to do about it?” On the evidence of history to date Zionism knows the answer to that question, “Nothing.”
Moshe Feiglin advocates bribing Arabs to leave the country. Yuli Edelstein, Zeev Elkin and Yariv Levin are promising annexation of the West Bank. Naftali Bennett is promising to ‘deal with’ the media and the Supreme Court. air Shamir is promising that no new state will be established ‘for a million people.’
Haneen Zoabi is insisting that the Israeli State cease identifying itself with the interest of a single constituency and start representing the interests of the nation as a whole. What this is all about, she says, are “the values, the humanistic, universalistic values of freedom, of equality, of justice.” But there is nothing “universalistic” about Zionism and so, for her efforts, she is castigated and threatened. Such is the state that Zionism has built.
Netanyahu threat, “we destroyed almost all of their long-range rockets. But I’m telling you that the IDF is preparing to strike a still-heavier blow. Our account with Hamas is not closed.”
Just as the blood of righteous Abel cried out from the ground and brought testimony with judgment against Cain for the murder of his brother. So shall the blood of the innocents condemn the networks comprising the Zionist – US collaboration for global domination; as giving way is considered and conceded to “The Breath of Hope.”
The Palestinian Authority’s role and influence on anti-Israel advocacy is limited. “More than anything,” contends the study, “the conduct of these bodies reflects the anti-Israel advocacy campaign’s absolute failure to unify organizations and activists in this context around a single, coherent, official message.”
How could the Palestinians possibly go wrong with all that expertise and communications firepower behind them? Yet none of these noble tasks ever seems to get done. The PLO explains very little, doesn’t even try to mobilize international civil society, and lets Israel run propaganda rings round it.
Photo of the year 2012 picked by The TIme is one of a Palestinian atrocity from Israel massacre in Gaza during the last war.
Kieran Kelly: Israel Doubles Down on Colonisation, Ethnic Cleansing, and Political Oppression: Reason for Hope?
The Israeli actions are a source of great suffering for Palestinians, it is tempting also to see them as being a sign that the Zionist project is doomed. Israeli actions seem almost designed to accelerate their own international isolation. One might almost assume that they consider it more worthwhile, at this stage, to establish “facts on the ground” which would partially dictate final dispositions.
The illegal Israeli (read Jewish) 8 metre high apartheid barrier is designed not for security but the theft of 80% of Bethlehem’s land to build a ring of illegal Jewish settlements. Why is the world so silent?
As the ANC Votes to Support BDS, a New Film – Roadmap to Apartheid – Compares Life in Palestine to Apartheid South Africa
As the African National Congress voted Thursday to support the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel known as BDS, declaring it was “unapologetic in its view that the Palestinians are the victims and the oppressed in the conflict with Israel,” we look at a new film that examines the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Roadmap to Apartheid.”
Though mainstream media has been silent, Israel has violated these simple truce points continuously since they were agreed upon. Not only are the crossings still very restricted, but the fire into Gaza continues, with the first one occurring only four days after the truce agreement.
Here we list some of Israel’s breaches of the ceasefire agreement.
Why is the newly-empowered Palestine, fresh from its victory, still asking us to do the donkey-work? Now that access to the proper UN legal machinery is available for Palestinians, it is ridiculous to claim that EU and other sanctions are “the only way” to halt Israel’s illegal settlement campaign and salvage the two-state solution. Did 138 nations vote to upgrade Palestine’s UN status for nothing?
Imprisoned or free, Palestinians have no rights. Racism is policy. So is institutionalized persecution and violence. Arabs are despised. Israel calls them sub-human.
Israel persecutes them for not being Jews. Praying to the wrong God is criminalized. Hunger strikers defy Israeli lawlessness. Abstinence is their only weapon.
Israel presses on with plans for 6,000 new settler homes. They won’t stop until virtually all Palestine is colonized. Israel planned it long ago. Netanyahu’s expediting what most Knesset members approve.
Christians in Palestine are not suffering persecution, because we are not considered to be a religious community, but rather the people of Palestine. We have the same rights and the same obligations.
Fr Manuel says, “peace is possible if justice is possible,” so get off your fat backsides and ACT to deliver JUSTICE.
Due to the ongoing illegal closure imposed by Israel, some of the required medical supplies and devices cannot enter the Gaza Strip, causing additional suffering to patients throughout their recovery process.
The shocking reality is that many of the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip are a few miles away from the land of their ethnically cleansed former villages, across the border fence in southern Israel. Like so much else with Palestine, you can’t understand Gaza if you don’t understand the Nakba.
Is the true voice of Hamas discernable at this point? There seems to be a sharp contrast between the sweeping language of Meshaal’s words spoken at the anniversary demonstration in Gaza and his far calmer, focused, and accommodating tone in interviews and other statements during the last several years.
The direction: the difference between sea-to-river (Israel) and river-to-sea (Palestine) is not just political, and far from superficial. It goes right to the roots of the conflict.
Israel operated unaccountably for decades. How much more indiscriminate slaughter and mass destruction is tolerable. How many more years of Palestinian suffering will world leaders permit? How much longer can the ICC spurn its mandate? It’s time for all relevant stakeholders to step up to the plate and act responsibly.
General Assembly has no legal right or basis to Partition any land, especially against the wishes of the majority population. Also, given that Israel did not meet Resolution 273′s “conditional” requirements for admission, its membership in the U.N. is illegal.
In confiscating fishing boats, Israel denies Gaza fishermen the right to livelihood by removing their means to make a living. The right to not to be arbitrarily deprived of property is protected under Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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